August 2012

August 2012
The Ami Simms Newsletter
August 2012

I've been doing a lot of dying this summer. It started with the Mother-of-the-Bride dress, which I wrote about in my blog. Then there were a few sessions of the Yo-Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties. and more recently…

I've got some in stock, some "one-of-a-kinds", and some that I'll take orders for until the end of the summer.

I also made a video so that you could learn how to hem the scarves yourself and save some money. (Plus, it's a lot of fun, if you like handwork.)

In the video you'll see me using Karen Kay Buckley's 4" Perfect Scissors. They are really wonderful for close tight work of all sorts and unbeatable for trimming the little hairs off the ripped edges of the silk.

To encourage you to try a pair of these serrated scissors, I'm offering both the 4" and the 7" scissors at a 10% discount until August 10th.

I'm also offering my all time favorite mechanical pencil at 10% off, because they are just so incredibly cool. A little man lives inside each Sensmatic pencil and when you need more lead he pushes it out. I'm lying. I don't know how it works, but you never have to advance the lead yourself. It knows. You don't have to push, twist, thump, or shake. The lead just comes out automatically. Use a Sensmatic pencil for 5 seconds and you will manufacture a reason to keep using it. They're that cool. You might even find yourself wanting to do crossword puzzles and sudoku. Amazing! Refillable. And on sale until the 10th.

One last tool you can pick up for a little less than usual for the next 10 days is the Pointless Compass. Don't let the name lead you astray. It does have a purpose: it's a fantastic little circle maker. Plus it's very fun to use. It's called a "pointless" compass because there's no sharp pokey thing at the end of the compass "leg." No point. In fact it has no legs at all. For an anatomically different compass, check it out here.

I've also been working more seriously on a continuation of my original String Quilting workshop. I'll be offering both, together, in my @Home Classroom on August 11. It's sort of like KFC offering "regular" and "extra crispy." I only have 3 places left (two wings and a thigh) if you're in the mood to drive to Flint.

After that "Son of String Quilting" will probably be a regular workshop offering.

Coming up next month is a visit to the Stonehouse Quilters Guild in Manassas, VA (September 8-10). For more information, contact Elaine at

I'll be in Alpena, MI visiting the Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild on September 22 for a full-day appliqué workshop. Contact Kathryn for more information:

Have quilts, will travel!

Phillis Langlois finished her Dancing Spools quilt!

And she completed her String Quilt too!

If you've taken a workshop with me or made a quilt from one of my patterns, please let me brag on you! Send me a picture. Not only is it fun to see how your quilt turned out, but it's wonderful inspiration for other students. Email me ONE photo and a little information about you and how you came to make the quilt. This offer never expires. Another way of putting that is that I don't care how long ago you took the class as long as you finished the quilt.

The August auction began today and new quilts were just added to the Sale Page. "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" will be coming to Grand Rapids this month. (I'll be there on Saturday.) And we have another Special Sale coming up on August 6th.

Stitched follows three art quilters — Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain, and Randall Cook — for one year leading up to the International Quilt Festival in Houston (2010). You can attend a showing of Stitched August 3rd at the Prescott Film Festival (Prescott, AZ) at 5pm; August 10th at the American Textile History Museum (Lowell, MA) at 5pm and 6:30pm; and August 18th at the American Sewing Guild Conference (Hilton Americas Hotel-Houston, TX) at 8pm.

Thanks for reading my newsletter. See you again September 1st.

Ami Simms
Mallery Press, Inc.
4206 Sheraton Drive
Flint, MI 48532

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