This fun, NEW pattern will be
printed-on-demand, and will ship
in the order received.
ONLY $21.95 


Baby It's Cold Outside


H 46” x W 40”

In the Fall of 1991 quilting was my new-found obsession. I was devouring everything I could possibly learn about it. Crazy patchwork was one of those things I had read about and tried. I had the idea to create a whimsical quilt where a cold and perplexed Santa was stuck outside looking in. 
The original quilt was improvised using nothing more than a sketch I drew as a guide. Over the years, I felt a pattern might be too complex. However, I came to realize that with some very small alterations to the original I could offer a manageable and do-able paper-pieced pattern. Here it is! Released just in time to finish before the holidays. This wall quilt has only seven paper-pieced sections and measures 40” x 46”.
The pattern includes the full-size paper pattern so there’s no enlarging. Easy-to-understand

P. S. One humorous note... if I could figure out how to piece this complexity after having quilted only a few months, why couldn’t I figure out how to give Rudolf hind legs? LOL





H 29” x W 29”

Statement: Created for a Broadway Musical Challenge for an episode of The Quilt Show. I chose Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton was essentially launched toward his destiny by writing about a devastating hurricane that destroyed the isle of St. Croix when he was only 15 years old. In the musical, Hamilton sings, “In the eye of the hurricane there is quiet for just a moment - a yellow sky.

Machine pieced, Free-motion machine quilting (domestic machine, no stitch regulation)



H 16.75” x W 16.75”

Statement: A capriccio (also Caprice) is a piece of music, usually fairly free in form and of a lively character. This free form composition seemed to follow that theme with movement and repetition. 

Machine pieced using both improvisational patchwork and templates. Free-motion machine quilting (domestic machine, no stitch regulation)


  Aurora Borealis

H 23.5” x W 22”

Statement: The piecing was created entirely improvisationally without the use of templates. The design was created using only one piece of multi-color hand-dyed fabric.  

Machine pieced, Free-motion machine quilting (domestic machine, no stitch regulation)





Sumter Rose
(sample block)

H 25.5” x W 25.5”

This timeless traditional quilt dates back to the American Civil War. The original (shown below left) is owned by Mary Bula Holman. About the quilt Mary says this:

My mom was born in 1917.  She told me that her grandmother gave her the quilt when she was a girl, and that it wasn’t in good condition then.  She didn’t know if her grandmother or great grandmother had made it. 

By researching family records and the probable date the quilt was made, it has been concluded that the quilt was most likely made by Mariah Harrel Measells (1833-1926).

A kit with beautiful, suede-like and antique-textured hand-dyed fabric is available in the Ricky Tims Online Store.

only $199

Includes over 10 yards of hand-dyed fabric

The Shock Wave Quilt
A study in color. 
Pre-orders underway - Ships April 24, 2017
Shock Wave is an eye-catching and colorful quilt. It is a large-scale replica of a miniature quilt that I made over two decades ago. It features intense, colorful, hand-dyed fabrics with suede-like textures. The colors are intertwined to create a modern take on the timeless and traditional “Kaleidoscope” quilt block. My Hand-Dyed Fabric Kits are made on demand. Pre-orders for the kit to make this stunning quilt are now underway. Pre-orders will ship on April 24, 2017. The quilt shown here is made with the hand-dyed kit fabrics. Quilt measures 50” x 70"
Included in the kit:
Seven yards of hand-dyed fabric to make quilt top and binding. Kit includes pattern and instructions.
ONLY $139.95
Celebrate International 
Quilt Weekend with 20% off 
of all purchases at the 
Ricky Tims Online Store
Offer ends March 19, 2017
use code: IQW2017
Order your Shock Wave kit this weekend and use the coupon code to receive an additional 20% off of the regular kit price.
Shock Wave shown in photos:
Designed by Ricky Tims 
Pieced by Cyndi McChesney and quilted by Frank Palmer. 
Shown here made with hand-dyed kit fabrics.

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Explore the Emerald Isle!

The photography and sightseeing tour will be geared to capturing the beauty of Ireland in photographs. However, anyone is welcome to join the tour. Anyone from novice to expert photographers are welcome. Because I am so closely connected with quilters we plan to make a stop at a wonderful quilt shop near Dingle.

July 30 - August 6, 2018

or possibly
August 13 - 20, 2018
(a 2nd tour if there is sufficient interest)


I'm excited about leading a potential photography and sightseeing tour in Ireland. The tour details are outlined below. The final itinerary is not 100% set, but the general outline is listed. Our driver/guide is Con O'Leary. I have worked with Con on four previous tours. He is simply the best there is. He loves Ireland and it's history. He has tremendous experience as driver/guide and leads high-quality tours. He is a favorite with National Geographic tours. Con's tour company is Scotia Ireland - VISIT HIS SITE

I am seeking 30 individuals for the tour. An international group would be fabulous. We will rendezvous in Dublin. I’m not looking for a commitment at this time. I'm compiling a list of those who are seriously interested in the tour to determine the viability of moving forward. If your interest is "very strong and likely", please reply via the link at left and let me know. If you would be touring with a spouse, friend, or group of friends, let me know that too. If the interest is sufficient, I will pursue finalizing the tour with Con.

I have been to Ireland seven times. I love it. It is magical, affordable, and unforgettable.


3-4 Star Hotels
2 nights in Galway
2 nights in Killarney
1 night in Blarney
2 nights in Dublin
(subject to change)
All breakfasts
2 lunches 
4 dinners
Tour transportation, 
first class coach with
driver/guide Con O’Leary, “Ireland’s Best”

DESTINATIONS (subject to change)

Tour Starts in Dublin
Cliffs of Moher
Blarney Castle
Panoramic Tour of Dublin 
Panoramic Tour of Galway City
The Ring of Kerry
The Dingle Peninsula
The Rock of Cashel
Tour Ends in Dublin
$2700* includes everything above
*Based on current rates, double occupancy. 
$350 single supplement for those wanting private accommodation.
*Tour price does not include airfares. Each traveler may choose to arrive early or stay late and tour on their own. Note to quilters: The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England begins on Thursday, August 9th.
*Rate is based on current exchange rates and current projected costs. Subject to change.
The above is subject to the Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd Terms and Conditions.
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Once the petition is live, the more signatures we get, the more likely it will be that we will schedule an event in your region. Remember, these are regional events, not guild-specific or city-specific events. Nominate your REGION by COMMENTING BELOW. You can list your city, but please know we will evaluate based on regions.

Due to all that we bring (driving with a loaded trailer), we can only present Quilt Luminarium in the lower 48 of the US states. There are other options for international appearances.


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