My Little Sunshine Blog Hop

My friend, Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossom Quilting Studio, is a gifted fabric and quilt designer.

She’s just released a brand new fabric collection, My Little Sunshine – for babies.

I love the fabrics – elephants, zebras, monkeys, hippos – all in Cherry’s sweet style. I know you’ll love them too.

I chose to make a fun skirt for my granddaughter, Brooklyn, using my Charming Patchwork Skirt pattern and the two are a perfect pairing for a little girl.

The charm pack of fabrics was perfect to create 2″ squares of patchwork. The skirt is made with no gathering and an elastic waistband that will always fit. Wear it with a onesie and you have a versatile outfit.

Check out the Benartex Blog for a chance to win your very own My Little Sunshine charm pack. When you win the Charm Pack from my blogpost, I’ll send you one of my Charming Patchwork Skirt patterns. You can make one for the little girl in your life, and one for you too!

For those of you not feeling lucky and would like to purchase a copy of this fun and easy to make pattern, you can find the pattern in my online shop or you can just click the image below!

Good Luck!

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Learn to Make Scrappy Borders online class

It’s here!

My third online class for Annie’s Publishing — Learn to Make Scrappy Borders.

This was a super fun class to create, along with the quilts that go with it. I called on my good friends, Danell Cline, Deb Schrieber and Aneda Phillips to help me make the sample quilts for this class. And boy, did they come through for me.

Danell made the Serpentine Border quilt:

Deb made the Braid border quilt:

Aneda made the Sawtooth border quilt:

and I made the Star Anchor border quilt:

If you’d like to learn how to make any of these simple pieced borders for your quilts, hop on over to Annie’s Publishing and check out the class!

©2017   Annie Smith   All Rights Reserved

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4th of July Picnic quilt

In 2007, I went to Arroyo Grande, CA to meet Susan Branch and do a very special interview with her for my podcast.

Meeting Susan and interviewing her for the podcast was one of the biggest “pinch me” moments of my career. I had been a fan of her long before we met and I was an even bigger fan after our meeting. When she lived in California, we had the opportunity to spend time together – which I will always treasure.

(Wow — what a difference time makes…)

See the bolts of fabric up above us in the picture? That was Susan’s first fabric line with RJR, Martha’s Vineyard Watercolor. Inspired by 4th of July celebrations at her home on the East Coast. I visited Martha’s Vineyard in 1974 and enjoyed a 4th of July there myself, so her fabric line really spoke to me. Susan’s incredible artistic talent is so homey, so warm and inviting. How could I not make a quilt using those fabrics?

So after our visit, I cut out the fabrics for a teaching sample quilt — the 1:10 quilt that goes with my Color Sense workshop. I stitched up the blocks and made the quilt top. I want to do something really special for this one, because it was Susan’s fabric and I wanted it to really look like something she would design — so I added some Hexie flowers in one corner.

I carried that quilt top around with me to every Quilt Guild visit, trunk show, workshop, LQS class that I taught. Each time I showed it, everyone commented on how much it looked like a picnic quilt.

Fast forward to today — when I put the finishing stitches in the binding of this quilt that I now call “4th of July Picnic”. Completely made with Martha’s Vineyard Watercolor fabric. If you’re counting, you realize that it’s taken me ten years to finish this quilt? Almost to the day because I posted the podcasts and blogs on July 7th, 2007.

I recently had the quilt quilted by an extraordinary quilter, Suzan DeSerres of Singing Stitches in Chapel Hill, NC. She lives not too far away from my son and I met Suzan a few years back when I was teaching in North Carolina and needed a quilt done for me. Suzan, and her husband Mark, are uber-talented long arm quilters that have won more awards than I can count. Check out their website for more information.

Here’s some close-up detail of Suzan’s work:

Now you know why I love this fabric so much! This quilt holds so many happy memories.

In creating the binding, I discovered that I had a couple of whole selvedges that I could incorporate into the quilt, post-quilting. So I added them to the hanging sleeve — as  reminder of the gorgeous fabric collection.

The funny thing: I didn’t realize that Susan added a quote from a San Francisco Bay Area comedienne that I loved to go see back in the 80’s – Carrie Snow. “No day is so bad that it can’t be fixed with a nap.” That makes it special too.

In the future, I’m going to add the selvedges to the hanging sleeves, especially when I use an entire fabric collection in a quilt. What a great way to remember what you’ve used!

 

By the way, I’m teaching the Color Sense workshop in the following locations:

Honey Run Quilters, Chico, CA — August 16 & 17

Moore’s Sewing Center, Huntington Beach, CA — August 28 & 29

Utah Quilt Guild Quiltfest, Layton, UT — Sept.20 (1-day class)

Sew It Up!, Hurst, TX — November 3-4

Please leave me a comment and let know how you enjoyed the podcasts with Susan.

 

Happy Quilting!

©2017    Annie Smith    All Rights Reserved

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Online class #2 — Machine Appliqué

Hi Quilters —

Do you admire appliqué quilts but just feel intimidated when looking at them? You’d love to own one but the thought of making one yourself is just too much to consider?

If you are that person, I have the perfect class for you:

Learn Machine Applique

In this class, I teach you all of the basics to create machine appliqué without taking on a huge project. First you make a step-by-step sample so you can decide if you really like the technique, then I designed a small wallhanging especially for this online class that you can make.

Dreamscapes by Benartex was used for this lovely wallhanging.

I love machine applique. I was a beginner at one time too and was so intimidated by beautiful appliqué quilts — especially hand appliqué done by the needle-turn method. No matter how many classes I took or projects I tried to make, needle-turn was not my thing. When I discovered machine appliqué and how adaptable it is, I knew that I would make appliqué quilts for the rest of my life.

I even wrote a book about Machine Appliqué:

Sadly, my book is now out-of-print — but I do have some copies available in my Online Shop here. Once they are gone, they’ll be available by Print on Demand.

On July 28th, the third Annie’s online class will be released which is all about how to create four different scrappy borders for your quilts, including a fresh quilt pattern.

Happy Quilting!

©2017    Annie Smith     All Rights Reserved

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