October 19, 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, we are pleased to announce the Twilight Saga Charity Quilt. Here's just a teaser ...

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

As always, our goal is to raise money for a worthy cause. We're donating our time and materials and for every $5 donation you make to our charity, you'll get one chance to win the quilt. We've chosen George Mark Children's House to receive your contributions. Details on donations will be announced soon.

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

August 2, 2012

Quilter Spotlight: Twilight Saga Quilt by Dot

“Don't be afraid,” I murmured. “We belong together.”
–Bella Cullen, Breaking Dawn, page 85

Twilight quilting is an occupation near and dear to our hearts, so it is always fun to find a fellow quilter with the same passion. We are excited to share with you the beautiful Twilight Saga Quilt by Dot, who also let us interview her and has given us permission to post the photos of her quilt.

Twi-Quilters: Who is the quilt for?
Dot: There was no question from the beginning of the idea to make the quilt that it would go to my daughter, Kate, and granddaughter, Elizabeth. It is now in my daughter’s possession and I know she is going to take good care of it. And of course I have “visiting” rights to it, lol.

Originally Kate offered me the books to read. I was immediately hooked. The three of us and my husband and younger grandson Joseph went to the movies together, and during the making of this quilt I just had to buy my own copy of the books. I am constantly struck by the beauty of this love story, so skillfully written. I am now rereading the books for the third time and they are just as exciting as the first time I read them.

Twi-Quilters: What was your favorite part about making this quilt?
Dot: My favorite part about making the quilt was working with my daughter and granddaughter to pick out the blocks that they would like to see. They collaborated with me in the pattern choices. The brainstorming session with them was a lot of fun. We checked out the Fandom in Stitches site and found most of the patterns there and continued the search until I found what we wanted and adjusted the patterns as I needed.

Twi-Quilters: Do you have a favorite quilt block?
Dot: I think my favorite block was the Quileute Tattoo. I cannot imagine anyone doing this as a 5” block, but I enjoyed the challenge of getting to all to fit together as a 12” block. It wasn't until after it was all quilted and I posted the pictures in Flickr that I realized that there is a glaring error in the block! A black tail on the bottom left side. It amazes me that we could have all looked at that block before the quilt was constructed and none of us saw it! Normally something like that would drive me to distraction if it wasn't fixed, but I don’t feel that compulsion for some reason.

Twi-Quilters: How long did the quilt take you?
Dot: I began thinking about doing the quilt in 2011. I kept checking out the Fandom site and of course had to watch the movies to get colors set in my mind. Kate also had the books that were published about making the movies and helped me with color selections and ideas. Finally this Spring I started to make the blocks. My first one was Bella and Edward laying in the meadow. Originally this block had a lot of flowers, but eventually I trimmed the meadow and added woods. The wolf blocks were next. It was a real challenge to find the hairy fabric in my stash. Actually, except for the backing, all of the fabric came out of my stash.

Dot: I would guess that from the first block to the quilting took about three months.

Twi-Quilters: What is your favorite book in the Twilight series?
Dot: My favorite book would probably be the second one. It was the hardest one to read because of the pain Bella went through, but, again, it was written so beautifully I could feel her pain. Showing the passing of the months with just the name of the month on the page really struck me as ingenious, as did the scene with Bella and her grandmother. The ideas in the writing were so fresh I couldn’t read fast enough but yet didn’t want the book to end!

Twi-Quilters: Which team are you (Edward, Jacob or Switzerland)?
Dot: Although I suspected that Bella loved Jacob before she knew it, I would have to admit I wanted Edward to win. After all, he waited 100 years to find Bella.

Twi-Quilters: Who is your favorite character in the books?
Dot: How in the world could I pick one favorite character? I loved all of them. Jacob was so unassuming. Alice was so endearing, Emmett was so accepting and fun. Jasper was always so serious! But this was Edward and Bella’s story, so they would be my favorite characters.

Twi-Quilters: How many times have you read the books? Seen the movies?
Dot: As I already mentioned, I’m reading the books for the third time right now. I would guess that just while I was working on the blocks that I probably saw all four of the movies at least 50 times and I’m anxiously awaiting the premiere of the final movie.

Twi-Quilters: Anything you’d like to share with us about Twilight, your quilt, or quilting in general?
Dot: I’m sure Stephanie Meyer can never hear too often how wonderful the Twilight series is. I’ve enjoyed every book, every movie, and every step of constructing this quilt and designing the layout for the blocks . I loved brainstorming with my girls and showing them blocks as they were finished. I was surprised when I looked at the picture of your quilt that you had quotes on it. I really thought I had an original idea! My quilt wouldn’t have been completed without the quotes. Edwards’ toast to his beautiful bride had to be immortalized.

Dot: I feel honored that you like the quilt and hope that others may be inspired to finish theirs.

More about the blocks:
Dot: The Golden Onion Award was an idea I played around with and finally made using a picture of an onion that I found online. It’s back stitch applique.

Dot: The Dream Catcher block was made from a wreath pattern from EQ7. Then I hand stitched the webbing in the center, and after the quilt was done, I added buttons from a collection of antique buttons my dad gave me before he died.

Dot: The paper pieced rings and baseball field were from Paper Panache. I changed the diamond ring to look more like the oval ring Edward gave to Bella when he asked her to marry him. The second pattern was Baseball, Bat and Home Plate Paper-Pieced Pattern.

Dot: Three of the applique patterns were from the Four Twin Sisters site: White Tailed Deer, Black Dress with Roses (revised by me to look more like the white wedding dress in Bella’s nightmare the night before the wedding), and Grand Piano, all done with back stitch applique.

Dot used the following patterns from Fandom in Stitches in her quilt:

Broken Petals
Charlie's House
Charm Bracelet
Diamond Heart
First Beach
Forbidden Fruit
Forks Badge
The Forest
Jacob's House
The Meadow
Quiluete Tattoo
Topaz Eye
Torn Ribbon
White Queen

See all of Dot's photos on her Flickr photostream.

June 27, 2012


No longer just a nightmare, the line of black advanced on us through the icy mist stirred up by their feet.

We're going to die, I thought in panic. I was desperate for the precious one I guarded, but even to think of that was a lapse in attention I could not afford.

They ghosted closer, their dark robes billowing slightly with the movement. I saw their hands curl into bone-colored claws. They drifted apart, angling to come at us from all sides. We were outnumbered. It was over.

And then, like a burst of light from a flash, the whole scene was different. Yet nothing changed—the Volturi still stalked toward us, poised to kill. All that really changed was how the picture looked to me. Suddenly, I was hungry for it. I wanted them to charge. The panic changed to bloodlust as I crouched forward, a smile on my face, and a growl ripped through my bared teeth.
–Bella Cullen, Breaking Dawn, page 367-368

On November 16, pandemonium comes to a theater near you.

May 10, 2012

A Thousand Years

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

–Christina Perri, A Thousand Years

Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson are a couple of guys who know how to make beautiful music. The Piano Guys, as they are called, release a new video bi-weekly on YouTube. I love everything they produce and today's release is no exception. Not only is it an amazing piece of music, but has a really great Twilight connection (you can see someone even got cutesy with the Zephyr font on the album art). They've put together an arrangement of Christina Perri's A Thousand Years from the Breaking Dawn soundtrack and it is beautiful.

Available for purchase from The Piano Guys or on iTunes

Story behind the song:
Our kids give us great inspiration for our music. When Jon's 17 year-old daughter said how much she loved this song, Jon decided to try it. He experienced a flood of inspiration. "Never has a piano part come together this fast" Jon says. Steve experienced similar inspiration while composing the cello parts. Since the lyrics suggest a bride walking towards the groom in a ceremony we thought we would include a quote from the Bridal Chorus by Wagner in the climax of the song (it is carefully disguised).

As it seems to always go, Paul and Tel didn't find the spot until they spent 9 hours driving around southern Utah the day before the shoot looking. After getting a little discouraged by not finding anything that great, they just happened to check out a little hidden spot right near Baker Dam and thought it was perfect for the song. The next morning we all loaded up the piano and headed out there to film, but after getting the Truck and Trailer stuck and waiting for the sun to move, we didn't get started filming until that evening having about 3 hours of light. It was so fun to film and play in the middle of the trees!

A Thousand Years written by CHRISTINA PERRI, DAVID HODGES
Arrangement produced by Jon Schmidt
Arrangement written by Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by
Jon Schmidt: piano
Steven Sharp Nelson: acoustic cello, & cello-percussion
Music recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studio
Video produced by Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart

March 26, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Bella & Edward's Wedding Dance

“Let me introduce you to my wife.” It was the first time Edward had said that word since it was officially true; he seemed like he would explode with satisfaction saying it now.
–Bella Cullen, Breaking Dawn, page 54

Strike Up the Band part 1 and part 2 pattern by Liz Schwartz & Stephen Seifert, piecing by former member, Shannon.

March 24, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: And So the Lion Fell In Love With the Lamb

“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb . . . ,” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.

“What a sick, masochistic lion.” He stared into the shadowy forest for a long moment.
–Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, Twilight, page 274

Roaring Lion pattern by Linda Hibbert of Silver Linings Originals. Lamb pattern by Four Twin Sisters. Pieced by former member, Shannon.

March 23, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: The Volturi: Clock Tower at Volterra

A deep, booming chime echoed through the square. It throbbed in the stones under my feet. . . . I started screaming as I ran.

“Edward!” I screamed, knowing it was useless. The crowd was too loud, and my voice was breathless with exertion. But I couldn't stop screaming.

The clock tolled again.

. . . “Edward, no!” I screamed, but my voice was lost in the roar of the chime.

. . . The clock tolled, and he took a large stride toward the light.

“No!” I screamed. “Edward, look at me!”

He wasn't listening. He smiled very slightly. He raised his foot to take the step that would put him directly in the path of the sun.
–Bella Swan, New Moon, page 449-451

The Volturi block has turned out to be my favorite that I designed and pieced for the Stephenie Quilt. Elizabeth originally suggested a tower to represent the Volturi, but it wasn’t in the original quilt plans. That kept gnawing at me. I felt that we needed the Volturi represented; they are an integral part of the Twilight world. One member had a baby and unfortunately but understandably chose not to participate, which left her block, the Wedding Flowers up for grabs. Since Shannon was already working on the Bella and Edward’s Wedding Dance block that gave us the perfect opportunity to substitute, and I greedily excitedly volunteered.

I have some wonderful architectural fabrics that I thought would be perfect! And right at that time filming in Montepulciano was in full swing…. I was inspired! I looked at the photos of the tower in Montepulciano and Volterra and really loved the filming location best. It was very inspirational to have great photos of the building with the flags and the custom built fountain. The challenge was to translate that wonderful setting into a 5” fabric block!

I pulled out my old engineering graphing paper one afternoon and drew it out, then laboriously went about figuring out the dimensions of everything. That was tough for me because I had to use increments of ⅛”, which my brain is not used to doing! I finished with dimensions around 11pm and while I was already tired, I was too excited to stop there! So I stayed up till 5:30 am cutting and piecing as carefully as I could. Of course I had to do a few re-calculations, some reverse sewing. There were many tiny pieces to cut, A LOT of fussy cutting, and I hit my low point at 4 am trying to piece a ¼” half square triangle for the alley/side building roof. But when I finally crawled in bed the block was pieced. The next day I toyed with printing out a real clock face and fountain top, but decided in the end simple pale fabric looked better and I embroidered the clock face, fountain, windows, door arch, and flagpoles with the machine, then the water sprays by hand.

My husband, who did read the books and liked the story well enough but doesn’t understand my obsession with it, suggested I put a sparkly figure in the alley!

Next step is to resize to 6” block to include in my individual Twilight Quilt. I might sketch it on the computer this time to make it easier to share!

Originally posted block on TwilightMoms thread: “A Quilt for Stephenie Meyer”


March 22, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Edward's Crystal Heart

You are the only one who has ever touched my heart. It will always be yours. –Edward Cullen, Eclipse, page 195

[Edward] pulled my left wrist away from my leg, and touched the silver bracelet for just a moment. Then he gave me my arm back.

I examined it cautiously. On the opposite side of the chain from the wolf, there now hung a brilliant heart-shaped crystal. It was cut in a million facets, so that even in the subdued light shining from the lamp, it sparkled. I inhaled a low gasp.

“It was my mother’s.” He shrugged deprecatingly. “I inherited quite a few baubles like this. I’ve given some to Esme and Alice both. So, clearly, this is not a big deal in any way.”

I smiled ruefully at his assurance.

“But I thought it was a good representation,” he continued. “It’s hard and cold.” He laughed. “And it throws rainbows in the sunlight.”

“You forgot the most important similarity,” I murmured. “It’s beautiful.”

“My heart is just as silent,” he mused. “And it, too, is yours.”

I twisted my wrist so the heart would glimmer. “Thank you. For both.” –Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, Eclipse, page 438–439

This was my second attempt at designing a paper piece pattern.  I had just purchased a bracelet that had this fabulous crystal heart. I thought it was lovely the way the facets were cut so that it looks like a star inside the heart. I wanted to recreate that look, with the light coming in from one direction so that the left side is lighter and the right side is darker but overall there is a star inside.  It did not come easily.  I started with part of a drawing of a cut diamond (1), opening it up in Photoshop, tracing each line and adding two lines to make the bottom point,  I then drew piecing lines around the perimeter. (2)  The resulting pieced heart did not make me happy. (3)  I did not like how the top and bottom rays of the star are sliced down the middle and was not happy with the plain gray fabric I used for the darkest facets.  So I started again in Photoshop and hunted down a Michael Miller Fairy Frost in Platinum to use.  The whole thing had to sparkle, even the shadows!

My second attempt was much better, but having limited experience designing PP patterns, just once before, I could not reconcile the way I had to piece the inside of the heart with how the outside was being pieced.  I'm sure Cat would look at it and know what to do, but I felt satisfied with it. I was able to piece it fine, just at the end when piecing the background at the cusp, I had to rip out the foundation paper (a), cut the extra material (b), refold the piece in half and sew on the new line to join them up (c). Maybe confusing, but it was good enough for me!

March 17, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Bella's Bracelet

[Jacob] turned the bag upside down and shook something silver into my hand. Metal links clinked quietly against each other.

“I didn't make the bracelet,” he admitted. “Just the charm.”

Fastened to one of the links of the silver bracelet was a tiny wooden carving. I held it between my fingers to look at it closer. It was amazing the amount of detail involved in the little figurine — the miniature wolf was utterly realistic. It was even carved out of some red-brown wood that matched the color of his skin. –Bella Swan, Eclipse, page 374

[Edward] pulled my left wrist away from my leg, and touched the silver bracelet for just a moment. Then he gave me my arm back.

I examined it cautiously. On the opposite side of the chain from the wolf, there now hung a brilliant heart-shaped crystal. It was cut in a million facets, so that even in the subdued light shining from the lamp, it sparkled. I inhaled a low gasp. –Bella Swan, Eclipse, page 438

This block, called Charm Bracelet, was designed by Cat. I selected the blue for the background because it gave a nice contrast to the silver/gray of the bracelet. For anyone reading about all of the quilts, this is also the fabric of the ground on the New Moon quilt January block. I added the jump rings and embroidered by the heart.

March 16, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: La Push: First Beach

I had been to the beaches around La Push many times during my Forks summers with Charlie, so the mile-long crescent of First Beach was familiar to me. It was still breathtaking. The water was dark gray, even in the sunlight, white capped and heaving to the gray rocky shore. Islands rose out of the steel harbor waters with sheer cliff sides, reaching to uneven summits, and crowned with austere soaring firs. The beach had only a thin border of actual sand at the water's edge, after which it grew into millions of large smooth stones that looked uniformly gray from a distance, but close up were every shade a stone could be: terra-cotta, sea green, lavender, blue gray, dull gold. The tide line was strewn with huge driftwood trees, bleached bone white in the salt waves, some piled together against the edge of the forest fringe, some lying solitary, just out of reach of the waves.
–Bella Swan, Twilight, page 114

The First Beach pattern was designed by Cat and pieced by Jerri Lynn.

March 7, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: The “Other” Jacob

“Do you think you could behave yourself a little better, at least?” I asked, irritated.

“No, I don't. You decide, Bella. You can have me the way I am — bad behavior included — or not at all.”

I stared at him, frustrated. “That's mean.”

“So are you.”

–Bella Swan and Jacob Black, Eclipse, page 329

Welcome to paper piecing! This was the first paper piecing pattern I tried. It was designed by Jennifer Ofenstein and can be found at Fandom In Stitches. I don't remember how many 'practice pieces' I did, but there were quite a few. (Many only made it a few steps before going in the scrap pile!) The other quilters were a huge help as I learned. I was so excited to see the picture taking shape as I pieced. It was like putting together a puzzle! I loved the starry blue fabric and had to use it. For the wolf, I looked through and tried various fabrics to get what I pictured as 'Jacob russet.' This is one of my favorite patterns.

March 6, 2012

Breaking Dawn Quilt: At it's new home

Here are a couple of pictures of the Breaking Dawn Quilt at it's new home with Melissa. Isn't her family just adorable!

Here's what Melissa had to say:

I absolutely LOVE the Breaking Dawn quilt! It is simply amazing! Pictures and words really don't do it justice. My husband and kids are also very impressed. We are in awe of all the work that went into each and every square. The quilting itself is also breathtaking! I can't imagine how many hours of work and love went into this quilt. It is a beautiful piece of art and I will always treasure it. I've spent a bunch of time reading online about how to best care for such a special quilt and obsessing about what might be the best place for it in my home.  For now it is resting on the bed in our extra bedroom, and the kids have been banned from stepping a toe in there without my permission. ;) I ordered a quilt rack so I can display it that way as well. Thanks so much for all your hard work! You ladies are amazingly talented!

March 5, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: The Meadow

I reached the edge of the pool of light and stepped through the last fringe of ferns into the loveliest place I had ever seen. The meadow was small, perfectly round, and filled with wildflowers – violet, yellow and soft white. Somewhere nearby, I could hear the bubbling music of a stream. The sun was directly overhead, filling the circle with a haze of buttery sunshine. I walked slowly, awestruck, through the soft grass, swaying flowers, and warm, gilded air. –Bella Swan, Twilight, page 259

I miss brown.  Everything that’s supposed to be brown – tree trunks, rocks, dirt – is all covered up with squashy green stuff here. - Bella Swan, Twilight, pg 228

When we were divvying up blocks for this quilt, I knew immediately I wanted to make a cute little meadow.  Meadows covered in wildflowers in the afternoon sun are my ideal place to be.  Edward’s Meadow was my first foray into designing my own Paper Pieced Pattern.  Since I was only going to be working with a 5” square I wanted to keep it simple.  I had seen Wanda’s cute little triangle trees from her Forks Sign block, and decided that’s what I wanted mine to be.  I sketched it out on graph paper, scanned it in, then drew the lines and colored the pattern in Photoshop Elements.   I’ve been playing with Photoshop for years, but this is the first time I ever even used the drawing tool.  After lots of googling, asking the hubby (who uses Photoshop CS for work), and trial and error, I was happy with my design after a few days.  Fabric picking is always one of my favorite parts of a project.  I zeroed in on most of the fabrics right away (love that fairy frost for the stream sparkling in the sun) but the hard one was the meadow itself.  I searched all the local stores and some online, but couldn’t find something that was green with bits of violet, yellow and white.  I finally used a kid’s novelty print I’d had for years.   It’s a flannel, which I wasn’t sure I’d like, but in the end it’s cute, as I envision the meadow being.  I appliquéd a brown log (with green spots for moss) on top to fill in some of the space. 

March 1, 2012

Leap Day Giveaway Winner

Time to open presents! –Alice Cullen New Moon, page 27

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for your Leap Day Giveaway! We enjoyed our comments and are excited to announce the winner!

Congratulations to

who said, “Oh, what a great giveaway! My husband is buying me the Breaking Dawn part 1 dvd this week. I have all the others and have read all the books. I am now a new follower too!”

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Thanks again to everyone who entered!

February 29, 2012

Leap Day Giveaway: Twilight Style

Dibs. –Felix, New Moon, page 465
Leap Day Giveaway

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February 28, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Alice & Jasper

Of the three boys, one ... was taller, leaner, but still muscular, and honey blond. ... The short girl was pixielike, thin in the extreme, with small features. Her hair was a deep black, cropped short and pointing in every direction.
–Bella Swan, Twilight, page 18

“That's ... Jasper Hale. The one who left was Alice Cullen; they all live together with Dr. Cullen and his wife. They're all together though —Jasper and Alice, I mean. And they live together.” –Jessica Stanley, Twilight, page 20

“I was in Philadelphia. There was a storm, and I was out during the day — something I was not completely comfortable with yet. I knew standing in the rain would attract attention, so I ducked into a little half-empty diner. My eyes were dark enough that no one would notice them, though this meant I was thirsty, and that worried me a little.

“She was there — expecting me, naturally.” He chuckled once. “She hopped down from the high stool at the counter as soon as I walked in and came directly toward me. That's the only interpretation of her behavior my past had to offer. But she was smiling. And the emotions that were emanating from her were like nothing I'd ever felt before.

“‘You've kept me waiting a long time,’ she said.”

I didn't realize Alice had come to stand behind me again.

“And you ducked your head, like a good Southern gentleman, and said, ‘I'm sorry, ma'am.’” Alice laughed at the memory.

Jasper smiled down at her. “You held out your hand, and I took it without stopping to make sense of what I was doing. For the first time in almost a century, I felt hope.” –Jasper Hale, Alice Cullen and Bella Swan, Eclipse, page 301

Iris created the image in the crystal ball, layering different elements that represent Jasper in photo shop, including Jackson Rathbone's eyes. The image was transferred to printable fabric and placed in this block inside a crystal ball, which represents Alice's ability to see the future. The crystal ball pattern was designed by Jennifer Ofenstein and the block was pieced by former member, Shannon.

February 27, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Rosalie & Emmett

Of the three boys, one was big — muscled like a serious weight lifter, with dark, curly hair. ... The tall [girl] was statuesque. She had a beautiful figure. ... Her hair was golden, gently waving to the middle of her back.
–Bella Swan, Twilight, page 18

“That's ... Emmett Cullen and Rosalie ... Hale. ... They all live together with Dr. Cullen and his wife. ... They're all together though — Emmett and Roslie. ... And they live together.”
–Jessica Stanley, Twilight, page 20

“Early spring is Emmett's favorite bear season — they're just coming out of hibernation, so they're more irritable.”
–Edward Cullen, Twilight, page 215

“Would you like to hear my story, Bella? It doesn't have a happy ending — but which of ours does? If we had happy endings, we'd all be under gravestones now. ...

“I lived in a different world than you do, Bella. My human world was a much simpler place. It was nineteen thirty-three. I was eighteen, and I was beautiful. My life was perfect.”
–Rosalie Hale, Eclipse, page 154

“Did Edward ever tell you what led to this?” she asked, gesturing to her glorious immortal body.

I nodded slowly, suddenly somber. “He said it was close to what happened to me that time in Port Angeles, only no one was there to save you. –Rosalie Hale and Bella Cullen, Eclipse, page 153

“You know that I saved Emmett from a bear that was mauling him, and carried him home to Carlisle.”
–Rosalie Hale, Eclipse, page 166

The grizzly bear pattern was designed by Linda Hibbert of Silver Linings Origials and pieced by former member, Shannon.

February 25, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Carlisle & Esme

The walls, the high-beamed ceiling, the wooden floors, and the thick carpets were all varying shades of white.
Twilight, pg. 322

The long hall at the top of the stairs was paneled with a honey-colored wood, the same as the floorboards.
Twilight, pg. 329

I deliberated for a moment, then left the room, crossing the hall to Carlisle and Esme's suite.  As usual, Esme's desk was stacked with plans and blueprints, everything neatly laid out in tall piles. 
Breaking Dawn, pg. 672

It seemed obvious to me that the best symbols to portray Carlisle and Esme would be related to their interests.  He’s a doctor; she loves restoring old homes.  I can picture Esme pouring over a blueprint, but as soon as Carlisle comes home, he goes straight up to their suite, places his doctor’s bag and stethoscope on the table, then greets her with a kiss.  She stops her work and then they go curl up together on a sofa to chat about their day, or perhaps go for a walk along the river.

So I decided to make Esme a wood drafting table.  On it I’ve placed blueprints for Bella and Edward’s cottage, wood, stone and tile samples, plus a shopping list of supplies for building it.  At the bottom of the list Alice has added on her priorities.

The Cullen house is all wood and light creamy tones.  I started with the floor because I knew I had the perfect honey-colored wood planks fabric in my stash.  I carefully fussy cut it to piece it so that it was at an angle to match the perspective of the table.  For the walls, I picked a tone on tone off-white scroll patterned “wallpaper”.  To me it looked classic and like something Esme would have decorated with.  For the table I adapted the “Hardback Book” pattern from Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked, adding legs on the bottom.  I used - and added to -  the divisions on the cover of her pattern to separate a piece of blue fabric with white lines to represent a blueprint, a gray fabric with circles and dots on it to represent landscaping plans, and several architectural type patterned fabrics for the wood, stone and tile.  The list I typed up in Word, in very small fonts, then printed it on Printed Treasures printable fabric.  I asked my husband, who is a better artist than I am, to draw a doctor’s bag and stethoscope for me.  The stethoscope I stitched directly on the table background, the bag I cut out and appliquéd on.

What I really enjoyed about creating this block was using all the neat wood/stone fabrics I’d been collecting for a while and also imagining Esme and Carlisle in a domestic setting.  No threats to their family, no visitors, just a normal day of working/projects, then some quality time together.

February 24, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Vegetarian Vampire Eyes

There was something different, and I couldn’t quite pinpoint what that difference was. I examined Edward the most carefully. His skin was less pale, I decided — flushed from the snow fight maybe — the circles under his eyes much less noticeable. But there was something more. I pondered, staring, trying to isolate the change.

I glanced up, and he was staring at me, that same inexplicable look of frustration in his eyes. Suddenly I identified that subtle difference in his face.

“Did you get contacts?” I blurted out unthinkingly.

He seemed puzzled by my unexpected question. “No.”

“Oh,” I mumbled. “I thought there was something different about your eyes.”

He shrugged and looked away.

In fact, I was sure there was something different. I vividly remembered the flat black color of his eyes the last time he’d glared at me — the color was striking against the background of his pale skin and his auburn hair. Today, his eyes were a completely different color: a strange ocher, darker than butterscotch, but with the same golden tone. I didn’t understand how that could be, unless he was lying for some reason about the contacts.
–Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, Twilight, pages 41 and 46

Traditional Jewel Box block, pieced by former Twi-Quilter, Jean.

February 23, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: “My” Jacob

“. . . You started mumbling some nonsense about 'Jacob, my Jacob.'” I could hear the pain, even in the whisper. “Your Jacob enjoyed that quite a lot.”

I stretched my neck up, straining to reach my lips to the edge of his jaw. I couldn't see into his eyes. He was staring up at the ceiling of the tent.

“Sorry,” I murmured. “That's just the way I differentiate.”


“Between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Between the Jacob I like and the one who annoys the hell out of me” I explained.
–Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, Eclipse, page 512

Cat designed the Paw Print pattern, for this block and it was pieced by former Twi-Quilter, Jean.

February 22, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Bella's Truck

“I found a good car for you, really cheap,” [Charlie] announced when we were strapped in.

“What kind of car?" I was suspicious of the way he said 'good car for you' as opposed to just 'good car.'”

“Well, it’s a truck actually, a Chevy. ... Really, Bella, the thing runs great. They don’t build them like that anymore.”

The thing, I thought to myself . . . it had possibilities – as a nickname, at the very least.

There, parked on the street in front of the house that never changed, was my new — well, new to me — truck. It was a faded red color, with big, rounded fenders and a bulbous cab. To my intense surprise, I loved it. I didn’t know if it would run, but I could see myself in it. Plus, it was one of those solid iron affairs that never gets damaged — the kind you see at the scene of an accident, paint unscratched, surround by the pieces of the foreign car it had destroyed. –Charlie and Bella Swan, Twilight, pages 6-8

The Red Truck pattern was designed by Cat and pieced by Joyce.

From Joyce:
To find fabrics, I went to my LQS for the first time. I loved the batik greens with leaves. I wanted the sky to look overcast like Forks so Edward could be out and about. I used a couple of reds for the truck and embroidered the grill with a chain stitch. The headlights were in my button box. The tires are made with 2 buttons. The black buttons are plastic. I heated a metal skewer and melted the plastic between the buttonholes so the shank on the metal button would slide through. The metal buttons were my grandmother's and looked so perfect, I had to use them.

February 21, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Vampire Baseball

[Edward] led me a few feet through the tall, wet ferns and draping moss, around a massive hemlock tree, and w were there, on the edge of an enormous open field in the lap of the Olympic peaks. It was twice the size of any baseball stadium. . . . Farther out I could see Jasper and Alice, at least a quarter of a mile apart, appearing to throw something back and forth, but I never saw any ball. It looked like Carlisle was marking bases, but could they really be that far apart? –Bella Swan, Twilight, page 367

Elizabeth designed this block {pattern available here} and it was pieced by Wanda.

From Wanda:
While looking for fabric for another project I had the good fortune of finding the miniture forest fabric which I used for the background. It totally gave the feeling of the baseball field as being the clearing in the middle of a wooded area just like in the book and movie. And while the vampires didn't have a perfect baseball field in the traditional sense this pieced field takes the looker right away to that part of the story. For some reason I never could get the home plate exactly perfect although I tried several times, but in the end there is no doubt it is vampire baseball! And just to complete it I found baseball and bat buttons. At first I thought I would appliqué a bat and ball but the buttons were perfect and looked the best to me. I loved making this block.

February 20, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Charlie

Charlie is Police Chief Swan to the good people of Forks.
–Bella Swan, Twilight, page 5

Charlie's block was designed and pieced by Jerri Lynn using Jennifer Ofenstein's Two Tone Star pattern.

From Jerri Lynn:
When creating Charlie’s block, I knew I wanted to showcase Charlie’s position as the chief of police and his love of fishing. These two traits, along with his love of his daughter, are the things that most people know and remember about Charlie. So, I used Jennifer’s star pattern as my base. I created the fishing rod with a length of grosgrain ribbon, a couple of beads, and a cute little fish button.

February 18, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: The Forks Forest

The trail . . . snaked around the Sitka spruces and the hemlocks, the yews and the maples. I only vaguely knew the names of the trees around me, and all I knew was due to Charlie pointing them out to me from the cruiser window in earlier days. There were many I didn’t know, and others I couldn’t be sure about because they were so covered in green parasites. –Bella Swan, Twilight, page 136

The Forks Forest block was designed and pieced by Wanda.

From Wanda:
My simple Forks trees were inspired by the simple cone trees I saw in a quilt book by Jean Wells. I didn't use any of her blocks but I liked the simplicity of the iron on cone trees with a machine blanket stitch so I made them for my block. I chose different greens for each of the trees to set them apart. I used a water drizzled looking gray fabric for the background which of course gives the feeling of rainy Forks. My Forks sign is a simple stlylized version that reminds you of the real detailed one in the movie which you see going in and out of Forks, Washington.