Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

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Monthly Journal Quilt 4/12 2009

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Posted 4/12/09


This is my monthly journal quilt for April, 4/12 2009, 12″ x 12″. The way I figure it, April is almost over for me due to lots of things going on over the next 2 weeks, so I figured I better get to it!

This piece is created in the same way my small lines series is constructed. For this piece, I began with a background piece of fabric that I painted with blue/aqua paint with a handmade stamp. I then took a piece of purple fabric that I painted, cut it into strips and fused it to the background. I then sandwiched it with batting and backing and quilted it. Then, I cut it up into lots of pieces and reassembled them with a zig zag stitch. It’s a fun stripey puzzle to re-stitch together. I machine quilted over it some more and then finished it with a zig zag stitch around the edges.

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop.

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.

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!

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.