March 31, 2010

TQC Anniversary Giveaway Update

When we announced our giveaway last week, we mentioned that there might be a few more things included in the little prize. At the last minute, we wanted to update you with a few more 'for sure' items in the prize draw.

We are giving away to one lucky winner a 4" x 8" OmniGrid ruler, perfect for trimming all those Twilighty paper piecing patterns as you go. And a few of our favorite sparkly fabrics, because vampires sparkle and we quilt about vampires. Fabrics include a fat quarter each of white with iridescent sparkles (a favorite for Vampire skin), Hollyberry Fairy Frost (red with gold sparkles), Platinum Fairy Frost (silver with silver sparkles) and Diamond Fairy Frost (not shown, but for sure included, black with silver sparkles). We're also including two three-packs of Twilight Quilters Coven Quilt notecards, three each of the Stephenie Meyer Quilt and New Moon Charity Quilt. Lots of people have left comments that their seam ripper is their favorite tool (my favorite was followed by 'especially when I don't have to use it'), so we've added one of those in there -- because we're very familiar with that tool too! And the last thing added is a book hook, created with Twilight in mind. Each of the beads and element represents something or someone special from the series.

There are only a couple of hours left in the drawing. We'll close at midnight Mountain Daylight Time. To enter, read the rules and ENTER HERE!

Also, please note that the Diamond Fairy Frost had to be shipped from one side of the country to the other to make it to rest of the prize and although we'll be drawing tomorrow, we won't ship until April 6th.

Eclipse Charity Quilt: The Tent Scene

The Tent Scene by Angie
You said she needed a space heater, and here I am. -Jacob Black, Eclipse, page 490

Ok, I am giving this 'blogging' thing a shot. This is my re-creation of the famous 'tent scene'. If you are like me, this was one of your favorite parts of the book. I adored the banter between the 'boys' and the fact that Bella wasn't sure if she dreamed the whole thing or not. I was trying to capture the battle for heat and cold within the tent so the far side is shaded in dark blues and the other side is a mixture of orange (heat) overpowering the blue (cold). I considered adding some kind of element to show the snow storm that was blazing outside the tent (perhaps some glitter) but decided against it in an effort to keep the idea of the scene inside the tent. I am usually a 'less is more' kind of girl. Of course knowing me, I may change my mind if I see something at A.C. Moore that will have the right feel when I run my errands today. I may use the quilting elements to show the storm. I also considered putting a sleeping Seth outside on the ground. If I can find the right shade of brown, I still may do that too. So anywho...this is where I am at for now.

March 30, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Announced today on Stephenie Meyer's web-site, a new book will be coming out on June 5, 2010. The book is titled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. From Stephenie's web-site:
This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.

Then I got the news: my "short story" was nearly 200 pages long when typeset. It was too long to fit into the
Guide—without ending up with a tome as heavy as the Oxford English Dictionary. My publisher approached me with the idea of releasing the Bree story on its own. One of the major benefits of this plan was that it would be out before the movie, so people would get to know Bree before they saw her in the film. That made sense to me, and we decided to go ahead with it.
The book is available for pre-order from Amazon for a GREAT price, with $1.00 of each purchase going to the American Red Cross. It will also be available for free (yes, really!) at from June 7 to July 5, 2010.

March 27, 2010

The Host

I knew it would begin with the end, and the end would look like death to these eyes. I had been warned.

these eyes. My eyes. Mine. This was me now.

The language I found myself using was odd, but it made sense. Choppy, boxy, blind, and linear. Impossibly crippled in comparison to many I'd used, yet still it managed to find fluidity and expression. Sometimes beauty. My language now. My native tongue.

With the truest instinct of my kind, I'd bound myself securely into the body's center of thought, twined myself inescapably into its every breath and reflex until it was no longer a separate entity. It was me.

the body, my body. -Wanderer, The Host, page 9

I'm a Stephenie Meyer fan. Not just a Twilight fan, but a Stephenie Meyer fan. I love her writing style. Her books are nice and thick and full of juicy details. I have a hard time putting them down. The Host is no exception. She take impossible elements and creates a believable world, a place you could almost swear you'd been to. I'll be first in line to buy her next publication, because the places she creates are places I like to visit.

The Host is coming out in paperback on April 13th. If you've never read it, here's your chance to get a copy for free. Eve's Fan Garden is giving away 10 copies of the book, so head over there and check it out.

Personally, I like hardback books. They stand up to the wear and tear of reading and re-reading much better than a paperback. I had a copy of The Host in paperback (really, I did! They were only available through the school market at book fairs in the spring of 2008) but I traded one of my best girlfriends for a new copy in hardback. But I entered this giveaway because the paperback includes a new, never-before-published “Bonus Chapter.” Personally, I'm hoping for a sequel, but even just another chapter of Stephenie's amazing writing is a bonus for me.

To enter the giveaway, fill out the form at the bottom of their post. You can also leave a comment, but that doesn't count as an entry. Good luck!

March 25, 2010

TQC Anniversary Giveaway

We searched our threads in the forums at TwilightMOMS and determined that March 31, 2009 is the day that we officially organized ourselves into a quilting group. To celebrate, the members of the Twilight Quilters Coven are participating in a swap. Each member is sharing a little gift with the others consisting of her favorite quilting tool, TQC memorabilia, or fabric. We thought it would be fun to host a little giveaway as part of our celebration. Since we put this together on-the-fly, there might be a thing or two more that we add but for now, we are going to show you what we are 100% sure that we are including.

Our giveaway includes a 4" x 8" OmniGrid ruler, perfect for trimming all those Twilighty paper piecing patterns as you go. And a few of our favorite sparkly fabrics, because vampires sparkle and we quilt about vampires. Fabrics include a fat quarter each of white with iridescent sparkles (a favorite for Vampire skin), Hollyberry Fairy Frost (red with gold sparkles), Platinum Fairy Frost (silver with silver sparkles) and Diamond Fairy Frost (not shown, but for sure included, black with silver sparkles).

First, the rules.
1. Any comment/entry that contains the words, 'real vampires don't sparkle,' or any variation thereof will be immediately deleted. This is not up for debate because vampires aren't real.
2. Please, please, please edit your profile (Google, Twitter, Yahoo, AIM, Netlog or OpenID) to include your e-mail. We need a way to contact you if you're the winner. If you would prefer to keep your profile void of your e-mail or are using the anonymous commenter option, then leave your first name and e-mail in your comment in the following format: address (at) domainname (dot) com. If we can't contact you, you can't win. Therefore, any comment/entry that does not have contact information will be deleted.
3. Giveaway is open until March 31, 2010, the date of our anniversary.
4. Winner will be drawn on April 1st {no joke}. We'll probably draw by hand, but in the event that we're absolutely inundated with entries, we'll use a random number generator to select the winner.
5. A giveaway entry consists of a comment on this post.
6. Each entrant is allowed only one comment/entry per category (listed below), for a total of four entries. Multiple entries in the same category will be deleted.
7. Negative, profane and/or inappropriate comments will be deleted. This is left to the sole discretion of the TQC Administrator.
8. TQC Admin and Authors are not eligible for this giveaway.

Now, let's get to the nitty gritty. How do you enter?
1. Answer any of the following questions:
  • What is your favorite quilting tool? OR
  • What is your favorite TQC quilt block? OR
  • Who is your favorite Sparkly Vampire?
You only get ONE entry for the question category, so just answer in ONE comment post. You can answer all three questions if you want, but you only get ONE post to do it in. Multiple entries in this category will be deleted.
2. Follow our blog. The easy link for following is at the very bottom of our blog. If you have a Google, Twitter, Yahoo, AIM, Netlog or OpenID, you can use an existing ID to follow our blog. Then leave a comment saying that you follow us (current followers, that includes you!).
3. Grab our button and put it on your blog. The code for the button is in the right hand column. The small button is 150 pixels wide and the large button is 220 pixels wide. Then leave a comment saying that our button is on your blog.
4. Blog about our giveaway. You have our permission to copy the giveaway goodies photograph and/or this post in its entirety. However, please do not copy other photographs or posts from our blog without permission from us (please feel free to link directly to any of our posts, though). Then leave a comment saying that you blogged about us.

Good luck!
-The Gang at the TQC
Angie, Cat, Elizabeth, Iris, Jerri Lynn, Joyce, Kate, Mel, Nicole, Vivian, Wanda