Leana MoonSpinner

MoonSpinner Fiber Arts

It started with a series of counted cross stitch Teddy Bears… “What are you going to do with them?” someone asked, and I decided they should become a quilt. So began a lifetime of quilting. Dazzling color, design and texture combine to evoke strong associations: golden light of an autumn afternoon or the comfort of home on a winter evening. Traditional designs mingle with modern; whimsical with sophisticated.

One evening as the full moon rose over a huge old sycamore tree, was inspired to make an art quilt of it. “Silverlake Sycamore” not only was Best of Show at NJ State Fair, but also won the Peter’s Valley Scholarship award. It prompted me to begin a series of art quilts of trees. Now as I drive through the countryside, I’m always looking for another tree with distinct presence. I stop to snap a quick photo that I turn into a pattern. My newest tree quilt is of a tree I saw in Watuaga County, NC. 

When I’m not creating art quilts, I’m sewing functional pieces. I make sets of two, four or more placemats. On road trips I take a stack of potholders to finish by hand. My newest project has been sets of coasters in their matching quilted boxes.

Shows and Awards 

BOOKED: PAST AND PRESENT, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, (2019)

BOOKED 15, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, N (2018)

BOOKED 14, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ (2017)

NJ Quilt Fest, Edison, NJ (2018) Judged

Cherrywood Hand-dyed Fabrics Challenges

Wicked Traveling Exhibit (2014)

Lion King Traveling Exhibit (2016)

VanGogh French Collection Traveling Exhibit (2018)

 Ontario, Canada; AQS Paducah Spring Show; International Quilt Show, Houston, TX;   Sisters, Oregon Show; National Quilt Museum; La Manufacture Bohin, Normandy, France

Pennsylvania Extravaganza of Quilts, Oaks, PA (2016) Judged

Garden State Quilt Show Morristown, NJ (2016) Judged

Evening Star Harvest of Quilts, Belvidere, NJ (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009)

NJ State Fair, Augusta, NJ (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) Judged

 Best of Show (2018, 2014)

Peter’s Valley Scholarship Award (2014)

MoonSpinner Art Quilts, one-woman show, PNC Bank, Blairstown, NJ (2013)

Common Threads Quilt Airing, Long Valley, NJ (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) 

 Best of Show (2013, 2012)

Kindred Art Quilters Show, Clarence Dillon Public Library, Bedminster, NJ (2012)