December 31, 2010

The Promise of the New Year

A new year always holds such promise for me.  I'm always thankful that I've survived the year.  I can't wait for the fresh start.  I'm usually optimistic, even for me, about the year's potential.

My quilting always benefits from this promise.  I'm able to get over the disappointment that I didn't sew as much as I wanted to, finish more quilts, and give as much of myself as I could to the craft.  I can't wait to get back at it....

Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 27, 2010

And the Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with Care: Christmas Loot

Bill Condon's, director of Breaking Dawn, Christmas gift


The above picture is the only Twilight related gift I received this Christmas.  Isn't it the best?!  If Mr. Condon continues to Tweet pictures like this one and the one he released for Thanksgiving, I will be happy.  My imagination is wild about a possible picture and its subject for Valentine's Day.....

My (Santa Claus) husband was very good to us this year.  He wasn't going to since he bought all the kids individual gifts this year and an Xbox, but he bought our family a new T.V. for Christmas yesterday to replace the dinosaur of a T.V. we had.  (The fact that he couldn't see the words for any of the Xbox games on our little T.V. had nothing to do with it, I'm sure....)  We are now the owners of a 42" Vizio HDTV.  ooooo la la

I only mention it here because like-minded Twilight fans will probably guess why I'm excited about the gift.  Yes!  I will now be better able to experience the Twilight Saga movies in all their glory....that is if I can ever wrestle the T.V. away from the rest of the family and their non-stop playing of Xbox, etc.

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Have a joyous and blessed day!!

The greatest gift I could receive is your continued friendship......



I hope to be back soon quilting and sharing with you soon.....

December 19, 2010

Breaking Dawn Pattern: Step Three....Divide and Conquer


I'm trying to address the issues of needing an on-point block by having the block finish on point from the pattern.  If I can accomplish this, I won't have to chop off parts of the block or add background fabric to get it to do so.

The pattern above would finish on-point.  (Please ignore the black triangles as they mean nothing.)  The colors are actually reversed as is the pattern (for paper piecing).  I used my photo software to make a "negative" because it was easier to trace.

I will make a copy, use a Sharpie to trace the pencil lines, figure out my sections (hopefully the first time around), and then cut the pattern pieces out.  I'll then piece the chess board.  The chess pieces will be appliqued.

I don't know when I'll get to test the pattern, though.......

Christmas Break

I probably won't be on the blog much until after Christmas or even until after the first of the year.

My apologies......

I'll check in when I can.

December 14, 2010

Breaking Dawn Pattern: Step Two....Think Some More, Get out a Ruler, and Go For It!


There is a pattern out there, unavailable as yet for public use, for the Breaking Dawn Chessboard/Book Cover block.  I've seen the block made from it when I was a part of the other group.  I think I critiqued it a little too much and so it wasn't offered to me.  (Go here or here for a picture.)

As mine will be drafted/traced right from the book cover itself, it will be a more accurate version of the book cover.

December 13, 2010

Breaking Dawn Pattern: Step One

I'm going to have to draft my own Breaking Dawn Chessboard block.  I just need to buckle down and do it.  It should be fairly easy as compared to the Twilight Hands block that I did or the New Moon Tulip block or the Eclipse Ribbon block if I should ever try them.  I agree with how the available pattern is drafted:  paper piece the chessboard and applique the chess pieces.

The first step is to print the picture.  This actually might be a good block to make the pattern in EQ.


December 12, 2010

Quiltathon Results are Scant



Stubborn is as stubborn does......

For some reason, I abandoned years of doing something a certain way recently and I'm sorry I did.  The silly thing is that I can't even remember why I did?

Most seasoned quilters and many patterns advise one to sew a scant 1/4" seam.  Alot of shrinkage due to the amount of extra room thread and seams take up in a block will be counterbalanced if one sews with a scant 1/4" seam.  I have found this to be true, especially when sewing a block with a lot of seams (like these Twilight blocks I've been making with the checkered borders.)  For some this means just adjusting a seam guide by a thread to sew under a true 1/4".  For me, I move my needle over one tick or position to the right to achieve the scant seam.  When I did this in the past, I've never had trouble with blocks not finishing to size or finishing with blocks that I've had to stretch to be to size.

When I sewed the checkered border on the Twilight Hands block, I noticed that I had to stretch or ease the border to get it to fit the side of the block.  I knew why, but I didn't make the correction.  I had sewed the red shashing or the checkered border parts with a unadjusted 1/4" seam.  I had the same issues with the New Moon Tulip block and the Eclipse Ribbon block but I didn't stop sewing with a regular 1/4" seam.  I'm mad at myself...

I lost at least 1/8" of the Twilight Hands block and the Eclipse block--i.e. they didn't finish to size.

I switched back to sewing with a scant 1/4" seam for the second time I pieced the checkered border for the New Moon Tulip block.  I didn't have to struggle gettting the border on and the block finished just the right size.

I'm not sure how I'm going to fix things.  I have a lot of tricks that I can call on.  It's really not so bad since I'm not working with a strict setting and can fudge other things as I add more blocks.

The Breaking Dawn Chessboard block is next on the agenda.  There isn't an available pattern.  I should have made nice for a bit when it was made and I was a part of the group.  I'll figure it out from the available example....just not tonight.

I'll be sewing with a scant 1/4" seam when I do piece the block, though!

December 11, 2010

Quiltathon Weekend

I'm going to try to sew this weekend.  We have some things to get done around the house and places to go, but I think I can sneak some sewing in.  (We're getting a new washer and dryer--better to wash fabric in....  My Sarah has a basketball game and is receiving an award for player of the week!)

A note about the forum at Webs...I will be adding more content soon.  I can never wait to do things and annouce things because I get caught up in the moment.  I really want 2011 to be a year of recovery for me and a year of friendship.  I plan on exploring some different forms of quilt artistry, also.  I think many people would be surprised at how capable they would be to make their own quilts.  I have my own style and needs as a quilter, but the hobby is truly wide open to style and technique.

Any issue that I've ever had with people and their quilting has only ever been with construction and not interpretation.  (I don't always get people's work admittedly, but I know people don't always get me.)  Rarely do I think that puckered seams, holes in seams, distorted blocks that don't lay flat, embroidery that's coming unsewn.....fall into the interpretation category.  I usually chalk it up to laziness and not caring.  My dislike of such work is nothing to do with any perfectionism.

I'll update here with any progress I make or don't make with my sewing.

Saturday, 10:15 p.m.

I'm sorry to report that I didn't get that much done today.  My washing machine and dryer didn't get delivered as expected.  My husband went out Christmas shopping with the kids.  My iron bit the dust...I'm trying to talk my husband into buying me another one tomorrow.  I sewed a bit between watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime.  Oh, and I chased a mouse around the kitchen for a little while--no kidding.  (I'll spare the details except to say that I'm totally grossed out because it hid in my stove for a few minutes, I didn't catch it, and I have no idea where it is now after it ran behind or in my dishwasher.  I'm hoping the cat catches it, but if not M will set a trap tomorrow.)

As mentioned in a previous post, I did some un-sewing.  The red sashing strip on the New Moon Tulip block was screwy so I took it and the checked border off this week.  I wasn't happy with the white strip and black/white checked border on the Eclipse Ribbon block so off it came.  I ended up adding more black background fabric to the block so it's even larger, so not as planned, and will finish it like the other blocks in the series.

I can't work anymore because I have to have an iron to press.  darn it!  It's always something.....



Design Wall


Sarah getting her award for player of the week.

Sunday

I remembered I had a mini iron.  I used a bit this morning, but I'm at a standstill because it doesn't work well for major ironing jobs and my fabric needs pressing before I cut the strips.  I'm still trying to talk M into getting me a new cheap iron.


December 9, 2010

www.thetwilightquilterscoven.webs.com

Yes, it's true!

http://www.thetwilightquilterscoven.webs.com/

It had to be a the because the other was taken....but it's not even active.  I didn't even know until I tried to set mine up.  I got the idea from the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild hosted at webs.com, too.

We'll see where it goes......

Fire and Ice: Quilter's Newsletter Dec/Jan 2011

I really am working on some things that I can't update on quite yet so here is another stalling post......  I've been meaning to share this beautiful multiple award-winning quilt, not mine, here for a long time and was reminded to do so when I saw it featured in Quilters Newsletter Dec/Jan 2011.

But first.......

Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost

I enjoyed the way Fire and Ice was shared in Eclipse, the movie.  Who can argue with a meadow scene?

This is the block I made for Fire and Ice.  (One of these days I will get back to the Eclipse Quilt.....)


Isn't this Fire and Ice quilt amazing?!  Designed and Made by Claudia Pfeil and featured in Quilters Newsletter Dec/Jan 2011.



The magazine includes a feature story about the quilt and its designer.  It doesn't include the pattern, but it does give instructions on how to make the flames.  In my wildest dreams could I ever make something like this.......I'm not doubting myself per se.  I'm pretty sure I could do it if I'd ditch my fear, listen to quilting voice, act on my inspiration, and make time!

I can't stop staring at this quilt.  The checkerboard border is something I've always wanted to try and I have the instructions bookmarked in one of my quilting books.  Now I have a tutorial from the magazine for flames.  The Mariner's Compass snowflakes blocks are also something I've always wanted to try.  Do you see the diamond pieced background?!  sigh......


December 8, 2010

(Twilight) Fan Letters: Advice Needed

I have never written a fan letter.  Are most written with an ulterior motive in mind?  Does one hope to get some swag back, like an autographed picture or something?

I'm set to start a letter writing campaign because I do have an ulterior motive in mind.  I would love to get some autographs back.....on fabric.  What are my chances?

Send forth any advice one may have for me...please!  I am off to Google for any tips that may be out there for me to use.

Respectfully,

Shannon

December 7, 2010

Stalling

I had a busy Saturday and a sick day on Sunday.

I didn't sew, but I un-sewed a couple of blocks---sounds ominous!

I joined, attended a meeting, and then unjoined the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild.

I received the Midnight Ball fabric from Spoonflower last week.  I took a picture and was going to write a blog post about it--a kind of review--but I haven't gotten around to it yet.  I can't say enough about Decobot's design.  I only have some other things to say about the fabric itself.

I also have been thinking a lot about this blog and 2011.

Talk at you later.....

December 2, 2010

Eclipse Ribbon Block: Improvise

More often than not, I am forced to improvise because of poor planning.  There is way too much math involved with quilting and my lack of smarts and aversion for thoughtful planning has gotten me into trouble once again.  I will never learn my lesson.....  I'm working with half a quilting brain!



In order for me to get this block to finish on-point the way I wanted it to and not have to lose any of the ribbon, the block pictured is 10" finished.  I made the Twilight Hands and Tulip blocks finish at 8".

I will make it work in this quilt!

The other issue I didn't think about was the sashing strip of red and red/black checkered borders I've been placing on the blocks.  The red will not work with this block because it won't look right next to the red ribbon.  I'm debating with myself about what to do?!  I could frame the block with white....or grey and a white or grey and black checkered border, but it might look funny since the other blocks have the red and black.  There is also the Breaking Dawn Chessboard block to consider and it's color scheme.

I'm going to have to improvise and that's going to drive me batty.  One would think that since I have such trouble improvising that I would be a better planner.  One would think......

I gave up on the planning and just decided to start sewing this quilt, adding blocks as I progressed, but certain that I would end up with a nice quilt top in the end.  Ugh!  I'm doubting that it will turn out fabulously, but I'm going to have to work twice as hard to make sure it does with a lot of improvisation along the way.

November 30, 2010

Eclipse Ribbon Block: Working It

I never can leave well enough alone....


You probably don't even notice the difference.  I tweaked the pattern and the block a tad.  I actually had to work it quite a bit.  I came home from work today and made another corner, but wasn't happy with a couple of the fabrics and I had reversed one of the pieces so I made another.  Third time's a charm....maybe!


1st block (L), Revised (M), Book (R)

I wanted to try to get more definition in the ribbon in the lower right corner by adding more of the shading.  I did this by sectioning H and I up more.  I don't know?!

It's really hard to tell from the picture the nuances of the shading.  I hope to get a picture in natural light to see if it makes a difference.


November 29, 2010

Eclipse Ribbon (Torn Ribbon): Pride Goeth

I take a lot of pride in my quilting.....some would say too much.

I would never make it as a pattern tester.  I regularly curse patterns because of their issues and never so much as with the Twilight paper piecing patterns.  I sure hope that there aren't that many beginners out there attempting them because a beginner might be turned off of paper piecing if they thought all patterns were like them.  Some might say that I'm being ungrateful in all my criticisms or its because of bad blood.  It's not!  I just think patterns shouldn't be foisted upon the public unless they are well written, drafted, and formatted.  I have to take what I can get, but I do feel it's my duty to publish my opinion and give tips as to how to combat any issues.

There is a gently warning about pattern drift for the Eclipse Torn Ribbon pattern.  Huh?  I should have heeded the warning!

I finished the Eclipse Ribbon block tonight.  I would never give up, but I was cursing profusely by the time I was done.  I think it turned out pretty well and I'm even happy with my fabric choices overall.  (I may re-do the lower right corner with different fabrics.  I wouldn't have to remake the whole block as I would only have to take this section off and replace it.  This part of the ribbon looks like a blob because there isn't enough shading in that little triangle ribbon piece next to the main ribbon piece.  It actually looks better in person, but I still think I'd like to try to fix it.)



The block will be placed on-point and framed with the checkered strips like the Twilight Hands and New Moon Tulip blocks.  I cropped the picture of the block to see how it would look without the seam allowances.

I enlarged the pattern 60%.  I had to square the block up quite a bit with some trickery and it still didn't end up square.  (8.5"ish by 7.75"ish with seam allowances)  I couldn't tell you why...except to say that, like with the Forbidden Fruit/Twilight Hands block, in order to get the seams to match up like I liked that I had to shift the sections a bit when I sewed them.

The block finished like this before I fixed it.



I couldn't square up the block like this because I would have lost too much of the upper left part of the ribbon if I had trimmed the block even with the indented edge on the lower half of the block.



I sewed a strip of fabric along the left side right sides together, flipped it over, and then pressed this seam.  I squared the block up after this extra step.



I'm done for the night!

November 28, 2010

Twilight Quiltathon: Sunday

I'm waiting for the copy shop to open today.  It's Sunday and it doesn't open until noon.  I'm usually an early riser even on the weekends, but I slept in until 9.  I must have been tired!

The plan is to make all four book covers if you haven't guessed.  I don't have an exact setting in mind and I'll probably be sorry about that.  Hey, at least I'm sewing!



More to follow......

I'm here again without anything new to report.  I'm procrastinating and I admit it.  I've brought up all the red fabrics that I thought might work for the Eclipse Ribbon, but what I really want to do is go shopping for a coordinated pack of fabric so I don't have to figure it out on my own.

I'll be using Cat Magraith's Torn Ribbon pattern.


I've finished three sections.  I have no idea how much more I'll get done.  I've pondered each and every piece I've sewn in every section for the placement of the reds.  I didn't care at all for the way the pattern ribbon looks in the model.  I'm using all tone on tone fabrics for a couple of reasons:  the background fabric is busy enough and I didn't want eyes drawn to any particular section because of a busy print.  I'm using the book as the example for the shading to place the fabrics.

8:15.....

Darn!!!  Section D

I didn't realize until I was done with it that Piece 2 didn't have enough fabric to cover the seam allowance.  I can be such a sewing dummy sometimes.  It's next to impossible to seam rip because of the stitch length used.  I'm going to just make it again.  Time to figure out if I liked all the fabrics I used in it!

10:00

I'm typically cheered by the care I take in my quilting, but sometimes I even annoy myself.  I can't tell you the number of times that I curse the affliction care I take and wish that I could just slap things together and not think so much about every little detail.  I sure hope this block looks good when I'm done or I certainly will cry...

The lower sections look askew because they aren't assembled and attached to the upper section pictured earlier.

November 27, 2010

Twilight Quiltathon: Saturday


I got off to a slow start this morning, but I'm happy that I finally finished the block.  As I mentioned, this is the first time I've made this block.  It turned out pretty well.  I like the fabrics I used.  I only had to use one red fabric to get the shading since it was a marbled fabric that had many different shades of red flowing throughout.  My only issue with my piecing is that somehow it finished without enough seam allowance at the top of the block so I know I will lose the tip of the tulip and it will be more square than pointed.  Oh, well...  I'll try to figure out where I went wrong the next time I make it---if it's even me as it might be the pattern.  I'd also like to note that, unlike the way it was pieced for the picture on the pattern, I chose to use that little bit of green on that top part of the tulip as it is pictured on the cover of the New Moon book cover and how I believe the pattern was intended to finish.

And, yes, I used the Cat Magraith Broken Petals pattern.  The pattern went together surprisingly well....I was holding my breath while sewing the tulip as I have routinely noted how many issues I have with the Forbidden Fruit/Twilight Hands pattern.  It finishes as it should without having to making any adjustments to get the sections to properly line up.  (....with my only issue being the one section noted above)

Let's see how much more I can get done.


8", on-point

I'm about to call it a night.  I had hoped to start the Eclipse Ribbon block, but I didn't for a couple of reasons.  I'm itching to use real ribbon, but I think it might look strange since the other blocks will be all paper pieced.  I'll probably try it anyway just to see if I can do it and to see how it would look with the other blocks.  Either way, I didn't get out to enlarge the pattern nor did I have ribbon on hand.

A note on the border of the New Moon tulip block...  I didn't make a mistake in the order of the black and red.  I wanted to add interest by changing things up.  The black is in the corners of this block on purpose.



A note about my fabric choices.  I did end up using white Fairy Frost in the tulip block.  It wasn't my preference.  I am drawn to using sparkly fabrics, but Fairy Frost isn't my first choice.  I'm not that in love with unlike other people because I don't like the print that makes the frost.  The black I'm using in the border is really cool.   I think it works well with the black and grey swirl fabric I'm using for the background of the blocks.  I want to get more, but I'm not sure which line it's from.  I think it maybe Rock Candy.  The red is a Moda Marble Mate (#9907).


November 26, 2010

Twilight Quiltathon Weekend: Friday

I've decided to make this weekend starting today a Twilight Quiltathon Weekend.  (I have borrowed this term from Patchworktimes.)  It's time to stop messing around!

Check back as I update this entry with my accomplishments.

Friday:

I had hoped to have more done by now...such is usually my story!  I was interrupted again by another one of my daughter's school projects.  ugh...  (She's studying the Odyssey and has to plan an imaginary trip to somewhere using a budget.)  I've also had to referee a couple of fights.  It also doesn't help that my husband was called away on a call for his job.

Here's a picture update:

I love black and red together!


I hope tomorrow will be a better day for quilting.  I was hoping that today would be a me day, but it hasn't worked out that way.

It's late and I'm off to bed.  I managed to start another block tonight while watching a movie with the family and making a couple of quiches.  (All those Thanksgiving dinner leftovers in the fridge and already people wanted to eat something else.)  This is the first time I've made this block.  I took the original to be enlarged at the copy shop.  I found a perfect marbled red that is allowing me to use different sections of it to produce the necessary shading--at least I hope so.




November 25, 2010

Feathers! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!!


Bill Condon and I want to wish y'all a Happy Thanksgiving!  No turkeys here....just feathers!!!!!

(Photo posted at Twilight Saga Twitter with Mr. Condon's message.)

November 24, 2010

Waiting on December 4th....A Clean Slate

I've let things get messy again.  Even I can't be creative when the mess is this big.....



So, I cleaned up....




My design wall is empty, too, except for a lone wolf.

I'll be busy the next couple of days with the Thanksgiving weekend.  I hope to sneak a little bit of sewing in.  I really think Summit should have released Eclipse today.  I could have watched it all weekend.







November 23, 2010

I Survived November 20th: New Moon Quilt Anniversary



I waited for the tears to come on the 20th, but they didn't.  Isn't it funny how one can build an anniversary up in one's mind and then it arrives....and nothing!  I don't know how I expected to feel since I know I'm not over what happened.  I still have a sick pit in my stomach.  I think about people and the events all the time.

I'm asking myself if it's actually missing the people I'm that sad about?  I can honestly say that it's not.  How could I really want to be in a group where people lie with absolute intended malice and do craptastic work?  So, what am I sad about?

I miss being a part of a group.  I miss actively participating in the Twilight Community.  I hate that I've been labeled as a quilt terrorist of sorts.  I hate that not one person, despite evidence to the contrary of other things and machinations by certain members, has ever contacted ME to apologize.  I hate that I feel like I'm sewing to prove something to people that don't even care or even know that I am instead of sewing because I love quilting and Twilight.

I'm at the point, though, that I am able to think about the bigger picture.  Why is that I can't fall on my sword, accept responsibility for my actions, apologize, and move on?  Why must I insist that, even when true and just, others share in the blame before I can move on?

I know all this fuss is interfering quite negatively on my ability to quilt let alone learn from the experience and move on as a person!

November 22, 2010

Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer: Brought to You by QUILTS WITH LOVE

Vivian Love quilted the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt for the group.  I had regularly visited her blog and she had hopped over to mine at some point.  Vivian is an amazing quilter!  She read Twilight and fell in love.  She volunteered to quilt the Twilight Quilt for the group after learning about the project.

She wrote a wonderful entry on her blog about the quilt and her experience.  (Her blog is inactive for now, but the entry is still there.)

"I Was Dazzled"...by a Twilight Quilt

November 21, 2010

Volturi Midnight Ball Quilt: Update

I finally was able to purchase a yard of the Midnight Ball fabric from Spoonflower.  I was worried that if I didn't get it soon it wouldn't be available when I was actually ready to make the quilt.....which won't be anytime soon, by the way.


I purchased the quilting weight fabric.  I would have liked to get the sateen, but I wasn't ready for the price.  I wish I had thought to order the Sample Pack, but I didn't shop the Spoonflower site enough to know that it was available when I placed my order.  It's only $1 with free shipping so maybe I'll go ahead and order one.  I would like to know what all the base fabrics are like.

I'm in love with all of Decobot's designs.  Check them out if you get a chance.

November 19, 2010

Harry Potter vs Twilight....Not Really

How many people have Harry Potter Flu of the Deathly Hallows sort today?

I would have loved to take in a midnight showing or skip work today to take in a show, but I didn't want to go by myself last night and I couldn't miss work today since my attendance has been spotty this past week and will be again next week with the holiday.

I'm not here to start anything about which series is better.  I don't think it's fair to compare them to determine a winner and loser.  People in both fandoms and outside of them will continue to insist on doing so, especially as both series near their theatrical conclusions, but not me!

I feel sad that I missed out on the Harry Potter craze.  I would have never thought to read the books early on.  I didn't read anything not in my age group as an adult until the Twilight series.  My sister likes the series, but we've never shared anything in the way of getting together as fans.  I've tried to get my kids interested, but none of them have taken the bait.  (My 12-year old son maybe showing some interest as he's asked his dad to get on the library waiting list for the audio books.)  I read the first couple of books, but that is all.  I have the box set of the books on my wish list---yes, they're available at the library but they're a set of books that I'd like to have in my personal library.  I've seen all the movies, of course.  I can in no way judge the movies to the books.  I have liked the movies a lot, especially because of the movies' quality and the actors. 

I can honestly say that I was disappointed by Twilight, the movie.  I think the movie was a horrible adaption:  the way it looked, how choppy the story was, etc.  I wish that there hadn't been so much question as to how strong the Twilight series was as to its true popularity and financial potential.  I'm certain that the movie would have been a lot better with a bigger budget, different director, etc.  I've grown to love all the actors and their portrayals of all the book characters.  I also think the movies have improved with each one.  I trust that the Breaking Dawn movies will be amazing!

And, because this is a quilting blog, I have to speak about the crafty side of both series.  Isn't it wonderful that because people love both series so much that they've made all kinds of crafts, including quilts, to show their love?!  I haven't forgotten, even after everything that has happened, that it was my love for Twilight that infused some much needed inspiration into my quilting.  I haven't given up on making a Harry Potter quilt either.  (My sister would love it!)

November 18, 2010

The Story Behind the Story Behind All the Angst of Late

Just a brief note.  I'm sure everyone has noticed that I've seemed a bit more unstable than usual lately.  Really....don't fear!

I'm going through some employment and family issues lately.

I appreciate everyone's patience and support.

AND, the only reason why I dare to mention them here, AGAIN, is because they do PERTAIN to the mood and productivity here.................

I have the unfortunate tendency to start grasping at anything and everything that I can CONTROL when other areas of my life get crazier than normal.  I'm in grasp-mode right now.

F.Y.I.

Done, Again....NOT: Twilight Quilt (Reproduction)





Where to begin or finish?!

I am at the point in this whole process where I'm torturing myself with this block.  I wish I could say that I could make it in my sleep, but I can't.  The problem lies with the pattern and, I hate to admit it, with me.  It would be nice if I could figure things out with pen and paper, but I usually can't.  I've had to figure things out by actually making a block.

The latest version above has the added section at the top with the extended arms.  The block doesn't finish on-point from the pattern so one has to add background fabric strips around all four sides and then square the block on-point.  (There probably is a better way to do this, but this is the way I was instructed to do it the first time I made the block for the SMTQ.  You can imagine how much difficulty I had wrapping my mind around the process then, too.)  The top section includes the arms as one can see.  If the arms aren't extended into this section then the block doesn't look right--like the block I originally made for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt that was fixed.


So, what could possibly be wrong with the block that I made?!  All the fabrics are placed to my satisfaction or, at least, like the original and fix the areas I messed up on to my minds eye.  The match points that I like are good.

The block finished too large for my purpose, though, at 8" and it doesn't look centered.  The last block I made finished a 1/4" ++ too small.  I had enlarged the block pattern 50%.  When piecing the block the block to finish the way I like it to look with the outline of the hand smooth and uniform unlike the way the block pattern illustration shows and the way the block is formatted and prints, the finished block is affected and doesn't finish at the expected size.  The pattern I used this time was enlarged at 60%.  Duh!  It finished at about 8.25" with seam allowances before I did anything to square it up on-point.  Confused?  I know I am!!  My sewing really is like a comedy of errors...................  Can anyone say 55%?

You don't want to even know what I went through to draft and sew the top section with the arms!

Back to the drawing board and sewing machine.  It's a wonder I get anything done--oh, yeah-- that's right....I don't!

November 16, 2010

Breaking Dawn: Spoil Me All You Want

A person could get spoiled quick.....

I've been enjoying all the news about Breaking Dawn.  The pictures, footage, and personal accounts have been wonderful.  I love spoilers!  I know that not everyone feels the same way.  I don't know how anyone could resist at least sneaking a peek, though.  Honeymoon, kisses, bathing suits, sigh

I'm home sick today with two of my kids.  I'm going to try to sew today and keep up with any spoilers that might come my way.

November 15, 2010

Twilight Quilt: Fabric Find

I couldn't resist purchashing this fabric yesterday.  I love using stripes cut on the bias for bindings.  I found the fabric at my WalMart which isn't known for quality fabric, but this was surprisingly good so I purchased it.


In between engaging in a knock-down-drag-out fight with my personal demons, I haven't stopped trying to figure out some projects.  I may modify a setting like the one pictured below for use in one the Twilight quilts:

Moda You Stars BOM

November 13, 2010

To Be Honest

I've debated with myself hundreds of times whether or not to write a post such as this since I started this blog in May.  What purpose would it really serve, especially since it would drag everything up one more time and perhaps introduce a new audience to all my frailties.

I deleted the blog a couple of days ago in a fit of despair....or maybe as a result of one of my temper tantrums.  You see, I'm rather famous for my temper tantrums.  It took me a couple of hours to figure out how to undelete the blog because I have the non-.blogpsot private domain name.  I think everything's working again.

It wasn't YOU, it was ME!

A couple of my blog friends have been with me for over a year or at least long enough to have a front row seat for my New Moon Quilt/Twilight Quilters Coven meltdown.  (And, yes, I know I'm supposed to be over it and to have moved past it by now.  I can't seem to.  This problem of hanging onto things is not restricted to this situation.)  Everyone seems to have moved on but me....

Please don't misunderstand, I'm very thankful that I have the blog.  I'm overwhelmed at times, question my sanity frequently, and ponder disappearing from Blogland every other day (like yesterday).

I have to say that I started this blog without the best intentions.

I wanted to prove that I had every right to be a Twilight quilter, maybe even more so, as anyone over at Twilight Quilters Coven.

I didn't want to think they had won and chased me away.

I felt that I had even more right to the Twilight Quilters Coven name and the blog since I was the one that set-up the blog, led the charge to start the group, and was instrumental in getting the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt going.

It was my final stand in not asking to be forgiven.

In addition to all the selfish and less than honorable reasons above, I did and do still truly love Twilight, quilting, and blogging even after everything has happened so I also wanted to have a Twilight quilting blog for that reason.  I wanted to share my work.  I did have designs on making my own patterns and quilts.

Everything, including some other things going on in my life, have been really wearing on me.  I committed blog suicide by deleting the blog.  Why did I come back?  Because I'm once again very, very angry!

I've started the cycle again.  It's time for everyone to jump ship because I don't feel like I'm ever going to get beyond this.

I refuse to get beyond this.

My disgust stems from additional discoveries about my Twilight Hands block that I made for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt.  In trying to reproduce the quilt, my close examination of the quilt and the blocks has shed more light on just how far Elizabeth Mills altered my block.  Why do I care so much, especially when I'm actually glad that she did since the altered block ended up being so much better than the one I made?  I'm embarrassed to say that I was too stupid to realize it even after seeing the quilt in person.  Little did I realize at how complete Elizabeth's machinations would be?  I really care most of all, though, because of the HYPOCRISY that her actions represent.



On the left, the block I sent to Elizabeth.  In the middle the block that ended up in the quilt.  On the right, the latest block I made that will have to have arm sections added to make it look like the block in the quilt.  (By the way, I will have to remake this block because I cut it before I realized the need for the additional section on top.)




I was called out for adjusting and remaking other peoples' blocks among other things during the New Moon Charity Quilt.  I guess it only counts if I do it.  Some other people must be blessed.... to do the same things and it's okay.


to be continued.......

November 10, 2010

Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer (Reproduction): It's All in Shading

I've been super overwhelmed and busy with family life.  I feel like I'm back in high school again....with all the homework I've been helping with every night between my four children.  My oldest daughter has been studying Romeo and Juliet and I couldn't help but think of New Moon--especially Edward quoting the play in the book AND the movie.  I don't mind feeling like a high schooler while reading Twilight, but I'm not crazy about feeling like one because I'm doing homework.

In addition to all my personal drama of late and busyness, the weather is finally changing in Colorado.  We had our first snow storm yesterday with more due in the next couple of days.  I do not like the cold weather at all--it even affects my sewing.  When I'm cold I want to snuggle up not sit at my machine.  I would wear long johns to sew if I had any.  I'm also not a huge fan of Daylight Savings.  It's dark at 5 p.m. for goodness sakes!

Above is only the tip of the iceberg, but I'm trying to keep this blog as one of my safe havens so that's all she wrote.  Safe haven or not, this doesn't mean that I won't continue to critique my work and strive to make things as best as they can be.

It's no wonder that it's taken me this long to finish piecing the Twilight Hands/Forbidden Fruit block....to my slight dissatisfaction.  I finished the block tonight and it's not without issue.

My perfectionism is destined to become an issue once again.  My perfectionism seems to bother everyone but me.  Believe it or not, I really do NOT want to make this block one more time.  It's the true definition of a PIA project.

So, where did I go wrong and what do I plan to do about it?!  Well, I'm certainly NOT going to make it again for this quilt.

This is the block I am trying to recreate to the best of my ability:



It's the block I made (with some tweaking by someone else).  Some of the fabrics had to change due to availability.  I changed a couple of fabrics in the sections because I think I got them wrong in the version pictured above and, while I'm trying to reproduce the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt, I didn't want to reproduce glaring errors.  The finished block is also probably slightly smaller than the one pictured above, too.

If you plan to make this block, remember:  its' all in the shading.  If you don't get the shading of certain sections right, the hands will look like a blob and the fingers won't be defined.  Different people, including the designer, have different opinions about the shading, like where to use the grey, white, and cream fabrics to achieve the effect.  (I even think that one of the areas in the block pattern is pieced incorrectly by placing one of the fabrics as an apple fabric instead of a hand fabric.)

I will do an official write-up for this block in the next couple of days.  I want to get the block properly framed with black background fabric, squared up, and framed with the red fabric.

If I don't make it again...... after I stare at it some more.

November 5, 2010

Don't Worry

I've been posting regularly, but this week has been quiet.

I'm not sure if anyone would worry....  I'm not finking out on anyone!  I've been very busy and I've also been trying to handle some family issues.

Thank you for your patience!

November 1, 2010

Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer (Reproduction): Working Hard

I sewed a bit tonight, but I don't have any pictures to show for it for any number of reasons.....

I'm making Forbidden Fruit/Twilight Hands for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt reproduction.  I'm not only sewing it, but I'm also taking mental notes for any tips I might want to share.  I've made the block so many times that one would think I could sew it in my sleep.  I can't stop myself from being annoyed with all the challenges the block pattern presents the experienced quilter that I am even this time around which have nothing to do with any hard feelings I have from the past.

I hope to finish it up tomorrow and blog about it!

October 30, 2010

Quilting for Friends: Work in Progress or Jumbled Mess?


Now I'm getting annoyed with myself.....  I feel like I'm throwing ideas at a wall to see what sticks.

The center square is actually kind of what the quilt would look like pieced in fabric without a few of the details, like the book names in the red strip and the photos.

I see a couple of problems with including the movie sections.  Am I going to wait until I have some pics from Breaking Dawn which could be six to eight months or more and then probably only a few?

The pictures, like Bella's Truck and the lion, wouldn't be photos postitioned anyway like in the example above.  I would applique the motifs onto the (black) background fabric to fill up the space.

The white squares at the top and bottom aren't thrilling me.  They are supposed to hold quilt blocks like the ones I've made for the Eclipse Quilt.

Oh, and I really need to make sure to include the wolves....

Blogging and Update

I blog without obligation, but I generally plan on being here everyday.  I enjoy writing, and since I've all but abandoned my other blogs for most purposes, this is where I've been doing it.  I've made a concerted effort to keep my personal life out of this blog and I stand by that decision so all I have to say about not posting for the past couple of day is that I've been busy.

I have to admit that I'm stuck right where I left off on the quilts.  I tried a few things and didn't like them.  I've been in thinking mode for the past couple of days.


The sectioned areas don't mean anything.  They are just the space that needs to be filled.

I'll be busy with family activities the next couple of days for Halloween.  I'll be thinking of things, though.

October 27, 2010

Quilting for Friends: Progress

No sewing yet, but I seem to be committed to actually designing the quilts in EQ7 first so all is not lost.  I may even be making things easier on myself ultimately.  I rarely follow instructions or have a plan and then I end up in trouble trying to make things fit.

I was a poor math student in high school and it was my least favorite subject.  I laugh frequently about this as I use math more today in quilting (and in other activities like cooking, etc.) than I ever did in school or in my younger years.  I struggled through Geometry with Cs, but I use it all the time in quilting now so I think I know it better now than I ever did then.  I should have quilted in high school as I probably would have seen the purpose in learning all those rules about triangles and I wouldn't have resisted learning it as much.

I'm not having an easy time of it, though, as I'm still learning EQ as I go.  I have had many moments of frustration.  I'm not sure if I doing things correctly and I still have to figure out measurements and placement since I'm using Custom Set.  It has been nice to have been able to see things before I actually sew them.




When I started designing, 104x116" seemed huge and too impossible to be able to fill with quilt blocks.  I'm worried now, though, that I won't have enough room to include everything.  The quilt may have to be reversible.....

I've not been able to figure out how to incorporate all the details in EQ7 so I'll explain a little:

  • The center of the quilt is a picture, but it won't be that in the quilt.  I will actually piece the blocks.  (I don't know exactly how right now how I will sew all the blocks together so they look like the picture, but I'll figure it out.)  I will use my Twilight Book Cover pattern, applique or make a pattern for the tulips and the chess board.  I will use a real ribbon for Eclipse.  (My plan is for this section to measure 24x24")

  • The second row, pictured in red, will have also have the book names appliqued or pieced in the Twilight/Zephyr font.  I would also like to figure out to incorporate some book quotes shadowed or printed on the these strips of fabric behind "Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn"  Spoonflower or printing fabric with Bubble Jet Set may be options.

  • The third row, or movie film strips, will be paper pieced using a pattern that I have copied and drafted in EQ7.  The center of this block will be actual movie scenes printed on fabric.  The little black and white corner blocks are filler blocks and the actual block may change....although, I do happen to like the effect of that block.






The scary thing is that I have used about half of my space with these three sections.