As I read Twilight, I continued to follow Shannon's blog. Soon she began to talk about working on a quilt with an online forum called The Twilight Moms. The quilt was to be a gift for Stephenie Meyer, representing all four of the books in the Twilight Series. A anxiously watched as Shannon and the others pieced their blocks. Eight of the Twilight Mom's communicated via email and on the Twilight Mom's forum to construct, what turned out to be, an amazing quilt.
None of the ladies had ever met before. What bound them together was their love of quilting and their love of Twilight. The ladies were from California, Colorado, Utah, Ohio, New Jersey, and Australia.
In April as the quilt was just about completed, I offered to quilt it for them. It was an honor to be involved in some way with these talented ladies. Throughout the entire construction of the quilt, the ladies worked as a team, giving ideas on the construction, layout, colors, everything! And all this was done via emails and on the Twilight Moms forum. The ladies named the quilt "Piece, Love, Twilight."
In the end of June the quilt top was finally constructed and ready for quilting. It was sent to me by Elizabeth Mills of Utah. I was anxious to receive such a treasured package. Once it arrived at my house, I called Elizabeth to let her know it arrived safe and sound. I'm sure she and the other had been holding their breaths and were relieved it didn't get lost. Above: The Twilight Quilt on my doorstep. I'm sure my mailman had no idea what a precious package this was! When I first saw the quilt top, it truly took my breath away! I could see the thought to detail, and excellent workmanship in each and every block. Included with the quilt were suggestions from the ladies. I knew that my job as the machine quilter would be to simply enhance the quilt. My job was to complement each block, not overtake them. Now to get started... The quilt backing loaded.
Next, the batting. I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting.Above, the quilt top loaded and ready to quilt.
Above is the center medallion of the quilt. It includes parts of all four books in the series. I set the books with the quilt, so you can see how beautifully they included details from all the covers. Even the satin ribbon was painstakenly torn to look like ribbon on the cover of the Eclipse book!
I knew that Twilight fans would enjoying seeing such a beautiful masterpiece! So, Elizabeth consulted with the rest of the ladies, a vote was taken, and they decided to enter it in the 36th Annual Springville Quilt Show, held at the Springville Utah Art Museum. Elizabeth quickly finished the binding and entered it. Below is the information card to accompany the quilt...And what do think happened?....
It won a blue ribbon! It won for the Best Group Quilt! $100 was awarded. The nine ladies involved in this quilt decided to donated the prize money to a charity. :)
Shannon LaCount--who first introduced me to the Twilight Moms and this wonderful quilt project--and I finally met in person. Having emailed and read each others blogs for so long, it was like seeing an old, dear friend. It was wonderful to finally meet her! We were brought together by Twilight and quilting! Thanks for allowing me to participate with you!
Shannon also created a blog to follow the progress and stories of the Twilight Quilt. Read The Twilight Quilters Coven to find out about the ladies and more projects they are involved in. The blog introduces you to the ladies involved and details about all the quilt blocks. From their blog: "We are a group who met online in support of a another Twilight quilting project. A few of us thought it would be fun to have a blog where we could continue to inspire each other with Twilight quilted projects, design, swaps, and accomplishments. The possibilities are endless!"
And just like reading a good story, where you hope there's a good ending...
The ladies are still eager to be able to present the quilt personally to Twilight author, Stephenie Meyer. If you know of a connection that might help them, please email: email@example.com