TBZ's Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt
Index of all of TBZ's Harry Potter Quilt blog posts
Update Jan 2016: Thanks for stopping by the Harry Potter Quilt Index of all posts. Each one of these blocks uses a variety of techniques from traditional applique to custom digitized machine embroidery. Some of my favorite pop culture things are mashed in various ways. This quilt took exactly one year from start to finish and there were days I thought I’d never see the end! I learned so much from this project and I’m sharing it with you. All of the embroidery files, line art, etc are available as free downloads. At the bottom of this post you can find the post for the block you’re interested in. Click it and download to your heart’s content! Let me know what you think! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or add me on FB/IG.
OG Post, Jan 2015: Here’s a funny factoid – Despite all of the time I’m spending on this project, I’m not a huge Harry Fangirl. Yes, I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies. I know a thing or two about the lore and love to sneak a snot flavored jelly bean into the jar. In my brain I really want to be in the Slytherin house, but in my heart I know I’m Hufflepuff through and through. I kind of love Professor Snape and have a soft spot for both Hagrid and Voldemort. Despite all of those truths, I still consdier myself a casual fan and I would have never imaged myself picking up Harry Potter fan project of this size.
What’s so Special about this one then?
First, the folks here at home seem to be really excited about the idea of this quilt. No, really, they actually asked questions about it and seem to want to help make decisions! The idea of the people at home being supportive and excited kind of makes my day. Doesn’t happen often!
Second, the community around this quilt is quite large and they seem very excited too. Doing things that other people are doing and paying attention to is always fun. Besides, I’m totally checked in to seeing what ideas different perspectives will bring to the table. If 50 of us do this with the same instructions and patterns there will undoubtedly be 50 very unique finishes.
Update May 2015: Sadly, I’ve found the Harry Potter Project of Doom designer and community owner does not welcome custom blocks to be shared within the community. Her paper piecing patterns have been a great inspiration to me and I’ve virtually met some awesome women in the Project of Doom group and been infinity inspired and impressed with their work. Since I’ve absolutely gone my own way with my version of this quilt and I’m no longer welcome to participate because of it, you’ll not find me in the Project of Doom community groups. You can still find me on IG @theboredzombie, on Facebook, theboredzombie, or right here on my home base. Always feel free to email as well, email@example.com.
The most important reason to me to make this quilt is that it is a total playground quilt. There is tons of room to try all sorts of techniques, finishing, textile manipulation, embellishments, and I can finally start to dig deeper into my embroidery software. I don’t expect to have the “best” or “most interesting” finish – but I’d be willing to bet I’m near the top in learning experiences.
If you’d like to see the original quilt or download the patterns find them all on Fandom In Stitches’ Project of Doom page.
About my Blocks and the fine print
As I make blocks, I will add them as blog posts. An aggregate of all of those posts appears right here on this page. I’ll tell you what I learned from each block, show you how I created textures and items, and include any digital embroidery files that I created. Please note – I am not making patterns for this, rather sharing my creative process for making each block. You welcome to use the ideas, processes, and embroidery files an anyway you like for your personal quilts, bags, or clothing.
I love it when you link back to me!! Please do share my blog with your friends and family if you use the ideas, patterns, or embroidery files you find here. For the wordy version – see my creative commons licensing information.
All Post Related to this project
I can haz a Mandrake! Stop by this post to see how I made fuzzy ear muffs from plain quilting cotton.
The Embroidery files for Hippogriff Psychology, Omens Oracles and the Goat, Hairy Snot Human Heart, From Egg to Inferno, and Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit.
Meet Cletus, my version of Harry Potter’s Monster Book of Monsters. He has silly polymer teeth, a custom buckle, and removable fur so the quilt is still washable. This post has all of the steps that brings Cletus together.
Here’s a peek at how Aragog comes together with “improv applique”
Get the files for Where There’s A Wand, There’s a Way, Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts, Modern Magical History, Great Wizarding Events of the 20th Century and Lego Harry Potter.
ooooh a failure! See what went wrong and how I ended up with this super fun remembrall. As always – embroidery files are available in the post!
Pick up embroidery files for Flesh Eating Trees of the World, Spellman’s Syllabary, and see the full tutorial for Beginner’s and Advanced Transfiguration.
Week 8 has a fun bleach experiment, 3 new embroidery files and a line art for the quill applique.
Download Engine Applique Template and See a close up of the Ford Anglia.
Step by step dementor instructions and a downloadable template for the train car. No embroidery required!
This block is a big love squeeze to my one of my favorite characters, Gilderoy Lockhart!
A little paper piecing, a little embroidery, and some bugs!
A little perspective on perspective and all of the embroidery files for this block.
Four books, the inspiration for each, and embroidery files in .pes format.
Learn about the products used to create the texture in the crystal ball.