Saturday, 16 August 2008

Have You Seen This Man?

It's easy to miss him, or not...what with all the gushing quilters clamboring all around him.

Please meet my interviewee, Mr. Ricky Tims; though I realize his charm and talents are well likely to precede his name in blogville just as they did this morning. After an early morning flight, I arrived in Birmingham amid chatter in the hotel lobby, chatter on the shuttle and more chatter in the entrance line about this musician, this quilter, this storyteller. I knew the instant I began eavesdropping, who they were talking of at this colorful Festival of Quilts.

An hour later I found myself straddling the throng of babbling quilters working hard to position themselves into a conversation with The Man himself. Showing uptmost interest and sincerety, he greeted each quilter with all of his attention. I quickly felt sinister for pressing forward knowing my motives were less humbling than that of each mesmerized lady who stood before him. I had nothing to offer but a pitiful apology for missing his show the night before.

His glorious quilts hung all around me. His queue of visitors had allowed me the time to browse and admire each one. Wow. He was pure artist in every sense of the word. And yet, they hung there now, mocking me. I missed his show; something told me the quilts were just the tip of the iceberg. How dare I crowd in with my business agenda?

And yet, he is kind. One look in his eyes and you know he is kind. True to this word, he graciously invited me tomorrow morning for a one-to-one chat. Privately. Before any of his fans arrive at the festival.

But not this one. I should be so lucky.


Sew Create It - Jane said...

You LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Girl...You're at the FoQ!!! that AND you are meeting Ricky!! Have a great time and best of luck with the'll be great.

Wish I was going to the FoQ this year...I live so close, but yet my schedule and family commitments mean I can't make it this year...

If you get a chance have a look for the "season quilt" in the group entries (It the one with all the different half trees) One of those halves is mine :o) It's the group quilt made by the Lutterworth Piecemakers.

Have a great time!

The Quilting Pirate said...

what a great story! I'm glad you got to meet him, he is truly inspiring!

gramakas said...

Wow, such a fun event! I wish I lived a few oceans closer. I have to say though that I have been lucky enough to take an all day class from Mr. Ricky Tims about 3 or 4 years ago. I did have to travel to the neighboring state but sooooo worth the effort (once I got home safe and sound from traveling in a MAJOR snow storm).