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The Ami Simms Newsletter
Happy Thanksgiving!! Hello again and thanks for reading. Thanks
also for passing this silly thing around. You are encouraged to share
it will all your friends, as long as you tell them where you got it
(the Ami-Simms-Newsletter) and how to sign up to get their own (email
AmiSimms@aol.com or sign up at egroups.com).
If your name is Julie and your last name starts with `P' please
email me immediately. It's good news: you may have won the door
prize! YES, the bag of scraps, fat eighths, and a mouthful of dryer
lint could be yours! Why so "iffy?" Well, there might be more than
ONE "Julie P" and only I know the last name of the true and official
winner, something I will NOT be revealing just yet. So why am I not
just e-mailing Julie directly, you ask? Been there; done that. She
either changed her e-mail addy since she entered, or she entered it
incorrectly. So, if you're a JULIE P, let me know.
Are you all excited about entering the door prize NOW? Read on...
WIN 58 Fat Quarters
Head on over to www.PicturePlayQuilts.com and navigate over to WIN
where you might just be lucky enough to have your name pulled out of
the hat for almost five dozen fat quarters! Makower U.K.'s Musical
Sonata line features instruments of all kinds and music notes that
are perfect for your next Picture Play Quilt. You'll be humming along
in no time.
The 22 FQs from the Illusion line will add stars and
moons to the mix and handfuls of beautiful fabric in lovely tones for
just about any quilt on your cutting table.
Andover Fabric's White
Willows collection will get you ready for the winter season with snow-
covered houses, trees covered in glistening ice, frozen lakes,
swirling snow, and kimono-clad figures turning away from the cold
winter wind. Take a look at the cover of Keepsake Quilting's Holiday
Update 2000 for a close-up peek at this last collection.
Two project sheets are also included for you to make quilts
designed by Sue Pickering and Shirley Botsford.
Enter as often as you like. Good luck!
DAISY IS AT IT AGAIN!
Well, this is beginning to get predictable. Look what I found in
my email box again this month!
I'm doing great, how about you? Thanks for the advice on how to
handle that "come" command, but I think I still like my way better;
you know, run like crazy in the other direction grab something fun
like the TV remote control and see if I can get Miss Ami to chase me.
Even if she doesn't come after me, she tries the COME thing again and
gives me a kibble when I show up. Now that I've figured out the
drill, I drop whatever I snatched, come, grab the kibble, and take
off again before she can snatch me by the collar.
Dish towels are fun, but she won't chase me for those. The remote
doesn't get her to play until I start changing the channels. Quilting
fabric gets her every time. Drops whatever she's doing, starts
screaming like a banshee, and tears after me like I had stolen the
crown jewels. She'll even play on all fours under the dining room
table for fabric. Go figure. I can't imagine why she cares if I chew
it up. All she's gong to do is cut it up into little pieces and then
sew it back together again anyway. I know I've watched her.
So far the only thing I'm not too fond of racing off with are
these things Miss Jennie and Mr. Steve play with. It looks like
they'd be easy to carry and I can stick the skinny part in my mouth
real easy, but for some reason I just can't run as fast with one of
those in my mouth as I can with the other stuff. (To see what Daisy
has in her mouth, please visit
http://www.MalleryPress.com and click on PUPPY. Then follow the link
to her most recent adventure.)
HOUSTON QUILT MARKET
I saw some interesting products at Market this time out. One of my
favorites was an acrylic quilting hoop with a bungee cord that fits
into a grove to hold everything in place. Too cool. For more
information, e-mail Quiltpati@aol.com. Her Mom invented it. Pati also
has iron-able template material dye cut to size for you to make
Grandmother's Flower Garden pieces with English Piecing as well as
the traditional, basting kind. E-mail her for this information as
Lorraine Torrence Designs (www.lorrainetorrence.com) has some
awesome garment patterns. I fell in love with her reversible, quilted
jacket that comes in two lengths. Clever gal calls it "The Long and
Short of It." It's part of the "Grainline Gear" a recently acquired
division of Lorraine Torrence Designs. Very wearable and "quilty" at
the same time. She has lots of other super designs so take a look.
Lorraine also teaches. To contact her write to:
The quilts this year were tremendous and a highlight of the show
was seeing Hollis Chatelain's "School: It's Never Too Late To Learn"
and getting a chance to meet her, too. To see this quilt, click on
http://www.hollisart.com/Pages/gallery/galleryframe.html or visit her
main web page at http://www.hollisart.com. What talent!!
MORE BIG HAIR
Those of you who have been reading this newsletter for a while
know that I am obsessed about big hair. I want some. Follicly
challenged I am not about to achieve big hair on my own, so I
constantly search for styling aids that will turn my thin, limp, yet
attractive head into something I can shake provocatively. Most of the
time I look like I have perpetual "hat hair."
I may have found something. I saw it at the drug store, down on
the bottom shelf, way in back. Daisy and I were exploring and she
scooped up a huge tuft of lint. While I was on my hands and knees
extricating it from her mouth, I noticed the bottle. It said "for
fine, dull & limp hair." That's me, all right. The product is
called "Hask Thix Elixir." Doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does
it? They should just call it BIG HAIR.
Anyway, it's got the usual ingredients I can't pronounce plus aloe
vera gel, arnica extract, burdock extract, white nettle extract,
garlic extract, watercress extract, ivy extract, pine extract,
rosemary extract and some other stuff. I just want to know how they
come up with this stuff. (I thought the garlic was a nice touch.)
Even after reading the list of ingredients, I tried it. (This only
shows how desperate I am.)
I have never felt anything so slimy. Even dog snot doesn't come
close. I tried to smooth it on my head (the elixir, not the dog snot)
and both hands slipped off my head and banged into the wall behind
After waiting the pre-requisite amount of time I did the "style as
usual." thing, and what do you know: my hair was nice and puffy!
Sadly, I spoiled the effect by squirting eyeglass cleaner all over my
coif instead of hair spray, but I'll do better tomorrow morning.
Thanks to Leslie for sending along this one...try it. You'll like
1. dial 1-800-888-3999 (it's free)
2. listen to the options
3. when you hear option #7, press 7 and wait
Every company should have an option #7.
Smuchinsky shared this one
A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the
hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death
experience. Seeing God, she asked "Is my time up?"
God said, "No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have
a facelift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come
in and change her hair color. Since she had so much more time to
live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.
After her last operation, she was released from the hospital.
While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I though you said I had
another 40 years?"
God replied, "I didn't recognize you."
Have a great quilting day and remember to enjoy the company of your
family and friends this Thanksgiving.