Who Is Ami Simms
And What Is Mallery Press?
My name is Ami Simms
(Ami rhymes with salami,
but I'll answer to any
I am the author of eight books on quilting including my newest, Picture Play Quilts. My other books are How To Improve Your Quilting Stitch, Invisible Applique, Every Trick In The Book, Classic Quilts: Patchwork Designs From Ancient Rome, How NOT To Make A Prize-Winning Quilt, Creating Scrapbook Quilts, and Fun Photo-Quilts & Crafts. I am also the creator of the WORST Quilt in the World Contest® and the founder and executive director of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
I've been leading workshops and giving lectures on quilting throughout the United States since 1982. Prior to that time, and until 1983, I taught public school (second graders, then senior citizens). I've also taught quilting in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, and I've led Quilting Tours to Italy, The Netherlands, and Hong Kong.
I was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter Magazine.
Recently, I've done a little television. I was a featured guest four times on the Home & Family Show (now defunct—I swear it wasn't my fault!) presenting segments on photo-transfer quilts, string piecing, the WORST Quilt In The World Contest® and Photo Quilt Blocks. I also appeared on "Simply Quilts" (show #215, #262, and #743) with Alex Anderson on HGTV and was a featured guest on Kaye Wood’s PBS show “Kaye’s Quilting Friends” with a segments on Twisted Sisters. I was most recently a guest on "Quilter's Toolbox" with my Rag Fur Jacket pattern. This segment and an episode I taped for "Friends in the Bee" with Jodie Davis is currently featured on QNN.
I was first introduced to quiltmaking in 1975, while conducting research among the Old Order Amish of northern Indiana for my undergraduate thesis in anthropology. (That’s me in the picture—back in the days when they only had black and white film.) I made my first quilting stitches under the guidance of the Amish woman with whom I stayed.
Since that time I've made more than 200 quilts, of varying sizes, in both traditional and contemporary designs, both hand and machine quilted. My quilts have been featured in several national magazines, a hand full of books, and have been exhibited in juried competitions in California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
I live in Flint, Michigan with my husband Steve
You can email me at email@example.com
MALLERY PRESS is the name that will pop up on your credit card statement when you order something from www.AmiSimms.com, so it’s a good thing to remember. (The detail line will say “Quilting Books.”)
Mallery Press, Inc. is my publishing company. It handles the business end of things. It publishes, distributes, and sells my books, my line of transfer paper (Photos-To-Fabric®) and all the other fun stuff you can buy at this site. It’s where I go when I go “to work.”
Mallery Press is located on a little side street in Flint, Michigan. We're kind of hard to find, and we like it that way. We’re strictly e-commerce and mail-order. We don’t accept any walk–in traffic. (Our doorbell doesn’t even work!) We are, however, very easy to talk to. Just call (810) 733-8743.
The best time to reach a human is between the hours of 9 and 3 Eastern Standard Time— Monday through Friday. You can leave a message on our answering machine or on voicemail at any time, 24 hours a day, when we can't take your call personally. We'll call you back as soon as we hear your message, usually the next business day.
When you call, there's a good chance that Debbie will pick up the phone.
Debbie is my personal assistant and office manager. She’s been answering the phone at Mallery Press since 1998. She also handles retail and wholesale order processing, advertising, accounts payable and receivable, and about a hundred other things I don't even want to think about! (She even goes out and picks up lunch!)
Jim is our computer guru. When he can’t diagnose and cure our PCs over the phone he makes “house calls.” Last time my computer crashed I hit the RESET button a little too hard. Here’s Jim fishing it out of the hard drive. Ooops! Jim is also very witty.
And, of course, we have an office dog. Madison helps answer the phone…
…and occasionally he helps coordinate my teaching schedule…
…and of course he's a huge help around the office because he always remembers to clean the computer monitors.