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Thread: Farewell and Thank You, Bonnie Leman

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    Bonnie Leman, the founder of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in 1969, and a member of the Quilter's Hall of Fame, died over the past weekend.

    Back in 1969, there were no quilting magazines as we know them today. I discovered QNM in the mid-70s, when it was still pretty much just that - a newsletter of few pages printed on rough stock with nothing but line drawings. It was a family effort and grew and grew until it evolved into the slick production that is today. Even if you don't like it now, it was a wonderful thing back then.

    Thank you Bonnie, for helping to rejuvenate interest in quilting. If there is a quilter's heaven, Bonnie is there waiting for the rest of us.

    http://thequiltershalloffame.blogspo...nie-leman.html

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    Oh NO...SO sad. Thanks for the info.

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    So sorry to hear that. Thank you for letting us know

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    Sorry to hear of her passing

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    Bonie's contributions to the quiltilng world will me missed. She was such a talented lady. I loved reading her columns in QNM.

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    It's so sad to hear of her passing. What a major contributor to the world of quilting she was. Sympathies to her family and friends. We'll miss you, Bonnie.

    Jan in VA

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    I am really sad hearing this. She and her husband launched a magazine I subscribed to for over 2 decades.
    She was a huge influence in my early years of quilting which has continued to this day.
    What a great lady in the quilt world!

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    i can remember looking at some of the first black and white NEWSLETTERS on newspint paper. Thank God for her and her work in the quilting world

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    So very sorry to hear this, thank you for letting us know

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    Here is another link with information about Bonnie Leman. Back in the "olden days" of the 70's Quilters Newletter was the only continuous magazine we had. There were several local and regional newsletters that we collected but nothing nationally. I have heard the story (not sure if it was true) that Bonnie did the first Newsletters on a mimeograph machine on her kitchen table. I met her in 1078 at the First Continental Quilting Congress in Alexandria Virginia. I attended a reception for her and some other quilting stars attending the convention. At that time I lived in WV and was working with the convention. I just felt it was important she know what I was a male quilter. So, I maneuvered myself to give her this important information. I explained that I lived in WV and worked in DC and was a quilter. She looked up at me and said "you know Rosie Greer crochets when he travels, you will not be able to call yourself a quilted until you do it on the train". I will never forget those words. She was a gracious lady. And no, I never "did it on the train". That was back in the days before it was cool for a man to quilt. Here is the info from another site.

    While we mourn the passing of Bonnie Leman, founding editor of Quilters Newsletter Magazine and a pioneer of the quilting revival, it's worthwhi
    le to put her career and gift in perspective. Whether you knew her or not, you may appreciate hearing Bonnie talk about her work in her own words.
    Click on this link, http://www.allianceforamericanquilts...hp?id=3D5-16-7
    to see the detailed online portrait of Bonnie that is part of the Quilt Treasures project run jointly by the Alliance for American Quilts, Michigan State University Museum and MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at MSU. Thanks once again to those who funded Bonnie's portrait, especially Jinny Beyer and Lake Mills Studios. Bonnie Leman's legacy will continue, and not just in the form of her magazine. She took quilts seriously, and forced others to take a deeper look.

    Meg Cox, president, Alliance for American Quilts

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    So sad, she was a wonderful woman had something nice to say about everyone and always remembered your name. She will be truly missed. Her daughter will carry on the tradition I suppose.

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    God rest her soul

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    QNN was the first quilt magazine I every subscribed too. When Bonnie was in control it was the best quilting magazine you could buy. It was like receiving a quilt book in the mail every month. She was truly a quilt legend. My prayers to her family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    She took quilts seriously, and forced others to take a deeper look.

    Meg Cox, president, Alliance for American Quilts
    Bonnie Leman's editorials usually brought a different perspective to the issue at hand. She will be missed.

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    Thank you.

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    Thank you for sharing this. I didn't know! I still have ALL of my early magazines and Bonnie blazed a great trail!

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    Sorry to hear this...I really enjoy Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. It was one of the first ones I subscribed to. She left a wonderful legacy!!

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    Thanks for letting us know..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marquilt
    Bonnie Leman, the founder of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in 1969, and a member of the Quilter's Hall of Fame, died over the past weekend.

    Back in 1969, there were no quilting magazines as we know them today. I discovered QNM in the mid-70s, when it was still pretty much just that - a newsletter of few pages printed on rough stock with nothing but line drawings. It was a family effort and grew and grew until it evolved into the slick production that is today. Even if you don't like it now, it was a wonderful thing back then.

    Thank you Bonnie, for helping to rejuvenate interest in quilting. If there is a quilter's heaven, Bonnie is there waiting for the rest of us.

    http://thequiltershalloffame.blogspo...nie-leman.html
    I have almost all of the "Newsletter" from 1984 thru 2007. Many of these are printed on rough stock even then. They are for sale if anyone is interested.

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    I'm a long time subscriber to QN, Bonnie was a quilting legend! We might not be enjoying our passion as we do now without her blazing the trail.

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