Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Table Basting and the Back of the Quilt

Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Table Basting and the Back of the Quilt

The Harry Potter Bookcase quilt stalled a bit for two reasons. The first was my schedule. I was all over the place for a lot of weeks and didn’t have the time to focus on it. The second, and biggest reason, was my indecision. I really wanted floating candles and flying keys. Those two items were the first two I planned before I made the first shelf. It didn’t seem to matter how I drew, designed, embroidered, or created the effects I never settled on anything I was happy with. At one point I decided that I was going to do something – anything – to move forward. I put the quilt on the wall with all of the various ideas and cut outs and stared. I stared so long that I eventually pulled out a chair. My roommate came home with me in the dark staring at the wall. Poor guy stood there while I had a full on melt down about why I was unhappy with every idea I had. He didn’t say a word until I was completely verklempt. He looked at me and said – why don’t you just hang actual candles and keys in front of the quilt. Whoa. Why don’t I??? Well. Once I was over my little tizzy, work started happening pretty fast! First, I sandwiched and basted my quilt using a table basting method. There are tons of tutorials out there with a google search “table baste quilt”. My biggest challenge was making it work with my table. I have a large table, but the top is wide so binder clips...
Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Week 30

Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Week 30

Phew! I do love this Embroidered Hogwarts crest and now that I have it, I’m so thrilled I stuck it out and got it done. It was a beast y’all. Everything that could go wrong did! Check out this list of crazy… 1. It took FOR-EV-ER. There are so many details and sections of this it took a really long time to just create the embroidery objects. For the most part I knew what I was going to do, but there were a few places I hit logic problems and and re-adjust accordingly. I think digitizing time was somewhere around four hours. 2. I needed the crest to be 6 x 6.  Even though I spent two days trying to convince myself I should make it 5 x 5 so I could fit it in a single hooping. I knew I’d never be happy with 5 x5 so I went ahead and set it up for a split. Sadly – I misplaced one of the alignment lines on the first digitizing go which killed the placement for the second half. Sigh. Start over. 3. Because the color of this yellow fabric I had was so perfect, I used it despite it being a cheap-o big box craft store fat quarter. Look what the satin stitch did to it! Sigh. Start over – again. 4. I REVERSED my background colors and put green behind Hufflepuff and Yellow behind Slytherin. Fortunately I realized it before I made it to Ravenclaw, but still! sigh! Start over – again again! At this point I was pretty determined that it could and would be...
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...
Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Week 28

Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Week 28

The last set of book titles! Yay! Tom’s Diary and the basilisk fang are a single embroidery file. To use the book file: Heavily starch the book fabric. Hoop the background fabric with your favorite stabilizer. Sew the book guild line. Place the book fabric right side down and run the sewing stitch through both layers. Flip the fabric on the seam and press it: Finish sewing the file Cut away the book fabric roughly 1/8 – 3/8 of an inch from the stitch line exposing the background fabric. Fray the open edges. In this photo the fray is blue. I did tint it with a sharpie to make it an ink black finish. I had intended to paint on some texture and lines for the fang, but decided that maybe it just didn’t need it. If I had used that kind of detail in other parts of the quilt – maybe so. If you add texture or thread details to yours, I’d love to see it! Tales of Beedle the Bard and Broken Balls are fairly straight forward multi-hoop stitch outs using alignment lines. I really didn’t know how old Beedle was going to stitch out and was pleasantly surprised when it was fairly easy with no thread breaking or shredding. The Embroidery Files Want to make some of your own? Here are the files in .pes, .vp3, and .jef. They all stitched out nicely for me so I don’t think you’ll have any issues with them. Let me know if you do, I’ll try to help. 🙂 Want More? Check out the TBZ’s Harry Potter Quilt index....
Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Week 27

Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: Week 27

This block has quite a story. I knew I wanted my sorting hat to actually have lots of texture with folds and deep shadows. So I cooked up this idea to actually fold fabric rather than try to replicate it with paint or other techniques. To make that work, I knew I’d have to have textile that could tolerate the rough treatment and hold its shape. I came across this giraffe textured felt in the craft store and thought I’d give it a try. I thought it worked out well, except the felt only comes in the same brown as the background. Sigh. I thought about dye or paint but finally settled on putting something behind it. The POD’rs are doing a sorting hat with Crookshanks behind it. I don’t love old Crookshanks, but I do love Mrs. Norris. Scrawny brown Mrs. Norris. Double Sigh. So Crookshanks it is. Since Scabbers is just to the left of Crookshanks, I decided to make him thinking about taking the rat out. Much to my surprise, it has become one of my favorite interactions on the quilt. Two weeks ago – I would have told you there was NO WAY I was putting Crookshanks on there! Good thing I always reserve the right to change my mind! The Sorting Hat To make the hat I: Sized and printed an image of the sorting hat. I believe the image is a sorting hat magnet. I like the shape and the way the translated the the folds into 2D. It seemed like to would translate well into my version. I traced the contour lines...
Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: The rest of week 26

Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt: The rest of week 26

And now for the rest of the block! Earlier this week I showed you Scabbers and the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean box. I still wanted Scabbers to sit a little higher. I added a box of chocolate frogs and a Honey Dukes box. If you’re a member of the project of doom facebook group, you should really check out the Chocolate Frog embroidery files in that group. They are fantastically detailed and have a great hexagon shape like the movie boxes. I would have totally used it if I had room for the shape of the box. Since I didn’t, I went with a simple, but effective idea. Maybe we’re looking at one side of the hexagon. The Honey Dukes box is a made up idea. I kind of image that if you went in and bought lots of sweets they would send you out with a box similar to any pastry shop. It seems like the box would have their logo on it and would feel like it was dripping with sweetness. I knew I wanted the stripes and I also knew there was little to no chance I was going to find the perfect stripes so I painted them on! It isn’t perfect, but I really like the wonky hand done effect. I think it adds a bit more to the sappy sweet look.   The Embroidery Files The embroidery files for the Chocolate Frogs and Honeydukes are downloadable in .pes, .vp3, and .jef here. Find Scabbers and Bertie Bott’s in this post. Want More? Check out the TBZ’s Harry Potter Quilt index. It is full...