Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Quilt hiatus is over but quilting will not resume full speed ahead unfortunately. I promised myself at least a month off after the Christmas quilts were finished and delivered on Thanksgiving Day and even went a bit beyond as I did not get back to my sewing machine until this week. However, I have a foot surgery scheduled for this coming Monday, January 13 - severe…Continue
Life is very busy when you are a young family with growing careers and a growing kid so I will give my nephew Rob and his wife, Laura, a pass right now for not providing me with a family quilt picture. Rob and Laura are the new owners of my second favorite quilt of the 15 Christmas quilts, "Christmas Chicken in the Pines."…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 6, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 6, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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. …Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on January 6, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 14, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 11, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 10, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 9, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on December 1, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue