Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Posts Tagged ‘Weekly Art’

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.

21/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Posted 5/26/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 21/52 2008.  Whew.  It was less frustrating than last week’s! I decided that this week I wanted to try to work with a color that I am not obsessed with in my art right now.  Pink.  I started with a beautiful section of batik for the background. Next I added the batik circles for the flower tops.  I then added some stems and grass. I fused all of this down and then went downstairs to paint it a bit.  I painted the dots around the flowers with a small stamp I made out of an eraser. Last, I painted the inside of the flowers pink with a circle from a pre-made rubber stamp, then a smaller circle in teal or purple with a foam circle.  I enjoy how the pink stamped circles have rough edges that match the batik circles.  Then, I went back upstairs (my dog follows) and quilted it to the peltex base.  I added a plain back and zig-zagged around the edges. Viola!

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

The point of weekly art and journal quilts

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Posted 5/25/08

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 Weekly Art 13/52 2008 and 20/52 2008

It’s hard for me to see a piece that doesn’t really work for me visually as a successful piece.  However, I’m sure my weekly quilt 20/52 2008 is just that.  It is a success because I tried something new, and I’ll try something new again this week. It is a success to learn from what I’ve done before!  Now I definitely know I made some good decisions on a recent larger work I made.  I was using appliqued strips like in the journals above, but I shaped the strips into big wavy lines and spirals.  I was planning to then cut them up and reassemble the piece, but decided against it. Looking at 20/52 2008, I think that the lines at angles other than right are just too much information and don’t become cohesive as in 13/52 2008.  For me, that’s the point of my weekly art. I learned something!

20/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Posted 5/23/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 20/52 2o08, 6″ x 8″. I struggled with this week’s piece. I am working on a larger piece for a show right now. I am in the beginning phase of the larger project, which for me is a fun part, but a challenging time of really trying to refine the idea and edit what is/isn’t working. I had trouble using my brain for a separate design challenge!

This piece is made of leftover quilted pieces from another recent project. There are areas painted with my handmade stamps and screen prints. There are also areas that are painted and then have small 1/4″ inch strips of fabric fused on top of the painted background. I cut up the pieces of quilt and then reassembled them and ziz-zagged them together.  Last, I fused another piece of fabric to the back and quilted more lines to stabilize the piece.  I finished the edges with a zig-zag stitch.

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

19/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Posted 5/19/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 19/52 2008, 6″ x 8″. It is basically a folded cut paper design that I cut out of fabric instead of paper! I folded the black fabric into 4 quadrants and cut out a variety of curvy shapes. I then unfolded it (yes, the fusible web I had already applied was a bear to unstick from itself) and laid it on top of a plain white background. I then stitched it to the peltex background. I decided it needed a little something more at this point, so I added a layer of black tulle and stitched it down as well. As often occurs, a happy surprise occured. I really love the stitching and shadows on the back of this piece. Here is the back of the piece held up to a light source.


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

17/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Posted 5/2/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 17/52 2008. So, it’s really no secret to most people that know me that I don’t enjoying mowing, or anything really to do with the lawn. I’d rather be inside with fabric. This week it has really rained and I really needed to mow. However, I thought it would be entirely more delightful to make my journal quilt about grass instead of actually mowing. The experience exceeded my expectations. I did mow later by the way…just in case our HOA is reading my blog.

The background of this piece I painted a while back with one of my original speedy-cut stamp designs. On the whole piece back I cut stylized grass out of a beautiful piece of batik and fused them down. I then stitched and outline within each blade of grass with variegated 30 weight thread.

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

P.S. There is a 20% off sale in my Etsy shop all day Monday May 5th!

16/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Posted 4/25/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 16/52 2008. The background of this piece is a recycled paper bag that I painted with a limey-green paint by applying it with a foam brush over a bottle protector plastic netting. I then fused down 1/4″ strips of a multi-colored batik in a grid pattern. For the top layer, I stitched down the plastic grid with a limey-green thread. It was super fun to sew on plastic, even though I kept flinching in fear of breaking my needle!

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

8/52 Weekly Journal Quilt

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Posted 2/29/08


This is my weekly journal quilt 8/52 2008. It is a whole cloth piece. I was fascinated with this commercial fabric printed with all sorts of cool bicycle shapes and lines on it. I found the fabric last year at our quilting guild’s annual sale for a buck or so. I over-stamped it with my favorite block print and some gray circles. For stitching, I echoed most of the circles in the composition with black thread. I was happy to finally use this fabric for something!  It’s one that I keep pulling out of the stack and not finding a way to incorporate.