April 2010

Ami's E-Newsletter
April 2010
Pass it around; just tell people where you got it!

WELCOME
You know its spring because I found a spider in the bathtub this morning, one of those nasty black jumping ones…..AND I've just issued my official invitation for you to join the " Yo-Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties ." Every spring I dye my underpants in celebration of warmer temperatures and the return of sunshine. As long as I have the dye out, I'm offering to dye yours too! For real.

ZIPPER-D-DO-DAH
To celebrate that zip in my step, the quilts in my heart, and all things fabric, I give you (figuratively speaking, of course) the best $5 you ever spent on yourself. And four friends.

Indeed. It's made of the cheapest metal known to man, but you'll feel like a million bucks when you wear it. One size fits all, and have I got a deal for you.

Not only is the price fantastic, but if you order before April 5th you get one free when you order four others. (You have fabric-loving friends, don't you?!) What in the world am I talking about?! The Zipper-D-Doo-Dah NECKLACE of course! Hurry! The first 300 necklaces that are ordered will be nestled in a beautiful organza draw-string bag so when you give them to your friends they will think you spent a whole lot more money than you did! FIVE bucks each! And one for free! In bags, no less!

So what if you can't put in a zipper! You can WEAR one and every other sewer who sees it will be impressed and amazed.

Stop reading the newsletter and check it out! (I'll wait.)

FINDAQUILTTEACHER.COM
Get ready to forward this part of the newsletter to your guild's President or Program Chair. I'm about to give away the store.

Here's a special gift to any guild that has ever had me to teach for them. They get a FREE 1-year subscription to FindAQuiltTeacher.com. New subscribers only. ONE person from the guild must apply and they must be the either the current Program Chair or Guild President. Sign up here by April 15th. Do everything except pay the $15, right here.

Your job is to put the bug in their ear. If your memory is as bad as mine, here's a list of all the places I think I've taught in the last quarter century.

2009 and 2010 Schedules are here.

FindAQuiltTeacher.com is a web site with more than 125 quilting teachers listed. Each teacher web page lists the teachers' specialty, a short bio, contact information and a photograph.

Best of all, as a subscriber, guilds and shops can access the downloadable Teacher Fact Sheets for each teacher listed. The Teacher Fact Sheets have all the pertinent information about a teacher on ONE PAGE, plus expanded contact information, professional experience, most popular workshops and lectures, lodging requirements, contract preferences, expenses, and more.

Keeping all the information in a standard format will save you time. Download as many Teacher Fact Sheets as you like. Use them to easily compare the best value for your group. Compare apples to apples.

Questions? Email Debbie at MalleryPress@aol.com or call 810 733-8743.

PAULA POUNDSTONE
I got a chance to hear her in concert and I laughed my head off. See a picture of the two of us…

EVER WRITE A CHECK FOR $30,000?!
I had that honor and it was a blast. The check was written to…

TEACH YOUR DOG TO READ
My Uncle Bud is at it again, this time with a video. You'll get to meet him, his dog (Missy), and see what you can do with simple flash cards. Tune in just to see a dog wearing sunglasses!

I LEFT MY PURSE AT SUBWAY
And, oh my!…

FROM UNDER THE DESK
Madison T. Dog checks in with the ins and outs of "Toe Fur." Of course there are cute pictures.

TAKE YOUR QUILT TO WORK DAY
I just made that up. It's the first Friday of every month, and by my calculations it is coming around tomorrow! Shazam!

Here's how it works: 1. Find a quilt. Any quilt.
2. At the appropriate time of day (when you won't get fired) flap out your quilt and announce with a big smile, "This is what I do for fun!"
3. Accept accolades, encourage any would-be quilters, and repeat next month.

Those of us who work at home can improvise and take our quilts to lunch instead.

AMI'S VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH
Peter Spatina plays a delightful musical tune on crystal glasses filled with water in the shape of a car for a Skoda commercial. I don't know how he did it, but he did:

"Don't Trust Profile Pictures" from Samsung is hysterical!

The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir is about as odd as it gets. Now you know what to do with all those talking fish. There are loads of other videos of this car on YouTube. I think this one from the Presurfer.blogspot.com is the best. The "Presurfer" is a wonderful place to find oddball things on the Internet.

ALZHEIMER'S ART QUILT INITIATIVE
The auction quilts are up. Place an opening bid and get the ball rolling. All profits fund Alzheimer's research. (Remember that $30K check?!) Please bid at: http://www.alzquilts.org/quiltauction.html

If you don't want to bid, please BUY!

ALZHEIMER'S: FORGETTING PIECE BY PIECE
Ohio, New Hampshire, Vermont There are only three venues left for the current traveling exhibit and then the quilts will be returned to the quilters who made them.

Make sure you see this amazing exhibit before it retires.

INSPIRATION ON A BICYCLE
Avid quilter, Jan Galiano, from the Capital City Quilt Guild (Lansing, MI) is biking from St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California. If that doesn't inspire you all on its own, know that she's in her 60's! She is blogging the whole way, too, with pictures! (She is a fabulous writer.) Jan is in Texas now. I get goosebumps just thinking about what she is doing. You need to read her blog and cheer her on. If she comes through your town, you need to give her a parade. Seriously.

IMAGINE HOPE
"Imagine Hope," an exhibit of 12 Hollis Chatelain quilts paired with black-and-white images by prominent photographers, will premier at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, April 9 to May 25.

Celebrate the opening with Hollis on April 20 from 3 to 5.

Throughout the entire AQS Show quilters are invited to hand quilt the Imagine Hope emblem quilt at the museum. A video camera mounted above the quilt will capture the many hands stitching. The film will be compressed and turned into a fast-motion YouTube video to show how we can accomplish wonderful things when we all work together. You gotta go there for me because I don't get to go this year.

BEST THING WE ALREADY KNEW
The Wall Street Journal just reported on truckers taking up quilters and why they find it to be such an enjoyable pastime. We need more publicity like this. Know how we get it? Everyday folks sending an thank-you email to the reporter. Quilters, let your voices be heard!

50 LAP-SIZE QUILTS NEEDED
The Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study is looking for 50 lap-sized quilts to give people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease participating in a clinical study. For more details and to volunteer, email fellow quilter Jeffree Itrich at jitrich@ucsd.edu.

END DRIVE THROUGH MASTECTOMIES
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SEW LONG FOR NOW
Thanks for reading my newsletter this month. It's always fun to write them knowing that you'll read them. If you'd like to comment on any of the blogs I directed you to, please click the word COMMENT at the end of each blog. (I read those and approve them for publication.) If you want to comment on this newsletter hit reply. Just know that there are 17,000 of you and while I will read every email (promise), there is no way I can reply back to all of you.

Have a great April,
Ami Simms
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