Happy New Year Everybody!

Of course many of us make personal resolutions for the new year but what about making a quilting resolution? Did you set any creative goals for yourself this year? Are you going to finish "that project" or learn something new? If so, chime in and tell me about it. I'd like to know. I'm planning on finishing a major quilt. With my schedule that should be a challenge! Will you help hold me to it?

It was the piano that started the whole video idea. Our neighbors have a wonderful property up at 10,000 ft elevation near my home in La Veta, Colorado. Years ago the family hauled an old upright piano up to their mountain cabin. Someone eventually put it outside where years of snow, rain, and cold eventually took their toll.
There are deserted gold mines with deep shafts on their property too!. A few years ago the family realized the open mine shafts were dangerous so they started filling them in with trees etc. The piano was also dumped on top of the pile. In the video, I'm literally standing above the shaft of an abandoned gold mine!
After arranging and recording Jingle Bells the week of December 6, 2010, I started thinking about doing a music video and the old piano called started calling to me. I thought, "How cool could this be - to shoot a video with a decrepit piano while I'm standing over a gold mine?" That was the seed that took me on this journey. The mountain cabin is cozy and decorated with standard mountain-type items such as lots of antlers and a bear rug. It was the perfect setting to bring my new zany arrangement of Jingle Bells to life. Thankfully there was a bit of snow up there to help set the scene.
Factoid #1 - It was about 15º F with a wind chill of 0º F. Brrr. Yes, that's me in my boxer shorts!
Factoid #2 – It took about 2.5 hours to shoot. - Yes we were freezing - and even though it was sunny, you’ll notice a few snowflakes coming down. No, they were not fake special effects.
Factoid #3 -  The video was shot by Justin Shults with the help of our neighbor Jim Hoobler. Jim's wife, Peggy, took still photos and managed all the outfits and props.
Factoid #4 – The video was completely produced (shot and edited) in less than 12 hours. It was edited by yours truly.
So - that's my story and I'm sticking to it. If you like it, please forward this message. Help me spread a bit of Christmas cheer and be sure to tell everyone it came from your friend, Ricky Tims
A complete list of my holiday videos can be found here.

Spirit Stars by Karen Garth. Based on Pineapple Stars by Sharon Rexroad.

Ricky Tims Inc. is happy to announce that Karen Garth of Henderson, Nevada has been awarded the 2010 Ponnie Brinkman Retreat Scholarship. Karen receives free tuition and $500 towards her retreat expenses. 

Karen was nominated by the Desert Quilters of Nevada. The nominating board of directors for the Desert Quilters of Nevada state, "Karen's enthusiasm, willingness to volunteer, and desire to learn and to share what she has learned, in an inspiration to us all."

Congratulations to Karen Garth on being the first to receive this scholarship. Congratulations to all the Ponnie Brinkman Retreat Scholarship finalists.

Karen says about her quilt shown above:

 I added digitized machine embroidery and applique to the setting blocks of this broken star pattern. The embroidery is from OESD's Spirit Song set, hence the name of the quilt. I entered this quilt in the "Ugly Fabric Contest" at Quiltique, my LQS. The "ugly fabric" was a Shibori-style commercial cotton fabric that I fussy cut for the center and point portions of the pineapple diamonds.

How would you like me to come to your town and do one of my holiday concerts? You can make it happen! Next year, 2011, I'm planning to go to the town that registers the most holiday memories at www.christmasinasmalltown.com.

Start your own email/Facebook campaign right now. Tell everyone you know in your town to share a memory and to get all their friends to do so as well. Register your town and share memories at the Christmas In A Small Town website before December 31, 2010. I'll be packing up my little red toy piano to bring to the town with the most registered stories.*

*over 100

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