November 30, 2011

Photo Shoot

I did a little photo shoot in November 2009.....yes, THAT November 2009 when my Twilight quilting life went to hell in handbasket

I've searched everwhere for the originals, but I can't find them.  I'm left with the smaller versions.  I'll keep looking!




I looked for the best apple I could find.  I got my nails done.  I made my son take the pictures.

Transition and Purchases

I haven't given up on getting all of the patterns on their own site.  I've gone so far as to register a custom domain:

http://www.twilightquiltpatterns.com/

(And it is working!)

No worries....I'll just put patterns there permanently after posting them here.  The actual PDFs will still be hosted at Wordpress and linked simply from the Twilight Quilt Patterns site.

Now, I just have to find the time to get things on it.....

I've purchased EQ6 Applique Drawing Book.  I ended up purchasing it through a private seller's listing on Amazon as I didn't want to pay $8 shipping for an $10 book.  I really hope I can learn from it!

I'm trying desperately to get into the Christmas spirit.  I'm trying to think of some fun quilty things to do.  I always get the urge this time of year to make a last minute quilt for some gift or another.  I don't have that urge this year.  I sure hope I'm not cured of quilting!

Gotta run....  So busy at work and no time to blog or work on anything fun.

November 29, 2011

The Versatile "Breaking Dawn" Chessboard Block Setting

I've used this block before......


I've always liked the idea of a feature blocking being an actual part of the chessboard in a Breaking Dawn (or Twilight) quilt rather than the block acting as it's own square.  I think it looks better!




The nice thing about the setting block is that it can be adjusted to fit the feature blocks' sizes.

Assuming a 12" chessboard setting block:

6" 7", and 8" feature blocks in the center of the block

quilts....


or a combination....

6", 7", 8" feature blocks



So your options are numerous....  One could even off set the feature blocks in the chessboard setting block to change the quilt up more.

November 27, 2011

Bella's Transformation: Preview


Bella's Transformation, by Shannon LaCount (designed in EQ7)

....Edward had a syringe in his hand--all silver, like it was made from steel.
What's that?
....My venom, he answered as he pushed the plunger down.
I heard the jolt in her heart, like he'd shocked her with paddles.
Breaking Dawn, p. 354 (Edward and Jacob)

The fire blazed hotter and I wanted to scream.  To beg for someone to kill me now, before I lived one more second in this pain. ...
Breaking Dawn, p. 376 (Bella)

Immortal Child: Preview

They were very beautiful, Carlisle had explained quickly, seeing my reaction.  So endearing, so enchanting, you can't imagine.  You had to be near them to love them; it was an automatic thing.
Breaking Dawn, p. 33
He was beautiful, adorable, just as Carlisle had described.  The boy was a toddler still, maybe two years of age.  Light brown curls framed his cherubic face with its round cheeks and full lips.  And he was trembling, his eyes closed as if he was too frightened to watch death coming closer every second.
....The child opened his bright, bloodred eyes.
Breaking Dawn, p. 36-37

 
 

Twilight Book Cover (Twilight Hands/Forbidden Fruit), Version 2

This version is supposed to be a little bit simpler.  We shall see.  I will also be modifying it a bit more by extending the arms more and adding more background in order for it to be set on point for the Stephenie Meyer Reproduction Twilight Quilt.  I'll be posting more about that project soon and will provide that pattern then.

I used the DragoArt drawing as my foundation image.  (link)  Thank you!

***not tested!  I printed and "mentally sewed" it, but that's all I've done.


Twilight Book Cover (Twilight Hands/Forbidden Fruit) block by Shannon LaCount








November 26, 2011

Jacob: Missing

designed by Shannon LaCount, EQ7




Block needs to be tested!




Block needs to be tested!


This block was interesting for me to work on.  I needed a distraction and something somewhat mindless to work on while I watched all three Twilight movies today.  I find it impossible to just sit and watch T.V.  I almost always have to be doing something else in addition to watching.

I used this image as the foundation for the block:



I think it came out well enough.....  The only thing I'm a little meh about is the fact, that by making the block square, some of the Jacob part is a little squatter than the original image.  I think it's okay enough, though.

I used MISSING instead of HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BOY for, I think, obvious reasons.....

I'm wondering if the block needs a different colored background.  I tried yellow in one of my EQ blocks, but I didn't like it.




Missing: Jacob (A Preview)


I'm so easily distracted.....

November 25, 2011

A Day's Work: A Little Work on the Twilight Mystery Quilt


Freezer paper and fabric letters, not even close to the correct placement

I tried drawing my tree today in EQ7, but I've given up temporarily.  I need more instruction and I  think my EQ5 book is too old to help me.  I have virtually no EQ drawing experience in EQ5 to tranfer to the EQ7 version.  I am tempted to buy the E6 Applique Drawing book, which is 50% of right now, as it is supposed to be still good enough for EQ7.  (--I suspect an EQ7 version is coming.)  I'm ignoring the fact that I could probably easily trace the trees by hand and make patterns that way....

After giving up on my trees, I decided I needed to get something done so I scanned and converted the Twilight book names patterns I made months ago into a PDF.  I printed them on the 8.5"x11" freezer paper sheets I bought....months ago.  I spent a couple of hours with breaks cutting out the letters after ironing the printed letters onto the heavily starched black batik fabric I purchased....months ago.  (I'm still planning on using the Sharon Schamber method of applique.  I'll be gluing the letters down before I sew them...or even leaving them to be quilted over only at that stage.)

Twilight (.pdf file)

New Moon (.pdf file)

Eclipse (.pdf file)

Breaking Dawn (.pdf file)

*****remember "No Scaling"

I think I've figured out how to space the letters.  I had to move everything off the table for dinner and I didn't return to the project as I lost a most of my mojo at that point.

I LOVE THIS PICTURE!  Thank you Examiner!

Quilting Immortality

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving.  Mine was bittersweet.  This year was the first year that I did all the cooking.  We may or may not have another dinner on Saturday for my sister, who had to work all day yesterday as a retail assistant manager, since yesterday about did my mom in.  I'm trying to get ahold of my emotions today.  I'm trying to stay positive, but I'm having difficulty doing so.

I'm going to make a concerted effort to get things done.  The only way I will achieve immortality is through my quilting.  My time is finite.  I need to stop wasting so much time.

My plan for today is to use my EQ5 Drawing book to figure out how to make a pattern for this tree:


I want to use it for the trees in the KMA Twilight Quilt.  I haven't given up making this quilt.  Yes, I have made peace about certain things and people, but that doesn't mean that I'm willing to give up on certain projects.



I have a ton of other things to finish, and I keep telling myself I will.  I can't bring myself to sew for some reason.  I hope to change that this weekend!


I'm in love with this picture.  I'm going to try to use it for the Wedding Couple block.  I've just got to figure out how to do it...


I believe the photo is featured in the 12/5 People...on stands now.

****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.


November 23, 2011

Twilight Book Cover Paper Piecing Pattern: I Tried to be Simple



My freneticism is unabated.....  I tried to make a simpler/less difficult Twilight Book Cover (Twilight Hands/Forbidden Fruit) block today.  I don't know how successful I was.  This one looks about as difficult as the one I've had on the blog for months and featured in the Twilight Mystery Quilt.

I don't think there's any hope for me.

I kept dividing and dividing.  UGH!

I have an ulterior motive.  I want to start sharing intstructions for the Stephenie Meyer Quilt Reproduction.  I want to make one for myself so I might as well share.

More later......

November 22, 2011

Lion and Lamb, Revised: Ready for Testing

Lydia was a real trooper for piecing the Lion and Lamb block from the old pattern that I hadn't had time to tweak.  I was in the right mood today to fix the pattern and I think it's ready to be tested.  The block didn't change in any significant way.  I simply moved a couple of lines for piecability reasons and deleted some because they weren't needed.  I would never have gotten around to this if it hadn't been for Lydia taking charge and making this block.  When I made it months ago, I didn't really think it was good enough.  Seeing the block in fabric, totally changed my mind!

The way I design patterns is really not that efficient, but it works for me.  I've discussed my process before.  I essentially find a picture (photo, drawing, clipart, etc.) that I convert into the paper piecing pattern.  I usually can get it done, but sometimes I have to find another picture.  When I decided I wanted to try designing the block, I searched through tons of lion and lamb pictures online.  I tried converting a couple before moving full steam ahead on this one.


I sectioned it by hand, uploaded it into EQ7, and then "traced" the lines.  Lydia made this block from the unedited EQ7 paper piecing block that was really just my rough draft.  I am so thankful!  My work isn't done at this step, though.  I have to "mentally piece" the block to be sure that it can be sewn.  I always have to move lines.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to test it, but anyone is welcome to try.


Lion and Lamb by Shannon LaCount (EQ7)








I'm in the process of creating another blog attached to this one to host all the patterns for better organization and easier access:





November 20, 2011

The Wedding Couple: Preview



Where's Bella's hand?  Well....  I think I will cover up the area with silk ribbon roses for her bouquet.

A usual....only a rough draft and definitely not tested.

November 19, 2011

Breaking Dawn: The Wedding

Still no spoilers.....  I know that everone hasn't seen it.  I've seen the movie three times and only a bit embarrassed by that fact.  I took the husband and my 10-year old to see it (with some trepidation).  My 15-year old tagged along again.  She may be turning into a Twilight fan.  She asked me for one of my Breaking Dawn copies, but only wants to read from where Bella wakes up.  She doesn't want to wait a whole year to find out what becomes of the story.

One of my favorite parts of the movie is the wedding.  I truly loved Bella's dress in the movie.  It was simpler than I thought it would be, but happily so.  I was afraid that someone would insist on a totally inappropriate rendition and the dress wouldn't be right.  I had no idea of Carolina Herrera's style.  If I had, I wouldn't have been worried.  With my love of spoilers, I don't know why I didn't look her up before now.  Maybe I wanted this one thing to be a surprise?

 I've thinking about wedding blocks again.  I loved the block I made for the Stephenie Meyer Quilt that I deemed Wedding Dance.  What could have been if I'd been brave enough to design blocks then?  What a difference three years makes.....  Maybe I could have designed a block of my own or been a better piecer so I wouldn't have had to square up that block to the 5" (a totally stupid design requirement, by the way) and chop off Bella and Edward's legs.


The pattern is from Quilts with Style #46 May/June 2004.  The whole pattern of a dancing couple surrounded by musical instruments is actually in #45, too, but the actual couple is just in #46.  As the pattern suggested, I modified it to a wedding couple by using wedding appropriate fabrics for Bella's dress.  One of my favorite parts about this block was the fabric I used for Bella's hair.  It's woodgrain fabric!

I'm thinking of converting this image to make a new paper piecing pattern:



I think I can....I hope I can....

November 18, 2011

Breaking Dawn: A Small Quilt Related Spoiler

Don't forget to look for Bella's T-Shirt quilt in Breaking Dawn.  It makes a reappearance.  We all know how comforting quilts can be and how warm they are!

I've seen the movie twice now.

Breaking Dawn: Best Ever

Just got in from the 12:25 showing of Breaking Dawn.

Don't worry--no spoilers in this post.  I'm only going to write about my experience seeing the movie.

I am SO pleased with the movie.  I know I'll have to see it again to get my emotions under control to be able to really think clearly about it.

I can't believe I even hesitated going to a midnight showing.  I'm glad I didn't wait.

The reasons I considered not going to a midnight showing were because I didn't want to wait out in the cold for hours in line to get a good seat (like I had to for New Moon and Eclipse), I didn't want to go by myself nor did I want to get just anyone to go with me that would not share my fan girl enthusiasm, and I didn't want to sit in a theater full of noisy and in any way obnoxious people.

All my hesitation was overridden by my inability to wait until the daytime or even the weekend to see it.  I also had to go to it as soon as possible so I could talk about it with Lydia.  HA!  I also told myself that I would see it more than once so if I missed out on anything, I wouldn't the second, third, fourth, fifth......time I saw it.  Double HA!

I made my final decision when I saw that there were multiple screenings at my Regal theater and did some reconnaissance.  Two 12:01s were sold out.  I figured all the loud people would be in there.  I opted for the 12:25.  Before I made my final decision, I drove by the theater at 7:30 to check out the line situation.  There were people lined up, but I figured those people were in line for the 12:01 thinking that they needed to be there that early to get a good seat to the sold out showings.  I also decided to take my 15-year old and 13-year old with me.  Yeah, I'm a bad mother.....  They promised me that they wouldn't fight me on going to school and they both went to bed at 9 to catch a couple of hours of sleep.  I also asked my husband if he minded me going and he told me to go ahead!

We left at 11:15.  When we got to the theater, they were already seating.  No waiting outside!  Yay!!  Our showing was in a smaller theater, but it was fine.  We got to sit right where we wanted.

We all loved the movie.  I did find the music obtrusive at times.  I felt the movie was the best adaptation.  Any "extras" in the movie played well and weren't distracting to me.  More soon.....

I can't wait to see it again!!

I can't believe everyone, but a couple of groups, of people left as the credits were starting.  Idiots!  You always stay through the credits of a movie series.  Duh!

I know it's fabulous marketing and all, but WHY WHY do we have to wait an entire year for Part 2?!  HP people....I feel your pain!

November 17, 2011

The Irish Coven Block by Lydia: Oh, SO Cool!


Irish Coven by Lydia


Thank you for making this block!  I think I can call Lydia my best Twilight friend ever....  I hope she doesn't mind me claiming her in this way.


Lydia always does such a nice job picking out her fabrics.  I love them all, but especially the green with all it's shading.  I particularly like that red and I think the fabric's pattern really adds to the effect of a jewel.  I love the dark grey background with the green.

Expertly pieced, of course.....  My compliments to the quilter.

Thank you so much for making it.  It's one of the best feelings ever to see something I created in fabric.

Now, if I could just get her to design a block....

P.S. She says she might try to embroider "Irish Coven" on it.

November 15, 2011

Dear Friends

Dear Friends,

Thank you!

I appreciate you....

My motives aren't always clear to even me.

I have this blog for many reasons.  I do like to feature my work in all honesty.  I use it as a journal and now more than ever because I've almost stopped posting entirely on my personal blog.  The most important other reason to have this blog, though, is it's my attempt to make friends.  I do hope that people find me because of Twilight Quilting.

I spend my time making patterns for me because I want good Twilight paper piecing patterns to use.  I enjoy myself most of the time until frustration occasionally sets in when I can't accomplish in a pattern what I had planned in my head.   I don't just design with myself in mind, though.  I design with others in mind, too.  Not because I'm looking for money or acknowledgment, but out of true friendship.

I hope to get back to quilitng very soon!

HUgZ.....

Shannon

November 14, 2011

Note to Self: You are doing all this for me, myself, and I

Dear Shannon,

I'm writing this letter to you because I really feel you need to be taken to task.

My biggest concern is that you seem to have lost sight of the reasons why you love quilting and Twilight so much.

You need to get over yourself and get back to loving quilting and Twilight because they make you feel good.  You shouldn't be using quilting to compete with anyone, like Twi-Quilters or Fandom in Stitches/Sewhooked, or to try to make friends.  To continue to do so, is to continue traveling down a darker path.

I challenge you to make a quilt for yourself because you want one.  I challenge you to design patterns only because you want to include them in quilts that you would make for yourself even if they are just computer quilts.  Forget about everyone else or being the next big thing.

You should probably shut down the blog because it just feeds into your conflicting feelings, but I can see how hard that would be for you and that you really need it to not feel so isolated.  If you feel you must share patterns with people, then do it, but don't go out of your way to bring attention to them.

Get your act together ASAP!

I really feel it's in your best interest to listen to my advice.

Sincerely,

Self

November 13, 2011

Linear

In addition to all the other "mental" issues that interfere with my quilting, I'm also at war with the way my brain works....

I feel like I'm going about this Breaking Dawn quilt pattern thing the wrong way.  I feel the intense urge to go through the book chapter by chapter to determine the blocks that need to be made, to make a list, and then only design them in that order.

For instance, when I designed the Bella with Child block, I was thinking that it would be used for the Preface.  I actually felt soothed by completing this block.

OCD, much?!

One of the next blocks would be Bella's Before Car.


I searched for an image of the Guardian.  The picture above is one of the examples I found.  I think using a car  in this position to make a pattern is easier because you don't have to deal with the wheels as much.

Yes, the design needs A LOT of work as usual.  I'll probably be fussing with this one for awhile.....

I left so much space on the bottom because I was going to place a bomb there.  My next idea was to put fire in that section.  My lazy way would be to use fire/flame fabric in that area or for the entire background.  The Mercedes symbol would definitely need to be included somehow.  I also like the idea of a personalized license plate.

Lord, help me..........


Like I said, A LOT of work!  The block is off in many areas.  The lack of symmetry will HAVE to be fixed!!!!

Scattered

I feel a bit scattered and frenetic at the moment.  I'm also bothered by the fact that I've not finished anything I've started.  I've finished a couple of patterns, but I've not sewn them myself.  I get this way....  Perhaps if I finalized a Breaking Dawn Charity Quilt design, then I could figure out the blocks, and so forth.

I think I'll be better after Breaking Dawn comes out on November 18.  I'm having a hard time focusing through my feelings of anticipaton.  I'll have a whole year to work on things before Part 2 is released if I stay interested.  I'm also looking forward to 2012 for many other reasons.

I do feel like I'm finding my groove.  I'm trying to feel comfortable in the fact that paper piecing is my preferred method of quilting.  I'm trying to feel confident in the fact that I can make patterns according to my vision.  I'm trying to rid myself of feelings of competiveness that drive me and also make me feel like my blocks have to be like those out there.   My blocks have a lot of detail because I don't like to give that up, but it makes them complicated....and annoying.

If I'm designing for myself as I keep telling myself, then I need to make no apologies.  In the back of my mind and an integral part of what drives me, though, is the idea that others might appreciate my work.  I know I'm not supposed to care, but I do.

It takes a supreme effort for me to be organized.  I probably should be designing the blocks according to some type of plan.  I seem to be stuck on the covens for some reason--probably because I feel the need to answer the blocks that have been presented by Twi-Quilters so far.  (I know...I know....).  I'm working on two blocks right now:  the Egyptian Coven and the Romanians.

I do have plans, oh, so many plans.  It kills me that I don't have more time and know-how to execute them.  I'm not really on any time schedule per se, but I do feel the need to hurry up get things done.  When I feel the pressure, though, procrastination sets in.

Thank you!

November 12, 2011

Feathers: Ready to be Tested


This block will be super challenging at 6" because of the small detailed feather.  I changed the design up a bit to off-set the hand and place the feather on the lower half of the block.  I prefer the positioning for no other reason that it makes me "feel" better when I look at it--i.e. it doesn't make me have a quilt twitch because I feel like something is "off" and annoys me on some base level when I look at it.

The other option would be to leave out the paper pieced feather entirely.  I suppose one could applique a feather or even thread paint one if so inclined.  The same could be done to have feathers in Bella's hand.  I'm going to try to use some fabric with feathers to imitate the effect.


My images of inspiration.....


Patterns:  PLEASE NOTE PATTERNS HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED









November 10, 2011

Irish Coven block: Ready to be Tested

It's fun and nerve wracking at the same time to feel the need to finish designing the Twilight quilt blocks that I've been working on the past couple of months.  I'm not one for finishing things.....  Excited, nervous, challenged, and happy?

This block is ready to be tested.  I took my EQ7 drawing, printed it, and took my pencil and ruler to it.  I'm sure this is not the way I'm supposed to do things, but it's the way for me to do things and get the results I need.  I think I've also figured out my "clicking" problem in EQ7 as far as "snapping" is concerned so tracing my drawn lines was a lot easier and my lines didn't get all wobbly.

PLEASE NOTE:  I HAVEN'T TESTED THIS BLOCK, YET!

Irish Coven block, 6" by Shannon LaCount (designed in EQ7)



Image only (pattern link HERE, .pdf, 6" block)


in reverse for pattern color key (link HERE, .pdf)



You could add some embroidered or appliqued writing....
 free Celtic font (link)

"Irish"

The red fabric accents are meant to be meaningful as the Irish Coven vampires are not vegetarians.  I chose to use red in more places than originally planned.


This is the image I used:




November 8, 2011

Perhaps, "Feathers"






Ideas, ideas, ideas.....

The cream feathered fabric would be strategically placed in the area of the block where the feather is in the picture....maybe.

I can only try it!