I have a little story to tell.
Over on Livejournal, I run a group called hp_paperpiecing, short for Harry Potter Paper Piecing. I’m sure most of you know by now that I’m a huge HP fan and spent several years designing HP quilt blocks that I’ve shared with the fandom. That’s been the purpose of hp_paperpiecing, and until recently, HP blocks and block-related challenges were what we shared.
A few months ago, I read about the Bushfire Quilt Project, started by Tia of Camp Follower Bags & Quilts, for making quilts to give to those affected by the Australian bushfires in Victoria earlier this year.
My first thoughts were that I myself would make a block or two and share the project with various quilting friends. I posted about it on hp_paperpiecing, asking our members to consider sending in a block.
The members did me one better and within a day, my suggestion of sharing blocks morphed into the group itself making all the blocks for a quilt, including the free services of a professional quilter who is also part of our group!
Within a few weeks, we had a full quilt worth of blocks, pieced, quilted and shipped off to Australia.
Photo by Tia from Camp Follower Bags & Quilts, quilted by Shannon Shaw
The quilt label, made by me from the Pigwidgeon pattern.
We had to have one HP block on the quilt!
I count myself to be incredibly fortunate to not only know so amazing online crafters, quilters and other fans, but to be part of their generosity. I volunteer and donate locally on a regular basis, something I find easy to incorporate into my life. Volunteering to make something that will then go in the mail and travel thousands of miles before it ends at it’s final destination for no financial gain is a true gift.
My virtual hat is off to every single Harry Potter Quilt that participated in the Bushfire Quilt Project. You are ALL amazing!
You can see more great photos from the hp_paperpiecing group quilt here and many amazing quilt photos in the Bushfire Quilt Project Flickr Group.
Oh I was so pleasantly surprised to see a HP collaboration sent to Aussie! And wow! What a quilt! Nicely done, there is going to be one happy happy family snuggled under this baby that’s for sure 😀
It all happened so fast and I’m just SO proud of our group. The quilters are so talented and generous and we’re hoping this will be the first of many group efforts.