February 2013

February 2013
The Ami Simms Newsletter
February 2012

There's Scooter "helping" in the office. Mike, our credit card guy, is at the computer. Debbie is trying not to laugh. Scooter is, well, all over the place! I've got his back end in my lap. Good dog.

How did it get to be February already?! I don't think I was totally finished with December yet. Oh well, one day at a time, right?

I got several comments about my recently RE-matched sock collection, featured in last month's newsletter. Yes, they are bright. I try to color coordinate. One reader suggested pinning socks together prior to washing them. It seems that's more organization than I can muster at the end of the day, in the dark, while stepping over Scooter to get into bed. Besides, how do you get your feet in them after you pin them together?

Someone else suggested I do what her grandson's girlfriend does, and that is towear them mismatched. It would be "greener" than tossing the strays. True, but I might walk funny if I did that, lifting my pant legs to admire twice the normal amount of color.

We now take Discover, along with Visa and Mastercard. Warm up your plastic and head over to www.AmiSimms.com for 10 great specials on my home page and save!

I've got books for sale, scissors, quilting quakers, and, for the first time anywhere, my very own "Ha, Ha Made You Laugh Heating Pad Cover Insert." Oh yeah. You won't want to miss this.

Sepcials are all the way down at the bottom.

The AAQI has been an ever-increasing part of my life for about seven and a half years now. Before that I was "Alzheimering" with my mother. After a lot of soul searching I have decided that 2013 will be the last year for fundraising. If quilt donations and quilt sales are as strong as 2012, then we should be able to reach $1,000,000 raised for Alzheimer's research by the end of the year. Please help us reach this momentous goal by purchasing a quilt and/or donating quilts as we sprint together to the finish. Read more about my announcement here.

Debbie Voigt made another Dots & BoxesQuilt from my Picture Play Quilts book and her husband made a bed to go with it!

Lois Whitlow finished her String Star Quilt from my class:

In March I'll be teaching at QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge, TN. In April I'll be visiting quilters in Mayville, MI, Little Rock, AR, and Sequim, WA. See the rest of my 2013 teaching schedule here.

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I got this letter from my friend Karen Combs. She writes:

I have an interesting opportunity to do some good and wanted to pass it along. Many of you may not know, but I am an interpreter for the deaf. I was contacted by a friend in Nashville (near where I live), who is also an interpreter. She is teaching some of her young deaf students some life skills. One of the skills is sewing. She has started a non-profit charity organization, in fact, it is just her right now. She has little or no money for supplies. She called me and asked if I had some extra supplies (of course I do and am sending her what I can). She also wondered if I knew anyone who might be interested in donating supplies. If you are like me, you have many items just laying around the sewing studio. I asked her for a list of her needs and even a wish list. Any items sent are Tax-Deductible. Her shipping address is:

Poppy Steele
2325 Nashville Pike#827
Gallatin, TN 37066

If you would like to see more information, their FaceBook page is:

Sturdy fabric at least 1/2 yd. per color (they are making bags)
Thread scissors to cut fabric
Rotary cutters
Cutting boards, every size
Seam rippers
Ribbon/cords/rope for the bag
Stuffed animal patterns (bear or bunny)
Embroidery thread

Cutting tables
Sewing machines

Wishing everyone a terrific February filled with love and well-being.

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

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