Bonnie Leman 1926-2010

Every issue of Quiltmaker lists Bonnie Leman at the top of our masthead as our founder. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie, I am grateful for all that she did for quilting in general and for Quiltmaker magazine in particular. Earlier this week when news came to the office that Bonnie had died, I asked Caroline Reardon, former editor of Quiltmaker who worked for Bonnie for many years, to write a tribute on behalf of QM.

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Bonnie Leman, 1991

“We have lost a great lady. Bonnie Leman, founder of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine and Quiltmaker, passed away September 4, 2010. She was a petite, modest woman with seven children who, in the late 1960’s, revived the quilting world to what has become a thriving art form rich with innovative products and passionate quilters. She had an acuity for assessing both trends and needs in the quilting world and through QNM gave unbiased voice to all perspectives. Because of her we have more quickly embraced machine quilting, art quilts and computer contributions.

Bonnie was a respected journalist who insisted on accurate information, precise writing and elegant clarity, qualities which have made both QNM (now QN) and Quiltmaker outstanding publications. In the office she guided the magazines’ contents with savvy and finesse, quietly but firmly expressed displeasure when something was amiss, and often sparkled with wise and witty repartee.

Bonnie changed our lives. She enriched us by elevating a home craft to a well respected art form, offered each of us an exciting avenue for personal creativity, and brought international friends together through fabric and design. She was our guiding light and we will miss her dearly.”

Caroline Reardon
former special projects editor, Quilter’s Newsletter
former editor, Quiltmaker

The more that I have read online tributes from those who knew her personally, I am honored that my job is a direct result of Bonnie’s legacy. For all of the quiltmakers Bonnie inspired over the past decades and for the legacy she left to inspire us for decades to come, Quiltmaker magazine is grateful for Bonnie Leman. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and followers.

Read more about Bonnie from Quilter’s Newsletter about Bonnie’s Remarkable Legacy and the Quilter’s Hall of Fame.

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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4 Responses to Bonnie Leman 1926-2010

  1. Celia Donnelly says:

    I profoundly thank Mrs. Leman for her excellent and tireless work. I noticed Quiltmaker and Quilter’s Newsletter when I first began to quilt back in the 90′s. I have made many Quiltmaker Quilts and now I know who to thank. Bonnie has transformed my world and I appreciate her.

  2. Cheyenne Renard says:

    I had never met Bonnie Leman but i have her to thank for bringing quiting out into the main steam. She will be forever remembered for all of her accomplishments. She is now at rest and im sure working up in Heaven on the next quilting project for the Angels to make. She is with our dear sweet Heavenly father no longer weighted down with her earthly body now she can quilt for hrs and not stop. Bonnie Thank you for all you have given us . May your family rejoice that you are now free to do what you love doing Quilting as long as you like . My heart goes out to your family I know they will miss you dearly. Again Thank you so much for all you gave us.

  3. Suz K says:

    I was sad to read that Bonnie had passed away. So many of us are indebted to her for introducing us to quilting and constantly offering us inspiration. Bonnie’s family are in my prayers.

  4. Sandy A. says:

    It saddens me so to read of the passing of Bonnie. To me, she is the official Quilt Queen! Without her taking a leap of faith so many years ago, quilting would still be in the closet, along with many well known quilter’s of today. Bonnie, the quilting world owes you and thanks you, ‘big time’!
    To Bonnie’s family and dear friends, I offer my deepest sympathy’s and will keep you all in my prayer’s.

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