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Harry Potter Project of Doom part 2

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I keep forgetting to add these blocks, but I’ve been steadily working on my Project of Doom blocks for the past several weeks. There are only five left, but I have about 10 left to complete.

Here’s a group of five from the early days:

POD  Week 8

Week 8

POD Week 7

Week 7, a Time Turner! I love it.

POD Week 9

Week 9. And we have a snitch.

HP POD Week 10

Week 10, all those yearly spell books. I only used two fabrics for all those colors, if you can believe it.

HP POD Week 4

Week 4. It took me forever to get this one done because I didn’t want to buy new black fabric when I knew I had yards upon yards of it for my Dear Jane project. I just had to find it.

Harry Potter Paper Pieced Blocks

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I don’t get much time for “me things” anymore, most specifically sleep, excercise or quilting. When Jennifer started advertising the Harry Potter Paper Piecing Project of Doom I decided to join in. Surely I can handle one block a week, right?

I have two things going against me: lack of time and a very bad back. By the time I finish one block my pinched nerve, or whatever it is, is killing me. I like the block a week format so it feels much more manageable with time constraints and back problems.

The quilt is a mystery, but it has been fairly obvious from almost the beginning that it is some sort of book shelf in Harry Potter’s room. I’ve been having a lot of fun picking out fabrics for the various books and magical items, though it has become obvious that I only have two color families in my stash (blue/green/teal/turquoise and a little bit of orangeish/coral/reddish).

I’m trying to balance my color loves with what might be appropriate for a teenaged wizard’s bookshelf. I’m also trying to balance my idea of the wizarding world (fun, happy, bright bold colors) with the movie idea of the wizarding world (drab, dark, scary). Can anyone explain to me why the movies have to be so damned dark? I know the tone of the last few books is very dark, but seriously? The wizards can’t have the house elves clean a little better and hang some magical light orbs around?

We bought Lego Harry Potter and none of us really care for it that much because you can’t see anything. Way too dark. So annoying!

Anyway, There have been six patterns released so far and I’ve completed five and a half of them. I have not yet tackled Harry’s glasses because I know I will have to sit in my chair a lot longer than is comfortable, but maybe I’ll get to it soon.

I am also realizing that I should have participated in the scrap swap that Jennifer hosted. After having been burned so many times (still so very bitter that my round robin center was never returned to me, even unfinished), I refuse to do swaps. I know Jennifer would have done her best to make sure things went smoothly and she doesn’t tolerate flakes, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead, I adopted a new quilter and sent a priorty flat rate envelope stuffed with scraps to a person who is just starting out. At least that way I can feel good about helping someone and not be irked when I get nothing in return. I am much better at freely giving than swaps.

Ok, so enough with the talk talk. Here’s the blocks thus far! They are 10 1/2″ unfinished, so I have to use the camera b/c they don’t fit in my scanner.

PoD week 6

I’m not so sure about the cat fabric, but a boy might have a book about cats. A wizarding boy might have a book about cats of different colors? I don’t know. In my mind, the vial is filled with gilly weed.

PoD week 5


I guess I saved a big scrap of paper doll fabric for a reason. The stopper is a doll dress, upside down. I like the way the gathers make it look like it is narrowing. I don’t know if there are fairies in HP, but I had to use the fabric anyway.
POD week 2

Terrible picture, but the block actually looks ok.

I love my crystal ball. This was actually the first block. I learned I need more contrast in the little lines on the books. I took a look at our bookshelf to kind of see how books look. I think my books will improve with time and experience. It’s fun looking at the photo pool on flickr to see how other people do things and get some inspiration.

Ms. Santa

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Ms. Santa

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

I swear her outfit is red! I don’t know why it looks so orange. Nor do I know why I eschewed the traditional white fur trim and went for black and gold. I think it went something like this:

*search search search*

Ohhhhh! Shiny!

I can’t seem to get away from the shiny. This is why I don’t have any casual clothes. I go in for a t-shirt and come out with another shiny blouse.

Anyway, I’m envisioning her as the Claus’ rebellious teenage daughter, begging to take the sleigh out for a spin. I’ll be making a proper Mrs. Claus later, along with the other Christmas patterns Jen has posted.

Paper-pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein from

E13, Moth in a Web

Friday, November 28th, 2008

E13, Moth in a Web

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

Date Completed: November 28, 2008
Number of Pieces: 26
Description: paper pieced
Color Group: turquoise
Number of blocks completed: 59
Number of pieces so far: 1040+ 134 sashing
Interesting current event: A Wal-Mart worker was trampled to death during a Black Friday stampede. What is this world coming to?

It’s been a while since I worked on DJ, but I decided to jump back in with a mixed applique/paper pieced block. I had the paper piecing patterns printed out, but wasn’t sure what type of applique it required. When I looked at the pattern again I realized that there was no way in hell I was going to applique those tiny little triangles. Instead, I made my own paper piecing pattern for the four corners by extending the line of the triangles. Easy-peasy. I don’t know why the DJ software has such a hard time coming up with paper piecing for little sections like that.

I was really happy with the block until I looked at the picture. I knew I had cut off a couple of my points, but it really looks wonky here! Once it is in the quilt no one will ever notice so I’m not going to try to re-do anything. I’m just happy I did this all with paper piecing instead of trying to applique all those itty-bitty points.

G5, Poof

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

G5, Poof

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

Date Completed: September 7, 2008
Number of Pieces: 8
Description: machine paper pieced/ hand applique
Color Group: yellow
Number of blocks completed: 57
Number of pieces so far: 1011+ 129 sashing
Interesting current event: Hurricane Ike is hammering Texas and causing flooding through out the Midwest.

This was actually a very easy block. I printed out two copies of the block, then used a ruler to continue the black lines so I could create my own paper pieced pattern. The hardest part was remembering to add the seam allowances. Yikes!

After I paper pieced the background, I was able to easily applique on the poof. I didn’t get it on there quite as straighta s I would have liked, but I don’t think ti is too noticable. I don’t like the way the yellow looks when I scan it in (it looks dirty), but it looks great in person.