Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Posts Tagged ‘Recycled’

18/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Posted 5/11/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 18/52 2008. I’m posting later than normal, as I was a bit crazy last week finishing an art quilt entry for a special exhibit for HIQF this fall. I was working until literally the last hour to get things submitted. Yikes!

This journal was a fun journey to a new technique for me. I fused plastic bags together to make an 8-ply “fabric”. You can see a tutorial for this technique here. It took a little work to get the fusing process right, but it was exciting to reuse plastic bags for an art purpose. After I fused the bags together, I cut them up into strips and overlaid them on a background piece. The different patterns and textures shown are created by using the fronts and reverse of bags, as well as varied printed patterns and open solid areas on the bags. I then zigzagged the pieces together and quilted the piece to an interfacing base for stability.

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

5/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Posted 2/4/08

I was so enamored with the block print I created last week, that I wanted to work with the stamp again this week. I also have a (messy) habit of saving scraps of things that I think I can work into my fiber art. For example, interesting scrap papers, wrappers, plastics, bags, etc. My poor kitchen counter is on overload, so I decided to try to use some of my findings this week.

I took a brown paper bag and stamped it using my block with three colors of paint. I thought it was quite lovely and took a lot of convincing myself that it was okay to cut it up, because I could always make something similar later!


I also painted the backs of several corrugated coffee cup sleeves in the same paint colors. I gathered some tiny scraps from a quilted collage piece I just finished for Virginia Spiegel’s Collage Mania fundraiser (images to come really soon.) Lastly, I grabbed a beautiful World Market patterned brown paper bag and cut it into strips. Here’s the final composition! In the end, I didn’t make a very big dent in the stuff accumulated on my counter, but that’s par for the course!