Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Archive for October, 2008

Halloween Art and Houston International Quilt Festival

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Posted 10/27/08


It’s Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year!  This is a photo of our Halloween tree, in all it’s fabulousness.  It makes me giggle. I mean come on, there are stretchy skeletons hanging from ribbon nooses. What’s not to love?

If you’re going to be visiting the Houston International Quilt Festival, don’t miss my quilts!  One Tree Quilt and Dragon are in the judged show Quilts: A World of Beauty.  Also, Little Red Spot is in the Special Exhibit, The Sky’s the Limit. 

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will be having a booth where you can purchase Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts, a handful of which are mine this year. All proceeds go to Alzheimer’s research.  Stop in and say hello to Ami and Debbie and take home a quilt! Ami is taking 1000 donated quilts, so there’s surely one to please you.  Please check out Ami’s blogpost here for all the details.

I am also bringing ACEO’s to trade at the Quilting Arts booth.  The theme this year was holidays, so of course skulls came to visit my work! I had a lot of fun working with both paint and paintstiks in these pieces. You can see some of them in the photo below.


40/52 and 41/52 Weekly Journal Quilts

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Posted 10/23/08


Something weird happened to my post on my 40/52 journal quilt, so I’m reposting the picture here (the blue and yellow piece!)


This is my weekly journal quilt 41/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. This was a fun piece! I really liked the design of my journal quilt 40/52, with it’s fused organic flower/leaf shapes, but I wanted to try it in different fabrics/colors.  I found a batik that really resonated with a piece of fabric that I had first hand dyed a blue-green color, and second rusted.  Together, with the rust, I like how they depict the decay of fall.  

For this piece, I stitched a spider web of sorts with purple variegated thread to a piece of fabric that I dyed and rusted.  The batting and backing were already in place at this time. I fused wonder under to the back of the brown multi-colored batik.  I cut out the shapes of the flowers/leaves from the batik and fused them to the dyed/rusted fabric base. Then I stitched over it with a yellow variegated thread. I finished it with a zig-zag stitch all around the edges. I enjoy the resulting piece and it’s colors and shapes.

So, I decided I wanted to make a larger piece based on this journal quilt. Here’s the rub. I had literally no idea what colors I used to dye the piece of blue-green hand dyed fabric that I rusted last week.  So I have spent most of last weekend and this week testing dyes and mixtures to identify what in the world I did to get that color. Lesson learned: I should really write down what type of fabric I dye, it’s dye mixture, and keep a tiny sample of the piece of fabric in my sketchbook. The picture below shows a stack of things I dyed this week. It’s only one stack, there’s more.  In case you’re curious, I did finally figure it out on Wednesday, or well, close enough.  It’s mostly teal blue with a little cayman island green.  I am about to send that piece of fabric into it’s rusting process so I can get it ready to start the big piece! 


My journal quilts are for sale for $30 each in my etsy shop.

Quilter’s Newsletter

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Posted 10/16/08


One Tree Quilt, winner of the Olfa Okada Young Designer’s Award at AQS Paducah this year, is looking smashing in the November 2008 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine!  Thank you to my fellow art quilters who kindly alerted me that my piece was included in this issue.  The Olfa publicist let me know they requested permission for photo use back in April, but I thought they had decided not to print it.

Thank you, Quilter’s Newsletter magazine for including my piece!

39/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Posted 10/14/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 39/52 2008, 6″x8″. Long overdue, but I think it turned out great! I didn’t have any specific plan for this piece, except that I wanted to use a freezer paper stencil and painstiks.  I started with a piece of wipe up fabric from stamping and painting on fabrics.  I then used a freezer paper stencil of lines and a green painstik to create the vertical shapes. I added the dark purple paintstik circles with  a piece of circular waxed paper that came in some packaging. I did some stitching and decided to go and paint some more. I added the pink leaves, dots, purple dots and turquoise grass with fabric paint. I then stitched on it some more, added a back piece, zig zagged the edges and finished!

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

20×200 and Vines

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Posted 10/9/08


Vines I


Vines II

Where are my weekly journal quilts? I’ve been busy and I’m a bit backlogged on journal quilts, which I will fix up this weekend. For some visuals for now, both of these pieces were created while making a custom order. I (thank you!) was asked to create a custom 5×7 piece with the imagery of vines. I created one that I loved, and then second guessed myself and created one more that I thought was a bit more vinous and true to theme so my customer would have another option. Vines II is available for $30 here in my Etsy shop.

What I REALLY wanted to post about today is the 20×200 blog and shop by Jen Bekman.  It’s worse than in obsessiveness for me. Instead of just a techy hot deal item selling out, it’s affordable ART! I often feel like art is a luxury to purchase when our house is FILLED and I mean FILLED with my art, so a $20 print is something I feel I can justify to myself. Anyway, I’m on their mailing list so I got notified of today’s small edition and was able to snatch one up of More Books by Mickey Smith before they sold out. Thanks for sharing your art with 20×200, Mickey. Go and get on the mailing list!

Feeling the fortune love

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Posted 10/6/08

I have received a variety of delightful packages or notes filled with fortunes for my new art project, Fortunately.  For more about this project please see my previous post here.  I wanted to share one such happy event with you!  This is from my new art penpal, who recently moved away to get her PhD in a fantasy land called the big apple.  She indicated that I HAD to rip it open and not gently slide the secret center surprise out as I wanted to experience it. She is a risk taker, I am a rule follower, so there you go. I ripped it, and ripped it good.