The Quilt Alliance membership includes some of the most interesting people in the quilt world! This series introduces and documents the rich stories and talents of our members. In this episode, meet Connie Kincius Griner, a quiltmaker and retired OB/GYN living in Burlington, North Carolina.

We first documented Connie’s work at the International Quilt Festival in 2016. She recorded a Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! video with her quilt “View from the Microscope: Pickled Paramecium.”  And at the 2017 QuiltCon in Savannah, Georgia, Connie recorded a second Go Tell It! in our booth about her quilt “Wrinkly, Irony.” . Connie is busy caring for her grandchildren at home these days with not much time for quilting, so she decided to draw from her collection (she’s quite prolific) for an outdoor quilt show. Since March 27 Connie has displayed a quilt (or two) outside her home each non-rainy day for neighbors and passersby to enjoy. She shared #35 on May 7. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see updates to the outdoor show and more of her work.

We hope you enjoy this virtual visit with Connie!


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How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at:

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


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