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Making decisions and living in chaos

Hello Campers:

I have not posted since winter had us by the throat and would not let loose (it lasted til the end of April, for God’s sake) so here I am again to give you an update on what is happening around the quilting house of Leiner Inc.  In a nutshell, I am stuck on making quilt tops (and only quilt tops) that have “inchers,” or one inch squares as I am told they are called.  There is a reason for this, of course.  There always is a reason and that is the story for…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on May 15, 2018 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Did you see this article in the NYTimes on Ken Burns and his quilts?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/arts/design/quilts-ken-burns-international-quilt-study-center-museum.html?smid=fb-share

While browsing facebook in my pj today (a rainy Sunday), I found this short piece on Ken Burns and his quilts.  Awesome.  This man is brilliant!  Aren't you all so proud to be of this tradition?  I particularly like the idea that…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 21, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

A Tired Old Dog learns a New Trick

I haven't talked about it much here but I have decided I am a tired old dog.  I have an excuse of course.  Every old dog does and here is mine.

In March 2017, I had my artificial knee on the left replaced with a new artificial knee as the old one came loose and moved left.

In October 2017, they determined the right artificial knee was infected and took it out, replacing it with a spacer for 5 weeks.  Turns out they were wrong, it was not infected (good news for me) but the…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 19, 2018 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Made the local paper with a piece about Ruby's Christmas Quilt

It's January and apparently a slow news week.   I made the newspaper (print and online version) with a short video and print interview about quilting.  The reporter, Shirley, is a museum friend and called asking me if I would like to talk about quilting.  Can you imagine me saying no???

She asked me to bring my latest project so I brought in Ruby's Christmas quilt.  The top is finished and I think I will wait until I have Sylvia's done as well before I pin and quilt them both.  Maybe…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 13, 2018 at 9:34pm — No Comments

St. Patricks Day Block swap

This block swap will be a St. Patricks Day theme.  All experience levels welcome from beginner to expert. Blocks can be either patchwork or appliqué.  All blocks must be in to me no later than April 1st, 2018. We are looking for 10-16 people to participate.  if you are looking to participate let me know. Once I have a head count of how many people are participating I will let you know how many blocks each person should make.

Rules for the block:

Please…

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Added by Jackie Baker on January 7, 2018 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Happy New Home!

Hello Everyone,

Robyn sent me this happy shot of my present in her spare bedroom and I thought I'd share with you at last! I already have decided she also needs a quilt so desperately on that bed too! So I will go shopping for some more of my fabrics and make a rather plain nine patch but will add perhaps several blocks of the smaller cushions in the centre and finish off with a rather plain quilt so their is some…

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Added by Julie Beard on December 25, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

We are a family of snappy dressers for sure!

Merry Christmas morning to you all!  As I sit here this snowy morning, alternately sipping my Christmas tea and Diet Coke, I am contemplating the year soon to end and another about to begin.  I once told someone a good year was three quilts completed and by that definition, this was a good year.  I finished Becky's…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 25, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Hiding in the seam allowance

I hope this is the right place to post this question, but I really need some help here. I am working on a patchwork large quilt and am to the sash strips point. Despite my very careful cutting and attention to my seam allowance I have ended up with some very wonky edges. I have tried to hide some of this in th seam allowance but some places need more than that. I am still kinda a beginner and had this problem while making placemats and ended up turning the 9 patch into smaller wonky pieces…

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Added by Juliana Noble Giles on December 22, 2017 at 8:25am — 3 Comments

Long Island MQG Takes Manhattan

LIMQG Takes Manhattan

Added by Mario Mulea on September 20, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

You Can Vote for Fall Paducah Best of Show!

We are on count down to voting for the Janome America Best of Show and the six other top awards for the AQS QuiltWeek® – Fall Paducah, Kentucky 2017.

Voting will open at 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Anyone with an email address can cast a VOTE – use your Smartphone, iPad, home computer, or vote from one of three Voting Stations at the show. Voting…

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Added by American Quilter's Society on September 11, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Gramma Gigi's pumpkin quilt which became a story about Uncle Jack

My family was blended long before that became a fashionable term.  My parents divorced in 1958 (I was 3) and my dad, who had custody of my sister Bev and I remarried a wonderful woman in 1959 who became Mom to us and gave us our sister, Denise.  Mom was a 26 year old secretary with her own car and the family…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on September 10, 2017 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

2017 Schedule for Arts, Crafts, Teaching & Sharing (ACTS) Ministry

Here is the 2017 schedule for meetings of the ACTS Ministry (Arts, Crafts, Teaching & Sharing) at West Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

This is a group of people who get together to crochet, quilt, sew, needle tat, knit, make jewelry, and enjoy each others company. We multiply our joys and divide our burdens while we meet with each other. Many members of this group are not members of this church, as we met through classes that I taught. Beginners in these or other arts &…

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Added by Monica Schmidt on July 17, 2017 at 11:38am — No Comments

Just me and the universe quilt-

I just posted a story of how this quilt come to be, even when things are all wrong something beautiful can come out, check it out my friends.

Added by cindy greenwell on July 3, 2017 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Jack's Chain

has anyone made the Jack' chain quilt? If so I would love to see it. I'm in the process of doing one of my own, what a workout. I found the pattern in  a quilters newsletter dated back toJuly of 1998. This is a great pattern. Just wondering  how other quilters did.

Added by cindy greenwell on June 19, 2017 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

Northcott Challenge Winner - Canada 150 yrs

Just won 1st place in our guild with these funky woodland creatures. Added lots of hand quilting to the machine applique. Animal patterns by Wendy Gratz of Shiny Happy…

Added by Irmgard Jacob on June 16, 2017 at 3:14pm — 5 Comments

A Wedding Quilt finished on Mother's Day

"There is no remedy for love but to love more."  (Thoreau);  "A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short." (Andre Maurois);  "Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backwards." (e.e. cummings)';  "All, everything that I understand, I understand because I love." (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace); "No one has ever measured, not even poets, how much the human heart can hold." (Zelda Fitzgerald).

These are the five quotes about…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on May 14, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

JUST SOME DOODLING!

On Friday, March 10, I drove from Champaign, IL  to St. Joseph, Michigan to attend a class at Accomplish Quilting on Saturday, March 11th.  It was the first class for training on my new Innova machine.  There were about 8 others in the class and some ladies brought their husbands with them.  We got to know each other and learn more about our machines.  Accomplish Quilting sells more than just Innova's and so they had others there who were learning more about their Gammill machines or other…

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Added by LynnEl Springer on March 14, 2017 at 3:33pm — No Comments

You might be a quilter if you _______________________

Thought this might be fun. You might be a quilter if you ____fill in the blanks. So I was making a chili dog and this happened. …

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Added by Deirdre Ford on March 3, 2017 at 10:19pm — 13 Comments

My First Quilted Piece on the New Innova!

How fun it was to work on this quilt!  I didn't know how I was going to quilt the set-in triangles all around the quilt, but I laid it down and just started drawing with my rulers and my chalk pencil and out came the design!  Thanks to Lisa H. Calle for her Divide and Design instruction - class at MQX Springfield (Midwest) and also her online iQuilt class!  I LOVE how this turned out.  Enjoy!…

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Added by LynnEl Springer on February 23, 2017 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

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