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Free Pattern Friday – Saving it for a Rainy Day!

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Back in July, I shared a Harry Potter inspired pattern each week. Today’s pattern was on my mind, but never quite made it to full pattern status!

For years now, I’ve had multiple people asking for a pattern for Hagrid’s Umbrella to supplement the Project of Doom. Quite a few people have made their own versions for their own Bookcase quilts, but we’ve never had a pattern submitted for sharing.

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Since it kept coming up, I designed one for you! Do I want to make another Harry Potter quilt now? Yeah, I kinda do. Do I have time? Absolutely not!

I present Hagrid’s Flowery Pink Umbrella, 10″ x 25″ paper pieced, designed by me, tested by Loretta Sitkiewicz Nardi & Jo Minvielle.

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This is my daughter’s umbrella. I borrowed it for a little photo shot and then asked my fellow designers & pattern testers which photo they liked best. This one won by a long shot.

Notice my Arthur Weasley stitch in the background. Pattern available on the Harry Potter Archive on Fandom in Stitches under Quotes. 😛

This gives you an idea as to how this pattern can be used. I hope you enjoy it!

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The Project of Doom, a Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt

on Fandom in Stitches

I had two wonderful testers for this pattern!

This one was made by Loretta Sitkiewicz Nardi.

This one was made by Jo Minvielle.

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Free Pattern Friday – New HP Alphabet!

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and I shared Harry Potter-inspired patterns all month long.

Today is final July pattern and I do hope you enjoyed this magical month as much as I did!

All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.

 Harry Potter Title Font Alphabet Quilt

Many years ago, I shared this Harry Potter-inspired alphabet. I’ve seen many, many fandom-themed quilts, quilt backs, mini-quilts, and other fun projects using these blocks. These are super easy to recognize because they are inspired by the title fonts from the U.S. book printings, later used in the Harry Potter movies.

Today is the “big one” I promised earlier this week on Talk to Me Tuesday. I’m sharing another book-inspired alphabet, this time from the fonts used for each chapter in the books printed in the U.S.

Included in the document are 26 uppercase letters to paper piece. Each block is 5″ finished but can be enlarged as you desire. Unlike my original set, all the patterns are in one file, complete with Table of Contents!

Now let’s get wordy!

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Harry Potter Inspired Alphabet

(U.S. Chapter Font)

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Here are just two of the patterns available in my Craftsy shop!

Contemplating a future project using #quirkyqweryalphabet. Decisions, decisions! Find it in my @becraftsy #pattern shop. #paperpieced #paperpiecing #foundationpaperpiecing #foundationpieced #paperpiecedalphabet #alphabetquilt Runic Alphabet Sampler

 

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Free Pattern Friday – House Unity

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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. 🙂

House Unity Banner made for JKR

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.

Harry Potter has touched and changed my life in many ways. My kids grew up with Harry and Fandom has given me some of the best friends I've ever had. There aren't enough ways to say than you to #jkrowling for the gift #harrypotter has been in my life. #ha

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″.

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Free Pattern Friday – Harry Potter Chapter Stars

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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.

Chapter Stars

Today’s pattern comes directly from the Fandom in Stitches Suggestion list! The Chapter Stars from the U.S. Edition of Harry Potter have been requested many times over the years. I’ve had this pattern ready to go for a little while now and am happy to share it with you today.

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This pattern is paper pieced & finishes at 5″. Want to make it bigger? Click here!

You’ll also find today’s pattern posted to Fandom in Stitches, sister-site to Sewhooked exclusively for free fandom patterns designed by a plethora of amazing designers!

Did you know I’m now accepting pattern suggestions? Check out the Sewhooked Suggestion Box!

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Coming in September!

Happening Now on Fandom in Stitches!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber along with many other friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is never required, but it is fun!

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Free Pattern Friday – Stop Voldemort

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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.

I’m almost positive I haven’t shared a new HP-inspired pattern since the reboot of The Project of Doom on Fandom in Stitches in 2015. Even so, I have continued to doodle and think about the series because there will never be any stopping that!

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STOP Voldemort Sign (formerly located outside a high school in CA, photographer unknown)

Today’s pattern is a little bit different than my usual fandom-fare as it is based on an image seen in our very own muggle world (above). If you’re part of the Harry Potter fandom, you may remember this image going viral some years ago. While I don’t condone the vandalism, I do appreciate the sentiment and offer it here in fabric and with the possibility to create a version of your very own without committing a misdemeanor crime. 😉

STOP Voldemort is 10″ (10 1/2″ unfinished) and is entirely paper pieced. I highly recommend using an Add-A-Quarter or Add-An-Eighth ruler for accuracy. You can find more useful paper piecing links here.

You’ll also find today’s pattern posted to Fandom in Stitches, sister-site to Sewhooked exclusively for free fandom patterns designed by a plethora of amazing designers!

Did you know I’m now accepting pattern suggestions? Check out the Sewhooked Suggestion Box!

Stop Voldemort FABRIC

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Beautifully tested by Amber Lowery

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Want to make a full stop sign? You can do that!

 

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Coming in September!

Happening Now on Fandom in Stitches!

 

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber along with many other friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is never required, but it is fun!

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Win a Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt!

Project Of Doom

 

Want a chance to win this Project Of Doom Harry Potter-inspiredbookcase quilt AND help 13-year-old Kenzie get the new kidney she needs?

Donate $5 to Kenzie’s GoFundMe and get one chance to win.

Donate $20 and get FIVE chances to win.

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Can’t donate? Then please share this link!

This wonderful quilt was made by the fantastic Jennifer Rowles, a fellow Fandom in Stitches designer. She pieced and quilted it as part of a fundraiser to help a 13-year-old girl that really needs a new kidney.

Inside blocks designed by me, outside blocks designed by the Fandom in Stitches designers.

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The Project of Doom, a Short History

#throwbackthursday -  the inspiration for the first #projectofdoom #harrypotter #quilt is this mural I painted in my daughter's room when she was 8 years old. She's 21 now. You can find my #pod2015 and #pod2011 patterns for free on sewhooked.com and fando

In 2002, I painted a Harry Potter-inspired mural in my daughter’s room. While creating the mural, I added things that I thought might be found on a Hogwarts bookcase, including Crookshanks, an owl, a crystal ball, quills, the Sorting Hat and, of course, textbooks.

Harry Potter Quilt

In 2004 or so, I learned to design paper pieced patterns and very shortly thereafter began work on My Magical Lens, my first Harry Potter-inspired quilt. It’s a small quilt made entirely from 5″ blocks I designed myself.

Because I was designing and piecing and working and still making loads of other things all at the same time, I didn’t finish MML until 2007, when I showed it for the first time at Phoenix Rising, a Harry Potter conference in New Orleans.

I continued to craft and design and grow my abilities as a designer. Somewhere in there, I signed a book deal and later had it canceled. Not long after, I turned back to fandom for love and support, which is a great way to heal a broken heart.

The idea to create a bookcase quilt based on the one I’d painted in my daughter’s room had been in the back of my mind for a long time and I desperately needed some craft therapy.

I realized right away that I’d already designed many of the items I’d want to include for My Magical Lens. What I’d need to do next was to figure out how to incorporate them.

2011 Project of Doom by Jennifer Ofenstein

I learned to use EQ7 in 2010 while designing the PoD. I started with a picture of the mural and grew the quilt one 10″ block at a time. I thought, and still think, that it’s less daunting when broken into manageable chunks.

By the time I’d finished the design and the individual block patterns, I had decided that there was nothing I wanted more than to share the quilt with my fellow Harry Potter fans. The quilt was now dubbed “The Project of Doom” for both the amount of time I’d put into it and also because I planned to stop designing Harry Potter patterns after I completed it.

Little did I know that this quilt would change my life and still be going strong in 2017! The Project of Doom, indeed.

The 2011 Project of Doom was hosted on Harry Potter Paper Piecing, my first fandom-themed quilt group.

You can still see all the original PoD posts, including photos of those first quilts made by our group in 2010.

The quilt along gained so much attention that it was overloading the previous incarnation of Sewhooked. My website was constantly down from all the downloads! That led me to start Fandom in Stitches as a way to support my own fandom patterns as well as the quilting community that was beginning to grow up around fandom-inspired quilts. All Fandom in Stitches patterns remain absolutely free for personal & non-profit use.

The Livejournal group slowly faded away, but the PoD did not.

You can find The Project of Doom patterns free right here on Sewhooked or in my Craftsy Pattern Shop (free to download, of course).

Find my PoD patterns plus more awesome bookcase designs from other Fandom designers on Fandom in Stitches.com.

We have a Facebook group over 2,000 members strong where there is always someone quilting along!

AAQG QuiltFest, Austin, TX Sept 2012

The original PoD has since done a little bit of traveling and been on display several times. My favorite photo of its adventures is this one taken at the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s 2012 Quilt Show. I stood back for a long time watching the crowd mingle around the quilt and I stood in awe and was a bit overwhelmed by the reaction it evoked. Despite the popularity of the quilt, I was just beginning to understand the reaction it was having on others.

The PoD won three awards from this show:

  • Overall Award: Creativity (large quilts)
  • Overall Award: Judge’s Choice
  • Honorable Mention: Two Person Quilts (quilted by Shannon Shaw)

The Project of Doom for Charity

Since finishing the original PoD, I’ve been involved in creating a number as part of group projects for various charitable causes.

The above quilt was made by Fandom in Stitches community members in 2013 and raffled off to support The Linus Connection. Quilted by Shannon Shaw.

Make A Wish Project of Doom by the Fandom In Stitches Quilting Community

The above quilt was created in conjunction with Harry Potter Crafts over on Yahoo! They were contacted by someone from Make-A-Wish for help creating Harry Potter inspired goodies for Samantha. She was going through chemo at the time.

All blocks were made and donated by Fandom in Stitches community members. Completed by me.

Harry Potter Make-A-Wish Delivery

Samantha receiving her quilt in 2014.

 

Project of Doom Mini Quilt

I’ve also completed a fair few mini-PoDs for The Linus Connection.

Fandom in Stitches and Project of Doom group members have sent me a plethora of extra blocks, “redos” and orphans left from their own projects. Quilts range in date from 2012 – 2016.

And yeah, I’ll still take your extras. Email me for my address. 🙂

Two Friday #finishes for #TheLinusConnection! We have been running under an extreme shortage, so I'm using all my spare time working on quilts to donate. The left quilt was made entirely from #scraps. The right quilt was made from my own Project of Doom p

Donated to The Linus Connection (also, apparently the only photo I have of this one!)

1 of 2! On #talktometuesday today, #projectofdoom for charity. Blocks designed, tops pieced, and quilts bound by me.  Blocks made by the #pod Facebook group! To be donated to @thelinusconnection. Quilted by sarahssewingstudio.com.  #freepatterns on @fando

Donated to The Linus Connection.

2 of 2! On #talktometuesday today, #projectofdoom for charity. Blocks designed, tops pieced, and quilts bound by me.  Blocks made by the #pod Facebook group! To be donated to @thelinusconnection. Quilted by sarahssewingstudio.com. #freepatterns on @fandom

Donated to The Linus Connection.

Late in 2014, due to growing interest, I decided to reboot the Project of Doom for Fandom in Stitches as a quilt along. My long time friend and pattern tester, Amber Lowery helped me as I went through every single block from the original pattern looking for ways to make them easier to piece.

She received a relentless number of messages from me about new block ideas. The original 30 blocks grew to almost 80 and I added a new castle layout with several variations.

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The reaction was huge. The Facebook group grew from a few hundred to over a thousand within a few weeks. I was invited to design for other events and I was even invited to be a guest on Pat Sloan’s podcast. Talk about star struck!

2015 was not all sunshine and roses. We had a number of deaths in the family. There were other stressful things, as there always are. The PoD quilt along kept me going. It kept me grounded and reminded me constantly that art can save us. Craft can keep us sane.

The Facebook group continues to grow and a number of other awesome Fandom designers have contributed their own designs to mix and match with mine (scroll down on this page to see them). There seems to be an infinite variety of ways to interpret what I once thought of as a fairly simple Harry Potter inspired quilt.

Have I mentioned that this quilt has changed my life? The community and friendships, the charity and love, and the sheer joy that these quilts have brought to so many have been the highlight of my creative life.

Project of Doom for my sister, bound, labeled and ready to gift! Quilted by sarahssewingstudio.com. Designed by me. Free patterns on sewhooked.com and fandominstitches.com. So happy to see this completed! #projectofdoom #fandominstitches #harrypotter #pod

Finally, I pieced two quilts during the 2015 event, one for my sister (the purple one above), which I completed and gave to her in 2015. Hers was quilted by Sarah’s Sewing Studio.

In 2015, I rebooted my #projectofdoom for @fandominstitches as a #qal with the help of my friend and pattern tester, @hp5freak. I pieced two quilts during the event, one for my sister, which I completed and gave to her in 2015, and one for me, made entire

My own top was almost completed in 2015.

Then it sat and waited while I ran other events, hosted other quilt-alongs, designed other patterns.

And waited. And I then had surgery and it waited some more.

Then I added the castle top, the only thing left to piece. It waited a little more.

I finally started quilting it in November.

The quilting and binding was finished a few weeks ago, but it still wasn’t “done.”

After hearing a compelling story about unlabeled quilts last year, I’ve made a promise to myself to label every quilt I make.

Finally, finally labeled. That means it's done, done! #projectofdoom #pod2015

As of last night, it is finally, FINALLY finished.

My own 2015 Project of Doom has officially taken it’s rightful place on my sofa for lots and LOTS of future snuggles.

Designed, pieced, quilted (and quilted and quilted!), bound and labeled all by me. I created the label in Embrilliance Essentials. The candle is a design from EQ Stitch.

Project Of Doom

Now, I want to talk about THIS Project of Doom.

This one was not made by me. It was made by the fantastic Jennifer Rowles, a fellow Fandom in Stitches designer. She pieced and quilted this beauty as a fundraiser to help a 13-year-old girl that really needs a new kidney.

I mean, what better cause could there be?

Want a chance to win this Project Of Doom Harry Potter-inspiredbookcase quilt AND help 13-year-old Kenzie get the new kidney she needs?

Donate $5 to Kenzie’s GoFundMe and get one chance to win.

Donate $20 and get FIVE chances to win.

Drawing on March 25, 2017
DONATE HERE

You can find The Project of Doom patterns free right here on Sewhooked.

Find my PoD patterns plus more awesome bookcase designs from other Fandom designers on Fandom in Stitches.com.

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Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017.

Stop by Monday for our next block to piece!

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See you tomorrow for Free Pattern Friday!

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