June 2010

Ami Simms eNewsletter
June 1, 2010

WELCOME
The summer is in full swing. Madison has a new wading pool, and the house is full of grass clippings and smells just a little bit like "wet dog." Things could be worse.


THE ROSE OF SHARON PROJECT
Thanks to Sharon Pederson's Rose of Sharon project, the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has some really big supporters.


BOWLING
I've been making more fabric bowls, this time without the fabric. Warmer weather beckoned me outside to dye clothesline. You haven't lived until you've untangled 100 feet of dye-soaked clothesline. Even with all the mess, I find I really like the results. The bowls are clean, elegant, and colorful. (I'm just colorful, working towards clean, and not holding out much hope for elegant.)

And yes, you can make clothesline bowls with my hand-dyed "line" too! Supplies are limited.


THE QUILT SHOW
I'll be bringing the new traveling exhibit, "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" to The Quilt Show. Taping is this August but the show will air in January.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN
This week I'll be visiting The Woodlands Area Quilt Guild and the Kingwood Area Quilt Guild. Both of those areas are near Houston, Texas. If you're in the area, or the neighborhood, or the general vicinity, please come to one of my lectures. I'll be presenting my hysterically funny (moderately amusing?) "How NOT To Make A Prize-Winning Quilt" lecture for both guilds, so please just come to ONE lecture. Unless you want to hear it two times. If you can't make it to either lecture (you're out of the area) then you can read my book and pretend that other people are laughing along with you. A few places in my Twisted Sisters workshops also.

Get the dates, details and contact information for the guilds HERE.

Read the book HERE:


OOOOOOOOH-KLAHOMA
Later in June I'll be in Norman, Oklahoma for a one-day extravaganza, otherwise known as the combined meeting of The Norman Area Quilters Guild & the Edmond Quilt Guild. Are there lots of cities in Oklahoma named after men? Is there a Susie, Oklahoma? Just wondering…

Again, the details are HERE.


FLORIDA
A year from two weeks ago I'll be teaching for the Southwest Florida Quilt Guild in Ft Myers. Specifically, that will be May 16, and 17, 2011. If your guild is nearby, I might be able to add you on my schedule. It's a great way to save on travel expenses.

Even if you don't live in Florida, you may live somewhere else and I might be coming to a quilt guild near there. Tack your guild onto my trip.

Those details for 2011 are here.


FIND A QUILT TEACHER.COM
You can find me at FindAQuiltTeacher.com along with anybody who's anybody in the quilting world. Detailed information at your fingertips, in a consistent format…makes life a little easier.

Members enjoyed three elucidating instructional videos last month on how to crop quilt photographs for better PowerPoint presentations by reading the FindAQuiltTeacher.com BLOG.


THE AAQI AUCTION IS UP!
If you're an autograph hound, you'll be interested in a slightly larger quilt with the autographs of 55 famous quilters that has an incredible border made by Kathy Kennedy-Dennis. There are 26 quilts in all in the June auction. I'm sure you'll find at least one to bid on. As always, all profits fund Alzheimer's research.


MADISON'S VIDEO PICKS OF THE MONTH
Madison just adores Breakfast with Ginger. He would like me very much to figure out how to make a video of him eating breakfast. Or lunch. Possibly dinner. A snack would be a good idea too. (Thanks, Toni!)

He thinks this is the best dog sledding video he has ever seen. (Thanks, Darlene!)

And Madison really enjoyed meeting this canine cousin who must live with a street performer on the other side of the world.

Finally, Madison highly recommends this National Geographic short video about the love between a dog and his orangutan. Possibly it's the other way around, but it is heartwarming none the less. (Thanks, Cricket!)


AMI'S WEB-COMMENDATIONS
Want a smile on your face, a bounce in your step, and perhaps a tear or two of happiness trickling down your face? Check out this 80-year-old contestant on Britain's Got Talent. Amazing, inspiring, and I want to be just like her when I grow up!

These amusing sketches caught my eye, mostly because I can't figure out how he did them. See if you can figure it out.

I also love Jim's Pancakes. This is my Father's Day pick.

And, finally, this music video made entirely of sounds from Craftsman tools make me wonder if we can't do something like this with quilting tools. I'll shoot the video if somebody out there can edit it and make it look, well, decent. It could "advertise" the AAQI and go viral. Yes?


EYE CANDY
Read about Melody Crust's new book.


ONCE UPON A TIME: FAIRY TALE QUILTS
Read about Beth Helfer's new book.


SHOW & TELL
P. Doty made a Zig Zag Zoom and a Yikes Strips !

David Reschke made a Twisted Sisters quilt. Check out the planned secondary pattern made possible by careful placement of like fabrics.


WANTED: FACEBOOK GURU
Is there a kind soul out there who could give me remedial FaceBook lessons? Topics to cover: 1. Fan pages. Have one; can't figure out where it went or how to edit it.
2. Want to build an AAQI page. Need help.
3. Things I haven't even thought of yet.

Must be willing to take my phone calls, hand hold, and explain why everything I try to do on Facebook is so incredibly SLOW. And non-intuitive. And frustrating.

Email me.


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

AmiSimms@aol.com
www.AmiSimms.com