I have been gone from my blog for quite a while. Its hard to have a full time job and be able to complete enough things to blog about. The latest thing keeping me away was Harry Potter. A special quilt for a special sister who graduated high school this past weekend.
I started on this back in January and finally finished it a week ago. It wasn’t a constant working on it, I did make a few other things in between the start and finish of this. All of the blocks are 5″ and are all paper pieced. That was a new one for me. I have to say that I am not sure I will ever do it again. I was definitely ready to be done with this quilt.
All of the square paper-piecing patterns were made from 2 different websites:
The design of the quilt as a whole (layout, placements, borders, and size) was by me. I ended up make it around 63″ x 67″. Large enough to curl up in while studying. I free-motion quilted the entire thing for the first time ever!!! I stippled the grey area (Kona Coal) and used echo quilting for the rest. You can’t see it in the pictures, but I used a swirly wavy design in the borders.
The fabrics are a huge assortment of various brands & qualities. There are a lot of Connecting Threads fabrics in there, along with a few quilt shop quality fabrics. There is also quite a bit of various walmart fabrics along with some “Essential Dots” that were given to me as a gift. All of the white that you see in the quilt is a glow-in-the-dark white that I found on eBay. I also found the star border that I used on eBay, it too is glow-in-the-dark. The backing is leftover Kona Coal, leftover star fabric, and a perfectly fitting owl print. It is by Timeless Treasures and took me forever to track down a 2 yd piece.
Between piecing and quilting, I have used over 2500 yards of thread. Needless to say, it is a heavy quilt.
I hope that she loves it as much as I do because this one was hard to give away. Its a lot of fun and a lot of work, but it is a little sad that it isn’t laying across the back of my recliner!! :-)
If you would like to see all if the individual squares up close than you can click here: Potter Squares
(Click on each picture to make it larger, use your back button to return to this page)
I plan on taking a bit of a break before jumping into anything else. I have a lot of scrap cleaning up and organizing to do after all of this paper piecing. Plus, its summer! (At least is is here!!) I plan on enjoying the bulk of it outside!