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Ann P. Shaw

Ann P. Shaw  

Ann P. Shaw specializes in pieced art quilts that are rooted in the traditions of Ruth B McDowell.  She has pioneered the idea of “Gesture” in her design process that links the insights of photographic composition to the elements of pieced pictorial quilts.  This process guides the placement of seams that create visual impact in a pieced quilt design.   Ann also creates modern/abstract art quilts based on asymmetrical block patterns of her own design. 

After an academic career as an anthropologist and forensic specialist,  Ann followed her long-time passion for quilting in founding “Ann Shaw Quilting”  (www.AnnShawQuilting.com;  AnnShawQuilting@gmail.com). She designs pieced quilt patterns and offers a variety of quilting classes, quilt retreats, and lectures.   

In addition to teaching at quilt guilds and quilt retreats throughout the US and Canada, Ann has offered workshops at:

  •  A Quilter’s Affair, Sisters, OR
  • Empty Spools Seminars, Asilomar State Park, Pacific Grove, CA
  • Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
  • Madeline Island School of the Arts
  • Vermont Quilt Festival
  • The Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Marion, IN.
  • Stormy Weather Artist Weekend, Cannon Beach, OR
  • Historic Deerfield Workshops, Historic Deerfield, MA
  •  Ann was Featured Artist at Empty Spools Seminars in 2011.
  • “The Quilt Show” has featured Ann and her work.

Ann publishes a line of pictorial quilt patterns, “Ann Shaw Quilting Designs” that are available through Etsy and quilt shops.

Ann’s quilts have been featured in books and magazines (such as, The Quilt Life Magazine, “Indah”, featured in “It’s My Nature”, June 2013).   An experimental art quilt design (“Ghost Experiment”) was featured in Ghost Layers (2001) by Katie Pasquini Masopust. 

Ann is Krasnow Professor Emerita, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Flowers of the Gorge, Ann P. Shaw

Thursday, July 23, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30- 4:30 p.m.


Skill level- Confident beginner to Advanced

Foliage Patterns Fee: Bigleaf Maple, Black Oak, Gingko – $10 each  HawaiianTi Leaf- $15

Quilters have an enduring appreciation for the simple elegance of leaves.  I’m fascinated by the amazing varieties of leaf shapes — from simple curves to complex forms.   To honor this bit of nature that surrounds us,  I’ve introduced this pattern series, “Foliage”. These patterns draw on trees and plants that are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest as well as leaf forms found throughout the world.

The Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) are part of the maple tree family that develop large, welcoming umbrellas of branches as they mature.   The Bigleaf is distinctive for its leaves…..enormous floppy lobbed leaves that reach well over 12″ in size.  In the fall, the leaves turn a rich, golden yellow color and wave like a multitude of flags in the breeze. Seldom do I make a pattern life-sized!

This bright red leaf is the Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii), another large shade tree native to the Pacific Northwest found in the Siskiyou Mountains of Central Oregon and along the Cascade Mountains along the Columbia River Gorge.  This tree grows well in the burst and bust rainfall patterns of Oregon and Washington State. This leaf’s spikey shape is enhanced by the rich red fall color.

It’s fun to see these leaf patterns come to life. The straight seam design captures the distinctive shape of each leaf.  Using a variety of different patterned fabrics brings depth and dimension to the leaf, while the printed leaf background fabric lends a sense of the forest floor.

Friday, July 24th 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Flowers of the Gorge, Ann P. Shaw

Flowers of the Gorge (Pieced Flowers) 

Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Advanced

Flower Pattern Fee: Clackamas Iris, Sunflower, Trillium – $15 each  Poppy-  $18

Flowers have been an enduring source of inspiration for quilters; many traditional quilt blocks feature flower patterns. The remarkable  array of miniature wildflowers that can be found in the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding hills of the Cascade Mountains inspired my series of flower designs.  Based on the design and piecing techniques of Ruth McDowell, these designs take traditional patchwork a step further through the use of unexpected fabric choices. Join us in celebrating the beauty of flowers. We will learn the basics of Ruth piecing techniques and her fascinating use of fabrics.

Chicken Challenge, Ann P. Shaw

Saturday, July 25, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Chicken Challenge

Level of Skill: Confident Beginner to Advanced

Pattern Fee – Gallus gallus, Barnyard Queen, Ruddy Rooster, Quack and Curious Duck   Each pattern is $15

Chickens have often found their way into the quilt world — small wonder given the astonishing variety of plumage in chicken breeds. Among the most memorable poultry quilts are the charming chickens and roosters (and turkeys and ducks) created by Ruth McDowell (www.ruthbmcdowell.com).   Join us in poultry piecing to celebrate these barnyard wonders! In this class, you will select from several patterns to create your chicken wall hanging. A brief discussion introduces the methods and techniques of freezer paper templates. You will then prepare a freezer paper template for your chicken pattern and begin the process of selecting fabrics for your design. We will also discuss sewing methods and sewing order to complete your wall hanging.