Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

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50/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Posted 12/11/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 50/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. WOW! We are nearing the end of the year quickly, sorry for the many catch up postings of journal quilts the last couple of weeks. I’m headed away from my keyboard for a bit, so I’m just getting things in order!

This piece is really silly, but I still really like it. I have created pounds and pounds of scraps this year, and as my studio can attest to, I have difficulty throwing away even small pieces of colorful creations.  This piece is simply created with edges of trimmed ACEO’s, reassembled quilts, journal quilts, and other pieces I created this year. I narrowed this piece down to a ruling of only yellow, purple, and green scraps. The background is white, as many of the pieces I created this year were backed with muslin so I can sign and label them. It has nice depth to it because the scraps contain either batting or peltex interfacing. After I fused the scraps to the interfacing, I just quilted the piece vertically with lines in a yellow variegated thread. This piece holds memories of a great year of creating in 2008!

49/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Posted 12/10/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 49/52 2008, 6″ x 8.  This is the second piece that I will be donating to the Artist’s Valentine project. It’s funny how I will think a piece of surface designed fabric is a failed experiment and then later find the perfect way to use it. This red background piece is an experiment I didn’t really think worked out. I was working with a new water based resist product and I didn’t like the way the red paint bled into the areas that were supposed to be white. For this piece, though, I like the contrast between the crisp teal/blue hearts I painted on next to the fuzziness of the red spirals. I used freezer paper templates to create the painted hearts.  For the quilting on this piece, I got to play with a new toy from the Houston International Quilt Festival.  I purchased a circular attachment for my Bernina. Now, before you criticize the unevenness of the stitch lengths or that some shapes are spirals and not circles, this is not the fault of the attachment! I tried some regular circles (which were perfect by the way.) But I also tried using the attachment the “wrong” way and got awesome spirals.  To finish this piece, I fused a piece of fabric to the back of the interfacing and zig zagged the edges.

48/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Posted 12/9/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 48/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. It’s the end of the year, and I’m all engrossed with the larger quilt I’m making! This is good, but sometimes it makes my brain a little full for ideas for new weekly journal quilts. I decided to make a couple of journal quilts specifically to donate to the Artist’s Valentine project. It’s a cool project that has artist’s donate valentines for a sale of artwork, and then the money is then given back to artist’s that contributed (based on a juried process.)

I started this piece by sewing a brown paper bag with red stamped images on it to a red and white print fabric for the base. I then added red tulle in crossways strips across the piece and sewed them down. Then, the REALLY fun part started! I cut up some treasured red and white coffee cup sleeves from a holiday series that Starbucks did a couple of years ago. I crazy pieced all the little pieces without logos from the coffee cup sleeves  together with red zig zag stitches on my sewing machine. When I had a large enough piece to work with, I cut this piece into a heart and sewed it to the based piece. I fused a back on and zig zagged the edges to finish.

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.

46/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Posted 12/4/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 46/52 2008, 6″ x 8″.  This is an exploration of techniques for a larger piece that I am working on. As I have been making a larger version of my journal quilt 41/52 2008, as often happens, I  realized the need to make changes and alter things for a larger scale piece. I needed more depth and layers in the piece, so I decided to add MUCH larger sheer leaf shapes on top of the smaller batik leaf layer. Please note, for the purpose of this journal quilt, the brown/rusty sheer, is not in a much larger scale, so that I could actually see more of the play of the sheer layer. I don’t often work with sheers, so I am both excited and nervous. I used this journal quilt to test out my ideas about how to technically work with the sheers and this piece.

One the top left sheer shape, I tried using fray-chek on the edges, spray basting it, and putting the yellow quilting stitches over the sheer. On the top right sheer shape, I tried using fray-check on the edges, spray basting it, and keeping the yellow quilting stitches under the sheer, and adding brown solid triangle quilting on top of just the sheer. On the lower right shape, I tried not use fray-chek on the edges, spray basting it, keeping the yellow quilting stitches under the sheer, and adding brown solid quilting on top of the sheer echoing the leaf shape.

Up close it was hard to gauge, but from far away, I like the yellow quilting stitches on top of the whole piece, It feels like one more layer and gives it some more contrast.  While the sheer isn’t fraying tragically on the leaf without fray-check, I am still going to use it. The zig-zag edge stitching covers up the shininess of the fray chek, and it will give it more durability in the long run. Wish me luck!

45/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, December 1st, 2008

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This is my weekly journal quilt 45/52 2008. This piece was created by starting with a blank white piece of fabric and making watercolor pencil rubbings with various colored pencils.  For the rubbings, I used some cool plastic trays with a nice texture that my sister had that were in her recycle bin.  After creating the rubbings, I cut up the plastic trays and glued them to the piece (the shiny strips.) Then I did something silly (I had to. Really.) I glued the plastic down while I was visiting my sister. Then when I got back, I needed to fuse it to the peltex (which requires heat.) I think you know where I’m going with this. I melted the plastic.  I realized it immediately and then melted it more to make all the edges a bit rounded and more uniform. Then I stitched the piece all over, finished the edges and voila! Melted art.

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.

42/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Posted 11/5/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 42/52 2008. It was a bit earlier in October when I created it, and I was feeling the Halloween love (I am posting late!)  Anyway, I decided to experiment with both painstiks and freezer paper templates.  I used a background cloth that I had already painted with leftover paints.  We have bats under many of our bridges in Austin, so I decided to include those elements with either shapes made from freezer paper templates or by hand painting them.  I didn’t like where it was going, so I kept working it, and it got overworked and it’s still too 2 dimensional. But, I learned things about working with the oil paintstiks and freezer paper templates, so it was a lesson.  I think my final result of 43/52 is better, and I worked with similar materials and processes, so look for the post soon!

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.