Ann Fahl is a quilt artist living and working in Racine WI. She has been sewing since the age of 12, about the time she took her first home economics class. Her parents were classically trained, professional musicians. As the oldest of three sisters she was expected to take piano lessons; and later on, learned to play the cello. Her parents impressed upon her the importance of finding a passion; which Ann did. It wasn't music, it was all the fiber arts, and the most important was sewing. Neither parent sewed, so they did their best to find classes and women in the church that could help Ann with her sewing projects.
Like most teenage girls, she became very interested in clothing and fashion. To her, sewing was a very enjoyable pastime, and she was good at it. So from that time on, she made her own clothing. By the time she reached the University of Wisconsin, she was sure that sewing and clothing would lead her to a career in business and retailing. She went on to work for Gimbels, Marshall Field & Co., and two different chains of fabric stores. In 1978, she took the beginning quilting class that changed her life forever.
In her earlier years, quilts never interested Ann, even though she grew up with old quilts on the beds at her grandmothers' homes. From the first night of the quilting class, she realized that this new media allowed her to put all of her loves together: sewing, color, texture, shape, thread and fabric. She could experiment and sew as she developed her own designs and ideas instead of traditional blocks. A new world and career began for her!
Ann has been teaching since 1981, the year of her first blue ribbon winning quilt. Now she travels across the US working with guilds, symposiums, retreats and quilters of all ages and experience. Connecting with quilters is an energizing and enjoyable part of her quilting career.
Her work has been exhibited in competitions, solo exhibits and invitational shows across the United States, France and Japan. Her work is included in the collections of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co., Neiman Marcus, Quilts, Inc., Ripon College, Winona Lake Restoration and many private collections. She enjoys the challenge of quilt competitions, so she continues to design new work keeping the level of workmanship high.
Ann is married, lives with her husband and cat. Her 2 sons are grown and have helped to design her website at www.annfahl.com. Ann also has a blog where she writes about many issues of interest to quilters, which you'll find at annfahl.blogspot.com.