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AS - Ami Simms


Ami rhymes with salami, but I'll answer to any lunch meat!

I've been quilting since 1975. I am the author of nine books on quilting and a bunch of patterns. I created both the WORST Quilt in the World Contest® and the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

I've been leading workshops and giving lectures on quilting throughout the United States since 1982. Before that I taught public school (second graders, then senior citizens). I've also taught quilting in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

I was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter Magazine.

I've also done a little television. I was a featured guest four times on the Home & Family Show (now defunct—I swear it wasn't my fault!) I also appeared on "Simply Quilts" (show #215, #262, and #743) with Alex Anderson on HGTV and was a featured guest on "Kaye’s Quilting Friends," "Quilter's Toolbox," "Friends in the Bee," and The Quilt Show.

I was first introduced to quiltmaking, while conducting research among the Old Order Amish of northern Indiana for my undergraduate thesis in anthropology. (That’s me in the picture—back in the days when they only had black and white film.) I made my first quilting stitches under the guidance of the Amish woman with whom I stayed.

Since that time I've made more than 200 quilts, of varying sizes, in both traditional and contemporary designs, both hand and machine quilted. My quilts have been featured in several national magazines, a hand full of books, and a few juried competitions.

I live in Flint, Michigan with my husband Steve and Scooter, The Wonder Dog.