I am a bit of a PotterHead. I know with my Sherlock obsession it's not the first thing you'd pick me for... Maybe it's the British accents...
Anyway!! In my travels around the internet around two years ago, I stumbled upon a Harry Potter quilt. I pinned it and then promptly forgot about it. It was paper pieced and way beyond my skill level. Honestly, when I found it, I did not have the first clue how I would have made it.
For some reason, a month or two ago I found a link back to Fandom In Stitches and the Harry Potter quilt. I looked. I thought. I pondered deeply. Yes, it is as cool as I remember it being. Yes, I am still a Harry Potter nerd. Yes, I now have a fabric stash (and know where to get more) to make this a vibrant lively quilt. Yes, I have some sewing skills and might be able to give paper peicing a try.
So I hit print. A lot. There are a lot of pieces of paper for paper peicing. Who'd a thunk?
And then the hard part. Picking my background fabric. I had chosen my shelf fabric long, long ago. Back when I first saw the pattern I had decided this was on the bucket list and had bought some Joel Dewberry wood grain.
But what could I coordinate with this? I wanted a linen look, but was warned off fabric that has any hint of directional print. Very glad someone gave that advice. Any kind of "print" was out, but I didn't want to do a solid. So for the last month I have been googling to try to find the right background. My local quilt shop was having a big sale, and I only go there rarely, because often their fabric is not my style, but I thought I'd take in my wood grain and see if I could find a match.
Huzzah! I found a lovely creamy smooshy fabric. And at 50% off I was very happy to have gone visiting that day! Of course, being me, I also grabbed a thousand other fabrics of varying descriptions, spent a gazillion dollars and left swearing never to bring my credit card with me when I go into that store. I was seriously tempted to buy a new machine...
Well, I got home with my loot and started cutting straight away.
For the last 2 weeks every spare moment has been spent making my bookcase. I know I have other projects that I said I was going to complete, but I am hooked on this one right now. I have fabric spread everywhere as this is so scrappy.
As my first foray into paper piecing I'm actually really enjoying it. Some of my blocks are a bit bulky, but I'm giving myself leeway as a newbie.
I apologise for the photo quality. My camera is still playing up so I only have iPad photos to share, but I miss blogging and telling you about the things I'm making, so please forgive me. If I didn't share my Harry Potter goodness, I may have gone crazy :-).
Today is another day for sewing, so I have picked my block and my fabric and have a Harry Potter DVD ready to go (because you can't make a Harry quilt without watching Harry Potter as you make it, right!), and I will see you all when I come up for food :-)