Ann Anastasio


I grew up in Central Illinois, attended the University of Illinois (majoring in music), and married my husband of over 50 years (whom I met in a music camp in high school). We've had a wonderful life—living in Norway, Germany, and France (Paris) before settling near San Francisco for 25 years. Several years ago my husband took a job in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is a fabulous place filled with many artistic, musical, talented and interesting people.

In Santa Fe I've played in a community orchestra, a chamber group, a string quartet, and am a docent at the Museum of International Folk Art. I also belong to the New Mexico chapter of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

My father's mother was a quilter and I do have two of her quilts. My mom wasn't really crafty or artistic, nor was her mother. Everyone in my family was stunned when they saw me first making non-traditional quilts. Well, to be honest, they were stunned when I first began making any kind of quilts. I am proud to say that my daughters have both made quilts. Unbelievable.

I have two smart, talented daughters. Alison lives in Chicago, has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and works at the University of Chicago. Alexandra lives in California and has a Master's in Education and works at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, CA.

Along with my friend Lani Longshore, I am part of Broken Dishes Repertory Theatre. We entertain guilds, seminars, retreats, and conventions by giving programs of quilting musical comedy. We also teach workshops. We write the "plots" and the lyrics together, and I write the music. We have a great time doing this.

Lani and I have even written three books together in a new genre—quilting science fiction— entitled "Death by Chenille," “When Chenille Is Not Enough”, and “The Chenille Ultimatum.” “The Captain and Chenille” is next!

After a decade of leading Art Quilt Santa Fe Retreats with co-founder Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak, we had our last retreat in 2019. We had a great run and are grateful to all our teachers and attendees over the years.

Please contact me via email if you are interested in any of my current designs, something for commission, or to discuss teaching opportunities.


  • art quilts
  • machine quilting
  • hand quilting
  • applique
  • embroidery
  • hand-dyed fabric
  • jewelry
  • writing
  • quilting musical comedy
  • youth arts education