And if 1 post today isn’t enough to surprise you, I’ve got 2 posts for today! One of my bloggy crushes (i.e. – people who blog and I’d love to be best friends with in real life) is Susan from The Bored Zombie. If you haven’t discovered her yet, go check her out right now. She makes amazing quilts, and is super geeky. Here’s her blog again. I’ll wait.
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Did you check her out yet? Good. (And if you didn’t, I’m just going to pretend that you did). Anyways, she was writing the other day about how she’s joining a big group quilt-a-long in the world wide webs. It’s called the Project of Doom, and it’s run by Jennifer from Fandom in Stitches. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that it’s this amazing insane Harry Potter bookshelf quilt. Each week on Wednesday, she posts a quilt block pattern for us to follow along with. There’s even a super active Facebook group and everything.
Now, you may remember last year I finished my very first quilting project ever. It was a king size quilt that I made for my brother and sister in law. Well, I decided that I wanted to be a part of this whole Harry Potter quilt thing as well. I’ve never paper pieced before, but I figured hey, I take everything else by the horns, so why not this project? And of course, that’s just what I did. Even more than that, I decided to make not 1, but 2 quilts. One with a light background, and one with a dark background.
Before I share with you my first squares, I wanted to provide you with a few resources if you yourself are new to paper piecing as well. First a bit of an explanation. What paper piecing is is when you print out a geometric pattern, pin the fabric to the paper, and then sew along the lines on the pattern to create the scenes. It’s much better as a visual thing, so you should really check out Jennifer’s fantastic beginner video on YouTube. I can wait again.
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Ok, now that you’ve got that down, I asked the wonderful Facebook group for some tips on tools to make sure I had on hand, and here is what they suggested:
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Add a Quarter Ruler
Flat Head Pins
Small Iron (you’ll need an Iron of some sort)
12×12 Scrapbook page holder – to hold your finished squares
10.5″ Square Ruler
I added the last one myself. I found it helped to cut my square to the proper size better. Ok, so after I went shopping, I decided to do 2 quilts because I couldn’t decide which background colors I liked better. I also knew I didn’t want to use the same fabric for a book twice, so I’d already be buying enough of other fabrics to cover a second set of books, even with buying jelly rolls (basically a bunch of different patterned strips). Here are the two background sets I choose. The wood grain will be the bookshelves, and the other fabric is the back of the bookshelves. I haven’t decided what I’m going to frame the bookshelf with just yet.
And finally, here are my first 2 squares. I still need to add titles, but I really wanted to show these to you today since the new square comes out tomorrow.
Every Tuesday Jennifer shares all of the squares that people put on Flikr on her page. You can see other versions of the square here!
My plan is to keep up with the square a week plan. I figure that each week I can share a little something with you here. Sometimes it might be just the photos. Others, I might share some resources with you or walk you through an issue I ran into. I know that there are other first timers on the Facebook as well, and you all know that I love to share what I make! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the process as much as I do. Thanks for sticking around!
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