Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Posts Tagged ‘journal quilt’

35/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Posted 9/12/08


This is my journal quilt 35/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. I’m still exploring this tree with a purple halo on stripes idea. I was thinking it would be my next large piece, but I may just start something else this weekend and keep percolating this idea. I wasn’t quite sold on my journal quilt 24/52 2008, so I wanted to revisit it. Here is 35/52 (left) side by side with 24/52 (right):


The current piece is darker/subtler in contrast than 24/52, which isn’t totally what I wanted out of it, but I still enjoy it. This piece was created by starting with a painted cloth background which I stamped with lumiere paints. Then, I fused strips of batik onto the background. I zigzag stitched their raw edges down, and then stitched the purple organza halo on top. Next, I fused the solid purple tree down and stitched all around the edges of the silhouette. I quilted the piece in a linear pattern in the center and “ditches” of the batik stripes with orange and green variegated threads. I backed it with a piece of hand dyed fabric and finished the piece with a zigzag stitch around the edges.


32/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Posted 8/19/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 32/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. I needed some fabric sunshine! Art helps keep me sane in general, and this piece I made to work out some negative energy I had going on. This piece began when I was rummaging through things in the studio, and I saw the yellow/orange piece of hand-dyed fabric. (Thank you Laura Wasilowski!) I was feeling tired and frustrated, as well as annoyed with a rainy day, and the piece of fabric immediately resonated the yellow brightness I wanted to feel as well as the orange fire of angst I was dealing with. I decided that a background of a piece of green and blue fabric that I had painted would be a nice start to embody the earth. I then cut and fused the sun and rays to extend into the world. I stitched a wobbly spiral in the center of the sun to show that one good (and even imperfect) thing can work it’s way out to reach many places. I also stitched wavy quilting lines on top of the sun motif, fused over dyed fabric to the back of the piece, and lastly zigzagged the raw edges. Now, THAT is a journal quilt!

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

25/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Posted 6/27/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 25/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. The background was created with two different batiks, placed on a skewed grid. I placed little fused circles of one of the batiks and the Alexander Henry Tatsu print on top of the background to create the composition. I quilted across the piece on the altered grid. I really enjoy all the shades of purple!

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

24/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Posted 6/18/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 24/52 2008, 6″ x 8″.

This piece looks a little shiny in the photo…because it is!  I created this journal quilt as a study for the next big quilt in my tree series.  The background of this quilt is a wipe rag from some purple painting and stamping that I created using shimmery Lumiere paints. I then layered batik free cut strips on top and fused them down.  I also zigzagged the edges to the Peltex base and straight stitched them with a nice thick variegated Sulky thread.  I then spray basted a purple organza circle down for the halo of the tree.  Lastly, I cut a tree out of fabric that I created with a stamp I designed.  I fused this down and then zigzagged all around the halo and tree.

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

23/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Posted 6/13/08


This is my 23/52 2008 weekly journal quilt, 6″ x 8″.  This piece was created with an awesome print fabric that I used in my most recent large quilt.  In the large quilt, I mutilated it so that you can’t see the beauty of the design of the print, which is showcased in this piece.  Alexander Henry rocks.  I can walk into a fabric store, gravitate towards my favorite print, and inevitably, it will be by Alexander Henry.  For this artwork, I started with 3 plain cotton solid fabrics, layered some circles in the Tatsu print, added some more black lines, and voila!  I fused all the pieces down, stitched over the design on a curved angle with purple and orange thread, fused on a back layer of fabric, and lastly zigzagged the edges.

This piece is available for $30 in my Etsy shop.

22/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Posted 6/8/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 22/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. This little piece is made with some of the last little bits of a favorite green leafy print. I was looking to make something with some graphic **POW** this week to it, and this definitely is not a shy piece. I fused the green and black pieces to the whole cloth red background. The veins on the leaves are the top layer and were laid on like a “web” over the leaf piece.

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