August 31, 2011

Twilight Mystery Quilt: Zephyr Font, Size 325

I'm trying to get as much done as I can so that I can take advantage of the long weekend and sew.....

I thought we weren't going to have soccer this weekend, but it turns out that we are going to try to attend a Metropolitan State College women's soccer game.  They are playing my daughter's coach's alma mater McPherson on Sunday.  I actually am looking forward to going.  Who knew that I'd turn into such a soccer freak?

I'm bound and determined to get the lettering done on the Twilight Mystery Quilt.  I'd like to commit to more, but I don't think I could take the disappointment of not meeting a goal.

I've decided that the Zephyr font Size 325 is going to be big enough for the lettering and will fill the space nicely.  I've decided on fusible applique.  I may or may not use a blanket stitch.  I'm leaning toward just sewing as close to the letters' edges as I can.

I purchased some nice new black batik fabric for the lettering today.

I've also been working on both Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt designs and patterns.  I've decided the heck with it so both patterns will be mainly in a paper pieced format.  I'm a paper piecer and anyone interested in the quilts will just have to come along for the ride......

I also purchased fabric for one of the quilts.  I decided to take the work out picking fabrics (my least favorite thing to do) and bought a Bali Pop.  I'm having a bit of Buyer's Remorse because I strayed from the design which is in all blues.  I had my eye on a set of fabric from Connecting Threads, but I didn't want to order online.


I also bought a few separate cuts.  The top fabric would act as the background fabric.



I hope it works!  Ugh.....  The collection looks awful greeny to me.  Their room at the cottage is supposed to bring to mind B and E's honeymoon on Isle Esme:  rainforest, beach, ocean.  Maybe I just need to get some more blues and work them in.

August 29, 2011

I Love Visitors!

I love visitors!

Don't be afraid to say, "Hi!"

I promise I won't bite......  I'll leave that up to the vampires.  Yeah, I know.  I love corny jokes, too!

I used to have a signature at TMs that was "I'm with the vampires and they're quilting!"  LOL

A special shout out to you all today!  Have a wonderful week.....

August 27, 2011

Why am I so Scared?!



They don't look too scary..... just two little chess pieces.  Then, why am I so scared?!

The quilt should have been done weeks ago, but I'm being scared by two little chess pieces.  Oh, and some tulips and lettering.

I'm so ashamed.......

August 21, 2011

August 20, 2011

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt Quiltalong: Option 1 and Option 2

Why finish one project when you can start a new one?!

(I will be finishing the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt as promised.)




Help me celebrate Bella and Edward's wedding and Breaking Dawn with a Wedding Quilt Quiltalong.

There will be two quilt options using two different blocks.

More details to follow.....

This is just one of the many projects I have planned.



August 19, 2011

Twilight Mystery Quilt: Section 4 Step 5


Step 5 Section 4 (click link for PDF)

Back to Work: Twilight (Mystery) Quilt

I'm officially back to work on projects.  My goal is to finish the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt, applique and all, by next weekend.  I'm going to take it to the quilter when its done.....

I really need an editor and a pattern tester.  I took a look at the steps for the Twilight (Mystery) Quilt that I've posted so far and I can't believe how many errors I made.  No one must be doing the quilt because no one has yelled at me.

I've gone through and revised the pressing plan for the quilt.  I can only hope it's right now.  I won't be able to test it myself until I make another quilt.

Soccer tournament this weekend, but I'm still going to try and get some things done.

August 18, 2011

Free Swatch Day SPOONFLOWER



If you've been thinking about trying out Spoonflower, now is your chance.....  Swatches usually cost $5, but they are free......unless you decide to donate the $5 it would have cost to Heifer.org.

Promotion runs 8/18 12:00 PM EST through 11:59 AM EST


August 17, 2011

A Few Books to Add to the Wish List

I have this bad habit of buying a bunch of books on a quilting technique before even trying to do it.  I'm always looking for the best way for ME to do something--the way in which I will understand and get the best results.  I've been looking for the best way to convert photographs into quilt blocks.  The technique has been addressed by many authors and those that teach.  I've purchased more than one book and even taken a class.  I even tried a couple of times with pitiful results, the Victoria Eclipse Quilt block, and my abandoned Edward Realistic Fabric Portrait Quilt University project.


I really want this book!  It looks like it may be the book that will help me get over the fabric portrait hump.

Point, Click, Quilt! by Susan Knapp  (Amazon link....be sure to use the Look Inside feature)

I am also lusting after this book:



I may or may not have to buy the book...................

I really love Heahter Peterson's quilt style.  There isn't a quilt that I wouldn't be tempted to make!  Flickr

All this wishing is for another day, though.  I spent all there was to spend for a couple of weeks on the quilting of my daughter's boyfriend quilt.  I just couldn't bear to quilt it myself so I sent it out.  The good news is that it has been gifted and I get can back to other things!!

August 12, 2011

Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt: A Teaser

A version of this block will definitely be included:


I made the block above for the Stephenie Meyer Quilt.  I'm so excited to make the block again for the Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt.  The block will be able to be made to size and I'll get to use non-cottons for the block, like satin for B's dress and trouser fabric, etc. for E.  (I want to find B's hair fabric in my stash.  It's wood fabric!)

If you'd like to make a block, too, you'll have to buy the pattern from Quilts with Style or draft one of your own.  The block is featured in two separate issues which I learned the hard way.  It's featured on the cover of Quilts with Style #45, but the actual Couple pattern is in Quilts with Style #46.





#46

Is everyone rushing to get this magazine?!



August 9, 2011

Sorry to Leave You Hanging

I had planned on being done with my other project, but it's been quite the quilting comedy of errors.  I have a couple of more days of work and that quilt will be done and off to the quilters!

The Twilight Mystery Quilt will be the focus until I get it done.  I'm sorry to leave it hanging with unfinished instructions for the last two sections and the applique not finished.  I hate being pulled in so many directions......  I'm also still working on paper piecing patterns for blocks.  First on my agenda, will be getting the Lion and Lamb block and Meadow block into EQ7 after I lost them with the computer crash so that I can test them.

I'm almost finished with the design for the Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt.  I'm still thinking of ways to get people involved.  Hah!  I'd love to be pleasantly surprised, though, so drop me a line if you are.

I've heard that the craptastic quilters at TQC are working, too.  I wonder what they will come up with?




Hot Topic is selling a Teaser T-Shirt:




The Wedding Quilt is still a design in progress.  I've been too busy at work to work on it.....hahahaha.



Some of the lines need to be edited so the points match up.


Still trying to figure out the colors--need to get my book out for the description of Bella and Edward's cottage bedroom that reminds of Isle Esme.


some test sectioning of the pattern


a quilt top

I'm still incredibly busy at home.  My kids all start back to school this week and next.  I'm hoping things settle down soon, but I think they'll probably just get crazier as the kids will probably have just as many activities.  We have a soccer tournament in two weeks to start with.

August 2, 2011

A Blast from My Past: The Host Signing

While I take a Twilight quilting break to finish another project, I still want to have an active blog.

Pardon me while I bore some with the blast from my Twilight/Stephenie Meyer past.......  This is a post from another blog I had way back when. 

The Host is More than a Distraction:  It's a Must Read!, May 20, 2008



East High School pictured. Caroline and I went to a special event here on May 19th. I had to keep telling her that it is an actual high school. It looks like no other high school that she's seen, but I think it's what high school buildings should look like. What a beautiful building!

I love summer. It's my favorite time of the year. It can't get too hot for me. This spring in Colorado has been strange weather-wise. It seemed like it's taken forever to get into the 80s and I can't remember having so many cold and wet days. It snowed in May for goodness sakes! It was really only flurries, but still.... I languish the whole winter with the cold weather and snow storms. I hate the cold! I would move to any state that has predominantly warm weather in a heart beat.

It's no small miracle, then, that I want to rush through summer and get to August. It's not because the kids go back to school in early August. It's not because I've got some awesome vacation planned, either.

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer will be released on August 2!!!! As I can't jump in a time machine, I'll just have to get through June and July like everyone else. I plan on distracting myself as much as I can which will be no easy task condsidering that my every other waking moment is spent thinking about how Edward and Bella will end up.

Fortunately for me and all the other super-fans out there, Stephenie was thoughtful enough to write The Host. I was VERY pleased with the book. I cried while reading it which has become one of my requirements for a good read. I cried in parts of New Moon, too, so I guess I should have been prepared--at least the blank pages in The Host didn't throw me. I'm not going to review The Host. I'll be lame and just say it's a "must read".

I didn't even debate whether or not to buy The Host. The Twilight Saga has made me a Stephenie Meyer devotee. I was ecstatic to learn that one of the stops on her book tour was Denver. We ended up with tickets 97 and 100. The whole experience was just too neat for words and kind of surreal. I met some more Twilight Moms. (Hey-ya to Elizabeth, Heather, Laurie, and Anna...and others--sorry I can't remember your names). We had excellent seats for the presentation thanks to those that held us a spot in line and those that didn't complain when we cut. I didn't get any good pictures, but I'm hoping some of my new friends will get me some of theirs. Stephenie's presentation was wonderful. She seems so genuine! I am now the proud owner of a personalized copy of The Host and a signed copy of Twilight. I'm as giddy as a teenager!


Here are some pictures: C and me waiting outside East before the event and Stephenie at the the podium. (Thank you to Elizabeth for Stephenie's picture....)





It's experiences like this that will get me through until August 2. Until then, I plan on doing an assortment of activities to take my mind of the drag of time. I'll probably read Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse a few more times, and work on my themed charm bracelet for starters. (I've got a diamond ring for Edward and Bella, a fortune cookie for Alice, a Confederate flag for Jasper, and a wolf's head for Jacob as of today. Gosh, I wish I could find charms locally!) I'll probably obsessively check all the fan sites I've been able to find and wait for each Twilight Tuesday.

Don't get me started about the Twilight movie. It doesn't come out until December 12, 2008! I've only seen the teaser trailer a couple of times.


Thank you Tattered Cover for bringing Stephenie Meyer to Denver. I will be forever in your debt!

HUgZ,

Shannon

August 1, 2011