Admittedly "drug to a show of blankets" by his wife, Don Linn discovered a whole new world in quilting. The quilt artist, teacher, and author - now known as Mr. Quilt among friends and fellow quilters - describes how he began by quilting for others on a longarm machine, and soon moved to designing his own work. He shares his current passion for Art Deco with a show and tell of his quilts, and demos the "how-I-did-its" of his quilt, Flying High, inspired by this episode's location, the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs. Alex adds to the learning with a lesson on how to make "chicklette sticks" (you'll need to watch to understand!), and Alex and Ricky view the Academy's weekly parade formation of 4,300 cadets and enjoy a Chapel tour with Cadet Teddy Reicks.
Don Linn (Mr. Quilt)
TQS visits the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. In the Cadet Chapel, Alex teaches a matchstick technique for piecing.
Don Linn, AKA Mr. Quilt, joins us and shares his story and quilts.
Don teaches how to design and construct his U.S. Air Force Academy quilt.
We get a personal tour of the Academy from Cadet Teddy Reicks, son of quilter Jill Reicks of the Pine Needles Sewing Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Don shows Alex and Ricky another one of his quilts and then talks about his other artistic passions, including metal and wood working.