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“Every new beginning comes with some other beginning’s end.”


Welcome to a new year! I love this time of year so much: quilters and sewists everywhere are reflecting on the work of their hands, minds and hearts in 2015, sharing photos and words across the internet and allowing us insight into their lives and their craft.  At the same time, they’re setting their intentions for 2016, offering up their enthusiasm and goals for the coming year. It’s a great time to take stock of who we are, and where we are going, and I am delighted to be able to share some of that with you, as the new blogger for Modern Quilts Unlimited.

My name is Amanda (Mandy) Leins, and I am the woman behind Mandalei Quilts, where you can find my personal blog, longarming studio, and shop. Professionally, I am a designer, longarm quilter, teacher and Craftsy instructor, and author (my first book came out in 2015 called Wanderlust Quilts, and I have projects in magazines, including the Winter issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited!)

"Temple Steps", from my book. Courtesy of Stash Books, photo by Nissa Brehmer.
“Temple Steps”, from my book. Courtesy of Stash Books, photo by Nissa Brehmer.

As a teacher and quilter, my philosophy is that everyone deserves to grow in their craft how they wish, and my goal is to help make that possible by giving whatever information and encouragement I can. To me, the most important thing is that people make what they love and love what they make. I believe that quilting is a journey full of interesting sites to explore, new friends to get to know, and different paths that we can choose to take, and one of my goals for blogging here is to share some of the things that can add to your journey: Tips, techniques, interviews with new designers, resources, you name it, we’re going to be sharing that with you. Working with Modern Quilts Unlimited is a good fit for both of us! I hope that you will join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing your own insights.  We have so much to learn from each other!  Posts will come every Tuesday and Friday, so be sure to subscribe via email or to add us to your RSS reader.

So welcome to you, dear readers, and to 2016!  It’s going to be a fabulous year!

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