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Actors on a stage, holding a variety of vintage quilts and musical instruments

Marlane O’Brien, Shawn Wright, Katie Kerr, Sheldon Elter, Melanie Phillipson, Susan Henley, Connor Lucas and Andrea Menard in Stories from the Red Dirt Road by Marlane O'Brien, Charlottetown Festival.

Based on Margie Carmichael’s And my Name is…Stories from the Quilt.  Set design by Ken McDonald, Costume design by Bonnie Deakin, Lighting design by Kimberley Purtell.

About me

Hi, I’m Ann.


I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  In my non-quilting life, I work in theatre.  In fact, the photo above is the show that introduced me to quilting!  I kept staring at the quilts in the show, and thought, “I have to learn how to do this”.  I immediately signed up for a class and have been obsessed with quilting ever since.  My favourite part of the process has always been the dramatic transformation that occurs during the final quilting stage.  


The work I do in theatre disappears after closing night.  But quilts can last for generations.  Every quilter — experienced or brand new — deserves to see their vision for their quilt come to life.  I love helping quilters get past that hurdle of “quilt as desired” so they end up with the quilt they envision -- one that will be cherished for years.


I’m a member of the Winnipeg Modern Quilt Guild, Manitoba Prairie Quilters, and the Longarm League.  I completed the APQS Longarm Certification Course in November 2022.  My longarm is an APQS Millie. 


When I’m not quilting or making theatre, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, and a bossy bichon frise named Bobby.  

A smiling woman with short red-blond hair, wearing a purple shirt.
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