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About the Author

Ricky Tims is known to the quilting world as an award-winning quilter, an encouraging teacher, and a talented speaker and muscian. He lives in Arvada, CO.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing; 12.1.2003 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157120217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571202178
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ricky Tims successfully blends two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career. Thousands who have heard his music affirm his skills as a pianist, composer, and producer. His success as a quilter is equally significant. He is known in the international world of quilting as an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, and a talented and spellbinding speaker. His innovative and entertaining presentations feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and wisdom. His quilts have been displayed worldwide, and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal. He is currently the co-host of The Quilt Show, an internet-based show for quilters that also features Alex Anderson, C&T Publishing author and former host of HGTV's Simply Quilts. Ricky began designing and making quilts in 1991. In 2002, he was selected as one of "The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World." He maintains an international schedule of teaching and speaking engagements, presents Ricky Tims' Super Quilt Seminars in select cities throughout the United States, and holds week-long retreats in La Veta, a tiny mountain town located in south-central Colorado. He and life partner Justin Shults own Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, a space dedicated to promoting quilting as art. Ricky is passionate about quilting, and is delighted to share his experience and enthusiasm with quilters of every level of expertise. 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. Tims' music is neither classical, new age, pop, nor world, and yet it could fall under any of those classifications. Sacred Age, Ricky's newest recording, was released in January 2006. The album project, featuring solo piano infused with Native American instruments, string orchestra, and vocal orchestrations, was created to suggest the beauty, majesty, and spirit of the Spanish Peaks region of southern Colorado. Tims' music has wide appeal for a diverse audience and has been described as "George Winston meets Carlos Nakai meets Yanni." Visit Ricky's website at www.rickytims.com.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bradonna K. Myers on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although I'm not really into "art" quilts, this book is totally awesome! The quilts are beautiful, and Ricky's hilarious writing style is worth the price of admission alone. The techniques are thoroughly explained, and detailed photos accompany each step. I was amazed at what you can accomplish with one small piece of fabric! I have over 500 quilting books, and this is one of my favorites. You definitely won't regret buying this one!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By S. Olander on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is eye candy. The technique is fun, fast, exciting, and easy to do as long as you are paying attention. It is also forgiving if you make a wrong cut.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jennie E. Mcfarling on April 1, 2005
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This is a fabulous book. The results of each quilt is a surprise. It is now my favorite type of quilt to explore. Every quilter should try this technique at least once. The book is easy and Ricky is very specific on the areas where you need to be casual and then areas that are to be very specific. LOVE IT, LOVE IT!. For the new and experienced quilter. Batiks are perfect for this style.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 25, 2007
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Some quilting books show gorgeous quilts that you know you'll never make. The techniques are complex and time consuming, or the writing fails to give you confidence that you understand the steps involved. Perhaps it'd make sense if someone showed you just once... but the instructions are confusing.

Ricky Tims avoids these pitfalls, with a book that is *incredibly* well written -- and yields brilliant results.

Just how easy is this? I made my first convergence quilt top in two or three hours, while I was also watching a baseball game, using 4 fat quarters that I already had on hand. And I'm no quilting wiz.

Since then, I've made two additional convergence quilts, and I'm sure to make several more (the holidays are coming, after all). As a quilting instructor pointed out, these are like potato chips, in that you can't stop at one. I've loved every quilt I've made, and so has everyone who has seen these quilts.

Do note that the basic quilt is very small -- perfect for a wall quilt but not much more. I think you could create several of these as blocks to turn into a bed quilt, but you'd be on your own to do so. The quilt is so easy to make and I like the results so much that I am tempted to give it a try.

This would be a great book for someone who is fairly new to quilting. I wouldn't suggest it as your very first book (you should do at least a few small traditional projects first), but the forgiving nature of the techique is sure to give you a quilt to be proud of. It's all straight lines, and despite the appearance of the quilt it has no complex piecing. What fun! Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bluey on August 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Very good book which introduces some concepts I hadn't considered. Written in an easy to understand way with loads of colour examples.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CP on March 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Once again I will sing the praises of Ricky Tims and his "think outside of the box" tips & techniques. He understands we are not all degreed artists, and some us are a bit more creatively challenged than others. He, once again, shows some simple, yet at times a bit daring, techniques that will yield results to impress even the best artists. (I know because I was able to WOW a couple of pros with Masters Degrees in Graphic Art.) Anyone can do this, even children. You just need to be able to bring yourself to sew it together then cut it apart, a phobia you will quickly get over. Ricky actually shows you how to "break the rules" and live with yourself for doing so, because the results are amazing & totally unique every time! These techniques work with any fabric or color choice. (I intentionally put together 3 fabrics that normally would not work with each other- purple, orange, and green- just to see, and had fantastic results!) You can't go wrong, no matter what choices you make, and best of all, you don't waste fabric! It takes only a little to "test" your idea, and even that becomes a work of art all on its own. I HIGHLY recommend this book... It is FUN!!!!!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on February 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading it I ran out and bought fabrics to make my own convergence quilt. Directions were simple and clearly written, with great pictures. My only complaint is there wasn't a resource given for the beautiful fabrics used. He is coming to present his workshop at our Guild and I can hardly wait!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angeline Jovan on February 22, 2007
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The projects in this book are very well described and easy to follow! I have made one of each of the projects and found them very easy to do. I highly recommend this book, especially if you want to explore non-traditional ways of quilting!
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