Finishes and Fish

Two pieces that I finished are Three Hearts (art quilt) and Cloth, Paper, Fiber (Mixed media).

Three Hearts is mounted on a 8″ x 10″ canvas that I painted. I hadn’t planned to mount the piece but it fit perfectly on the canvas just at the edge of the binding so that’s what I did.

Cloth, Paper, Fiber – I really like this piece, it was a fun one to make. The frame (not wooden) had damaged glass, which I removed, and some scratches on it; I fixed that and I’m working on a video showing what I did… Editing it is on the to-do list too!

It looks a little washed out here as I’m typing. I hope it shows better on your screen.
Approximately 10″ square.

Below is the teaser for another small piece I’m working on. I paint printed fabric using an unusual method (for me anyway). I drew a simple fish on paper, scanned and then manipulated it in photoshop. I’ll be applying the fish to the fabric using a water soluble stabilizer and quilting it.

Have you used fish in your quilts or other art?

Reminder: In the next blog post I’ll announce the winner of the Five Little Hearts.

Until then, I hope we all find time to make art!

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. What an unexpected finish on that sweet little heart quilt, Ann. Easier to hang, I would imagine, than with a traditional rod pocket! How did you adhere the quilt to the canvas? I’ve only ever wrapped the entire quilt and stapled it to the canvas. I’ll be interested to hear how your method was accomplished.

  2. Thank you, Joyful. I appreciate you asking about the mounting, I’ll write about that in a blog post but the quick answer is artist gel medium.

  3. Great ways to reuse frames and a nice alternative to the usual display methods. Your approach makes smaller pieces stand out more. For the fish, how will you use the stabilizer and what type will you use.

  4. I really like how you painted the background . The fish will look great I’m sure. I’ve appliquéd fish on a couple quilts and also used machine embroidery. It’s fun to experiment.

  5. Thank you, Joanna. I’m making a video of the process for the fish piece. I’ll be using Sulky water soluble stabilizer and drawing the fish on it before applying it to the fabric.

  6. Oh, your fish projects sound wonderful! If you have any pictures you’d be willing to share I’d love to see. Thank you – Yes, it is fun to experiment!

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