My flight arrived in Frankfurt yesterday and I was met by Anja Pundt who is hosting me for the quilt festival in Ashaffenburg, Germany this weekend. Anja has a quilt shop in Ashaffenburg. I met all the staff (ask me if I remember all the names) and then Anja took me to check into my hotel and then it was time for lunch. After we were greeted with "closed" signs at a couple of restaurants, we decided comfort food would be just fine. It's times like these when a familiar friend can come in handy - LOL.

Last night I enjoyed dinner at the hotel restaurant, but I almost burned the place down. When I was handed my menu (paper), it got too close to the candle and went up in flames. It sure got attention of everyone there. I know how to make an entrance! Germany, I am here!

Today I'm working on getting over the jet lag, but it sure didn't help that I slept in.

I leave today for the Ricky Tims' Whoo-hoo Nation World Tour! I am currently sitting at the Denver International Airport having a bite to eat at Panda Express before passing through security. Keep checking back here to see what I might be up to over the next 57 days. Is that close enough to say "two months?"

Next stop - Aschaffenburg, Germany!

Let's here a big Whoo-hoo from quilters worldwide!!

Conversations, by Kevan Lunney, East Brunswick, New Jersey

All That Jazz: Improvisational Quilts, an exhibition of quilts made entirely without pre-planning, is on display now at the Road To Californina show in Ontario, California now through Sunday, January 22, 2012. You can see all of the quilts online in the All That Jazz gallery. To see the name of the artist and read the artist statement, you need to click on View Images, a link located just above the main photo in the gallery.

To see the quilts - click here.

I have put together a photo album of my trip to England over Christmas with Justin and Susan. We enjoyed London, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Oxord, and spent our last three days back in London. Some of these photos help tell the story and others I like for artistic reasons. Enjoy watching! Click Here.

Butterfly Dreams
by Connie Earin. Original design. 108" x 116"

Ricky Tims Inc. is happy to announce that Connie Earin of Columbia Falls, Montana has been selected as the 2011 Ponnie Brinkman Retreat Scholarship. recipient. Connie receives free tuition and $500 towards her retreat expenses at a quilt retreat in La Veta next year.

Connie was nominated by the Flathead Quilter's Guild. Sarah Robinson, president for Flathead Quilter's Guild states, "Connie completes projects in record time with great perfection. But the best part of this; she shares with the guild her new found knowledge and we all are inspired!"

Congratulations to Connie on being the second to receive this scholarship. Congratulations to all the Ponnie Brinkman Retreat Scholarship finalists.

Connie says about her quilt shown above:

I had so much fun piecing this quilt. I used jelly rolls and made 3-D butterflies that matched to the outer boarder. My first original design and my first use of 3-D. I have only been quilting for the last 2yrs. and thanks to my Mother who said, "Just take one class, if you don't like it, I will quit bugging you to try and become a quilter." Well, she created a whole new me with that first class!

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