June 29, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: Victoria

Eclipse Quilt:  Victoria

In the dead silence, all the details suddenly fell into place for me with a burst of intuition.

Something Edward didn't want me to know.

Something Jacob wouldn't have kept from me.

Something that had the Cullens and the wolves both in the woods, moving in hazardous proximity to each other.

Something that would cause Edward to insist that I fly across the country.

Something that Alice had seen in a vision last week--a vision Edward had lied to me about.

Something I'd been waiting for anyway.  Something I knew would happen again, as much as I might wish it never would.  It was never going to end, was it? ...

She came back for me, I choked out.

Victoria was never going to give up till I was dead.  She would keep repeating the same pattern--feint and run, feint and run--until she found a hole through my defenders.

(Eclipse, pp 79-80)

Block Details:


As much as I love paper piecing, the method isn't always suited for certain blocks.  Faces aren't easy to paper piece.  Almost all of the blocks depicting people that I've seen are faceless.  I've seen blocks with drawn on faces or the blocks just feature the face so there can be detail.  (There are a few patterns that I've seen for Harry Potter blocks at Sewhooked that do an adequate job.)  I felt that I wouldn't be happy with a paper pieced Victoria block, especially since I didn't want to just have her face.  I've also been wanting to try  a photo-inspired art quilt for a very long time.  (I can't recommend Leni Levenson Wiener's Photo-Inspired Art Quilts enough!)  In the end, I'm incredibly happy with this block except for.....her face.

I used a picture of Bryce Howard as Victoria from Eclipse, the movie, that has been released.

I cropped the block of almost all the surrounding vegation because I wasn't going to make it in fabric.  The book suggested using Photoshop's cut-out filter to simplify the photo.  I don't have Photoshop so my dad helped me with that.  This is where things get fuzzy.....  I also manipulated the photo with Martha Stewart's glitter painting application.  I'm can't remember if I ended using his block, one I uploaded to the Martha Stewart site, or a combination of the two.

Somehow I ended up with this:

I used pencil to define the sections of hair and her jacket.  The hair wasn't too bad once I got going--the most difficult thing was picking out the fabrics.  I got lazy and didn't do all the detail of her jacket--it was made easier by the awesome main jacket batik fabric I used.  Constructing the face was a big problem.  I admit to crying a lot over it.  I didn't have a lot to work with from the pattern.  I think the photo became too blurred when enlarged.  Three noses later, four sets of eyes, and different shading led me to my finished block.

I learned a lot in making this block and am willing to trying another. I would prefer the block be bigger one, though.  I also have a lot of practicing to do with photo editing.

Eclipse Design Wall and Eclipse Prize Pack Giveaway

This entry is inspired by the Patchwork Times weekly Design Wall feature. Please visit her blog to be linked to some other wonderful blogs featuring design walls around the quilting world.....

I'll be at the movies tonight!  My friend, Dawn, and I are going to a midnight showing of Eclipse.  After months of waiting and sewing quilt blocks for The Twilight Quilters Coven Eclipse Quilt to help pass the time....okay,  infect my quilting with my Twilight obsession even more...I'm down to counting the hours until I get to see the movie....  (For the uninitiated, Eclipse is also a book in the Twilight series of books by Stephenie Meyer.)

Below is a slideshow of all of the blocks so far.  Each block features a scene from Eclipse. I've only completed half of the quilt blocks needed for the Eclipse Quilt.  I'm not going to stop until they are all done.  They will be on the design wall until the quilt is finished!

Eclipse Quilt, blocks completed as of 6/28

To celebrate the movie's release, I am hosting an Eclipse Swag Bag Give Away. 

In honor of my quilting and Twilight passion, the Eclipse Swag Bag includes the After Hours Barn Raising Quilt Kit as featured at Connecting Threads that is made in Twilight colors--black, red, and white.

The kit includes the pattern and 7 1/4 yds of fabric which is enough to make the quilt top and binding.  (3 1/4 yds for the backing isn't included in the kit.  You will need to purchase this on your own.)

Eclipse Swag Bag also includes the Eclipse Movie Companion and the Eclipse Movie Score by Howard Shore.

Here's how you enter to win with up to 6 chances available:

1) Leave a comment and tell us if you've read Eclipse or any other book in the series and/or if you are going to see the movie.

2) Blog about our group and this giveaway and then comment again with the link to the blog post.

3) Become a follower or tell us you are already a follower and tell notify us by comment.

4) Leave a comment that tells us a block that should be included in the Eclipse Quilt (that we haven't already made) or one that we should include in our next quilt, the Breaking Dawn Quilt.

5) Become a Fan of The Twilight Quilters Coven on Facebook.

6) Tell me about anything you've done in your life as a crazy fan. (Don't be shy...you're in good company as we consider ourselves crazy Twilight fans.)

****Important.  I must be able to find your email address.  It must be available on your profile or you may prefer to email it to me at thetwilightquilterscoven@gmail.com

Enter to win through 11:59 p.m. EST July 7, 2010.

June 26, 2010

Breaking Dawn Quilt: Announcement

Breaking Dawn to hit theaters November 18, 2011!

This certainly isn't news to those following the Twilight world as closely as I do here at the Coven.  It is not my plan to post Twilight-related news here on a regular basis.  There are too many other sites that keep all of us Twi-hards in the know.  The only time I will probably post any news is if it's quilt-related.

Will two movies mean two Breaking Dawn Quilts?  I haven't decided....

One might think that it's too early to even start thinking about a quilt, but Idon't think so.  I will take advantage of the time to design, make the blocks, assemble the quilt, and place it with a quilter for its custom quilting treatment.  I will also make the best use of the time to properly plan for all give-to-win opportunities.

I'm always open to quilting with friends.  If you don't don't want to commit to membership, but would like to participate in any way please don't hesitate to contact me.


I will continue to update this blog with Breaking Dawn Quilt news and opportunities.

June 23, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: Fight Training/"Instruction"

Eclipse Quilt:  Fight Training

... Later tonight? Jacob pushed.

Yes, Jasper answered him.  We were already planning a...strategic meeting.  If you're going to fight with us, you'll need some instruction.

The wolves all made a disgruntled face at the last part.

No! I moaned.

This will be odd, Jasper said thoughtfully.  I never considered working together.  This has to be a first. ...

(Eclipse, p. 381)

It took me a minute, because it was too dark with the moon hidden behind the clouds, but I realized that we were in the baseball clearing.  ...

(Eclipse, p. 387)

... Prepare yourselves--they've been holding out on us. ...

... There were ten of them. ...

... My son Jasper--he gestured where Jasper stood, tensed and ready--has experience in this area.  He will teach us how they fight, how they are to be defeated.  I'm sure you can apply this to your own hunting style. ...

(Eclipse, pp 391-392)

Fighting with vampires instead of against them! Jacob mirrored Edward's tone of disgust.

Well, you still get to fight against some of them, Edward said.

Jacob smiled.  That's the reason we're here.

(Eclipse, p. 409)

Block Details:


I turned to the Internet once again for design ideas.  I knew the design elements I needed for the block based upon the descriptions and events in Eclipse:  the Cullens, Bella, wolves, a field, etc.  I also called upon the baseball scene in Twilight, the movie:  an open field in the forest.  Silhouettes were in order again.

I found this image and really wanted to use it, but I ended up going a different direction....but not before I had the block almost finished.  (The silhouettes were found online, too, but I must apologize since I can't find the link.)

I sewed the sky and field fabric to divide the block in half first, but then I decided this lacked dimension so I added the mountain and a rounded shape of the grass fabric to cover this seam and add depth and interest.  The wolf was made of a mottled brown brown and it turned out pretty cool, but it just didn't look right the way it was positioned into the sky and with the silhouettes.  My trees didn't look right, either, and the Cullens looked like an afterthought. It goes to show that sometimes and original idea needs to be changed for one reason or another. This late decision complicated things, though.

 I had to add fabric in a crazy fashion to rebuild the sky and the grassy area after cutting the wolf off at an angle.  I actually the sky looks better as pieced sections.  I added the trees in the foreground, positioned the silhouettes, and added the lone wolf--simply not enought room for ten wolves.

I used all batiks except for the dark green trees because of the raw-edge applique.  I added just a little more detail to a couple of the trees.  The only thing I kept from my original idea was the moon and clouds.

June 19, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: Bella Escapes with Jacob

Eclipse Quilt:  Bella Escapes with Jacob

When the bell rang, I got up without much enthusiasm. Mike was there at the door, holding it open for me.

Edward hiking this weekend? he asked sociably as we walked out into the light rain.


You want to do something tonight?

How could he still sound hopeful?

Can't.  I've got a slumber party, I grumbled.  He gave me a strange look as he processed my mood.

Who are you--

Mike's question was cut short as a loud, growling roar erupted from behind us in the parking lot.  Everyone on the sidewalk turned to look, staring in disbelief as the noisy black motorcycle screeched to a stop on the edge of the concrete, the engine still snarling.

Jacob waved to me urgently.

Run, Bella! he yelled over the engine's roar. ...

...Jacob revved his engine, grinning.  I jumped on the back of his seat, wrapping my arms tightly around his waist.

I caught sight of Alice, frozen at the edge of the cafeteria, her eyes sparkling with fury, her lip curled back over her teeth.

...I hid my face in his back as he sped down the highway.  I knew he would slow down when we hit the Quileute border. ...

We made it, he shouted.  Not bad for a prison break, eh?

(Eclipse, pp 169-170)

Block Details


I wanted to depict this part of Eclipse in a quilt block, but honestly, I didn't think I was up for all the detail that would be required if I made the motorcycle, Bella, and Jacob in fabric.  (Been there, done that......without the people and it was tough enough!)

I suggested silhouettes before and a couple of people actually used the idea, as if I never was the one to suggest it, so I thought I might as well use my own idea for this block when I came across a quilt pattern at one of my favorite local quilt shops.  The pattern used is Quilts and Stitches Sporting to the Rally.  The pattern makes a 25x27" wall hanging, but I only focused on the motorcycle and riders--difficult enough!  I used a black batik fused on the background fabric and then sewed very close to the edges with black thread.

I particularly like the background fabric I used.  It's a batik that has trees printed on it.  I hope you can tell.

June 14, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: Bella's Bracelet

Eclipse Quilt:  Bella's Bracelet

...  Don't be a poor sport.  I brought you a graduation present and everything. ...

Take it back to the store, Jake.  I've got to do something. ...

He stepped into my line of sight, demanding my attention.

I can't take it back.  I didn't get it from the store--I made it myself.  Took a really long time, too.

(Eclipse, p. 372)

... I didn't make the bracelet, he admitted.  Just the charm.

Fastened to one of the links of the silver bracelet was a tiny wooden carving. ... It was amazing the amount of detail involved in the little figurine--the miniature wolf was utterly realistic.  It was even carved out of some red-brown wood that matched the color of his skin.

(Eclipse, p. 374)

... Jacob Black can give you presents. ...

He pursed his lips for a second.  How about hand-me downs?  Are those acceptable?

... Don't you think it's fair, then, he asked, looking down at my hand as he spoke.  He turned it palm up, and ran his finger along the veins in my wrist.  If I have a little representation? ...

(Eclipse, p. 413)

A hand-me-down, he reminded me sternly. ...

... On the opposite side of chain from the wolf, there now hung a brilliant heart-shaped crystal. ...

... But I thought it was a good representation, he continued.  It's hard and cold.  He laughed.  And it throws rainbows in the sunlight. ...

...  My heart is just as silent, he mused.  And it, too, is yours.

(Eclipse, pp 438-439)

Block Details:


  Bella's bracelet.....

There is another pattern out in the quilting world for Bella's bracelet, but the one I used is my own.  I couldn't use that pattern, I wanted the bracelet to have more detail, and I wanted the bracelet to take up as much of the block as possible.  I drafted my pattern using the Electric Quilt software.  The block is pretty glitzy with the silver fabric I used and the gold background fabric.  I used the gold because Edward puts the crystal heart on her bracelet while Bella's sitting on his bed with the gold comforter.

First, I used Word to get the shape of the bracelets by inserting one ellipse inside the other.  Next, I used the Print Screen function to save the image to the Clipboard.  I pasted it into my photo editing software to crop it and saved it as a .bmp image as required for EQ5.  Finally, I used EQ5 to make the paper piecing pattern.  (pattern available upon request)

This is the image I made in Word that I that I imported into EQ.

The heart charm and the wolf charm are real and attached as charms to the fabric bracelet with thread.

Eclipse Quilt: Sneak a Peek

No one should be surprised that the Eclipse Quilt is on our design wall.  I've gotten such a thrill from reading the Twilight series and making quilt blocks.  I'm counting the days, minutes, and seconds until June 30 and the release of Eclipse, the movie!

Eclipse Quilt:  WIP

Eclipse Quilt: Punched a Werewolf in the Face, Lately?

Eclipse Quilt:  Punch a Werewolf in the Face Lately?

... Until your heart stops beating, Bella, he said.  I'll be here--fighting.  Don't forget you have options.

I don't want options, I disagreed, trying to yank my chin free unsuccessfully.  And my heartbeats are numbered Jacob.  The time is almost gone.

His eyes narrowed.  All the more reason to fight--fight harder now, while I can, he whispered.

He still had my chin--his fingers holding too tight, till it hurt--and I saw the resolve form abruptly in his eyes.

N-- I started to object, but it was too late.

His lips crushed mine, stopping my protest.  He kissed me angrily, roughly, his other hand gripping tight around the back of my neck, making escape impossible. ....

...  Finally he let go of my face and leaned away.

Are you done now?  I asked in an expressionless voice.

Yes, he sighed.  He started to smile, closing his eyes.

I pulled my arm back and let it snap forward, punching him in the mouth with as much power as I could force out of my body.

There was a crunching sound.

Ow!  Ow!  I screamed, frantically hopping up and down in agony while I clutched my hand to my chest.  It was broken, I could feel it. ...
(Eclipse, pp 330-331)

... Emmett watched curiously as Edward helped me carefully out of the car.  His eyes zeroed in on the hand I cradled against my chest.

Emmett grinned.  Fall down again, Bella?

I glared at him fiercely.  No, Emmett.  I punched a werewolf in the face. ... (Eclipse, p. 342)

Block Details:


I tried to bring some levity to this part of Eclipse with the cartoonish style of this block, because almost everyone's behavior annoys the hell out of me.  I understand that Jacob is fighting for Bella, but to force himself on her in this way is inexcusable and shows his immaturity at the very least.  I'm more annoyed, though, by Charlie's reaction when it first happens. (Eclipse, pp 336-339)  Jacob does apologize.  Charlies redeems himself, too.  (Eclipse, pp 362-363)

I always thought to myself that Bella would need a weighted boxing glove if she ever thought to punch Jacob again while she was still human.  There is also the fight reference that Jacob makes to add to the theme.  I couldn't help but picture Bella going another round with Jacob in a boxing ring.

I readily admit that I can't draw anything so when I'm looking for inspiration and images I usually use Google to search for clipart images if I can't find an existing quilt pattern online to purchase or anything of use in Electric Quilt.  I decided on these cartoon boxing gloves.  I used the upside down applique method again with satin stitching.  I purposefully picked bright colored fabrics to add to the block's cartoonishness.

June 8, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: Birds and the Bees

Eclipse Quilt:  Birds and the Bees

... His thoughts are relatively calm, Edward teased.  His expression made me wonder if there was some additional joke I was missing.  The corners of his mouth twitched, fighting a smile. ...

(Eclipse, p. 57)

... You and Edward seem pretty serious, and there are some things that you need to be careful about.  I know you're an adult now, but you're still young.  Bella, and there are a lot of important things you need to know when...well, when you're physically involved with--

Oh, please, please no! I begged, jumping to my feet.  Please tell me you are not trying to have a sex talk with me, Charlie.

He glared at the floor.  I am your father.  I have responsibilities.  Remember, I'm just as embarrassed as you are. ...

(Eclipse, p. 58)

Block Details:


Loveable Charlie having the sex talk with Bella...  This would be like my dad having The Birds and the Bees Talk with me at that age.  We'd both cringing, too.

I used another Mckenna Ryan/Pineneedles pattern, but from the All Cooped Up series this time.  The bird pattern was made by copying some flannel fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby, tracing the shape onto Steam a Seam Lite, fusing to my fabrics, etc.  I decided to use charms for the bees to be a little different.

June 7, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: College Choices

Eclipse Quilt:  College Choices

Speaking of college applications, Edward, Charlie said.....  Bella and I were just talking about next year.  Have you decided where you're going to school?

... Syracuse...Harvard...Dartmouth...and I just got accepted to the University of Alaska Southeast today.  Edward turned his face slightly to the side so that he could wink at me.  I stifled a giggle. ...

... I pointed to the thick envelope on the counter.  I just got my acceptance to the University of Alaska!

Congratulations!  He grinned.  What a coincidence.
(Eclipse, pp 19-20)
... As I bent my head back at my work, I noticed for the first time the name of the school.
I snorted and shoved the papers aside.
Be serious, Edward.  Dartmouth?
(Eclipse, p. 22)

Block Details:


I love Charlie moments in the Twilight series.  Any interplay between Bella and her dad is a rare treat.  Charlie's dislike of Edward is palpable, but comical.  There are many reasons for it, of course, but at its root must be that no one will ever be good enough for his little girl.

I eventually abandoned the pennant idea that I had to depict Bella's college choices once I decided that I didn't need to combine Penguins. Lovely  with this block.  I also thought it would do well to remove some of the confusion people seem to have by why they would be combined.  I always seem to come back to a literal translation with my blocks, too.

I did get some help with this block and it's evolution.  When I expressed my angst over this block and the pennants, my son Z suggested a mailbox with letters, including the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) envelope.  I think my husband also had some input by suggesting that I make a fabric envelope with an actual acceptance letter that could be placed inside and removed.  (Family and friends seem to like the interactive quilt blocks.) 

I first tried to find an existing pattern to save me some time.  Paper Panache has a pattern (Postcards from the Edge/Martha Bickford) that helped get me going.  I envisioned a stack of mail with the UAS envelope on the very top of some others.  I took that pattern and played around with it in EQ6.

The finished block is the third version of this block because of some errors early on and my desire to perfect it with technique, fabric choices, and accents.  I started the block as a paper pieced block, added more applique in block #2, and then entirely pieced block #3 with some applique accents.

And, yes, the envelope actually opens and an acceptance letter will be placed inside.