Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Archive for March, 2009

Adam Bateman: books

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Posted 3/30/09



I can’t stop looking at it. I hope to catch Adam Bateman’s work in person, as it looks phenomenal. The linear quality and textures are just so graphic!

You can peruse his website here: There is also a bit about him and an exhibit of his work at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center that you can read about here. Thanks for sharing your work, Adam. 

Monthly Journal Quilt 3/12 2009

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Posted 3/23/09


This is my monthly journal quilt for March, 3/12 2009, 12″ x 12″, mounted to stretched canvas.

This piece started with a sketch from my sketchbook last month, and then took a different road while I was making it!  I started this piece with a purple piece of my hand dyed fabric for the background. I then used a foam stamp to print circles on the background with 3 colors of purple textile paints. I then added the two flowers by fusing fabric to the background. The purple circles are from a single piece of my hand dyed fabric that had tons of color variation in it. The green stems are from a commercial batik fabric. To finish the piece, I quilted it with wavy lines with a purple variegated cotton thread. I then zig zagged the edges and went to water the lawn. :) Happy spring!

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop.

Leaves for The Tree Project

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Posted 3/20/09


The International Fiber Collective is working on a collaborative project, Interdependence (The Tree Project). They have been collecting leaves made with fiber techniques for a tree installation.

A quote from their website: “Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries.”

Another artist noted on her blog that they will be accepting leaves past their original deadline, so I found a few minutes (i.e. got up earlier) this week to make a few leaves.

The leaf on the left was made with leftover pieces from a larger work I created last year, which involved cutting up whole quilted pieces and re-structuring them. The leaf in the middle is made from painted corrugated cardboard coffee cup sleeves that were then machine stitched. The leaf on the right was created with a leftover piece of interesting fabric that a fiber friend gave to me, which I painted and quilted. This fabric is used for disposable gowns, etc.

Thanks for the project, International Fiber Collective! I can’t wait to see the final installation photos.

A house chock full of art

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Posted 3/18/09

I thought I’d post the cute pics of our house, which is now on the market. You can peek at my art on most walls. We really enjoyed making a suburban home more fun, and certainly more colorful than most! I’ll miss my zebra wall. Here they are…












On location art

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Posted 3/13/09


My life has been to the far side of crazy lately, and it has resulted in not a lot of studio time. Our house is now on the market so we can move for my master’s degree, which is the main cause of crazy. However, I was delighted to put the last layer of paint on my current big quilt piece last night. I thought I’d share some sketches I made while at a conference this week. They are certainly not mind blowing in any way, but they help me think about shadows and lines, and the practice is great. I created them with my watercolor pencils, water brush, and sharpie in my hand bound watercolor sketchbook.


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Posted 3/3/09


Sake barrels, courtesy wikipedia and Dan Smith, photographer. First, aren’t these sake barrels beautiful?   Just amazing inspiration.

Second, have you heard of ? Go and check it out! If you are a quilt guild or a quilt teacher, you’ll want to see what’s going on. It is Ami Simms’ new project to link quilting teachers with quilt shops, guilds and others wanting to employ a quilt teacher.  I happen to have acquired a last name beginning with “A”, so you’ll see me listed at the very top! Teachers, if you are one of the first 100 to sign up, your annual subscription is only $15 for the first year. What’s not to love?
Would you like to make it easier for your guild to bring in speakers? Tell your program chair about They can find information about local, regional, national, and international teachers all in one place. Each teacher has her/his own web page with a photo, home town, a list of their specialties, the types of presentations they offer, a biography, and sometimes even testimonials from students and others.

For just $15 a year (that’s only $1.25 a month) your program chair can download a Teacher Fact Sheet for every teacher on the web site and save hours and hours of time searching on the Internet for the information they need to bring teachers to your guild for exciting and informative programs. These Teacher Fact Sheets have expanded contact information, fees and expenses, lodging requirements, contract preferences, experience, and more. It’s all in a standardized format and all on ONE PAGE for easy comparisons. Your program chair can create a reference book that will help your guild now and all year long.

With your guild’s subscription your guild will also be listed on so that people who move to (or travel to) your community can find YOU! It’s a great resource you can be a part of right now.

What a great resource, Ami. Thanks!