Michigan Guest Bloggers: Ami Simms


MichiganI’ve known Ami since the late 70’s/ early 80’s when our kids played under our quilt frames together.  Together, we planned and put on the quilt shows at Genesee Valley Mall in Flint, Michigan called “Quilting: A Piece in Time.”  That was in the early 1980’s.  If you’re a quilter, you know her name, and know that she’s accomplished so much more since then!


I live in Flint, Michigan and although the economy hasn’t turned around yet, the temperature was a nasty 13 degrees today, and the sun may not shine until June, I’m glad I live in Michigan. We’re the only ones who can stick Michiganhandout our very own personal mitten and point to where we live. Try THAT, you people in other states!

[Behind Ami’s hand is her “Flint Quilt,” a photo-transfer montage of people and places around Flint, MI.]

Yes, I drew on my hand. And if any Yoopers in the Upper Peninsula are whining because I didn’t ink up my other hand and show you were Sualt Ste. Marie, Marquette, Escanaba, and the Kewenaw Peninsula are that’s because not only did I draw on my own hand but I photographed it too. I had to leave one hand for the camera. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it, eh?

(Yes, the U.P. has actually been left off maps before, or shown as part of Wisconsin! I even saw a map where labeled it Illinois!)

Interestingly enough although there is a lot of Canada above Michigan, yet when we drive to Windsor, Ontario (Canada) we drive SOUTH. Detroit is actually NORTH of Canada. The things you can learn on a blog.

Now that you’ve had your mini geography lesson I’m going to go back over to my easy chair, turn on the TV, crank up the foot rest, crawl under the electric blanket, and finish stitching down the binding on this quilt.


Ami Simms

Flint, Michigan

Come over to my blog to see the rest of this quilt. By time you get over there I’ll have it all done!

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