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On Hands and Knees

photo(1)I love this picture of Debra Voight with her granddaughter Lucy Ann.  They’re playing on a quilt called “Funny Bunny, Bears and Honey” (great name)! And it’s one of the patterns in my Picture Play Quilts book.

Is that not the coolest thing? Just look at the two of them!

I included 24 games to play with the quilts in the book. A quilt stitched with novelty fabric can be a great learning tool.

OK, now check out the quilting! Meander quilting is perfect for the busy conversational prints. I love the loop-di-loop in the birdie border. Now look at the quilting in the pink borders. It’s planned, but serendipitous, all at the same time. And catch the cool asterisk “star” in the yellow boxes. It not only provides a highway to travel from one pink border to the next, but the straight spokes are a nice contrast to the twists and turns of the quilting throughout the quilt.

DSC_0020(Hey, did you notice the sliver of pink before the striped binding? Love it!) Debra quilted this quilt with Superior’s NiteLite glow-in-the-dark thread! Awesome idea!

Debra is a big  fan of Picture Play Quilts.  She said, “Hands down it is THE MOST USED book in my quilt library!”

Here’s an overall photo of “Funny Bunny, Bears and Honey”.”

 "Funny Bunny, Bears and Honey"

Picture Play Quilts by Ami SimmsPicture Play Quilts by Ami SimmsTo start 2013,  get TWO copies of Picture Play Quilts at the Happy New Year price of  $20.13.  (Get is? 2-0-1-3?) Not only will you get a book for you and a book for your quilting buddy, but you’ll  both save more than 50% off the regular price. Get 15 great patterns and 24 games to play with the little ones in your life.  The book comes with plastic auditioning templates so you can easily harvest appropriately sized pictures for each patch, and cutting templates too. (Tape them to the bottom of your rotary ruler.) Order Picture Play Quilts before January 5th to get this great deal.

January 1, 2013 at 1:11 am 4 comments

Funky Fabric

There’s nothing wrong with a wild border. I love ’em.

This junk food fabric was the perfect ending to Buttons and Bows, a quilt featured in, “Picture Play Quilts.”  I just wish I still had more fabric.

Apparently adults like funky fabric too. Several years ago, this quilt was selected by the US Ambassador to Dakar, Senegal and his wife to hang in their home. The Art in Embassies program facilitated the loan.

Buttons and Bows is one of 15 patterns in Picture Play Quilts. They’re all based on squares and rectangles and come with step-by-step instructions.

Best of all, there are a dozen games to play with the quilts you make that teach language skills, encourage creativity, and build self-esteem.

Since half the fun of making quilts with conversational fabric is the collecting, and collecting with a buddy is a blast, take advantage of my momentary insanity. I’m offering a “two-fer.”

Picture Play Quilts normally sells for $22.95. Now you can get TWO copies for $20. Go! Quickly! This offer ends May 14th.

Here’s that link again:

Picture Play Quilts makes a wonderful gift. (Hint, hint.)

May 12, 2011 at 11:57 am 4 comments

Yo-Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties

Spring has sprung, at least on the calendar. It’s time to get your panties in a twist, or at least shove them into an envelope so that you can partake of the infamous (and colorful) Yo-Yo-Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties.

As soon as the weather warms up, I’ll be up to my elbows in dye. If your panties are ready and waiting, they’ll be in the first batch that ships out.

Here’s that link again:

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March 20, 2011 at 8:43 am 6 comments

Quilty Earrings For Valentine’s Day

There are three great new earring designs out just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Peg,” “Val,” and “Eleanor” join more than 50 “girls” from Slices of Light collection of ultra-light earrings designed by Peg Howard.

Amish inspired earrings (“Ida” and “Esther”)  are new this month too. They’re manipulations of my Amish Baskets quilt from many years ago.

That was the quilt I worked on in the evenings after Jennie went to bed. Black fabric, black thread, hand-quilted at night. What a great idea!

Still it is one of my favorite quilts, now that it’s done! I’m also willing to ignore the fact that it fits no known bed.

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January 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm 9 comments

Zipper Necklaces Are BACK!

It’s been a long time coming, but Zipper Necklaces are back!

OK, they were back! We just sold out of our entire stock in 17 hours! I’ve placed another order. The Zipper Necklaces will be in my hands by the end of December and in your hands (if you order now) by the end of the first week in January.

I saw my first one back in 2004 around a quilter’s neck. I was so excited!  (It zips up and down and everything!) It was all I could do not to knock the poor woman down and take it from her right then and there.  

I did restrain myself, found the supplier, and sold them for a year or two until the supplier ran out.

Earlier this spring the supplier happened to find another box and they were on the web page again. Then the source completely dried up.

Long story short, I found a company in China to make them for me. They’ve just arrived.

The zipper pull is more attractive and it slides more easily than the original. It’s still made out of the cheapest metal known to man, but it won’t turn your next green. I tested it on my neck and so far so good. (Click on the pictures to see larger pictures.)

This is the most fun necklace you’ll ever wear. Aside from the fact that you can always zip and unzip at will, it’s a real attention getter. It’s a great way to find other quilters out in the “real” world. They’ll ask you where you got your cool necklace.

I have a special deal for you from now until December 5th: Buy 4 and I’ll throw in the 5th necklace for FREE! Outstanding! (Pretty, too.)

I also just put up 10 NEW pair of earrings in time for holiday giving.  WE DO HAVE THESE! You just can’t find better gifts for friends that share our passion for quilting (or for yourself). With deals like these you can afford to be very generous!



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Ami :)

November 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm 3 comments

Funky Colored Denim And A Big MESS!

This is the before picture. I don’t think you’re going to see an “after” picture for quite a while. Notice the place on the carpet where I stand (no scraps)? I confess, I am a true slob.

(You can click the picture to see exactly how big a slob I am.)

Still, I’m pretty happy about the whole state of affairs. You see, I’ve been collecting funky colored jeans for at least a decade, and I finally came up with something to do with them!

I am making denim badge holders! 

By time you read this all of the AAQI Board Members in Houston will be wearing them around their necks, displaying the International Quilt Festival Exhibitor Badge (our ticket to get in to the Exhibit Hall) in the cute little plastic pocket on the front.

Inside is a large pocket, on the back are two more pockets, and some of the Badge Holders even have the AAQI logo, tagline, and web page on the front flap. (I used all the leftover ones we had from labeling the “Name Quilts” for the new exhibit.)

The front flap is really a pocket! I've already gotten rid of that little bit of thread sitting on the "Raising."I am SO pleased with myself. I just knew that some day I would find a use for the funky colored pants! (It’s OK, I still have about 97 pounds more.)

We have seven of us board members. But I had about 15 fabric logos left, so I made more Badge Holders than we have board members. And then I didn’t count so well and had lots of leftover parts and made about three times as many as I needed. Since I ran out of the logo fabric, some of the extra ones are just “plain.”

Now I need your help. I want to donate all the extra ones to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative and sell them at Festival. Am I silly? Would anybody even want one? More importantly, how much would they pay for one?!

In the comment section please tell me what I should charge. I need to know by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. That’s when the Sneak Preview opens and we start selling the 1,000 quilts, and hopefully one or two of these little badge holders. ( Exhibit Hall, Row S. —Tell your friends.) Did I mention I made them myself? And it was hard. (Wiping back of hand across brow…) And I still have to clean up the mess!

Seriously, what’s a good price. It’s for charity.

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November 3, 2010 at 5:51 am 28 comments

Little Crazy Quilt

Cathy Miller is a treasure.  She writes songs about quilters and, together with her husband John Bunge, performs all over North America.  If they come anywhere near your town, go out and see them.

I’ve learned about special quilts in history from Cathy’s songs, and I’ve laughed out loud as I see myself  and my fellow quilters in her lyrics.

And there’s one song that makes me cry every single time I hear it.

“I Remember You” is on her latest CD, Little Crazy Quilt. I asked her to write it. And she did!  How cool is that?! You’ll see a picture of my mother and me on the last page of the liner notes.

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October 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm 7 comments

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