Monday, October 29, 2012


Give away on my Facebook page Turtle Trax Too!! Go check it out and enter!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative ( offers an online auction during the first 10 days of every month. Each November, in honor of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the AAQI offers 12 very special quilts. This year the auction quilts have been made by world renowned quilters Alex Anderson, Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Flynn, Diane Gaudynski, Becky Goldsmith, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman, Marsha McCloskey, Sue Nickels, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims.

The quilts are about 16" x 16" and the auction is open to the public.

Last year the 12 quilts offered in the November auction raised more than $14,000 for the AAQI, an all-volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art.

Visit to preview the quilts.
On November 1st you can bid on the quilts here:
To watch the video: 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Craft Show Craziness!

We have hit crazy mode in this house. Our first craft show for Turtle Trax Too is in just 2 months....To share these are a few of my favorite items we made this month so far......Yeah so far!
Are these not the cutest Tutu sets!!
O.k.....So ya'll know this is correct!
Oh yeah I was digging on this one too :
And my favorite items...Trax and Tutu :)...Sensory pals for your favorite little one :)...These I am proud to say are an original design....
If you are interested in find our store then just check us out on Face Book ate Turtle Trax Too!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Who Doesn't Love Pink!!!

I know I do!

I had so much fun making this set. I could make baby stuff every day of my life! You can get away with all the cute in the world and colors most adults just wont do :)....Like I said whats not to love!!!I am SO happy with this pattern. Its the Snake River quilt by Judy Martin...I would TOTALLY recommend this to anyone. It was fun and very rewarding. :)..I cannot wait to give this to the new momma :)And just because I am having so much fun creating ne baby stuff I thought I would show you one of the latest additions to the Turtle Trax Too Store!!! Check us out on facebook!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

An Exciting Update :)

Soaring Sales for AAQI: All Because of YOU!

Every month Debbie Chenail (AAQI treasurer) and I sit down to update the Show Me The Money page on the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative website. We list every expense, we add up all the quilt sales and donations, and we calculate the profits so far this year. That number is then added to our cumulative total of how much the AAQI has raised for Alzheimer’s research. (Profits: All our profits fund research.)

Do you know of any other charity that posts that kind of information on its website? I didn’t think so. Don’t you wish they all did, so you can know how the money you give is spent?! (Sorry. I digress.)

Well, we just crunched the numbers and as of the end of July we have raised…

more than $747,000

…for Alzheimer’s research. Makes me think of an airplane, you know, a 747. I just had to tell you!

The AAQI’s “bread and butter” are Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. You donate them; we sell them.

So how are we doing so far? Pretty good!

Below is a graph showing Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt sales by year, starting in 2008. So far this year we’ve raised about $56,000 through “priority” quilt sales, not counting the August auction. Last year in Houston we sold $62,000. Plus we have three more online auctions before the end of the year. (The November auction doesn’t count because that’s the Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction, and those aren’t technically Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts.)

If (and that’s a big “if”) we can do as well at Houston in 2012 as we did in 2011, and we have three auctions each bringing in $2,000 or more, we could generate $126,000 for the year in Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt sales alone.

So what’s the bottom line?

If you’re making a Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt and have hopes for Houston, get it registered and in the mail by August 31st. That gives our volunteers 6 weeks to receive it, scan it, price it, tag it, and ship it from your house to Illinois, from Illinois to Michigan, and from Michigan to Texas.

Keep in mind that there are already 611 quilts in that particular pipeline, and the following volunteers probably won’t be able to take a stitch in their own quilts from now to mid-November:

Your quilt registrar and quilt page maker: Beth Hartford
Your quilt scanners: Diane Petersmarck, Donna Moscinski, and Eileen O’Regan
Your quilt pricers: Ruth Langdon and Ami Simms
Your quilt tag-makers: Martha Wolfersberger, Jen Hinwood, Susan Vore, and Niki Gottesman

And, of course, we thank YOU, our quilt makers and quilt buyers!

Thank you! And please share this blog!
Ami Simms

Friday, August 24, 2012

Back To Work

If any of you have been wondering where I have been I promise I havent been out playing..I wish I could be out playing :)

I signed up for my first craft fair. Its not a super duper large one but its supposed to be good sized. I am hoping to get signed up for the large one but well we are still waiting on paperwork and sales tax and what not.....Boring stuff.

So in the mean time I am having my own little panic attack at having product to sell. In the leantime my favorite customer is keeping me from getting bored.Lol.....This is the latest. Isnt it adorable! I love the Dick and Jane fabric. For once too its NOT king size!!

Believe it or not I have MORE fiber content to show you too! Remember the strips and curves top? Well there is progress on that one! AND I even got another baby set done. I can hardly believe it myself :)...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alzheimer Quilt Initiative

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. I have been asked to help spread the information on this wonderful project the Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative. Please check out the web sight and see all the wonderful things being done.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative ( is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope." The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $735,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.

1. AAQI Gets Inventory System Up and Running
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative continues to make improvements on its web page. They now have an inventory sytem on their Quilts For Sale page (
Gone are the SALE PENDING notifications on the Quilts For Sale page. Instead, the web page just won’t let you put the quilt in your basket if somebody ordered it before you did.

You can still place quilts in your shopping cart temporarily as you decide which ones you really, really, really want. Just know that putting them in there doesn't make it impossible for another shopper to buy them out from under you.

Once an order is placed, however, those quilts are off the market.

You’ll notice an error message telling you a particular quilt is “unavailable” should you desire a quilt someone else has already ordered. But, you can always email an AAQI volunteer just to be sure.

When quilts are processed, they will be marked as SOLD and the buy button will be removed. After a few days they will be removed from the web page and sorted into the Sold Quilts pages.

2. AAQI Starts Hoarding Quilts For Houston
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative hopes to bring 2,000 quilts to sell in its booth at IQF Houston. (Exhibit area, number and row as yet unknown.) They've already started moving quilts from the Quilts For Sale page ( over to the Hoarding For Houston page ( They will continue to move quilts, starting with the lower numbers first. So if you're not going to Houston, it's time to shop now!
And, if you've got a quilt in the works: GER 'ER DONE!
We are working really hard to shorten the time it takes to get your quilt from registration to sale.
3. "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" will be at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids
(Or, FaceBook Your Chest!)
"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" continues its five-year journey across the United States with a stop at the American Quilters Society Quilt Show & Contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 22-25, 2012.

The exhibit will hang at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

The AAQI is asking everyone who attends the AQS show to make sure they get stickered and to FaceBook a photo of their sticker.
Ami Simms, AAQI founder and executive director, will be in attendance Saturday afternoon.

"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" is an exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). Fifty-four small format art quilts (9" x 12") illustrate the disease from a variety of perspectives.

These small quilts hang among 182 "Name Quilts," each 6 inches wide and 7 feet tall, which carry the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have/had Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The names of loved ones, written on fabric patches by family members and friends, honor the 5.4 million Americans in the United States struggling with Alzheimer's disease.

Friday, July 27, 2012

What a Good WIfe

That would be me :)

We are gearing up for a Barbecue cook off and a HUGE grand opening for my husbands company.....
The barbecue cook off is for a neighboring city here...Watford City..Home of the Oil boom and the central location for Atigun, WH's company...Well he doesn't own it.He manages it..He just thinks he owns it :)...

The huge grand opening will be for the new offices and shop that have been under construction for what seems like FOREVER!!!....WH asked for a few things from me...Just a few....4 of these candy bowls and 100 IPhone covers....Yup 100......I have been a busy little wife this last week and its ALL DONE! :)...Yay me.....

These candy bowls btw can be personalized to match whatever you want!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Or in my case would that be glamping???

I was pitching a fit that I wasnt going to get to take the 5th wheel out this year. WH absolutely hates it and has been wanting to sell it. He has this thing about bumper pulls verses 5th wheel..I think its like a Dogde/Ford thing...You are either one or the other...

We differ on this.I love the 5th wheel. But because he doesnt we seem to not go camping as often as we want..Crazy how that happens...Well long story short we wound up with a little bumper pull at our house. The 5th wheel mysteriously disappeared to another city and I had no way to get it pulled back. WH was headed out of town and some of my peeps were headed to Medora, ND to go camping...

I batted (actually begged) my eyes and asked pretty please and one of my peeps husbands offered to pull the camper up. (:
It was WONDERFUL....All though I am NOT in love with this little camper and was happy to tell WH we are NOT keeping it, it was sure nice having AC in 90+ weather and also being able to go with my peeps....No I would not have went had I been required to sleep in a tent...
Medora was wonderful and I cant wait to go back!
Even Bell had fun...
And being an old western town we HAD to take old western photo's....

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Control Issues and look up ^^^!

Did you notice the new blog header?? HOW CUTE IS THAT!!!! Thank you to one of my Cameo buddies Jennifer Lange for coming to my rescue. You were too sweet and very talented :)......

So it came to my attention today that I have some control issues....I KNOW RIGHT!! Shocking...But there it is... So I ordered flowers for the new baby, cake pops for her older brothers, and champagne for the mom and dad.......Sounds great right?

WELL! Let me tell you it took everything I could do not to jump in my car, drive to TN and smack a few fedex people around!!! ALL of it was to be delivered today. I supplied addresses and cell numbers to it all...I know internet shopping. trust me....

The cake pops were picked up first thing this morning. Ok so far..But then just dropped off at the door in summer heat! DId not call the number to find out they were not home from the hospital yet....On to the flowers...Evidently the address that the cake pops were delivered too was too confusing for the flower delivery person as they wrote down that they could NOT find the address and would reattempt on monday...REALLY???? Monday?????

Do they not know the meaning of a fresh flower delivery is? No phone call yet again...And the champange? well I will tell you tomorrow when I find out. The store better not have messed that one up! I really just shoudl of been there to make sure it was all done right. Its killing me!

On a brighter not LOOK at this boot!! I found it in Medora at a small price of 200$..I so see a challenge here. Dont you?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Today has been one of those days...You know. I know you know..Its one of those days that you go through EVERY emotion known to mankind.....Something has happened to give me every one of those emotions today...The happy I can share....My dear sweet friend and her family welcomed a new little one to their family. After so much sadness and loss they welcomed a beautiful little girl into the world....I cant tell you what that did to THIS emotional basket case today..I dont have permission though to share her picture so I will just have to share a picture of my little girl :)

Darla...And we added a crow!!! The crows name is Marcia :)...
And yes I do know how to drive her :)
If you are wondering that IS a rhinestone in her eye :).......

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Blog Header

So somehow my wonderful Blog Header has disappeared :(....Do any of yall have a good person I can hire to redesign it? I want my turtle back!!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Some Bling :)

Im very VERY proud of these three designs :)...They took me awhile to put together but totally worth the work.For my Star Wars junkie friend. This one probably took the longest to draw out.Done with black hotfix rhinestones.
This one is sold already :)..What you cant see very well is the colors. Bright pink and Silver Hotfix rhinestones...This design has gone into the store and can be customized in any colors.
This one is still for sale in the store. It also is the bright pink Hotfix rhinestones...

I have so many new designs that I am excited to release. I love playing with that bling!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Company Comes To Visit

This summer has been a busy one!!! I had my wonderful two nieces and sister ALL to myself :)..I am not so good at sharing. But I did share for one quick trip to the Peace Gardens.. I would love to share a dozen photo's but none of the flowers had really bloomed yet. That didnt matter we had fun..
It was a WONDERFUL gift from WH as he surprised me with their tickets...I do love that man.
I just wish I could of had more time....

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Disney World With The Girls

Last week I took off for Florida and Disney World with two of my peeps :)... Third year in a row that we have went for Star Wars Weekend....There was a LOT of laughter.
A LOT of screaming!
Wonderful tours....
Visiting with our favorite characters....
And of course Star Wars........ Between you and me I STILL dont get the whole Star Wars thing. But what the hey I like having fun with my peeps.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Out Of Retirement

Some of you may remember (well actually probably on Jody and Jan) my joy at being able to retire the Chantilly Lace pattern for quilting..After a gajillion quilts I did for my quilting couple in AK and the fact that they ONLY would let me do Chantilly Lace I was so happy to retire it when we moved!

I even took it out of my sample book...Lol..Well evidently absence does in fact make the heart grow fonder...I broke it out today. I have a baby quilt to do for a shop sample and they refused to tell me what they wanted on it.Just something cutesy they say....Pfffft was what I was thinking. But I knew this one would fit the bill. What was even nicer was that it was exactly like riding a bike. Ahhhh something to be said for comfort and the fact that I could do this in my sleep.

I have been a very good girl this week :)...Quite a change from my telling you I am not getting anything quilty done...I also completed 4 burp rags and a baby quilt that actually has to be at a baby shower in Texas next week....Yes it will be going priority! Nothing like a little procrastination and now I am paying the price!
But isnt it cute!

This will be it

At least for 2 weeks...#week6challenge.... I am SAD about it also. I have been getting so much done...But my house is going to experience ...