January 30, 2011

I Missed Me

I find it hard to believe that it's been this long since my last post.  What have I been doing?!  I had a job crisis.  I spent a weekend in a crazed state after giving notice on a Saturday and then immediately regretting it.  For a few seconds after hitting Send, I had delusions of grandeur that I was going to be a SAHM who could quilt all day in between watching court T.V. shows.  Yes, I said seconds....before I hit the panic button.

Crisis averted.....

I even had the quilting stuff put away for about a week because I had deemed myself unworthy on most levels.

I'm back for better or worse.

I just finished up a non-Twi project and I feel like a have a bit of my quilting mojo back.

It's really a shame that I lack imagination.  I have been trying to figure out a setting for the Breaking Dawn quilt.  I can't seem to come up with anything on my own.  No surprise there.....

I like this quilt:

Imagine Breaking Dawn blocks for the colored blocks.  It's a start....  I only wish I could figure out how to get the ideas I have racing around my head at all hours of the day and night onto paper and into fabric.

January 21, 2011

Breaking Dawn Title Treatment

High res versions are available.  I'm not surprised.  It's the same type of treament as the other movies in the series.

January 14, 2011

Bella Swan's Wedding Quilt: Long on Ideas, Short on Everything Else

I often think about what I could accomplish if I didn't have to work, sleep, do housework..... or if I was a vampire quilter with unlimited time on her hands. Of course, this is all assuming I'd be motivated to do it all?  There's also my lack of organization and how I manage to waste time like nobody's business!

I'm sure that it's been noticed that I have a ton of ideas, but I'm horrible at the execution.  There is the time factor as my fallback excuse, but there's also all my personal demons to consider that make me not even try because I'm afraid of failing.

What does all this have to do with anything?!

I keep throwing all these ideas out there about the quilts I want and NEED to make (because I said I would.)  Not a whole lot gets done, though.....

I embarrassed at this point to even bring up anymore but, like I said, I'm all about ideas and dreams for new quilts.  I'm hoping it doesn't hurt to talk about them.

I emailed Desteenation today to see if they would be willing to work out a package deal for all of the shirts that they still have available that were used in Bella's quilt.  I can so dream about making a real version of Bella's quilt!

I've also had this dream for a VERY long time of making a wedding quilt for Bella and Edward.  Maybe I've been reading too much fan fiction, but in my imagination I've imagined that Esme either made or procurred an antique wedding quilt for Bella and Edward's bed in their cottage.  Her doing so wouldn't be too much of a stretch of the imagination given her background (the time she grew up in and the customs of that time), her love of restoration and antiques, and how special she made their cottage with furnishings and interior design.

Double Wedding Ring
From the Annual 1999/2000 Issue Vintage (McCalls)
Owned by Nancy Ferguson

I've been researching traditional Double Wedding Ring quilts online while not at home (if you know what I mean).  I found this site which provides a narrative about the origins and history of the DWR quilt.

I've come across pattern books, online patterns, and new version patterns.

I've never made a quilt this challenging before.  I would be scared to death!  I'm still putting it on my quilt list, though!

January 13, 2011

Breaking Dawn Quilt for Charity

The time has come to start talks about a Breaking Dawn quilt for charity.

I would be very interested to hear any and all ideas about the quilt.  Design, blocks, proposals for how to use it to raise money....  I'm tired of being on an island.  If you have a design for a quilt or a block, send it to me.  It could be stick figures drawn on a napkin!

I was thrilled to see this pic first thing this morning!  (Don't go if you don't want to be spoiled before the honeymoon.)  I'll be hunting down my copy of EW tomorrow!

I will be getting out Breaking Dawn to refamiliarize myself with all the little details of the book.

January 11, 2011

Breaking Dawn Pattern: So Far So Good?

I have finished the paper piecing part of this block.  I'm questioning some of my choices, of course.  I wanted to give some definition to the chess board from the background, but I don't know if I made the right choice.  I used the swirl fabric to tie the block to the other book cover blocks, but I don't think it looks right.

The last sections weren't tough to piece individually, but somewhat difficult to piece together to make the block as a whole.  The pieces got very tiny.

The chess pieces pictured are paper.  I was just trying to see if I was on the right track before going all the way with the actual applique.

I used a picture of the actual Breaking Dawn book cover to make the paper piecing pattern so it is truly a close representation of the book cover.  I did place the block on point so the black pieces of the board do extend out more than in the actual book cover.

Next up applique!

Please note that another pattern has been released for Breaking Dawn since I started working on my version.  I'm sure I will have to try it......

January 7, 2011

Bella's (T-Shirt) Quilt from Eclipse: Links to the Shirts for purchase

I will continue to update as I find them and have time...

The Longboard Restaurant and Pub


Huggo's Restaurant and Bar




(by the way Desteenation seems like a good place to find funky T-Shirts for a quilt like Bella's....  They have a long list of cool shirts that they sell and a part of the profit goes back to the establishment, etc.)

Mutt Lynch's


Top Pot Doughnuts


Paragon Bar and Grill


Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant and Fish Market


Herkimer Coffee


Shellback Tavern


Huntington Beach Beer Company


Cliff House at Seal Rocks


Hawaii Lifeguards Surf Instructors


Bauhaus Books and Coffee


High Dive




El Camino


Snorting Elk Cellar


Targy's Tavern


Washoe House


Golden Dragon Sport Fishing


The Stinking Rose
**shirt is different than one in quilt


Rat City Rollergirls


Twinline Motorcycles


Andy's Produce


Matsumoto Shave Ice


Shanghai Kelly's Saloon
(*listed as currently unavailable)



Honolulu Scuba Company
(*I can't be sure because picture of quilt isn't clear enough.  It's located in bottom row, 3rd from right)



Blue Moon Burgers
*checking on availabilty of shirts

Scott's Apiary (Scott's Apiaries)

Sam's Anchor Cafe

From the Script: Bella's (T-Shirt) Quilt from Eclipse

Renee squeezes her hand a beat, then glances back at Edward.

RENEE : The way he watches you. It's like...He's ready to leap in front of you and take a bullet or something.

BELLA : ...And that's a bad thing?

RENEE : It's ...an intense thing. And you, you're ... different with him. If he moves, you move - like magnets.

BELLA : We're just, you know....

RENEE : In love, I get it. I just want to make sure you're making the right choices for you. Cause you're the one cho has to live with them.

Bella takes this in - her choice much bigger than mere geographical location. Renee sees her face cloud.

RENEE : Alright, enough with the heavy --

She reaches under chaise and pulls up a large box.

RENEE : -- Happy graduation!

She sets the box on Bella's lap. Bella is dismayed.

BELLA : Mon, I asked you not to waste your money --

RENEE : -- I didn't. I swear.

Bella opens the box - to gind a QUILT. As she unfolds it, realizes what it is, emotion wells up --

BELLA : Our trip T-shirts!

RENEE : Thought they'd make a nice quilt. To keep you warm up there.

REVEAL that each roadside attractions from around the Americas. Renee points --

RENEE : Remember that one ? From Ensanada --

BELLA : Saul's Snake Farm and Taqueria --

RENEE : God knows what was in those tacos.

BELLA (re : another patch) : The three-headed lobster in Maine! Thing gave you nightmares --

RENEE : But you were all, "Wow, cool!" Already the science geek at ten.

They laugh together, remembering their past.

BELLA : This is amazing, Mom.

RENEE : We'll add to it when to the world's tallest catsup bottle. And the chewing gum art museum...

Renee wraps the quilt around Bella as --

RENEE : I didn't want you going to Alaska without me - or some part of me.

Bella suddenly hugs her as sif for the last time, and perhaps it will be.

BELLA : I'm going to miss you. So much.

Renee's a little surprised by Bella's emotionalism, but hugs her back. Off the two of them...

Breaking Dawn Movie and....Quilt

Some may be questioning my enthusiasm for everything Twilight.  It has waned a bit......for no other reason that I don't have really anyone to share it with other than being here.  Much of the fun I had with it was being a part of a group at TMs, etc.  But, never fear, I'm still having more fun with it than anything else in my life right now.  I still stop by fan sites every day to stay informed about happenings, specifically with Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2.  (Speaking of, there is a Wyck Godfrey interview at USA Today that answers many of the burning questions I had about the movies.  Check it out if you want to know, too!)

Not lost in all this are my Twilight quilting endeavors.  I'm in a rut to be sure!  I can write about stuff all I want, but I'm not really sewing all that much.  There aren't any completions on the immediate horizon.

I'm worried......

Forget even thinking about making anything for Breaking Dawn at this point.

January 6, 2011

Breaking Dawn Pattern: Testing

I'm really sorry I haven't gotten any more done on the Breaking Dawn Book Cover block!  I have a sewing weekend planned for this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it.

I mentioned in this post that I had messed up the block.  I decided to start over instead of trying to save it.  I have pieced three of the sections and have five more to go.  I pieced the three sections together last night.  The last section was a little off so I took it apart and shifted it a bit with better results I think.

(**Sorry!  The pic is a little fuzzy.....)

This is what I'm going for:

The block will finish on-point, though, like the other blocks I have made (with the point of the block on the diagonal)

The white fabric I used is frosted with bits of grey in it.

January 5, 2011

Bella's Quilt in Eclipse: Some Screen Caps from Special Features on DVD

After I watched the feature about Bella's quilt in Eclipse in the extras on the DVD and blogged about it, I made a slideshow of some of the screen captures from the featurette.  Please note:  no copyright infringement is intended.  I strongly suggest that everyone watch the feature as presented by Nevin Swain, Co-Prop Master, to hear all about the quilt(s).....

Please note the Ensenada shirt and the 3-headed lobster shirt specifically mentioned in movie dialogue.

I still haven't been able to order a horseshow crab shirt.  (I talked about the shirt in this post.)  I wonder if they are still available?

As mentioned in the featurette, most of the shirts were specially made for the quilt.  In my spare time, perhaps I can research if anymore are actually available for purchase.

January 4, 2011

Eclipse DVD: I Forgot About the EXTRAS

If I had a $1 for every person that visited this site looking for a T-Shirt Quilt like Bella's, I'd be richer.....

I rushed right out and bought the Eclipse DVD upon its release, but I've only watched it once--very sad, but true!  It's hard to get T.V. time in my house with only the one T.V.  I've been dying to watch the three movies again in succession, especially with the new 42" T.V., but securing time has been even more difficult with the Xbox to contend with.

I didn't watch more than the deleted scenes when I watched Eclipse that one time.  I'm kicking myself because I've learned that the making of Bella's T-Shirt quilt is discussed in one of the featurettes.  I would have never had known had it not been for a visit by Twilidiot.  The blog features this very cool post about T-Shirt quilts and I even get a mention!  Thank you Gretchen!!!!!  I'm very grateful, because to be honest, I don't know if I would have ever watched those extras.  What kind of fan am I?!

I need to watch those extras......


I rushed home to watch the Eclipse DVD Special Features to find the part about Bella's quilt.  (It's in Part 2, "Pre-Production: Setting the Stage" of the 6-Part Documentary.  The part about the quilt is in the very last couple of minutes of this part, starting at the 10:59 mark.)  So cool!  400 hours all told to design each individual shirt, produce them, age them, and sew three quilts.  Wow!!  I wonder what happened to the quilts?!

I would still like to contact the prop person and say thank you.  There a couple of great pictures I could use to reproduce the quilt.....  I loved that I finally got to see the whole quilt and how the shirts were set.

January 2, 2011

Breaking Dawn Pattern: Take Two

I commented on my difficulties in finding time to sew.  My family is very demanding and I'm a touch distracted.  My husband has been cool enough to get me some books from the library and I've been immersed in another adult vampire series.  He knows of my vampire obsession, and even though he mocks it routinely, he knows that I'm not going to change.  An acquaintance of his suggested I read J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series....I can only imagine how my love of vampires came up and the ensuing conversation.  The books are very intense and adult which is a good change of pace.

I knew I had to get back at some Twilight quilting, though, so I pulled out the Breaking Dawn Book Cover Pattern.  I started it, but had to stop to run my 14-year old daughter out for some shopping.  It's just as well because, I could see that I had made some mistakes.  The piecing was going overall very well with seams matching with ease and my happiness with my fabric choices.  I'm pretty darn happy because I don't have to struggle so much with the piecing because my patterns actually seem to work unlike the other C.M. patterns I have to fiddle with so much.  I'm increasingly more sold on the idea that I need to make my own patterns for everything instead of trying to use the poorly formatted patterns of hers.

The goal is to have the block finish on-point, but still resemble the book cover closely.  I got confused with the last part and used a wrong fabric in one of the sections so I'll have to start over!