Anita Shackelford has been a quiltmaker since 1967 and began teaching in 1980. She is an internationally recognized teacher and lecturer whose skill in appliqué and fine hand quilting have taken her across the US and to many other parts of the world. The current Modern Quilt Movement has also drawn her in and she is happily designing and quilting in that style, too.
The Statler Stitcher came into Anita’s life 15 years ago and she has been deeply involved in quilting, designing patterns for computerized quilting, and teaching others how to use the great tools Creative Studio has to offer.
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.
Her quilts have been exhibited in shows across the United States, in Australia and Japan, winning many awards, including twelve Best Of Show and many for workmanship. Two of her quilts have received the Mary Krickbaum Award for best hand quilting at a National Quilting Association show. Her quilts have also been published in many books and magazines.
Anita is the author of Three Dimensional Applique and Embellishment: Techniques For Today's Album Quilt,Anita Shackelford : Surface Textures, Applique with Folded Cutwork, Coxcomb Variations,Infinite Feathers, A Modern Mix, and Teens & Tweens, all published by American Quilter's Society. Books and quilting tools marketed under her own business name, Thimble Works, include Ohio Collection, Pennsyllvania Plain & Fancy, RucheMark ruching guides, Berries, Grapes & Tendrils, and the Infinite Feathers Design Template.
Anita has traveled extensively, teaching and lecturing for shops, guilds and quilting conferences. She is a quilt judge, certified by NQA, qualified to judge Masterpiece quilts, and has been involved in judging shows at local, regional and national levels.
Currently she is teaching via her “Peace and Plenty” blog and with on-line subscription-based tutorials.