Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Archive for December, 2008

Prague

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Posted 12/31/08

First, the reason for my recent trip to Prague, which was to visit my sister’s family, to include these two little munchkins, V and M. I was invited to come over and help my sister out, due to their newest arrival, little E.  The new little bundle is my eighth (and not last) niece/nephew.

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We had tons of fun, and I also got to see the lovely city of Prague. I am including a few pics of the city. A bit later I’ll post more of the pictures that are very useful for my art. I caught quite a few detail shots of some beautiful details.  Enjoy the glimpse.

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The City!

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The beautiful Art Nouveau Municipal House, Alfonse Mucha

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Buildings at Old Town Square

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Okay, so one detail shot. This was a crazy door! Love it. Happy New Year!

What to do at the airport?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Posted 12/29/08

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I just got back! Whew, a trip to Prague, Czech Republic and then quickly to Galveston, TX. It’s good to be back and I’ll post pics of my trip to Prague soon.

For now, I’ll leave you with what I did while sitting on planes, at airports, and in hotels.  I caught up on some embroidery that I never do when I have access to my sewing machine. These are all embroidery patterns from the fabulous Jenny Hart, an Austin original, of Sublime Stitching fame.  I am actually keeping the two kitchen towels (rare indeed) and the little adorable sushi kid’s shirt will be a gift to lovely set of friends.

50/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Posted 12/11/08

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This is my weekly journal quilt 50/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. WOW! We are nearing the end of the year quickly, sorry for the many catch up postings of journal quilts the last couple of weeks. I’m headed away from my keyboard for a bit, so I’m just getting things in order!

This piece is really silly, but I still really like it. I have created pounds and pounds of scraps this year, and as my studio can attest to, I have difficulty throwing away even small pieces of colorful creations.  This piece is simply created with edges of trimmed ACEO’s, reassembled quilts, journal quilts, and other pieces I created this year. I narrowed this piece down to a ruling of only yellow, purple, and green scraps. The background is white, as many of the pieces I created this year were backed with muslin so I can sign and label them. It has nice depth to it because the scraps contain either batting or peltex interfacing. After I fused the scraps to the interfacing, I just quilted the piece vertically with lines in a yellow variegated thread. This piece holds memories of a great year of creating in 2008!

49/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Posted 12/10/08

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This is my weekly journal quilt 49/52 2008, 6″ x 8.  This is the second piece that I will be donating to the Artist’s Valentine project. It’s funny how I will think a piece of surface designed fabric is a failed experiment and then later find the perfect way to use it. This red background piece is an experiment I didn’t really think worked out. I was working with a new water based resist product and I didn’t like the way the red paint bled into the areas that were supposed to be white. For this piece, though, I like the contrast between the crisp teal/blue hearts I painted on next to the fuzziness of the red spirals. I used freezer paper templates to create the painted hearts.  For the quilting on this piece, I got to play with a new toy from the Houston International Quilt Festival.  I purchased a circular attachment for my Bernina. Now, before you criticize the unevenness of the stitch lengths or that some shapes are spirals and not circles, this is not the fault of the attachment! I tried some regular circles (which were perfect by the way.) But I also tried using the attachment the “wrong” way and got awesome spirals.  To finish this piece, I fused a piece of fabric to the back of the interfacing and zig zagged the edges.

48/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Posted 12/9/08

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This is my weekly journal quilt 48/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. It’s the end of the year, and I’m all engrossed with the larger quilt I’m making! This is good, but sometimes it makes my brain a little full for ideas for new weekly journal quilts. I decided to make a couple of journal quilts specifically to donate to the Artist’s Valentine project. It’s a cool project that has artist’s donate valentines for a sale of artwork, and then the money is then given back to artist’s that contributed (based on a juried process.)

I started this piece by sewing a brown paper bag with red stamped images on it to a red and white print fabric for the base. I then added red tulle in crossways strips across the piece and sewed them down. Then, the REALLY fun part started! I cut up some treasured red and white coffee cup sleeves from a holiday series that Starbucks did a couple of years ago. I crazy pieced all the little pieces without logos from the coffee cup sleeves  together with red zig zag stitches on my sewing machine. When I had a large enough piece to work with, I cut this piece into a heart and sewed it to the based piece. I fused a back on and zig zagged the edges to finish.

47/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Posted 12/7/08

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This is my weekly journal quilt 47/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. This was a really fun piece to make. I had no plan, and just took it as it came. I started with a full cloth background of the yellow batik with limey green spots. I added leftover pieces from cutting the leaves on 46/52 2008. (Those leaves create a lot of leftovers!) Then I cut a sponge in the shape of one of the tiny teardrop shapes on the batik and stamped on the piece with orange paint. I then used an eraser tip to paint green dots on the piece. I knew it needed something else, so I started painting branches in green, which turned into tree shapes. I finished the piece off with quilting in yellow and green variegated threads. I put a plain back on it and zigzagged the edges.  My husband says it looks like an underwater view of coral and seaweed, which I can totally see.

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

46/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Posted 12/4/08

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This is my weekly journal quilt 46/52 2008, 6″ x 8″.  This is an exploration of techniques for a larger piece that I am working on. As I have been making a larger version of my journal quilt 41/52 2008, as often happens, I  realized the need to make changes and alter things for a larger scale piece. I needed more depth and layers in the piece, so I decided to add MUCH larger sheer leaf shapes on top of the smaller batik leaf layer. Please note, for the purpose of this journal quilt, the brown/rusty sheer, is not in a much larger scale, so that I could actually see more of the play of the sheer layer. I don’t often work with sheers, so I am both excited and nervous. I used this journal quilt to test out my ideas about how to technically work with the sheers and this piece.

One the top left sheer shape, I tried using fray-chek on the edges, spray basting it, and putting the yellow quilting stitches over the sheer. On the top right sheer shape, I tried using fray-check on the edges, spray basting it, and keeping the yellow quilting stitches under the sheer, and adding brown solid triangle quilting on top of just the sheer. On the lower right shape, I tried not use fray-chek on the edges, spray basting it, keeping the yellow quilting stitches under the sheer, and adding brown solid quilting on top of the sheer echoing the leaf shape.

Up close it was hard to gauge, but from far away, I like the yellow quilting stitches on top of the whole piece, It feels like one more layer and gives it some more contrast.  While the sheer isn’t fraying tragically on the leaf without fray-check, I am still going to use it. The zig-zag edge stitching covers up the shininess of the fray chek, and it will give it more durability in the long run. Wish me luck!

Giving Handmade

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Posted 12/3/08

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Purple Passion I ACEO, $10, http://killerbeedesigns.etsy.com

There’s still time to make or buy handmade for the holidays! I personally enjoy a bit of affordable art like my ACEO above, but I am certainly giving all sorts of other types of handmade items this holiday.

So if you need ideas there is a great site that promotes a BUNCH of crafty moms,  www.sewmamasew.com . They are having a HUGE giveaway today. Check out the list here

I am partial to my sister who is a member of this group, so be sure to check her out here and enter to win one of her patterns: http://pukingpastilles.com

45/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, December 1st, 2008

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This is my weekly journal quilt 45/52 2008. This piece was created by starting with a blank white piece of fabric and making watercolor pencil rubbings with various colored pencils.  For the rubbings, I used some cool plastic trays with a nice texture that my sister had that were in her recycle bin.  After creating the rubbings, I cut up the plastic trays and glued them to the piece (the shiny strips.) Then I did something silly (I had to. Really.) I glued the plastic down while I was visiting my sister. Then when I got back, I needed to fuse it to the peltex (which requires heat.) I think you know where I’m going with this. I melted the plastic.  I realized it immediately and then melted it more to make all the edges a bit rounded and more uniform. Then I stitched the piece all over, finished the edges and voila! Melted art.