Anita Shackelford, Quilting Artist
Location: Bucyrus, OH
Quilting Experience: More than 45 years
Anita Shackelford has been a quilt maker since 1967 and began teaching in 1980. She is an internationally recognized teacher and lecturer who loves combining applique’ and fine quilting to create new quilts in 19th century style.
Anita’s quilts have been exhibited and won awards in shows across the United States, Australia and Japan.
Awards include 12 Best Of Show and many for workmanship. She has authored nine books and is published regularly in quilting magazines. Anita has been featured on several television programs, including “Today’s American Quilter,” “Kaye’s Quilting Friends,” “Linda’s Electric Quilters,” and “Simply Quilts.” Her work and antique quilts from her collection have been featured in several gallery and museum exhibits. Anita loves her Gammill Optimum and Statler by Gammill and is teaching quilt making to a new generation of young people.
Quilting Tips: A medium value thread is often a good choice for a quilt with high contrast in the patchwork pieces. The thread will show lighter against the dark fabrics, darker on the light fabrics but not too strong on either fabric. It may, in fact, look like you’ve changed thread colors for different parts of the quilt.