August 25, 2010

Where in the World is Shannon?

I've not posted anything in almost a week for this blog....

Here are some of the things that  I could be doing to keep me away:

Reading the Series one more time

Quilt retreating in Forks

Taking a Twilight cruise

I'll leave what I'm really doing up to all those with imagination.....

Keep in mind that:

I'm a mom of four very active children.

A wife to a husband that is starting a new company with a partner, but still working his old job until next week.

An employee.

Hope to be back real soon with another Eclipse block, the Twilight Mystery Quilt, a finish for Bella's T-Shirt Quilt, and a new Giveaway.

August 19, 2010

Bella's T-Shirt Quilt: Binding Potential

(Please note: There are more posts in this series about Bella's T-Shirt Quilt. I am making a quilt like Bella's. See the Sidebar on the right for list of related posts as I document my progress.)

I've been thinking about binding the T-shirt quilt since I got it back from the quilter last Monday.  Thinking is all I've been able to do....  Life sure is crazy again with family doings and work.

I blog hop a lot!  While visiting a blog today, the author mentioned a tutorial and so I hopped on over.  I spent some time perusing the blog.  I think I have an answer to my binding conundrum.

What do you think of doing this type of binding for the quilt?  It could be fun, right?

August 17, 2010

Let's Learn Together: Upside Down Applique

I've mentioned the applique method Upside Down Applique a couple of times because I've used a modified version for a couple of the Eclipse Quilt blocks.  Susan Brittingham is known for its use and she teaches the method at Quilt University a couple of times a year.  I haven't taken the class, but I did purchase the back issue of Quilter's Newsletter (April 2005) which featured the technique in an article written by Susan to use as a guide and to teach myself.  Susan descirbes the method as such:


Achieve perfect shapes and accurate placement of all your appliqué elements, no matter how small or complex. Use this method to create multi-layered appliqué motifs by machine when you can’t or don’t want to fuse.  (Susan Brittingham)
Susan's class schedule for 2010 is here.  She is teaching Upside Down Applique in a class starting August 20, 2010.

I love the method.  It is as Susan describes it:  very accurate.  I could have used it for all the applique blocks and should have used it to make the Victoria block.  I simply didn't consider it and I'm kicking myself.  I used it for these blocks:




The sewn line provided a nice guide for the satin stitching on these blocks.





The applique method was well suited for these blocks.  I wouldn't have liked to use any other for the Legends block at this scale.

August 16, 2010

Bella's T-Shirt Quilt: Back from the Quilter's

(Please note: There are more posts in this series about Bella's T-Shirt Quilt. I am making a quilt like Bella's. See the Sidebar on the right for list of related posts as I document my progress.)

Creative Stitching & Designs, the longarm quilter, finished quilting Bella's T-Shirt Quilt last week.  I scheduled the appointment to get the quilt from her this morning.  She did a wonderful job!  The quilting cost $92.00 for the large meander pattern, thread, and batting.

Karen and I had a nice visit before I left. We talked about quilts in movies, my plans for the quilt, and my desire to find out more about the actual Eclipse quilt.  We also talked about the Stephenie Meyer Quilt and how I would tell anyone to follow their heart to make and gift a fan appreciation quilt for that special celebrity in their life!








My goal is to trim the top of the excess batting and backing fabric this week. I will finish it with it's binding soon.

August 13, 2010

Let's Learn Together: Twilight Book Covers "Forbidden Fruit"/Twilight Hands

If you have never visited Stephenie Meyer's website, what are you waiting for?!  There is so much information hosted there that is invaluable and trustworthy because, hey, it comes directly from Stephenie's camp and even herself.  I've used the site numerous times and called on it again to find out just what is up exactly with those Twilight Hands?

Book covers have always been a point of interest for me beyond their usefulness in protecting the pages inside.  I've been drawn to read a book because of it's cover art.  I enjoy the artistry of book covers--they can be like tiny works of art.  I also like to compare the cover's relevance to the story inside.  I find it interesting that books in different countries typically have different titles and book covers than the same titles in the United States because of translation issues or to respect cultural differences.

The Twilight book covers are some of the most recognizable book covers right now and are truly iconic.  We make such a fuss over the Twilight book cover, but have you ever seen what some of the covers look like in other countries?  Many have commented on the United Kingdom cover:



According to Stephenie Meyer, book covers are not under an author's control usually.  (I can imagine that the more successful an author is the more control one has.  However, I can also imagine that many authors probably really don't care.)  She did have input for the Twilight book cover, but did not for New Moon.

  
What's with the apple?

The apple on the cover of Twilight represents "forbidden fruit." I used the scripture from Genesis (located just after the table of contents) because I loved the phrase "the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil." Isn't this exactly what Bella ends up with? A working knowledge of what good is, and what evil is. The nice thing about the apple is it has so many symbolic roots. You've got the apple in Snow White, one bite and you're frozen forever in a state of not-quite-death... Then you have Paris and the golden apple in Greek mythology—look how much trouble that started. Apples are quite the versatile fruit. In the end, I love the beautiful simplicity of the picture. To me it says: choice.

Stephenie Meyer, Twilight FAQ

What kind of flower is that on the cover, and what does it mean? 

That is a ruffled tulip. As for the meaning... If you've read the Twilight FAQ, you know that the apple cover had a lot of meaning for me, and I was an active part of the covering process. However, that experience is more the exception than the rule in the publishing world. Something to keep in mind if you intend to embark on a career as a writer: lots of things you might expect to be under your control are not. Covers, for example. Those are mostly up to the publisher and the marketing and sales departments. So I don't know what the tulip means—I didn't have anything to do with this one.
Stephenie Meyer, New Moon FAQ

Because the book covers are so iconic, even the New Moon book cover with it's tulip that no one understands but many love, I couldn't imagine making a Twilight quilt without incorporating the symbols in some way.  (This came up when I made Stephenie's quilt with the other group.  I insisted on including the tulips.)

I was selfishly pleased to see the news that the Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn would be released with white book covers.  I'm not eager to purchase these editions, but I am eager to use the images.  I have previously bemoaned the fact that I don't have Photoshop.  I also have very limited photo editing schools with any other free program.  The white book covers should make my life easier!

I've previously tried to draft my own paper piecing pattern for the Twilight book cover without success.  I'm inspired by the Silver Linings Originals patterns and their complexity so I know it can be done.  I know that a pattern can be drafted that is more detailed than the one that is available and would be more palatable for me to use.  I'm hoping that the Twilight white book cover will be easier to convert to a pattern.

I also am eager to try an applique version!

This is NOT a tutorial......







The block above is the block I made of "Forbidden Fruit"/Twilight Hands for the Stephenie Meyer Quilt made from this pattern.  I've always wanted to draft my own pattern.

I have come to suspect that my block was altered by Elizabeth Mills of the Twilight Quilters Coven.  We'll never really know since my memory could be faulty and she isn't speaking to me.



This is another one that I made.  It's 5".  Practice makes perfect!



I've taken the white book cover:
I opened the image in my favorite software IrfanView.  Let the games begin..... 

August 12, 2010

Updates Galore

Melissa has received all of her prizes from the Eclipse Prize Pack Giveaway we held in July.  I appreciate her patience!  She graciously sent thank cards to acknowledge the receipt of everything.

The quilter contacted me a couple of days ago because Bella's T-Shirt Quilt is done!  I have an appointment to pick it up on 8/16 at 10 a.m.  I can't wait to see it!  I haven't even thought about binding fabric yet.  I think I am going to try Sharon Schamber's Quilt Binding Method.  She uses Elmer's School Glue of all things.  Here is Part 1:



Two more blocks were finished this week for the Eclipse Quilt bringing the total to 23 finished blocks!  About a month ago, 7/10/10, I posted an entry about the quilt, and listed the remaining blocks we wanted to make.  I've made some progress.

1) Porsche


2) Edward's Bed

3) Grizzly Bear (Emmett's representation and Rosalie's redemption)

4) Bella's Red Shirt

5) Quileute Legends/Bonfire (Third Wife, Knife, and Cold One)

6) Seattle Newspaper/Newborn Army

7) Jasper's Story

8) Seth and Leah

9) Engagement Ring (with black roses incorporated)

10) Tent Scene

11) Bella's Broken Heart (after Jacob's kiss)

12) Volturi

13) Bree's Story

14) Carlisle Treats Jacob (probably a medical bag)

15) Meadow Scene

16) Wedding Invitation

17) ECLIPSE

18) Jacob as wolf



To find the time.......

August 11, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: Tribal Council/"Legends"


Eclipse Quilt:  Tribal Council/"Legends"


The fire crackled, settling lower toward the sand.  Sparks blew up in a sudden puff of brilliant orange against the black sky. ...

(Eclipse, p. 240)

The Quileutes have been a small people from the beginning, Billy said.  And we are a small people still, but we have never disappeared.  This is because there has always been magic in our blood.  It wasn't always the magic of shape-shifting -- that came later.  First, we were spirit warriors.

(Eclipse, p. 244)

The fire threw a volley of sparks into the sky, and they shivered and danced making shapes that were almost decipherable. ...

Billy ignored their jibes.  Some of the sons became warriors of Taha Aki, and they no longer aged.  Others, who did not like transformation, refused to join the pack of wolf-men.  These began to age again, and the tribe discovered that the wolf-men could grow old like anyone else if they gave up their spirit wolves.  Taha Aki had lived the span of three old men's lives.  He had married a third wife after the deaths of the first two, and found in her his true spirit wife.  Though he had loved the others, this was something else.  He decided to give up his spirit wolf so that he could die when she did.

(Eclipse, p. 252)

They did not have long to wait.  The creature had a mate, another blood drinker, who came to the Quileutes seeking revenge. ...

The third wife grabbed a knife from the belt of one of the sons who stood beside her. ...

The third wife ran toward the Cold Woman with the dagger raised high.  The Cold Woman smiled, barely distracted from her fight with the old wolf.  She had no fear of the weak human woman or the knife that would not even scratch her skin, and she was about to deliver the death blow to Taha Aki.

And then the third wife did something the Cold Woman did not expect.  She fell to her knees at the blood drinker's feet and plunged the knife into her own heart. ...

(Eclipse, pp 257-258)

Just a human woman, with no special gifts or powers.  Physically weaker and slower than any of the monsters in the story.  But she had been the key, the solution.  She'd saved her husband, her young sons, her tribe.
(Eclipse, p. 260)

Block Details:

7"

I wanted desperately to do well by this part of Eclipse:  the Quileute legends and the story of the 3rd wife.  I struggled mightly making my block idea and my vision succeed....if I even did.  I wanted to include a wolf in fire or smoke, the 3rd wife, the knife, and the Cold One into to the block.  This would have been difficult enough in a quilt, let alone a 7" block.  I knew what I didn't want the block to look like, though, and that kept me going.  Ultimately, at least it's done and I can move on....

I began by looking for the images I needed.  It wasn't laziness so much as it was my desire to despair not over my lack of artistic talent but to just get sewing.  I've found an applique method in Upside Down Applique that I've found is good for copying an image in fabric without having to cut out and fuse a bunch of tiny bits of fabric.  I've been pleased enough with my results.






I used the knife picture to draft a paper piecing pattern in EQ5.  I pieced this part of the block first using the black fabric with grey swirls for the background and base for the appliqued parts of the block.

I debated a very long time on whether or not to include the Cold One's eyes.  I think I'll probably continue to have that debate with myself even though the block is done.  The teeth and nose ended up scorched slightly with my incessant ironing, but I didn't try to fix them. 

August 10, 2010

Eclipse Quilt: Bella's Red Shirt/"Scent"

Eclipse Quilt:  Bella's Red Shirt/"Scent"

Where was my pillow?  I turned in a circle, scanning the room.  No pillow.  I noticed the room looked oddly tidy. Hadn't my gray sweatshirt been draped over the low bedpost on the footboard?  And I would swear there had been a pair of dirty socks behind the rocking chair, along with the red blouse I'd tried on two mornings ago, but decided was too dressy for school, hanging over the arm. ... I spun around again.  My hamper wasn't empty, but it wasn't overflowing, the way I thought it had been.

Was Charlie doing my laundry?  That was out of character.

Dad, did you start the wash?  I shouted out my door.

Um, no, he shouted back, sounding guilty.  Did you want me to?

No, I got it.  Were you looking for something in my room?

No.  Why?

I can't find...a shirt...

(Eclipse, p.198)

Someone's been here, he murmured in my ear after he pulled me back to the kitchen.  His voice was strained; it was difficult to hear him over the thumping of the washing machine.

I swear that no werewolves-- I started to say.

Not one of them, he interrupted me quickly, shaking his head.  One of us.

(Eclipse, p. 200)

When did you notice your things were missing?

When I got back from the fake slumber party.  Why?

I don't think Alice took anything.  Not your clothes, or your pillow.  The things that were taken, these things were things you'd worn...and touched...and slept on?

Yes.  What is it, Edward?

His expression was strained.  Things with your scent.

Oh!

We stared at each others eyes for a long moment.

My visitor, I muttered.

He was gathering traces...evidence.  To prove he'd found you?

Why, I whispered.

I don't know.  But, Bella, I swear I will find out.  I will.

(Eclipse, p. 227)

Block Details:

7"

pattern:  Jeri Wagner's Flannel Shirt (as guest designer, modified Hawaiin Shirt, hosted on Paper Panache)

The actual piecing of this block was fairly straight forward.  I considered drafting my own pattern, but I wasn't up to the challenge.  Getting a block done was more important than drafting my own pattern even if I considered doing so to get more of a "blouse" look for the block.  I may add some more embellishments on the block in addition to the buttons to dress it up a little more--maybe some embroidery along the bottom?  I appreciate the dimensional collar and pocket, though!  Can you tell?


August 6, 2010

The Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer: Stephenie talks about her quilt!!!!!

Stephenie Meyer chose to do a very different type of publicity junket for Eclipse, the movie.  She hosted a mini-junket with a few fansites on June 18, 2010.  She put all the names of the U.S. based Twilight fansites in a hat and drew out four winners.  Each winning site had the golden opportunity to send two representatives for their meeting with Stephenie which included lunch and a period to just hang out and ask questions!

I mention this today of all days because while visiting Twilight Lexicon today, I saw their Fanjunket Friday post.  The post gave a small excerpt from one of Twifans' blog entries about the event.  If I read correctly, the question I was most interested in came from a Letters to Twilight representative: What kind of Twilight merchandise does Stephenie have?

LTT:  So what have you been given where you’re, like, “Oh! Okay…that’s interesting…”


SM: What’s the weirdest thing I’ve been given? I been given some really amazing stuff, because someone gave me a quilt that…….I mean, I don’t have words. It’s amazing. Each square was made by someone different. And they depict scenes from different scenes from the book. And it’s lovely. ...
Here is the audio (It's at the very beginning....):

Twifans.com: (LTT & Twifans) ask Stephenie Meyer TwiMerch & TwiRoom by twifans

She mentions THE QUILT!!!!!

I don't have words........

August 5, 2010

Bella's T-Shirt Quilt: At the Quilter's

Bella's T-Shirt Quilt:  The Twilight Quilters Coven Version

Quilt Statistics:

60x72" quilt
30 blocks
12" finished blocks


I purchased the backing fabric yesterday.


Alexander Henry:  This Land is Your Land

It was on sale at Hobby Lobby for 30% off.  I purchased five yards for the 2.5 yds needed for each vertical panel of the pieced backing.  The fabric is directional so the backing fabric had to be pieced vertically.  I had one of those duh moments not so unusual to me.  The quilter prefers to load pieced backing fabrics so that the seam runs horizontally on her machine because there is less chance of distortion while quilting.  I didn't think I was going to be able to use the backing fabric I chose until she explained that she would just load the quilt sideways so that the seam WOULD be horizontal.  Quilt me embarassed......

I chose a nice dolphin grey thread for the large meander quilting pattern.  I had such a hard time choosing the thread color.  The batting is an organic cotton.

The quilt could be finished as early as next week!

Last chance to comment or make suggestions regarding the Giveaway.....

(Please note: There are more posts in this series about Bella's T-Shirt Quilt. I am making a quilt like Bella's. See the Sidebar on the right for list of related posts as I document my progress.)

Twilight Quilting Shopping and Sales

I'll try to occasionally pass along sales for quilting items that I think might please the Twilight quilting fan.  I also just might feature some quilting products that I know and love as time permits.

The After Hours Barn Raising Quilt Kit that I offered in our Eclipse Swag Bag Giveaway is on sale at Connecting Threads.  Connecting Threads offers free shipping on web orders over $50.00.  (The Log Cabin Twist Lap Quilt Kit and the Box Step Quilt Kit area also on sale.  These quilt kits also feature the After Hours fabric line which is red, black, and white.)  I would love to get one of these kits for myself or at least some of the fabric.



If anyone should need a Twilight Saga T-Shirt for the Twilight Mystery Quilt, Hot Topic has some clearance shirts for $8.98 plus shipping.  At this price, one could get a couple to make a Twilight T-Shirt Quilt.  I like this one:

August 4, 2010

Twilight Mystery Quilt: Announcement

I am in the process of finalizing the design of the Twilight Mystery Quilt.

Participants will use a variety of quilting skills and techniques to complete the quilt.  I'm not sure how many parts the mystery will have at this time, but I think that they will be released monthly.

The first step will be ready September 1st, 2010.

****All steps will have been designed by September 1st.  I don't want to get into a situation where any parts are delayed for any reason like other mystery quilts I have had the misfortune to participate in because they haven't even been completely designed before they were released to the public.

A few hints:

Tutorials will be provided to help beginners.

The quilt can be done in any color scheme, but we will give suggestions about fabric scale and tone.

The quilt setting will be non-traditional.

You will need a Twilight T-shirt.  (Any Twilight Saga shirt will do.  You could even make one--JUST BE READY TO CUT IT UP.)

No sign-ups will be required.

I will hold contests for those that participate linked to completion of steps.

I will set-up a Flickr group for photos.
I will post more information about the Twilight Mystery Quilt as it becomes available.

August 2, 2010

Bella's T-Shirt Quilt: This Land is Your Land

I'm one step closer to finishing this quilt.

I found the fabric I'm going to use for the backing fabric.  Alexander Henry's This Land is Your Land.  It was a toss up between that and some Route 66 fabric.  The store didn't have enough of the Route 66 fabric so that made my decision easier.



(Please note: There are more posts in this series about Bella's T-Shirt Quilt. I am making a quilt like Bella's. See the Sidebar on the right for list of related posts as I document my progress.)

August 1, 2010

The Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer

I've alluded to The Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer previously and I mentioned it in my bio.  I've been promising to write more about the quilt on the blog and since I've decided to move forward with a very special friendship project now is the time.


As co-founder of Twilight Quilters Coven and an active member of the group based at Twilight Moms, I helped make a quilt for Stephenie Meyer in 2009.  The quilt was finally given to Stephenie Meyer and she accepted it early 2010 after it was displayed at two quilt shows.  (How do we know she received it?  She sent everyone in the group signed deluxe editions of New Moon as a thank you for the quilt.)  The quilt won an award at the 36th Annual Quilt Show at the Springfield Museum of Art (Utah) and was accepted at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in 2009.  I traveled to Utah in August of 2009 to see the quilt displayed at the Springfield exhibit and to meet some of the other members of the coven for the first time.


THAT Coven is NOT this one.......


I left the group in October 2009 because of creative differences and significant personality conflict, eventually starting my own Twilight Quilters Coven.  They are still based at Twilight Moms and still use the blog I started though redesigned and without any of my blog posts available.


I'm still incredibly proud of the quilt we made for Stephenie Meyer.  As group chats go, the idea for the quilt evolved out of our daily chatter at Twilight Moms as most of us were there in support of another Twilight quiting project.  We all loved quilting, Twilight, and wanted to show Stephenie how much we appreciated her authoring of the books.  Another member had considered making a quilt for Stephenie and so the chatter evolved into a serious discussion of establishing our group officially with a name and making our first group quilt.


Credit must be given where credit is due....  The Medallion design came from my suggestion after I described a Twilight quilt that I wanted to make from a dream I kept having.  I described the Medallion quilt design of the four Twilight book covers in this group discussion and introduced the rest of the group to a paper piecing designer that hosted her Twilight patterns at Sewhooked.  The final quilt design was refined by another member to include some individual blocks that would be made by group members to surround the center block featuring the Twilight hands, New Moon tulips, Eclipse ribbon, and Breaking Dawn chess set.  Guidelines were established, deadlines set, and the individual blocks were chosen and assigned.  I also knew a longarm quilter who loved Twilight and volunteered to quilt the quilt for the group as her gift to Stephenie Meyer.


This is the quilt:

Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer

I made these blocks:  Twilight Hands, Emmett/Rose Grizzly Bear, Alice/Jasper Crystal Ball, Lion and the Lamb, Edward and Bella Wedding Dance, and Edward and Bella's Cottage.  (**edited I have since learned that my Twilight Hands block was "fixed" after I sent it to Elizabeth Mills who assembled the quilt.)

Shannon

I have always intended to make a similar quilt, especially since the quilt design evolved from an idea I had before I even got involved with the group project.  I'm ready to move forward with that plan.  I actually owe a great friend that has stuck by me through this whole drama.


The quilt will have many of the elements of Stephenie's Twilight Quilt.  I'll be able to change and improve on some things, though.


For one, the blocks will not be 5".  I don't know what craziness possessed the refiner to insist on the blocks being that size.  I attribute it to lack of experience, imagination, and stubborness in designing the quilt.  It would have been very easy to refine things a little bit more and to allow the blocks to be a little bigger.
 The chess pieces on the Breaking Dawn section will be a more pleasing scale.


I'm sure blocks will be added, some subtracted or patterns changed.


I will, however, make layout instructions available to make a quilt like the Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer.  Some of the patterns were original designs of other people so I cannot offer those.


First up, Vampire Baseball