I'm sending a special shout out to quilters in the Midwest USA, especially those in and around the Cedar Rapids, Iowa region!

 

 

I will be presenting the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 17-19.  Joining me will be special guests and celebrity quilters, Alex Anderson and Pam Holland.

Are you signed up for this educational, entertaining, inspiring, no-risk event? You'll meet Alex, Pam and me! You'll enjoy an exhibition of our quilts, learn new techniques and have fun shopping all topped off with my Friday evening concert!

The EARLY BIRD DEADLINE saves you $35 off of the regular registration fee. The Early Bird deadline is May 17. After that, the discounted price of $189 won't be available. Don't delay! Register today! I look forward to seeing you there!

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!

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!

 

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!


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