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The Ami Simms Newsletter
Glad you're all here! Thanks for opening the mail today. I must say
our numbers have grown in leaps and bounds again! We're up to almost
6,700 subscribers and climbing. Thank you all for sharing these silly
things with your friends! Keep it up!
For those of you new to the group, we started out on AOL and about a
year or so ago moved the administration part of the newsletter over
to www.OneList.com. They were swallowed up by www.eGroups.com, and
now I hear that eGroups.com is about to be swallowed by
www.yahoo.com! As far as I know this won't affect anything for us,
but I'll keep you posted with what little I hear when it seems
Don't forget our 4th Thursday chat in the AOL Chat Room. As usual it
will be from 9 to 10 pm EST in the professional "staged" area of the
chat rooms. Afterwards I'll pop in to our own personal chat room on
eGroups.com (find the Ami-Simms-newsletter, then scroll down the left
hand side and click CHAT) for a quick type.
HURRY---TIME IS RUNNING OUT
You've got until September 16 to take advantage of this great deal:
Get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Picture Play Quilts plus THREE 11" x 18"
pieces of conversational FABRIC and PRIORITY SHIPPING within the
United States for only $24.99! (Foreign orders pay $22.00 plus global
priority shipping.) Michigan residents please add $1.49 sales tax.
If you've already placed your order, thank you. The books just came
this week and we are shipping them out as fast as we can get them in
the envelopes. The number of orders has been a little overwhelming.
OK, a LOT overwhelming. As in, please be patient. By time we take
the orders off the computer, they are replaced with new orders! I'm
smiling so hard my face hurts! We're processing them as fast as we
can and since I really like to make sure the right book goes in the
right package, this is slowing us down just a tad. I just hope the
mail man doesn't get a hernia! So, YES, your book is coming! REAL
SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2000
If you're anywhere near Genesee County, Michigan come to the Genesee
County Quilt Extravaganza. Details can be found at
www.quilt.com/.FlintShow. Details for my Open House can be found at
www.PicturePlayQuilts.com along with pictures and descriptions of all
the cool stuff you can win at my lecture. Call 1-800-278-4824 for
lecture tickets or get them at my web site. Please don't wait until
the last minute as space is limited and I don't want to turn you away
at the door, nor do I want you to miss a chance at some terrific door
prizes donated by Crosley-Griffith Publishing, ARDCO Precision Metal
Templates, Feathered Star Productions, Inc., Clearview Triangle, OLFA
Products Group, Piece O' Cake Designs, Inc., New England Wood
Products, Marcus Brothers Textiles, Inc., Zellerwood Originals, Coats
& Clark, and Jamark Laboratories. If you're coming for the Open
from 1 to 9pm, just show up. No tickets are necessary.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Just got back from a great time in Berrien Springs, Michigan with a
visit to the Town & Country Quilt Guild. Before that is was Nashville
with the AQS 2000 Show. It was great to see so many of you from the
newsletter. Thanks for coming up and saying hello! If anybody is on
their way to Nashville, or lives there, we found a terrific Mexican
El Alteno Mexican
900 Conference Drive
Goodlett, TN 37072
I got a chance to see this quilt in Nashville. Nothing short of
amazing. Take a look at this URL: http://www.the supper.net
A reader found this warning label on a Sears Lawn Mower:
Warning - Do not use to prune hedges.
GREAT PHOTO-TRANSFER IDEAS
Ann Woodhead takes baby announcements, photo transfers them, and
incorporates them into labels for the baby quilts. She adds the
necessary information around the edge of the announcement before
photo transferring. She also photo-transfers wedding invitations and
uses them as the center medallion for autograph quilts she makes for
the bride and groom. Way to go, Ann!
THE VIRTUAL QUILT
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While you're visiting Planet Patchwork, be sure to check out all of
their online features and links for quilters.
COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR QUILT DESIGN
Interested in a computer program to design your quilts? Head over to
http://www.SoftExpressions.com for reviews on over 23 programs, one
of which is sure to make your life easier. There's even shareware and
freeware for your designing needs. The brainchild of Sharla Hicks, a
real live quilting teacher and computer quilting expert, this Web
site is dedicated to offering discount quilting software, extensive
tutorials, and how-to support. What could be better? She also sells
books, notions, foundation paper piecing supplies and much more.
While you're at her site, sign up to get the free on-line Computer
Quilting BYTES Newsletter.
LETTER FROM DAISY
I had accidentally left my computer on when I left the house the
other day and found this on the screen when I came back. Very
Daisy here. Sorry I haven't written. My people hardly ever leave me
alone, plus it took me forever to get on-line. Don't worry, I've seen
Dharma, Visteon, Star, Gracie and Mulan. We're all doing fine. Don't
know about the other four yet. Anyway, just wanted to let you know
what's been going on. Once your humans dropped us off at Leader Dogs
for the Blind, they sure didn't let any grass grow under my paws. I
was adopted out within the week, in fact I was the first of the
litter to be picked up. My foster family are strange, but I'm getting
used to them.
There's a tall skinny one called the Ami. She's the one you gotta
watch out for. Eyes in the back of her head. She thinks she's the
alpha dog. Yeah, right. When will these humans learn? Don't worry,
Ma, I'm workin' on her.
Then there's a little skinny one who is really nice. She's the
Jennie. The Jennie and the Ami have the same agenda, but she is SO
much easier to deal with. Then there's my favorite, the Steve. From
what I gather the other two were supposed to be my primary people,
the ones in charge of my training, but as soon as he saw me, well,
what can I say. I am cute, right? I've got him wrapped around my
little paw. This guy LOVES me.
There are also a couple of other dogs in the house who look just like
me, but they won't come out and play. There's one behind the door in
the bedroom upstairs and one that looks really frightened on the
bathroom counter. Every time my humans put me up there I freak out,
so I haven't gotten a really good look at her.
Like I said, my people are kind of weird. Don't get me wrong, they
mean well, but you know, they're like from a different planet. First
of all, they are totally fixated with my bodily functions. They
measure everything I eat and then watch it come out the other end.
People, get a LIFE! The Ami is especially strange about this. I gotta
do tricks before she'll even put the dang bowl down. Something called
SIT. I think I've got that part down. I get real still, look her
straight in the eyes, and give her the "I love you" look. She eats it
up, but then she sticks her paw in front of my face and says STAY.
Like I'm gonna walk away from my food!? What is she, nuts? So I jump
up and dance and whine and jump some more to tell her not to worry,
I'm so hungry I could eat the bowl and part of her arm too, and then
she does the "talk to the paw" bit all over again. She just won't
give up. I wish I knew what I'm supposed to do here, but truthfully,
To show her how much I like her cooking, even though I know she can't
cook (gets the stuff right out of a bag.) I eat as fast as I can.
Then I..... (Continued at www.MalleryPress.com. Click on PUPPY. Then
click to see the latest adventure.)
ENTER TO WIN
After you're finished looking at the puppy, head over to http://www.
PicturePlayQuilts.com and click on WIN to enter our first ever on-
line contest. This month you can win 75 pieces of terrific fabric
from Clothworks. You can enter as many times as you like. The drawing
will be on October 26th. Good luck!
Have a great day of quilting,