Wasting Time?

As I’ve said before, I thought it would be a good idea to leash train our cat and so I seem to be spending more time out on the kitchen deck. It’s going to be a sad day when she realizes we have winter.  When I’m not working on hand embroidery and other hand sewing while I’m out there, I use a pen and paper and I doodle (paper is fiber after all!). You may know it by other names but in the old days we just called it doodling. Here are a few of my doodles.


At first I thought it was a terrible waste of time but then I started “doodling” using my sit-down quilting machine. I call it “MeAnndering” and here is my first MeAnndering video.

I’m going to be out there cat sitting anyway so I have decided it is okay to waste spend the time doodling on paper as a warm-up and practice for when I do sit down at the quilting machine. Either way, I have determined it is additive!


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. Outdoors in December without being bundled up! As I type the snow is falling outside the window. I understand that doodling is supposed to improve one’s FMQ skills by implanting muscle memory. It looks like your skills are already top notch, so shall we expect a queen size whole cloth FMQ quilt from you?

  2. “Queen size whole cloth”… HAHAHAHA! Not a chance! Sometimes we complain about it not feeling like the holidays because it is so warm out here but as I’ve gotten older I’m over that! I’m betting it is beautiful where you are. Keep safe and thanks for the comment.

  3. Hi Barb. I just finished watching your latest, How to Make Gift Tags video. I love what you do and what you said regarding giving of oneself instead of always buying! Thanks for visiting, I know we will be chatting around the creative art world!

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