November 2010

Ami Simms Newsletter
November 1, 2010

Hello friends!
Welcome to a tremendously exciting newsletter! There's so much good news to tell I can hardly stand it!

First of all, Madison is back blogging again and he's got a contest of his very own. Between now and November 15th…. Well, I'll let him tell you!

If you'd rather cut to the chase and not wait around for a dog-run contest, you can "see the light" on my web page. We have two great new products. to go with my favorite hands free Beam N Read around-your-neck light: wall and car adapters. Wow! Now you can take bright light with you wherever you go. Save when you order the light and two adapters.

I'm just wondering…have I lost you here? There are 17,000 readers of this newsletter and I keep telling you that all the fun stuff is now living on my blog. But I don't see you heading over that way. The same fun stuff you used to read here is over there and with pictures. It's my best stuff.

If you've never visited a blog, don't be afraid. It's a web page, you don't have to download anything so there's no fear of viruses, and best of all, you can have each of my blog posts delivered to your email. It's simple.

Just type in your email address, type in the wonky letters so they know you're not a machine and presto! The next time I blog it will arrive in your email box. Nobody will spam you. It's totally safe. And it's a lot of fun.

For example…

Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter has a new CD out. I asked her to write a song and she did, and it's on her "Little Crazy Quilt" CD, along with a picture of me and my mom! Get one for yourself or a friend!

I had a wonderful chat on Internet Radio with Pat Sloan. That was way fun!

Download the show and give a listen.

It's a treadle, of all things. And I met the sweetest dog there. His name is Poochini and I took a video of him "singing" with his mommy.

I also dyed clothesline, learned to turn on my iPhone with my nose, and asked for your help in picking the next addition to the ultra light earring on my page! (Thank you for your help, by the way.)

If you missed the earrings, head over to this page for a 20% discount.

Trust me, that blog thing is way fun. See what you've missed AND sign up for free delivery to your email inbox.

I'll see everyone at the International Quilt Festival in Houston from Wednesday to Sunday this week. Please stop by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative's book over in the Exhibit Hall, Row S. We've got 1,000 quilts to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

Check out this very short video I made!

Later this month I'm going to be in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the West Michigan Quilters' Guild. That's November 23rd. Contact Betsy Carlson if you'd like to join the fun:

See where I'll pop up in 2011 right here.

Dawn Filipowicz has a new Twisted Sisters quilt.

For anyone who is new to this newsletter, I need to explain a little something before we go any farther. I lost my mother to Alzheimer's two years ago this month. She had Alzheimer's for seven years before it took her life.

In 2006 I started the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative to raise awareness and fund Alzheimer's research, so if you see a lot of the "AAQI" here it's because this is a cause very close to my heart. Running the AAQI, a national nonprofit charity, is what I do every day. It is constantly on my mind. It is the hardest work I have ever done and I have made a lot of sacrifices to do it, but it is also the most important work I will ever do. And, no, I don't get paid for it. Nobody does. We're all volunteers.

That said, this month has been absolutely amazing for the AAQI. First off, right now we're having the World Series Quilt Challenge online auction. It started this morning and already the eight quilts made by mega-quilting-superstars (Hollis Chatelain, John Flynn, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Becky Goldsmith, Judy Mathieson, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims) have gone over the $3,000 mark!

Check out the online auction!

If the auction quilts are out of your price range, we have a Viewer's Choice. "Root" for your favorite quilt(er) with $1 a "root," tax deductible.

You can also help by purchasing AAQI lapel pins and earrings. These won't ship until next week, or if we run out in Houston, about 3 weeks after that. All profits fund Alzheimer's research.

Notice on the earring page that you can also get, and I'm getting goose bumps just writing this, earrings with all of the World Series Quilts on them! It's offered for a limited time only, so don't delay. Those will ship by the end of November.

So what will be dancing around in my head tonight as I try to go to sleep?

1. The 1,000 quilts we're going to sell at Quilt Festival. We'll be FaceBooking and Tweeting the quilts as they sell!

2. I'm hand carrying the World Series Quilt Challenge quilts to Houston, the only place you'll be able to see them.

3. Lapel DESCRIPTION! Oh my!

4. Does everybody know about the new AAQI Update Blog? The AAQI awarded $140,000 for Alzheimer's research in the last month! How can I get people to read it?!

Yes, my brain resembles a pinball machine, bouncing from one thing to another. I probably won't get to sleep until the wee hours.

I know so many of you have threaded your needle for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and I so appreciate your help. Together we've raised more than $421,000 so far and that's because you have opened their hearts to the notion that we CAN make a difference.

So, thank you for letting me share my November with you. And thank you for reading the 133rd (almost) consecutive, monthly newsletter, in your e-mailbox on the first day of every month whether you need it or not. Yes, it's free and worth every penny---double your money back if you're not delighted.

Sew long until next time!
Ami Simms
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