Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

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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.

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.


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.

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!


47/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Posted 12/7/08


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.

Giving Handmade

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Posted 12/3/08


Purple Passion I ACEO, $10,

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, . 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:

44/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Posted 11/19/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 44/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. Living in central Texas, I don’t get a lot of leaves! So when I went to visit Utah recently, I was wow-ed by the awesome colors and variety of leaves.  I made some leaf rubbings with my niece, and then made this piece as well.  I started with a plain piece of white muslin. I placed the leaves underneath and did a rubbing with my favorite watercolor pencils. I then did some more drawing on them and painted them with a wet brush. I added fun stitching to accentuate the veins with variegated threads. I added a back, zig-zagged the edges, and there you go.

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

43/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Posted 11/7/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 43/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. I really like the effect of the painstiks better on this piece! However, I didn’t enjoy where this piece was going before the stitching was added. For this piece, I started with a background piece of a treasured scrap of Laura Wasilowski’s hand painted fabric. then I fused on white fabric skulls. Next, I used freezer paper templates and used oil paintstiks to make the face and flower details. I let this dry for a few days and then added the interfacing, back, and quilting stitches.

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

40/52 and 41/52 Weekly Journal Quilts

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Posted 10/23/08


Something weird happened to my post on my 40/52 journal quilt, so I’m reposting the picture here (the blue and yellow piece!)


This is my weekly journal quilt 41/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. This was a fun piece! I really liked the design of my journal quilt 40/52, with it’s fused organic flower/leaf shapes, but I wanted to try it in different fabrics/colors.  I found a batik that really resonated with a piece of fabric that I had first hand dyed a blue-green color, and second rusted.  Together, with the rust, I like how they depict the decay of fall.  

For this piece, I stitched a spider web of sorts with purple variegated thread to a piece of fabric that I dyed and rusted.  The batting and backing were already in place at this time. I fused wonder under to the back of the brown multi-colored batik.  I cut out the shapes of the flowers/leaves from the batik and fused them to the dyed/rusted fabric base. Then I stitched over it with a yellow variegated thread. I finished it with a zig-zag stitch all around the edges. I enjoy the resulting piece and it’s colors and shapes.

So, I decided I wanted to make a larger piece based on this journal quilt. Here’s the rub. I had literally no idea what colors I used to dye the piece of blue-green hand dyed fabric that I rusted last week.  So I have spent most of last weekend and this week testing dyes and mixtures to identify what in the world I did to get that color. Lesson learned: I should really write down what type of fabric I dye, it’s dye mixture, and keep a tiny sample of the piece of fabric in my sketchbook. The picture below shows a stack of things I dyed this week. It’s only one stack, there’s more.  In case you’re curious, I did finally figure it out on Wednesday, or well, close enough.  It’s mostly teal blue with a little cayman island green.  I am about to send that piece of fabric into it’s rusting process so I can get it ready to start the big piece! 


My journal quilts are for sale for $30 each in my etsy shop.