August 2010

Ami Simms Newsletter
August 1, 2010

WELCOME
As always, I'm so glad you double-clicked.


WHAT'S NEW WITH ME?
Steve and I took our annual Fourth of July mini-vacation in Canada. To check out the US from the "other side" and see some tiny little fish, click here.< />

I learned how a thread lifter can be a wonderful thing.

Sadly I realized I'm too stupid to own a particular brand of watch:

And I lost a good friend and made a mourning quilt.


FACEBOOK
My ongoing project to move all my quilting friends from my FaceBook page is now complete. So, check your friend list and if I'm not there, all you have to do is "LIKE" me.

I know that sounds odd, but head over to my new FaceBook page. At the top left you'll see me in a purple jacket slurping spaghetti. To the right of that is my name. Right after my name is a little "thumbs up" icon that says the word "LIKE." Click that. Then you'll get all my status updates just like before, only better.


ALZHEIMER'S ART QUILT INITIATIVE
If you're a new newsletter reader you may not know that I'm the founder and executive director of a national charity dedicated to raising awareness and funding research. Here are some important links:

This month's auction is up. Bid on quilts by the Vera Bradley design team, Debbie Mumm and others. All profits fund Alzheimer's research:

The AAQI Update (Yahoo Groups) has been changed to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Update BLOG. Get it emailed to your inbox and everything. Easy!

A reminder to everyone attending the August 10th taping of The Quilt Show in Boulder, Colorado. Don't forget to bring your Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt. You'll need to register it.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN
I'm looking forward to a teaching trip to Virginia and a visit with the Cabin Branch Quilters (Woodbridge) and the River Country Quilters (Gloucester) later this month. If you would like to attend one of my lectures or workshops, please contact these guilds directly. Information is here.

If you'd like me to come to your guild, read this and send me an email.

You can also find me at FindAQuiltTeacher.com, along with more than 100 national, regional, and local teachers.


THE FIVE BEST TOOLS I'VE EVER USED
Quiltmaking is easier when you have the right tools. Here's my top five:

1.Bendable BrightLight . I don't know how I ever lived without it. It's the best task light for a sewing machine I've ever seen! If you can't see what you're doing on your sewing machine and think you need a new machine, you might just need a new light!

2. The Hands Free LED light for hand sewing. You wear this one around your neck, battery operated, nice and bright. I can hand sew anywhere!

3. Clover's magnetic pin caddy. Big deal, a pin cushion?! Sorry, this one earns all my accolades. It's magnetic and there's something inside that makes all the pins line up so you can grab one with your eyes closed and not get stuck. (You still have to determine which is the head and which is the pointy part.) And it has a lid, so when you take it to workshops or out to the living room the pins stay put and they stay clean. Cool colors.

4. Sensmatic Pencils. Sketching quilting designs on paper? Graphing your next quilt? Balancing the checkbook, writing a grocery list, crossword puzzles, love notes?! If you ever use a pencil, use a Sensmatic pencil. It's always sharp! The pencil monitors the amount of lead sticking out. When you need more it comes out on its own. No clicking, twisting, pushing….it just KNOWS! Spooky! And refillable. Great for "back to school."

5.Rainbow titanium oxide scissors . I know. You need another pair like you need a hole in your head. But these are gorgeous, they snip threads, and cut precisely. Did I mention they're little works of art?


SHOW & SHARE
Susan Eisen finished her Twisted Sisters quilt.


REALLY HARD BLOCKS THAT TAKE A LONG TIME TO MAKE
I love the title of Marsha McCloskey's new book. Read my review.


FIND ART WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT
I want to share two web sites that just blew me away. Who would have thought…..?!

Toast Art. Yes, as in bread. The patterns are wonderful; most of the pieces by Maurice Bennett could be quilts.

Pencil Art . Dalton Ghetti is a magician with a pencil, but not it's not what you think. You will be amazed.


VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH
Old Spice Commercial.

The Fast Lane, a subway slide.

The Typewriter, music composed by Leroy Anderson.


MADISON'S VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH
Hello. Madison T. Dog here. You should look at this video because my friend Debi sent it to me and she smells good. It will help you read your emails better. Click here. Wait a moment for it to start.

If you liked that, you should read this. It's not a video. It's just regular. And it's a year old, but if you've never seen it you might like it. And if you have already seen it, you might want to see it again. I look really cute.


SEW LONG UNTIL NEXT TIME
Thanks for reading and I'll see meet you in your email box again September 1st.

Until then, please click the LIKE icon after my name right next to my picture at the top. FaceBook and tell your friends:

AmiSimms@aol.com
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