Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner's Blog (85)

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

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…


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…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 19, 2018 at 9:00pm — 4 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…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 13, 2018 at 9:34pm — 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…


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


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


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

Making Progress, Making Pillows

Hello fellow quilting fanatics. This has been a very busy month around the Leiner household.  We sold one rental house and bought two more so I have been kept from my quilting by landlady duties.  But I am happy to report that I am making progress on the quilt for Beck and Todd, the quilt that has stymied me all…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 28, 2016 at 10:44pm — 3 Comments

By popular demand, the Cross Stitch Halloween quilt reprised.

My quilting friend, Riana Noyes asked me to do a post on the Halloween cross stitch quilt which is #108 in my albums.  The following are  pictures and some explanations/descriptions of how that quilt came to be.

First the back story.  I have been quilting since I was 18 years old.  I had my first child, Jamie at 23 and my second, Becky at 27.  All through their childhood, I was making quilts and once upon a time, cross stitching as well.  in 1984 or 85 I decided to do a Christmas…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 1, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

A Christmas quilt done in time for Halloween

I know I have been incommunicato for awhile but I have been busy quilting!  Here is the most recent quilt I finished just tonight, a few scant hours before Halloween.  No, you are not crazy, this is a Christmas quilt.  Sometimes, we just don't get to choose the timing of when things get accomplished. 



Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on October 31, 2016 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

What do you do when you are stymied about one quilt you are making? Make another one instead!

Hello Campers!  Welcome to spring and are you all busy on your quilt projects?  I am supposed to be working on my 2nd Daughter, Becky's wedding quilt (they will be married five years next weekend - I am a bit behind) and it has been a challenge from the get-go.  We picked out the fabric last spring during a visit to her house in Plano, Texas.  Here are the fabrics:…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on April 30, 2016 at 8:23pm — 2 Comments

Yak, yak, yakking about quilts and looking like my mother

We are a few weeks into the second half of my quilt show and here is the youtube video from the second half.  I talk about two quilts in particular, Mosaic Wedding Quilt which belongs to my nephew and neice-in-law in Oak Park Illinois and Topography of a Marriage, the lastest wedding quilt for Tom and Artemis Vasilou, my unofficial third daughter.  Here they are:…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on March 14, 2016 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

New Technology and winning the quilt lottery

Hello Campers!  Back at it again after a short hiatus.  Life set me back abit between my father's passing and all the family visits this winter. I visited daughter Becky and granddaughter Sylvia in early February and daughter Jamie and grandson Wyatt were out here in…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on February 18, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

He went home for Christmas

It is with profound sadness that I write to tell you of the death of my father, Gene Edward Long, 82, who died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of December 23, 2015.  He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. 

Rest in peace,…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 31, 2015 at 4:53pm — 6 Comments

Creativity is striking and I cannot sleep

Christmas is fast approaching and all of my family are telling me they are missing their Christmas quilts which I borrowed back for the quilt show. If you are interested, here is another article on the quilt show.

In the midst of the quilt…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 12, 2015 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

I walk, I talk, I push creativity!

The gallery show has been up for about a month now and last week, Saint Vincent College (where the McCarl Coverlet Gallery is located) did an alumni spotlight video of me.  Here it is!  I hope you enjoy it.

Now back to sewing on sleeves on the quilts for the second half of the show beginning February 2, 2016!



Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 8, 2015 at 5:43pm — No Comments

It's almost game day! Quilt Show opening tomorrow!

Here is an article about the quilt show.  Wish me luck!

SVC McCarl Gallery present ‘Changing Seasons’ quilt exhibit…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 11, 2015 at 9:03pm — 1 Comment

Two Holiday Pillows and a quilt show opening

Hello all:

I have been keeping myself busy with little projects in this time before the quilt show opens.  Here are my two newest creations: …


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 8, 2015 at 11:29pm — No Comments

A big week in Quiltland!

First, the postcards came out for the quilt show which is less than a month away.  Yikes!…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on October 18, 2015 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Big News on the Leiner homefront and a new quilt, this time for me.

Things have been happening around here and they have kept me so busy that I have not had time to either blog or quilt so this weekend, I decided it was time to change that and started this delightful flower quilt for me.  It is really rare when I make a quilt for myself but I think I am gonna keep this one.  Here's…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on August 31, 2015 at 11:37pm — 9 Comments

New Granddaughter Ruby Charlotte and her baby quilt from Gramma Gigi (that's me)

She's 10 months old and has gorgeous blue eyes and a no nonsense attitude.  That's  my Ruby Charlotte.  I finished her quilt in April but never got around to writing this post so here I am on Blue Moon night, unable to sleep and typing away.

I first went outside and…


Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on August 1, 2015 at 12:50am — 6 Comments

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