Fiber and Wood

I know technically wood is fiber but in this case it is second to the fabric fiber. Here is one of my mini art quilts, from the flora series, mounted on acrylic and displayed on a pieces of (old pallet) hardwood. The top is hand appliqued because at that time I didn’t realize just how short life is! It is pillowcase turned and free-motion machine quilted (see back quilted here).

tulip quilt plexi reclaimed wood
free style flower5

They are heavy so I have added 1/2″ stick-on (drawer) bumper “feet” to protect the surface they are set on and to keep them from sliding around.

flora wood base image

Do you have a less than traditional way you display small art quilts? I’m going to do more mounting on canvas too.

By Ann Scott

I started sewing and designing using fabric, thread, and paper when I was a child. I taught myself to make quilts, at first not following the "rules," then watched some experts, learned the rules, and made many hand quilted and appliqued quilts. I spent years focusing on miniature landscape quilts. Now I am a fiber and mixed media artist and that encompasses everything I have a passion for. I have taught, lectured, and my work have show nationally and internationally, some pieces have been published.


  1. Your ingenious method would help keep dust off the fabric. How did you cut the groove? I have a friend who is great at devising quilt display methods, but my most out-there method has been to mount a small piece on pre stretched canvas. I can see where easy display methods would make one’s art quilts more sell-able.

  2. It is difficult to tell from the photo but the quilt is actually on top of the acrylic, but you make a good point; mounting the quilt behind would keep dust from it. Photographing pieces for exhibition submissions is a challenge (even for professionals) when acrylic is used; so much reflection and glare (Notice in my poor photo?) It’s even worse from straight on and no-glare acrylic is out of my budget. Though I do know how to use a table saw my Mister was good enough to saw the grooves for me. You are right about certain display methods making some art quilts more sell-able.

    When you mount on canvas do you bring the quilt (or quilt top) around the sides to the back, paint the canvas and let it “frame” your quilt, or do you have some other technique? Also, how do you attach it to the canvas? I have stitched them on but usually use artist gel medium with great success.

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