October 20, 2012

The Twilight Saga Charity Quilt

"Twilight again,” he murmured. “Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end.” –Edward Cullen, Twilight, page 495

The final movie in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn, part 2 is set to be released in just under a month. In conjunction with this culminating event, I am pleased to announce the Twilight Saga Charity Quilt. Here's just a teaser ...

(some block patterns and fabric will be different)


The quilt will also include one embroidered quote and five blocks from each of the books, depicting my favorite moments in the Twilight series. Watch for more about this quilt coming soon.


In the meantime, here's a little something to tide you over. I mean, can you ever see enough?






October 3, 2012

Fandom has Done it Again

I can't stay away.  I always have to keep track of what other people are up to.....  I have to have something to do in the hours I'm not sewing.  I really should get a new hobby.

Shocker of shockers, Fandom has posted another one of "the fabulous one's" patterns called House of Vampires.

The block looks suspiciously familiar and here is why.

(I don't see any of this mentioned on either blog.)

In 2009, I went to Utah so that I could see the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt displayed at the Springville Museum of Art.  Elizabeth had entered it in the annual quilt show at the museum and the quilt had one first place in the group quilting division.  I met up with Iris, we shared a hotel room, and Elizabeth took us both around town for the days of our stay.

I brought a packet of patterns with me to give to Elizabeth.

We were all about sharing then.  We were all about a lot of things.  Patterns and ideas were free flowing back then because we were all friends.

She was very well aware that I was printing them from the Electric Quilt Town and Country Patchwork software.  I printed a pattern for every house from that software so that she could have them.  I offered them up because she liked the block I had altered for the Edward and Bella Cottage block and hinted that she would like the patterns.  One of those houses is this pattern for House of Vampires with an insignificant addition of steps and a slight tweaking of the roof....which is another direct rip of the roof I used for my Edward and Bella's cottage block in the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt.

 
 
Okay...

I'm think I'm glad I've gotten this off my chest.

September 28, 2012

Slogging

My family and others are pretty mad at me right now.....

I've stopped doing.  I'm about 75% over caring if people upset with me.  (I still care a little and this little bit has almost caused me to cave on more than one occasion.)  I don't do a whole lot of anything unless accomplishing a task is of some benefit to me.

Selfish much?!  Probably....

Before anyone worries too much about the family they are still being fed, homework help given, and driven to and fro.  I cook at minimum, though.  I do laundry when I need something.  I've stopped reminding people to clean up after themselves and fretting about housework.

I almost done going through the fabric.  I have kept my promise to myself and given about half of it away.  It got tougher as I moved through the colors of fabric.  I really tried to be discriminating and only keep what I thought I would use so I kept most of my tone on tone fabrics, but gave away a lot of novelty fabrics and other prints.  I kept most of my UFOs.

I haven't been designing much.  I designed a quilt for Quilts of Valor, pulled fabrics, but I haven't started it.  I haven't started any commissioned quilts.

I think I'll be able to get back to quilting sometime in the future.  I honestly think I'm going to let 2012 pass and try to start anew in 2013.  Who knows?!

My dad was SUPER and got me my sewing table for the Juki sewing machine I got for quilting.  I was an idiot and didn't realize that I needed an acrylic insert to make the table a flatbed around my machine so I ordered that, but there's a delay for manufacturing it.  I hope it ships next week....

That's about it!

Hanging in there.

Counting down until BD2.



September 6, 2012

Don't Put Off Today....

Super busy....

Changes are still coming, but I've been putting off completing them because I've involved myself in other life changing activities.

In the midst of all the upheaval that is affecting just about every aspect of my life, I decided to divest myself of most of the fabric I have collected over the past 15 years.  I say collected because it really is just a fabric collection.  I've always promised myself that I would use it.  I had great plans for it all.  Quilts for my kids, loved ones, and charity.  Quilts to be made because I fell in love with the fabrics and needed a justification to buy it.

Yes, while I've come to love quilting, I can say that I started the hobby because I loved fabric and needed a reason to buy it.

One comes to certain realizations, they get ignored for awhile, and then one decides that they can't be ignored any longer.

I don't know if it's because of my age, general unhappiness with the state of my affairs, or all out boredom...  Maybe wrapped up in all the possibilities is my fear that I am a hoarder?!

I  am also facing the realization that I will never have a place to put my fabric besides in my basement.  I'm never going to have a dedicated sewing space and ample storage space.  (I've not given up totally on achieving these things, but I can't see that they are going to happen any time soon.)  We need to do other things with our basement besides store my fabric.  I waste a lot of time and money keeping up with it, like cleaning the totes and keeping it pest free.

I've been talking about going through it for a couple of years, but I knew the anxiety it would cause to consider getting rid of any of it.  First of all, I've spent a ton of money on it.  I hated to think of it what might happen to any of it out of my hands.  I'm actually quite embarrassed by the amount of fabric I have.  Once I make a decision to do something, it's best to get it done fast before I change my mind and start talking myself out of it.  I'm not saying I won't have remorse.....

My son helped me bring it all upstairs.  OMG!  My husband and kids are actually quite annoyed with me and have every right to be.  I'm sure everyone I know is doing the math and seeing a trip to Disneyland that we never took or other things because I was buying fabric.

I've been going through it a tote at a time.  It's killing me!  I touch each piece, see quilts that I could make from designs that pop into my head, can't remember for the life of me buying it, put pieces in the keep and give away piles, agonize.....  The process has been on going.  I keep more than I give away and then the next day I give away more than I keep.

The other part of this process that I'm dealing with is realizing all the UFOs that I have and figuring what to do with them.  Most people aren't going to want any of my projects that I've started and that are in various stages of completion.  What a waste! 

August 29, 2012

Announcement: Blog Status

This blog will go to a restricted readership on Friday, 8/31/12.

If you would like to be included as a reader, please submit your email address to:

thetwilightquilterscoven@gmail.com

The email will be added to a reader list and a log-in required.

My intention isn't to exclude anyone.

This status change is only a compromise devised to keep it from being deleted entirely or becoming for my eyes only.

Respectfully,

Shannon



August 26, 2012

Oh, So Close....



If I could just get EQ7 to cooporate or, more aptly, figure out what I doing wrong, I could add the ribbons and the chess pieces.

Edited!

Made it even if I had to cheat.....  tulips and ribbon are fabric.  Making these sections as fabric instead of pieced or applique was the only way I could get the block to work in EQ.



I still need to figure out the chess pieces.....

August 24, 2012

Past, Present, Future: Did you Know?

Stephenie Meyer talks about her quilt!

Twifans.com: (LTT & Twifans) ask Stephenie Meyer TwiMerch & TwiRoom by twifans

  




Stephenie Meyer Thank You Gift

  
My name is Shannon. I'm a Twilight Quilter. My story isn't unique. Twilight fans around the globe have found ways to express their love for the books in many creative endeavors. I happen to love quilting so that is my chosen medium.


Once a member of the group that made the award winning Twilight Quilt for Stephenie Meyer, I am now on my own.
  


Join me as I am inspired to quilt Twilight.

I don't mind if you say I'm obsessed!

For more of my personal story, please visit my page.

Email The Twilight Quilters Coven

 I am not affiliated with Stephenie Meyer, but I'd like to be. I have no association with any other Twilight quilting or craft groups at this time, nor do I want to be.

No infringement of any kind is intended.

All of the blocks and quilts must be directly credited to the creative genius that is Stephenie Meyer. I cannot in good faith take sole credit for any of the blocks or quilts because they are directly inspired by her written word. It is only my good fortune that I have such amazing material from which to channel my creativity.

I am privileged and honored to quilt Twilight.

All is Not Lost: Shannon vs. EQ7

 
 
Designed in EQ7 (Shannon LaCount)
 
 


August 23, 2012

This Blog and Other Things....

Okay, here I go, torturing everyone with my drama!

I just can't do it.  I wanted to be able to provide a spiffy pattern or series of patterns for this quilt, but I can't seem to make it happen for a number of reasons.  The project isn't a total loss as I can provide what I do have done even if it isn't in a professional looking format, but I don't know if I care to.

I can't seem to stay focused, I can't let go of my exacting nature enough to collaborate, I don't have enough time, I'm not feeling the love, and more.....

I don't even know if doing so is worth my time and all the fuss. I have a couple of friends who might partake and it would be worth it just for them, but even doing the project for them has lost its appeal.  I have a couple of commission quilts that I need to get done.

I'm incredibly frustrated.  I will undoubtedly get over these feelings of negativity but, when I do, I don't think it would be right for me to continue to torture those around me and myself anymore.

It's no one's fault but my own that I am so needy on one hand as to have this blog and to crave recognition, but to want things my way and only my way.

August 21, 2012

Madness Crossroads




How about a little Muse to soothe one's soul? Above is Muse's new song.

Nothing much soothes my soul these days.

I'm always the one with the grand design.  I want things to be as perfect as I can make them.  I can't even get close right now.

I don't know why I can feel so worn out accomplishing nothing.

I have no time for anything right now.

August 12, 2012

I almost forgot! KMA Twilight Quilt

This one is on me because I forgot.  It will be done!  I can't not do it.  I also feel like I can since I'm getting better at EQ7.



There was the problem of the trees.  I could still paper piece and I might still....  I'll provide a pattern even if I don't.  I could also applique as suggested.  I worked on this today.



The quilt is inspired by Elizabeth:

Feathers!





I've not given up on this block.  I need to work on it again....  The fabric I just saw at EQuilter reminded me so!

Serenity Feather Dreams, Daiwabo (made in Japan for E.E. Schenck)

August 11, 2012

How Big is Big Enough?

Phew!  My tulip pattern works....  I'm always a doubter.


I will make a couple of changes to the final pattern to rid myself of a couple of pesky match points.

(Sorry for the fuzziness.  I took the pics with my phone.)


I like the rounded edges to of the triangle.  This feature makes matching up the edges a snap!  I had to be an accurate sewist and took good care of my outside edges so as to minimize distortion.


Hands block and tulip block sewed together as a test.  I'm not going to use the tulip block because of the changes I'm going to make to the pattern.  I'll just take it off....

I have a couple of other decisions to make.  I had thought to make the center bigger, but now I'm not so sure.  The tulips weren't as obnoxious as I thought they would be at this size.  They weren't that hard to make.  If I keep the center medallion at 26", it might be big enough.  I was thinking of making it 39".

I still refuse to make the outside feature blocks at 5".  6" might be big enough.  7" might be better.  8" might be too big.

Not to worry!  The outer section of the quilt isn't totally dependent upon any of these measurements.  "Sashing" can be adjusted to make things fit. Scale is important, though.  The final size of my quilt is still up in the air.



I have a mind to add other elements, like more blocks or quotes, beyond the individual blocks in this original quilt's outer section, also.

I'm in debate with myself.  I have a certain philosophy about combining book and movie elements together.  I am a fan of the books most of all.  I'm glad the movies were made, but I've been disappointed somewhat.  I don't know how to exactly explain myself.  I have been able to separate the books from the movie as far as my fan enthusiasm is concerned.

This is a personal choice.  To each his own!  I am not making a commentary on anyone's feelings if different from mine.

Personally, I don't think I will combine book and movie elements in the same quilt.  For instance, I'm not going to have a wolfpack tatoo or a golden onion in my "book" quilt.  Quotes would be book quotes and not movie quotes.

August 9, 2012

I like paper piecing because......

I like to paper piece.

I paper piece because I don't applique.  I can make pictoral blocks by piecing instead of appliquing.  (It's not that I can't applique, I just think it's tedious.  I expect about as tedious as people think paper piecing is.)

I paper piece because the blocks I make piece accurately and finish to size.  As long as I sew on my pattern line, trim my finished pattern sections accurately on the line, and accurately sew a 1/4" seam, I'm good.

Let me let you in on a little secret, though.....

I also paper piece becasuse I'm lazy.

What, you say?!

It's true.

I even paper piece traditional blocks.

I don't like to cut strips of fabric and then cut those into block parts.  I don't like cutting fabric, cutting and/or marking fabric for HSTs, QSTs, and Geese.  There is too much room for error and it's tedious.

How can I even profess to like quilting?!

HA!

On that note, the idea of cutting 338 1.5" squares for the checkerboard part of the SMQR was getting me twitchy.




If I didn't have to fight with EQ7 so much to get this pattern to print, I would be one happy camper.  I finally got it to work even if I don't know exactly what I did differently after trying all day and on two printers.  I'm hoping I can duplicate my efforts when I need to print the pattern for real.



August 7, 2012

Oh, and by the way, IT IS MY PATTERN



Has everyone seen this photo?  It's from the EW 8/10/12 issue.  I quickly speculated as to when I think the scene will be featured in the movie.  Would anyone like to make a friendly wager?  I'd even bet a quilt on it.

Happy times, but back to business.

 In case there is any confusion.....  This is my pattern.  Yes, there is another one out there.  This is how I designed mine.

New Moon Tulip

I took a copy of the New Moon tulip that is featured on the white covered version of the book.  I printed out that copy and and sectioned the tulip by hand using a pencil and straight edge.  The hardest part for me is drawing that first line that sections any picture or drawing into the first two parts.  I like to divide on the diagonal and limit the match points as much as possible.  When one chooses to split a block directly down the middle just because, piecing can become a nightmare.  (This block was actually pretty easy.  The stem provided a nice division point.)  When I was happy with my sectioning, I used a black Sharpie to mark over my pencil lines.


I imported this image into EQ7 for tracing or to make the paper piecing pattern.



I chose an Easy Draw block in EQ7 and choosing snap to lines and arcs of drawing only in Snapping in the Drawing Board Setup.

So, NO, I didn't take a certain available pattern...trace THAT....and call it my own.

I tested the pattern as a full block.  I did make one little change to the final pattern to remove one tiny little piece.  It's almost unnoticeable.

I've taken the pattern one step further to make it a part of a setting triangle unit for the SMRQ.  I did this because I didn't want to make separate tulip blocks that would have to be framed by side setting triangles.



When I print the pattern as a PDF, I will delete the other side of block unit when merging the pattern as a whole.



I started to test this pattern tonight, but didn't get anywhere.  Family interference once again.  Maybe tomorrow....  I'm taking the day off since I had a few personal appointments to attend to.







Last Hurrah: The Plan

The pattern for the Stephenie Meyer Quilt Reproduction will be my last hurrah.....

I feel that I need to deliver it as promised.

I need to steer my energies toward more productive endeavors.  I have a couple of commissioned quilts that I need to work on.  I would like to make some opportunity quilts.

My plan is this:

I will post the complete pattern, hopefully, on 8/15.  If something should happen, I will at least have the center medallion ready.  That is the plan....

I'll be making a couple of these quilts as promised to a couple of people.

Thanks!

July 31, 2012

Drawing Board

I'm in the home stretch as far as the final design for the SMRQ as far as the measurements and quilt elements.  Another element that I've been struggling with is the New Moon tulip adorned setting triangles.  I finalized the paper piecing pattern months ago, but stopped working on the cropped version that would grace the setting triangles.

I'm more motivated than ever as I've been asked to make a quilt under commission.  I have to get it done!  Back to the drawing board I go....



July 28, 2012

When Quilt Math Lies

I've been tearing my hair out over the center medallion design in EQ7.  The quilt math is more than my brain can handle.  I'm finding it hard not to get discouraged.

Quilt math isn't supposed to lie, but I think it does.

Okay, it doesn't....

July 27, 2012

Which Way Did She Go?

I've been all talk and very little action.

That's about to change.....

I'm ready to shift directions a bit.

The reason I've not been doing is because I've not been wanting to do most of what I feel I must do for one reason or another.

Not good!

So, I can either keep NOT doing what I feel I must or actually do what I want.

Make sense?

I'm even having trouble with it.

My time is finite.

I have very little time to do so I need to make the best use of my time and resources.

At least that's my goal....  I'm not very good at acting on and reaching goals.

I've got to make changes, though.

July 24, 2012

What's with the clowns?

I really did have high hopes for the summer.  I had all these things that I was going to accomplish.  Ha!  The biggest thing I'm sad about is that I feel so Blah! about everything.




Above is a picture of the quilt I am making to test the measurements for the SM Twilight Reproduction Quilt.  I can't accomplish what I need to accomplish in EQ7.  I'm like a 1/16" off here and there.  I'm pretty darned pissed about it.  I could read the book and search for tutorials until the day I really decide to give up, but it wouldn't make a difference.  I'm so inept.

I'll just keep adjusting and sewing until I figure it out....I guess.

Here's to ya'

July 13, 2012

A Good Reason to Try

Opening one's email Inbox can be a dangerous thing.....

Electric Quilt sent me a nice little email today announcing a sale.  20% off Christmas in July Sale, exclusions apply.  Oh, boy!



Resistance was futile, especially since it's payday and I've been wanting to try EQ Printables Cotton Satin 283 thread count fabric sheets for a long time.  I've been wanting to try them in order to see if I can use them to print images and/or quotes on them for a Twilight quilt or if I want to use Spoonflower for the quotes instead.  I have used the 200 thread count sheets before, but they are what they are at 200 thread count.  I ordered the six sheet package to do my experiment.  While I was at it, I went ahead and ordered EQ's newer product, Quilter's Newsprint Sheets, with paper piecing projects in mind.  I was curious about them and since I was placing an order for the other, I went ahead and splurged.







I am not happy about $8.00 for shipping, though.  I don't have a lot of choice since neither of these products are available at any of my local quilt shops.  Oh, well!

The boys are headed out this weekend for camping with the Boy Scouts.  It's a girls' weekend.  I won't be home much as M got gifted Rockies tickets at Club Level for Saturday.  S wants to see Brave so we'll probably do that on Sunday.  I'm taking some time off next week so maybe I'll get something done then.

July 11, 2012

Modern Bargello, Update

The quilt top is finished....kinda, sorta.




I'm still debating whether or not I will quilt this at home.  I have a machine to do it on as of yesterday, but there is still something holding me back.

If I do quilt it at home, I will quilt each strip individually using the methods learned in Ann Peterson's Craftsy class.  (Sorry, too lazy to link again.  I've talked about this class many times before.)

I really am loving the way it turned out.  The colors really get me.  After struggling so much picking them out and agonizing even after purchasing, I am very happy now that I see how nice they look together.

July 3, 2012

To Test or NOT?

I don't comfortable foisting a design on unsuspecting quilters unless I've pieced it myself....although, that's not to say I haven't done it.

I want to test my measurements or the SMRQ and I was thinking of sewing it in muslin and then I got to thinking why not sew it with stash fabric so that I can have a quilt that could be used.  Heck, I could even practice my free motion quilting on it when my new machine gets here.

So, that's what I'm going to do!  I'm not making any promises, but it sure would be nice to sew all day on that tomorrow....

Most towns have cancelled their fireworks shows because of the fire danger in Colorado.  My kids really wanted to go the Denver Outlaws game and show, but M and I couldn't justify the $90.00+ it would have cost to go just for the tickets alone.  (We all know that it would have cost more than that because we'd probably eat somewhere first and get stuff at the game.)

We plan on BBQing and whatnot.  This means work for me.  I still hope to get some sewing in.

Happy 4th of July!

July 1, 2012

Tilt and Merge

July!  How can that be?!

I've been busy working, enjoying my summer, and goofing off.

Sewing on Paper, the new paper piecing blog that I started for Kristen and I, is up and running.  It's been slow going for the fact that I've had a bit of a mental block with the whole thing.  Thank goodness for Kristen and the support of friends.  Kristen has designed a series of blocks for The Nightmare Before Christmas BOM.  The first pattern, July, is up as of today.

Check it out!

Hmm....I've also reopened the Twilight Quilt Patterns site.

I'm having another small issue.  I've misplaced my thumb drive that has a lot of the EQ7 files on it.  My disorganization was bound to bite me in the butt.  I've got files all over the place of projects in different stages of design.  The thumb drive had some finished designs and some of the ones that I've worked on at work.  I hope I can find it.

During my time away, I discovered Merge in EQ7 by chance.  It's the coolest feature.  I've also figured out how to combine it with Tilt.  Why is this important?  Well......  A certain quilt has been ignored forever because I could design it in EQ like I wanted to.  One might say that my reverse engineering of the Stephenie Meyer Quilt hit a major speed bump.

I've had some success the past couple of days with the design.  I'm having trouble with the red sashing strips.  I may just leave them as they are coming out unless I can figure out that part in EQ7. The most important thing for me will be that the finished center medallion will finish the correct size up to the checkerboard part so that thes little squares are the right size.  The rest of the quilt can be adjusted easily enough based on the finished size of this medallion.





June 18, 2012

Design Wall Monday: Modern Bargello

I didn't sew a lick last weekend.  I'm glad I have something pretty to look at on my design wall.  I spent my days with other pursuits.  I cleaned up my sewing area some, organized by sewing desk drawers, grocery shopped, made a pie, and cooked Father's Day dinner for my husband.  Oh, and we went to dinner at a local restaurant and I finally got visit Sweet Action in person.  (This made possible by the fact that we only had two of the kids for the night so we could afford it......)  I also watched some UEFA 2012 soccer.



Modern Bargello from Mary's pattern.  LINK
....on the design wall this week



M's Triple Berry Pie

M says this pie might be his new favorite.  I fixed his requested dinner:  pork ribs, new potatoes, and corn on the cob.  He was in a food coma by the end of the night.  We watched Longmire, the new show he likes, before surrendering the T.V. to Z and Xbox.

Be sure to visit Patchwork Times and all the design wall posts included.....  Thanks!

June 13, 2012

Energize ME with new Breaking Dawn 2 Pictures!



Entertainment Weekly
(Link)


Pictures like this and magazine features, like the upcoming Breaking Dawn 2 issue, can only help build my excitement which, honestly, has been waning.


This will mean good things for my Twilight quilting.....  One can only hope!

June 12, 2012

I had to.....

Best made plans and all that....

I didn't sew on my days off.  (I didn't get my refrigerator cleaned out, either....)  I did sew on Saturday and Sunday, but I was interupted a lot.  Everytime I sat down to sew, someone needed me to take them somewhere or I had to do something.  Not kidding!

I've wanted to finish the Modern Bargello quilt.  C has called Dibs.  She reminded me of that again last night.

I finished the yellow panel finally.  I worked on that color because I was happy with my fabrics.  I really like the way it came out.  It might even be my favorite.



I cut my orange fabrics, but there was one that was bugging me.  I stopped by my LQS yesterday to see if I could find another fabric that would work better.  I did find one and I feel much better now.


The fabric second to the bottom was the one that wasn't right for me.  It had too much yellow in it and seemed to be lighter than the third fabric even though my copy machine test said that it wasn't.  I removed it and shifted the other fabrics down.  I bought another fabric to be the lightest....nothing like buying 1/6th yard for two 1.5" squares.  (The only thing is that the fabric is a nice peach that will work as a skin tone.)



I hope to finish the orange panel tonight.  I'll arrange the rest of the panels back on the design board.  I still have to add black fabric to the top and bottom of some of the panels.

Don't forget the Modern Bargello quilt is made from Mary's awesome pattern!  Link

The plan is still to quilt it myself using tips and technique's learned from Ann Peterson's Craftsy class, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine.  I'd still like to get my sewing table, but I don't think that is going to happen.  We've got too many kid expenses for sports and school right now.  C and Z's high school registration packets are already due and the money, too.  I can't believe how much yearbooks cost!  C even has to buy a book for one of her classes.  We're trying to find a used copy of the right edition.

June 6, 2012

I Believe in Pink......


I Believe in Pink
48"x60"
pieced and quilted by Shannon LaCount (Hobbs 80/20)
pattern modified, McCalls Quilting Sept/Oct 2011


"I Believe in Pink" quilt is finished!!!  It's true what they say: wash a quilt and all is forgiven...

My machine blanket stitch applique held up which was the thing I was the most worried about, my novice-looking quilting now looks charming and any flaws unnoticeable, and the butterlies are dancing among the flowers just like the pattern.

I modified the pattern to make the quilt larger than the magazine quilt, 42.5"x42.5".  I paper pieced the Geese for the star blocks and the Snowball blocks.  The flowers and butterflies were to be appliqued using a freezer paper method, but I machine appliqued the Steam-a-Seam 2 prepared flowers and butterflies.  I did not reverse the pattern templates so my finished flowers and butterflies finished in the reverse.

We're meeting with Sarah's teacher today for lunch to give her the quilt.

I feel like I can NOW get back to other projects.