September 2011

September 2011
The Ami Simms Newsletter
September 1, 2011
Copyright by Ami Simms

Here's a picture of my delicious sampler platter at Prejeans ("pray jawns") in Lafayette, LA last night.

If you can't identify much on my plate, don't worry. Neither could I. I had to ask for help. Here's what I ate: fried cat fish, dirty rice, fried oysters, fried alligator, fried frog legs, corn maque choux ("mock shoe") and French fries. I just wish I had taken pictures of all the other meals I enjoyed, like the corn and crawfish bisque, crab cakes, seafood gumbo, and last but certainly not least, the crawfish etouffee' I had at the restaurant last night. Oh my goodness! My suitcases might be lighter on the way home, but I am not!

Yes, I was teaching for the Quilters Guild Acadienne, the first quilt guild name I was unable to pronounce in my teaching career! I had a wonderful time! It was my first time to Louisiana and I enjoyed every minute.

Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin is my next stop. They're expecting more than 250 people for me lecture next Friday night. I love a big crowd. I hope you can come and be a part of it. For more details, please see my teaching schedule.

Just like the classic Big Yellow Taxi lyrics: "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone." I learned how much I loved my Kai scissors after I lost them. I was working at the machine and needed to snip more than just threads. I reached for my black-handled Kai's and they were nowhere to be found. I tore the studio apart looking for them. It was days before they turned up and when they did I looked at them with new appreciation.

I have a delicate pair of yellow-handled short scissors at my machine for snipping threads, but I sometimes worry I'm going to spear something important with their lethal tips as I reach in and around the machine. That's when I put the much sturdier Kais under the bed of my Bernina. They cut threads (safely) and so much more: binding ends, points, and even clothesline when I "bowl." I was so happy to have them back.

If you're looking for a little workhorse, with the power to do more than just snip threads, the short, stout Kai 5 1/2-inchers should be part of your tool kit. You'll love them! Order here.

Read all the way to the bottom for a coupon code worth 15% off a purchase of $25 or more from made in the next 5 days.

Scooter is sharing doggy wisdom, photographs, and his day-to-day adventures on FaceBook.

Houston's International Quilt Festival is just around the corner. OK, not for another two months, but when you want to take 1,500 quilts to sell, you have to plan ahead. As of right now, the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative needs more quilts. Finish them up, register them, and send them in. Its takes a fair amount of time to process them and then get them ready for Houston, so don't wait too much longer if you want your Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt offered for sale in Houston.

More details here.

If you can't make a quilt, could you print flyers and stickers for the AAQI? It would be a huge help to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative:

And finally, the Stanley Cup Quilt-Off is "on the ice." See 12 major quilting celebrities with blacked-out teeth in the AAQI's salute to hockey. And oh yes, there are an equal number of magnificent quilts made by these pseudo hockey players to benefit the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. The quilts are outstanding! Please root for your favorite quilt or quilter now and get ready to bid in the November auction to help us fight this horrible disease.

I promise to get back to my blog again soon, but until then, hang out with me on FaceBook.

Use this coupon code worth 15% off a purchase of $25 or more from made in the next 5 days: SCOOTER. Spend it here.

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

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