Teaching in Las Vegas in September!

If you’re anywhere near Las Vegas, I’m going to do a BERNINA Ambassador program Lecture and Trunk Show of all (yes, ALL) of my quilts at SEW YEAH QUILTING. Along with a 2-day class of my most popular workshop COLOR SENSE, all in September.

Here’s a PDF, if you want to print it and share it with friends, or at your guild: Ad for Color Sense class

Okay so what’s included in the Lecture/Trunk show?

I will share a slide show called How Technology is Changing the Way We Quilt, along with a trunk show of quilts, a book signing and a Q&A. The program is 90 minutes.

I’ve heard of the COLOR SENSE workshop, but what is it and why is it two days?

My COLOR SENSE workshop is the most important class you will ever take. 

The first day is a No-sew workshop where we will play with fabric, using hands-on demos. We’ll discuss what COLOR means to us, how it relates to our fabric choices, color trends and how they effect us, and we’ll create a resource book that you’ll take home with paste-up pages and recipes for future use. I’ll also help you choose ten fat quarters for a magical quilt that we’ll make on day two.

The second day, we’ll design blocks, learn precision piecing using one important little notion and create beautiful blocks for a very unique quilt that can’t be duplicated. I reveal every secret and trick that I use for my quilts and in every class that I teach. Here’s a little preview: everyone has a seam ripper in their basic notions kit — but only I can use the seam ripper in the classroom. If you have something that needs to be “unsewn”, I will do it for you while you continue to work. For real!

If you have ANY questions, please leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to see you at SEW YEAH QUILTING — a brand new quilt shop in Las Vegas!


Thought for the day

I’ve been AWOL for a couple weeks, and I apologize. I have so much to share in upcoming podcasts, and they’ll be soon.

I’m working on curriculum for a new class. Here is a slide from the class, and some food for thought for you:

Happy quilting!


It’s really here!


Today is the DAY! My iquilt class is launching — and in addition, you can get 30% off the price of my class. Please make sure that you use the CODE that is in the ad below and then click on either of the iquilt links on the right or left of this blogpost to go straight to my class!

HAPPY Quilting!!




Podcast #232 — A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Podcast #232 —  A little bit of this, a little bit of that
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A picture of my handmade journals, which will be available soon on Instagram (annismithqs):

Each are handmade, each are totally unique — and affordable. Follow me on Instagram to find out when they are available.

Here is my All Hearts Come Home for Christmas row quilt. I designed this in 2003 for my son, Ryan, and retired the pattern soon after I gave the quilt to him. Now, I will offer it as a pattern again beginning in October. If you’re interested, send me an email at annie@anniesmith.net and let me know. If you need it before October (because you want to make it for Christmas), just drop me an email too.

It’s a pretty special quilt.

Here are the links to my YouTube videos for iquilt:


Annie Smith – Fat Quarter Magic


Adding Contrast to Your Quilts Tip


Tricks for Precise Measurements & Cuts

I’ll be teaching at Sew Yeah Quilting in Las Vegas in September 15-17th.

I’ll be at Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC in November 17-19th.

I’ll be at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC for one week in June 11-16th, 2017.

I’ll be teaching on a Quilting Cruise to Alaska in August 26 – Sept 5th, 2017. More info to come.

Here’s what the Bubblegum Mystery Quilt looked like:

Here are the students’ first draw at the machine:

And here is a sample of one of the student’s quilts:

I’ll soon add the workshop to my teaching brochure!

The quilt that my friend, Pam — the magnificent Zentangler quilted for me:

and here are a couple photos of Robin and Samantha’s wedding quilt:

The quilt, hanging from a tree. The reception venue was a friend’s farmhouse lawn, bedecked with antiques everywhere.  A breathtaking event.

Here’s some closeups — their initials “carved” into the tree:

and some nest details. I tried my hand at some feathers here:

Christa’s book:

Both excellent books — definitely in my Top Ten!

Here’s the link to Christa’s Spray Basting tutorial.

Here is the Creativity poster quote that I shared with you:

And here is the business card that my son, Robin crafted for me recently:

Happy Quilting!


P.S. The wedding quilt is a pattern that I bought from Carrie Bloomston when we both taught at Celebrate Quilts retreat in Flagstaff, AZ.


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This? Or This?

I’m playing around with some appliqué blocks today that actually belong to another quilt. Every once in a while, you can get inspiration for another quilt, using the pieces of a different quilt and playing with them on the design wall — like this:

Here’s the single block. It’s on the design wall on-pointe because that’s how it’s going to be in the quilt. There are four blocks, so I put them up on the wall like this:

It creates a ring or a wreath effect, if I sewed the blocks together this way.

Now, today — I’m stitching around each of the appliqué shapes (which are raw edge). When I put the block back up on the design wall, I turned it the wrong way. This is the result:

It creates a clover deign in the center, far different from the one above — even though it’s the exact same block!

Which do you like better?

I’m taking votes, so please comment below soon! I want to know what you think.

I’m seriously thinking of creating a different quilt using these blocks as the centerpiece of a new quilt, which will be a new pattern.

Now — back to stitching!

P.S. Here’s a picture of the quilt these belong to:

This is called Garden Delights, and I’m going to be teaching it at the John C. Campbell Folk School in June 2017.

©2016   Annie Smith     All Rights Reserved