Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!
In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and my ongoing love of all things Harry, I’m celebrating with Harry Potter-inspired fandom patterns through July!
All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.
Back in April, I was tagged on my personal Facebook to share 7 quilt photos for 7 days by my friend Shelley. I don’t usually participate in chain-letter type projects, but I couldn’t resist this one!
This is one of the projects I shared. It’s not something I’ve talked about much, and it gives me warm fuzzies to get to do so now. 🙂
Made in 2007, this is far from the best quilt photo I’ve ever taken. I call this little guy House Unity.
What’s important is not the quilt itself, but who I made it for.
At the time that I created this little quilted banner, I was a moderator and contributor at The Leaky Cauldron, under the awesome crafty leadership of Josée Leblanc. She organized a gift-giving effort between we crafty types as a thank you to the one and only J.K. Rowling.
Not only did Jo receive our gifts, but she sent us each personal thank you notes. According to her letter to me back in 2008, this wee piece of my art would go on to hang on her office wall. In case you’re curious, the letter is framed and hangs in my living room. It’s one of my prized fandom possessions!
I’m asked fairly regularly if I ever wonder if Jo Rowling is aware of my work and the answer is that I know that she was, at least for a moment.
Until now, I’ve never shared a pattern to make this mini quilt/banner. It’s been ten years, and well, I feel like it’s time.
I don’t have the original measurements from when I created this project, and I tweaked the colors a bit so your banner will be a tiny bit different from the one I made for Jo all those years ago.
As you might expect, this mini quilt/banner uses Crest patterns designed by yours truly. You can find links to those, as well as everything else you need to know to make your own House Unity banner, in the pattern document.
House Unity Finishes 15″ x 25″.
Coming in September!
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I love this little quilt; but even more, I love the story behind it.
Thanks, Susan! ♥
This is awesome! Both the quilt and the story. Thanks for sharing!
Ah, thank you! 🙂
Oh Jennifer, that thank you note from JK Rowlings is wonderful as is the wall quilt you designed and made for her. That will become a family heirloom. What a treasure!