Anderson, usually a law abiding citizen, was recently caught in the act. What do YOU think the story was? Speculating minds want to know! Person with the best story (keep it short and simple please) will win an autographed copy of Neutral Essentials. This contest has no rules or boundries - it is simply up to the secret panel to pick at their viewing pleasure who the winner is. Have fun!



Calling all dog lovers! Just when you think Santa would have his priorities in line, look where I found him?!




Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, May 8-10, 2008 Extended Hours on Friday Night of the Show Only.  We have re-considered keeping the show open Thursday night during the 5th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Night, and will not do so after all.   

AND we are pleased to offer a special presentation, free of charge, to attendees Friday night of the show!  Bernina of America, Inc. and your local Bernina dealer, Nuttall’s Fabric Centers, are excited to offer an entertaining program entitled "Machine Quilting Techniques for Award-Winning Quilts". The 1 ½-hour lecture/demonstration will present ideas and techniques to quilters of all skill levels no matter what brand of machine they own.  A slide show of award-winning quilts will also be presented. Attendees won't want to miss this educational opportunity to enhance your current skills or to pick up a few new tricks to take you to the next level. 

For more information click here.



Okay gang, I rarely ask for much - but now - I need your help!!!!

Help spread the word about Sugar Plum Fairy! Call every radio station you know! Hound them over and over to play it. They won't know about it so tell them to download it at www.rickytims.com. Email or call every college kid or young adult you know and ask them to listen and spread the word! Send emails to all your friends!

This new arrangement of Sugar Plum Fairy needs to be heard on every radio station this holiday season. I did this entire production last weekend - so it is brand new! Let's show the world what quilters are made of and get this song out there for the holidays. I pulled out all the stops on this one.

It is not on a released CD because its NEW!. It is only available via download. You can download it for $1.00 at www.rickytims.com. Listen to the sample below - the full version takes you on a ride you won't soon forget and you'll want to play over and over and over again!

I've also produced my new song, Christmas In A Small Town - dedicated to La Veta, but perfect for anyone who has memories of living in a small town or the fantasy of being in one. This song is written, sung, and arranged by me (you won't hear me sing very often) for the upcoming concerts on December 14th adn 15th in La Veta. It is also available via download.

If you download the song - come back here and post your comments. Your efforts help will get air play!

Don't know much about downloading music? Get your kids to help! They're download gurus.

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It is amazing to me how what you are interested in as a child remains with you when you are in your developing years and into your adult years. This video was taken when I was 21 months old. I got a tricycle and rocking horse from Santa. My cousin Carolyn got a toy piano. I was more interested in the piano as you will see. Grandpa says, "No Ricky, this is YOUR gift over here!" He sits me on the tricycle. I'm still not so passionate about my vehicles - but I remain very passionate about the piano. This movie is exactly 50 years old this Christmas.

The music is a recording from when I was five years old. It was recorded by my mom and dad. I was playing a Hammond organ. The old album contains about 30 minutes of Christmas tunes, some on the piano, some on the organ. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek into my past. Do any of you cling to those childhood interests and passions like I do?



             "Sam & Rosie Gulati" by designbear

Who could resist these charming companions?  We have heard that many of you are busy creating holiday gifts for family and loved ones.  Why not make something special for that four legged friend in your life.  We found a very clever custom made leash by Anna Marie Horner here.  The supplies are very easy to come by and you can make this in just about an hour.  Do you have any ideas for other fun quilty items for your companions?  We would love to see them.




               "King Arthur" by Bondgirl 

Bernina educator, Jo Leicte, will be our special guest in chat room "Bonkers over Bernina" tomorrow night (December 6, 2007) at 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern.  Jo will share lost of ideas to make your quilt project pop.  Be sure to join us for an hour of great information.



                          "Winter Song" by sewearly

As daylight hours shorten and outside temperatures drop we have noticed changes taking place in our local quilt stores.  The owners, having just returned from market, have filled their shelves with luscious and rich cotton, flannel and wool.   We spotted colors in shades of cranberry, plum, warm gold, and old leather. 

To tempt us even more, there are also outstanding quilts using these new and luscious fabrics scattered throughout the store.  How is a good quilter expected to stick to his/her "shopping list" when walking through this candy store?  We want your advice.  Do you purchase a few treats for yourself in addition to the necessary items?  Or do you throw caution to the wind? 


Web Guru Bob has done it again. If you want to see all the Video blogs check out the new filter under the words "The Daily Blog"


If you check this box you can get to the Video blogs real fast. Put "Ricky" in the Category box and then check "Only Video Blogs" and see what you get.

And The Winners are...
Well folks-it was nip and tuck right down to the wire, but Alex and Ricky will be heading to East Aurora, NY to visit the Aurora Sewing Center and the Morning Star Quilt Guild. TQS extends our sincere thanks to everyone who campaigned so hard to get new Star Members registered before the deadline-you should have seen the scrambling by the top contenders during the final days! And whether or not your shop/guild won, we hope that you'll find The Quilt Show to be a wonderful playground to learn and have fun with quilters all over the world!

East Aurora squeezed out their victory in the final hours-that's how close it was! Here are the final standings of the top three shops and guilds.


1. Aurora Sewing Center-East Aurora, NY

2. Pine Needles Sewing Center-Cedar Rapids, IA

3. Cote Brothers Sewing Machines, Auburn, ME


1. Morning Star Quilt Guild-East Aurora, NY

2. East Iowa Heirloom Quilters-Cedar Rapids, IA

3. Omaha Quilters Guild-Omaha, NE

Congratulations again to everyone who supported this event!

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