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00:00:17 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Okay, we are down on the floor of the quilt festival.

00:01:31 - Quilt brought in for interview, "Pharaoh"

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Partial Transcript: Now, give us a good overview of the quilt that we’re talking about today.

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about taking an Egyptology course prior to creating the quilt, which is based on an Egyptian tomb wall design. She discusses the various fabrics and fibers she used to create the quilt. She talks about how she used the specific fabrics to create specific designs on the quilt. She discusses the embroidery threads on the quilt with the interviewer, noting the different weights and sizes of the various threads. Leichner then talks about the color patterns of the quilt, attempting to make it as accurate as possible to the colors of a real Egyptian tomb. She then talks about her process in creating the quilt.

Keywords: Art quilts; Beading on quilts; Commercial fabrics; Commercial threads; Creative processes; Egyptian designs; Egyptian inspired quilts; Embroidery threads; Hand dyed fabrics; Polyester threads; Quilt designs; Quilt inspirations; Show quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Egyptology; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:09:37 - First interest in quilting

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Partial Transcript: Well, how did you become interested in quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner recalls her great-grandmother, who was a great artist and embroidery artist, who left her a basket of her needles and thread at the age of 12. She talks about learning to embroider and receiving formal art training.

Keywords: Art education; Embroidery artists; Family crafters; Formal art training; Needlework as art

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Embroidery; Fabric arts; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:10:47 - Quilting studio

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Partial Transcript: Tell us about your studio.

Segment Synopsis: Leichner discusses telling her husband she needed a quilting studio in their home. She talks about how her studio has expanded as her children have grown up and moved out of the house.

Keywords: Art spaces; Art studios; Family life; In-home studios; Personal spaces; Quilting studio

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Families; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:11:36 - Quilting routine / Quilting’s impact on family life

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Partial Transcript: How often are you quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about her daily quilting routine, spending at least 2-8 hours per day quilting. She discusses how supportive her family is of her quilting, with her daughter learning to sew as well. She talks about how her husband cooks for their family so she can continue to quilt.

Keywords: Daily routines; Family life; Quilting and families; Supportive families; Supportive husbands

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Families; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:12:23 - Other family quilters

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Partial Transcript: Are there other quilters in your family?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner discusses how her mother is also a quilter. She cites her mother as most responsible for introducing her to quilting as a child. She recalls not properly using quilts as a child, so she is careful to teach her children to respect quilts.

Keywords: Family quilters; Mother and daughter quilters; Proper care of quilts; Using quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Families; Mothers; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:13:09 - Favorite aspects of quilting

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Partial Transcript: What do you find the most pleasing when you’re quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner cites color as her favorite aspect of quilting. She discusses her enjoyment of putting unusual colors on her quilts.

Keywords: Color patterns; Quilt colors

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:13:45 - Qualities of great quilts

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Partial Transcript: Well when you look at all the other quilts that are hanging here...

Segment Synopsis: Leichner discusses how design is the most important and impactful aspect of quilting, more so than workmanship.

Keywords: Art quilts; Impactful quilts; Quilt designs; Quilt festivals; Quilt shows; Quilt workmanship

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Craftsmanship; Decorative arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:14:20 - Quilt design process

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Partial Transcript: What is your design process?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about finding a design focal point and then building the design on that focal point. She discusses how she made her Egyptian quilt, through trial and error. She talks about how a design should impact the eye. She also discusses using the computer to design quilts in order to properly piece them together. Leichner talks about how and why she machine quilted her Egyptian quilt.

Keywords: Computer designing quilts; Creative processes; Design processes; Designing quilts; Egyptian quilts; Piece quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Creativity; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:17:23 - Machine quilting vs. hand quilting

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Partial Transcript: Well, how do you feel about the difference between machine quilting and hand quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about keeping an open mind about quilting processes. She believes rejecting one technique for another is closing yourself off to a different style of quilting.

Keywords: Art quilts; Contemporary quilts; Creative processes; Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Traditional quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Creativity; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Sewing machines; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:18:34 - Qualities of a great quilter

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Partial Transcript: Ho--what do you think makes a great quilter?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner believes a balanced approach when it comes to quilting makes a great quilter, focusing on both design and workmanship. She talks about how she picks techniques which endure washing machines.

Keywords: Proper care of quilts; Qualities of a great quilter; Quilt designs; Quilt preservation; Quilting techniques; Workmanship

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Craftsmanship; Creativity; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:19:43 - Quilting’s impact on personal life

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Partial Transcript: Well what, what has been the influence in your life with your quilting? What doors have been opened?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about the various and numerous opportunities she has received from her quilting career. She discusses her teaching career as well as the possibility of selling her quilt designs to other quilters. Leichner continues to talk about her “Pharaoh” quilt and the difficulties she experienced in making the quilt.

Keywords: Career opportunities; Career options; Personal discovery; Quilt designs; Quilting careers; Teaching quilting

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Career changes; Crafts & decorating; Creativity; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:21:50 - Preservation of quilts

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Partial Transcript: How are these quilts going to be preserved?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about her collection of 1930s quilts and quilt books. She discusses how she properly preserves her antique books, which she will donate to a museum so they are properly cared for. Leichner further talks about her own quilts, which she would like to donate to a museum so they are properly cared for. She discusses how she only gifts her quilts to people who will care for them properly.

Keywords: Acid-free paper; Antique collections; Antique quilt books; Antique quilts; Proper quilt care; Quilt preservation

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Permanent paper; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:24:33 - Involvement on the internet

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Partial Transcript: What about the internet? How are you involved with that?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner discusses the positive benefits of the internet on her quilting and her involvement in quilting shows. She talks about buying obscure fabrics and threads online as well as learning about art and traditional quilt design tips.

Keywords: Commercial fabrics; Commercials threads; Online forums; Positive effects of the internet; Quilting communities; Quilting forums; Quilting on the internet

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Internet; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:25:48 - Traditional Baltimore quilts

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever do a, a traditional Baltimore Album, then?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about how she does not typically follow the patterns she buys, which led to her creating her own quilt designs.

Keywords: Baltimore quilt albums; Creative processes; Individual quilt designs; Quilt designs; Quilt patterns; Traditional quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:26:20 - Sharing quilt knowledge

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Partial Transcript: How do you feel about sharing everything you know?

Segment Synopsis: Leichner discusses how some of her copyright designs have been infringed upon in the past, but for the most part she is open with sharing her knowledge of quilting with other quilters.

Keywords: Quilting communities; Sharing knowledge; Teaching quilting

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Intellectual property; Quilting; Quilting today; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:27:14 - Personal quilting style

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Partial Transcript: Do you see that you have a particular style or design that--

Segment Synopsis: Leichner talks about how she is not a traditional or art quilter, but a bit of both.

Keywords: Art quilts; Personal quilt style; Quilting style; Traditional quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:28:02 - Grandfather’s impact on quilting

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Partial Transcript: Uh, is there something we haven’t covered that--

Segment Synopsis: Leichner cites her grandfather as a source for her quilting and embroidery talent, as he supported all of her artistic and quilting efforts. She talks about how her grandfather waited for her to return home from a quilt show to pass away, and how she created a quilt for him in his honor.

Keywords: Family heirlooms; Family influences; Family life; Personal quilt meanings; Quilt designs

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Egyptology; Families; Grandfathers; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women