Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Mid-project celebration!

Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Mid-project celebration!

The inside is done! The inside is done! The inside is done! You can’t see it, but I’m so doing the happy dance! I’ve had a ball with these books. I’ve learned so much I can hardly stand it. I’ve loved coming up with the different ideas and sharing the experience with other people working on the similar quilts.


At first I was sad when I made it to the last shelf. It was so final and the last place I could add or remove objects. It started to become apparent that somethings would have to go and other things wouldn’t make it. As I started working though that last shelf, I reached a bit of peace and found myself very ready to be finished.  Curious why? I was so here are some numbers:

  • 7 months
  • 62 sketch book pages of doodles and thoughts
  • 926 files/folders related to embroidery patterns
  • 750,000 (est.) machine embroidery stitches
  • 115 (est.) fabrics used 160 (est.) fabrics purchased (oops!)
  • 3 redesigned blocks
  • 2 failures
  • 11 best ideas ever  – cut for space constraints
  • 13 + restricted section Mashups
  • 2 large time consuming math errors (damn that seam allowance!)
  • 2 temper tantrums

This quilt did not start out to be so complex. As a matter of fact, I had intended it to be a “side project”. Side project – I lol at the thought now. I’d like to tell you that the inside being done makes the quilt close to done, but that is a lie. I still have the outside of the shelves, a few more embroidery files to digitize, and an ambitious final embellishment plan. I’ve decided to quit trying to keep it as small as possible and take the space I need making it roughly 72 x 90. THEN – I have to quilt it! I wish I could say I thought I’d be done around September, but sometime next year is a much more reasonable estimate. Sigh. As Mr. Walt Disney says –  Keep Moving Forward.

See – I’m even thinking about it:


While I still have a good little ways to finishing this quilt, it sure was fun to stop and celebrate a bit.


Want More?

Check out the TBZ’s Harry Potter Quilt index. It is full of links including a link to the original project and patterns as well as links to any of TheBoredZombie.com’s related posts and other custom blocks complete with downloadable embroidery patterns or applique templates. You can also see more about my machine and software in this post and take a look at my design process in this post.


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