Its Christmas Eve and I thought it a fine idea to bake. Mind you, I don’t bake very often and am not particularly good at baking, but chocolate cookies are my absolute favorite. Why not spend a bit of time making my favorite cookies??!! I remember my Grandmother baking for days as as the holidays [Continue Reading]
The winter solstice marks a turning point in the year. The sun is at its nadir in the sky, marking the day with the fewest daylight hours. Its easy to miss the solstice in the crush of activities during the holidays. Yet this special day marks the turn toward summer and the promise of spring. [Continue Reading]
The winter solstice seems like a fitting time to launch my new website, one that will look great on your phone and iPad. I’m excited about the new format. Let me show you around a bit. My home page still features a sliding preview of some of my quilts. Clicking on any of those [Continue Reading]
This repeat block pattern is a nod to spring and the glorious fields of tulips that bloom each year here in the Pacific Northwest. Make a few blocks and you have a great wall hanging. Make a lot of blocks and a full size quilt will grace your bed!!
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