December 31, 2011

Happy New Year! Bring on 2012!!


Happy New Year!  I'm headed out to a family get together.  Our favorite cousins are in town, the ones we wish lived in town and not in Boston, and this is the last time we'll be getting together before they go home.

I always look forward to a new year.  By December and usually much earlier, I'm simply fed up with the one that's ending.  I've usually given up.

I'm eager to experience the promise that 2012 holds.

...to be a better person and to get more done.  I'm ready to refocus my energy, including my quilting energy.

December 30, 2011

Is Abby Normal there?



I'm still sewing strings.  I think I have 40 or more to complete.  I'm too lazy to count.  I think I need more grey fabric.  I'm getting bored sewing with what I have.  I cannot get bored!

The above image is inspired by a Bonnie Hunter (Orca Bay designer) Facebook update.  I liked her page after deciding to do the quilt mystery.  I haven't explored much.  I'm not a big Facebook-er.  I only have a couple of friends and family as my posse on purpose.  I like  groups, famous people, movies, stores, etc. so I can keep up with that kind of news and get deals.


I do often pretend to be normal, but that's a lot of work.  I usually give up in grand fashion and go back to being me.....

December 29, 2011

String Blocks

I'll be making string blocks for awhile....

The good new is that I was eager to get home from work and sew yesterday.


Those polka dots sure stand out!

December 28, 2011

Wonderful Friends

It's a shame that I need to be reminded how wonderful the quilting world can be......

I have some wonderful friends and I wanted to give a small shout out to them because I'm selfish that way.

Thank you to you for making time for me of late.

Dianne, Lydia, Annie, and Sally

You're the best!!!!

My Mysterious Future: Orca Bay/Bonnie Hunter

I've had difficulty turning the sewing machine on the past couple of months.  I won't bore anyone with the reasons.

I've decided to participate in Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay Mystery to get myself sewing again.  I thought I might have some success since a friend is working on it, too--thank you Lydia!  I wouldn't have to think too much as I could just follow someone else's instructions.  I could use some fabric from my stash and buy new if I wanted to.

I'm not a huge fan of mysteries.  I don't have the quilting temperament for them.  I prefer to know as much of any outcome as I can in all situations.  I don't like to feel like I'm not in total control.  I also have a very hard time finishing anything I start.  I actually have another Bonnie Hunter mystery in my UFO list from a couple of years ago.

I had to do something, though!

Those that know me at all have probably already suspected that I'd have to do things my way even with a mystery quilt.

I've decided to start with the strings.  I can't just be random, though.  I created a couple of block patterns in EQ7 that I'll be using for the 3" string blocks.  The blocks won't all be the same so don't yell too much at me.  I'll simply combine some sections into one in some of the blocks.  I did have to buy some grey fabrics because my stash had hardly any which wasn't any hardship at all because I love to buy fabric, although the grey section in most stores is pitiful!  I've also drafted a QST sheet that I'm eager to try out for all those Hourglass blocks--think Thangles or Triangulations.

My sewing machine was humming last night.....


Only x67 more to go....

December 26, 2011

Plans....

Good day!

My plans have changed for the day.  I had plans to sew of all things and to finish a pattern, but I'm headed out instead to meet up with family that is in town.  I have managed to get started on cleaning my sewing area, but I have a way to go before it will be functional.  I've got stuff piled everywhere and can't even get to my tabletop ironing board.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

We had a small one with some big gifts for the kids as they all asked for some type of electronics item except for my oldest daughter who wanted new clothes to start her new school with.  My husband gifted the family with a video camera.  We've never had one!  He didn't listen to me to my requests for no gifts for me, of course, and I ended up with some Yankee candles, Starbucks cards, and an Amazon gift card meant for new reading material on my Kindle.  (I still find it hard to purchase material for the device, but I've been wanting The Night Circus so maybe I'll splurge on that.)

I treated myself to some new fabric for the Anubis block and some for a quilt mystery that Lydia is also working on that is tempting me.  More about that soon.....

I've been thinking about my quilting goals for 2012 and they are numerous.  Many involve this blog and getting back on the quilting-horse.  I want to finish projects and get on some new ones.

I was reminded by someone that next year we might be celebrating Christmas with the Cullens through Breaking Dawn Part 2.  I hope they include some of the Christmas stuff from the book in the movie.

I love to hear about other people's goals for 2012--feel free to share.

Cheers!

December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas a few days early!

I'm going to take a break for a couple of days....

I hope to be back before the new year.

Be safe!

HUgZ, Shannon

December 20, 2011

EQuiltPatterns.com: Christmas Sale

I'm sad to say that I have nothing new to write about or anything finished to report.  Poor Anubis is still anklet-less and uncropped.  I'm at a loss.

I would like to share a paper piecing pattern sale.....

All Christmas patterns are 50% off at eQuiltpatterns.com.  The patterns are delivered electronically so instant gratification is yours for the taking.  Some patterns are only $.50.

Happy shopping!

I won a giveaway!!  Annie's Ruby Slipperz has a weekly giveaway and I won last week.....  Thank you so much!  Even better, I learned of a neat little pattern site called Ashby's Attic.  I'm in love.  I really found it difficult to choose a pattern.  I'll definitely be shopping after the Christmas rush.  My other favorites:  Snowday Tabletop Quilt and Mr. Frank N. Stein Halloween Hanging.

December 19, 2011

Giveaway Day 2011: Winner

A day late....SORRY!  I'm always behind.

First of all, thank you to everyone that so graciously played along with my silliness.  I loved that so many of you replied in all seriousness and so many tongue-in-cheek.  Twilight is certainly one of my means of escape and I love sharing my enjoyment of the series with other people.

I though I should answer my own questions.

Would I choose to be a vampire?  I would, but with some caveats attached.  I would if I could be a Stephenie Meyer vampire because I would want to be awake in the daytime and not worry about the sun burning me up.  I'd definitely be a "vegetarian vampire" in that world, too, as the idea of drinking another person's blood even if it didn't kill them would be a deal breaker for me.  I would hope that I would be a vampire with some special vampire power, also, but if I didn't, I would totally take advantage of never having to sleep and super speed to be as crafty as possible.

Team?  I'm Team Edward.  I think Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter for all of the movies, did a good thing in Eclipse, the movie, with Bella's speech definitively explaining her reasons for becoming a vampire and not just because of her undying love for Edward.  A lot of people don't like the speech and I was one of those people....when I first saw it.  I changed my mind, though!


This wasn’t a choice between you and Jacob—it was a choice between who I should be and who I am. I’ve always felt out of step—like, literally stumbling through my life—I’ve never felt normal, because I’m not normal. I don’t want to be. I’ve had to face death, and loss, and pain in your world but I’ve also never felt stronger—like, more real; more myself—because it’s my world, too. It’s where I belong.
Now on to the winners....

Jennie said:




Thank you!  You are the winner of the Candid Paparazzi FQ packet!!

pippablue said:


Thank you!  You are the winner of the paper piecing prize pack!!

December 16, 2011

Egyptian Coven: Another Block Possibility

I love the Anubis block I'm drafting.  I will finish the pattern and make him myself in order to test it.  I still think it's an appropriate block for the Egyptian Coven.

Another idea occurred to me today, though.  I should have gone back and read about the Egyptian Coven in Breaking Dawn or The Official Illustrated Guide to refresh my memory about some of the finer details.

Breaking Dawn, p. 610

Amun has been keeping Benjamin from Aro's attention.  Amun created Benjamin, knowing he would be special. (Edward)


What can he do? (Bella)


.....He can actually influence the elements--earth, wind, water, and fire.  True physical manipulation, no illusion of the mind. .... (Edward)


I was reminded of Benjamin's control of the four elements and its importance to the story while browsing through all my saved photos at work.  I do that every so often for inspiration and to help myself get back on track.  I have yet to come up with a good way to stay organized...not from lack of effort, but maybe from lack of will.

I came across this photo:



I'd like to try something with these symbols.

A reminder to me:  it never hurts to re-read the books.

December 15, 2011

Walmart: In the Quilting Business?

I won't be making a family Christmas quilt afterall.  It seems that not everyone thinks that a quilt is an appropriate gift for a family in need.  I don't understand people sometimes..... 

I was at Walmart this evening helping the kids get teacher gifts and some supplies for my youngest daughter to make some snowman popcorn packets for a few of her friends.  (The idea was borrowed from this blog.)  They turned out super cute!

I also had to make a return and while hanging out at Customer Service, I was able to take in the displays of photo gifts.  Wow!  I see that photo products have come a long way since mugs and calendars!  The fleece blankets really interested me.  I got to thinking Twilight, of course.  I'm sure that there would be copyright issues...but maybe if a case could be made for personal use, then one could be sneaked through production?

I came home to visit the Walmart site....  Photo Blankets

What do I see?!

Photo Quilt......COMING SOON.

Really?!

December 14, 2011

Giveaway Day 2011: Overwhelming Response

I'd like to thank everyone who has visited my blog the past couple of days to enter my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2011.  I have enjoyed reading each and every one of your comments.  I hope to be able to reply to all of them even in some fashion.  I really don't know how I'm going to be able to pick a winner.....there are so many good answers that I like.  I may have to call in reinforcements.  I may have to give away some FQs for honorable mention prizes.

I'm having a tremendous amount of fun with this giveaway, too!  I can't tell you how grateful I am that Sew Mama Sew hosted it.  I hope to have time to make the rounds and participate.  Maybe I could be a winner?!

Most people wouldn't choose to be a vampire from the comments so far.  I can understand all points of view and reasoning.  I will hold off on sharing my answer until the end of the contest.  Team Edward or Team Jacob...Team Switzerland?  I have a choice for that, too.  Think Eclipse, the movie and Bella's speech at the end....

There is still time to enter.  The contest runs until December 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

I'm still working on Anubis.  I cleaned the pattern up by hand some yesterday afternoon.  The pattern is complicated.  It still needs work.  I hate to give up detail as I've said.  I design with myself in mind and I would never design anything or finalize a pattern that I didn't think I could piece.  I look at this block and I know it's going to be tough and maybe impossible at 6 inches.

I made a few cosmetic changes.  The end symbol of the staff is a bit thicker.  The ears are more alike.  I tweaked the face a bit for piecability.  I changed it's waist a bit too for piecability reasons.  I've done some cropping of the block, too.  The 1/4-1/2" of background I've cropped means that the Anubis (and it's parts) will be a little bigger.  My last adjustment was to crop away the staff on the right side.  I still think it looks fierce!

Before and after:




Edited 2:30 pm MST:

Ha!  My best quilting and Twiight friend, Lydia, pointed out that I left off his anklet.  I totally notice that now and miss it.  I'll have to fix it in the final version.



****I may be on a hiatus for a couple of days.  I've heard of a family in need and I'm going to try to make a Christmas quilt for the family.  It won't be Twilight-themed....I haven't focused on much else of late.  I hope I remember how to sew.  Wish me luck.  Merry Christmas!!!!

December 12, 2011

Giveaway Day 2011: Twilight Quilters Coven Contribution

This giveaway is closed....winner to be announced very soon! Thank you to all who participated and were so thoughtful answering my questions. I'm going to have a very hard time picking a winner.


Shannon, 12/16/11

Winners:



Candid Paprazzi for Jennie.



Paper Piecing Prize Pack for pippablue.





You found me!  No matter the reason, perhaps just for the giveaway or because you were intrigued by my blog name, I'm glad you did.  I'd like to thank Sew Mama Sew for hosting Giveaway Day 2011 and providing me with the opportunity to share my blog with the quilting world.

A little about me.....  I'm a huge Twilight fan and a quilter.  Anyone who devotes an entire blog to Twilight and quilting might seem a little strange, but I really don't mind if anyone thinks that.  Fans around the world have found ways to express their love for the books through many creative endeavors.  I'm a quilter at heart so that is my chosen medium.

One of my happiest quilting moments was making the award-winnging quilt for Twilight author, Stephenie Meyer, with another quilting group that was gifted and accepted by Stephenie in January 2010.  The quilt design got it's start with my suggestion of a center medallion featuring all four book cover elements surrounded by individual blocks featuring important Twilight themes or moments.  Stephenie Meyer was so thankful that she sent an autographed deluxe edition of New Moon to all the participants and even discussed the quilt in an interview!


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




I share this, not to earn bragging rights, but to say to anyone:  Go For It!  If you are a fan, then show it.  Make a quilt for yourself, your favorite fan, or even an author, etc......  (I also know of local quilter at one of my favorite quilt shops who made a quilt for Jay Leno.  She and her husband were invited to a show to sit in the front row and meet Jay!)

My heart was warmed over when a T-Shirt quilt was featured in Eclipse, the movie.  (It showed up again in Breaking Dawn, the movie.)  The quilt wasn't in the books, but written as a movie element by screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg.  Bella's mom gives the quilt to her as a graduation gift for her to take to college to keep her warm in Alaska--little did she know that Bella had made another vampire decision instead.  Renee, Bella's mom, made the quilt of all their trip T-shirts.  I made my own version.  There is a featurette on the Eclipse DVD that details how the movie quilt was made.


Here is a compilation of screen captures from the Eclipse dvd feature about Bella's T-Shirt Quilt.


I'm currently enjoying the challenges of designing my own quilts and Twilight paper piecing patterns.  I love to paper piece and I always think of that method before any other. I design for myself in mind, but it's just as easy to make the patterns available.  I've started hosting the patterns on a separate site, Twilight Quilt Patterns.

Now, to the reason you are here......  Here are the items in my giveaways:


1)


Candid Paparazzi Fat Quarter Bundle (10 FQs)


****In honor of the Twilight colors, a fat quarter bundle of 10 black, white, and red fabrics.


2)


****And, because I'd like to tempt you to paper piece....


50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks by Carol Doak, Add-Enough Ruler, and Add-a-Quarter Ruler


For the Candid Paparazzi FQ Bundle, please answer this question:

If the opportunity presented itself, would you you choose to become a vampire?  Why or why not?

For the Paper Piecer's Bundle, please answer this question:

Are you Team Edward, Team Jacob, or Team Switzerland?  Why?

(Yes, a bit of research may be required if you're not familiar with Twilight.....  Here is an interesting debate!)

My Giveaway Day 2011 rules:

  •  International entries accepted

  • You may answer both questions and, conceivably, win both prizes.

  • I will choose my favorite answers to the questions and award the prizes respectively.

  • Giveaway open until December 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. PST as required by the Giveaway Day rules.

  • Winners will be emailed by end of day December 18, 2011 and the winner noted in a post.  (If you are a no-reply commentor, then please email thetwilighterquilterscoven@gmail.com separately in addition to your comment.)

 Thank you!  Shannon

A preview of my next block for the Breaking Dawn quilt.  A fierce looking (I hope) Anubis holding an Ankh staff for the Egyptian Coven.  (For more info on the significance of the Egyptian Coven in the Twilight world.... jump here.)








December 11, 2011

Immortal Child

Needs to be tested.....


Immortal Child by Shannon LaCount


Pattern Image




This pattern is meant to be creeptatstic.  Afterall, what could be more creeptastic than a vampire child?  I think I side with the Volturi on this one.....



December 9, 2011

Twilight Book Cover Block Version 3 (Twilight Hands/Forbidden Fruit): On-Point



Twilight Book Cover block (Twilight Hands/Forbidden Fruit):  On-Point



pattern image




The block will be used in my Stephenie Meyer Quilt Reproduction.  A quilt featuring the Medallion setting that I suggested for the original quilt that was gifted to Stephenie Meyer in 2010.



Giveaway Day December 12, 2012


I've decided to participate in Giveaway Day on December 12, 21012.  I haven't decided what I will be giving away.  I promise it will be worthwhile!

Thank you Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting it!  For more information, please jump HERE.

Why?

My main reason is to motivate me to get the Twilight Patterns site done this weekend.

I wouldn't mind more visitors and the opportunity to make more friends.  (I know I've said it doesn't matter, but....it does.)

The giveaway will be simple, but not random.  I will be posting a Twilight-related question and award my prizes for my favorite two answers.  (It would be awful if I only have one or no entries...LOL.)

International entries will be accepted.

SO....check back on December 12, MONDAY, for my giveaway.

Thanks!

December 8, 2011

Bella's Transformation: Morphine and Fire

***not tested

My take on Bella's transformation.....morphine and fire!


Bella's Transformation by Shannon LaCount, designed in EQ7








Transformed: Bella's Transformation....almost





I'm trying....  I'm not happy with the needle section.  I know I'll figure it out, but right now I'm frustrated.

All the other sections have been cleaned up and should be pieceable.

Tomorrow is another day.

This was the first draft:


I prefer the fire in the final version.  Anyone could decide to switch fabrics around to achieve another look for the flames.

For instance, I'm wondering if I like more orange in the center....



Cheer up, Shannon!

December 7, 2011

Score! (Breaking Dawn Score)

I'm listening to the Breaking Dawn Score today!  Why did I ever say I didn't like the score in Breaking Dawn?!

Please forgive me Carter Burwell.....

I'm so quick to judge and take first impressions to the bank.  Shame on me!

As I listen, I'm reliving the movie all over again.  How awesome it is for me as each track plays that I can picture each scene in my mind.  I'm in heaven.

My favorite?  Bella Reborn, track #25.... gah!  How am I going to make it through another year of waiting?!

I'd love to have something else to update, but I don't.  I'm chomping at the bit to complete something.

December 6, 2011

A New Challenge: Applique?

I'm pretty sure I was born a paper piecer....

I was naturally drawn to the quilting technique.

I have never warmed up to applique.

What makes people like and, even, prefer applique?  What makes people like and, even, prefer paper piecing?

The thought of applique makes me.....twitchy.

I can machine applique proficiently, but I don't enjoy it.  I don't enjoy the preparation nor the actual sewing.

I never consider hand applique for a project even though I'm totally in awe of appliqued quilts and those who complete them.

So, why am I even considering applique now?  Why did I get the EQ6 Applique Drawing book?

I have this feeling that I should be appliqueing.  I have this feeling that I need to be able to make my own appliqued Twilight quilt block patterns because even I know that paper piecing is not always the best option.

Let the learning commence!

Keeping Score: Bella's Transformation, etc.


I almost forgot!  If it had not been for Twilight Lexicon reminding me that the Breaking Dawn Score was out today, I would have forgotten.  I need something new to listen to as I have been listening to the soundtrack, Cider Sky's EP King, and Imperial Mammoth's EP Where Satellites Fall non-stop the past week (with a little Cold Play and Snow Patrol thrown in for good measure).  I don't want to experience burn-out.  As it is, I will have to wait the entire day before I can get home to download it.  I have purchased all the scores except for Eclipse's.  I don't know why.  (....Eclipse is probably my least favorite movie of the Saga.)



Requiem on Water is a close second to Cider Sky's Northern Lights as my favorite songs from the soundtrack.  The scene it's featured in is another one over which I get choked up about...it reminds me of when I realized I was pregnant for the first time with Caroline.  I realized I was going to be a mom...my life was changed.

I needed to get back to creating quilt blocks.  If I stay away too long, then I forget what I'm doing.  I've read in more than one tutorial that designing or drafting paper pieced quilt blocks is intuitive.  I agree!  I'm far from mastering the process, but I do believe I'm getting a little better.

I almost gave up on this block last night, though.  I was unhappy with the fire part of the block.  (I'm not sure I'm 100% about the block or if I ever will be....)  I was having issue with the way I had set the yellow and orange and not necessarily with the drawing itself.  The block was difficult for me to section, too.  I'm sure there is probably a better way in some areas to section it.  I just didn't want to start over...yes, I'm lazy that way.  As it was, the process was difficult enough since I couldn't print the block in color and had to get out the colored pencils instead.  (We're out of ink and I refuse to be the one to buy it....don't ask!)



The bottom line is that if I maintain that I'm designing solely for me, then I guess I'm the one that matters?  Who knows?!

I'll be working to get it back into EQ7 and printable today.

One of these days, I'll get everything up at the Twilight Quilt Patterns site.  The computer work is holding me back...I just don't feel like it right now.  Sorry!

December 4, 2011

#4

My daughter and I went to see Breaking Dawn again today. It was just as good. The wedding, the honeymoon night, Bella's determination to have her baby and survive long enough to be changed, the Jacob and Renesmee imprinting scene, Bella's transformation.....best ever!!!

I might not have seen it again today had it not been for Caroline.  She made me go again....REALLY.  I try not to think about how much money I've spent seeing the movie multiple times with different people in my family.  I've earned a $10 reward coupon with AMC and I'm half way to another one.

I see it as all for a good cause, though.  Breaking Dawn was #1 for the third straight weekend.

All in all a good weekend.....we all just got some other great news.  Many fan sites are reposting Hypable's story that the Breaking Dawn DVD will be released  February 11, 2012!  My birthday is the 17th and I can't think of a much better gift.....  The official Summit announcement is expected in the near future.

Quotes, Quotes, Quotes Quilt

Lydia has a grand idea for a quilt of quotes.  I'm taking her up on the idea for a future quilt or maybe just a virtual quilt based upon my lack of anything but computer quilting of late.

I've spent most of the day at the computer....goofing off!

I thought to use Spoonflower to print some quotes fabric.  I still really want to make some other Twilight fabric for personal use, but that will take some learning....and I don't feel like I'm there yet confidence-wise.

When in need, search Google.

Jaybird Quilts has some very helpful tutorials and templates for labels.  She also shares some other ideas for projects that use label-size printed fabric.  I used her tutorial for four labels on a swatch.

I downloaded the template that she has hosted at Flickr.  I don't have Photoshop....yet, so I uploaded to Pixlr.  I added four different Bella quotes from Breaking Dawn using this site as my reference in the Bella/Pablo font. I uploaded the saved file to Spoonflower just to see how it would work, but I didn't order anything...yet:

December 3, 2011

Cider Sky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've always loved soundtracks....  Soundtracks are a great way to discover new artists.  I can't tell you how many times I have heard an artist on a soundtrack, fell in love with their music, and downloaded the rest of their music.

I have to thank my love of Twilight once more for opening my ears to another great band!  I think Cider Sky would be a new favorite even if they hadn't been on the Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack.  I am so glad they were featured because their music is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The duo has a new EP out called King. (link to Amazon....also available on ITunes)







You will be doing yourself a musical favor if you have a listen.  I know you won't be able to resist getting the EP.  I couldn't!!!!

This album deserves to be purchased.....

Cider Sky site.

Twilight Book Cover Block (Twilight Hands/Forbidden Fruit): Version 3?!


What?!  Why is this block sideways?  Is this better?


I used "Serendipity" in EQ7 at 45* to take the Version 2/Simpler Twilight Book Cover block and essentially set it on-point in the pattern to be more efficient.  Why?  Well, the block is "on-point" in the Stephenie Meyer Quilt, I have plans to make my own, and to share the instructions for said quilt in 2012.



There is a difference in the blocks.


You could use the original block, but fabric would need to be added and the arms extended in order for the block to be squared up and cut on-point from the enlarged block.  (Don't I know it.....as I learned this when a certain someone added to my block for the original SM Quilt.)





I've done this so all this extra work doesn't have to be done, as well as, saving some fabric.

I still have to group and number the pattern in EQ7 so it can be printed as a PDF and saved.  All this work is for another day, though.

December 2, 2011

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Twilight Style)

I posted this on my other blog in December 2009. Twilight Lexicon had posted it with permission by Danger Magnet (now defunct) to share.....

Twas the night before Christmas in the house of Cullen,
All were quite busy, no one was sullen.
Emmet downed a pine with just one blow,
Which Alice had decorated so grand, don’t you know!
Only one stocking was hung up tonight,
For a child named Renesmee, who squealed with delight!
For this celebration was made for one cause;
The arrival of none other than Santa Claus.


Back at the cottage, with paper and bows, Bella wrapped presents for Nessie…with Rose.
Delighted, that now, they were sisters, so dear;
It’s amazing what happened in just one short year.
Charlie and Sue, engaged, now, to marry,
Were also quite busy, no time to tarry.
Charlie cursed quietly under his breath.
They still couldn’t leave. Where were Leah and Seth?
When, finally, Sue’s two kids did arrive,
With the car fully loaded, they pulled out of the drive.
It seemed kind of silly to leave break of dawn,
But he wouldn’t argue, no, not Charlie Swan.


Carlisle and Esme were cooking up stuff,
But with werewolves coming, would there be quite enough!
Folks soon would arrive, but one thing to do first;
Go on a hunt to make sure there’s no thirst.
Alice could see that they still had one hour,
Which was plenty of time for some deer to devour.


Edward drove up with wrapped presents galore,
Brought some in the house, then went back for more.
“This time,” he thought, “she’ll accept what I give…
She’s my Bella, my wife, for as long as we live.”
On the back porch, Nessie did what she oughta,
For the reindeer, she put a big bowl of water.
Next to the tree, on a cloth made of silk,
For Santa, some cookies and a tall glass of milk.


Candles were lit and the tables were set
For a Christmas morning none would forget.
The music was playing. There were lights on the trees.
The house would be found with the greatest of ease.
The guests were arriving. All Cullens were there
To greet their new friends and wish holiday cheer.
People were laughing and eating the food.
Even Leah was in a good mood.
If one looked at Jasper, they’d see a broad smile;
He’d keep Leah happy, at least for awhile!


Only one person seemed very sad.
Renesmee said, “Mama, I must have been bad.
Santa should be here, but where is his sled?
Has he gone to see other children instead?”
“Hey, Renesmee,” said Emmet, “what’s all that noise?
Could that be Santa Claus, bringing you toys?”
Nessie ran to the window. All talking did pause.
For there in the yard was dear old Santa Claus.
Instead of reindeer, eight wolves pulled the sled.
By a ninth wolf, in front, the others were led.
“It’s Rudolph, Mama!” and Bella smiled back.
For the wolf, with the red nose, was Jacob Black.
With tears in her eyes, she thought, “Oh, that boy!
He’d do just about anything to bring Nessie joy.”
Suddenly, Santa was gone…that was weird.
He was now in the house with red suit and beard.
His eyes, how they twinkled. He carried a sack.
If you looked very closely, you’d see Billy Black.
Then Paul and Embry and others were there.
Soon, Quil arrived, carrying Clare.


It was a time full of happiness…no one was sad.
A celebration that good triumphed bad.
A time to put old issues to rest,
As each saw the other for their very best.
Then, Carlisle and Billy looked very mysterious.
“We have something to say, and it’s really quite serious.
Loyalty proven…It wasn’t an act.
And the time is right for a brand new pact.
Quileutes and Cullens exist hand in hand,
Free to walk on the other’s land.
If ever we’re threatened, with death, by others,
We’ll all stand together…sisters and brothers.”


With emotion filled comments and tears in some eyes,
People were hugging and saying goodbyes.
Cars, loaded with gifts, food, and holiday cheer,
All promised to be on hand next year.
“Renesmee is snoring, so we’d better go;
But Carlisle and Esme, I want you to know
I love you so much.” Bella said, so sincere.
“Before we go, let me make this quite clear.
The decision to change was mine from the start,
No need for another…your son IS my heart.”


Hands clasped together, Bella and Ed
Carried Nessie home, and put her to bed
“She’s perfect,” he said, “but then, so are you.
Who would have guessed, after all I’ve been through,
That I would have love and a life filled with bliss.”
Then he hugged her and gave her the most tender kiss.
Of course, there was more…’twas a night full of passion.
But, I’ll tell you the rest in Stephenie fashion.
The love that they shared was honest and true.
Having said that, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you

December 1, 2011

Hillywood....Donate!



I've added a button to the sidebar. Hillywood wants to make a Breaking Dawn parody. Link here to help....

Make it happen!

Spoonflower: Favorite Feather?

Spoonflower's contest this week is FEATHERS!!!  How appropriate.....

Feather Fabric Contest

Spoonflower is also having a FQ sale this week.  Two fat quarters for the price of one.

Good only through Friday, 12/2, though....

Standard Shipping deadline is 12/6 for Christmas delivery.


****I've always wanted to design some Twilight fabric for personal use.  I need to get busy!

November 30, 2011

Photo Shoot

I did a little photo shoot in November 2009.....yes, THAT November 2009 when my Twilight quilting life went to hell in handbasket

I've searched everwhere for the originals, but I can't find them.  I'm left with the smaller versions.  I'll keep looking!




I looked for the best apple I could find.  I got my nails done.  I made my son take the pictures.

Transition and Purchases

I haven't given up on getting all of the patterns on their own site.  I've gone so far as to register a custom domain:

http://www.twilightquiltpatterns.com/

(And it is working!)

No worries....I'll just put patterns there permanently after posting them here.  The actual PDFs will still be hosted at Wordpress and linked simply from the Twilight Quilt Patterns site.

Now, I just have to find the time to get things on it.....

I've purchased EQ6 Applique Drawing Book.  I ended up purchasing it through a private seller's listing on Amazon as I didn't want to pay $8 shipping for an $10 book.  I really hope I can learn from it!

I'm trying desperately to get into the Christmas spirit.  I'm trying to think of some fun quilty things to do.  I always get the urge this time of year to make a last minute quilt for some gift or another.  I don't have that urge this year.  I sure hope I'm not cured of quilting!

Gotta run....  So busy at work and no time to blog or work on anything fun.

November 29, 2011

The Versatile "Breaking Dawn" Chessboard Block Setting

I've used this block before......


I've always liked the idea of a feature blocking being an actual part of the chessboard in a Breaking Dawn (or Twilight) quilt rather than the block acting as it's own square.  I think it looks better!




The nice thing about the setting block is that it can be adjusted to fit the feature blocks' sizes.

Assuming a 12" chessboard setting block:

6" 7", and 8" feature blocks in the center of the block

quilts....


or a combination....

6", 7", 8" feature blocks



So your options are numerous....  One could even off set the feature blocks in the chessboard setting block to change the quilt up more.