March 2010

Ami's March 2010 e-Newsletter
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WELCOME
Spring is nowhere in sight, but I have big plans. Readers of my blog will soon be invited to join the 2010 Yo-Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties. It is a most colorful event. You can read about last year's event here here. Be sure to click the links.


IS THIS UP TO CODE?
I travel quite a bit. And I’ve got loyalty cards for more than 54 different hotels to prove it. Never mind that …
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SHIPSHEWANA
All I have to do is just hear the name and I begin to drool. I’ve shopped for quilting fabric at Yoder’s Department Store in Shipshewana, Indiana since 1976…
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THANK YOU, TIFFANY!
The words embroidered on the top and bottom inner borders of the quilt I just finished say: “You have proven that the actions of a single person can make a profound difference in the lives of others. Thank you!”
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DANCING SPOOLS, TIME TO VOTE
I've been playing with a new pattern and asked people to vote on which version they liked best. This blog post generated more comments than any other one I have ever written. See what all the fuss is about.
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DOG GETS NEW JOB, ECONOMIC RECOVERY SURE TO FOLLOW
The dog is writing again. Don't miss this one…
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THE CAPTAIN
An awesome short video to watch, plus Allison Janney from The West Wing helps quilters fight Alzheimer's by donating signatures on fabric for five Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts. More...


THE FRAGRANCE OF MEMORY
Moms and daughters remembering. Add your comment. More...


*CALL FOR QUILTS*
You have until June 1, 2010 to donate a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative IF you want that quilt to be considered for the next traveling quilt exhibit called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope." Details on what the curator (me) is looking for are here here.

The current traveling exhibit, "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," will have visited 49 venues in 31 states before it retires at the end of this year. More than 220,000 people viewed the quilts.

I don't care if you are an amateur or a professional, the best quilter or the worst. If you have something to say about Alzheimer's pick up a needle. The AAQI could use the quilts, even those that don't make the cut. So, don't wait for an invitation (this is it), and don't give up before you try. Your voice is needed. Your quilt is needed. (Non Alzheimer's-themed quilts are ALWAYS appreciated too.) Make a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt.


TWISTED SISTERS
Twisted Sisters is probably my all-time best selling quilt pattern. It looks complicated, but it really isn't. I've had the pleasure of teaching many Twisted Sisters workshops and those who take them are encouraged (threatened?) to share their quilts on my web page. Why? It's fun to brag on them, plus it helps to see a wide variety of fabric selections and options when it comes time to pull fabric for YOUR quilt. Anyone who has made a Twisted Sisters quilt is encouraged to share a photo of their finished quilt on my web page. The more the merrier.

Details on how to do that are here.

Look at all 95 Twisted Sisters quilts here.

Check out these new additions by:

Jodie Hirschfeld

Angela Laustsen

Mary Cunningsworth

Cindy Deppen

Jan Krebs


SPECIAL NEWSLETTER READER DISCOUNT
Write the words "I'm Twisted" in the comment section of your order between now and March 5th and when we process it (real people reading real words, not some computer) we'll deduct $3.00 from your Twisted Sisters purchase. You'll get confirmation of the new lower price when we email you to let you know your order has shipped. Order here.


PICTURE PLAY QUILTS
See new additions to the collection of Picture Play Quilts on my web site! If you have made a quilt from one of the 24 patterns in my "I Spy" type book, please dig out the camera and send it in.

Debbie Voigt made a Dots & Boxes quilt.

So did, Laura Ningen and she had a furry helper.

Beth DuBord made a Buttons & Bows quilt.


ATTENTION PROGRAM CHAIRS
If you are in charge of finding teachers to present workshops and lectures in for your guild, email me with "Program Chair" in the subject line of your email. I'm feeling generous. If you are NOT that person, contact the person who is and have THEM email me. (AmiSimms@aol.com)


WINDSOR, ONTARIO
We "discovered" the Calabrisella restaurant in Windsor's Little Italy (Erie Street) almost 20 years ago. Ristorante Calabrisella is a Mom & Pop operation, and the kids help too. The food is delicious and the first time we walked in we were treated like family! Toni (Mom) remembers our previous order, even if it's been a few months since we last made the 90 minute trip from Flint. When it's not too busy Chef Biagio (Pop) sings in a corner of the dining room. It is a magical place.

In my spare time I created a blog for them so that they would have an Internet presence. It's a work in progress, but would you go visit and leave a comment? Click here!

Better yet go and EAT there! My new favorite is Pasta Marchese. Oh my! Steve loves the Arrabiata with clams, and Jennie almost always gets the Tortelini with meat sauce.

Have a great calling plan to Canada? The restaurant's phone number is on the blog. Call and tell them you saw their blog, even if you live in Florida. Your karma is sure to increase 100-fold, along with my thanks.

And, if you were wondering if the pasta on the top of the page is clipart? No way! Finally a use for photographing my food wherever I go!


PATRIOTIC QUILT EXHIBIT
You have until March 31st to enter 22" x 22" patriotic quilts for a touring exhibit to benefit non-profit groups who make quilts for wounded soldiers and families of the fallen.

More Information.

Entry form.


SEW LONG FOR NOW
That brings us to the end of the March 2010 newsletter. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope that you'll be back here again next month for another edition.

Ami Simms

PS: Don't forget the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiatiave montyly quilt auctionstarts today.