Summer School for Quilters---Teaching in Michigan, Illinois, and Colorado. The new/improved Twisted Sisters Rotary Template & Pattern still available


Summer School for Quilters---Teaching in Michigan, Illinois, and Colorado. The new/improved Twisted Sisters Rotary Template & Pattern still available at discounted price. Last call for Yo-Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties.

Zoey July 2016

Hello Quilter!

Hope you're having a great summer. Zoey loves playing outside with her water table. Wading pools and bathtubs are also fun, but exploring the great outdoors is the best.

Zoey stayed overnight with Grandma and Grandpa twice so far this month. What a hoot! She did great, but Grandpa and I needed naps.


Summer School

I'll be teaching Twisted Sisters in my @Home Classroom on Saturday, August 6th, here in Flint, Michigan. Scooter will be assisting.

Please sign up here. Don't wait too long; there is only room for a dozen students and I'm about half full right now.

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I'll be teaching for the Village Quilters of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest early next week. The lecture is Monday night and the Dancing Spools workshop is Tuesday. (July 19 and 20) Lake Bluff and Lake Forest are in Illinois, about an inch and a half north of Chicago on my map---closer to the Wisconsin state line than Chicago. If you email Yolande at, she can sign you up AND give you directions.

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If you live a little farther west, join me August 27 and 28 at the Colorado Quilting Council in Grand Junction. I'll be doing a lecture on Saturday morning and then fiddling with teeny tiny scraps in a Crumb Piecing workshop on Sunday. Mary has the details at

tree down

Home Improvements

June and July are always full of home improvements. Steve is out of school for the summer, the weather is great, and we dive into home type stuff. Steve cleaned out the entire basement, plus the garage. He supervised repairs we couldn't tackle ourselves like the header above the garage doors, and moved on to landscaping. I ironed 4 Fat Quarters. We're exhausted!

The two huge pine trees in the back yard were beautiful, but grew to block the entire picture window. It was time for them to come down, along with all the scrubby growth along the fence, dead trees, hanging limbs, and the locust tree in the front lawn that was threatening to take out both our electricity AND Internet. I was out shopping for fabric when the first tree came down, but click the video above to see Pine Tree #2.

I was marveling at the tremendous improvement in the way the yard looked after the tree guys left. And then I realized we had just chopped down the two trees in which I hang the hand dyed underpants from the Yo-Yo Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties! Great! Now I'm going to have to hang them in the front yard. Don't worry, nobody will be able to read your names on the waistbands as they drive by unless they get out of their cars. I'll stand guard.


Twisted Sisters

You'll be able to take advantage of the discounted price on the new and revised Twisted Sisters pattern AND the pattern upgrade until the end of July. (Or whenever I remember to go and change the price on the web page.) Although I am sufficiently busy, I might remember by the 31st, so don't put it off too long. Click here for information on both and to order.


Scooter's Video Pick

Scooter here. I am the dog. Mom has been walking me with a new kind of collar and we are trying again to be good non-barking dogs outside. Mom has good smelly treats in her pocket when I resist barking at another dog, cat, squirrel, or passing motorist. And she has an old water bottle filled with pebbles when I prefer to bark. She calls this the Carrot & Stick approach. Apparently she thinks I am a rabbit. I do not like the water bottle with the pebbles. They treats, however, are yummy. I am learning slowly.

Here is my video pick for this newsletter. I am very glad Mom didn't train me to do this. Click the picture to watch.


Thank You!

Thanks for reading all the way to the end! Enjoy the lazy days of summer and take some time to quilt a little.

AmiSimms Sig

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