It’s November!

It’s interesting to me how time can seem to go by slowly and other times so quickly.

I was exciting to be trying some new things (for me anyway) on the gel print plate. I made one print and for some reason decided to clean my plate; nothing would work, I mean nothing! So after hours of trying I grabbed my sewing machine oil (I didn’t have baby oil), and first trying a wipe but later switched to a dish cloth, I was able to get it pretty much clean. I sure hope it still works when I try more.

Here is the print – Jacquard Textile Color on cheesecloth. For it being a quickie, I’m happy with it.

So time got away from me and I couldn’t print anymore, for now.

I’ll share a few more of my older quilts, apologies for some of the photo quality.

Simple Miniature Snowscape before it was quilted. I altered the water fabric with paint
Hand appliqued and quilted, with hand painted sky. On the design wall, bad photo.

When I look at that landscape now I wonder how the water could look like that when it was hand quilted. Maybe it just looks worse in the photo. If my hand quilting wasn’t up to my standards, I would un-quilt, I did it a lot.

Rose for a challenge, it had to include one of the purple fabrics (I think the one next to the darkest). I beached and over painted the petal edges. I really like the background.

Hand appliqued and quilted.
Made early on in my sky and water painting exploration.
Hand appliqued and quilted. That was great poppy fabric. Hand painted sky.
Remember watercolor quilts, I made a few. Machine pieced, hand quilted.

I feel fortunate that I starting making quilts long ago, I think really the best years. From traditional to modern and everything in-between I have had the best time exploring, learning, and finding more ways to play with fabric. I hope you enjoyed this little quilt show and if you have any questions please leave a comment, thanks.

I’ll be announcing another giveaway/sweepstakes soon, so I hope you’ll check back again. Stay Safe and quilt away!

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. These are just amazingl. I want to make a watercolor quilt. Any hints?
    AND Thank you for the hummingbird card set. You did a wonderful job.

  2. When I need inspiration, I know where to go. Your blog is a great launching off point. I have a little surprise I’m planning for you. Will you email me your address? It’s give back time. Happy sewing and crafting!

  3. Your earlier work shows that attention to detail was always part of your quilting. That and a desire to go beyond commercially available fabrics. I don’t show most of my early pieces, unless I need examples of what not to do. Btw, possibly baby wipes or diluted Murphy’s oil soap would clean your plate. Some people just add an overall layer of paint and quickly pull a print. Often, the old paint will come off with the new. These techniques work with acrylic paint, but I don’t know how well they do with textile paint.

  4. Thanks. I know all the cleaning solutions you mentioned but the strange thing was that it was more like my gel plate was stained, there was no noticeable paint layer. I still tried to lift it with another layer of dried paint with no luck. It’s been a long time since I have use this plate but I don’t remember ever having this happen. Oh, well, it may just remain a mystery.

  5. Thank you. Did I tell you that your self portrait quilt was still on display at VAM the day I taught there? It was so neat to see it in person, it’s wonderful!

  6. Thanks again, and sorry about this late reply. Regarding watercolor quilts… Years ago our local quilt show featured Gai Perry as guest artist. Gai’s quilts struck an emotional cord with me, they were so beautiful and inspiring. Her book “Impressionist Quilts” was my favorite. I don’t know what happened to Gai but you can see her quilts on the internet, of course. My hints – If possible work on a design wall or area so that you can step back to look at it during progress. Realize the piece will be much, much smaller after it’s sew together. Start with a lot of fabrics (what I call “reacher fabrics,” that can somewhat flow together) and I wouldn’t start with smaller than a cut 2.5″ squares, unless you like working tiny. You’ve given me an idea for a blog post, as I think of the many projects I’ve made using watercolor designs. It was long ago but I think I can find some photos.

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