Jessica Weirich’s German block design quilt was chosen to be on the cover of the spring/summer issue of Quilt Sampler magazine.
Weirich, who is married to Chris Weirich, Fredericksburg High School assistant principal and coach, was thrilled when she heard the news.
“This is going to be an experience to remember,” Weirich said.
The magazine will be in 4,000 quilt shops across the nation and Weirich’s design pattern will be included in the One Quilt Place shop profile inside the magazine that hits the newsstands May 15.
She lives in Fredericksburg with her husband and five children: Mackenzie, 11, Alison, 8, Logan, 7, Ian 5 and Brigham 2.
Beverly Allen, owner of One Quilt Place, who submitted her shop for consideration in the annual contest, teased Weirich.
“We call her cover girl around the shop,” she laughed. “We have a lot of copies of the magazine for sale. People can come and pick up an autographed copy.”
The magazine sells for $6.99 and can be purchased at 648 Post Oak Road, online or at chain bookstores.
After filling out a lengthy online application and being chosen by a panel of quilt experts, Allen and her staff were asked to submit two projects.
A panel of quilt experts chose Weirich’s original design.
“I wanted to have something that was indicative of Fredericksburg,” she said.
With the help of Pinterest, internet searches and a little ingenuity, Weirich came up with a sample.
“It’s a simple block in the way it comes together, but it looks really intricate,” she said. “I had about three weeks to make a quilt from start to finish. The challenge was: They wanted a quilt sample simple enough to make four different blocks to be repeated.”
Weirich rose to the challenge and was rewarded for her effort. Her quilt will be shown at the Quilt Market, in Portland, Oregon. Weirich will be on hand to exhibit her design at the annual spring convention to industry professionals in May.
“It’s a great honor and it puts your name out there. They want to see more from me,” she said. “I’m working on other designs.”
The magazine owns the pattern for six months and then Weirich regains all rights to it. One Quilt Place has 100 kits available for sale. She now has an opportunity to have more of her quilt designs displayed in the Better Homes & Gardens organization magazines.
Weirich said she had a difficult time explaining to her husband exactly how high of an honor she was receiving.
“My husband, who is very supportive, didn’t see quilting as a big deal. It’s a $3 billion industry,” she said.
There are 10 million quilters in the U.S., according to a 2017 Quilting in America Survey.
In order quantify the honor in terms a track coach could understand, she said:
“Having a quilt on the cover of Quilt Sampler is like you being on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine,” Weirich laughed.
He understood and so did Alison, the couple’s second child.
Alison has made two quilts in her young life and one of those quilts made it into the pages of Quilt Sampler.
“Her quilt is folded up on the top shelf of the shop in one of the pictures in the magazine,” Weirich said. “You can’t see much of it, but she knows exactly where it is.”