Once upon the time, there was a girl that loved Harry Potter.
I don’t mean that she loved The Boy Who Lived. She did, of course, but most of all, she loved his story.
His story captured the world. It gave grown men and women the urge to jump on broomsticks and wear robes. It turned children that did not care for books into avid readers. His story told us that there is a place for everyone and that the brave of heart can also be clever and loyal, and that good will, in the end, conquer evil.
Now, back to the girl.
To show her love for Harry, the girl designed and shared hundreds of quilt patterns about Harry’s adventures. Eventually, others that loved Harry wanted to do the same, and a community grew up around their mutual love of The Boy Who Lived.
After many, many years of waiting with bated breath and following every word of his story, Harry did, finally, conquer Voldemort and the story came to an end.
The girl continued to quilt and to share, but in the back of her mind, there was an idea. A wonderful, scary, huge idea.
It sat and percolated for almost eight years.
Then, one day, she started drawing. Pattern after pattern emerged, and she realized that the joy of this project must be shared with others like her. Somewhere during the creative process, this same girl realized that this project, this quilt, would be the last big Harry Potter project she would take on. This made her both happy and sad, so she gave this very happy project an ominous name.
Imagine the girl’s surprise and joy when she realized that others really did want to share in the adventure of this, her last big Harry Potter project!
It would be months of choosing just the right fabrics, sharing ideas, and making new friends.
Months of stitching, and waiting, and anticipation.
She had no idea, at the beginning how big or how wonderful it all would be or how many talented, wonderful new people she would meet as a result.
January – August, 2011
Hand embroidery completed September 2011
Top Pieced October 1, 2011.
And now, for those that started the journey together in January, this adventure has ended. For others, it is only beginning.
For the girl? She will be forever grateful to those that joined her in the journey, but most especially to Harry, his friends, and the adventures he shared with us.
The Project of Doom was conceived by, designed, written and presented by Jennifer Ofenstein through Harry Potter Paper Piecing.
All patterns are free for personal and non-profit use, and for the love of Harry Potter.