February 2010

The Ami Simms Newsletter
February 2010
Copyright by Ami Simms

I'm glad I'm a quilter. On cold days like today padded fabric is my friend.

THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT QUILTING! I enjoy it all; from the instant an idea for a new quilt pops into my head all the way to the binding. And beyond. Yes, even after the quilt is finished. Process and product.

What's more fun than gifting a quilt and seeing the recipient really appreciate it?! Hung on a wall, lovingly draped across a bed, or dragged around behind a child. Especially that!

I love quilts that can be played with. Picture Play Quilts are like that. I included two dozen games in the book. Why? So you and the kids in your life can get on your hands and knees, on the floor, and PLAY!

If you have a budding quilter in your house, or one who just visits, begin the process by collecting fabric with pictures of stuff on it. All of a sudden trips to the fabric store become WAY more interesting for the toddler in tow when they get to pick out fabric for THEIR quilt.

In the back of every copy of Picture Play Quilts is an envelope of plastic templates. They're perfect for auditioning prints for these "I Spy" quilts. They were made to fit all 15 patterns. I also included cutting templates that you just tape to the underside of your rotary ruler. That makes everything easy.

This next bit will make it even easier…

FREE SHIPPING Get FREE SHIPPING (US orders only) when you order a copy of Picture Play Quilts. That's free shipping on your entire order as long as it includes at least one copy of Picture Play Quilts. International orders get a $4.95 credit towards shipping.

To get the free shipping you MUST order a copy of Picture Play Quilts, and you MUST type in the coupon code AMI when you check out.

And, to help you plump up that priority mailer so your dollars stretch even farther, I'm take $3 off the price of another favorite, my Twisted Sisters Rotary Template & Pattern.

Don't wait; this offer ends Thursday at midnight. If your order is among the first 50 I receive, I'll give you a chunk of my all time favorite conversational fabric. I've been hoarding it for YEARS.

Order here.

My blog is like a mini dose of Ami in between newsletters. Here's what you missed in January:

Santa Dog Brings Tidings of Joy

The Sounds of Shears Delight

Take A Bao (Bring Your Quilt To Lunch Month)

An Unexpected Quilt Connection

The Seal of Approval

Is This Up to Code?!

If you want my little posts and pictures to arrive in your email inbox just as soon as they're published, all you have to do is sign up here. Totally free. Worth every penny. Painless.

I'll be traveling to Lansing, Michigan February 4 and 6 for a lecture and workshop. Then I get to visit with folks at the Quilters Connection in Newton, Massachusetts February 20-22. And, at the end of the month, you can find me hanging around with the quilters of Q.U.I.L.T. NORTH in Waterford, NY.

To come and participate in any of my presentations, to check future "Ami Sightings," or to add your guild to my schedule (as a stand-along or as an add-on) please click here.

I've got a teaching trip to Kernersville (Greensboro) NC May 3-5, 2010 and I'm looking to add-on. If your guild is within reasonable driving distance and meets either right before or right after, and you'd like to have me come to your neck of the woods, please email me right away. You can split my travel expenses with the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild.

There is also a possibility of sharing expenses with another group if you are in the DENVER area. I'll be winging my way to western Nebraska and have to stop in Denver. As long as I'm going to be in Denver… Interested? Read this.

You can also find me on FindAQuiltTeacher.com along with more than 100 other teachers. Guilds and shops can download comprehensive teacher fact sheets about each teacher to make comparison "shopping" as easy as possible.

Kimberly Einmo has a new book out called Jelly Roll Quilts & More. Read about it on the FindAQuiltTeacher.com blog.

Help fight Alzheimer's by bidding on a small format art quilt offered by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. All profits are used to fund research. Quilts are auctioned during the first 10 days of each month right here!

If you have not already written the name of a friend or family member on a purple patch for the Name Quilts that will be part of the "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" traveling quilt exhibit, it is not too late.

Please email me the name of the person(s) you know who has or had Alzheimer's, or a related dementia, so that they can be included in the 10,000 names the AAQI is collecting to honor and remember. Please share the person's first name, first name & last name, or their first name and the first letter of their last name---whatever you feel most comfortable with. Please include the city and state where they are/were from.

If you have already put your loved one's name on a purple patch at any time during the last year, we've got it. If not, please let us add their name now. No limit. As many people as you wish to honor is fine.

Email me with the information I need to write the names for you.

Regarding the Pink Glove Video I shared last month, I said, "By simply viewing it you bring free mammograms to this community." Not true. It is a video to raise awareness of breast cancer and while Medline (the folks who make the pink gloves) does donate a portion of sales to National Breast Cancer Foundation, nothing is dependant on the number of times the video is watched. I should have known better and I apologize. The above came from Snopes.com, a great place to get ALL the facts, which is where I should have gone first. Thanks to Irene for making me aware of this.

By now I guess you know I'm a sucker for public performance videos. I stare open-mouthed at the monitor with a goofy smile on my face and usually have a tear sliding down my face by the end. I don't know why exactly, I guess because I just think it's so cool. This one is a in a market in Valencia, Spain. It was performed/filmed in November 2009. Opera singers disguised as merchants burst into song when opera starts playing over the loudspeaker. The music got more familiar as it went along. I know nothing about opera but I was la-la-la-ing by the end. Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds8ryWd5aFw

It's too bad we can't "burst into quilt." (Thanks, Bid.)

Yowsa! Look at these!

…as you watch this incredible video about an 89-year-old woman and her car. I absolutely loved it. When I grow up, I want to be her.

(Thanks, Mesha!)

All the products featuring the World Quilt Federation 2009 Smackdown Quilt Challenge will be removed from our Café Press location. You've got until the end of the month to purchase T-shirts, sweat shirts, and tote bags, then they'll be gone forever. Buy now and support the AAQI. A portion of the purchase price goes to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

Have a wonderful February and I'll see you again in March,
Ami Simms