Anja Clyke began quiltmaking in 2003 as a recreational outlet from her job as an office administrator with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and fell in love with the craft.
In 2012 she joined Modern Quilt Guild- a Halifax a based guild that specialized in creating contemporary quilt patterns and where she took classes learning a variety of quiltmaking techniques.
Clyke started Anja’s Quilts in 2014- a quilt blog to share her work with guild members and to also to teach quiltmaking techniques with other quilters. In 2017 Clyke was approached by BANNS to participate in New Notes In The Pattern- an exhibition of contemporary artwork by African Nova Scotian artists from several disciplines being held at the Chase Gallery, Halifax.
Two of her quilts Bargello Pattern and Gees Bend styled Housetop Variation were featured in this exhibition, which marked the very first exhibition showing of her work. Invitations to other exhibitions would follow including two solo exhibitions at Journey Back To Birchtown, an annual cultural festival on the grounds of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Shelburne NS in 2017 and 2018. Clyke recently became a participant in the on-gong BANNS quilt project The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Picture and Narrative Quilts which is being readied for a national tour in 2021.