Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Super Seminar

 I spent last weekend with

 Alex Anderson


Ricky Tims.

 It was the kind of seminar 
that makes your head explode.
Not in a bad way, but
in a way that gets your juices running.

We heard about 
improvisational patchwork looking at 
Caveman style Convergence quilts

radial symmetry using his
 Bohemian Rhapsody (2002)

as an example.

This is Ricky's current project
a string quilt using all the leftover pieces from students
from the last 7 years of teaching classes.

It's being  machine quilting on his Bernina  home machine.

Then there were some his  prize winners

Linelines III: Can Something Come from Nothing
 Houston, 2012
I loved the couching technique,
all done on a regular sewing machine.

Alex shared her techniques
for adding squiggles into her patchwork.
 and much more

These two wonderful hosts from the Quilt 

have a great chemistry, bantering back and forth
and sharing their quilting techniques,
as well as, sharing their passion for quiltmaking and
stories of life.

The main thought I walked away
was the idea that you have to
find what you like and
follow your heart.

There's no one right way to do things.

There's no one style that is better than another.
Just make what you love, and
make it your passion.
It's not that I have to get out of my "box",
but maybe be willing to invite some new things
into my comfort zone and see how they might fit in.
( Bears in Bertie's Log Cabin.)
I like that idea.

Until Next time-


  1. They are both very creative and entertaining people.

  2. I will be watching to see how their style will fit into your comfort zone. The bear paw quilt would be as far as I could go.

  3. Beautiful quilts but way out of my comfort zone. I do like the bear paw quilt though :-D

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend with us

  4. Wonderful! I took a class from Ricky in MN several,years ago in MN. It was great! He was also in Prague when we were there. Very fun! Looks like you had a great time.

  5. 'It was the kind of seminar that makes your head explode.' LOVE that!! I bet you have a lot to process now! Sounds like a really great time.:)

  6. It sounds like an amazing workshop!! Just seeing all those amazing quilts in real life would be enough to blow my mind!!

  7. Wow Kyle - I can imagine how electrified you must have been after this seminar - could hardly sleep that night, right? It's been quite a long time since I had an experience like that, but they're so wonderful! Fun that you got your picture taken with both Alex & Ricky - I think I've only had mine done with Lynette Jensen (of Thimbleberries fame) & Kim Diehl - both of them years ago. It will be fun to watch and see how your quilts change because of what you learned....

  8. Looks like an amazing seminar in the presence of quilting legends!! My head would be spinning, for sure!
    How fun for you. I'm glad you got to have this experience! : )

  9. It was so entertaining and energizing! Good to see you there, Kyle!

  10. i've heard they put on an amazing show! i love their self portraits. great photos

  11. What a treat! Thanks for sharing the pics. Glad you had a great time.

  12. What an amazing weekend! No wonder your head is bursting!!

  13. Wow, thanks for sharing these beauties.

  14. I have always admired their work the both of them, even though Ricky's work is not my style I was amazed at many of his quilts I have seen in person over the years at shows.
    The self portraits are fun
    ok so how does Alex add those squiggles in there, I think its great you went and had such a great time, we all need to step outside that box and have fun with quilting .