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Time Travel

Looking back. Sometimes it’s a good thing to look back at where we’ve been.

On  Katie Ganshert’s blog today her main character, Bethany took over. Katie is looking forward, or at least planning, on allowing Bethany to return to her hometown. The planned trip has Bethany looking back, way back to her growing up years. So far she doesn’t like what she sees, will the view be different close up?

While Bethany is looking at a real traveling visit, The Quilt Show.com with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, on their Facebook page today asked, “When you chain piece do you sew all the pieces for all the blocks at once, or do you piece a few blocks at a time?”

To answer the question quilters have to look back, in their memories, at quilts they’ve completed by chain piecing and remembering how they sewed the quilt. The answers, on the Facebook page, vary, and are fun to read.

What we can’t read though are the actual memories. Memories about a particular quilt and the problems it caused, or how easily it went together; memories of the reason for the quilt. Sometimes those memories are happy, we are making a quilt for a loved one to enjoy. Sometimes the memories are sadder, the quilt will never be seen or cover a loved one who has left and gone home. Whatever the memories, they’ve been relegated to where they belong, the past, until we are asked to mentally travel back to that time to answer a question.

Returning to our past, either in our memories or physically will help us today. We can see the mistakes we made, both in quilting and in life and adjust our actions to avoid those same mistakes. Staying in the past isn’t good for anyone, but visiting once in a while can help us tremendously.

One thing I learned when I traveled back to answer the quilt question was that I need to sew one block before chaining the entire quilt. That way I’ll know if I’m sewing them right, not upside down or backwards like I did with this leaf block. You can see it looks nothing like a leaf. Ten blocks had been sewn before I

This is what happens when you get in a hurry to finish a block.

realized the mistake. Most of them were ‘unsewn’, however a couple weren’t. The mixed up blocks will be used in the quilt as “crumpled leaves.” Also, traveling back to when the quilt blocks were made, reminded me to take time and verify the correct order of sewing the patches.

This is how the block is meant to look:

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (New King James Version)  “For lo, the winter is past, the rains is over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.”

Have you traveled back to your past, either physically or in your mind? How was the trip? Did you learn anything that can help you today?

The Next Ricky Tims?

He hangs out with his friends. He collects military memorabilia. He’s a Boy Scout. He camps. He’s enrolled in honors classes. He works as a high school soccer referee. He’s looking at a career in architecture. And, he quilts.

A.C. Llanes first began quilting when he was seven years old, when his mother first shared her hobby with him and his brother. Making quilting a family affair in the Llanes household.

Eight years later, fifteen year old A.C. Llanes of Colorado is rapidly becoming a renowned quilter. This year one of his quilts was selected to be among the 30 quilts on display at the Golden Museum’s annual showcase of male quilters. The display included the work of Ricky Tims, a nationally known quilter.

AC’s work was also on display last month  as the Douglas County Fair began, when he donated a quilted pillow to the Colorado Agricultural Foundation (CALF) fundraising dinner. Pillows were donated, used as centerpieces for the dinner, then sold through a silent auction. The dinner raised over $600, with AC’s pillow bringing in $180. AC also made and entered a quilt in the fair.

These are  just two of his most recent quilt accomplishments. AC has been entering his unusual quilts in fairs and contests, and receiving blue ribbons since he began quilting. In 2009 he placed first in the youth division at the 4th Annual Firehouse Quilt Show, in Highlands Ranch Colorado. A picture of that quilt can be seen here.

What attracts this young man to quilting? It could be his interest in architecture. Someday he’d like to design and make building look cool. Quilting allows him mix different designs, shapes and colors. Maybe all architects should consider quilting? It could also be, that like many other quilters, quilting is an outlet for his creative juices.

I’d like to thank my son-in-law for introducing me to AC Llanes. First he assured me “men don’t quilt”,  then he admitted I was right and “men do quilt” shared this story with me. Thanks Joe.