Ann Shaw

Sun, May 2 to Sat, May 8 2021

Designing From Nature with Ann Shaw

Medium: Fabric

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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Quilts you design are a great complement to the wonderful range of traditional (and modern!) quilts that entice us. Our most memorable quilts are often those that speak to special times, places, things, and people in our lives. Using your photographs as the place to begin the design process offers a personalized and memorable look to your quilts. Based on the design methods developed by Ruth McDowell, this class takes you through the design process – from photo to pictorial quilt. This style of quilt emphasizes the use of patterned cotton fabrics in unique ways yet is grounded in traditional piecing methods. The result is a quilt design with a somewhat abstract quality that is uniquely your own. The finished wall hanging will be roughly 32” x 40” in size.


About Ann Shaw

Quilts have long been a part of Ann’s life. Fascinated by patchwork bed quilts when she was young, Ann came to discover the grace and elegance of Amish quilts, and grew to admire the women who created America’s quilt traditions. Despite no sewing skills to speak of, Ann began making Cathedral Window quilts in the 1980s. Eventually she began taking quilting classes at a local shop and was transformed by rotary cutting techniques and the varieties of patterned cottons that were starting to appear in fabric stores.

Ann is most intrigued by quilting that derives from traditional piecing techniques. She began “breaking blocks”, finding ways to stretch traditional blocks in ways that made them read as completely different patterns when combined as a quilt. Ann is also attracted to pictorial quilts, particularly those based on piecing techniques. The work of Katie Pasquini Masopust, Cynthia England, Ruth McDowell and others offered her insights and ways to translate and abstract photos, buildings, animals, flowers and other forms into quilts. Most recently Ann has worked with straight-line shapes, particularly triangles, to create streaks, curves and asymmetrical forms.

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Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $730.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,834.00-2,002.00* + Service Charge & Tax

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

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