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 and their visual impact in a piecable 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.
Ann in addition to teaching at quilt guilds and quilt retreats throughout the US and Canada, she has offered workshops at:
A Quilter’s Affair, Sisters, OR
Empty Spools Seminars, Asilomar State Park, Pacific Grove, CA
Quilt Adventures, San Marcos, TX
The Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Marion, IN.
Stormy Weather Artist Weekend, Cannon Beach, OR
Historic Deerfield Workshops, Historic Deerfield, MA
Vermont Quilt Festival
Madeline Island School of the Arts
Ann was Featured Artist at Empty Spools Seminars in 2011.
“The Quilt Show” featured Ann on a show that first aired in March 2017.
Her quilts have been featured in books and magazines (most recently in The Quilt Life Magazine , “Indah”, Featured in “Its My Nature”, June 2013). An experimental art quilt design (“Ghost Experiment”) was featured in Ghost Layers (2001) by Katie Pasquini Masopust. She also publishes a line of pictorial quilt patterns, “Ann Shaw Quilting Designs” that are available through quilt shops. She is co-founder of Cascadia Quilt Workshops in Camas, WA.
Ann is Krasnow Professor Emerita, The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.