The Ami Simms Newsletter
March 2009
Copyright by Ami Simms

Greetings from Norfolk International Airport. Iím flying home from the 20th Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton Roads, Virginia. I had three days of classes, two lectures, and lots of fun. Thanks to everyone who attended. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

If youíre not signed up to get my blog emailed to your inbox, youíve missed Madisonís whining about my multi-tasking, and Madison moaning about my new web page. Then there was me complaining about having long legs and loyalty punch cards at ďourĒ Chinese restaurant. I also went fishing for compliments, and decided to celebrate spring in a most unusual way. Best part is, you can celebrate with me! Read about The Yo-yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties!

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ALZHEIMER'S ART QUILT INITIATIVE VERY SMALL QUILT AUCTION The quilts are up and the auction is going on right now. Don't miss the fun! It's easy to bid and you're helping a great cause!

Give it a try!

Nancy Metzger finished her Twisted Sisters quilt that she started in last month's workshop in Kentucky. To admire it, click here.

If youíre getting flack about buying too much fabric, check out the new stash photo submitted by someone with a last name incredibly similar to mine.

Do you live in the greater Chicago area? Iíll be visiting the Kankakee Quilt Makers and the Riverwalk Quilters Guild in Illinois later this month. I'll be teaching in Birmingham, Michigan and presenting two lectures in Marion, Indiana in April. Check out the contact information for guilds sponsoring these events along with the rest of my teaching schedule.

Contact the appropriate program chairs to see if there is an opening for you in one of my workshops. Theyíre the ones who can tell you if there are any empty seats for my lectures too.

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