September 30, 2011

Twilight Quilting: A Screeching Halt

I've felt the need to be here blogging about something everyday.  I'm afraid if I'm not, all interest (including mine) will be lost.  I also get bored during the day at work so I fill the time by writing something.  I have another personal blog but, when I write there, content hasn't been pleasant--I'm usually ranting about something or someone.  I have a lot of things going on and more problems were piled on this week.  This blog is generally my happy place even if my motives aren't always that pure and I get catty more often than not.

My hopes were dashed this week as far a my Twilight quilting are concerned.  I had planned on finishing the Wedding Quilt and getting it into the quilter by the weekend, but I've been tied up with other things and I haven't been in a quilting mood.  I also started doodling some more in EQ and thought to add another border to the quilt.  I need to say enough is enough and go with what I have but, once I get an idea in my head, I find it hard to ignore the voices egging me on.  One of these voices is touting the benefits of some retail therapy....

We're off to a soccer tournament this weekend for my oldest.  She has a game tonight at 8:30 of all things.  The game was rescheduled from Saturday to Friday so that the team could go see the Rapids, the Colorado MLS team, which was a part of the tournament package.  I do plan on taking my sketchpad and journal up with me so that I can at least work on some ideas to kill the time.

I was excited to be reminded that Breaking Dawn tickets go on pre-sale through Fandango tomorrow!

I've been reading Breaking Dawn.

I've discovered Guri Weinberg's blog, etc. (link)

If embroidery is your medium.  (link)

Thank you!

September 28, 2011

Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt: Direction and Purpose

We all need direction and purpose in our lives.  I generally have Purpose, but I often lose my Direction.

Does two movies mean two quilts?  hmmmmm.....  I don't think so.

Breaking Dawn is a long book with distinct parts and a host of characters.  I'm a bit frightened, but excited by the thought of properly representing all its goodness in a quilt.  I'm always up for a challenge!

For instance, I've been doing some surfing to get some ideas on how to represent the Egyptian Coven.  I don't want to do just a pyramid.

Did you know that the Log Cabin block has been traced back to ancient Egypt?  (link and link)

The origin of the Log Cabin quilting pattern is an ongoing source of intrigue for quilters, since examples of its usage in other forms pre-date American history, with the design now traced back to ancient Egypt. In the early 1800s, when British and French expeditions opened Egyptian tombs, the Log Cabin pattern was found on animal mummies, with the exact usage of dark and light rectangular strips seen in quilts of the 19th century. (
There are Egyptian novelty fabrics available (I think I even have some in my stash) and fabrics that evoke a feeling of Egypt....

I particularly like this fabric:

Four Twin Sisters is a good pattern resource site....  King Tut

How about this pattern! (link) I had to go searching, but I remembered seeing the blurb about it.  Turns out I have the site saved at home.  Heleen Pinkster is so talented!

I haven't even started looking at pictures.  Wouldn't a block featuring Hieroglypichs be fun?!

Free Webs

September 27, 2011

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt (Version 1): Make it Work!

Now I'm borrowing from Tim Gunn....shameless!

There a lot of things people know about me:

1) I always try to do my best.

2) I get annoyed with crappy quilting when people don't care as the reason or bother to ask for help.

3) I'm not very organized.

4) I'm impatient.

5) I lose focus and start too many projects before finishing many.

.....I could go on and on.

I decided mid-stream to make my version of the quilt larger.  Making three more blocks wasn't that big a deal.  Fabric is the issue.  I don't have enough as mentioned.  I had to go back to the drawing board.  I can't go back to the shop and buy more because I bought all they had to begin with--a little over two yards.  I would have been short even if I had been more careful and organized in my cutting.  I could have gone back to the shop and had them look in their fabric book to tell me the manufacturer and item number, but I wasn't going to get there this week since its across town and I'm tied up with kids' activities all week.  Even if I did, I would have had to try to find it online, order it if I found it, and wait for it to come.  (I looked for it briefly online without any information, but quickly gave up on that.)

I have a huge stash, but I usually don't buy large cuts of fabric unless it's for a planned project.  I didn't think I had anything suitable because I don't have a lot of batiks, but I did have some large yardage for another quilt I had planned.  Because I'm impatient and cheap, I decided to to use some of the fabric.

The fabric takes this quilt in another direction design-wise.  I'm not sure I'm happy with it, but I'm talking myself into it because of the aforementioned reasons.....

Make it work!

I actually came home and took the Ribbon block apart because the triangle point didn't match up as well as I would have liked.  I sewed the block with a regular 1/4" seam the second time.

I'm telling myself that Isle Esme is being represented.  The white blue of the sky, the blues of the ocean, and the sand of the beach.  Since Bella comments that their bedroom color scheme in the cottage reminds her of Isle Esme, in my imagination the quilt would fit right in.

Silver Linings Originals: Treasures of the Rain Forest Quilt BOM

Silver Linings Originals:  The Best Paper Piecing Patterns on the Planet!

Linda's patterns are pretty amazing!  I can only hope to design as well in the years to come.....

I don't think I'm going to be able to resist making the Silver Linings Originals Treasures of the Rain Forest Quilt....soon!  I got my newsletter email today and the block this month is a sloth.  A month's pattern is free in the newsletter with the previous month's pattern.  If you miss out, the patterns are available for purchase.  Last month's block was the Howler monkey.

The pattern I'm really lusting after, though, is the black panther!  The jaguar is pretty amazing, too!

I can't recommend Silver Linings Originals enough....  The piecing is difficult, but the results are well worth all the work.  I've used more than one pattern for Twilight quilts.  I made the lion for the Stephenie Meyer Lion and Lamb block (with an appliqued lamb) and the grizzly bear for Rosalie and Emmett's block.  I also used part of the Grey Wolf pattern for the Howling Wolf Eclipse quilt block.  I modified the Walk in the Woods pattern for the Walk in the Woods block for the New Moon Quilt.  Iris Fox used the pattern also for the Walk in the Woods block in the replacement New Moon Charity Quilt after they ousted me.

September 26, 2011

The Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt: Music to My Ears

Bruno Mars It Will Rain Download NOW on Itunes!!!!

News is all over the 'Net about the Breaking Dawn Part I Soundtrack....  I can't wait until some industrious person gets a sample of all the artists' work together in a playlist somewhere.  I certainly don't have the time.  The release of the track list brings the movie release all that much closer.  50 some odd days is all that we have!  I wish the soundtrack was out now...I need some new tunes.

*****Edited:  I knew if I waited for a bit someone would start putting together examples of the artists' other songs...  Thank you!

For instance:

Angus and Julia Stone

Sleeping at Last

The Features

Christina Perri (Jar of Hearts was far from a favorite of mine......  It was a channel changer song.)

Theophilus London

The Belle Brigade


Now that I have blocks pictures to work with, I can really get busy in making the Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt my way.  It will be my way of paying tribute to such a wonderful group of quilters.  That is, if I can tear myself away from making wedding quilts.  I've not been surprised by the work and workmanship I've seen.  One would think that it would have improved over two years, but I guess you have to at first admit to there being a need to improve?  At least I'm not seeing any holes and blocks don't look as wonky.  I did see a "I ran out of time" so I had to use cheater fabric and I satin stitched (because that's all I know how to do and not even that well.)  Some things never change.

Yeah, like me being bitter.

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt Quiltalong: Wedding Ring Blocks Finished

I can't say how many times I wanted to quit sewing today, but I pressed on.  I was bound and determined to finish the Wedding Ring quilt blocks.  I did finish them on Sunday.  It wasn't that I was having any difficulties pieceing the blocks.  They went together really well.  I was simply busy, as usual, with a lot of other activities.  I knew I had to get them done, though, because I doubt I'll get to sew at all this weekend.

I pieced half the blocks on Saturday.  Oops!  I meant to piece two light and one dark, but I pieced one section for all three blocks in dark fabric.  Darn it!  Oh, well!  I'm glad I made the mistake because I like the resulting effect....a lot.

I'd like to piece the setting Ribbon blocks this week, but I may have hit another snag.  Not with the pattern!  I added the extra blocks so I may not have enough background fabric now.  I'm going to figure that out tomorrow.

Quilting is always an adventure!

September 24, 2011

sme's Plan (Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt Quiltalong Companion Story/Fan Fiction) Part II

Part I (click on the link to be taken to Part I)

"Rosalie?  It's Bella.  May I come in?" Bellas's knock on Rosalie's door accompanied her tenative request.

As if I didn't know it was you, Bella, Rosalie thought to herself.  I can smell you a mile away.  Rosalie sighed.  She was making an effort to not act as cold towards Bella and more sisterly, but at times it took a supreme effort.  Rosalie knew that Bella still felt that Rosalie hated her and would never welcome her prescence in the family even after their talk months ago.  No, Rosalie didn't hate Bella.  Rosalie's feelings for Bella were far more complicated than that.  She didn't particularly like Bella for a whole host of reasons, including her feeling that Bella seemed to be a magnet for danger and that Bella was making the wrong choice to become a vampire.  Rosalie knew, though, that she needed to manage her feelings better so that Bella didn't pick up on them and, really, just let the feelings go entirely. 

Rosalie placed her copy of the cottage plans and work list into her desk drawer before calling out, "Come in, Bella."

Bella entered the room but didn't move beyond one step into the room.  She didn't seem to want to make eye contact with Rosalie because her eyes darted around the room, landing longer on the ladder rack of quilts that Rosalie had displayed, before moving on to come full cirle to rest on Rosalie.  Bella held a garment bag in her arms.  She shifted from foot to foot a couple of times.  She seemed like she wanted to say something, but was having difficulty deciding on how to start up the conversation.  Bella bit her lip, but not hard enough to draw blood...thankfully.

Rosalie nodded at the garment bag.  "Is that for me?"

"Oh, yes.  Sorry!  Alice asked me to bring it to you.  It's your dress.  She's done with the alterations.  She asked me to bring it to you."  Bella rushed.

Rosalie suspected that Alice's request was one more attempt to push Bella and Rosalie together in her grand scheme for family harmony and sisterly affection.  Rosalie decided to take advantage of Alice's machinations and run with them.  Besides, if she didn't do a better job of appearing to like Bella more, Edward would want to have another one of their little talks.

Rosalie smiled.  "Thank you!"

Bella started.  She seemed surpised at Rosalie's smile and expression of gratitude.  Rosalie had a lot of work to do.  The first step would be to put Bella more at ease.

"You've never been in my room before, have you?" Rosalie asked.  Rosalie took the garment bag from Bella and put it over the arm of the chair.


Rosalie waited for Bella to say more, but when she didn't, she pushed forward.

"I saw you noticed the quilts."

"Yes!  Did you make them?" Bella asked.

"A couple of them," Rosalie answered.  "One of them is mine from when I was a human and another is my mother and father's wedding quilt.  I rescued them from an estate sale."

"Really?" Bella said in awe.  "How ever did you find them?"

"I kept tabs on my family through the years.  I heard of the estate sale and managed to purchase a few family heirlooms, including the quilts."

"Oh, Rosalie....." Bella said with emotion.

Rosalie could see that Bella understood.  Rosalie was getting a little emotional herself.  She usually didn't like to visit or dwell on her past.  She gritted her teeth and put on another smile.

"I have a quilt that my grandmother made for me.  It's not in very good shape.  I'm almost afraid to use it anymore.  I think some of the seams are coming apart." Bella said.

"I could take a look at it.  I'm sure it can be saved."

"Thank you!  The quilt is really special to me and I'd like to keep it even after......"  Bella cleared her throat.  She knew that Rosalie disapproved of her decision and seeemed to remember that at that moment, letting any reference to her future change fade from their conversation.

"I didn't even know you quilted.  I know you like cars and are an awesome mechanic.  I guess there are a lot of things I don't know about you...."  Once again, Bella seemed to be uncomfortable with where the conversation was headed.

"I'd like to get to know you better, too."  Rosalie offered.

"I'd like that....  Well, I'd better get going.  Alice had a long list of things she wanted to go over with me about the wedding."

"How's that going for you?" Rosalie asked.

"Nerve-wracking.  I'm determined to get through everything the best I can, knowing that at the end of it all, I'll get to be with Edward....forever."

"Yes.  That is probably the best way to think about things.  You're in good hands with Alice and Esme in charge."

"I know!  I'm so glad they're doing everything.  Thanks!  I'll see you around?"

"Absolutely," replied Rosalie.

Bella turned and left, closing the door behind her.

Rosalie smiled.  She walked over to the chair and opened the garment bag.  The dress was beautiful.  Alice had outdone her self.

Rosalie looked over at her quilts and then walked over to the rack.  She pulled off the wedding quilt and unfolded it.  Memories of her mother and father raced through her head.  Rosalie knew what she needed to do.

She would make Bella and Edward their own wedding quilt.

(Written by Shannon LaCount)

September 22, 2011

What's in a Name? Single Wedding Ring or Crown of Thorns

*edited 9/23

An apology to everyone that I offended with this post.  I'm not going to remove it because, darn it, I worked hard on it and I think it has a lot of interesting information.

I was trying to be witty in pointing out my ignorance.  My veiled sarcasm has gotten me into trouble once again.

I felt really stupid yesterday when I realized that I might have been calling the block by the incorrect name.  I really appreciated the other the other name being shared with me. I was a bit embarrassed to think I'd been calling the block by the wrong name and that people, the three that read the blog besides the "others" that check in to see what kind of trouble I'm causing but will never admit it, would think I thought I had come up with something new and original like the Wedding Ring block but was too stupid or arrogant to know that I hadn't.

As originally written......

alittlebitcrafty pointed out that my Single Wedding Ring block is also known as the Crown of Thorns block.  Who knew?!  I came across the Wedding Ring block months ago in a couple of magazines and then through a Google search when I was thinking about the Double Wedding Ring block and a quilt of them for a Bella and Edward wedding quilt.  I took the block, a block in the public domain, and designed a quilt using it.  Nope, not original at all....  I set it with some triangles and added a border with a treasured quilter's technique, Built-in-Borders, to add some pizzazz and there you go!

I'm not much of a quilt historian.  I flirted with reproduction fabrics and blocks, Civil War and 1930s, years ago.  I've never done much research into the history of quilts and their blocks, which is a shame because I have a love for History (racking up as many credits in that major as Criminal Justice in college).  Quilting has been more about playing at what I love, fabric and skill, rather than learning.  I know what I like without putting much thought into the wealth of history that is its foundation.

How do quilt blocks get their names?  Do blocks have more than one name?  (They do!)  Could a block named one thing today have a different name in 50 years?
Quilt historian Barbara Brackman says that although many modern quilters believe that familiar traditional blocks were "born" with the names by which we now know them, since the widespread naming and publishing of quilt patterns did not start until the 1890s, we have no way of knowing whether the names we give these blocks today are what they were called 150 years ago. (

Debate has peaked about quilt block names in the search for answers about quilts and the Underground Railroad.  I won't join the debate, but only reference a discussion that pertains to the name of the Wedding Ring/Crown of Thorns block.  (See the link above and scroll through the article.)  I've also discovered that the block is known by another name, Georgetown Circle.

Quilt blocks came by their names for many reasons, including religious and political bases.  (For more about how blocks can get their names:  Chapter 8, pg 508 and on of The Quilter's Catalog.)

The great thing, or bad, about this great name debate is that I think I should have been more creative with the coloring or fabric selections for my blocks.  The Crown of Thorns block typically features two fabrics:  one for the crown and another for the thorns.  Maybe I should have gone that route?

I will finish what I started....the Single Wedding Ring block!  That's the block name I'm going with because, after all, I'm making a wedding quilt.  And, since I've made five blocks, with the original scheme of one single fabric and a background fabric because I'm too far along with the project to change my mind no matter how much I'd like to.

Thank you!

September 21, 2011

Bella and Edward's Cottage

Designed by Shannon LaCount in EQ5 (2009)

more soon......


Future Projects...If I can find the TIME!

I blog hop a lot to fill the time at work.....  I come across so many projects that I want to try or to covert to a Twilight project.  Many blogs are featuring little projects and gifts for Christmas.  I'd end up making most things for myself.

I've made coffee cozies before and I have a great little pattern that I got free years ago, but I came across this one today:

Coffee Cozy Tutorial by Jeni Baker (as featured on Skip to My Lou)

I have a need to test out my applique method again that I'm going to use for the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt and I hate to make things even as a test that I won't be able to put to use.  I'm thinking that I could make a Twilight adorned coffee cozy.  I could even get crazy and add some rhinestones.

I want to make a Twilight quilt that I would actually use to cuddle up with and not as a show piece.  I have a couple of Twilight T-shirts that I might want to use to make a quilt.  I can't remember the book right now to properly link, but I have a book that shows how to make a quilt using some non-traditional layouts.  I also thought it might be fun to make a Twilight Scrabble quilt like this one.  Then, there was that idea (not mine) to use the Free Cross Stitch Pattern Maker to make a mosaic type of quilt like this one.

I've also always wanted an apple pin cushion for my sewing table.  There are online tutorials available, but I can't understand any of them.  I am on a mission to make my own!

Have a great day!

September 20, 2011

The Wedding Ring Block: A Few More Tips

I'm trying to take pleasure in completing these four blocks. I've had a difficult day.  I've been soul searching a bit, too.  I'm trying not to be such a H8R--mostly of myself.

I will make three more blocks to make the larger version of the quilt.  I'll need one more dark fabric block for the center section and two more lighter fabric blocks for the side.  The two lighter blocks are different than the A blocks.

Wedding Ring Quilt Block C (link to pdf)--untested

Too funny... I got an email from Clotilde titled: Quilt beautiful blocks easily with paper piecing!  That is my goal!!

I have a few more tips that I thought to share.

I always take my paper off my blocks before I piece my sections together.  Some tutorials and people recommend leaving the paper on until a block is completely pieced.  I've never had good luck with this method.  I think the paper gets in the way, can actually be a hindrance, and isn't necessary to successfully piece a block.

I use Elmer's Washable Glue from the stick to temporarily stick my #1 fabric piece to the pattern, although any basting/washable glue will work.  I only need to make a quick swipe on the paper.  I found using the glue a must when I cut out the two setting triangles that aren't pieced using the paper patterns.

I love the way the corners of the triangle/setting triangles pattern print.

The corners match up nicely with the edges of the block and provide a no-fail technique to getting the triangles to finish correctly.  The other thing that I did to get these blocks to finish correctly and without fuss was to make a center match point.  I folded the pieced block in half right sides together creating creases on the side to be pieced with the triangle.  I folded the triangles wrong sides together, carefully so as not to stretch the bias edges, to create a crease.  I nested these creases together as a match point and pinned it first.  Then, I matched up the corners and pinned.  I pinned the rest of the edges in between.

I'm a pinner.  I'm not shy about using pins to secure my sections together while sewing.  I'm totally amazed by people who don't use pins, but also ask myself if they're really successful not pinning?  I think it's important to at least pin match points and/or beginning and ending points.  (The second picture also shows how those corners match up so nicely with the block edges.)


September 18, 2011

A Case for Paper Piecing

I get a little miffed when I hear someone say that they don't like paper piecing.....

I love it!

Piecing the Wedding Ring blocks have been so easy.  (I had one snafu tonight, but that was because I forgot to check No Scaling when printing a pattern this afternoon.  I'm such an idiot sometimes.  Fortunately enough, I only used one section of one block I printed.  The section finished too small.)  I almost got four blocks completely pieced in one afternoon.  If I hadn't had to fix the one section because of my printing error, feed the family, and do some laundry....

I can't imagine piecing these blocks the traditional way.  I can't imagine piecing all those HSTs individually.  So I have to rip some paper biggie!

Yes, that's the complaint I hear the most--what a pain in the butt ripping paper off is.  There are so many benefits to paper piecing blocks, though, that I think should outweigh any annoyance with this step.

I would probably never work on the Double Wedding Ring Version 2 of the Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt if I hadn't converted the block into a paper piecing pattern.  Instructions and file to be posted this week.....

I've decided that my quilt for the  Wedding Ring version of the quilt has to be bigger so I will be piecing one more B block and two more modified A blocks.

I've found another Breaking Dawn Quilt block that I want to make--paper pieced, of course!.  Unfortunately, the block pattern is no longer available as far as I can see--I've searched everywhere.  (Leo by Veronica Jones)  I think I'm going to have to get creative and draft something similar.

September 16, 2011

Under Construction

I haven't had any time to get the blog back to how it should look.  Darn it!

We're off to see some vampire Rockies baseball tonight.

I do wish I were a vampire that didn't need to sleep.

Thanks for hanging in there!

I'm so eager to get things finished.  I want to be able to work on more quilts, more patterns, and to be able to provide original projects.

Who is with me?!

September 15, 2011

Down for Maintenance

I'm making a few changes to the blog today...

I'll probably just mess it up and then have to fix it...  LOL!

I'm trying to be smart, though, and copied all my code just in case.

Thank you!

September 14, 2011

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt: Tips for Success

How many times has everyone watched the trailer????????????????????  OMG!!!  Okay, now that that is out of the way....  I'm sure glad I have quilting, soccer weekends, and football Sundays to fill the time between now and the movie.  Yeah, right, that's not going to be enough.  Is anyone surprised at how much we saw in the trailer?  I'm not sorry being the spoiler queen that I am.  MTV gives a good breakdown.

Back to our regularly scheduled post:

Beyond you me to tell anyone how to quilt......  I get myself in enough trouble with my exacting standards.

I would think that anyone would want their blocks to finish the right size and looking nice, though, right?!

I don't think it should be too annoying that I share some things that I find helpful in finishing a good block, specifically as it relates to this quilt and paper piecing projects in general.

I'll let everyone in on a little secret even though it will ruin everyone's opinion of me, my test Wedding Ring quilt block didn't finish to size.  What?!  Yes, it's true.  It was a little under 1/8" off in some places.

I made a new block with different focus fabric:

It finished just right!

I don't always sew with a scant 1/4" seam by moving my needle over that one position on my machine.  I should have known to do so with this block because of the type of block that it is with all the HSTs and sections.  If a block only has a couple of seams and isn't complicated, then sometimes I don't sew with a scant 1/4" seam.  I also take into consideration the fabric I'm using (I though the batiks would help because they're thinner and more stable.)  Consider this....  If a block loses just 1/32" per seam, which is like one to two thread counts of fabric, for four seams a block could finish 1/8" smaller.  Sewing with a scant 1/4" seam can help counteract other issues.

Here is a list of some things that one might want to consider:

1) Sew with a scant 1/4" seam for this block...accurately!

2) Be careful going over all those intersection seams, especially the HSTs, because they are tough and your machine might fight the seam a bit to be pulled off line.  If you do stray, go back and fix it!

3) Press carefully.....I am NOT a fan of using starch, steam, or sizing during construction.  I think you get distortion.  Use these products on your fabric before using them in a block.

4) Don't trust the printed seam allowance line of the pattern, necessarily, or a better thought, achieve consistency by using the same ruler for every point of construction (cutting fabric, patterns, and blocks).  I lined up my 1/4" line on my ruler with block line and NOT the printed seam allowance line to trim the section or block to size after its been sewed.  I noticed a miniscule difference in my seam allowance in some areas of certain sections sometimes when I did this, but I think it matters.

5) I cut up all my fabric for the blocks before I started and doing so really made a difference in the amount of time it took me to complete the block.  I was able to chain piece the sections and it really seemed like I was able to piece the second block a lot faster--or maybe I just knew what I was doing the second time around.  I'm going to piece all the A blocks tonight the same way.

6) Speaking of cutting fabric....  I am generous when I estimate and cut fabric for paper piecing block parts.  I think it saves time in the end.  For instance, I cut 2.5" strips of fabric for the HST's and squares.  For the HSTs, I did cut the squares into two triangles.  The triangles and squares were more than big enough to cover the pattern piece without worry and fussing.  I had a bit more waste, but less stress.  I never had to unpick and restitch a piece after discovering that it didn't cover the area or wasn't enough for the seam allowance.  (There is a handy ruler that I have onhand, but I rarely use it.  It is a good tool, though.  Add-Enough Ruler)

7) Use the shortest stitch length you can when paper piecing.  I used a 1.0 for these blocks.  Someone I used to know complained about visible stitches in their paper pieced blocks....well, she used too large of a stitch length and it showed up in the seam allowance when she pressed or worse started coming undone in the quilt.  The paper really gets perforated, too, with a short stitch length making removing the paper easier--this is the step everbody hates, right?  (The one bad thing about using a really short stitch length, though, is that if you make a mistake it makes seam ripping really tough and maybe even unsalvageable.)

8) Adjust tension as needed on your machine.  You might need to adjust tension when sewing through fabric and paper to be different from regular sewing.  Someone else I used to know wasn't mindful of tension and used too loose of tension causing thread in seam allowances to be seen, to come unsewn, and be unstable.

9) Invest in an Add a 1/4" Ruler and Add an 1/8" Ruler.  These rulers qualify as tools I can't live without!  (I used the Add and 1/8" to trim my interior block seams to 1/8" in the block sections, not the outside seam allowance, to help cut down on bulk seams.)  I use the rulers to trim my seam allowances for each seam and also to trim seams to add the next piece to cut down on waste.

September 13, 2011

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt Quilt-Along

Version 1
Wedding Ring block, 10" (paper pieced)
Ribbon Border block, 10" (paper pieced or traditionally pieced)

The quilt as pictured above features a built in border (Sally Schneider, Designing with Built-In Borders) of ribbon blocks.  An additional oustice border could certainly be added.  (I would like to try an appliqued border....maybe in another lifetime.)

Fabric needed:

Background Fabric (for all blocks and quilt), 1.5 to 2 yds (depends on how careful and frugal you are)

Wedding Ring blocks A and B, 2.5" strip fabric for each block--5 total (could be all different)

Ribbon Border blocks: 1/4yd lt to medium fabric and 1/6yd coordinating/contrasting dark fabric

Patterns:  (Be sure to print with "No Scaling" checked and see notes for Ribbon blocks)

Ribbon Block, make 4  ******add 1/4" seam allowance to all sides of sections when cutting out patterns for piecing

Ribbon Corner Block, make 4   ******add 1/4" seam allowance to all sides of sections when cutting out patterns for piecing

Setting Triangles, cut x2 17" squares.  Cut each of these squares on the diagonal twice:

Corner Triangles, cut x2 10" squares. Cut each of these squares once on the diagonal:
(***edited 10/8/11 to change to 10")


The seam allowances not included in ribbon blocks so they could print on a standard sheet of paper.  The blocks could also be traditionally pieced, but I'm not providing those instructions.

The setting triangles (marked with an S on the diagram below) are cut over-sized.  I used Sally Schneider's formula....basically, measure blocks of quilt on the diagonal and add 2".  The nice thing about cutting setting triangles using this method is that the bias edges will not be on the outside edge.

The corner triangles (marked with a C on the diagram below) are also cut over-sized.  Sally Schneider's formula calls the squares to be cut the same size as the blocks of the quilt and then cut once on the diagonal.  I like setting triangles to be over-sized and then squared up, but I think the formula is creates triangles that are too wasteful.  Essentially, a square's diagonal measurement is the square size x 1.4(14).  For this quilt, 8.25x1.414=11.67 which is oversized enough to be sewed to a 10.5" side of the corner ribbon block.

Piece all blocks, sew into rows as shown, and then add setting triangles and corner triangles.  Yes, the setting triangles will look mismatched until trimmed to fit after they are sewed to the blocks:

***sew a scant 1/4" seam (I moved my needle over one setting to achieve my scant seam allowance.)

Sew all the rows (that now have setting triangles and corner triangles attached) into the quilt top carefully as bias edges are still in play.

The quilt edges on all four sides will still have to be squared up to a 1/4" seam allowance beyond the points.

Want a bigger quilt?  Add more blocks.....

Version 2 coming soon.....

Happy Birthday, Bella!

Oops! No candles..... And, a little late to the party....

I made this block for the New Moon Quilt that never got finished after I was ousted from the other group. I modified a block from Linda Causee's 365 Foundation Quilt Blocks to make a three-layer cake as inspired by New Moon, the movie. I also have to admit that it's a direct rip of Iris Fox's Bella's Birthday Cake from the other coven's New Moon Quilt. She appliqued hers with ribbon. At the time, we said that we liked the cake, but not the colors and looked to the book for more inspiration. I still have the block stashed away. It may or may not get finished with candles and other embellishments, like flowers, that I had planned.

Happy Birthday, Bella!

Yeah, I think I'm as depressed today as I would be on my own birthday. HA!

I have something to look forward, though, right?! A certain trailer will be out for me to watch a couple hundred times this afternoon!! Oh, happy day in the land of Twilight!!!

Breaking Dawn, p. 470

Happy Birthday! she squealed.
I rolled my eyes. No one starts counting on the actual day of birth, I reminded her. Your first birthday is at the year mark, Alice.

Her grin turned smug. We're not celebrating your vampire birthday. Yet. It's September thirteenth, Bella. Happy nineteenth birthday!

I can imagine that a quilt or two decorated Bella and Edward's cottage. I don't think it's too much of a stretch considering that Esme, Rosalie, and Alice came from an era where quiltmaking and other such skills were a part of women's homemaking lives. Would Esme, Rosalie, and Alice have gotten together to make a wedding quilt for Bella and Edward to decorate their cottage? Why not?!

I still hope to get the Quilt-Along going by the end of the day. I'm stuck at work, though.....

September 12, 2011

Design Wall Monday: Bella and Edward Wedding Quilts

Happy Design Wall Monday!  (PatchworkTimes--don't forget to take the tour.)

I'll be working on wedding quilts this week.  Instructions to share tomorrow, 9/13, in honor of Bella's birthday.  The blocks are paper pieced in both quilts.

a test block

a test block

For more about the quilts, please go here and here.

For the start to the accompanying fan fiction stor, please go here.

September 11, 2011

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt Version 2: Test Complete

I took my 2.5" Bali Pop and separated out the strips I didn't like, a couple of rusty browns, and then cut them in half.  The Pop had a lot more strips than I thought so I decided for the size quilt I was making that I would only need half of each strip, if that.  I suplemented the Pop with a couple of fabric cuts that I had and wanted to use.  I separated the fabrics into like colored fabrics piles.  I had purchased a dark blue batik for something else, but decided to use it for the points of the Double Wedding Ring block.  (Some people don't care or think there is a difference in right side and wrong side of batiks, but I do so I put an x on each end of the right side of the strips.)

I drafted the paper piecing pattern in EQ7 by using a Double Wedding Ring pieced block as my template.

My pattern works!!!!  I pieced the block as a 6" block.  The seams don't nest, but they're easy to match up, pin, and sew.  I'm pleased with my results.

***remember the block looks weird at the tips because it still has the seam allowance (is unfinished)

with 6" blocks, 25.456 x 33.941"

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt Version 1: Some of the Particulars

Wedding Ring Quilt (no outside border) 42.426x42.426"

10" blocks with setting triangles

Paper Pieced

I drafted the blocks and quilt in EQ7.  I drafted the blocks with their setting triangles as my shortcut.  I needed the blocks to finish at 10" to match the setting Ribbon blocks.  As a result the block parts, like the HSTs, are an odd size.  They are a touch over 1 3/8" finished.  Paper piecing the block seemed to be the easiest and accurate way to insure that the blocks finished at 10".  I also think that it's an easier way to complete a block that has so many HST's.

I strongly recommend sewing the block sections together with a scant 1/4" seam.  (I moved my needle over one right on my sewing machine.)

The blocks:

I'm going to use batiks for my quilt.  As drawn, the background fabric is the same throughtout.  I'm not sure if I will have enough of the fabric I have.  I may have to use a different background fabric for the outside background fabric (setting triangles and  half of the ribbon blocks) because I bought all my quilt shop had.  I still think I will have an outside border, too.  I'm not sure about yardage yet.

September 10, 2011

Bella and Edward's Wedding Quilt: A Block

I'm a better quilter than a picture taker.....

10" block, paper pieced

Wedding Ring Block B (click link for pdf)

I decided to go with the smaller block.  The quilt as designed will be about 42x42" without an outside border.  I will probably add one since I have the fabric, but I am undecided on the size.  I don't need a bigger quilt for this project.  I making it more for the experience.  (Deep down, I think I'm being kind of silly and taking this Twilight thing too far.....I'm making quilts from my imagination and writing fan fiction to boot.)  I'm not saying I won't use the quilt as it fits the color scheme I want to redecorate my room in.

The block is actually the center block of the quilt even though it's the darker block.  It took me all day to piece, but I had quite a few interruptions.  I think I can piece the four remaining Wedding Ring blocks tomorrow, if I cut all my fabric out beforehand and chain piece.  The setting blocks will be a lot easier.

I'm still planning on writing up the instructions for public use.  The goal is to have them ready on 9/13.

Has everyone seen the preview of the trailer?  I'm laughing about that.  Only in fandoms like ours do we get a preview of a trailer.  I'm tickled to have seen it, though.  Bella looks hideous pregnant.  Yay!  She looks like I envisioned her from the description in Breaking Dawn.

On a personal note, the cold is hanging on to me.  I've developed a cough today.  ugh.....  We've put off our anniversary dinner until I feel better.

September 9, 2011

Cold Shoulder

I'm not looking for sympathy.....

I have a cold!  September is too early to have a cold!!  I think it has something to do with the kidlets being back in school and bring germies home.  I'm also stressed so that was probably an open invitation for them to overcome my immune system.  I felt awful all day.....

I'm still going to to try to work on things.  That is, in between soccer and other things.

My anniversary is tomorrow.  17 years!!!!!!  My husband wants to take me out to dinner tomorrow night.  I think we'll hold out until I feel better.  Darn it!

September 8, 2011

The Weekend that Wasn't

I always have the best intentions, but so often my plans go awry.  We all love holidays, but the week of work after is usually hellish.  I didn't accomplish hardly anything on the quilt front last weekend.  This week of work has been stressful, orders going astray and crabby coworkers, so I've not felt like trying to get caught up from the weekend that wasn't.

I can't say that the weekend was a total bust as I spent it with my family.  I cooked a lot--cherry pie, carrot cake, deviled eggs, pork ribs.....  We went to a college soccer game, too.  We played Dominoes with the kids and went to the park.  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

I did more computer work for the quilts than anything.  I've discussed before in other entries how I have these grand visions in my head of the way I want things to be.  I have a very hard time making it happen.  For instance, I knew that I wanted to do fusible raw-edge applique for all the applique on the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt, but I had to do a ton of research on the best way for ME to do it, especially since I didn't want use a blanket stitch.  (By the way, a HUGE thank you to alittlebitcrafty for suggesting a simple zig zag stitch instead!)  I also knew that I didn't want to have to reverse the letters, especially, for the book cover appliques, so I wanted to see if it was feasible to print the letters onto freezer paper to be ironed temporarily onto the fabric and simply cut them out.  I also wanted to experiment with a different method of fusing the letters down to find something other than Steam a Seam Lite.

I also wanted to work on the final EQ7 designs for the Bellas and Edward Wedding Quilt Quiltalong that I hope to release on Bella's birthday, September 13th.

I feel so challenged sometimes and I have to think a long time about things first.  Technology doesn't always cooperate, either.  For instance, I spent more time than I wanted to yesterday trying to figure out my multi-purpose printer.  I thought I was going crazy.....  In the past, I had been able to scan and save as a PDF.  I guess when we got the new computer, the printer was just plugged in.  My husband finally told me last night that I would have to download the scanning navigator software in order to have this function again.  Quilting is quite the adventure sometimes.

To make a long story short, this is where I'm at with everything.....

I've decided to use most of the elements for Sharon Schamber's raw edge applique, including using Liquid Stitch in place of fusible.  I tested the method on a t and a g and liked the results.  You do have to starch the heck out of your fabric to help with fraying--I'm going to try getting the starch for dark fabrics that I saw at the store to see if it works better on my black fabric instead of the Heavy Starch.  I also am going to look for some glue applicator tips locally.  If I can't find any, I will try her Bic mechanical pencil solution.  I used a zig zag stitch instead of a blanket stitch.  I used black silk thread.  I printed the letters, not reversed, onto freezer paper, ironed on the right side of my fabric, and cut them out.  I applied the Liquid Stitch, a bit messy without a smaller tip to control the flow, heat set with my iron, and then stitched.  I used a thin piece of batting as a stabilizer--I always use a stabilizer.

I used the previously downloaded Zephyr font that I placed in Word to make the applique templates for the book cover names on the Twilight Quilt.  I'm sure there was a totally better/simpler way to do it, but I ended up using the font at a size 170, including Breaking Dawn, because the font was the right height for the letters to be to fit in the area on the quilt.  I fiddled around with the documents and then ended up copying and then pasting the letters into a photo editing software.  I was able to print the titles in the length I wanted to make the letters a bit fatter than the original font was, but leaving the height the same.  I will convert all this into a pdf after I'm totally sure that it's right and make the files available like I have for the other sections of the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt.

I printed the patterns out to check the sizing and the spacing.  I will probably sew the letters closer together.  There will be a space between breaking and dawn.  There, of course, will be no white background--the black letters will be sewed to the red fabric.  I am worried about how new moon looks--the letters are the same size as in the other titles, but it looks different because there are no letters that extend above or below any of them.

September 3, 2011

Make that Zephyr 170

I've begun my Twilight Quiltathon weekend on the wrong foot.

I'm such a dummy....

The "t" wasn't the best letter to use to figure out my font size.  I forgot that there are letters that extend above and below a "t".


new moon
breaking dawn

I'm off to buy thread.......

September 2, 2011

Esme's Plan (Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt Quiltalong Companion Story/Fan Fiction)

Esme had a plan.

She couldn't bear the thought of Bella and Edward moving too far away from the family after they were married.  She knew, though, that a newly married couple needed their privacy and independence.  She had devised the perfect solution.

A cottage stood on the Cullen property.  It needed some serious work and there was such a short amount of time to finish, but with a family of vampires to help with the remodel, she wasn't worried at all.  They could do most of the work themselves and remodeling homes was her specialty.  

The cottage would make the perfect gift.  She didn't think anyone would hold it against her that her motives were a little selfish.  When Edward's feelings for Bella had deepened, she had told him to do whatever necessary to stay in Forks with the family.  Esme thoroughly support Bella and Edward's union.  She supported Bella's decision to become a vampire.  Esme felt the best thing for Edward and Bella to do would be to stay close to the family at least for Bella's first years.

The cottage would be perfect for a young married couple and newborn Bella.

Starting the work couldn't be delayed!  Esme planned on meeting with the family to finalize plans.


Alice popped her head through the cottage door.

"How can I help?" Alice asked.

Of course, Alice already knew the plan.......

(Written by Shannon LaCount)

September 1, 2011

Marcus Foster "I Was Broken"

Love it!  The song really suits me....  I really get tired of being Twilight quilter Public Enemy #1.  I want to stop dwelling on it....  I've not gotten any hate mail in awhile, but I will certainly never be welcomed into any community.  I will always be that Twilight quilter.

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