September 13, 2009

New Moon Quilt: Happy Birthday Bella!

Bella's Birthday Cake by Iris

Looks good enough to eat, but like the Cullens (and Bella for that matter), we wont be digging into this lovely confectionery creation. Made of fabric, ribbon, and silk flowers, and standing at 15" tall, my version of Bella's Birthday cake is part of the lovely New Moon quilt that will be up for auction at the THE NEW MOON EXPERIENCE put on by TwilightMOMs and EventsbyAlice NOV 19th & 20th for the premier in Salt Lake City! The auction proceeds will be going to Alex's Lemonade Stand, the official TwilightMOMs charity.

And if you want to get yourself or that special someone a special gift in honor of Bella's birthday today, the tickets to THE NEW MOON EXPERIENCE are 20% off. Just follow the link above!

I wanted to stay true to the books, and yet loved the movie version of the cake, so this is a hybrid of the two....3 tiered with "fondant" strips, fresh flowers, and a shinny name topper, but pink, pink, and more pink as only Alice can do!


September 12, 2009

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Pacific International Quilt Festival

Guess what came in the mail today!!!!

Our tribute quilt to Stephenie Meyer, "Piece, Love, Twilight: A Quilt Inspired by Twilight, Pieced with Love", has been selected out of thousands of international entries to be entered and judged at the prestigious Pacific International Quilt Festival, held in Santa Clara, CA. This is the 18th annual show/competition, and there will be over 800 quilts and 300 vendors as well as many workshops by "celebrity" quilters/instructors!

If you are a quilter, fabric artist, general crafter, or even just an appreciator of quilts and fabric arts, this is one of those shows you should attend at least once in your life! And this year a little bit of Twilight will be there. ;)

I can't express enough how excited and honored I feel to have been part of this amazing quilt and amazing group!!!


September 2, 2009

Elizabeth's Mystery Quilt Challenge Update, part II

Thanks to everyone who left comments on my last update! I really appreciate it! I decided after I last posted that I needed to get my layout set so that I could move forward. I needed to move Isle Esme and Bella & Edward's wedding dance and add a few blocks in. I carefully debated over where to put each block because I wanted to maximize the space I had allotted, putting the most key parts of the books in to my quilt. I drew my layout on grid paper and then took it to a copy shop and had them scan it. For some reason, the program I usually use to edit my pictures wouldn't work with the file and so I tried out the little "edit" button in the Microsoft picture viewing window for the first time ever. I discovered a really cool tool -- "Paint." I spiffied up my design and while trying to figure out how to crop out the extra grid paper, came across instructions for importing pictures into my current file. I was so impressed with Shannon & her EQ mock-up of the New Moon Quilt that I decided to give it a try. What do you know? I figured it out (still don't know how to crop, though). Click on the image of my layout for a bigger view, filled in with blocks I have completed so far.

You might have noticed that I have an empty 4" x 6" block in the Eclipse area. I'm not sure what to put there. A Jacob sun? A tree (I'm not sure if I have enough of those)? I also wonder if I should cut one of the Vegetarian Vampire squares, move the Lion and the Lamb up to right end of the top row, scoot Vampire Baseball and Charlie over and then add a square of trees next to Jacob's house or maybe a block with a cake and presents. Suggestions?

As for Isle Esme, I have decided that I'm going to do another house that is just a little bit wider, with square windows on both sides of the door. I might try out a different fabric for the roof and maybe for the house as well. I am also going to make the horizon uneven. It looks OK as it is, but will look a little better when it is crooked on purpose instead of accidentally being crooked while trying to be straight.

While this is a project that keeps getting put aside for more pressing things, and each block is very time consuming, I am determined to finish it!