Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

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13/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Posted 4/3/08


Here is 13/52 2008! This one was super fun and I’m working on some other pieces using these same techniques. Okay, so when I paint, I keep a clean up rag. This particular clean up rag was really intense, with lots of layers of paint, metallics, and all. I used it as the background fabric for this piece. Below is a picture of both the background and then with some 1/4″ strips of batik fused on there as well.


I applied two sets of 1/4″ strips of fabric, one from a lighter toned batik and one from a darker toned batik. Then I sandwiched it with batting and backing and quilted the sections. I made sure to make some of the quilted areas heavier and darker and some lighter using thread. You can see the difference here:


Now for the hard part.  I started cutting it up. Yikes! I worked with it until I like the arrangement, and then I zig-zagged the raw edges together to fit the puzzle back together.  Too much fun.


10/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Posted 3/22/08


Whew! Life was busy this month. I’ll do a bit of catching up on posting weekly journal quits now!

This is my 10/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt. I created a thermofax screen with one of my stylized tree images on it, which I used to paint this blue tree on black fabric.  I then trimmed it up with shadows all around the tree and fused it to the black and white background fabric.  Instead of placing a fabric circle halo around the top of the quilt on this piece, I stitched a circle halo with blue variegated thread.  I enjoy how the gradation of dots on the Jane Sassaman fabric hints at leaves falling to the ground. More catching up to come!

Making painting messes

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Posted 2/10/08


I finally cut a yard off the bolt of pfd kona fabric I ordered in January. I had a lot of fun this weekend painting fabric and I thought I’d share a peek at the stack.  I meant to dye fabric this weekend, but it turned out to be a bit cold, and I didn’t want to risk a waste of time and cash on a bad dye day! Almost all of the prints shown were made with my own stamps, with the exception of the leaves. As usual, I had some very happy accidents and surprises.

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!


4/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Posted 2/1/08

4/52 2008

Here’s a fun one…Weekly Journal Quilt 4/52 2008! I carved a Speedycut block and printed the image onto some hand dyed fabric of mine. The thread is a very elegant tone on tone variegated Superior King Tut thread by Sue Nickels. I really enjoy the texture of the print and the undulations that occur in the quilting lines on the top half of the piece. I’m looking forward to trying it on a larger piece and accentuating those undulating quilting lines. They were an unexpected surprise!

Now that I’m up to date with Weekly Journal Quilts, and my fabulous website and blog are up, I am totally looking forward to posting about lots of other things!

Many thanks to Cyberstitches Design for my new digs!

2/52 2008 Weekly Journal Quilt

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Posted 1/20/08

Second Weekly Textile Art Piece by artist Naomi S Adams

I’m still catching up on posting my first few journal quilts of the year, so this is 2/52 2008. This journal was created to test out a design I’m working on in large scale. I wanted to see how the painted green inner leaf piece would work out on the larger batik leaf. I think I need more contrast, so I’m now auditioning some other options.

The background fabrics are my hand dyed solids and I over stamped the brown branches by using the PenScore ® Magic Stamp product.

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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