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!

Sway Away, by Diane Melms, Anchorage, Alaska. Part of the 2012 All That Jazz: Improvisational Quilts exhibit.

Quilts have been selected for the All That Jazz: Improvisational Quilts which will be exhibited in January 19-22, 2012 at Road to California. Once the exhibit is on display, I'll also post an online slide show so you can see all of these amazing quilts.

Here is the list of quilts selected for the exhibit. Congratulations!

1. Swoosh, by Carol Moellers, Greene, Iowa
2. BrinkOfSunset, by Hanne-Grete Brink, Narvik, Norway
3. Taking Flight, by Irma Deane, Las Vegas, Nevada
4. Water's Edge 1, by Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Carlisle, Massachusetts
5. Woods Walk, by Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Carlisle, Massachusetts
6. Eucalyptus, by Charlie Petersen, Port Townsend, Washington
7. Encounter, by Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, Colorado
8. Phantasmagoria: a diptych, by Sharon Hightower and Mary Pavlovich, Claremont, CA
9. Jazz Dots, by Cecília González, Desedamas, Igualada, Barcelona, Spain
10. KA-POW!, by Maria Shell, Anchorage, Alaska
11. Little Boxes-Silver Lake, Kansas, by Maria Shell, Anchorage, Alaska
12. City Lights, Steamy Nights, Lisa-Marie Sanders, Cocoa Beach, Florida
13. Rococo Riffs, by Libby Lehman, Houston, Texas
14. Scraffito, by Terry Waldron, Anaheim, Calirornia
15. Fields of Honour 2, by Margeeth Swart-Kwestro, Gorinchem, Zuid Holland, The Netherlands
16. Conversations, by Kevan Lunney, East Brunswick, New Jersey
17. Sunset Cinema, by Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Van Nuys, California
18. abstract floral quilt, by Carol Kolf, Sheridan, Wyoming
19. Bold Move, by Diane Melms, Anchorage, Alaska
20. Sway Away, by Diane Melms, Anchorage, Alaska
21. Orange Rhyme, by Ellen Wong, Oakland, California
22. Orchards, Fields, and Streams, by Laura Wasilowski, Elgin, Illinois
23. The Gossip Garden, by Debbie Martinez, Hobart, Indiana
24. Tranquil Passage, by Miriam Ahladas, Ashland, Virginia
25. Piano Rag, by John Flynn, Red Lodge, Montana
26. Days of Wine and Roses, Robin Gausebeck, Rockford, Illinois

The progress on the studio continues. While I was away for a short trip to Denmark, the demolition was completed and new walls (closet space) went up. The best part of the new studio will be the views. Just take a look and see for yourself. Will I ever get any quilting done?

Travel with Ricky Tims on this 11-day tour of Ireland visiting the Dublin, Glendalough, Avoca, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, the Dingle Peninsula and we will be spending time in the Galway area for the festivities that surround the very first International Quilt Festival of Ireland!

This trip is created and organized by Jim West of Sew Many Places. Get all the details HERE! Tour is limited. Sign up soon!

Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson and Libby Lehman eductate, entertain and inspire.

The Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Asheville, North Carolina concluded yesterday. A big thanks to the Asheville Quilt Guild for providing all the volunteers for this event and a shout out to Bernina USA for their continued support. The Asheville Cotton Co. (Bernina dealer) was on site and new Bernina sewing machines went home with several quilters who took advantage of the dreat deals that were offered. The Ricky Tims Whoo-hoo Nation grew by about 470 with students coming from several states! And, most of them are heading home with new hand-dyed fabric, books, CDs and DVDs to add to their collection!

One student found a new way to audition fabric before purchasing.

Thanks Asheville! Whoo-hoo!

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