Ann May

Ann Baldwin May was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. After studying design and clothes construction for 2 years in high school, she continued to sew much of her wardrobe. As a newlywed in 1974, she took her first quilting class at a neighborhood fabric store in Huntington Beach where she was living at the time. After living and traveling in Europe for a year, she moved to Santa Cruz. She continued to sew clothes and make quilts for her family while working full time as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Watsonville. At this time she estimates that she has made over 200 quilts in all.

In 2003, she joined Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. She served as parliamentarian from 2005-2007 and president from 2007-2009. She began selling her quilts in 2007. In 2008, Ann made her first art quilt. Shown here, Another Galaxy was accepted into the 2009 Pacific International Quilt Show and the 2010 Denver National Quilt Festival.

Homage to a Dancer, reflects her participation in Los Mexicas,the UCSC ballet folklorico group.

Ann is drawn to bright colors. She prefers to gather fabrics and items from flea markets without any project in mind. She then places them together as they speak to her.


Another Galaxy quilt image

"Another Galaxy". The road to completing this quilt was more of a curvy trail with switchbacks rather than a rocky road. When I began I didn't know where I would end up. At each intersection, I pondered the most interesting way to add to the visual impact of this, my first art quilt. I built up the circles with extra batting, added thread drawing, and different quilting for each area. "Another Galaxy" was accepted into "Art Hang" in Santa Cruz, CA July 2011.

Homage to a Dancer image

"Homage to a Dancer".

Kelp Forest quilt image

"Kelp Forest".

Yellow Skirt Market Day quilt image

"Yellow Skirt Market Day".

Great Blue Heron at Dusk quilt image

"Great Blue Heron at Dusk". Ann May is proud to announce that her art quilt, Great Blue Heron at Dusk graces the flyer for Los Pajaros, Bird inspired art show sponsored by the Pajaro Valley Arts Council. This is her first acceptance of an art quilt into a juried show. The show runs from Sept. 2- Oct. 10, 2010. A reception will be Sept. 12, 2010 from 2-4. The show and reception will be at 37 Sudden St., Watsonville CA