June 30, 2011

Section 3: New Moon

No sewing last night.....at baseball until 9:30!  My daughter's team lost 16-18 with her striking out to end the game.  Heartbreaking!  She went 1-3, good by baseball standards, but she was still pretty upset.  Her coach put her in the lead-off postion based upon her performance in her last game and she was a nervous wreck.  I tried to tell her that her team had plenty of chances to win the game and that she was part of a team, but she was pretty inconsolable.  It didn't help that one of her teammates took her hat as their own when she left it on the bench to go bat and she ended up with someone else's sweaty hat.  She may be playing baseball with the boys, but she's still a girly girl.....

I still don't have a computer at home.  I'm also pretty down about things.  If I didn't feel obligated, I don't know if I'd finish this journey.  I have to keep telling myself that I'm quilting for me ultimately, but it's hard to fool yourself 24-7.

Section 3 will feature three New Moon blocks.  Pictures in place of pieced blocks in the version of the quilt I'm making due to circumstances.  I have a home in mind for this quilt so all is not lost.

I think I've settled on using these pictures:

I tried to find a good picture of the Volturi scene, but I can't. Unless I feel like firing up the laptop and trying to get a good screen capture from the movie, I will use this picture:

or maybe this one as such a rectangular picture poses printing challenges....

I do so love Charlie Bewley as Demetri!

Or, maybe this one:

June 28, 2011

One more Picture Block: Section 1 almost finished

As I struggle just about everywhere else in my life, I at least have this one place of comfort.  I may tear my hair out over these projects, but they do keep me going......

I'm sneaking in as much quilting as I can every night.  My daughter had her first baseball game last night.  This is her first year playing and she was so nervous.  She is having to learn everything--catching, hitting, and the rules of the game.  I keep telling her to keep it simple and listen to her coaches because they will tell her what to do.  I couldn't help thinking about Vampire Baseball.....  She got two hits last night--dribblers up the third base line.  She beat the throw to first on one, but was out on the second.  I think she was so shocked that she hit the ball that she forgot what to do--run to 1st, silly girl!

I have decided that the third picture for Twilight will be of the Nomads:  James, Victoria, and Laurent.

I've got a couple in mind, but I'm torn about which one to use.  I have a movie still and another picture that is more of a drawing (?) like the movie poster picture I used.

Maybe I just made up my mind afterall?

June 27, 2011

Design Wall Monday: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt 6/27/11

Thank goodness for a working computer and lunch time.....at work!

I've used a lot of printer ink so I'm not sure how many more I can print before having to purchase another  color cartridge.....on Thursday.  I've not done a lot of printing photos on fabric so I'm learning as I go.  I can tell that I need to figure some things out to see if it's just me or the way it is.  I edited the picture to be square for printing.  The picture above is my third printed.  I was an idiot and printed the first one without considering seam allowance at 7".  It also printed wonky on the fabric for some reason and wasn't square when I peeled the backing off to soak in cold water.  I printed the next picture at 8", but it was too big--I did so with the idea of squaring it up to 7.5" but I lost too much of the photo.  The third was printed at 7.5" and I squared it up to be able to be used as a block.  I had to be careful to square it up so that none of the white photo fabric would be included in the finished block.

The printed quality is not that wonderful....  The picture has a lot of dark colors and I don't think that helps.  I am curious to see if I would get different results from Bubble Jet Set 2000 treated fabric.  I'm using Printed Treasures photo fabric sheets for their convenience.

It also occurred to me that if I were going to make another quilt with photos instead of pieced blocks, I would scale down the quilt by making the blocks smaller.  I think smaller blocks would help with the graininess of the photos on fabric.  I don't even want to think about that right now.  I'm having a tough enough time finishing the instructions for this size.....

June 26, 2011

A Quicker Quilt

I'm popping in briefly to say that even without regular computer access, I'm still around.

I've been working on the quilt and instructions here and there.  I worked on Section 1 so that I could figure out the rest of the red frame that will feature the book cover names.

I originally drew the quilt on graph paper.  I changed the way a few of the blocks were pieced from the way they were drawn, but it looks the same as the drawing.  The blocks haven't been pieced together yet.

I'm on the hunt for Twilight Saga movie pictures.  This version of the quilt will be the quick version of the quilt.  Pictures will be printed on photo fabric and will be used in place of the feature mystery blocks.  I am using Printed Treasures photo fabric.  It is so difficult to decide which pictures to use!

My first choice:

I think I am going to use a movie poster picture for one of each of the three pictures per book.

June 22, 2011

Section 1: A Small Victory

Section 1

I finished sewing Section 1 tonight (version 1).  I had no problems.  I'm so glad that all the red ribbon parts line up exactly.  I love how it turned out!

EQ5 Drawing of Section 1

I had another small victory tonight.  My laptop stayed on most of the night and I was able to redraft Section 1 in EQ5.  Yay!  The grey area is where the Twilight Hands block is featured.  I didn't take the time to insert it.... or, really, to figure it out.

I hope to have instructions up by Monday at the latest for Step 2:  Section 1.

Quilting=Computer Work

I'm not sure if I like all the computer work I've been having to do to be a better quilter.  I'm a jump to it and sew it type of person.  I can see the benefits of planning, but it's a lot of work...............

The computer still isn't fixed at home.  My laptop isn't going to work to fill the gap because the battery is old and the computer isn't recognizing my power supply most of the time.  I had thought I was going to use it with the old EQ5 that is on it to make the rest of the paper piecing patterns and diagrams for the quilt instructions, but I'm not going to be able to.  We don't seem to be in any hurry to fix the computer for a number of reasons, including financial ones, so I'm in a major bind.

Wow!  Who new I wouldn't be able to quilt without a computer?!  Well.....I can still quilt, but it's proving to be more difficult than I want to try.

June 21, 2011

Step 2: Section 1 Preview (Twilight Mystery Quilt)

The blocks for Step 2 (Section 1) have been completed.  I didn't have many issues except for one little block, a 2x4" Flying Geese block, that I cheated and paper pieced.  All the other setting blocks were traditionally pieced, although I did use some shortcuts.

The Twilight Book Cover/Twilight Hands block still needs to be framed in 1/2" fabric strips.

I stayed up way too late, but I wanted to finish the blocks.  They aren't sewed into their rows, but I think one can get the idea.

Section 1 from the quilt drawing:

June 20, 2011

Design Wall Monday: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt

I'm still trying to get over the computer being broken at home.  My husband now thinks the CPU is shot?!  I don't know what that means except that it beeps in alarm when turned on and doesn't work!  I'm still fretting that all might be lost.  I really hope not!

I couldn't work on any of my patterns this weekend as a result.....  I'm debating whether or not to try loading EQ7 on my dinosaur of a laptop or at another not to be named place.  Since I created the first versions of the patterns by hand, all isn't lost and it wouldn't be too much work to import the drawings and trace in EQ7 again if I were to load EQ7 on another computer.  I was working on the instructions for the paper piecing version of Section 6 and Section 8 after making a test version in fabric, but I hadn't finished them so they didn't get uploaded to Wordpress.  I don't have the energy to recreate them right now.  I'm pretty frustrated and I am trying to stay motivated.

I always wish that I could get more done.  I'm sure my husband thinks I'm being silly about making these quilts based upon his comments.  I wish people would just be more supportive of my endeavors and not try to drag me down so much, especially since I do such a good job of that on my own.  What difference does it make if I'm making three quilts and doing this project?!  Who am I hurting?  I'm not letting the house go to pot, etc!

This is my design wall today:

The blocks on the left are the first version I made.  The two red fabrics don't have much contrast, although a bit better than the picture shows.  I had started paper piecing the blocks, but then I decided to provide traditional piecing instructions so it also contains some of those blocks.  (I think I'm going to use this version for the quilt that I'm going to use movie pictures printed on fabric for the feature blocks.)  The blocks on the right are actually the second time I tried and all the blocks were traditionally pieced.  I've decided it's my favorite because I really like the fabrics I used and they have enough contrast.  The middle version contains all paper pieced blocks.  I used fabrics that looked like satin from the same line with good contrast.  This version is my son's favorite.  Paper piecing the blocks is a quicker method in my opinion.

I started work on Section 1 last night:

I'm running out of design wall space so I had to put this section on top of the ribbon blocks.  The blocks are traditionally pieced using some shortcut methods so I didn't have to use templates.  The section consists of the Twilight Book Cover/Twilight Hands block at 11" with 1/2" sash on all four sides set in the middle of some checkerboard blocks with a pieced ribbon effect.  The blocks are really easy to make and will be even easier to make from paper piecing patterns.

June 19, 2011


My home computer died this morning.  My husband thinks the mother board is toast, but that the hard drive is okay.  I hope so since we've never heard of a good back-up at my house.

What does this mean?

My EQ7 program and files were on the home computer....

I have no idea when I'll be up and running again.

June 17, 2011

Not SO Off Topic: Harry Potter Quilt Patterns and Tutorial

I have many sources of inspiration for quilting....  I've mentioned them many a time before:  Silver Linings Originals, Ruth B. McDowell, and Cynthia England.

I missed the boat on Harry Potter.  The books came and out and the craze began before I realized that it was okay as an adult to read them.  I've read up to Order of the Phoenix and had intended to finish the series before the final movie came out, but I've been distracted by other things.  My sister is a huge fan and would love a quilt, but I'm so caught up in other projects and my time is so limited that I keep putting off making a quilt.

I have no need to make my own patterns because there are some amazing ones already available!  Fandom in Stitches has been mentioned before.  One of the associated designers, Connie, is an excellent resource.  Her blocks are designed with a lot of detail which I like.  Her page on how she designs her patterns was the final piece of information that boosted my confidence to a level that got me believing that I could make my own Twilight paper piecing patterns.  Her site has been saved in my sidebar for months, but here is the link and her Harry Potter patterns.

Connie has just completed an amazing tutorial page for paper piecing!

I don't think I'll be able to resist making a Harry Potter quilt much longer......

A Twilight Quilting Weekend

I'm planning on working on as much Twilight quilting as I can cram into the weekend.  I don't have a baseball practice tonight to go to.  My weekend is pretty clear except for Father's Day.  I will be doing a bit of cooking for my husband.


I have the Lion and Lamb pattern to work on.  I want to work on the lion's mane a bit more by moving some of the lines around.  I'm dying to test the pattern.  I picked up some fabrics at the resale quilt shop I visited the other day that I'm going to use.  The Meadow pattern needs a lot of work!  I'm not liking Bella's hair.  I'm having the same issues with her hair as I'm having with the lion's mane.

I purchased more white fabric for the Twilight (Mystery) version that uses paper piecing patterns for the Pyramid blocks that make up the Eclipse Broken Ribbon border.  I think that I am going to write the instructions for this version of the quilt to include the extra row of blocks so that I can have four more of the featured blocks for a total of 16.  I'll have to find some black fabric in my stash.  I was shocked to see prices creeping up to $11.35/yd at my quilt store yesterday.

I will also be working on the other two test quilts and completing the instructions for the next section that features the Twilight Book Cover (Twilight Hands) block, Section 1.

I can see that when all is said and done that I will probably make some changes to the sectioning of the quilt and the instructions for a final version of the pattern.  This sounds ominous, but anyone working along with me know as I make the quilt and post instructions will have a good quilt.  There are things I would do and write differently, though, for a final version.  The results will be the same!

I have fallen in love with a quilt called Counterpoint.  I saw it made up at a quilt store yesterday and purchased the pattern.  (More examples of the quilt at Robert Kaufman's site.)  I'm toying with using the Volturi Midnight Ball (Spoonflower) fabric in it.  I'm with everyone else that I wish I would make up my mind!

June 16, 2011

The Meadow: Work in Progress

I'm loving summer!  I was up until 2:00 the other morning sewing and taking first run at The Meadow pattern.  I was very tired last night, though, and ended up going to bed pretty early.  I still managed to get the drawing into EQ7 for my first run there.  I'm looking forward to the day when I will be confident enough to start in EQ instead of doing a version by hand first, although I've been working on things like this by hand while hanging out at my kids' baseball practices so I might never.

I know I've described my process before, but I thought I would again in this post to give me something to do to kill the time at my day job.

First of all, I was very leery of even trying to do The Meadow as a paper piecing pattern because of Edward and Bella.  I think people are just hard, expecially if the pattern isn't just the face and the block is smallish!  The bigger the block, the more detail and easier it is.  Faces and hands are difficult regardless.  Most of the patterns I've seen have the people with blank faces and undefined hands.  The Meadow by Cat Magraith.  Why not just use that pattern?  Long story.....  Christine Thresh also has patterns with people.  Then, there is my block Wedding Dance block that I made for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt from a Quilts with Style pattern. 

I decided to try to make a pattern from the Twilight Graphic Novel book jackets since the second book was recently revealed with Edward on the cover.

I did try to include the hands, but then I gave up....

I decided to edit the photo by cropping part of the arms and hands out.  I put the photos back together and tried again.

Hand sectioned:

In EQ7:

With fabrics--I made some errors so it needs editing:

But, what am I going to do about their faces?

Blank.....creepy or not?  In fabric....maybe--really tough.  I've been wanting to try embroidery, colored pencils, and paints--something to think about.

Funny story:

I was at a quilt store close to my house yesterday.  I admit to needing a fabric fix.  This store is a good place for impulse shopping as it doesn't cost as much:  $5/yd for resale fabric.  I was asked if I might be interested in taking a paper piecing class.  I had a good laugh.  I told the ladies that I was an avid paper piecer and that I was trying to design some of my own patterns.  I was told that if I was every interested in selling any to let them know.  I would never even try.....

June 13, 2011

Lion and Lamb: To be Tested

I wouldn't mind knowing what you think......

For anyone who thinks that they can't do this, please don't sell yourself short!

I started with this picture:

I figured out the best place to place my first line to cut the block in half and then kept dividing it up.  I tried to keep as much detail as I could because that's my thing. I used a pencil and ruler for this step.

When I was happy, I drew over the lines using a Sharpie and ruler. I scanned the picture and then cropped it. Next, I imported it into EQ7 and traced my lines. This was the easy part. I didn't like how the lion looked on the lower left side--them mane was bugging me. I kept adding lines and editing until I got it to look okay to me. I also had to tweak the lamb's left eye a bit. I think I spent more time figuring out the fabrics. The lion in the picture is in more orange shades. I decided on golds instead.

I haven't tried to number yet.  I think it will work.  If I do run into any issues, I think they will be easy to fix. If I let EQ7 number it for me, this is what it looks like--mirror image for paper piecing:

(image only)

Destructions...I Mean, Instructions

The funniest thing about the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt is me writing instructions for anyone else.

I rarely follow instructions when I make a quilt.  I've gotten in trouble more times than I can count with this bad habit, but it's more frustrating for me to use instructions than it is for me to not and correct any mistakes I make along the way.

I can usually look at a quilt, see its parts and make it from there.

The other thing that is hindering my process is that I rarely traditionally piece anything any more.  I look at blocks and make patterns in EQ7 for the simplest of block parts, including Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese.  I don't have to worry so much about measurements as long as my pattern prints the right size, I'm good to go.  I know that I'm in the minority so I've made extreme efforts to make diagrams and write instructions for traditional piecing of the quilt.  I couldn't not use shortcuts, though, and have blocks finish oversized to be squared up.

While doing all this work, I'm wondering if it's all worth it.  What is the purpose?  Am I doing it just for me?!

I'm not complaining....  I'm just not one to keep things bottled up inside.

Step One has been tested.  If there are errors, I'm not seeing them or I'm blind to them even after proofreading and physically making the part of the quilt from the instructions.

Step One (Section 6 and Section 7) **edited 7/6/11

I could end up with three quilts by the time all is said and done because I'm making the quilts with real fabric.  I might as well, right?  It's not like I don't think I can find homes for them.  I could even keep one for myself--now there's a thought.

I'll keep moving forward.  I'm working on another section right now.  I'm actually learning alot and so much so that I think I would even be able to complete a setting for the Eclipse Quilt that I never finished.  I'd sure hate for all those blocks to go to waste!

June 12, 2011

The First Test

I completed a test of the first step instructions for the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt....kind of.

I had some blocks already in progress so I didn't really test the instructions from beginning to end.  I did correct a few errors in the pressing instructions.  If anyone saved the instructions, you might want to hold off on printing or starting until I get them totally tested.

I'm going to try to do this as soon as I finish this post.  I think I found enough of a white fabric in my stash to make another quilt.

June 11, 2011

Twilight (Mystery) Quilt Step One: Broken Ribbon Border

Twilight (Mystery) Quilt Step One:  Broken Ribbon Border (click for link to PDF file)

I haven't completely tested the pattern.  I'm doing so now.  Writing the instructions and including all the diagrams took a lot longer than I though it would.

I will be uploading paper piecing patterns in the future.

June 10, 2011

Bigger Could be Better: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt

It occurred to me belatedly that I could have added another row of blocks to the quilt to gain three more feature blocks.

I'll probably provide that as an alternative option, but I'm going to go with what I have for now.

I'm stuck at work, but I can't wait to get home and sew!

I'll be piecing the Broken Ribbon border tonight and testing the Lion Lamb paper piecing pattern if I can find fabric that appeals to me in my stash.

June 9, 2011

Twilight (Mystery) Quilt: Getting Started

**sections have been revised since this post!

The quilt measures 60"x78" as drawn.

Here are the fabric estimates:

White, 2.5 yards (checkerboard and broken ribbon border)
Black, 2.0 yards (checkerboard and broken ribbon border)

Red #1 (lighter shade for broken ribbon border), 1/2 yard
Red #2 (darker shade for broken ribbon border), 1/4 yard

Red #3 (framing strips for feature blocks), 1/4 yard (not a FQ)
Red #4 (book names strips), 1/4 yard

***fabric amounts are estimated and generous for most

***fabric amounts don't include yardage needed for Twilight Hands Book Cover Block, tulips, chess pieces, book cover names, backing nor binding

***fabric amounts were calculated for traditionally pieced blocks
(I will provide both instructions for traditionally pieced blocks and paper pieced blocks when applicable.  I am less precise in cutting fabric and always use oversized pieces when I paper piece.)

The outline drawing for the quilt top.

The outline drawing of the quilt is highlighted to show how the quilt has been sectioned for piecing.  The quilt design is such that the blocks won't be pieced block by block into rows.  Piecing the blocks into sections as shown will also allow for the applique to be completed by section.

Instructions will include directional seam pressing suggestions.  (Some people like to press their seams open.)

Sections 6 and 8 are a good place to start.  Instructions will be posted by 6/10/11, evening.


4x4=16 NOT 12

Life is chock FULL of embarrassing moments....

4x4=16 NOT 12

For some reason I thought I had 4 blocks from each book to cram into this quilt and now I know I only have 3.


Hitting Bottom: How Important is a Lion's Bottom?

Just how important is a lion's bottom in the scheme of life?  I'm simplifying things, but I'm looking to leave out more than a bottom and tail in the Lion and Lamb pattern......

Let me know what you think!  I am dying to know!!  (Pattern needs some tweaking and is missing some lines--I especially need to work on the lions mane to give it detail.)

June 8, 2011

Ready, Set, GO: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt

The instructions for the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt will be released June 10, 2011.

The instructions will be for the quilt top, but not the featured blocks.  (**Edited:  Instructions in a second part will be given for the appliqued chess pieces, tulips, and book cover names.)

I will release instructions for those after I design them, which as evidenced by my sad little post yesterday, is a struggle.  I'm working on getting my quilting mojo back so, once I get one under my belt, hopefully the others will just zoom out of my brain, etc.

If anyone doesn't want to wait for my featured blocks, there are plenty of alternative options available.  For instance, photos from the movies could be printed on photo fabric and used--there are even a few Breaking Dawn photos now to be had.  Fandom in Stitches (and Sewhooked) has Twilight quilt blocks.  I also challenge everyone to be their own designer (and share with me, of course....)  The blocks just need to finish at 7" with a 1/2" red fabric frame or 8" without the frame.

**edited 6/9 to include tulips

I had someone helping me since I am such a bad Photoshopper, I don't even have the program, get the applique layer on the quilt.  I didn't want to wait so I did my own cut and paste with images on printed on paper.

June 7, 2011

A Lion and a Lamb

Can I be honest?  I am so frustrated right now.  Only the love I feel and my stubborn nature are keeping me going.  But, designing the blocks for the Twilight (Mystery) quilt may just send me over the edge.  I knew there was a reason that I like to use other people's patterns.  I don't think I have the stamina to design.  Sure, I love the feeling of satisfaction when I finally accomplish something but the journey is usually way to difficult....

Case in point is the lion and the lamb block.  I have saved about 20 lion and lamb pictures and drawings to make a paper piecing pattern of which I've narrowed down to about eight that I like the positioning of the lion and the lamb.  I know I should have started off with an easier block to get back into the mindset of divide and conquer that is needed to take a picture or drawing and divide it up into a pattern.   Below are some of my efforts.  I think I need to just pick one and focus on it.

I get so far and then I get overwhelmed mostly by the faces and the lamb or I find another picture I like and think will be easier or better.

I wouldn't mind someone chiming in to be the voice of reason......

June 6, 2011

Design Wall Monday: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt

First of all, a shout out to Judy at Patchwork Times for hosting Design Wall Monday every week!  Be sure to hop over and see other design walls from her blog......

The Twilight Hands Book Cover block is on my design wall this week.  I designed the paper piecing pattern by hand and then in EQ7 because I wanted a block that was more detailed than the one that was available.  The links for the pattern are located in the Sidebar.

It is going into the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt.  I am putting the finishing touches on the design, including figuring out how to get the applique parts, like the chess pieces that should be on the lower right, into EQ7.  The mystery blocks are the featured blocks in the middle of the chessboard pictured now as grey.

My original drawing on graph paper:

The design has changed slightly in the EQ7 version for piecability reasons.  Making an EQ7 version was a tremendous help!

My plan is to piece as much of the quilt as I can.  The featured blocks are still being designed.  They are 7", will be framed in red, and the checkerboard will be pieced around them.  I have pieced part of the ribbon on the left side, but I don't have pictures.

Has everyone seen the Breaking Dawn Teaser Trailer?!

June 5, 2011

Some Housekeeping: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt

I have added a Twilight (Mystery) Quilt Page underneath the header.  I will continue to post on the main blog, but I will also place all information on the page.

I have also figure out another way to host .pdf files on another site for easier access other than at Scribd.  The Twilight Hands Book Cover Pattern documents will still be available at Scribd, but future documents will be hosted at the new site.  The new links are listed below:

Twilight Hands Book Cover Pattern Information

Twilight Hands Book Cover Pattern, not separated, 8x8

Twilight Hands Book Cover Pattern, separated, 8x8

June 4, 2011

It's Not all Sewing: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt

Edited 6/5:  Oops!  I noticed an error....

I had to get this quilt into EQ7.  This is a couple of hours of work.  You will note that it's missing the chess pieces in the lower right corner, the New Moon Tulips, and the appliqued book names.  I haven't figured out how to do that yet.  I wonder if I ever will....

I needed to get the quilt into EQ7 for my own piece of mind and to make it easier to share.  The EQ7 version reflects the 12 block setting and the tested Twilight Book Cover block.  I also worked out the piecing for the upper left corner that features the book cover blocks.

I will work on instructions tomorrow if I have time.  I have a family commitment that will take me away for a good part of the day.