January 2009

The Ami Simms Newsletter
January 1, 2009
Copyright by Ami Simms
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
(REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS ARE AT THE VERY END)

WELCOME
Itís nice to be back in your email box again. I so appreciated all your thoughts and prayers, cards and emails, after my mom passed away. Iím still feeling fragile, but I think Iím healing a little too. Iíve done some ďnestingĒ around the house, some small sewing projects, and have plans for two quilts from Momís clothing.

If youíre new to the newsletter and have no idea what Iím talking about, please see my blog.

Iíll be posting there again soon. Madison says heíll help.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As we celebrate new beginnings and the promise of a new year, how about a good old-fashioned SALE? Save from 20% to 66%. on selected items on my web page from now until January 5th. If Santa missed an important item on YOUR list, nowís the time to make up for the oversight.

FABULOUS RAG FUR JACKET
Judy Lineberry made an awesome Rag Fur Jacket. See how good she looks in it.

TWISTED SISTERS
Julie Hicks finished her Twisted Sisters quilt. Doesnít it look great?

STRING QUILTING
Talese Swickard finished her String Quilt. after taking my workshop in Illinois. Way to go, Talese! You did a great job!

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Iíll be teaching at the Jabez Quilt Seminar in Somerset, KY later this month. In February Iíll be at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, and in March Iíll be teaching for the Kankakee Quilt Makers in Bourbannais, IL. For a complete list of where Iíll be in 2009 (and beyond) please see my teaching schedule.

A NEW PROJECT
If you teach quilting (locally, regionally, or nationally) or if you hire teachers for your shop or for your guild, Iím working on the feasibility of a new project and Iíd like to ask you some questions. If you are a quilt teacher, send me an email with TEACHER in the subject line. If you hire quilt teachers, send me an email with I HIRE TEACHERS in the subject line. (If you do both, send me two different emails.) AmiSimms@aol.com

HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL
The Alzheimerís Art Quilt Initiative raised more than $45,000 for Alzheimerís research bringing our total in 2008 to more than $110,000. If youíd like to learn more about the AAQI, please see www.AlzQuilts.org.

You can also subscribe to the AAQI Update and receive free email updates about our progress.

For those of you have donated quilts to the AAQI, more than 1,000 of them were priced, tagged, and taken to sell at Houston. Volunteers are updating the web page as you read this showing how much each of the quilts sold for. All the quilts that sold in Houston are listed here.

Those quilts that didnít sell (about 130) have been returned to the Waiting For Assignment page and will be offered for sale at a future venue.

QUILT AUCTION IS UP AND READY FOR YOUR BIDS
There are 26 fabulous quilts waiting for your bid in the monthly AAQI ďSlow & SilentĒ quilt auction. Bidding is easy and all profits are used to fund research. Included in this monthís auction are quilts by Nancy Brenan Daniel and Linda Jenkins, plus one quilt with the autographs of almost 40 quilting celebrities. Bid here right now.

Would you rather purchase than bid in an auction? No problem. Small post card sized quilts are available for purchase for just $30 each. There are also a few more Snowmen Quilts left. Buy quilted ďpost cardsĒ here. Buy Snowmen quilts here.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!
There are new additions to this favorite page.

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 Iím 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 ďreprintĒ a particular part of the newsletter you must ask first. Hereís how.

UNTIL NEXT TIME
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year, filled with fabric, friends, and fun,
Ami Simms
www.AmiSimms.com
AmiSimms@aol.com