Prairie Window
by Michael Michalski from Brooklyn, NY has won the 2011 Five Fabric Challenge. For complete details and comments about Michael's quilt, and to see the runner up (Oh Beautiful For Spacious Skies, by Karen Preseton from Hesperus, Colorado) click here.

Prairie Window will be available in a pattern soon!

Win an Alex Anderson Quilt and an opportunity to attend my La Veta Quilt Retreat to aid the Victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

*All Proceeds go to the Red Cross*

Enter now to be eligible to win 
In light of the tragedy that has devastated Japan, Alex and I decided we should do our best to raise money for the horrible disaster in Japan. Alex is donating a work from her hands and I am offering the gift of learning. Together we as quilters can make a difference for the people of Japan who have suffered so greatly. Let's celebrate the ability to help those in need. Show your support to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami by entering now to be eligible to win two great prizes for one lucky person.

I am offering one free tuition to a Ricky Tims Quilt Retreat in La Veta, CO, sometime in 2012. During this five day, ten-person retreat you will have the opportunity to study in an incredibly special environment and foster your creative spirit.

Bridge of Life is a quilt designed, pieced and appliqued by Alex Anderson, border by Gloria Smith and machine quilted by Paula Reid. This quilt has debuted in two of her books -- Sew with the Stars (P&B Textiles) and Alex Anderson's Hand and Machine Applique (C&T Publishing). This quilt will continue her journey of helping people in need.

Once in a blue moon I'm able to create a small project to be auctioned off. I have a great affection for the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum located in Golden, Colorado. Next month they will be holding an annual fund raiser that includes auction items. I made Wahatoya and Fence specifically for that auction. The museum will be taking remote, call-in bids prior to the live auction. This means YOU have a chance to add this quilt to your collection even if you can't attend the museum event.

Wahatoya, the name of our two mountains (also called The Spanish Peaks) means "breasts of the earth". These are the two mountains that greet me each morning from my front door. I made this quilt from hand-dyed fabrics and machine quilted it. 

How to Bid 

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum will be taking call-in bids on Ricky’s Wahotoya and Fence quilt (12” x 15.5”) valued at $1100.

Call-in bidding begins on Monday, March 7 and will continue thru March 10, 2011 during the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm MST. Call-in number is 303-215-9001, please have your credit card information ready for your call-in bid. Please note, having the highest bid at the end of day on Thursday does not guarantee you are the winner.

The auction will continue on Saturday at the RMQM Fabric and Friends event giving attendees a chance to bid on the quilt. 

The ending bid on Thursday is the starting bid on Saturday for the live auction.  We strongly urge call-in bidders to place their maximum bid when calling in.  If you are the highest bidder on Thursday evening and have given RMQM a maximum bid, we will designate an individual to bid on your behalf up to your maximum bid amount at the Fabric and Friends Live Auction.  (Maximum bid information will not be shared with other callers.)

Call-in bidders will be asked to provide the following information:  Name, address, phone and email address and credit card information.  If the winner of Ricky’s quilt was a call-in bidder their credit card will be charged the final bid amount.  Following payment, quilt may be picked up at RMQM office located at 910 13th Street, Suite 300, Golden, CO  80401 or RMQM will happily ship to any winner (shipping charges apply).

RMQM is thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to anyone wishing to OWN one of Ricky’s wonderful quilts!

The image above was recently sent to me by Jan Magee, editor of The Quilt Life magazine. Jan lives in Denver and has easy access to neighboring historic Golden, Colorado which is home to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Do you notice anything interesting about the image? 

The quilt containing this embroidered signature is currently on display at the museum in an exhibit calledOver Here: Quilts that Got Us Through World War II from the collection of Sue Reich. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2011. It was made in June of 1944 from Clay and Montague counties in Texas, & Newport Texas. The quilt includes embroidered names of soldiers from these counties serving in the military.

My family name is Tims (not Timms) though both are a derivative of Thames (prounouced Tims) which is also the famous river that runs through London. Tims with only on 'm' is much less common that Timms with two 'm's. My father, Richard Lee Tims, grandfather Lee Otis Tims (Boots), and my great grandfather, Lee Roy Tims, all lived in Clay County, TX so it seemed there would be a likely connection to the name Loyd Tims of Newport, TX.

After a bit of tracking (with the help of my wonderful mom and my brilliant niece, Toi) we now have the connection. Here it is:

My great great grandfather Wesley Tims was raised on (or very near) the famous Civil War battlefield in Shiloh, Tennessee. He was about 13 years old during the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. After the battle they the family relocated to Texas. 

Eventually Wesley married and lived in Mansfield, TX near Ft. Worth, TX. Wesley had at least two sons, one was my great grandfather, Lee Roy Tims, the other was Troy Hubert Tims. Troy is the father of Loyd V. Tims (named and stitched on the signature block) who is a first cousin to my own grandfather Lee Otis (Boots) Tims (son of Lee Roy Tims). Loyd (yes, that is the correct spelling) died in 1977 in Wichita Falls, TX.

Naturally it is exciting to see a relative's name embroidered on a historic quilt hanging in the museum.

Don't worry if you got confused, just know it was a cool quilting connection.

Now, can you guess my middle name?


What happens when you own a shop for 25 years, sell it, then plan to try something new? Beth Schillig tried, but found she couldn't escape the quilting bug and has rediscovered her passion. 
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Although I never considered myself a quilter until the past few years, fabrics, threads, and sewing machines have always been a part of my life. I owned the Bernina dealership in Columbus, OH for 25 years. I have bragging rights; I sold Libby Lehman her first Bernina!
Six years ago I sold the business with intentions of learning something new, something that did not involve sewing. I went into immediate caregiver mode for my Mother, an advanced Alzheimer's patient. She spent 4-5 days a week with me and would iron scraps of fabric. When she was not looking I would scrunch some back up and throw them in the basket.  She would keep ironing and whistling, she was happy as a lark because she was "helping me quilt." This gave her life meaning and purpose and isn't that what we all want? 
To keep myself busy, I began piecing some quilts. The quilting bug bit!  Quilting quickly took over my life.  Now I am creating my own pieces and exhibiting at National shows including Houston and Paducah. My quilt JEEPERS...It's Jane! is featured in the same section as Ricky's in the International Quilt Scene Magazine.   What an honor!
My mother taught me to sew when I was very young. Then at the end of her life, her Alzheimer's disease guided me into the quilting world and set me on an exciting new career path.  Thanks Mom!

Beth Schillig
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