Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Harry Potter Bookshelf is finished!

I looked back to see when I started this project, and it was 19 months ago. There are 40 paper pieced blocks in the quilt, and 11 were made by my awesome bee mates in the Stars in Their Eyes Bee. Thank you friends, you made it all possible!

The quilt is larger than the original Project of Doom, found here. I put an extra block in every row, and an extra row on top of the quilt. It was a lot of fun making a dragon, Mad Eye Moody's eye, and a howler among other things. It measures 62" x 78".

My idea was to have white background on both sides of the quilt, and perhaps a broom standing against it. I also wanted feet on the bookshelf. However, by this time the quilt was already pretty large for a couch throw, so I decided to stop.

Many of the books have a title on the spine. It was a stretch for my little Janome, but on the whole I like how they look.

I outline quilted everywhere and then stippled the grey background. There is still more I can quilt, perhaps there always will be and I'd better stop!

The back is from a fabric line called Enchanted Kingdom. A lighter colourway would not have shown the grey quilting threads so much. Oh yes, I quilted all the wooden bookcase parts with, wait for it, woodgrain! It's in Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting book, and seemed perfect. I used a variegated brown, and you can hardly see it.

Nope, you can't see the quilting here. Those are flying owls by the way.

A few more pics of my lovely bookcase:

In this one you can see all the blocks down to the Sorting Hat.

And in this one you can see the bottom two rows clearly:

Now it's all finished, I feel very attached to this one. I can clearly see a lot of my growth as a quilter between the first few blocks, and the last. And there are some very favourite blocks and fabrics in here.

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Till next time,



  1. wow! what a creative idea! I had a lot of fun looking through all the different items from the story :)

  2. Huge Harry Potter dork here....I LOVE this! It looks so awesome, if I were you I don't think I could ever part with it!

  3. it has been so much fun to watch this come together .. sooo worth all the effort x

  4. My inner-child is giddy seeing this quilt! You did such a wonderful job!

  5. Sue this quilt is just phenomenal ! WOW!! You should be very proud of your lovely and inspirational work. Thanks so much for sharin -- how cool!!

  6. I love this quilt, it looks amazing! There is just so much to look at and take in :D

  7. This is amazing. I love it so much!! I hope mine turns out half as well.

  8. This is too cool for words. "WOW!" is right. I think I could just stand back and stare at this for days at a time!

  9. WOW! Indeed. Absolutely amazing!

  10. WOW!!! Such a wonderful job and you can be so proud of it! WOW!!!

  11. ohhh my this is awesome, the amount of work gone into it is amazing, and it looks so cool, great job

  12. I love your quilt. The fabrics you chose really work perfectly with the overall design. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Well done, there is loads of work in this quilt and the result is impressive.

  14. That is absolutely fantastic. When I saw the little pic on the linky I thought it was "ideas" to decorate a book shelf or something like that. But a quilt...wow.. You have talent!
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  15. What an amazing quilt! I am sure you piecing skills are 110% have completed this project.

  16. I love this! I've read every book and watched every movie! I would love to make one of these, do you sell the patterns? Thanks for the inspiration!


  17. Love it! I want to do one of these one day.

  18. I love this quilt so much!! We're huge Harry Potter fans - and this is such a great idea.

  19. Hello Sue,

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    This is such a fun packed quilt, but such a lot of work with all the paper piecing. Definitely a quilt where you need the help of lots of friends!

    Using woodgrain quilting is a brilliant idea, and the background FMQ really complements all the items on the shelves. I really love the glasses.

    Love from England, Muv


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