May 2010

Ami's May Newsletter

SPRING SPRANG
And the underpants were dyed. And it was fun and silly and exhausting. Amazingly, 143 pair of undies went from plain old boring white to all sorts of bright colors in just one day. And yes, you can still get into the act.


MADISON BLOGS
Madison T. Dog blogged more than I did this past month! I'm just grateful he can turn on the computer by himself.

Be sure to see him trying to hide in my suitcase…

…and his treatise on TREATS!

…and his trip to school .


QUILTING TOOLS
There are some new tools that I think you'll like on the web page. These are the ones that I personally can't live without. From now until Monday midnight take 10% off your order when you use this coupon code: MAY.

I grouped products in order of how we make quilts: Drafting, Marking, Cutting, Sewing, Pressing, and Display. There are other hard-to-find items that really make life easier (or just more fun).

Have you ever seen titanium scissors in rainbow colors? Not only do they cut really well, they are little works of art.

Tired of your thread tangling when you're hand sewing? How about a $1.50 solution? (Actually just $1.35 with your discount.)

The newest gadget is the Hands Free Light. These have been going like hotcakes in workshops because, well, who couldn't use more light?! You wear the battery powered light around your neck and point it just where you need it. Six LED lights make a big difference, especially if you're sitting in a black hole at a workshop or you're stuck in a hotel room with a dim bulb. (And I don't mean your spouse or your roommate.)

Remember the coupon code: MAY.


FIND A QUILT TEACHER
If you teach quilting your face needs to be on www.FindAQuiltTeacher.com. That's where guilds and shops are heading to find more than 100 teachers (local to international) to bring to their communities to teach quilting.

You'll find contact information and biographies galore. Subscribers also have access to downloadable Teacher Fact Sheets with expanded contact information, most popular workshops and lectures, requirements, preferences, and expenses all in a ONE-PAGE document that is consistent from teacher to teacher.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN
I'll visiting the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild in Kernersville, NC for a lecture and two workshops May 3-5. There are still a few openings in my Twisted Sisters workshop AND my String Quilting workshop. If you'd like to attend (not to worry, the supply list is mostly stuff you probably already have on hand).

Read descriptions of the workshops, then contact Julie Bodford if you'd like to sign up for one or both of the workshops.


SPRING QUILT MARKET
Come say hello at the "Rose of Sharon" EVENT at 12:15pm on Saturday at the Bernina booth, #2735. Meet with representatives of companies who will be supporting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative: AccuQuilt, Bernina, Island Batik, Martingale & Company, Nine Patch Media, and OESD. Listen to Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims tell how the blocks were selected for the Rose of Sharon quilt. Meet the winning quilt block designers and get a chance to win prizes yourself.


THE AUCTION IS READY FOR YOUR BID
The "Slow & Silent" quilt auction benefiting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is up and waiting for your bid. All profits fund Alzheimer's research. Please make an opening bid to get the ball rolling:


ONE MORE MONTH
You've got just one month from today to donate a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt with an Alzheimer's theme if you want me to consider it for the next traveling quilt exhibit called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope. Please read the prospectus.


HOARDING QUILTS
May is the last month that quilts will be for sale on the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative web site. We're going to start hoarding quilts for International Quilt Festival in November. We want to bring 1,000 quilts and we could use your help.

Any theme, any style, any technique, any color, any ability and only 9" x 12". This is a perfect challenge for your quilt. Details are here.


MY WHIMSICAL QUILT GARDEN
Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins from Piece O' Cake Designs have a new pattern out. You'll want one of these. Learn more.


AMAZON FILLER ITEM
Anyone who has ever ordered stuff on Amazon.com knows that they have free shipping with a minimum order of $25. If you're on a budget and you want the free shipping but the one think you want doesn't meet the minimum, here's a brilliant solution. Tell this web page the amount you need for free shipping and it will search for a product on Amazon of just that amount. Brilliant.


FRESH ANTIQUES!
What were they thinking?!


DOG YEARED QUILT
Debbie Voigt finished her Dog Yeared quilt.


SEW LONG UNTIL NEXT TIME
Have a wonderful month and I'll see you here again on June 1st.
Ami Simms