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!