Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Archive for April, 2008

Collage Mania Preview Week

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Posted 4/29/08


Onions, 2008, Naomi S. Adams

Check out the 235 donated collages that you could purchase next week on Virginia Spiegel’s site! There are 21 pages of gorgeous collages to choose from. You can read about the 4 collages I donated here.

Collage Mania II opens Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. (collages for a donation of at least $80) and continues May 6 (collages for a donation of at least $40). Thanks to the generosity of the donating artists, 100% of the proceeds are donated directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.

There are so many collages that I am drooling over, but I’ll just blog about one I keep returning to. It’s just so colorful and bright! Check out Gerrie Congdon’s Kimono Collage. You have to scroll down to find it, as Virginia wants everyone to peruse as much art as possible and donate $$ for some collages! Happy collaging.

16/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Posted 4/25/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 16/52 2008. The background of this piece is a recycled paper bag that I painted with a limey-green paint by applying it with a foam brush over a bottle protector plastic netting. I then fused down 1/4″ strips of a multi-colored batik in a grid pattern. For the top layer, I stitched down the plastic grid with a limey-green thread. It was super fun to sew on plastic, even though I kept flinching in fear of breaking my needle!

This piece is for sale in my Etsy shop for $30.

AQS Olfa Young Designers Okada Award 2008

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Posted 4/23/08


I’m delighted to say that One Tree Quilt has won an award at the AQS Paducah, KY Quilt Show this year! It received the Olfa Young Designers Okada Award. I am completely excited and honored. This piece is an extension of a 2007 weekly journal quilt that was so intriguing that I decided to make it on a larger scale. Go weekly art! My husband really encouraged me to make this piece on a larger scale and so he is super excited about tHIS award. :)

And yes, I can’t wait to spend the $5000 on art quilting supplies. Here’s looking forward to stimulating the art quilting economy.

If you are lucky enough to be at the show right now, please stop by and smile! All of the AQS award winners can be seen here. By the way, I would like to point out that 3 of the Alzheimer’s Forgetting Piece by Piece artists won awards in this show. Congrats to Diane Gaudynski and Becky Goldsmith.


15/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Posted 4/16/08


This is my journal quilt 15/52 2008. I decided to work with some more recycled materials, as I really had fun when I used recycled materials for 5/52 2008!

I started this piece by working from a palette of some leftover fiber pieces with the yellowey-green background and red/orange/black details. I just finished some slightly larger works, and I love to use even tiny leftovers for other things.

For this piece’s background, I painted a brown paper bag with green paint in a pattern created by painting over a plastic bottle protector with a foam brush. You know, the bottle protector that is plastic, green and stretchy and prevents two glass bottles from jangling against each other in a bag. I also painted the back of coffee cup sleeves with green paint for use as the skinny linear pieces. Additionally, I painted paper bags with red and black paint with a commercial foam stamp and a Magic Stamp I created from a household item.

Then, I combined all the components and worked out an arrangement that I enjoyed. I find it both challenging and fun to work with a limited amount of sizes and shapes of pieces, as with the leftover fiber pieces. It makes my brain work harder!

This piece is for sale in my Etsy shop for $30.


Free Fabric Postcard Patterns

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Posted 4/14/08



All of the Killer Bee Designs Free Fabric Postcard Patterns are now listed on one page on my website. You can find and download them here. If you are new to making fabric postcards, please read the General Fabric Postcard Instructions first.

Please feel free to use them for your own use or for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. You can make a difference by making a small quilt or fabric postcard and donating it to the AAQI for the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project.

I have pledged to donate enough quilts to AAQI to bring in $1000 for the cause. Thanks to generous donors who have purchased my quilts, I have helped raise $605 to date. Here is a link to the page of the quilts I have donated: Naomi’s $1000 promise page.

Some of my quilts are for sale right NOW as part of the Mother’s Day Fabric Postcard Sale. Mine are #1062, 2090, and 2091.

However, even cooler is that my sister and tiny nieces and nephews made some fabric postcards, which are also for sale! Theirs are #2140-2145. Check out the press release here.


14/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Posted 4/8/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 14/52 2008. I am enjoying the “strip-ey” effect in the small series I’m working on right now, and thought I’d try it with a favorite combination of a black and white print and RED. I didn’t quilt this and then cut it up and zig-zag the pieces back together like I did with 13/52 2008. Instead, I just laid out the whole pattern in strips, and then fused it down all at one time. I certainly enjoy the process of 13/52 2008 much more, but this was faster for sure! If you flip the image upside down, it sure looks like the American flag to me. Maybe it’s just me.

This piece is for sale in my Etsy shop for $30.

Dyeing fabric fun

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Posted 4/5/08


For some reason, I really like to see dyed fabric in this really messy stage.  I had the opportunity to dye fabric this week (I had been needing to for a while!) I was all out of the limey yellow green that I use all the time.  I got a couple of new colors, used a pfd fabric (prepared for dyeing), and used urea for the first time.  I have tried dyeing Kona cotton, muslin, and all sorts of other 100% cotton fabrics before, and I do like this pfd cotton.  I just cut it off the bolt and dyed it.  Urea keeps the fabric nice and wet while the dye is soaking in. The results are nice, rich colors. I am happy with the fabrics.  Here’s a pic of the beautiful stack. Now I am happily down to 2 yards on the 20 yard bolt I bought in January. :) It’s a great problem to have!


13/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Posted 4/3/08


Here is 13/52 2008! This one was super fun and I’m working on some other pieces using these same techniques. Okay, so when I paint, I keep a clean up rag. This particular clean up rag was really intense, with lots of layers of paint, metallics, and all. I used it as the background fabric for this piece. Below is a picture of both the background and then with some 1/4″ strips of batik fused on there as well.


I applied two sets of 1/4″ strips of fabric, one from a lighter toned batik and one from a darker toned batik. Then I sandwiched it with batting and backing and quilted the sections. I made sure to make some of the quilted areas heavier and darker and some lighter using thread. You can see the difference here:


Now for the hard part.  I started cutting it up. Yikes! I worked with it until I like the arrangement, and then I zig-zagged the raw edges together to fit the puzzle back together.  Too much fun.


One Tree Quilt to visit AQS Paducah

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Posted 4/1/08


Happily, One Tree Quilt will visit the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, Kentucky this month as a semi-finalist!  This piece was juried into the competition and will be included in the Young Designer’s category.  My Alzheimer’s exhibit quilt, Lost Moments, traveled to Paducah last year as part of the AAQI special exhibit, but it’s great to be in the judged show this year.   For more information on this show, you can check out their site: