The Challenge: 

To make a Convergence Quilt that is either a Harmonic Convergence or a Grand Convergence where at least 1/4 of the fabric used in the quilt features the Mystery Challenge Fabric. General instructions for making both the Harmonic Convergence and the Grand Convergence will be included with the challenge fabric when shipped.

The Prizes

Grand Prize - An award certificate, one-yard of each of the Ricky Tims Hand-dyed fabrics - 47 yards in total, plus $250 - a $1425 Value

Best Harmonic Convergence - An award certificate, 10 Yards of Ricky Tims Hand-dyed fabric of your choosing, plus $50. A $300 Value

Best Grand Convergence - An award certificate, 10 Yards of Ricky Tims Hand-dyed fabric of your choosing, plus $50. A $300 Value

The Top Ten Finalists - In addition to the three top prizes, ten additional quilts will be selected and featured as the top ten finalists. 

All 13 of the prize-winning quilts (the three prize-winners and the top ten finalists) will be featured in a special article on the Ricky Tims blog and newsletter and on the Daily Blog at


The Online Mystery Convergence Challenge

Entry Fee - $25 (plus shipping). The entry fee includes general construction method instructions for both Harmonic Convergence and Grand Convergence and one yard of one of the following Ricky Tims Hand-dyed Fabrics:

• Multi-Caveman Brite

• Sea Maiden


• Rivendell

NOTE: All fabrics are hand-dyed. The color tonality and color shifts in each fabric are the same. The pattern varies greatly from piece to piece. The above images are representative of our fabrics. 

• Fire Dragon


1. One quarter of the the fabric used in the quilt top must be from the Mystery Challenge Fabric.
2. Other fabrics (hand-dyed or commercial) are acceptable.
3. The quilt can be any size as long as it is 16” or more on any side.
4. The challenge fabric may not be altered (no over-dyeing, painting etc.). 
5. Other fabrics used in the quilt may be altered (over-dyed, painted, etc.)
6. Appliqué is acceptable.
7. Submitted quilts must be totally finished (quilted and bound).
8. Embellishments are acceptable.
Entry Information and Timeline
Step 1 - Order Your Fabric - CLOSED
1. Everyone purchasing the Mystery Challenge Fabric at the Online Store at will be eligible to submit a finished quilt. Your purchase puts you into our Online Mystery Convergence Challenge database. Deadline for purchasing the Mystery Convergence Quilt Entry Fabric is September 15, 2016.
2. You will receive a one-yard piece of one of the four challenge fabrics. You will also receive a set of general instructions describing how to make either the Harmonic Convergence or the Grand Convergence.
3. If you are ambitious, you may order two challenge fabrics and submit two quilts for the challenge. A maximum of two entries per person is allowed. You may not submit two entries having only purchased one challenge fabric. Each purchased Mystery Challenge Fabric represents one quilt submission. 
4. Two entries maximum per person. Two entries requires the purchase of two Mystery Challenge Fabrics. 
5. No more than two people may work on one submission. 
6. The last day to purchase the Mystery Challenge Fabric for entry is September 15, 2016.
Step 2 - Make your Quilt(s)
1. Before starting, refer to the rules listed on this page.
2. Using the guidelines/instructions that are provided with your fabric, you will create your own variation of a Convergence quilt. If you have my book (Convergence Quilts, by C&T Publishing), it also contains instructions for both the Harmonic Convergence and the Grand Convergence. You are welcome to refer to it if you have it.
3. You are welcome to incorporate additional fabrics. Refer to the rules.
4. Images of your Mystery Convergence Challenges quilts, whether in progress or completed, may not be published in any manner, including on the internet via blogs or other social media, until after October 15, 2016.
Step 3 - Submit your Entry
1. You can make either a Harmonic Convergence or a Grand Convergence. If you wish to submit two entries, you can make two Harmonic Convergence quilts or two Grand Convergence quilts. Alternatively you may make one of each.
2. The online submission form will open on September 15th, 2016. This is where final registration information and photos will be uploaded and submitted. You will receive an email reminder and a link when the online submission form goes live on August 15th.
3. The submission deadline is midnight (USA Mountain Time) October 15, 2016. After that time, the online submission form will become inactive.
4. Each submission will require two photos: a digital photo of the full quilt (including edge treatment) and a detail photo.
5. Prize winners will be announce on November 7th, 2016.

Below are examples of Convergence Quilts with descriptions. Study these quilts to get inspiration for innovation and surprise for your Mystery Convergence Challenge Quilt.



This is an online quilt challenge. The quilts will not need to be shipped for exhibition. Images of the quilt submissions may be used for marketing purposes for Ricky Tims Inc and its affiliates.


Genesis is a basic Harmonic Convergence quilt made by Ricky Tims. It is made entirely from hand-dyed fabric.



Firestorm is also basic Harmonic Convergence quilt made by Ricky Tims. Except for the skinny inner border, it is made entirely from a one-yard piece of hand-dyed fabric.


Nebula by Ricky Tims is an example of a Harmonic Convergence made by Ricky Tims using multi-colored fabric, set on point, with a circle, swoops, and borders.



Allemande by Ricky Tims is a small Grand Convergence made by Ricky Tims using only hand-dyed fabrics. Notice that a grand converge doesn't have the 'grid effect' that is typical of a Harmonic Convergence. Here the steps are sliced in equal widths. This is small but effective. Convergence quilts can be any size.


Bolero by Ricky Tims is a Grand Convergence made from only hand-dyed fabrics. The interaction of two designs is typical of a Grand Convergence. Here again the strips are sliced in equal widths. The body of the quilt was constructed with the Grand Convergence method. The borders were added after that so that the swoops were created as an effect to continue into the borders. The borders were not created as part of the main body, they were totally separate.



This is the body of a Grand Convergence with no borders added. Notice that the deign containing the concentric circles is cut in strips that are equal widths, but the inserted strips are narrow in the middle and getting wider as they move to the outside edges.

 Convergence Quilts by Others    

Floral Medly by Alice E. Hill. This is an all-pieced Harmonic Convergence quilt using four fabrics. One of the fabrics is a large scale print. Notice how Alice fussy-cut her large print so the design would flow out into the border. Also, notice how she created a partial convergence to flow into the top border. Innovation and surprise is a bonus.



Lombok Sunset by Diane Romera. This is a Harmonic Convergence Quilt featuring commercial fabric mixed with hand-dyed fabric. It has minimal appliqué and interesting piecing in the border. Getting creative is a bonus.

Sultry Susans by Terry Waldron. This Harmonic Convergence quilt just glows. The appliqué takes center stage and the convergence recedes into the background. The border on the right side adds such wonderful interest.



Into the Light by Lee Paget of England. Lee has used a butterfly theme fabric for the Harmonic Convergence and then used broderie perse appliqué with the butterflies on top. It's a magical quilt. Simple and so effective.







September 15-16, 2017 

registration is open soon

Glenpool Conference Center

12205 S. Yukon Ave., Glenpool, Oklahoma


Early bird deadline: July 28, 2017 

Registration deadline: September 1, 2017





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Glenpool Conference Center.

Located in Glenpool, Oklahoma, just on the southern edge of Tulsa, the new Glenpool Conference Center is our venue for the Quilt Luminarium. It is located near a variety of eateries. 



Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa is known as the Mecca for arts in Oklahoma. Art deco masterpieces are prevalent in many of Tulsa's downtown buildings and churches. Spectacular works of art dot the trails of our beautiful River Parks. From the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Opera, to Broadway plays and musicals at the Performing Arts Center, to the Philbrook and the largest collection of Western American art at the Gilcrease, Tulsa's rich cultural legacy is worth exploring during your visit.





Holiday Inn Express

12205 S Yukon Ave
Glenpool, OK 74033

Our host hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, is attached to the Glenpool Conference Center.








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Ricky's Miracle Fabric Challenge - 2014


Challenge Rules

  1. Your design must be totally original, or an original setting of a traditional, non-copyrighted quilt pattern. All entries must be completely finished when submitted. The quilt must be three layers, front, batting, and a back layer.
  2. Fabrics
    1. Caveman Pastel - the Miracle Fabric must be the dominantly featured light fabric in your quilt top. Other light fabrics are acceptable as long as the Miracle Fabric is dominant.
    2. Additional Ricky Tims' hand-dyed fabrics, your own hand-dyes, or commercial fabrics may be used.
    3. Quilt must be no smaller than 24 inches on any side.
  3. No alteration to the color of the Miracle Fabric is permitted such as over-dying, bleaching, painting, tea-dyeing etc., or any other means of altering the original color of the fabric is not allowed.
  4. Embellishments in the way of beads, attachments, sequins, etc. are permitted.
  5. Designs based on traditional blocks as well as contemporary art quilt designs are all eligible.
  6. Construction techniques should be patchwork, applique,  a combination of both or whole cloth.
  7. Dimensions: No smaller than 24" on any side.
  8. Quilt must be made entirely by one person - from start to finish.
  9. Quilts can be made by hand or machine or a combination of both.

Challenge Prize
One winner will receive ten pieces (one yard each) of Ricky Tims' hand dyed fabrics of their choice, a $200 value

Purchasing Your Fabrics
Caveman Pastel - the Miracle Fabric- must be featured predominantly as the light fabric in your quilt. To purchase fabric click here.

Submission Information

  • You will find this information listed at under the EVENTS menu.
  • Cost for submitting is free.
  • Entries must be submitted online before midnight MST March 28,2014.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but each online submission is for one entry.
  • Entry requires mid-to-high quality digital photo images.
  • The entries will be judged by photo submission.
  • A well-photographed submission enables your quilt to receive the best evaluation.
  • Two images are required per submission: one flat full shot including borders and binding (or other edge finish treatment) and one flat detail shot.
  • Images must be standard .jpg no larger than 8mb.
  • The submission button will become inactive at midnight, MST, on March 28, 2014. Once the link is inactive, the submission deadline has passed.



A Photography Workshop
with André Gallant

A five-day workshop based on André Gallant’s most recent books; Expressionism and Inspiration.

June 16-21, 2014
La Veta, Colorado

Price - $950 USD*

Hosted by Ricky Tims and Justin Shults at
Tims Art Quilt Retreat Center
105 W. Ryus Ave, La Veta, CO 81055




Who should attend:

Photographers who know their camera equipment well, and have a good understanding of image processing. Using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is a bonus as we will be working with Layers. The content of this workshop is mainly expressive photography techniques such as Dreamscapes, montages, multiple exposures and panning. We will also dabble with minimalism in photography. 



Summary of the workshop:

There will be a meet and greet dinner on the June 16 (Monday evening) with a briefing from André on what the week/workshop will be like. The workshop runs from June 17-21 (Tuesday through Saturday). Each day will begin with a lecture, followed by a morning shoot (3 hours or so). Students are expected to attend all sessions and stay through our final dinner on Saturday evening.

After lunch participants will have time to process and pick some images for discussion and evaluation. On Friday, each participant will be assigned a project to photograph for our final presentation Friday evening.


Everyone should bring:

• Digital SLR Camera gear
• Sturdy tripod, with ball-and-socket head
• Laptop (with Photoshop or Elements if possible, recommended)
• Hiking shoes recommended
• Knee pads suggested but not required
• Creative energy

Lenses: bring whichever lenses you have but there is no need to purchase any for the workshop. Lenses in the 24-300 range are great and a polarizing filter will be helpful.

About Andre' Gallant

André Gallant is a Canadian freelance photographer who travels the world taking expressive photographs. He is the author of several books including Expressionism: Digital Dreamscapes and other Techniques and Inspiration: Creative Photography Projects. André teaches photography workshops with well-known Canadian photographer, Freeman Patterson, with whom he co-wrote Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image, as well as the revised edition of Photography for the Joy of It. He lectures throughout Canada, the US, as well as internationally.

A regular contributor to Photo Life, Antré's work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Canadian Camera, Candaian Gardening, Canadian Living, Gardening Life, En Route, etc. André is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his photography. He resides in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Price - $950*

*Price includes workshop fee and dinner on six evenings. Lunches will be on your own. Various lodging options are available in La Veta. See Lodging Options below.

Lodging Options

La Veta offers a variety of lodging options. Each are a only a few blocks (some easy walking distance) from the workshop. For a full list of accommodations in the La Veta area visit The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber website


Private Accommodation:

The Adagio House is a charming, turn of the century classic house located on the Highway of Legends with views of the Spanish Peaks, near Grandote Peaks Golf Course. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.

The Warehouse Suite is a second floor luxury private apartment (accessible only by stairs) with four bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, living room, and laundry. It's perfect for a group of four who are interested in sharing accommodation. It is less than 50 yards from the workshop.

Bed and Breakfasts:

1899 Inn has been in the National Register of Historic Places for over twenty years and is one of La Veta's original quarried sandstone structures. Private and shared baths available.

Harding's Corner Bed and Breakfast is located in La Veta 5 blocks from downtown. There are 5 bedrooms all with private baths.

Inn at the Spanish Peaks is a deluxe bed & breakfast with 3 Suites. Private Baths and Decks. Full gourmet breakfast.


Two Fox Cabins is a complex of charming, small private cabins located on the small Cuchara River, two blocks from the workshop are recently remodeled.



To get the most from the workshop, please make a serious effort before you arrive to learn basic camera operation: how shutter speeds relate to lens openings, what depth of field means, and what each dial or button on your camera does. Study your camera manual carefully and bring it with you.

Please do not register for a workshop unless you are able to stay for the entire period, including our final dinner, as an early departure seriously disrupts the spirit and fellowship of the workshop.



The workshop is limited to 10 students. Of the $950 workshop fee, a $500 deposit is required to reserve your place in the workshop. The balance is due on or before May 1, 2014. We will contact you to remind you when it is time for your final payment.

Cancellations: For cancellations up to May 1, 2014, we will refund your deposit less 50% for administrative fees. We will not refund for cancellations received after May 1, 2014.

TO REGISTER - email your request for a registration form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Places are only confirmed when registration forms and workshop deposit has been received. A waiting list will be maintained after 10 registrations are received.

Spouses/Friends who wish to join us for dinner must be part of the group for all six evenings. The Guest Fee is $200. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing a guest. The Guest Fee will be assessed with the final payment which is due on or before May 1, 2014.




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