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Ami-Simms-Newsletter
June 2001

WELCOME
Hello everyone and welcome to the June 2001 issue of the newsletter. Thank you again for double clicking each month. Our ranks have grown to an astounding 9507 "subscribers" and we'll be hitting that magic 10,000 in short order.

HOW CAN WE CELEBRATE?
I've gotten several suggestions from readers as to how to celebrate this milestone, and just about all have suggested making a charity quilt of some kind. (The suggestion of an Ami-sponsored trip to Disneyland for everybody was a nice thought too, but "no.")

With Daisy at Leader Dog School and the Leader Dogs for the Blind Auction coming up in November I think we could raise a ton of money for a very worthy cause if you would like to celebrate this newsletter with a donation of your time. If you'd like to be on the Planning Committee, please let me know. If you'd just like to make a block, hold on, we'll be pestering you later.

Before you jump on that REPLY button, you should know that the Planning Committee will be those volunteering their "putting together the blocks" and "quilting the quilts" and "binding the quilts" skills. We will also have some committee members "begging for batting" and "begging for backing fabric." I figure since they will have the most vested interest, they get to help me pick the design, too. When and if you reply to be on the Planning Committee, please include your skill level and experience, how you want to participate (which of the above skills you want to volunteer your time) and how fired-up about the prospect of inflicting a huge headache upon yourself you are. Please put PLANNING COMMITTEE in the subject line. I will enroll you in another Yahoo Group so we can communicate better through email and with a few live chats together too.

Just imagine, if we have 10,000 readers, that's 100,000 fingers! (Would everybody please stop reading for a moment, stick both hands up in the air, and wiggle your fingers? Thanks, I just wanted to see what that looks like!)

SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
If you haven't been to the web page since the last issue of the Newsletter, there have been some additions. The most obvious is the LOGO. It's back and re-designed. Click on the "old logo" to read why a face-lift was needed. (Oh, if it were only that easy for real faces!)

More quilts have also been added, mostly yours, one of mine called "Hearts, Gizzards & Kidney Stones." Click QUILTS and then select AMI'S QUILT or YOUR PHOTO-QUILTS or YOUR PICTURE PLAY QUILTS to see the new additions.

I've been traveling with my digital camera this year and try to make a screensaver of workshop photos for each guild. They take a bit of time to download, but it might be worth it if you think YOU or a friend might be in there somewhere. Take a look by clicking TEACHING SCHEDULE and following the prompts. Screensavers are listed by guild.

There are also several more "expert" answers to your quilting questions since last month, thanks to Sharon Darling's Quilter's Review. Not only does she review all sorts of quilting gizmos, gadgets, tools, and books, but she has an extensive "stable" of experts (of which I am but one) who answer quilting questions of all sorts. If you want information about any quilting product check her site first. You'll find unbiased reports of her thorough testing along with readers' comments and more. Visit www.QuiltersReview.com

It's also possible to get to my web page with any of THREE different domain names. I don't know exactly how this works, nor do I really want to, as some things must remain a mystery or life is less exciting. BUT, if you type ANY of these addresses, you'll get there. Try it out for me, will you?
http://www.MalleryPress.com
http://www.MalleryPress.com
http://www.PicturePlayQuilts.com

Personally, when I go there, I use the first one. Less typing. I should really learn how to bookmark.

ARE YOU READY TO WIN?
There is a new prize just waiting for you. It's a 62-yard collection of the newest fabrics from AvLyn Creations and they will make your heart go pity-pat. If you're the lucky winner you'll receive SIXTY-TWO one-yard cuts of SIXTY-TWO different fabrics all designed by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan, the "Possibilities" gals. Hearts is the theme for these luscious prints in warm rusts, purples, greens, and golds. There are several different pattern lines within the "Little Bits of Love" and "Make Some Magic" collections, each one cuter than the next. These fabrics will be especially appealing to hand quilters as the cloth has a delightful hand to it - like quilting through a cloud. Good luck!

Don't forget to check the past prizes. We have several door prizes as yet unclaimed. YOU could be the winner!

ANOTHER LETTER FROM DAISY
I can't imagine how this dog finds the time to write home, but I am thrilled that she sent a copy of her last e-mail to me. It's been pretty lonely around here with Daisy back at school. So many things remind me of herÖI can't pull out the ice cube tray without expecting to see her sit, tail wagging, for her ice cube treat.

Hi Mom!
Iím back at school and Iím doing just fine. In fact, schoolís a blast. I was a little worried when Miss Ami and Miss Jennie dropped me off. Their eyes were leaking terribly and they were all blubbery, but that must just be a human thing. (Read more about Daisy's continuing adventure.

FRESH BREAD
This is probably one of those Urban Legends that get passed around the Internet like the recipe for Neiman Marcus cookies, but I thought here's one we could prove or disprove ourselves. Smuchinsky forwarded this to me about it and if it were true it might be a good thing to know. (It is not Smuchinsky writing it.)

It goes like this:
"Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are:
Monday - Blue
Tuesday - Green
Thursday - Red
Friday - White
Saturday - Yellow
I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers do have different colored twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! So today being Wednesday, I wanted a green twist tie-not red, which is Friday (almost a week old?) The colors go alphabetically Blue - Green - Red - White -Yellow, Monday thru Saturday. Very easy to remember. But I put a post-it note in my wallet when I first found out about this so I would not forget. Enjoy fresh bread with the right color on the day you are shopping."

OK folks, check it out and tell me what you find!

NEXT AOL CHAT
Do join me in the AOL Chat Room on Thursday, July 19 at 9pm EST if you subscribe to America On-Line. I'll be in the Professional Chat Area and we'll talk about whatever your heart desires.

COOL SITE
Here's a wonderful service you need to know about if you have a quilt that needs restoration. Ruth Spencer and her mom wield the golden needles for this operation and have this to say about their unique business:

"There is a special thrill in sending back a revived old quilt to be cherished. I learned to quilt when I was about 7 years old (40+ years ago) and never really stopped! I guess I'm better at the repairs and my mom usually does the large quilting jobs. I'm proud to report we usually can return a quilt in three weeks unless the fabrics are really difficult. We do have a LARGE stash collected for about 20 years. It's a lot of fun to work on assorted projects we would not have made on our own, and a way to be inspired. Our prices are usually under $20.00 an hour and we set a price for a job somewhat based on difficulty and how vintage the needed fabrics are. It's interesting to see the goodies we get."

Visit Ruth and her mom at or email her at recneps@tritel.netfor more information.

That's if for this month. Please remember you can share this newsletter with anyone you like as long as you forward them the whole "magilla" or tell them how to sign up for their own personal copy each month. (They can either email me at amisimms@aol.com or sign up at my web page.)

Have a great quilting day,
Ami Simms