July 2008

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

WELCOME
Welcome everyone! I see some new faces out there; glad you're joining us.

BLOG
If you'd like a small dose of Ami every couple of days, visit Through The Eyes Of A Quilter, my blog. Better yet, sign up to get it delivered automatically.

What have you missed so far? Bagels and their holes, the "Where I Went on Vacation Contest" with predominantly food-related clues, Twisted Sisters workshop participants in Syracuse, the June Alzheimer's quilt auction, and lots more.

FROM UNDER THE DESK
Madison here. I have been a busy dog planning our Road Trip. Mom and I are driving to Jupiter, Florida in December (and back again) teaching all along the way. Well, I'll be sleeping most of the time, but Mom will be giving quilt lectures in the evenings. We'll be on the road for 12 days! There's still time for your guild to add on to our trip, especially if you live in Berea, KY; near Atlanta, GA; near Chattanooga or Knoxville, TN; or Lexington, KY. You can see me "driving" and read the tentative schedule on Mom's blog in the Road Trip section.

(Back to Mom…)

LIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA?
I've got another trip in the works for June 2009. I'm looking for a group that might need me June 10th (afternoon and/or evening for a half-day workshop or lecture) and June 11 for a full-day workshop or lecture. Transportation costs will be split between FOUR groups. Interested? Email me.

A LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME
I'm looking to add onto a teaching trip in March 2009. I have an opening for a group in the southwest corner of Michigan (any place south of Grand Rapids <--> Flint) for a workshop and/or lecture on March 22, possibly March 20th. Interested? Email me.

WAY CLOSER TO HOME
If you live within driving distance of Flint, sign up for my July 12th workshop at my @Home Classroom. The July 12th workshop (10 to 4:30 with a 30-minute lunch break) is for those brand new at machine quilting. After playing around with even-feed feet, we'll drop our "dogs" and do some free-motion work. In the afternoon you'll learn how to put on binding. Madison will assist by wagging furiously when you come in, and pretty much falling asleep on the floor by your feet for the rest of the day. Beginners only. Classes are small, so you'll get lots of attention, plus a lot of elbow room. Register online.

THERE'S AN AUCTION GOING ON
Yes indeed. The July Small Quilt Auction to raise money for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is in full swing. Start bidding.

Are you a fan of the old Designing Women television show? Me too! Dixie Carter, one of the stars of that show was performing in Arsenic & Old Lace last year in Houston and we were able to slip a piece of fabric to her to sign to help us raise money for Alzheimer's research. How cool is THAT?! Kathy Kennedy Dennis, one of our AAQI board members turned the signature in to a spectacular quilt.

Ever hear of Hank The Cow Dog? Author John Erickson signed a piece of fabric for quilter Amanda Stokes and she turned it into a wonderful quilt you can bid on right now!

CYBER SHARING
Joann McDougall finished an "In & Out The Window" quilt from my Picture Play Quilts book.

Diana Poltorak made a Sunshine quilt.

Barbara Amihod made a Twisted Sisters quilt.

And Mary-Jeanine Ibarguen made a Twisted Sisters quilt too!

TWISTED SISTERS MEETS PIPING HOT CURVES
Huh? Remember I told you about Susan Cleveland's new book, Piping Hot Curves?

Well I picked it up again and so enjoyed the concept I percolated a bit and wondered what would happen if I added piping to a Twisted Sisters Block. You can check it out on my blog TOMORROW. (July 2)

PATRIOTIC QUILTS SOUGHT FOR 3-YEAR TOUR
“How do I love America? Let Me Quilt the Ways” is the theme of Buckboard Quilts’ God Bless America 22" Quilt Contest. The deadline for submissions has been extended to December 31, 2008. Quilts will tour the U.S. for three years with profits from the $100/week-end exhibit rental going to provide quilts for wounded soldiers. Check for details.

To view quilts already submitted, go here.

Contact Judy Howard at BuckboardQuilts@cox.net for more information.

FUN WEBSITE
Here's a guy who takes "doing the happy dance" to a whole new level. I learned about this video from Peter Shankman, public relations guru. Enjoy.

QUILTS LOST AND FOUND
Valerie Hearder, internationally known quilt teacher from Nova Scotia, locked two suitcases of her quilts in the trunk of her car so she could have dinner with friends on June 8th. When she opened the trunk the next day she discovered her quilts, representing 20 years of her work, had been stolen!

Thanks to the online quilting community, a $1,000 reward offer, and the media (radio, television, and print) in St John's, Newfoundland the quilts were found on June 20th when a young man, taking a short cut through the woods on the way to a friend's house decided to step off the beaten path to relieve himself. That's when he noticed the two garbage bags filled with Valerie's quilts. Gives new meaning to the phrase "Gee Whiz, look at those quilts!" (And proves fact is sometimes stranger than fiction.)

Read about the loss.
Read about the find.
Visit Val's web site.
Visit Val's blog. There's more news, not all of it fantastic, but you might be able to help.

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.

SEE YOU NEXT TIME,
That's all for July. If you enjoyed the newsletter, you'll love life Through The Eyes Of A Quilter.

Enjoy the holidays and don't forget to bid on the "Alzheimer's Quilts."

Ami Simms