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8B Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter 'Mr. Quilt' provides inspiration to Piecemakers Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com Over the last couple years, the United States has faced a severe decline in the job mar- ket, and a dramatic rise in unemployed individuals. This has had a direct im- pact on job seekers, as many are forced to learn new skills and be more creative in their job search. Don Linn, from Redding, had such an experience when he was the victim of corpo- rate downsizing. In a desper- ate attempt to make money, he opened his eyes to all pos- sibilities, which took him down a life-changing path he never expected. Linn's efforts to find a new job were coming up empty until one day his wife guilted him into attending a quilt show with her on the Oregon Coast. While waiting for her to finish shopping, he spotted a woman operating a sewing machine on rollers and tracks. "I had no idea what she was doing, but I have always loved machines and making things," Linn said. After asking the woman what she was doing, she grabbed Linn by the arm and led him through the entire quilt show. "She forced me to look at the quilts and, more importantly, the quilting." Linn said. After the woman told Linn she was paid to quilt, he de- cided to research the concept of making money from the craft. "I couldn't care less about quilting," he said, "but I fell in love with the creativity as- pect of it.." After teaching himself to machine quilt, he decided to do trunk shows and demon- strations for quilting guilds. He realized in order to do this he would need to learn piece quilting. Linn said, "Being a typical male, I figured that if ladies could do this then it should be easy for a man to do. I had no idea how hard it was to do a good job of making a simple quilt." Eventually, he started teach- ing quilting classes and devel- oping his own techniques. Mr. Quilt (Don Linn) demonstrates his Circles & Curves quilting technique to Chester Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Sept. 11, at Mr. Maid Quilters. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne As a joke among family and friends, Linn decided to serf-proclaim himself as "Mr. Quilt," a moniker he has be- come well known by. "I fig- ured if Bob Uecker (a mediocre baseball player), could be 'Mr. Baseball', I could be 'Mr. Quilt'," he said. According to Mr. Quilt, the moniker is what really changed his life. It opened the door for his appearance on the HGTV show, "Simply Quilts", which gained him more popularity in the world of quilting and a bigger audi- ence to instruct. Having knowledge of his story, Chester Piecemakers Quilt Guild invited Mr. Quilt to put on a trunk show dur- ing their Sept. 10 board meet- ing, at Chester Memorial Hall. The next day, he was invit- ed by the guild to teach them his Circles & Curves quilting technique at Mtn. Maid Quil- ters in Chester. The women were full of in- spiration as Mr. Quilt worked with them at improv- ing their skills and develop- ing a new technique. Despite hard economic times, Linn found a way to earn money and enjoy doing it. "I have gone from being completely bottomed out, to doing things that never in my life would I have dreamed of doing," he said. "I am blessed to be able to do something that I enjoy and to be surrounded by so many wonderful creative people." Leaf-peepers get ready f another '!00wesome Autumn' Summer is officially over now and Plumas County's fabulous fall color show is about to start! The Plumas County Tourism, Recreation and Hospitality Council is carrying on the annual Awe- some Autumn promotion started by the Plumas Coun- ty Visitors Bureau years ago. This promotion has helped increase tourism throughout the county and brought worldwide exposure to local forests and communities. A huge market of nature-ori- ented tourists and photogra- phers is continuing to bring revenue to the county. The service provided by the Awesome Autumn website link via plumas county.org includes daily leaf-peeper reports, fall photography tips, fall events and special offers on GIRLS NIGHT OUT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 4-SPM St00eeve'ge Come Shop and Enjoy Some Champagne/ seasonal lodging and shopping. The blog helps keep Plumas County at the top or very high up on search en- gine result lists when prospective visitors search for fall foliage viewing sites in California. Facebook and Twitter posts help carry the message to groups of people already familiar with Plumas County. The reports are also passed along to other websites specializing in fall color throughout the Sierra Nevada. The Tourism council maintains the blog, but de- pends on local residents, businesses and returning vis- itors to witness and report on the color-changing process. Reports and photos can be emailed to info@plumas county.org or posted on face- book.com/plumascounty. Re- ports should ideally include type of foliage, color, loca- tion, directions (if needed) and an estimate of color development: 100 percent (peak), 50 to 75 percent (moderate) or something less than that. Those submitting reports are also asked to include their name and any interest- ing detail they'd like to add, such as a beautiful walk, an event, a fishing trip, etc. Leaf-peeper reports also should be made as soon as possible following the ex- perience in order to keep the blog up to date. The council needs reports from any and all locations throughout the county and region -- so ven- tures out into the forest are encouraged! The council also invites business people to pass on stories .of fall colors they hear from their cus- ! . . tomers -- with permzssmn, of course. Two of the regular Hello, my name is Honey Bee'I am a one and a half year old Lab Shepard Mix. I am a very shy submissive friendly young lady. I do fairly well on a leash and know the commands "shake, "down .... sit" and "come". I love to train for treats and cuddle and am clean in my kennel. I would love to find my forever home. Come give me a visit down at the High Sierra Animal Rescue and see if I am the dog for you!! Breed: Labrador Retreiver/ Australian Shepherd (mix) Age: 1 1/2 yrs Gender: Female Size/Weight: 52 lbs Altered: Yes Color: Black Current on shots Ref. # 2344 S/erra Ane00a/Rescue Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Mon. thru Sat. (530) 832-4727 That's what the local professional staff at Flanigan- Leavitt do for their clients. ' Visit or call one of their offices 6190 Mee Anne Ave. for all your insurance needs, i; Flanigan-Leavitt SUSA.V,..e ;i: 400 West Main Street 608 Main Street :iiii!i i!iiii ili:i!i ili!i) iiiii!i, iii 530.283.1112 530.257.7291 Ste #t 775.747.9710 : www:flaniganleavitt.com CA LiCense 0E05639 - NV License 17793 :: leaf-peeper contributors to the blog, Joe Willis and Richard McCutcheon, have already sent early foliage reports. Look for more at plumascounty.org. LETTERS, from page 7B the government or environ- mentalists that caused all these rules and regulations to be put in place. As for me, I would like to say thank you to all the fire- fighters and God bless each and every one of you and the families that support and love you and pray for your safety. Toni Kelley Quincy Firefighters must follow rules As a proud mother of a US- FS firefighter, I can assure you that based on the stories he tells of the "fight," the end goal is most definitely extin- guishment or at the very least containment. The way fires are fought now definitely differs from the past. There are reasons behind these changes. Most likely some unfortunate event occurred, resulting in a sub- stantial lawsuit costing the state or federal government thousands of dollars. We all know, as residents of California, when something of that nature occurs, the rules and regulations change. No one is arguing the fact that thousands of acres lost is a sad, scary event. The point that should be considered is that everyone has rules and regulations to follow (even the USFS firefighter) to singly blame an organization, or specifically the hard workers of an organization, is pure and simple ignorance. I often hear how frustrating it is to work for the federal government because of the rules and regulations. One should not judge the way the work is being done by the worker when the worker must abide by these predeter- mined factors. Concerning the environ- mentalists ... Areyou serious? They are a huge part of the reason that our forests are overgrown, logging has di- minished and the threat of our public land being taken away from us has occurred. It also seems they are on a cur- rent mission to ban all hunt- ing in the state. I have chosen to raise my family here, but the state of California seems to want to put an end to a lot of the things that make this county what it is. I will, along with many oth- ers I am sure, continue to thank my son, and all other firefighters. Jessica Coelho Quincy We don't have all the answers but we can help you find your own. Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at 1-877-332-2754 or 283-4333 for information. Crisis Line li Resource 283-4333 n.)m Center 1-877-332-2754 or" 283-5515 A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center Safety. Style Economy as high as 45mpg as low as s14,995 Insurance Institute For Highway Safety Pick of2012 Joelene Strozzi (775) 233-3032 joelene@fiarofreno.corn 7 Kietzke Ln., Reno