October 31, 2011

Bella with Child: Pattern

***Edited 8:30 am...I forgot one number in Section A

Finished Block Image

Feather, Feather, Feather

I have this fabric.  I'm dying to use it!  I found it at a fabric thrift store months ago....

I'm wondering if I should just use it as a background for a feather block.  I still have my heart set on including a ripped pillow in the block.

The feathers are quite large.


This is my original feather block that I still need to clean up and test.  I think there are some areas large enough in the background ares of the block that could feature the fabric well enough.

Bella with Child: Test Block

I did it!

Bella with Child, by Shannon LaCount, as pictured without seam allowance
(Designed in EQ7, paper pieced)

I think it's only fair that I review my own pattern....

I used these fabrics:

The brown for the hair worked well.  The skin tone fabric works.  I like that the purple fabric coordinates with the grey for the sweatshirt.  I should have used a darker grey, though.  There isn't enough contrast--the fabrics in the picture are actually darker than the block finished.  The hand gets lost a bit, too, and would stand out more with a darker gray fabric for the sweatshirt.

The block pieced with only one issue.  There is one area that I would need to fix before making it available.  I fixed it while sewing, but some people might not be able to do it.  Noted by the "HERE".  It's too hard to explain....  I printed my pattern as one whole block and not into separate units.  I cut the sections apart.  The lower sections with the hand and belly weren't a lot of fun because they're small, especially in a 6" block.  I only had to resew one section that I didn't match up well.  Using the Hera Marker to mark a 1/4" line and matching that line up with the edge of the corresponding section works like a charm!

The finished block was a smidge off--about 1/8".  Typically, I experienced some shrinkage in piecing.  I meant to cut the block 1/4" bigger on all outside edges, but I forgot that plan on one of the sections so I had to revert back the printed 1/4" seam that was included.

Now that I know that the pattern works, I will probably remake the block.

Be sure to visit PatchworkTimes for more Design Wall Monday inspiration....

October 30, 2011

Bella with Child: Step 2

The block should be piecable, but I still need to test it....

I changed Bella's shirt to grey because she is wearing a grey sweatshirt in Breaking Dawn when Jacob comes to see her on his suicide mission.

Is it wrong for me to be seriously pleased with myself about this design?  It's gotten me into trouble before!  I am happy, though!

Does anyone care to know my process?  I took a printed image of the block I designed yesterday and took a pen and ruler to it in order to clean it up.  I imagined myself sewing it to make sure the sections were right to be able to actually sew it.  I did have to change some of them, but I don't think doing so altered the block in any significant way.  I didn't like the hair on the left side so I changed that a bit, can you tell?  Yes, Bella is missing an arm....assume it's positioned behind her below the shoulder...or hidden by her big belly--a bit of creative license.

I was inspired by this clipart image:

If the block works, I'll make it available.

**edited 7:30 pm mst

October 29, 2011

Bella with Child

A nice start to the block....

I listened ot all of the tracks on the soundtrack.  I love all the tracks and I can't wait to get it on my IPod 11/8!  I particularly like Mia Maestro's Llovera and Sleeping at Last's Turning Page.  Which one is your favorite?

Irish Coven: Work it

In honor of the Irish Coven: Maggie, Siobhan, and Liam. Need to know more? Twilight Saga Wiki

Needs a lot of work!  I will print it out and actually rework the lines to clean them up.  I may actually try to make this in fabric....

I need to insert some red...maybe a red jewel in the center since the coven isn't vegetarian?

Inspired by....alright, copied:

October 28, 2011

Music to Quilt By

Don't forget to listen to the Breaking Dawn Soundtrack preview starting tomorrow at 10:30 am EST from the Twilight Facebook page.....

Jacob's Ladder: An Idea from the Past

(I lost a follower....  I wonder who you were?!)

I'm addicted to blogging and since I don't have anything else to write about today, I decided to delve more into my Twilight quilting past.

In trying to find my pattern for Bella and Edward's cottage, I sifted through a lot of old EQ files.  I came across an old quilt idea.  When I posted it on the TQC blog, it was met with only a lukewarm reception.  I have my ideas of why.....  I had always planned to continue to design quilts and post them as projects just for fun.

I called it Jacob's Ladder at the time because of the Jacob's Ladder block.  I never finalized the design because of everything that happened.

The paw print is paper pieced, of course!  I wanted to make paw prints for all the wolves in their colors.  The quilt above doesn't picture the blocks with the pawprints in the center.  I couldn't figure that out at the time.  I probably could today.

I also wanted to somehow include the Silver Linings Original wolves in the quilts.

Then again, I have a couple of other wolf patterns saved that I also like...

October 27, 2011

Fork's Forest (KMA Twilight Quilt)

I only have some virtual quilting to report.

There are two sections of Forks Forest at the top and bottom of the KMA Twilight Quilt.  The sections are 6"x32".  I've been working on trees, pieced and applique.  I needed a reason to learn how to draw in EQ7!  I only have a few things to share today as I'm still working on things.

I made one pp tree pattern by tracing an EQuiltPatterns pattern (link).  The nice thing about making it in EQ is that I can change the sizes easily for the pattern and before printing and not have to use a copy machine to reduce or enlarge the pattern.  The trees have to be different sizes to be interesting.

I used a grey fabric for the sky instead of blue on purpose.

I got wonky, too....  (These trees are inspired by trees in EQ Town and Country Patchwork.)

I haven't given up on applique:

 I will trace the trees in EQ to make a pattern...once I learn how to do that!

****Please note:  I have to come clean about the KMA Twilight Quilt.  It isn't my design.  The design was shared with me while a member of TQC or as known now, Twi-Quilters.  (Elizabeth Mills)  If designs and ideas can routinely be borrowed from me and other people, then I don't feel bad at all in returning the favor....  I don't know if it's an exact replica as I was working from a diagram, but it's darn close.

October 26, 2011

Caught Up in the Emotion

It's hard not to notice that I'm caught up in my anger again.  Instead of letting my quilting speak for me and expressing my love for Twilight through it, I've been dredging up old hurts and talking about them here.

I know that I'm never going to get an apology.  I know that I'm getting nowhere trying to be a thorn in the sides of those I feel injured me.  I know that I'm hurting myself.  I also recognize that I'm probably not winning anyone over with my side of things.

I'm sure that half the time people wonder what the heck I'm even talking about.  They probably wonder why we have a similar blog with a similar name.  They probably just don't care.  They probably just think I'm crazy.

Even with my apology at the time, I still, to this day, feel justified in my actions.  All of them!  I've remained unchanging in my opinions.  I'm sorry that I didn't stick to my guns, tell people that I had to change things a bit or that I refused to use their work because it was so bad.  In my defense, I did try in the beginning.  People took offense.  I sent a group letter expressing my philosophy.  I spoke with co-leaders about my issues.  I even tried to back out as leader....

I know this is because of the letter I received from the group at the time.  I know it's because Iris and Elizabeth piled on instead of advocating, especially since they were right there with me in communication and actions.  I stand by my reaction of demanding my New Moon blocks back and that my work not be used even though it was considered a "tantrum" and low.

The bottom line was that I couldn't stand or stomach my blocks being used in a quilt by those that cared so little for their work, for me, the Twilight Community, or the charity that they were making the quilt for.

It's hard for me to feel this way.  It's hard for me to be an outsider looking in.  It's hard for me to feel hated and unappreciated while they were and continue to be embraced by the Twilight Community

The silliest part of the entire situation is that I don't really want to be a member of a group of such dishonest and cruel people anyway.  The truth is, I shouldn't want to be......  The truth is that I still sometimes long to be a part of the group.

I will always be the loner that craves group interaction.  Most of the time, though, it requires me to compromise too much.  In a perfect world, people would like me for me.

The best I can promise is a better balance between Twilight quilting projects and my expression of woe.

Thank  you!

October 25, 2011

The Real Twi-Quilters: Another Chapter

Even a love of Twilight couldn't save things!  Probably because egos were involved.....

In trying to find my pattern for the Bella and Edward cottage block that I made for the Stephenie Meyer Quilt, I went back to my old blog to find the entries that I made when I worked on that block for the quilt.  (Many of the pictures have been deleted, but the words are still there.)  I was reminded about how accomodating I was more often than not while a member of the group.  I listened and acted on numerous suggestions about blocks and other instances of advice.  Not only did I receive design advice, but I received fabric that I should use, and even had one block remade or added to, by Elizabeth Mills without my knowledge.

I find it so funny how things all played out.  I was totally open to suggestions and making the best blocks possible for the quilts, but no one else seemed to be.  Funny, I'm the one with the attitude....the one who always had to get their way....  The one that received a letter listing all my transgressions.  I was stunned at the time and then burning mad.  The rest is, they say, is history....

Do you know that I still have all my private messages saved?  I can't wait to share them.

I wrote two entries about the Edward and Bella cottage block at the time I was making it.  Please remember, that I have a flair for the dramatic and sarcastic.....

Another Block to Tear My Hair Out over

Edward and Bella's Cottage Block

I'll add both entries to my Twi-Quilters page located as a tab at the top of the blog.

Twilight Moms still has the forum threads for most of the TQC chatter, like the Quilt for Stephenie Meyer and New Moon Charity Quilt.  Don't forget TQC thread #2

Fortunately, I've been reminded about my inspiration for the block!  I'll have to use it to make the pattern again since I can't find my EQ pattern anywhere.  The original block is from the EQ software Town and Country Patchwork.

I linked the library to my EQ7 so all I need to do is get busy recreating this block, but better!

October 24, 2011

Beyond the Block Twilight Quilt

I feel like I'm constantly vomiting out ideas for a million different things all the time.  Most of the time, I'm just writing about things that interest me and mostly about things I don't want to forget.

If I ever get around to making the Beyond the Block-inspired Twilight Quilt, I definitely want it to be whimiscal.

I love the graphic pictured about and think that it would be cool to include in a quilt.

I'd also like to include the 10 Things I learned from Twilight.  I have that saved somewhere, but I can't find it at the moment.

I turned on my dinosaur of a laptop this morning and was pleased to find all my Twilight fonts.  I need to transfer them to the new computer.  A couple of them aren't available for free anymore so I'm glad I have them saved!

I was disappointed that I couldn't find my pattern for Edward and Bella's cottage that I drafted in EQ when we made the quilt.  Darn it!  It has to be somewhere.  I guess I just need to look harder.

I'll stop rambling now....

October 23, 2011

A Feather

by Shannon LaCount, EQ7

A little something I drafted in EQ7 while watching football today.  It needs a bit of tweaking as it may not totally be pieceable as drawn.  I'll just clean it up a bit!  I also wish I could add a ripped pillow..... or if not, there is plenty of background that I could group some together.

I traced this feather in EQ7:

October 22, 2011

The Irish Coven: Celtic Sunrise, Anyone?

In my quest to find appropriate block ideas for the Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt that are inspired quilt representations of Stephenie's written word, I usually find so many examples to use that making a decision is next to impossible.

Try Googling celtic quilt patterns for instance!

One of my goals is to have my blocks be fairly self explanatory.  I don't really want anyone looking at my blocks and saying to themselves, "What is that supposed to be?!"  We've probably all had that experience recently......

I can't make up my mind about the Irish Coven block.

Quilter's Cache has a block that would be good and it's paper pieced!  It's called Celtric Sunrise. (link)  Even the name is appropriate.

My other favorite is an image I found online by searching for celtric shamrock:

(only credit I have is here)

I might replace Irish with √Čireannach.

I guess I'd need to figure out if I'm up to learning a new technique:

Other updates:

This is all I can manage right now.  I'm still sick.  I worked out the Isle Esme house on graph paper but I can't figure it out in EQ7.  My lines keep getting messed up because I can't figure out "snapping".  I at least know what size it will be.  I also diagrammed all the elements for the quilt back on graph paper.  Oh, my gosh!  I looked at the Jaguar pattern and it looks impossible.  I don't think the fabrics are color coded well enough for me and I don't have the money to go buy fabric anyway.  I also have a plan for the Preface block--a pregant Bella.  If I could just bring myself to sew.....

October 20, 2011

That's Easy for You to Say

I'm sick again!  A cold that has been brewing for the past couple of days hit me with full force last night.  I'm in one of my why am I bothering moods, too.  I hope to be back soon.....

Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect thet best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.

Ralph Marston

I received this in the mail yesterday:

I think it's going to be as complicated as it looks.  I think I probably should have gotten the fabric pack, too.  I should have quite the adventure picking out fabrics.

I'm hoping you won't wake and notice my absence, but, if you should,  I'll be back very soon.  I've just gone to the mainland to hunt.  Go back to sleep and I'll be here when you wake again.  I love you.

Edward, Breaking Dawn p. 119

Maybe Edward hunted a jaguar?!

Do these look like feathers?  I hope so......

October 18, 2011

A Letter for Alice

One of the many things that Twilight gave me was a renewed love for books.  I never stopped reading, but I did it to pass the time more than because I loved the written word or the authors that master it.  Twilight also steered me toward an untapped genre of literature:  Young Adult.  I still feel silly at times reading books in the genre since I'm 42, but the good thing is that I have no one to look at me sideways about my choice of reading material because of my situation.  (It's a good thing I have kids because I can always look like I'm getting books for them instead of me.)

One of my many favorite authors that I've discovered is Susane Colasanti.  I started reading So Much Closer last night and couldn't put it down.  (The book isn't one of my favorites and I feel like the story was a bit too short.  I don't know if that was the author's plan or the editor's.)  I'm going to go back and read it again before I have to return it to the library so I can catch the finer nuances of the story--I skimmed the last half last night so I could finish it before falling asleep.  I bookmarked a couple of passages because the spoke to me so much.  The main character, Brooke, moves to New York from New Jersey to be near her high school crush.  (I think almost a total rip of Felicity, if I remember that story right.....)  Brooke is very talented in many ways as the reader soon finds out.  One of her many talents is Origami--an artform in itself.  I found it easy to compare quilting to it and love this passage:

What I love most about origami is that there's always something new.  You can never master everything there is to know, whether it's a harder design than the one you just did or a completely new one nobody's thought of yet.  You can always do better than you did before.

You always get another chance.

So Much Closer, p. 27

You can always do better than you did before.  You always get another chance.

Well, not always....  I'm surprised by how many don't want to do better than they did before.  I'm more shocked when people don't help others be better.  One almost has to ask themselves why that is?

What does this have to do with A Letter for Alice and the topic of this post?  .....Oh, I don't know?!

Back during the height of the Twilight quilting craze, the fonts used for characters' handwriting in the books were shared over the 'Net.  I think I have them all saved on one computer or another at my house, but I never added them to my Fonts on the new computer.  (I should get on that!)  Many of them are still available as free downloads, but some of the links have been taken off the assorted Twilight fan sites because of copyright.  They can still be purchased if needed.

Alice's font is supposed to be Joe Hand according to much smarter people in the world than I--a well-meaing member made sure I had all the links a long time ago.  The font is still available as a free download the last time I checked.  I do see a slight difference when I write Alice's letter (Breaking Dawn, p. 558) in Word using the font, like the script capital I.

I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't go to the trouble of downloading a free font, or having someone do it for them if they couldn't themselves, writing the letter in Word, and then printing it on fabric?  How is that infringing on anyone's creativity?  If you ask them, and they say no....I guess?!  I can't tell you how many times I took suggestions about my blocks to get them right or remade things at others' suggestions for group projects.  I even had people mailing me fabric and making fabric pictures to help me get things right. (Jasper/Alice crystall ball block and the cottage block for Stephenie's quilt are good examples.)  I guess the bottom line is that I should do it, but no one else has to?  I've said enough for today.

October 16, 2011

More Doodles: A Midnight Swim

I've had a hard time getting my head around all that I wanted to accomplish this weekend.  I enjoy many quilting battles on a daily basis.  Yes, battles.  Obstacles real and imaginary, too.  I usually know what I want to do, but I have such a time accomplishing it.  I have to drawing skills to speak of. The best I can usually do is to diagram...very rougly...where I want things to go. I'm back to the plan to piece by back for the Remembering Isle Esme quilt since I couldn't find my "sand" fabric.  I kind of have a vision of things and that diagram, but I'm having difficulty working out the scale of the elements.

I ended up just doodling instead of sewing.  When I finally got motivated today to even think about sewing, I was still too fearful of trying to execute my plan and then I didn't think I had the right fabrics to make even one block to kickstart things.

So.....I doodled out another block instead.

The block as pictured isn't entirely pieceable at this point.  I know the moon and sand need to be tweaked.  It's not numbered.

base block for Midnight Swim

(Edward's ) clothes would have to appliqued on the tree because I'm not sure if I could figure out how to add them to the pattern.  I suppose I would also applique a Bella and Edward in the water.

I put the Isle Esme house aside for awhile, too.  I was getting frustrated in constructing the house in EQ.  I may sketch it out on graph paper first instead.

October 15, 2011

Back to the Drawing Board

The only thing I accomplished today was some shopping.... and a lot of thinking!

I love, love, love this fabric!  It's a batik.  I think it will be perfect for Bella and Edward's cottage.

I couldn't find anymore "sand" fabric that I used in the Remembering Isle Esme/Wedding Quilt so I'll have to figure that out.

I'm still ruminating over how to accomplish everything I want to include for Isle Esme.  I can't get the ideas out of my head and onto paper or into the computer.  At this point I may just end up making the blocks and working them into the quilt (....back?)

October 14, 2011

Remembering Isle Esme: Under Construction

I didn't have hardly any time to work on the house....  It's a wonder how things evolve--I might end up adding the Isle Esme elements to the front of the quilt afterall.  I left work a bit early today to look for fabric, but struck out.  I wasn't keen on driving across town today looking for it at JoAnn's.

The picture below is a rough, rough draft.  The house's sides are chopped off.  The fabrics I would use would hopefully make a big difference.

I'll be busy this evening with the family at a corn maze.....

....no, not this one in Tumwater, Washington.  I've warned my husband and kids that they had better not let me get lost like that family this week that called 911 for help when they did.

Isle Esme: House and a Plan?

My goal today is to get a start drafting a paper piecing pattern for the Isle Esme house as featured in the Breaking Dawn, the movie.  I doodled around last night, but I didn't save anything that I deemed usuable.

I've decided to make a block pieced back for the Wedding/Remembering Isle Esme Quilt.  I can't let the idea go....  I'll need to purchase quantities of fabric for the ocean, sand, and maybe some greens.  I'm going to use batiks.  It would be nice to find more of the sand fabric that I used on the front.

I'd like to make a dent on the project this weekend.

October 13, 2011

A Double Wedding Ring Quilt for Nikki Reed?

I think it would be the coolest thing to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt for Nikki and Paul.  As luck would have it, I have a quilt pattern waiting in the wings.....  It needs a bit of work.  I need to jazz it up a bit.  I would consider using a Bali Pop(s) for the rings.

I'm practically drolling over BP4.... (link)

I really like Rosehips, too, though!!

  I wonder if anyone might be interested in sending a signature block to be included?  hmmmmm.....

October 12, 2011

Breaking Dawn Is.......

I was looking through some books last night to pass the time and to look for inspiration.  They did the trick!

I'm not a quilting ruler breaker because usually I'm afraid to be or I don't have the time or patience to try new things.  I desperately want to make the Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt to have two sides.  I usually piece my quilt backs because I don't usually buy wide width fabric specially made for quilt backs.  (link)  I went looking for my 24 Tropical Quilt Blocks (Linda Causee) book (link) because I'm still toying with the idea of piecing the quilt back with actual blocks.  I really, really want to recreate Isle Esme.  Am I crazy?  Probably....  In my perfect world, I would also draft all my own blocks.  (Selfishly, it would be to prove a point as well as to say, see what I can do?!  There's enough going on with that in other projects, though.)  Regretfully, I don't have the time to draft a ton of patterns since it takes me for-ev-er so I have to rely on available patterns so I would rely on Linda's book or even hit up Silver Linings for more.

What I should do is just piece a plain back and send it to the quilter already!  I'm hating on myself right now.  My only recourse would be to distract myself with another project.

On that note:

I have two quilts that are calling my name.  I've thought about one before and even bought something for it, but I never started it.  Typically, both quilts are inspired by other designs.

I've always wanted to make a Beyond the Block quilt. (link)  In fact, the New Moon Charity Quilt was to have a bit of improvisation in the design.  One of the complaints about the Stephenie Meyer Quilt was that Elizabeth's modified design of my Medallion Layout required that the focus blocks be 5" which is an odd measurement and, well, small....  I suggested at one point that the focus blocks for the New Moon Quilt that members would make individually could be any finished size up to 12" as long as they were divisible by 2...2", 4", 6", 8", 12".  The idea was poo pooed.  (I honestly think it was because some members were too dumb to grasp the concept.)  I bought a Twilight T-shirt on Ebay last year with a Beyond the Block quilt in mind.

I'm also leaning towards making a Breaking Dawn Is..... quilt.  I shameless point to being inspired by one of my favorite designers, Nancy Halvorsen, and this quilt.  (link)  If you can imagine, I would have a Breaking Dawn Is.... block in the center of the quilt (in Zephyr font, of course).  Other quilt blocks would surround that block:

Love's Celebration (Wedding Dance block)
Passion's Embrace (Feathers)
A Mother's Love (Bella and Renesmee)
A Chaning Heart
Family (Cullens, etc.)
Running with the Pack (Wolves!)
Adventure (Searching the world for witnesses)
***** (Volturi)
Strategy (Breaking Dawn book cover)

All of the block ideas are just a starting point.  I need more ideas so feel free to share.

Off to EQ!

October 11, 2011

Fan Made is Best: Bruno Mars "It Will Rain" Vid

and a new T.V. spot with new footage tomorrow........... I'm in heaven!

I'm going to try to attend Twilight Saga Tuesdays in November if there any tix left.

I've got some more quilty things up my sleeve, too.


KMA Twilight Quilt: A Sneak Peak

****Please note: I have to come clean about the KMA Twilight Quilt. It isn't my design. The design was shared with me while a member of TQC or as known now, Twi-Quilters. (Elizabeth Mills) If designs and ideas can routinely be borrowed from me and other people, then I don't feel bad at all in returning the favor.... I don't know if it's an exact replica as I was working from a diagram, but it's darn close.

I've got all the block spaces set into the EQ7 layout.  I just need to label the blocks.  I just ran out of time today.

And, speaking of layouts, I have posted an entry about how a quilt layout started all the trouble with the New Moon Charity Quilt at Twi-Quilters.  (link)


Ha, I got it done and I learned something new in EQ.  I used layer two and the Applique Text Tool to label.