Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

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Monthly Journal Quilt 2/12 2009

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Posted 2/23/09


This is my monthly journal quilt 2/12 2009, 12″ x 12″. I thought it would be wise to re-enter the world of improvisational piecing in preparation for my workshop with Nancy Crow in April.  I will be bringing my hand dyed, mostly solid, fabrics with me, so I tried this journal quilt using some scrap bin pieces of solid color cottons. I find that this piece doesn’t “look” like my work, which I think is mostly a result of the use of plain solid colors. If I used batiks, I think it would have looked more like my work. I used a simple motif of a hand cut “cross or t” shape and made sure to turn the cut piece 180 degrees when re-piecing it to the middle cross line. I quilted this piece with heavy black top-stitching thread.

I think the visual effect of the design makes it look pregnant, or as if it is convex and coming towards the viewer. I particularly dislike the right edge, where the crop turned out too thin. I think this is a product mostly of trying to fit it into my journal quilt format of 12″ x 12″. I’m pretty sure if I was able to have a more organic size, i.e. whatever size the piece just turned out to be, I would have been happier with the result. I am resisting my desire to paint all over this piece, which is what I really want to do, but in the back of my mind I know it won’t help.  Instead, I think I’ll move on to next months’ piece!

Another gallery opening

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Posted 2/19/09


Branching Out (39″ x 43″, 2007) is off to spend a year on exhibition with The People’s Gallery.  You can join us for a celebration and gallery reception on February 20,2009 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street.  My piece is in a lovely hallway location with no damaging rays. I can’t wait to see all of the other works!

And I would dye for love

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Posted 2/17/09


When I dyed fabric in January, I forgot to snap a pic of this piece of fabric. I had gotten out my Mom’s old Reed pleater to try a bit of shibori.  While I didn’t enjoy that experience, I took this piece of fabric and wrapped it around a piece of PVC pipe in my garage. I used some loose rubber bands and poured the dye down the sides. This was sun yellow and mixing red/fuchsia.  Even though the rubber bands weren’t tight enough, it sure created a nice pattern on the fabric.

This Sunday, I headed back to the garage to dye some more fabric. I took a whole stack of light yellows, lavenders, blues and pinks that I didn’t want and overdyed them. I also dyed some plain white fabric. Here’s what I got.


I really enjoy the saturation of these colors! It doesn’t show in this photo, but the dark orange in the center is phenomenal. I overdyed with deep orange dye onto a piece of lavender fabric. Awesome. I purchased 3 new dye colors to mix with the primaries: maroon brown, deep orange, and gold, and I think the results are great. And here’s one more pic of my stash right now, which I think is a better range to take to my Nancy Crow workshop! Yes, there’s a lot of red, but I love red! The second photo is my stash after my January dye session. I know, I didn’t arrange the colors the same way, oops. But you can definitely see improvement.


After February dye session


After January dye session


“Before” fabrics


Copper Shade Tree Gallery Opening

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Posted 2/9/09


Detail, Lines IV, 13″ x 13″

What a great opening! I attended the opening reception for the Copper Shade Tree Gallery on Friday, and met an amazing group of artists! This show includes work of many wonderful fiber artists, whose work is diverse and interesting. I am excited to find their blogs and see more of these artist’s journeys. It was a real pleasure to attend and have my work as a part of the exhibit. Artwork that didn’t get snatched up at the opening will be up on their website this week!

Thank you, Gerald and Debbie for a great show.  “It’s not a quilt…or is it?” will be available through February 28, 2009.

Artist Statement and news!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Posted 2/2/09


I have the wonderful opportunity of starting my Masters in Fine Arts, in Studio Arts: Fibers in Fall 2009 at the University of North Texas!

In preparation for going back to school (with grey hair might I add), I have the task of finding a way to pay for it. :) This photo is of a very brave scholarship application.  I have never shared my sketchbook in a public forum like this, but it’s a new year. It sounded so clinical when I wrote my artist statement with just words, so this is my attempt to provide an artist statement in a less stodgy, written form. This particular scholarship and request included a lot of requests about personal/biographical information such as hometown, interests and hobbies, etc. This was my compromise: part written, part drawn. My only hope is that next year when I apply again, they don’t remember my attempt this year as totally tragic.