Yippee Leslie !!! I was SO proud to see my friend and the person who introduced me to crazy quilting ~ mentioned on page 96 in Cindy Brick's new book "Crazy Quilts." Leslie Levinson was noted as "one of the teachers and artist who contributed to the modern art of crazy quilting...."
Christmas 2000 ~ my Mom gave me a Judith Baker Montano book. I knew when I layed eyes on this book that I would not be complete until I could one day learn this art. The following fall ~ Leslie was offering a class at our local high school. At the first class ~ I realized the magnitude of her talent. She is a layed back , easing going teacher and gave us all the confidence that we could do it! She shared wonderful story's of her years in New York City and wisdom from other "greats" that she has befriended through the years. We were wowed by her truck show and her various themed crazy quilts. She introduced us to "Quilting Arts Magazine" just a few issues old at the time ~ and was one of the writers. Each month she "Demystified" an embroidery stitch. (let me add I miss the magazines dedication to crazy quilting that prevailed in the early issues)
I count Leslie as one of the people who changed my life. Learning to crazy quilt set my life in a new direction. I don't have the time I'd like to devote to it now but no matter when life leads ~ there will always be a place carved out for this art.
Not every teacher has this effect on her students ~ Leslie in her unassuming way ~ does.
Thanks Leslie :)