Musician and Contemporary Quiltmaker

Ricky Tims has successfully blended several diverse creative passions into one very unique and interesting career. He is a well-known performing artist (piano), composer/arranger, and producer. His artful and inspiring photos are notable. His success as a quilter is equally significant.

He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented, spellbinding speaker, and most recently—novelist. His entertaining presentations feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and motivational anecdotes. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.

Ricky began designing and making quilts in 1991, and was named as one of The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World. In 2009 he was selected (in a three-way tie) by the readers of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine as The Most Influential Person in the Quilting Industry. In 2008 he was profiled and featured on the popular television news show, CBS News Sunday Morning.

He maintains an extensive international schedule of teaching and speaking engagements, is co-founder and co-host of The Quilt Show ( an online, subscription-based TV show for quilters that he hosts with Alex Anderson. He presents seminars in select cities throughout the United States and holds week-long La Veta Quilt Retreats at his art quilt studio in tiny mountain town of La Veta, CO. He is challenged by creativity in all forms, and encourages individuals to cultivate self-expression, reach for the unreachable, and believe in the impossible.

Quilting is a relatively new interest compared to Ricky's lifelong passion for music. He began formal music lessons at the age of three. He is a pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, music producer, and performing artist. His discography includes: Heart and Soul, Christmastime, Sacred Age, Christmas in a Small Town, and most recently Alone With My Thoughts (2021). Ricky's music has wide appeal for a diverse audience has been described as “George Winston meets Carlos Nakai meets Yanni.”

Ricky is an art photographer and teaches composition, camera techniques, and Lightroom/Photoshop at his online photography teaching site:

His online quilt classes can be found at:

Ricky and his long-time friend, Kat Bowser, co-wrote Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window (2020). The fantasy-fiction story features an over-imaginative ten year old girl, an antique quilt, a goose named Gretta, and a cursed kingdom. These ingredients combine to provide the foundation for a fantastic story filled with surprise, wonderment, and bravery.

Ricky Tims Chronology

Born March 11, 1956
Lived in Wichita Falls , TX until 1985
High School – S. H. Rider High School – Wichita Falls
University – Midwestern State University – Wichita Falls
Lived in Waco , TX 1985-1988
Lived in St. Louis , MO 1988-2000
Lived in Arvada , CO 2000-2003
Moved to La Veta in December of 2003

Ricky Tims Online Store

Ricky Tims Photography 

The Quilt Show