The Shock Wave Quilt
A study in color. 
Pre-orders underway - Ships April 24, 2017
Shock Wave is an eye-catching and colorful quilt. It is a large-scale replica of a miniature quilt that I made over two decades ago. It features intense, colorful, hand-dyed fabrics with suede-like textures. The colors are intertwined to create a modern take on the timeless and traditional “Kaleidoscope” quilt block. My Hand-Dyed Fabric Kits are made on demand. Pre-orders for the kit to make this stunning quilt are now underway. Pre-orders will ship on April 24, 2017. The quilt shown here is made with the hand-dyed kit fabrics. Quilt measures 50” x 70"
Included in the kit:
Seven yards of hand-dyed fabric to make quilt top and binding. Kit includes pattern and instructions.
ONLY $139.95
Celebrate International 
Quilt Weekend with 20% off 
of all purchases at the 
Ricky Tims Online Store
Offer ends March 19, 2017
use code: IQW2017
Order your Shock Wave kit this weekend and use the coupon code to receive an additional 20% off of the regular kit price.
Shock Wave shown in photos:
Designed by Ricky Tims 
Pieced by Cyndi McChesney and quilted by Frank Palmer. 
Shown here made with hand-dyed kit fabrics.

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Explore the Emerald Isle!

The photography and sightseeing tour will be geared to capturing the beauty of Ireland in photographs. However, anyone is welcome to join the tour. Anyone from novice to expert photographers are welcome. Because I am so closely connected with quilters we plan to make a stop at a wonderful quilt shop near Dingle.

July 30 - August 6, 2018

or possibly
August 13 - 20, 2018
(a 2nd tour if there is sufficient interest)


I'm excited about leading a potential photography and sightseeing tour in Ireland. The tour details are outlined below. The final itinerary is not 100% set, but the general outline is listed. Our driver/guide is Con O'Leary. I have worked with Con on four previous tours. He is simply the best there is. He loves Ireland and it's history. He has tremendous experience as driver/guide and leads high-quality tours. He is a favorite with National Geographic tours. Con's tour company is Scotia Ireland - VISIT HIS SITE

I am seeking 30 individuals for the tour. An international group would be fabulous. We will rendezvous in Dublin. I’m not looking for a commitment at this time. I'm compiling a list of those who are seriously interested in the tour to determine the viability of moving forward. If your interest is "very strong and likely", please reply via the link at left and let me know. If you would be touring with a spouse, friend, or group of friends, let me know that too. If the interest is sufficient, I will pursue finalizing the tour with Con.

I have been to Ireland seven times. I love it. It is magical, affordable, and unforgettable.


3-4 Star Hotels
2 nights in Galway
2 nights in Killarney
1 night in Blarney
2 nights in Dublin
(subject to change)
All breakfasts
2 lunches 
4 dinners
Tour transportation, 
first class coach with
driver/guide Con O’Leary, “Ireland’s Best”

DESTINATIONS (subject to change)

Tour Starts in Dublin
Cliffs of Moher
Blarney Castle
Panoramic Tour of Dublin 
Panoramic Tour of Galway City
The Ring of Kerry
The Dingle Peninsula
The Rock of Cashel
Tour Ends in Dublin
$2700* includes everything above
*Based on current rates, double occupancy. 
$350 single supplement for those wanting private accommodation.
*Tour price does not include airfares. Each traveler may choose to arrive early or stay late and tour on their own. Note to quilters: The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England begins on Thursday, August 9th.
*Rate is based on current exchange rates and current projected costs. Subject to change.
The above is subject to the Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd Terms and Conditions.
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I want to go where you want me to come! You can nominate your region. If we get several request for Quilt Luminarium in a particular region of the US, we will start an online petition.

Once the petition is live, the more signatures we get, the more likely it will be that we will schedule an event in your region. Remember, these are regional events, not guild-specific or city-specific events. Nominate your REGION by COMMENTING BELOW. You can list your city, but please know we will evaluate based on regions.

Due to all that we bring (driving with a loaded trailer), we can only present Quilt Luminarium in the lower 48 of the US states. There are other options for international appearances.



This fire hydrant taught me a big lesson - it reminded me to Carpe Diem - “Seize the day!” The Latin phrase encourages us to embrace “the here and now” and not “someday”.

For many years this particular fire hydrant sat on a corner — faded and rusted. I would pull up to the stop sign and the morning light reflected the pale colors and patina. I was smitten with the beauty and was inspired to take a photo, but my camera was at home‚ three blocks back. This went on for about five years. Every now and then the light was just perfect, but I didn’t have a camera with me. “Someday,” I thought.

One morning during my drive, my heart sank. The town had painted the hydrant bright red! I forever lost my opportunity to capture the loveliness of the patina and rust that had taken years to create. You get my point — Carpe Diem! Don’t let opportunities slip by. There is no promise of tomorrow.

If a La Veta Quilt Retreat is on that bucket list, now is the time to start making plans to attend in 2018. Quilting is more than just making a quilt. It is a journey filled with ups and downs. With each project there are setbacks and victories. La Veta Quilt Retreats are not only about sewing and creating but a primary focus is on creative self-evaluation and discovery. Come to La Veta and reconnect with yourself!

Announcing 2018 DatesLa Veta Quilt Retreats

February 5-10, 2018 - Independent Study Retreat
April 3-7, 2018 - Rhapsody Retreat
May 21-26, 2018 - Independent Study Retreat
June 11-16, 2018 - Improvisation & Design
September 3-8, 2018 - Independent Study Retreat
November 12-17, 2018 - Independent Study Retreat 


photo by Gregory Case

Remembering Sue Garman

It is a sad time for quilters. Designer and quilter Sue Garman passed away on January 8, 2017. Sue's career with NASA was remarkable. Her passion for quilting was equally so. She was not defined by any particular style. During her 40-year career she made over 300 quilts using a variety of techniques and designs.

Sue was generous with her knowledge. She gave gifts of time and talent. She created several Block of the Month quilts for and flatly refused compensation for the BOM patterns or for her time spent creating video tutorials stating it was her gift.

I will remember her for her giving spirit and the life lessons she taught me. Sue's final blog post on January 1st was filled with hope and expectation.

A treasure in the quilting industry is gone. Her passion, quilts, and generosity will live on.

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