February 16, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Quilt: Eclipse Book Cover

The clouds I can handle. But I can't fight with an eclipse.
–Jacob Black, Eclipse, page 600

The design for the ribbon, representing the Eclipse book cover was designed and pieced by Elizabeth.

From Elizabeth:
As we discussed ideas for representations of the Eclipse cover on the Stephenie Meyer Quilt, we decided that using ribbon would work the best to make the blocks. It seemed like a simple enough idea. But when it came time to put these blocks together, I was a little nervous. There was no pattern to fall back on. It was just me and the fabric and the ribbon. I cut the fabric and then lost my nerve. I skipped ahead and worked on the Breaking Dawn blocks.

When I finished the checkerboards for the Breaking Dawn section, and was out of excuses for putting off the ribbons, I worked up my courage and began getting the ribbon ready. I used a good sharp pair of scissors to cut away the selvage edge a few inches into the ribbon, and then pulled the cross fibers out about an inch down. Then I snipped away the remaining fibers, using the book cover as model for how much to snip away and what to leave. When that was complete, I pinned the ribbon in place, again using the book as my guide, and sewed the edges down.

Rather than repeat the same pattern in all four blocks, I copies the book cover for just the triangle section on the left and wove the ribbon in and out through the other three blocks. Here are the first three sections of the center medallion.

2 comments:

Iris said...

Came out lovely Elizabeth! I still haven't worked up the nerve to do the Eclipse block for my quilt.

Joyce said...

This is beautiful. I've made 3 Eclipse blocks now (using Cat's new pattern), but don't think I'd be able to shred the ribbon and make it look so good!