Quilt Luminarium is a two-day comprehensive quilt symposium that demystifies seemingly complex concepts, teaches mastery of unique techniques, and harnesses the power of the ever-elusive muse of creativity. It covers a wide range of topics including innovative piecing, appliqué, quilting, and finishing techniques. Sessions also include design and composition and color theory. 

Quilt Luminarium presenter, Ricky Tims, is a longtime entertainer, encourager, comedian, and motivational speaker. He has a unique and pragmatic way to help one realize their full creative potential. He unmasks the creative psyche and reveals common attributes (both good and bad) that creative individuals share. Quilters will learn how to take traditional patterns and make them unique and how a pattern can be adapted to reflect any quilting genre.

  • There is no sewing, no supply list. Quilters won’t be going home with a UFO (Unfinished Object). Everyone attends all sessions.
  • Quilt Luminarium is truly for all quilters from beginner to advanced, from traditional to contemporary, and from modern to art.
  • Each registrant receives full-color syllabus containing all of the information presented!


Each year thousands of quilters arrive in Paducah, KY for the AQS QuiltWeek! I have been to Paducah every year since I was a baby quilter in 1992. I grew as a quilter, made friends, and even watched my career grow as a result of AQS having me as part of the Hobbs Fashion Show back in 1998. I love going to Paducah and this year marks my 24th year to attend ( I missed in 2000 due to my move to Colorado). 

This year is also another milestone. I will be giving my 10th concert at the Carson Center on Friday evening, April 22nd. The stunning European-style concert hall there is my favorite venue in which to perform and I'm looking forward to celebrating the evening with all my quilting friends and family! I sure hope to see you there. If you are coming to Paducah, don't miss it. 

Advance tickets are available.

If you wait until you arrive, be sure to purchase tickets at the registration desk in the days preceding the concert. If you have a non-quilting spouse or friend traveling with you - bring them along. This is a fun-for-all event. See you there!



Join Ricky for the inaugural opening of his newest online class at Registration is open now.

Class starts Saturday, March 26, 2016!

ONLY $19.95 - Introductory Price

Mi Cabina - My Little Cabin

If you have never taken one of Ricky's online quilt classes, this is a great time to start. The class runs for a short three weeks and the quilt is quick, easy, and fun.

Mi Cabina, By Ricky Tims, 70.5" x 80.5"

Mi Cabina (a twin/queen-bed coverlet) is the perfect snuggle quilt for you, but it also makes a great graduation gift or housewarming present. It features a fun variation on a timeless classic - The Log Cabin Courthouse Steps. The design has a scrappy aspect that is unified by a formal design layout. The appliqués featured in the border can be personalized allowing you the option of truly making this quilt your own.

The classes post each Saturday morning and the best part is that you can participate at your own pace in the comfort of your own studio. You will be making the quilt along with other online classmates which means you can interact with them and share photos of your progress!

Click on the image to view the video trailer.




Class starts Saturday, March 26, 2016

   ORDER YOUR MI CABINA KIT TODAY - only $159, Save 25%


Pick from your stash or order Ricky's hand-dyed fabrics today and get them in time for class. The fabric kit is available in two beautiful color ways - Desert Fantasy and Carnival Calypso. It contains all the fabric needed to make the quilt top and binding. The kit includes over 8 yards of fabric along with the original Mi Cabina pattern from JWD Publishing.

Kits are sold separately.

For those wanting to use Ricky’s hand-dyed fabrics, act now!

Only 32 kits in each color way are being produced for the inaugural opening of the Mi Cabina Class. 

Ricky Tims' 100% cotton hand-dyed fabrics have a unique suede-like visual texture with a lovely soft hand. They are approximately 44" wide. The fabrics are individually hand-dyed in the USA at the Ricky Tims dye studios.

Kits will begin shipping around March 15.

KIT (purchased separately from the online class) 

now only $159, a $214 value SAVE 25%



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Many of you have followed the journey of Libby Lehman since her brain aneurism and subsequent stroke. Today is a day to celebrate! Libby is still on the road to recovery, but this video captures the first day she has sewn in 2.5 years!


Read about Sir Lancelot and then take the poll to the right!


This is the 2nd in Ricky's Arthurian Legend Quilt Series. Meet Sir Lancelot! We will begin offering the kit and pattern by the end of October. Take the poll to help Ricky determine pre-sales interest in order to know how much fabric to begin dyeing for the kits. Ricky designed this quilt in elegant, low-contrast and rich autumn colors. It was made by Ricky's late father, Richard Tims, and quilted by Dana Lynch. It is based on a snowball design and only uses two sizes of squares to make the quilt. It's easy peasy - but still stunning! It measures 83.5" x 83.5".

The kit includes
• PRE-CUT SQUARES from Ricky’s hand-dyed fabric (11.5 yards total) -  includes border and binding fabric.
• Two cones of Superior thread for quilting (Fantastico for top, Bottom Line for bobbin)
• The pattern (also sold separately).  

The kit is a $339 value but will be offered for ONLY $239 - which is 30% off. The kit value does not include the cutting and packaging time. Just think of the time you will save by not cutting anything other than the borders and binding for this project. Ricky will also have video lessons to accompany the project.

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