Ami rhymes with salami, but I'll answer to any lunch meat!

I've been quilting since 1975. I am the author of nine books on quilting and a bunch of patterns. I created both the WORST Quilt in the World Contest® and the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

I've been leading workshops and giving lectures on quilting throughout the United States since 1982. Before that I taught public school (second graders, then senior citizens). I've also taught quilting in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

I was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter Magazine.

I've also done a little television. I was a featured guest four times on the Home & Family Show (now defunct—I swear it wasn't my fault!) I also appeared on "Simply Quilts" (show #215, #262, and #743) with Alex Anderson on HGTV and was a featured guest on "Kaye’s Quilting Friends," "Quilter's Toolbox," "Friends in the Bee," and The Quilt Show.

I was first introduced to quiltmaking, while conducting research among the Old Order Amish of northern Indiana for my undergraduate thesis in anthropology. (That’s me in the picture—back in the days when they only had black and white film.) I made my first quilting stitches under the guidance of the Amish woman with whom I stayed.

Since that time I've made more than 200 quilts, of varying sizes, in both traditional and contemporary designs, both hand and machine quilted. My quilts have been featured in several national magazines, a hand full of books, and a few juried competitions.

I live in Flint, Michigan with my husband Steve and Scooter, The Wonder Dog. Our daughter Jennie and son-in-law Craig are the parents of my first grandchild, Zoey.

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Defining Ami Simms by Ann Hammel recently appeared in the show booklet for The American Quilter's Society show in Lancaster, PA.
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Ami's easy-going teaching style and incorrigible sense of humor have made her a sought-after instructor and lecturer on the national circuit for more than 25 years. She has presented lectures and workshop to more than 400 quilting groups in 45 states and seven foreign countries. An elementary school teacher by training, she transforms complex skills into small, easy-to-master tasks which make learning easy and fun. Ami was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter magazine.

First introduced to quiltmaking in 1975 while conducting research among the Old Order Amish, Ami is the author of nine quilting books, numerous patterns, and is the creator of the infamous Worst Quilt In The World Contest®. She is also the founder of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Ami has designed two fabric lines, appeared on five different television shows, and was invited to the White House in 2004 along with other artists who participated in the Art in Embassies program.

Ami blogs and writes a free e-newsletter read by more than 5,500 of her closest friends. This evening she invites you to sit back, thread your needles, and join her as she shares "[INSERT NAME OF LECTURE]."