April 28, 2012

Dear Friends:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I couldn't have made it through the past week alive without you....

It's not over yet as my work problem ran into another snafu this morning.  I hope that I still have a job on Monday.  I'm trying not to let it ruin my weekend.

I did something that I've been meaning to do for weeks.  I fixed the Twilight Hands On-Point pattern numbering this morning.  A3 and A4 needed to be switched.  I fixed that and uploaded the correction.

I haved vowed to sew something today.  I have so many projects going on right now that it will be hard to pick just one.

I also plan on working on at least one of Kristen's patterns.  She is this side of awesome!  A cute lion and fierce grizzly are on the drawing board.  Baseball is about ready...  An Eye is creepy cool!




Sally has been putting us all to shame in the sewing department.  Her Breaking Dawn Fabric Poster Quilt is moving along swimmingly.  It is stunning!

Sally's Breaking Dawn Fabric Poster Quilt, Sally's Custom Quilts

I also need to share a couple of Sally's other creations.  She drafted the block from the Gotye album art that I mentioned the other day.  Super special!  Sally is my EQ hero!!





April 26, 2012

Demon are Chasing Me.....

I have a case of the uglies.

I need a couple of days to get my head together.  I always manage to bounce back and I have no doubt that I will this time.  I want and need to finish all that I've started.

I don't want to let myself or anyone down.

Thank you!

April 23, 2012

Gotye...Do You See What I See?


Gotye, Making Mirrors album art


I don't know....looks like quilt blocks to me!  HA!!!!


I'd like to post the official video, but it really creeps me out.



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The song, Somebody that I Used to Know, is growing on me, gasp, to the point where I don't know why...but will have to buy it. It's almost hypnotic.  I'm sure you've heard the song.  It's one of those cross-over songs that is getting played everywhere.

Sally's Breaking Dawn Fabric Poster Quilt

I thought I would delight your eyes and give an update on Sally's Breaking Dawn Fabric Poster quilt, especially since I don't have anything else going today.....

(I started cleaning up my computer and sewing area last night.  I can only work in so much clutter!  I also worked on Kristen's Vampire Eyes block last night.  The pattern needs to be proofed, i.e. make sure I haven't made any silly errors.)

Sally came up with a great plan to make the Breaking Dawn fabric poster into a quilt.



Sally is repurposing some blocks for the quilt.  She had bought a quilt kit, started making the blocks, but got bored with the design after she had made nine blocks.  The batik blocks were too gorgeous to discard so Sally decided to use them for this quilt.  She is making a second set of blocks to match the first set.  The blocks will frame the fabric poster.


An EQ rendition for planning.....


The fabric poster needed to be stabilized because it's almost like a chiffon or other type of satiny fabric.  The poster is diaphanous, also.  (It's usually a better idea to use similar fabrics in the same quilt top so making the poster more like the cottons with the stabilizer is the way to go.  It's also not the funnest thing to sew a slippery satiny fabric even with a walking foot.)  Sally ironed a double sided fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric poster and then fused a white fabric onto the back of that.  She says the fabric had a bit of a pattern to it and shows through on Bella's dress, but that it looks fine and even adds to the effect.  After all the fusing, Sally squared up the poster.

In the EQ plan above, she used a golden fabric.  Sally found a really pretty blue to use in the actual quilt.



Here it with some of the real blocks:




Here is another EQ7 rendition with another border making the quilt 88x100:




I'd love to start mine very soon!









April 20, 2012

Worth IT!

First of all, I need to give a big shout out to a special someone who is ailing a bit.  You are in my thoughts.  I know that this thing will be figured out and that you will be on the road to recovery real soon!

Thank you so much for the squishie.  I'm going to share it very soon.  Totally awesome!!

I keep reminding myself that I need to be happy enough with the way things are.  I have so many things to look forward to.  My "days" are fewer and far between, but.....

I get worn down as a parent.  There isn't enough of me to go around.  There is too much homework help to be provided, too much chauffeuring to do, too much angst......

Everyone at my house feels like we're in a mad rush all the time to get something done, to get to practice or to the next game, to finish something so the next thing can be started.

We're especially hit hard at this time of the year.  Taxes are due.  We have four kids with birthdays in the span of two weeks.  The end of the school year is always busy.  Crunch time is upon us.

I'm not saying that I'm any less tired today.  I could take a nap at my desk right now.  I don't really feel like doing much, not even writing this blog entry.

I'm just MEH.... but there have been some nice things that have happened that I need to share.

S turned 11 yesterday.  Z turned 14 yesterday, too.  Z still doesn't like sharing his birthday with his sister and I will never hear the end of it.  We had places to be and people to see yesterday after school.  After thinking that I would delay even their cakes until we managed to squeeze a family dinner in on Sunday, I thought better of it.  (There were a couple of years growing up when my b'day was like any other with just a simple "Happy Birthday" said with promises of belated celebrations.)  While I couldn't provide a special dinner last night because of S and A's school Big Night for the science fair, Z's Boy Scout meeting, and C's JV soccer game, we did have cake and candles for both kids when we got home.  S wanted an ice cream cake.  Z wanted a cheesecake dessert that we've had at family gatherings so I found a similar recipe and made it in between activities.  (He also wanted cheesecake pops, but those will have to wait until this weekend.)  S's big gift is a hotel sleepover with two of her friends, but family is also chipping in for a new bike.  (We'll be swimming, making pillowcases, and slipper flip flops.  Thanks, Kristen!)  Z, well, we're at odds a bit over what he wants.  I think M is going to go ahead and get him the Airsoft gun he wants.  I'll leave it at that.  I let him get the next book in the Ranger's Apprentice series yesterday.




Next up, C turns 16 on 5/1 and A turns 9 on 5/2.

Our work on S's science fair project paid off.  She got 100% and a first place ribbon.  All kids who complete all the guidelines for the project get first place ribbons, but the acknowledgement is still pretty special.  Her teacher asked to keep her board for future classes so that was a nice honor.  I was a bad parent and didn't take the camera with me at Big Night last night.  What I should have done?  Taken a picture of her with her ribbon in front of her project with her teacher.  Darn!


C played like a beast at her soccer game.  She started, came out for awhile because she had a slow start, and then finished the game, playing all but the last five minutes or so.  She loves playing with the JV team.  She and her posse, the girls she most identifies with as far as skill and tenacity on the FR/SO team, are having a bit of a battle of wills with their FR/SO coach.  One could say that they think they should be playing for JV all the time and that the coach is trying to temper that attitude in controlling team morale, managing his ego, and trying to win.....  Yesterday's game was tense.  The teams were evenly matched, the teams were both physical, and the refs didn't do a very good job of controlling the physicality of the game....so it got very chippy.  TR scored in the second with a goofy goal--one of those that the goalie has saved a thousand times, but this one managed to dribble in.  HHS scored on a PK after an opposing player kneed and high stepped, taking a player out in the box.  1-1 was the score.  C came home happier from this game, though, than from the 3-0 win the day before.  The girls took this picture that game after only getting to play a touch in the first, a touch in the second, and, as was subbed minutes into the second half, told to take their cleats off because they were done for the day.


(surefire way to piss of your coach and be really "benched")

Last night, after we got home and had cake, I got an email from S's teacher.  We had a WOW moment!  S has been chosen to be her school's student that will be recognized by the Englewood Chamber of Commerce Student Recognition program.  We will get to attend the luncheon with her and her teacher on 5/1.  Her teacher will be reading this paragraph at the luncheon:

S XXXX has been chosen to represent XXXXX School for the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce Student Recognition Program because she exhibits an exceptional attitude, extraordinary effort, and leads her peers by demonstrating respectful, responsible, and friendly behavior each day.  Success does not come easily for SXXXXX, yet she is dedicated to learning and growing in each academic area. No matter the task, SXXXX puts forth her best effort, persevering even when the task at hand is difficult. Whether completing a routine homework assignment, large project, or her class work, SXXX persists until her work meets her extremely high standards. Sarah consistently sets an outstanding example for her peers with her positive, respectful attitude. A natural leader, SXXX is a member of the Student Council and an Art Peer Helper at XXXX. She leads by example, always following our school rules of being safe, respectful, responsible, and friendly. When another student needs help, SXXX is more than happy to accommodate with a smile on her face. She possesses an outstanding attitude, a natural ability to lead others, a desire to reach her personal best, and is in general a fabulous example of what a quality young person should strive to be. SXXXX is the obvious choice to represent XXXX Elementary in the Student Recognition Program.
My little superstar!!!!  This birthday might be considered her best ever for awhile.....




April 18, 2012

A Quilt Crush

I'm wiped out today and having a nagging headache from sleep deprivation.  The science fair projects got done and I'd like to go into a rant about the whole thing, especially when it concerns science fair projects for 3rd graders, but it would be counter-productive and I'm in a positive space right now so I'm not going to partake.

The good thing is that I now know for sure that I'm using the right laundry detergent and that all the hype about Oxi-Clean is marketing mumbo jumbo.  I could teach a class now on solutions, saturation, and sugar.  Ask me a question about polar and non-polar molecules, I dare you!

On the subject of blogger's new format, I have a few choice words.....but NOPE....not going to go there either.

I think I'm ready to get back to my sewing!  I just need to change my rotary cutter blade and sharpen my scissors because they haven't cut anything but paper recently.  I'm a unorganized hot mess right now.  I don't even know where to start.

I've had many a quilt crush in my lifetime.  This week I have one on Kristen.  The stuff she's been sending me is INCREDIBLE.


April 16, 2012

For the love of Science!

I don't like science, nope, not at all....

I especially don't like that I've been busy helping two elementary school age children with science fair projects.

My 5th grader is testing three different laundry detergents against five stains.

My 3rd grader is testing the effect of temperature on sugar dissolving in water.

My husband hasn't started our taxes, yet, so he won't be helping with the projects tonight.  He generally doesn't help too much anyway because I'm a bit controlling with projects.

If I can get through this week, I should be homefree with the exception of sports and my own sluggishness.

Thank you for your patience!

Other people in the group are being very creative, though.

Sally has started her Breaking Dawn DVD Fabric Poster Quilt.  It's going to be breathtaking...




Kristen is busy designing, planning, and sewing!  Wedding Dance is ready to be tested.  And as to Lydia's suggestion, an embroidered background of wisteria, like in the Breaking Dawn movie wedding decorations, is in the works.

April 13, 2012

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Announcing............SewingOnPaper.COM

I am going to do something I have wanted to do for a very long time!

I started another blog months ago, but that's as far as I got.

Announcing.................SewingOnPaper.COM

http://www.sewingonpaper.com/

If all goes well, I will design non-Twilight paper piecing patterns.

Free, Free, Free

Fandom stuff, themed patterns, and more!

Blocks, quilts, tutorials, and other projects.

April 12, 2012

Kristen's Wedding Dance: You're Going to Love It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristen is an amazing designer!  She has really great ideas.  She is very intuitive about paper piecing.

I count myself pretty lucky that she's picked me to work with.

I keep pinching myself and telling myself not to ruin any of the special friendships I have made in the past months by doing something stupid.....

It's been easier so far.  I really believe that this time people get me and have similar philosophies.  I have been very inspired.

One of the best things is that I'm enjoying cheering other people on.

I know people are being incredibly patient with me.

I'm dreadfully behind in putting Kristen's patterns into EQ7.

I've fallen in love with Wedding Dance:


I have a couple of corrections to make to the pattern because I goofed up her foot and slipper.  I have permission to post it when it's totally finished.

I want to drop everything I'm doing and.....not doing....so I can make it.  How about you?!

April 11, 2012

Bothered....



Oh, bother!

My husband is annoyed with me right now because of a quilt.  It's a light annoyance, but still!  He tries to be helpful when pressed for opinions.  He never offers up unsolicited opinions.

When I have been able to sew the past week, I've been working on the Modern Bargello quilt.  (Yes, I always work on everything but what needs to be finished.)  I think I've chosen to work on it because it's a fairly easy quilt to sew after I've muddled through the fabric selection stage.  I have Mary's pattern to follow.  It's simple fabric squares and strips.  I can sew for 20-30 minutes and finish a block or two.  I have two sections finished and I've started on the third.  Here is where M wanting to strangle me comes in...

M sometimes questions why I do something that aggravates me so and stresses me out.  I'm not really aggravated or stressed out per se.  I do agonize over my choices sometimes....now more than ever as I feel like time is running short for me to quilt as much as I want, accomplish my bucket list of quilts, and overcome some errors that I've made.  I don't feel like I have time for do-overs.

Yes, I know-----craziness!

At the root of my problem, is that I continue to ignore my instincts or trust them.  I push forward with things, turning a deaf ear to the voice telling me to go with that which makes me not twitch.  I go ahead, but then I am so bothered by something that I have to fix it or I just abandon the project.  I have given up trying not to be this way.

It took me a long time at the quilt shop to pick out the turquoise and green fabrics for the next two strips.  I thought it was going to be the turquoise fabrics that were going to give me fits, but once I made peace with the lack of dramatic contrast between fabrics 2 and 3, I was fine.  I finished that section a couple of days ago.

I'm not liking the way I ordered my green fabrics.  I don't know if I mixed the first two up from the way I had them ordered when I chose them or if the fabrics look different cut into the blocks.  When I cut them, I was bothered.  I didn't let that stop me, though.  UGH!  I sewed the largest block.  I sewed the next two smaller blocks even though I was bothered.  Darn it!  I stopped for the night and since then have been trying to talk myself into leaving the section the way it is and not switching the fabrics....basically starting this section over.

I mentioned it to M this morning and he just rolled his eyes at me.  He can't SEE what I'm seeing and certainly can't understand why I'm bothered.  He does, however, know me well enough that I'll be fixing things.



I will be redoing the green blocks.  I will be switching the large square and next smaller square fabrics with each other.  I will be less bothered.

April 7, 2012

Know Me Better than I Know Myself

Kristen found an old picture of the Edward's Eyes/Vegetarian Vampire Eyes block that I was talking about the other day.....

It's on one of my abandoned blogs. (link)  I started out as Frecklesquilts, left that one for a fresh start, started another personal blog, and then this Twilight Quilters Coven blog.  This is the only one I've kept up with recently, but I've not deleted any of the others.  It's a good thing because they still be referenced for all kinds of stuff, including my work and all my experiences with the group now known as the Twi Quilters.  The other reason it's a good thing I didn't delete the blogs is because the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt thread is no longer available on the Twilight Moms forums site.  My site archives is the only other place to find my side of the story written as it happened and not corrupted by my bad memory.



Thank you, Kristen, for reminding me!  How funny that someone had to remind me....

Featured in the quilt that was in progress is the original Edward's Eyes/Vegitarian Vampire Eyes block. (left side row, fourth block down)  As one can see it is the Quilter's Cache Jewel Box block that I referenced in the post a couple of days ago about the block.

The block was remade to the more simpler block in the final quilt.  By who?  We will never know.....

April 5, 2012

Clock Tower: On the Drawing Board (SM Twilight Quilt Reproduction)




from New Moon



Clock Tower block/SM Twilight Quilt


Super busy in my world.  I've hardly had time to get anything done.  I tried sewing more on the Modern Bargello yesterday when I got home from work.  I was only able to sew three of four strips around a colored square before I had to run off and pick up a kid from somewhere.  I never got back to sewing.


I have some confidence that all the SM Twilight Quilt block reproductions will get done.....sometime in my lifetime, but that's about it.  I have had some nice chats with Kristen about all of her fabulous ideas so I feel a little bit better.  I don't feel very good about all the half done things I have going on.  Just call me 1/2 Done Shannon!

The Clock Tower block as originally pieced combined piecing and applique.  The clock face, flags, window elements, door, and fountain water look to be appliqued. A simple tracing in EQ7 won't be the best way to make a pattern for this block.  I will definitely be reworking it in EQ7.




April 3, 2012

Carlisle and Esme block (on the drawing board): SM Twilight Quilt Reproduction





The Carlisle and Esme block is a pretty straight forward little block.  I've always thought that what made the block was the fabrics and the little appliqued and embroidered elements, like the To Do List, the stethoscope, and the medical bag.

I'll keep working on the block, but if anyone has another idea for Carlisle and Esme, please share...



I'll keep working at it.  I may do a line drawing to get the lines straighter and then try a second tracing.


I will be glad when I have all the blocks finalized and able to be shared.

A Fabulous EQ7 Design Tutorial for an Absolutely Stunning Quilt

I am in absolute quilt heaven because of an Electric Quilt email I received this morning!!!!


EQ Email Screen Capture


Marlene's quilt has been featured in numerous quilty places, including Marlene's own blog.  (link to KISSed Quilts)  The quilt is stunning!  I admit to having a quilt-gasm.

When I saw the quilt, I immediately though "how'd she do that?!"

Marlene has written a fabulous EQ tutorial for the quilt!  Can you believe it?!!!


By the way, I have an ulterior motive to posting this.  I think this would be an awesome setting for a New Moon "meteor" quilt.......  I can just see it now!

April 2, 2012

Edward's Eyes (SM Twilight Quilt Reproduction): What Else U Got?



Edward's Eyes/Vegetarian Vampire


This block was to represent the changing colors of Edward's eyes or the vegetarian vampire's changing eye colors as they descend into hunger.

I have always strongly suspected that this was another one of Elizabeth's "remakes" for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt.  The thread for the Stephenie Meyer Twilight Quilt is no longer being hosted at the Twilight Moms forums so I can't access the original block that was made.  The block that Jean made originally was a little different with many tiny pieces.  If I remember correctly, Elizabeth influenced the choice of block pattern for Edward's Eyes and it was the Jewel Box block from Quilter's Cache.  (link)  Can you imagine making a 5" block like this?!  It was a bit wonky and the block was redone by.....Jean....to the one above.

The block is found in EQ7 in the Classic Pieced--Chains section.  (Hour Glass)





(PP Pattern Image)


Perhaps there is a better idea for this block and Edward's eyes?



April 1, 2012

Edward's Crystal Heart (SM Twilight Quilt Reproduction): On the Drawing Board


When I can't sew for whatever reason, I still try to keep busy.  I have all the outside blocks to consider.  I'll provide links to them if the blocks have patterns, make patterns in EQ7 if they're not, and provide alternatives if I can.

I can't remember the reason "we" decided that a separate crystal heart was needed to represent Edward as it's represented on the Bella's Bracelet block, too.


The drawing is just a little different than the original.







The Nightmare Effect



My sister is a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas.  So much so, that she made sure we had  our own DVD .  Fans that are quilters are sure to want to make a Nightmare quilt but, surprisingly, when I Googled, I didn't net that many results.

I think the characters are perfect for paper piecing patterns.  Kristen is ahead of the game.  I've always said that if you love something enough, you'll be inspired to create....


Kristen shared one of the patterns with me and I put it into EQ7.  It was a good learning experience for me and I'm grateful for that.  I think it is her intention to make more, share some with Sewhooked, and perhaps list things on Etsy.


I traced Kristen's hand drawn pattern into EQ7.  I grouped the sections and numbered the pattern, printed it using Cute PDF, and sent the documents to Kristen.  Above, is the colored image of the pattern without embroidery.





Thank you for letting me share!