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.
The Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Month
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.
Learn more about The Project of Doom
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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.
You can find all Project of Doom patterns and instructions archived right here on Sewhooked and on my fandom quilting site, Fandom In Stitches.
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This looks amazing, Jennifer!
Thanks! I’m ridiculously happy about having the top all together!
WOW!!! It looks fantastical !! I have one block left to do . the one with Trevor on it .. can’t find the greens I like to go in it . I have all the others done 😀
You’re so close! I can’t wait to see after you’re all done. 🙂
Just fabulous! What a great quilt and a wonderful adventure.
The best part was having you all along for it!
I love all the photos! What a great documentation of a monumental achievement! (I had a feeling you might beat your deadline on this one….) 🙂
Once I got started piecing the blocks together, it was hard to stop! I might have shed a tear or two at the end…
It’s awesome!!! I have a long way to go, but love seeing yours almost finished–gives me encouragement! What a truly wonderful quilt! (great titles–now I’ll have to come up with some for mine!)
Thanks so much, it feels great to be that much closer to having a quilt!
All of my titles came from the books, you can find the complete list right here:
Click to access books-listed-in-harry-potter.pdf
It looks fantastic. I’m so glad I got to be around while it was happening. This PoD is on my list of things to do some day. Your encouragement to others has been wonderful. Thank you for letting us follow you on this journey.
I do hope you get to it some day. You know I’ll be just a click away when you get to it!
It was a wonderful journey taken with friends :0) Truly magical. Love your story and your quilt is just awesome!!! I really loved seeing your titles. They are very whimsical :0)
Thanks for coming along for the ride and congrats on being our big winner! 🙂
What a fabulous quilt Jennifer. It is just amazing.
Thank you, Michele, it was a real joy to create!
Yay Jen! It’s beautiful!!! The titles are so fun and your embroidery is really nice.
I noticed you have muslin on the back of your blocks. Can I ask at what point did you add the muslin? Was it for the embroidery step? It will add durability to the quilt!
I learned so much working on the embroidery. It’s such a satisfying thing to do.
You’re exactly right about the muslin. It’s main purpose is to keep the thread from showing through the front of the blocks, but it has the added benefit of adding an extra layer for all those seams! It’s heavy, but will be lovely and durable once it’s quilted.
Thank you so much for the Project of Doom.
It has really been my pleasure! I can never thank you all enough for playing along with me!
Your quilt top is BEAUTIFUL! thanks for taking us along on your fantastic journey! I have three blocks left (for some reason Trevor is holding me up), but my goal is to be done by the end of the year. Seeing all of these beautiful finished tops gives me the kick in the bum I need to get going!
Thanks so much, Robin! It has been such an inspiration to me to get to work on this project both with and for all of you. Keep at it, you’ll get there.
Oh my gosh. I’m just now stumbling onto your websites, and I am completely enraptured. I must, must make time to start an HP quilt for myself. Beautiful work.
Thank you, I hope you do! Quilting Harry Potter had been one of the best experiences of my life. 🙂
incredible quilt! LOVE it!
Thank you! It was definitely a labor of love. 🙂
What a WONDERFUL quilt! Any Harry Potter fan would love to have it! Thanks for sharing!
Did you put interfacing or backing on each block after you finished the block? I am going to start making this quilt and I can’t find anything about that. Thanks!
I did use muslin to stabilize the blocks that I hand embroidered. That’s an option I like to use, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
I have never done that …foegive me for being ignorant. But did you fuse the muslin to the block, or just cut out another Block of muslin and sew all four sides to the finished Block with seam allowance? Thank you so much…I can only hope mine turns out as good as yours did! I love it!
Believe it not, I use a washable glue stick. Once it’s all stitched, the muslin stays put and the glue washes out. Just take it one block at a time and you’ll do great!