Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Posts Tagged ‘Art Quilt’

Quilt National 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Posted May 30, 2011


Greek: 72″H x 54″W x 2″D

Greetings! I have just returned from the great adventure of the opening of Quilt National 2011. This is my piece, Greek, that you can view at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio until September 5, 2011.  It is such an honor to be a part of this amazing exhibition. I was a first time exhibitor, as were about half of the exhibitors for this biennial. The quality and breadth makes for a really engaging exhibit. While the book/catalog is wonderful, it is so much more amazing to see the pieces in person.


Greek was awarded the “Most Innovative Use of the Medium”, which is generously sponsored by the Friends of FiberArt International. What a pleasure.

I met the most wonderful art quilters and friends of textile art!  People streamed in from all over the globe for the event. We had pieces from 13 countries and 22 states in the exhibit. 88 quilts are exhibited (85 are juried in), chosen by 3 wonderful jurors, from a sea of over 1000 entries.


Lastly, here is my piece and my very own sold sticker! I was delighted to meet the curator and collectors that purchased Greek for their collection.  What a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to get to my studio tomorrow and start on a new piece!


The delightful Judy Kirpich, fellow fiber artist that I met at a Nancy Crow workshop, has the honor of having her piece, Circles No. 4, grace the cover of the book.  Order your catalog of the exhibit here.

It takes a village

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Posted 5/10/11


A lovely group of fiber artists, led and curated by the fabulous Kathy York, have created a group fiber exhibit: “It takes a village”. I hope you get to see it in person soon at a venue near you! We were each invited to make a unique house for the village. I was truly delighted to make something really fun and whimsical!  As I searched for an idea, I knew I had found it when I decided to make a tree house.


My tree house is nestled into two trees, structurally created with Peltex interfacing. I used my own hand dyed fabrics, as well as some commercial batiks that I over painted to get them to the color and surface texture that I wanted. The tree leaves were created with my dyed cotton batting and commercial black and white print fabrics, backed with interfacing.

Any house of mine needs a skull banner to be inhabitable. However, my favorite part is the rope ladder! I hope you enjoy your studio tour of our village.

Check out all of the contributing artists and their lovely work. Join us for the rest of our blog tour!

Susan Else (website) May 2

Frances Holliday Alford May 3

Pamela Allen (website) May 4

Frieda Anderson May 5

Lisa Call May 6

Jane Davila May 9

Naomi Adams May 10

Jamie Fingal May 11

Barb Forrister May 12

Vickie Hallmark May 13

Connie Hudson May 16

Leslie Jenison May 17

Sherri McCauley May 18

Judy Perez May 19

Melanie Testa May 20

Laura Wasilowski May 23

Kathy York May 24

7/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Posted 2/20/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 7/52 2008. I created the background design with a speedycut stamp that I designed. This is the area with the lime green paint. The purple stamped area is a commercial stamp I picked up. I enjoy the effect created with the speedycut stamp by rotating and staggering it. It created some fun new organic shapes and spatial relationships. The quilting lines were guided by the lines of the purple stamped area.

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!

IQA show news!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

 Posted 2/5/08

Good news! I got a thick envelope yesterday! My art quilt, Branching Out, has been juried into the International Quilt Association Chicago show “Celebrate Spring!”. I’m delighted, as I love this quilt and it’s hopeful attitude. It was selected as one of 38 finalists. I made this quilt as part of my tree series I’m working on right now, and it just happen to fit the theme of the show. I enjoy experiencing themed shows, as it reminds me of design school. When everyone displays their take on a certain idea, or set of parameters, the results are so diverse! So, if you’re attending the show in Chicago, IL from April 11-13, stop by my quilt!


1/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Posted 1/18/08

First Weekly Textile Art Piece by artist Naomi S Adams

This is my first weekly quilt of 2008, aptly named 1/52 2008. :) I started using small journal quilts in 2007 to try new techniques, explore larger art quilt themes on a smaller scale, and have some fun with surface design. I think it was a valuable growth experience last year, so I have decided to continue in 2008. For more about weekly quilts, check out Jeanne Williamson, an amazing mixed media artist who has been doing this for years.

My personal agreements for this 2008 project:

  1. The finished size is 6″ x 8″.
  2. I should complete the quilt by Sunday night at midnight.
  3. I shouldn’t worry about it being a masterpiece!

This piece was created while I was using some eraser circle stamps I made to try to add depth to a red print I was using for my current large piece. The red fabric I was desperately trying to “fix” has since been edited out of that quilt for the greater good. :) I was also working with a piece of orange cloth and had this orange paint left over, which I hate to waste! After the paint dried and was heat set, I added fused batik circles, hand embroidered the “x’s” and voila.

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