August 2008

The Ami Simms Newsletter
August 2008
Copyright by Ami Simms
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

WELCOME
Glad you found me this August afternoon. Hope you're having a great day. Welcome to all the new readers from Nebraska. (You know who you are!)

WHAT DO GENEROSITY & CARING, A WHACKY CROSSWALK SIGN, AND A BUNCH OF EMAIL SIGNATURES HAVE IN COMMON?
They were all on my blog, silly. And they were joined by stories about how my phone stinks, a neat video of my mom, a cool game called Packed Sardines, a challenge to play with your food at restaurants, a photo of my daughter using a plunger with a very long stick, and photos of the crazy phone lines at our house that are all rewired. (Can you hear me now?!) And that was just in July! Did you miss out?

You can read them now by visiting my blog.

Better yet, sign up for my blog. It's like getting the best parts of my newsletter delivered to you throughout the whole month, not just on one day. With a lot of pictures.

PRIORITY: ALZHEIMER'S QUILT AUCTION
Yes indeed, it's in full swing. Just started this afternoon. Did you know the 25 or so quilts auctioned each month bring in about $2,000 on average? Pretty incredible, isn't it? We do even better at Quilt Festival in Houston.

Have you made a quilt for the AAQI yet? My goal is to take 1,000 quilts to Houston International Quilt Festival this October. If you'd like to help, don't wait for an invitation. You just got one! Start here!

No time? I hear you. Bid on a quilt!

Afraid of bidding online? Even when yours truly (or the extremely trustworthy and talented Debbie) read your emails? Yes indeed. Real people doing the work of computers; think about it. Give bidding a try. After all we need bidders and buyers as much as we need quilters. One without the other isn't as much fun.

Not your cup of tea? Understandable. Instead of bidding, make me an offer! There are more than a 100 quilts without a home just waiting for you. See something you like? Email me with your best price. Check out the quilts.

Uncomfortable about suggesting the "wrong" price? Don't be. What have you risked? An email, that's all. A few inconvenienced electrons. If your price is too low (under $50) I'll just tell you. Wait, I just did!

Still, I understand, that's putting yourself out there. I've got another idea. We have quilts for sale. The price is right on them: $30. Art for your cube at work, art to hang above your sewing machine, art to give to a friend, secret Santa, anyone who needs a lift and a smile in their day. More than 40 to pick from. See the summer sale.

But you don't NEED a quilt? Hard to imagine, but I can go there. (Only for a short time, and don't tell my husband.) How about a donation? Give cash and get nothing. Well, that's novel. Not going to happen. I don't think you can give even a small amount to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and not feel good about it. But you can try. (Your donation is even tax deductible).

Here's my last pitch. For the non-sewing, bidding-impaired, shy, and cash-strapped quilter who has enough quilts. Go get a mason jar. Find your wallet. Dig out the coins and dump them in. Write "AUGUST 1, 2009" on the outside and every time you feel inclined to dump in a few more coins, do so. Next year count it out and mail the AAQI a check. Think you'll forget to do it? It's totally OK if you do. In fact, it would be pretty normal. What I don't want you to forget are all the wonderful memories of your life, the people you cherish, and the skills you've learned along the way. That's what Alzheimer's takes away from people who have it, and that's what we're trying to stop. One quilt at a time.

GOT ANY FUNNY QUILTS?!
How's that for a segue? I know that's a horrible segue, and I sat here for about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to "seam" what I just wrote into any one of the next topics I wanted to include in this newsletter and I couldn't do it with any amount of grace or finesse. So, here is my next random thought:

I want to update my "Humorous Quilts & Their Makers lecture." So, have you made any funny quilts? I need visually funny, or "back story" funny, IF the story behind the quilt that makes it funny can be told in 10 seconds or less.

Send one submission per email with your name and contact information and a JPEG of the quilt as an attachment. Submit only quilts you've made. All you get is glory and your name "out there." Everyone else gets to laugh at how clever you are.

Please put FUNNY in the subject line.

@HOME WORKSHOPS
If you live in Michigan and have been itching to visit Flint, here's the excuse you were waiting for. The schedule is out for the last two workshops in my @Home Classroom this year:

August 23: Hand Quilting October 4: You get to pick!

Check out the workshops.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
In addition to the workshops listed above here in Flint, in September I'll be teaching in Lansing, Michigan at the MQN Showcase 2008. September will also take me to Illinois where I'll be visiting the Decatur Quilt Guild, the Illini Stitchers, and the Springfield Quilt Guild. Here's my full teaching schedule.

WHAT’S ON SALE?
Not a darn thing. But don't let that stop you from shopping!

CYBER SHARING
There's a new crop of entries on the "What Were They Thinking" page. >

THE NEW BERNINA
The new Bernina 8 series premiered on July 21 and you can see what all the excitement is about in this web cast. That's one amazing machine; I can't wait to stitch on it. Check it out.

FUN WEB SITES TO VISIT
"Hey Jude"

Another "Happy Dance"
(Thanks to Stephanie)

Making Buttons
(Thanks to Becky Goldsmith.)

FREE BOOKS FOR CHARITY QUILTERS
Judy Howard, owner of Buckboard Antique Quilts is donating her three books, Heavenly Patchwork I & II and Centennial Stitches, to any non-profit group that does charity quilting. Use them for fund-raising, door prizes or thank-you gifts for your quilters.

Email BuckboardQuilts@cox.net with your mailing address and share how you want to use the books.

Also see www.HeavenlyPatchwork.com and check out the traveling God Bless American Quilt Exhibit, or call Judy at 405-751-3885.

SHARING THIS NEWSLETTER
Please do. Forward the ENTIRE thing to all your friends and even some of your enemies. Everybody enjoys a laugh or two. Please do NOT forward just part of it. Somehow my name gets dropped off when these things float through cyberspace and since I’m writing them for free, I should at least get credit for writing them. If you write a guild newsletter (real paper or online) and would like to “reprint” a particular part of the newsletter you must ask first. Here’s how.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, READ MY BLOG!
Ami Simms