Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Archive for January, 2009

New small work and a quick book/movie departure

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Posted 1/30/09


This a little new work, titled” Tin can, rusted”, 5″ x 7″, mounted on stretched canvas. It is for sale for $30 in my etsy shop.

Now for the quick departure. :) Both of my sisters, prague and provo, blogged about the following questions, and I found their answers surprising and interesting.

1. What book have you read the most times in your life?
2. What movie/tv episode/whatever as long as it’s a video of some sort have you seen the most times?
3. What person do you talk to the most?

My answers:

1. I really love reading non-fiction and arty things, so fiction and reading a book cover to cover takes a back seat. Currently on my bedside table is a gift from my sis-in-law, Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. I think most read book hails from younger years. I’m pretty sure it’s Cheaper by the Dozen, by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey and Frank B. Gilbreth. A very funny book. If it was which “author” have you read the most times, it would definitely be Dick Francis.

2. As my linguist sister noted, The Philadelphia Story is a movie I saw so many times as a kid that I have the words memorized. However, as an adult, I often keep the tv/movies on while quilting and making art. I don’t “see” a lot of the movie, but I hear the words and music over and over. I get stupid every time The Italian Job is on tv, and can’t turn it off, so I’d have to say it’s a huge contender. As my husband says, “You love a good caper.”  However, for the lifetime win, I’m going to give my full vote though to Grease, for most watched. It’s classic.  I do have a feeling Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog will top the charts one of these days though.

3. If talking on the phone counts, then my other half, who is only half here. :)

Monthly Journal Quilt 1/12 2009

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Posted 1/28/09


This is my first monthly journal quilt of 2009, 1/12 2009, 12″ x 12″, mounted to stretched canvas.

I really enjoyed the surprises that happened in this piece, and aside from the colors, I didn’t have a specific plan before I started painting. I’m really interested in a brown/turquoise/deep red color combination right now, so I knew I wanted to work with that scheme.  I started with a piece of fabric that I rusted this month, using some new-to-me rusty bolts and a rusty can that were gifted to me (thanks d & j!) I used a thermofax screen that I made to make the turquoise “flowers, and an eraser stamp to create the red dots, and I hand painted the greenery. I machine quilted it with a rust-colored brown thread. It is mounted to stretched canvas, so it is ready to display! This piece is for sale in my etsy shop. 

So, for my new 2009 journal project, here are my few simple rules: Create a piece monthly, to total 12 for 2009.  Size: 12″ x 12″, mounted to stretched canvas. That’s it! I’m really looking forward to the challenge of a square shape and a new size, all good things to work my brain harder.


Dyed and went to heaven

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Posted 1/21/09

I am getting ready to attend a workshop with Nancy Crow in April 2009, and I need to have my stash ready for creative fun. Here is what my hand dyed stash looked like before yesterday.


I took the day off from work and went to work. Here is what it looked like last night at about 11:13 pm.


There’s definitely still work to be done, but there is a better range of light to dark now.  I typically dye both light and dark at the same time, and then use up the dark colors right away, so I’m left with a lot of light to medium values!  The photos aren’t fantastic, but I got new and richer colors and many more greys and brown neutrals than I had before. The reds turned out FANTASTIC! I’m going to go back and over dye some of the lighter colors I have too many of to give myself some more options (Ahem, the pinks and the barely yellows.)  But not the limey green. I love that color and fully intend to use every yard of it at some time or another. I also ordered a few more colors from Dharma Trading Co. to round out my mixing colors (a gold and deep brown) so I can definitely dye once more before April and hopefully have enough color choices at my workshop. I LOVE the dark rich colors, but Nancy cautions to bring a full range of values, so I am taking her experienced advice to be sure to give myself plenty of value options.

For fabulously clear instructions on dyeing fabric, check out “Color by Accident” by Ann Johnston. She’s awesome.


Monday, January 19th, 2009

Posted 1/19/09


This is one of the little Priority: Alzheimer’s quilts, Rain or Shine, that I donated to Ami Simms’ project, the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.

It’s time to celebrate!  I made a commitment to donate enough Priority: Alzheimer’s quilts to bring in $1000 of revenue for the non-profit. Thanks to those who purchased my quilts, I’ve exceeded my $1000 goal!  Thank you to all those who donated $ to receive a quilt, some of you I know, and some I don’t. You can see my page of donated quilts here.

You too can donate or purchase quilts, see the traveling exhibit Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece (I also have a quilt in the show), buy the book, or get involved in other ways! What an amazing way to raise $ for Alzheimer’s disease research.  Ami and all of her volunteers rock my world.

Adventures in presenting work

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Posted 1/15/09



I’ve been exploring some new ways to present smaller work. I had a local gallery show last fall, and I was unimpressed with the way that my small pieces looked in that setting.   I attached hanging sleeves to some of my smaller work, and I don’t like it for the really small stuff.  I really enjoy working small, and the pieces are much more affordable for buyers, so I really need to find a way to present them!

I attached my journal quilt 47/52 2008 with acid free YES! paste to an archival artist’s panel. I then used a “shadow box” frame from Michael’s to house the panel so that it had some space between the artwork and the glass. This solution cost me about $11.00 for the canvas panel and frame (with the frame 40% off).  I definitely like the way it looks framed, and I like that the work is ready to hang for the buyer, but this solution is a bit expensive.

This piece just went to the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas for the “It’s not a quilt…or is it? show in February.  I’d also like to send a shout out to my fab husband for dropping them off on his trek to work, which saved me several hours of driving!

P.S. Don’t you just love the little bit of green wall peeking out the photo? I heart our house paint colors.

Review of 2008 Weekly Art

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Posted 1/13/09


This is a snapshot of all of my 52 pieces of 6″ x 8″ weekly art for 2008.  Forgive me for the imperfections in the image, as I’ve only got paint and word available today. They are arranged in order from left to right, top to bottom.

Some were purchased, gifted, donated, mounted, framed, used as imagery for larger works, and revisited in other small pieces. As I look them, and I knew I would, I hesitate to stop making weekly art this year! Many pieces I don’t consider to be successful pieces of art, but there is a progression of learning, testing ideas, trying new techniques and certainly an increase in sophistication in use of surface design techniques. The last 6 pieces I really love.

2008 was a REALLY good year! Here’s looking forward to learning as much with my monthly art this year.

Copper Shade Tree Gallery Show

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Posted 1/13/09


Lines IV, Lines V, and Lines VI – 13″ x 13″ each

Lines IV is off to the Copper Shade Tree Gallery tomorrow for the “It’s not a  quilt…or is it?” show, along with several of my other pieces.  The show and sale is February 6- February 29, 2009 in RoundTop, Texas, with 18 textile artists represented. Come and join us for the reception on February 6th, from 6pm-9pm. Food, wine, and art. How can you miss? Come on out and buy something lovely to take home with you!


Art as food

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Posted 1/9/08


Check out my side trip from fiber arts to food arts. “Fiber arts”, by the way, is confusing to people not working with textiles or fabric.  Recently, I had a conversation with a friend where I noted that I had a “fiber meeting” to go to that evening. She thought I was speaking of the Metamucil type and was quite confused that I needed to attend a meeting about fiber. I digress. Check out these lovely rice treats made into sushi art from Zoe’s Cookie Traditions.  They are super!

It is inspiring to see someone having fun in the kitchen, especially to me.  For a number of years I made a new year’s resolution not to cook, but to spend my time in the studio instead, as I often have a supreme lack of precious studio time.  I’ve relaxed a bit now, but I still feel guilty being in the kitchen and not in the studio.  Maybe I can put those hands together this year!

52/52 2008 Weekly journal quilt – Last One!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Posted 1/6/09


This is my weekly journal quilt 52/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. The last one! This picture is a bit dark, but you can get the jist of it. I used some of my new stamps that I carved in December for this piece. I started with a piece of purple batik that has been hanging on an inspiration wall in my studio for months. I added teal “stone” stamps and orange “square in a square” stamps to the piece. I added backing and batting, and quilted the piece with orange and teal variegated threads.  I finished the piece with a zig zag stitch around the edges.

I am also saving this piece for the American Cancer Society fundraiser Collage Mania 2009! I’ll take some better pics in the daylight so it can really shine.

That’s it for my series of 52 – 6″ x 8″ journal quilts for 2008. It was a fabulous year, full of art and creating, friends and family. I’ll post some thoughts soon and divulge my journal quilt project for 2009.

51/52 Weekly Journal Quilts 2008

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Posted 1/6/09


Alright, so now that the pesky AQS entry is out of the way, I can finish posting my last two journal quilts of 2008!

Here is my weekly journal quilt 51/52 2008, 6″x8″. While I was on vacation in December, I spent some time in the lovely hurricane ravaged Galveston, TX. While my husband was out flying for work, I hung at the hotel and carved some new print blocks from Speedycarve Speedycut.  Talk about trying to include all your ideas in one piece!  This piece is made up of 3 of the new blocks I designed and carved.  I started with a piece of nicely textured cotton that had already been used as a wipe up cloth and had some nice orange and yellow colors to it. I then stamped all over with the 3 new blocks in green, purple and orange textile paints. I added batting and backing, and stitched it with orange and teal variegated threads. I finished the edges with a zig zag stitch.

I really like this piece. I am going to save it for the American Cancer Society fundraiser Collage Mania 2009! It’s going to look really great mounted and framed.