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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Ricky Tims

Ricky Tims

Spring Paducah 2019 ricky-timsRicky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions, music and quilting, into one very unique and interesting career. His skills as a pianist, composer, and producer are well-known by the thousands who have heard his music. Ricky’s quilts have won numerous international awards. He began designing and making quilts in 1991 and went on to be named one of the “Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World.” The author of ten books, Ricky maintains an extensive international schedule of teaching and speaking engagements, and is co-founder and co-host of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, an online, subscription-based TV show for quilters. Ricky presents “Quilt Luminarium,” workshops full of insightful quilting information, in select cities throughout the United States, and holds La Veta Quilt Retreats at his art quilt studio in the tiny mountain town of La Veta, Colorado.

Ricky 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. Find him at rickytims.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Gina Perkes Tidwell

Gina Perkes-Tidwell

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Gina Perkes-Tidwell is an international award-winning quilter and quilting educator. She spends much of her time in the classroom, sharing tips and techniques with the most wonderful people in the world: quilters! Gina, a lover of all things creative, has an innate need to beautify things and feels completely blessed to have been born as an “artoholic.” Her life is filled with color, fun, ideas, texture, challenges, bling, threads, glitter, sugar, flour, and of course, CHAOS. Though she enjoys all sorts of creative outlets and mediums (gardening, mosaic, oil painting, etc.), her three favorites are quilting, culinary arts, and photography. Gina travels all over this beautiful country, sharing her techniques with others, and hosts private quilting and pastry retreats at her home in Arizona. Quilters can find more of Gina’s tips at thecopperneedle.com.

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Spring Paducah 2019 Instructor | Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson

Spring Paducah 2019 alex-andersonPopular author, quilter, and fabric designer Alex Anderson has had a deep love of quilting since 1978, when she made her first Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt as a part of her work toward an art degree. Over the years, Alex’s central focus has been understanding fabric relationships, which is enhanced by an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.

Alex is the author of 30 books in four languages, which have sold over one million copies worldwide. She is the National Spokesperson for BERNINA of America, as well as a designer of fabrics with RJR Fabrics. Alex is also co-creator of the Quilter’s Select brand with Floriani.

Along with Ricky Tims, Alex founded The Quilt Show.com, as well as The Quilt Life magazine which was published by AQS from 2009 to 2014. She has major won awards for her influence in quilting.

Alex’s personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in quilting as clearly and simply as possible, so that quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation. Find out more about Alex at alexandersonquilts.com.

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Classroom Guidelines


For the most creative and productive QuiltWeek experience AQS provides the following guidelines for our classrooms:

  • Present your online registration name badge or receipt from the AQS Information Center to the instructor for class upon request for entry. Name badges can be printed from the Name Badge/Agenda/Confirmation Email sent after registering online.
  • Please turn all cellular or other devices to silent or vibrate as necessary to avoid becoming a distraction.
  • Please do not wear excessive perfume.
  • Dress in layers due to differentiating temperatures within classrooms.
  • Be on time. If you are late, please try to catch up quietly and do not expect the instructor to start over.
  • Be prepared for class and bring all necessary items required on the supply list. Supply lists if applicable are located within the description of each class. Please do not expect to borrow items, as not only is it a distraction in class, extra items may not be available.
  • Do not expect a teacher to take time from the class to teach you something different. Review definition of skill levels before choosing a class.
  • Do not take photographs or tape the class without consent.
  • Handouts and other materials provided by the instructor are copyrighted. Please check with the instructor before sharing the workshop in any format with others.
  • Kit, Handout, or Optional Kit fees are payable in class to the instructor. Please be prepared with cash or check, as not all instructors are equipped to process credit cards.

Sewing Machine and Equipment Policy


Sewing machine companies have kindly provided machines for all classes requiring machine work. This includes home machines and longarms. Technicians will provide a brief tutorial at the beginning of each class and be available in these classrooms. Personal machines are not allowed in classes. There is one machine per student in the home machine classrooms. Two students share a machine in the longarm classrooms.

Other items may be provided by sponsors such as rotary cutters, mats, rulers, and irons. Please refer to individual class supply lists for which materials students are to bring and which will be provided. Please use all safety measures when working with any tool, and please be respectful with all provided or borrowed tools and materials.