April 2013

April 2013
The Ami Simms Newsletter
April 2013

WELCOME
Here's Scooter posing with shopping carts in front of TJ Maxx. Corralling shopping carts is his favorite hobby during our morning walks. The photo marked our all time record: 21 carts in one walk. Scooter says to click the picture so you can see him bigger.


MAKING IT UP AS I GO ALONG
As my faithful readers know, I have recently launched two little inventions into the quilting world. I have updates on both.

A quilt shop took my PowerWrapper to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the end of February and sold out! So exciting!

Students who took my Fabric BOWL-ing workshop in Tennessee really liked them a lot too. It is particularly gratifying to see something that was born in your brain become real. When complete strangers think that what you came up with is a cool thing, well, that's just fantastic!

My PowerWrapper is the only quilting tool that you're supposed to sit on! It holds the clothesline taut so you don't have to, freeing up both hands to wrap the fabric strips around the clothesline. Plus, it's no longer necessary for you to be tethered to your sewing machine while you wrap. You could wrap in front of TV while all those basketball games are going on if you wanted to.

The special introductory price is still available so if you always wanted to try making a fabric bowl, and needed a little encouragement. PowerWrappers, supplies, and tutorials are available here.

The second, and more recent invention, is Sticky Template Plastic. Students in my last appliqué class seemed to enjoy working with it for making more accurate appliqué templates. Since you stick the pattern directly onto the Sticky Template Plastic, you don't have to trace!

It makes great Window Templates for auditioning fabric when you fussy cut, AND, I just learned this morning that you can make luggage tags with it. Click here for pictures.

Have you got a great idea for Sticky Template Plastic? Tell me all about it.


YO-YO SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTIES
It's spring, at least in theory. The vernal equinox is the time when days and nights are of equal length, when the sun rises and sets due east and due west, and when the tilt of the earth (relative to the sun) is zero and the Earth's axis neither points towards nor away from the sun. Yeah, right.

It's not Spring in Flint, Michigan yet. But when temperatures finally hit 70 degrees it's going to be time to dye the underpants, I don't care where the Earth's axis is pointing! I have an appointment with the dye buckets.

As long as I'm dying my panties to celebrate the new season, I'll dye yours too. Details about the infamous Yo-Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties are here.




I've been teaching quilting since the mid-80s and have visited every state in the US except three: Idaho, Mississippi, and Rhode Island. It's not like I'll quit teaching if I get to teach in all 50, I just noticed that a potential milestone is in the offing.


@HOME CLASSROOM - JUNE 4
I've got room for 12 people in my String Quilting class on Tuesday, June 4. Nine have already signed up. If you're within driving distance of Flint, Michigan and would like to have a bunch of fun slicing and dicing fabric strips to make Sunshine & Shadow blocks, come and join me for this full-day workshop. Sign up here.

If you can't wait that long I'll be in Mayville, Michigan for a lecture with the Mayville Loose Threads (lunch too) on May 3rd. I'll be in Little Rock with the Q.U.E.S.T. Quilters Guild May 8 and 9. (There are openings for my Fabric BOWLing and Freedom to Feather workshops.) And, I'll be with the Kitsap Quilters Guild in Poulsbo, WA and the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club in Sequim, WA at the end of April. Details.


ALZHEIMER'S ART QUILT INITIATIVE UPDATE
Thirty Name Quilts from the current traveling exhibit are up for auction right now. The rest will be offered for sale during the fall.

Research funded by the AAQI has again brought us closer to understanding Alzheimer's. Happily, I point you to this recent blog post.

We have more than 1,400 quilts on the Quilts For Sale page. Really.


MAKE A LEGO SEWING MACHINE
Carrie at SuchDesigns is one smart cookie. While playing with her kids she figured out how to build a sewing machine out of LEGO pieces. It is so cool! If you have LEGOs hanging around the house, here are her directions.

Note that in the directions there is a link to encourage the LEGO Company to kit this design. I think it would be a riot to have Lego sewing machine kits to make.

Please encourage the Lego Company to make the sewing machine into a kit. http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/18230#

Go in through FB so you don't have to create a user account Click browse and support other's projects Search for "sewing machine" When the page completely loads you'll see another green SUPPORT box to click in the upper right hand corner.

That's it. My "SUPPORT" click brought the total to 195—pretty pitiful for all us quilters out there. Let's make some noise! Support the LEGO sewing machine, and ask your friends to support it too. Pedal to the metal, quilters.


SEW & TELL
Elaine D'Angelo shared a picture of a Twisted Sisters quilt she made a few years ago. Take a look.


UNTIL NEXT TIME Thanks for reading my April newsletter. Please forward it to a friend.

Ami Simms
www.AmiSimms.com
Mallery Press, Inc.
4206 Sheraton Drive
Flint, MI 48532

Did you like all the pictures? Email me and let me know. AmiSimms@aol.com