Ann Shaw has been a student of mine for many years in my Designing From Nature 5-day classes. It’s been exciting to watch her quilting develop over the years. Ann’s pieced quilts explore many kinds of subjects, using varied color selections and fabric collections, and different styles of borders. Her portrait quilts of the orangutans Indah and Azy are my personal favorites. Ann has always been a careful observer in my classes, watching the teaching methods I use. Like me, she has been fascinated by all the varied directions the students always take.
After 34 years as a college professor, she has decided to take on the challenge of teaching my techniques as well as offering a 5 day workshop modeled on my class “Designing from Nature.”
I am delighted.
Ann has all the attributes of a fine teacher: organized, logical, and a good listener; experienced with all aspects of designing masterplans for pieced quilts; excellent at drafting the patterns, very successful at fabric choices and using unusual prints, and, importantly, has a wonderful sense of humor. She has thrived in the atmosphere I have tried to encourage in my 5-day classes and hopes to carry on that tradition as well. For students looking for a fine instructor for the “Ruth B. McDowell” style of quilt design, I strongly recommend Ann P. Shaw’s classes.