Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner's Blog (94)

Get that kid a quilt! It's cold out there - my great nephew, Robert Dean Mitchum III who now owns "Christmas in the Coop."

Well, not only have my sister, Bev's kids not given me pictures, neither have they provided one for her Grandson, Dean so here he is, helping his granddad shovel.  As you may know, we are getting a wintery blast from the Polar Vortex and Chicagoland, where this picture was taken, is also getting tons of snow.

Dean is the proud owner of my very favorite of the 15…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 6, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

I think they are sitting this one out - my niece Angie Mitchum Sharp and her quilt "One Wild Christmas Ride."

A few people (you know who you are and you are all my sister, Bev's children!) have neglected to send me pictures of their families with their Christmas quilt so I am stealing photos wherever I can and making do.  Here is my niece, Angie Mitchum Sharp as she claims her quilt on Thanksgiving night, even before it was her turn.

This quilt, "One Wild Christmas Ride," is…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 6, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Any which way you can - my brother Greg and his quilt "Christmas (I'm in) Bits and Pieces"

Well, I love my brother, Greg, I really do and I love his wife, Deb, not pictured here.  But let's face it kids, he (they?) do not know the top of a quilt from the side, God bless them!

In October this year, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my brother and sister-in-law at our mutual sibling, Bev's birthday and anniversary party in the Chicago suburbs. …

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 6, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Thank you for being a friend; Mark and Pam Allmendinger and their quilt "Mind Your P's and Q's"

There have been a few times in my life when I was truly blessed beyond measure.  The first was to be born in a loving family.  The second was to have two daughters with an outstanding man.  Mark and I married in 1973 when we were just babies, really, with no clue who we were or what marriage was.  We hung in there for 17 years and two daughters.  Then the next surprising…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 16, 2013 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Yes, we can keep our hats on! My sweetheart and I and our Christmas quilt "You Can Keep Your Hat On"

Today is tree trimming day and we took a few minutes out to take our picture for the blog with our quilt "You Can Keep Your Hat On."   It is a beautiful run up to Christmas day and snowing like crazy.  I must admit this is the most relaxing December I have ever had as the quilt project wrapped up on Thanksgiving and all the quilts have found their way home.  I am even taking…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 14, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Sarah, Alex and Huey Warren with "Christmas for Cowboys" in sunny California

On my mother, Ramona's side of this family, there are six grandchildren, now all grown and spread out across the country with spouses and families of their own.  But as children, these kids were all united for a week of fun in the summer time on what came to be called "Gramma week."  My mom would pack up her Nissan with junk food and kids and take them away for a week of…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 14, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The Family Center, Bev and Bob Mitchum and their quilt, "Scootin' Around Christmas"

On Thanksgiving night, after most of the family had gone home or gone to bed, George and I had the opportunity to spend some quiet time with my sister Bev and brother-in-law, Bob, talking about the day, the family, the future.  I had the opportunity to tell my sister that I considered them and their lovely home to be the center of our family, the place where everyone comes…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 11, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

My Co-conspirator, my quilting buddy, my lovely daughter Becky with husband Todd and my granddogs; oh, their quilt, "And We Like Sheep"

One of the most satisfying things in my life this past decade has been purchasing sewing machines for my two daughters, Becky and Jamie.  Ironically, it was my oldest daughter, Jamie who asked for the machine but my youngest daughter, Becky was the one who really took to the craft.  How often do you get the satisfaction of sharing a passion with a daughter?  I do not mean to…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 10, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Jim and Ramona Tennison with "The Old Man's Log Cabin" and the Warren great grandchildren

Mothers and daughters.  The eternal struggle to both define ourselves as "nothing like our mothers" and cherish those things that make us alike. We look so much alike, my mother and I, that MY grandson, Wyatt calls her Gramma Gigi, which is his name for me. We both love books and movies, good food and wine, and we could talk, talk, talk forever.  Politically and religiously,…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 9, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Families and Quilts are naturals together - the Brian and Jenny Warren family in Pasadena, California with "Christmas Postcards from the Edge"

Hope, Kate, Hannah and Josiah people the happy household of my nephew, Brian and his wife, Jennifer in Pasadena, California where "Christmas Postcards from the Edge" now joins the clan.  Brian and Jenny were the first of the cousins on my mom's side of the family to marry and have a jump start on the rest of the cousins in family members.  What a happy crew they are and they…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Jamie and Jeff Osborn and their quilt "Lady of the Lake" in Livermore, California

The holidays are the time of year when I am a bit pensive about my children and their families living far from George and I.  This morning as I sit in my breakfast nook in cold and  snowy southwest Pennsylvania, listening to Christmas CDs and sipping my tea, I feel simaltaneously very far and very close to my children in Livermore, California and Plano, Texas.  I am very…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 8, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

A Christmas quilt for my grandson, Wyatt Zachary Osborn

Is there a boy in there? find the boy among all the stuffed animals and oh yeah, here is his Christmas quilt.  Jamie and Jeff, my daughter and son-in-law, Wyatt's parents, told me they picked out this quilt for him because they thought it was something that would grow with him, not be too young for him as he got older.  I always felt it was a quilt that could stay out all…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 7, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

"The Quilt of the Second Daughter" and her new owners

This is the first of 15 posts featuring the new owners of the quilts of "2013 - The Year of the Christmas Quilt" featuring my baby sister, Denise with her husband Martin and their dog companion, Campbell.  Denise says she selected this quilt (after her niece, my daughter Becky took "And We Like Sheep") because she liked the snowmen motif.   My husband took this great picture…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 1, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

and they all went to new homes and lived happily ever after!

I am still at my family's in Chicagoland so I can't upload any photos yet but I thought I would let you know how the selection came out.  The quilts were phenomenal hits!  The recipients were unbelieving and once it sunk in that they got to take one home, they dug in with relish.  A couple quilts were coveted by two families but only one could have them and it all worked out in the end.

In order of how they were selected, here is how it shook out:

First to choose, daughter and…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 29, 2013 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

The quilts and I are tossing and turning, might as well blog!

It is a beautiful snowy night in Southwest Pennsylvania and I am still up.  I have been tossing quilts and quilt bags on air dry with a damp towel in the dryer all night (I guess you could call me a fluffer) and I am about half way through the 15.  I will finish the rest later today after work (it is 1:30 AM right now).  I did try going to bed but it just wasn't happening for me so here I am.

A few things have happened in the last few days that will have an impact on the quilt giving…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 26, 2013 at 1:54am — 5 Comments

The last photo shoot for the quilts of 2013 - The Year of the Christmas Quilt by my sweetie husband George

This is a woman with a secret.  A secret about to get busted wide open on Thanksgiving Day. 

Here it is the weekend before the big unveiling and I spent the morning outside getting ready for winter.  I stacked all the porch furniture on the front porch with the exception of the white rocker I rescued this spring from the neighbor's trash which I brought inside…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 23, 2013 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

It's all done but the paperwork

Tonight I finished the last details on the last quilt and they are completely finished!  I have started inviting a few close friends and fellow travelers over to see them before they leave town.  Karen came this weekend, Chris and Becky came tonight.  Monday night next week I will throw them individually (with a damp towel) into the dryer to get all the cat hair and lint off and then pop them into their matching bags (which I will also have tumbled in the dryer) and they won't come out again…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 20, 2013 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

17 days to go to the big day....what shall I do with myself between now and then??

Happy 81st birthday to my Momma, Marian Long today and happy 79th birthday to my other momma, Ramona Tennison last Friday.  It is a month of birthdays and they just kinda crept up on me.  I had been so focused on the quilt project, I forgot about birthday presents but fortunately, I work in a museum with a great museum shop and got somethings sent out speedy quick.  I wanted to say, just wait for your big present but I am keeping the secret.

Mom Ramona is particularly curious about…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 11, 2013 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

Quilts in a car, quilts at a bar (not really)

I took the quilts on the road this morning for a photo shoot at my girlfriend's house a few streets over.  It's a beautiful fall day but a tad windy so getting good pictures was a bit of a challenge.  We may have to do this more than once.  It was very cold too but we got shots of all 15 of my babies.  Here they are in the trunk on the way over:

As you can see,…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 3, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

The quilting is done! The quilting is done! Good God Almighty, the quilting is done!

At about 9:45 tonight, Halloween, after spending two hours handing out candy to 200 kids...in the rain, of course and enjoying hot dogs at the neighbors afterwards, I finished the quilting on the last of the 15 quilts.  Whew!  and three days ahead of schedule too!

I will take a picture of the last quilt, called "One Wild Christmas Ride" tomorrow in the daylight and post.  It turned out much nicer than I expected.  But I do think it will take a very special person to pick this…

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Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on October 31, 2013 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

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