Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Archive for February, 2008

I heart my niece

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Posted 2/29/08


I received this adorable valentine heart in the mail this week and immediately put it up in my studio. This valentine came to my husband and myself from my oldest niece, age 5. She exudes creativity out of every inch of her little person and is quite inspiring to me. You can see one of her latest works on my sister’s blog. Notice the adorable face made with embroidery thread. I’ve also attached a picture of my bulletin board so she can see where it lives now. I love to see what is in other people’s studios, so here’s a glimpse at mine.


8/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Posted 2/29/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 8/52 2008. It is a whole cloth piece. I was fascinated with this commercial fabric printed with all sorts of cool bicycle shapes and lines on it. I found the fabric last year at our quilting guild’s annual sale for a buck or so. I over-stamped it with my favorite block print and some gray circles. For stitching, I echoed most of the circles in the composition with black thread. I was happy to finally use this fabric for something!  It’s one that I keep pulling out of the stack and not finding a way to incorporate.


Alliance for American Quilts Quilter’s S.O.S. Interview

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Posted 2/24/08

Karen Musgrave, a fellow artist from the Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece exhibit, has been kind enough to interview me for the Alliance for American Quilts Quilter’s S.O.S. – Save Our Stories archives. She is a volunteer for this amazing project that helps document our quilting heritage. As I went through this interview process, I realized how interesting it will be for me to look back in a few years on this snapshot of my ideas and process at this point in my progression as a textile artist. Pretty cool if you ask me. Thanks, Karen, you are amazing!

You can read the interview and see a photo of my quilt, Lost Moments, here.

7/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Posted 2/20/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 7/52 2008. I created the background design with a speedycut stamp that I designed. This is the area with the lime green paint. The purple stamped area is a commercial stamp I picked up. I enjoy the effect created with the speedycut stamp by rotating and staggering it. It created some fun new organic shapes and spatial relationships. The quilting lines were guided by the lines of the purple stamped area.

6/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Posted 2/15/08



This is my weekly journal quilt 6/52 2008. I fell in love with it on my “fun with paint” day. Every time I walked by it, I liked it more. I printed the green background first. Then, I went over it with the leaf stamp in dark green/black. I just stamped the leaves without a huge plan. Then I realized that my lack of plan in my overall leaf patterning left a random hole in the top right area. At that point, I decided to add the dots, which I think worked in great!

My weekly journal quilt I’m working on for this week (7/52) DOESN’T have the block print in the background. I know, crazy!

Collage Mania II

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Posted 2/11/08

Virginia Spiegel is doing an awesome fundraiser for Fiber Arts for a Cause (FFAC) to support the American Cancer Society (ACS) called Collage Mania II. If you don’t know of her work, please check out her website and blog. This post includes images of my four collages that have been accepted for the fundraiser. You’ll have a chance to purchase them May 5-6, 2008. Only $80 min. donation per collage on May 5th “Gold Donor Day” or $40 min. donation per collage on May 6th. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you! If you are an artist, then by all means, I encourage you to make one. I meant to make one, and then I made two. And then, I had two lonely pieces of 8″ x 10″ mat board just sitting there staring at me. Seriously, every time I passed them, they stared at me. Yes, I am neurotic, and ended up submitting four collages. :) Hopefully, they will bring in at least $160 for the ACS.

I really like to work small!  All of these collages are spin offs of ideas explored in previous weekly art experiments.


Vices, 2008




Circles, 2008


Onions, 2008


Branches, 2008


Making painting messes

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Posted 2/10/08


I finally cut a yard off the bolt of pfd kona fabric I ordered in January. I had a lot of fun this weekend painting fabric and I thought I’d share a peek at the stack.  I meant to dye fabric this weekend, but it turned out to be a bit cold, and I didn’t want to risk a waste of time and cash on a bad dye day! Almost all of the prints shown were made with my own stamps, with the exception of the leaves. As usual, I had some very happy accidents and surprises.

Free Fabric Postcard Patterns ~ General Pattern and Falling Leaves

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008


Posted 2/6/08

Okay, Ami, Here’s an official ad for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative!

I have been reminded this week several times of the amazing power of this project, so I thought I should post about it. First, by a fellow quilt guild member who gave me a huge hug at our meeting this week and noted that she bought one of my Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts and it hangs at her workplace to brighten the world. Second, by an amazing friend of mine who just trekked all the way from Central Texas to Abilene to see the Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece exhibit with her Mom. She has also purchased one of my Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts and the Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece book!

I have been honored to be a part of this adventure by contributing a quilt to the traveling exhibit, and I’ll post about other parts of this project soon.

I also created some free fabric postcard patterns so other quilters could use them to create their own Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. I will list them over the next couple of weeks. Please use them with my permission for the AAQI.

I created a general fabric postcard pattern, which includes all the stuff you need to know if you’ve never even made a fabric postcard before. The specific patterns will refer to this pattern for techniques. Download it here:

General Fabric Postcard Pattern Killer Bee Designs

And, here’s the first postcard, the Falling Leaves Postcard Pattern:

Falling Leaves Fabric Postcard Pattern

Enjoy and stay tuned for more to come!

IQA show news!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

 Posted 2/5/08

Good news! I got a thick envelope yesterday! My art quilt, Branching Out, has been juried into the International Quilt Association Chicago show “Celebrate Spring!”. I’m delighted, as I love this quilt and it’s hopeful attitude. It was selected as one of 38 finalists. I made this quilt as part of my tree series I’m working on right now, and it just happen to fit the theme of the show. I enjoy experiencing themed shows, as it reminds me of design school. When everyone displays their take on a certain idea, or set of parameters, the results are so diverse! So, if you’re attending the show in Chicago, IL from April 11-13, stop by my quilt!


5/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Posted 2/4/08

I was so enamored with the block print I created last week, that I wanted to work with the stamp again this week. I also have a (messy) habit of saving scraps of things that I think I can work into my fiber art. For example, interesting scrap papers, wrappers, plastics, bags, etc. My poor kitchen counter is on overload, so I decided to try to use some of my findings this week.

I took a brown paper bag and stamped it using my block with three colors of paint. I thought it was quite lovely and took a lot of convincing myself that it was okay to cut it up, because I could always make something similar later!


I also painted the backs of several corrugated coffee cup sleeves in the same paint colors. I gathered some tiny scraps from a quilted collage piece I just finished for Virginia Spiegel’s Collage Mania fundraiser (images to come really soon.) Lastly, I grabbed a beautiful World Market patterned brown paper bag and cut it into strips. Here’s the final composition! In the end, I didn’t make a very big dent in the stuff accumulated on my counter, but that’s par for the course!