November 2009

The Ami Simms Newsletter
November 2009
Copyright by Ami Simms
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

WELCOME
I'm delighted to be in among your list of emails. Thank you for double clicking an hour later than usual. (Did you remember to change the clocks last night?)


BA DOY OW
We have a new restaurant here in Flint that is absolutely fabulous. It only took me about six weeks to be able to say the name without stumbling, but you may be more linguistically agile than I am. Say it just the way it sounds: Ba (rhymes with “la”) Doy (rhymes with “boy”) Ow (like you just stubbed your toe). Translation? (more....)


I WAS ON THE RADIO
I had the honor and privilege of being interviewed by ArtScene host and producer Erika Funke at NPR affiliate WVIA in Pittston. I was teaching for several guilds in the area. Erika was willing to stay late at the station, and the quilters toting me around were willing to make a detour so that I could talk about taking care of Mom and Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

I have been interviewed a couple of times over the phone where I can pace and perspire in the comfort of my own home, but actually being in a radio studio, an NPR studio, was so exciting, and thrilling! It was also... (more...)


RED NECK TAPE MEASURE
My friend and fellow quilting instructor Kathy Kansier showed me her "Redneck Tape Measure" when we recently taught at the same quilting conference this summer. (Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy.) She takes a few inches of 1/4"-wide masking tape and... (more...)


ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Literally, this time. I'm just now leaving the AQS Show in Des Moines on my way to the airport, heading home.

As soon as I get back I'll be getting ready for the World Quilt Florida show in West Palm Beach (November 13-15). In addition to offering three workshops (A New Way to Piece: Applique, String Quilting, and Twisted Sisters) I'll be hosting the Meet & Greet the Instructors Reception (workshops start on the 12th).

More information.


GOT QUILTS?
World Quilt Florida will present "Got Quilts? An Ami Simms Retrospective." I've selected two dozen quilts to share, including some very early quilts, one that has never been shown publicly before, and a few more recent offerings. (When I'm not teaching I'll be standing behind the largest one trying to listen to your comments, so please speak up.)

Seriously, it was a lot of fun to go through all the quilts and pick some from each decade. With more than 30 years behind a needle, there were quite a few to pick from. You'll see a lot of changes (hopefully for the better) through the years. I included several from my book, "How Not To Make A Prize-Winning Quilt" but you'll see some good quilts too.

Learn more about the Special Exhibits here.


WORLD QUILT FEDERATION SMACKDOWN CHALLENGE AUCTION .
Marking National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative offers four, just four, incredibly special quilts to bid on during the next ten days. They were each created by Hollis Chatelain, John Flynn, Becky Goldsmith, and Sue Nickels as a challenge to see who could earn the most money for the AAQI. The quilts measure from 16" to 18" square. Bidding starts at $500. All profits fund Alzheimer's research.

This auction offers a rare opportunity to own one (or more) quilts made by internationally renowned quilters of immense talent and stature. A portion of the sales are tax deductible.

There is also a Viewer's Choice. component to the WQF Smackdown Challenge. Anyone wishing to support the work of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative can make online donations to the nonprofit in amounts as little as $5, assigning their donation to one of the four quilts. One dollar equals one vote.

The quilt amassing the most votes will win the Viewer's Choice Award, and of course, bragging rights. The Viewer's Choice donations have no bearing on the auction outcome whatsoever. Vote for Viewer's Choice here.

And, for a limited time only, commemorative sweatshirts and T-shirts with the WQF Smackdown Quilts featured on the front are being offered for sale. There are many styles to pick from in all sizes. A portion of these sales benefits the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. They can be purchased here.


SHARON PEDERSON'S EQ6 ROSE OF SHARON BLOCK CHALLENGE.
Hurry! The November 15th deadline is fast approaching. Don't miss out on $22,000 in prizes and a chance for your design to be published in a book No sewing required.


FUN YOUTUBE VIDEO.
This one will put a smile in your step, literally. What fun!


SOMETHING YOUR KIDS/GRANDKIDS MIGHT ENJOY.
Although I would prepare this in a hot minute, please don't make me eat it. Youngsters who like to play with their food would no doubt immensely enjoy the preparation as much as the consumption . The only thing I would add would be food coloring (the pasta looks so drab) and don't they make GREEN ketchup?


VETERAN'S DAY
My uncle is a really neat guy. Several years ago he wrote a very funny book about his tour of duty in the Navy during WWII. If you have a veteran in your family or among your friends, they might enjoy reading The Reluctant Sailor. It would make a great gift. Even if you don't, there are links on this page to two really funny stories written by my Uncle Bud that you should read anyway.


NEWS & REVIEWS
From FindAQuiltTeacher.com....

Marsha McCloskey has a new Feathered Star ruler. and book.

Learn all about String Quilts by Elsie Campbell.


SHARON SCHAMBER RETREATS.
Sharon Schamber is offering a new series of multi-day quilting retreats to be held in her brand new studio in Payson, AZ. Sharon will be teaching Art Quilt: Design and Construction; Sharon's Secrets to Dyeing; and Mastering the Process of Quilting. This is a great opportunity to study quilting techniques with one of the world's finest quilters.

Sharon is also offering "receptive energy" retreats in addition to quilting retreats. The first of these will be next month.

Or call Amy Harry 828-254-4455 and she'll fill you in on the details.


SEW LONG FOR NOW
See you again next month. Until then enjoy your friends and family and get a little quilting done too!
Ami Simms