Stripes, 2015, 44″ by 32″, Cotton, machine pieced and hand guided machine quilted. This quilt was inspired by the Grant’s Zebras at the Indianapolis Zoo. My pictorial art quilts draw on composition, line and shape in adapting the traditions and techniques of American quiltmaking. I work primarily from images to design my quilts, balancing the [Continue Reading]
The Shooting Star (Dodecatheon dentatum) features a very distinctive flower shape. The petals are drawn back from the stamen, as if it was a shooting star. Barely an inch long, this early spring bloomer grows in wet marshy areas and along streams.
There are many unique flowering plants in the Pacific Northwest, among them is the Clackamas Iris (Iris tenuis). This rare iris has narrow petals and leaves, and can be found growing in small clearings one encounters in Douglas Fir forests. Also called a “grass iris” because their leaves grow in dense grass like clumps, [Continue Reading]
Its fun exploring the broad range of wildflowers that grow in the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding areas. Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) can be found in many areas and elevations. This straight line pattern was inspired by these “Gorge”-ous (no pun intended!!) flowers.
Sunflowers are among nature’s amazing creations. The tall stocks and huge blooms are a celebration a delightful celebration of summer. This pattern is now available available through Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop. The pattern is an easy to sew straight line design and includes the full size pattern. http://www.fiddlesticksquiltshop.com/ann-shaw-patterns.html
Just in time for spring, I now have several flowers to launch my new pattern series, Flowers of the Gorge. There is a remarkable array of wonderful, miniature wild flowers that can be found in the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding hills of the Cascade Mountains. From early spring and throughout the summer, one can [Continue Reading]
Sometimes little is cool. I can hardly call this a goldfish…….maybe a tropical fish of some unknown variety? This little postcard fish is a donation to the Quilter’s Affair “Wish Upon a Card” silent auction benefiting the Wendy’s Wish Foundation. A wonderful foundation important to and supported by quilters far and wide. You go little [Continue Reading]
There seems to be an endless variety of wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. This Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) is a polite bird that belongs to the Auk avian family and is found along coastal waterways. Often referred to as the “Parrot of the Seas”, its curved orange beak, bright orange webbed feet, and distinctive white [Continue Reading]
Well…….yes, this is a actually a frog, not a chicken per se. This is Leptodactylus Fallax, known locally in Dominica as the Mountain Chicken. This is one of the world’s largest frogs, and thus produces among the world’s largest frog leg feasts. And, unfortunately because is it a delicacy on Dominica is now an endangered [Continue Reading]
Fabric loves me. It beckons to me, almost like mythical Greek sirens. How can one resist such adoration? Fabric has come calling, by the truck load no less! And like many quilters, I too am a member of the “way too much fabric, yet I need more” club. So much fabric, so many choices, never [Continue Reading]