Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

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Free Fabric Postcard Patterns

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Posted 4/14/08



All of the Killer Bee Designs Free Fabric Postcard Patterns are now listed on one page on my website. You can find and download them here. If you are new to making fabric postcards, please read the General Fabric Postcard Instructions first.

Please feel free to use them for your own use or for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. You can make a difference by making a small quilt or fabric postcard and donating it to the AAQI for the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project.

I have pledged to donate enough quilts to AAQI to bring in $1000 for the cause. Thanks to generous donors who have purchased my quilts, I have helped raise $605 to date. Here is a link to the page of the quilts I have donated: Naomi’s $1000 promise page.

Some of my quilts are for sale right NOW as part of the Mother’s Day Fabric Postcard Sale. Mine are #1062, 2090, and 2091.

However, even cooler is that my sister and tiny nieces and nephews made some fabric postcards, which are also for sale! Theirs are #2140-2145. Check out the press release here.


Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative – March Quilt Auctions

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Posted 3/1/08


One of the little quilts I have donated to Ami Simms as part of the AAQI Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts fundraiser is up for auction this month.  This is #2089, Leafy Green.  You can see all 29 quilts up for auction this month here. All money used to purchase quilts is used for Alzheimer’s research. Bid for a cause!

Width: 8.75″   Length: 9.75″
Materials/Techniques: Cotton solid and print; hand stamped, machine quilted, zigzagged edges.
Artist’s Statement: I used leaf and bubble wrap stamps to create this whole cloth quilt.

Alliance for American Quilts Quilter’s S.O.S. Interview

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Posted 2/24/08

Karen Musgrave, a fellow artist from the Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece exhibit, has been kind enough to interview me for the Alliance for American Quilts Quilter’s S.O.S. – Save Our Stories archives. She is a volunteer for this amazing project that helps document our quilting heritage. As I went through this interview process, I realized how interesting it will be for me to look back in a few years on this snapshot of my ideas and process at this point in my progression as a textile artist. Pretty cool if you ask me. Thanks, Karen, you are amazing!

You can read the interview and see a photo of my quilt, Lost Moments, here.

Collage Mania II

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Posted 2/11/08

Virginia Spiegel is doing an awesome fundraiser for Fiber Arts for a Cause (FFAC) to support the American Cancer Society (ACS) called Collage Mania II. If you don’t know of her work, please check out her website and blog. This post includes images of my four collages that have been accepted for the fundraiser. You’ll have a chance to purchase them May 5-6, 2008. Only $80 min. donation per collage on May 5th “Gold Donor Day” or $40 min. donation per collage on May 6th. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you! If you are an artist, then by all means, I encourage you to make one. I meant to make one, and then I made two. And then, I had two lonely pieces of 8″ x 10″ mat board just sitting there staring at me. Seriously, every time I passed them, they stared at me. Yes, I am neurotic, and ended up submitting four collages. :) Hopefully, they will bring in at least $160 for the ACS.

I really like to work small!  All of these collages are spin offs of ideas explored in previous weekly art experiments.


Vices, 2008




Circles, 2008


Onions, 2008


Branches, 2008


Free Fabric Postcard Patterns ~ General Pattern and Falling Leaves

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008


Posted 2/6/08

Okay, Ami, Here’s an official ad for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative!

I have been reminded this week several times of the amazing power of this project, so I thought I should post about it. First, by a fellow quilt guild member who gave me a huge hug at our meeting this week and noted that she bought one of my Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts and it hangs at her workplace to brighten the world. Second, by an amazing friend of mine who just trekked all the way from Central Texas to Abilene to see the Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece exhibit with her Mom. She has also purchased one of my Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts and the Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece book!

I have been honored to be a part of this adventure by contributing a quilt to the traveling exhibit, and I’ll post about other parts of this project soon.

I also created some free fabric postcard patterns so other quilters could use them to create their own Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. I will list them over the next couple of weeks. Please use them with my permission for the AAQI.

I created a general fabric postcard pattern, which includes all the stuff you need to know if you’ve never even made a fabric postcard before. The specific patterns will refer to this pattern for techniques. Download it here:

General Fabric Postcard Pattern Killer Bee Designs

And, here’s the first postcard, the Falling Leaves Postcard Pattern:

Falling Leaves Fabric Postcard Pattern

Enjoy and stay tuned for more to come!

5/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Posted 2/4/08

I was so enamored with the block print I created last week, that I wanted to work with the stamp again this week. I also have a (messy) habit of saving scraps of things that I think I can work into my fiber art. For example, interesting scrap papers, wrappers, plastics, bags, etc. My poor kitchen counter is on overload, so I decided to try to use some of my findings this week.

I took a brown paper bag and stamped it using my block with three colors of paint. I thought it was quite lovely and took a lot of convincing myself that it was okay to cut it up, because I could always make something similar later!


I also painted the backs of several corrugated coffee cup sleeves in the same paint colors. I gathered some tiny scraps from a quilted collage piece I just finished for Virginia Spiegel’s Collage Mania fundraiser (images to come really soon.) Lastly, I grabbed a beautiful World Market patterned brown paper bag and cut it into strips. Here’s the final composition! In the end, I didn’t make a very big dent in the stuff accumulated on my counter, but that’s par for the course!