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Dubai to Hot Springs

I’ve just returned from Dubai where I had a fantastic time teaching four master class sessions to about 80 students on one day and the privilege of judging their quilt show on the next. My co-judge was Ina Meyer from South Africa. Dubai is a multi-cultural city with a tremendous number of Ex-pats working there. The women focus their time on patchwork and there were amazing quilts to see. The Desert Quilt Guild (formerly the Dubai Quilt Guild) works in conjunction with Classic Quilts and Quilting, a wonderful quilt shop owned by Shanker and Mala Ramakrishnan.

Here is a link to photos of the winning quilts in a ‘digital magazine’ format.

Below are photos I took while I was there. It was a short trip, but I made many wonderful friends and met fantastic quilters from all over the Middle East.

Check out the winners at the Dubai Quilt Show here.

Ricky had a fantastic time teaching four master class sessions to about 80 students on one day and the privilege of judging their show on the next. His co-judge was Ina Meyer from South Africa. Dubai is a multi-cultural city with a tremendous number of Ex-pats working there.

From the desert in the Middle East to the Ozarks in less than a week! Woohoo!!!!

March was a busy month and after my "quick jaunt" to Dubai for the Dubai International Quilt Show I headed to Hot Springs Arkansas.

Our Super Quilt Seminar in Hot Springs might be history, but the memories and fun we had are sure to remain for many years. We appreciate the support of the host guild, Hot Springs Area Quilt Guild, and the presence of Hickory Hill Quilts. Alex Anderson and Melinda Bula were guest presenters. 

Below are some photos from the event. We sure hope to see you at an upcoming Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar.

Day One: Registration begins and the doors open (left), andThe Great "Strip Race (right)

Ricky, Alex and Melinda answer audience questions.

Enjoying the quilt show.

Ricky teaching an attentive audience.

A most unusual gift - a roll of toilet paper with the Arkansas Razorback's mascot logo and "Hawg Wipes" embroidered right on the roll!

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Ponnie Brinkman Scholarship for 2013

We are pleased to announce that Florine Turlington from West Richland, Washington has been selected as the recipient for the 2013 Ponnie Brinkman Scholarship. The scholarship was established as a tribute to Ponnie Brinkman, a quilter from St. Louis, MO who met Ricky, a then fledgling quilter, and invited him to his first guild. 

Recipients of the scholarship must be "new quilters" who have not been quilting for more than three years. They are nominated by a quilt guild for showing great promise and enthusiasm for quilting. Florine will receive free tuition to Ricky Tims's La Veta Quilt Retreat plus $500 toward expenses.

Details regarding submissions for the 2014 Ponnie Brinkman Scholarship are available here.

Congratulations to Florine!


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Ponnie Brinkman Scholarship

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will be announcing the Ponnie Brinkman Scholarship Winner on December 3rd. Stay tuned!


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Five Fabric Challenge 2013 Winner

The entries for the 2013 Five Fabric Challenge were amazing this year! It's almost overwhelming to see the various designs that are submitted. The task of finding the top three and picking a winner is difficult. The selection panel always struggles, but we think the winning design will be a crowd pleaser for sure!

Congratulations to designer Michael Michalski, the 2013 Five Fabric Challenge winner for his entry Keystone. Michael is a two-time recipient of the challenge award. His previous winning design, Prairie Window, is available in the Ricky Tims Online Store. 

Michael will receive $500 for his design and Ricky Tims Inc. will publish the pattern for this stunning quilt. The pattern for Keystone, a 42" x 42" wall quilt, will be available in late summer.

Michael says, of this quilt,
"This design began with finding different ways to frame blocks using Courthouse Steps as alternate blocks. I found interlocking shapes I thought of as 'keystone' (it reminds me of the Pennsylvania state symbol) and picture frame. Then stars were chosen to enhance them."

Keystone by Michael Michalski.

Second prize, and a $250 Ricky Tims Store Shopping Spree goes to Patti Brown, creator of Rhombus Rumble 40"x40". 

Patti's quilt is paper pieced from
14 different block designs made up of 4, 5 or 7 pieces of material. Each block finishes at 5" square.

Third prize, and a $100 Ricky Tims Store shopping spree goes to - Cindy Briggs for Old World Reverie,
53" x 41". Cindy says, "I wanted to reflect on the old world charm and opulence of the good old glory days....I feel that this piece evokes the charm and glory of the past, while being fresh and new for today's quilters."

Start working now. Who knows? You may be the 2014 Five Fabric Challenge Design Contest winner!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:23

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Red See - A Modern Quilt

Social issues have always been a part of the quilting culture. Quilts supporting war efforts as well as anti-war statements have been created as a way for the artist to speak. Quilts made in support of the temperance movement of the early 1900s were made to express a stance. Artist don't communicate with words, they communicate with imagery which filters in through the eye. Musicians communicate with sounds and emotions that filters in through the ears. I'm an artist more than I am a writer, so for me, music and art are my best vehicles for communication.

I have made quilts that express my personal philosophies. I made a quilt to work though the emotions of 9/11. Yesterday I made a quilt to expressing current social issues on marriage equality. I feel blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to express ourselves without fear of adverse repercussions,  imprisonment, or death. I mean no disrespect for anyone's choice of opinion, I'm just an artist sharing my work and making my own statement.

Interestingly for me, the simple shapes in the marriage equality logo screamed, "Make me a Modern Quilt!" - and so I did. "Modern Quilts" are a new style of minimalistic quilts.  They tend to have larger open areas of negative space, the pieces are often large, and the quilting creates a dominant, but repetitive texture.

This one is called Red See. It measures 32" x 48".

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Wallflower - Up for Auction

I have made a tiny little piece (approx 6" x 9") and donated it to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for their upcoming fundraiser and auction called Fabric and Friends. The event is this Saturday!

17th Annual Fabric & Friends
with Master of Ceremonies David Taylor
Saturday March 23, 2013
11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

I made Wallflower from my hand-dyed fabrics. It features my iconic flower from Bohemian Rhapsody. The stitching is with Rainbows from Superior Threads.

If you would like to bid on this quilt here are the details provided to me from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

They will accept phone-in bids through Friday, March 22 until 4pm Mountain time. Bidders should call 303-277-0377 and submit their starting bid and their maximum bid. Someone from RMQM will bid on their behalf at the auction on Saturday.

You will be asked to give your name, shipping address, and credit card information. Your card won’t be charged unless you have the winning bid.

Have fun bidding!

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Celebrating: Making a new Quilt!

In honor of International Quilting Day I started working on an improvisational quilt. I made the blocks last night - that only took a couple of hours. I had no idea where this would go, but i put them on the design wall an slept on it. This morning this was my jumping off point.

Today i spent the morning adding a few bits here and there and had the border on by 2:30pm. Whoo-hoo! I'm calling this one Firewall II.

Don't forget that the rest of this weekend, over 140 shows are FREE if you login to The Quilt Show. If you are not a member, you can create a Free account and watch. In addition, there is a huge give-away so don't forget to register to win. Register here.

What did you do to celebrate International Quilting Day 2013?

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Celebrating International Quilting Day!

Today is quilting's biggest day! It's a day to quilt, shop, and be thankful for this amazing art/craft/hobby/lifestyle! My own celebration began last night when I made 20 improvisational (Caveman) blocks. I love playtime. These are on the wall now, but what they will become I don't know yet. 

You can celebrate by watching over 140 episodes of The Quilt Show. Simply login or register for free and watch all weekend long! In addition, there are tons of free give-aways - so be sure to register to win! You could win a Bernina QE, a chair from Gammill, I'm giving away a $450 gift basket and there's a lot more. What will you do today to celebrate International Quilting Day?

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Let's Play "What's New?"

If you watch any of my new companion videos for the Gaelic Blessing quilt, you will see something new. What is it?

I created a set of companion videos with tips and demonstrations to go along with the Gaelic Blessings quilt. Let's have some fun and make the quilt together! The videos are in the Classroom at TheQuiltShow.com. The classroom is free, but you do have to be a TQS member, either a Basic Member (free) or a Star Member (premium) to access the videos. Just login to watch.

Click the image above to watch the introductory video on YouTube.

Patterns and kits are available now!

Purchase the Gaelic Blessing pattern only for $9.98 or get the kit
which includes 8 yards of Ricky's beautiful hand dyed fabrics for only $149.95
- a 25% savings and the pattern is included FREE!
Patterns and Kits available at www.rickytims.com.

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Gaelic Blessing

Please Take the poll now on the right.

Here it is! A sneak peek at Gaelic Blessing, a new quilt that I designed with you in mind. I hope this variation of the Double Irish Chain will make you smile because the border is integrated right into the patchwork! The central Celtic cross is an inspirational Irish icon. My quilting friend from Belfast says, "Most Celtic patterns are for smaller items like cushions or wall hangings. How wonderful to have a blessing on your bed!" 

If you are Irish - have Irish heritage - like Ireland - like The Celtic Women - believe in Leprechauns - enjoy Guinness - wear green on March 17th - or can spell "Ireland" - no doubt you'll want to make this quilt!

The 63"x63" quilt is created using four of my hand-dyed fabrics and the pattern and kit will be available near the end of February. Be sure you are on my General Newsletter list and watch your inbox for a special edition so you can be the first to get the pattern or the kit. This is an easy-to-make pseudo traditional quilt will find the luck of the Irish rubbing off on you.

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Gaelic Blessing
Ricky Tims is rolling out his new "Gaelic Blessing" quilt which features a variation on the Double Irish Chain pattern with a beautiful Celtic Cross done with minimal applique. This pseudo-traditional, easy-to-make quilt measures 63" x 63." Both the pattern and hand-dyed fabric kit are now available!.

Please take the poll below and help us determine how many patters and kits we should prepare, this does not obligate you in any way.

Opinion Poll:

Would you like to make this quilt?

Yes and I would purchase the Pattern only for $9.98 - Get it NOW! - 24.1%
Yes and I would purchase the Kit which contains eight yards of Ricky's hand-dyed fabric for $149.95 (saving 25%) with the pattern included for FREE! - Get it NOW! - 28.9%
No - 47%

Total votes: 83
The voting for this poll has ended on: June 22, 2013

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