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Dooming Along, 2015 Style

The Project of Doom 2015 Quilt Along on Fandom In Stitches photo PoD2015ComingSoon_zpsf2dd6a6c.jpg

We’re over a month into The Harry Potter Quilt Along featuring my very own Project of Doom patterns over on Fandom in Stitches, and I have to say, it’s been a Harry Potter EXPLOSION over there!

I’ve been busy updating all of my original patterns to include new options, a pattern scale and other useful information not included in the 2011 versions. My fabulous friend and pattern tester, The Great Princess Amber, has tested each and every pattern for me, too. (She’s just awesome like that!).

For those of you that want to play along, you can start fresh with the newly updated 2015 versions, or pull out your unfinished Project of Doom and get it done! There is a newly updated pattern every week on Fandom In Stitches and the 2011 versions of the patterns will continue to be available.

You can find all of my (entirely free!) Harry Potter patterns archived right here on Sewhooked.

In addition to all this, I’ll be making not one, but two, Project of Doom quilts this year! My 2011 quilt turned into an accidental show piece and I love to show it off, but I don’t use it.

These are my first four blocks, to be included in the quilt I’m making for myself. These are made entirely out of Northcott fabrics. The background is Artisan Shimmer and all of my books, objects, etc. are made out of Stonehenge. Yum!

Click on any of the images below to open the pattern in a new tab.

Project of Doom 2015 Block 1

Week One included an updated version of the original pattern, as well as this slightly more complex base for the Crystal Ball.

2015 Block 1 - update

Updated simple version of block one.Project of Doom 2015 Block 2

Week 2 was very minimally changed. It’s what I think of as a “filler” block, intended to add books to the shelf and not overwhelm the design with too many objects.

PoD 2015 - Block 3 Variation

Week 3 includes two new options, a Dark Mark bookcover (see below) and the Deathly Hallows symbol substituted for the original potion bottle. I couldn’t resist making the new version for my new PoD!

2015 Block 32015 Block 3 Dark Arts Alt

Week 3, original (updated!) version on the Left, Dark Mark book cover version on the right.

PoD 2015 - Block 4Week 4 has changed very little, but includes two new variations (see below). The primary change in this block are the way the glasses are incorporated in the block. They are now a 5″ (finished) square so that another 5″ design can be substituted if desired. I still love the original head-one version of Harry’s Glasses, so made it for my own quilt.

2015 Block 4 with glasses from a different perspective 2015 Block 4 with Hand of Glory

Week 4 Variations, Harry’s Glasses, side perspective on the Left, The Hand of Glory on the Right.

The Project of Doom at the AAQG's QuiltFest 2012

New to Sewhooked? The Project of Doom is a quilt I designed and shared as a mystery quilt in 2011. Here it is at the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s Show in 2012!

In 2010, I spent hundreds of hours in my then-newly acquired EQ7 lovingly designing and arranging the blocks before ever releasing a single pattern so that the quilt would have flow, negative space and have lots of books without having too many.

The original quilt along ran from January – August, 2011 on Harry Potter Paper Piecing.

Read the story of the Original Project of Doom here.

See (and hear!) me talk about The Project of Doom!

HP Closet MuralMy inspiration was a mural I painted for my daughter. I drew the original design in chalk and then painted entirely free-hand (you can tell I didn’t even use a ruler on the shelves…oops!). This mural has been part of  my daughter’s bedroom since 2003! While I didn’t copy it exactly for The Project of Doom, I did use it for my inspiration and you can see elements in the quilt that are identical to the original!

I hope you’ll stop by Fandom In Stitches and join us for the Harry Potter Quilt Along featuring The Project of Doom. Week 5’s updated pattern posts this coming Wednesday…and we’ll have the entire first row complete!

Cross My Hearts  Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block

Be sure to share photos of projects made from my patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win the monthly Sewhooked prize. The January winner will receive free copies of two of my block patterns, Cross My Hearts and Cupid’s Arrow! WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW!

My patterns can be found on sewhooked.comfandominstitches.com,  & various Quiltmaker Magazines. Photos must be shared with the Sewhooked flickr group to be entered to win the monthly giveaway.

Happy stitching!


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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: The Body In The Library Wall Hanging

Agatha Christie quilt

The Body in the Library, a 17″ x 25″ wall hanging

Welcome to my first post for Amy’s Creative Side’s twice-annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival! First post? Yes, that’s right! I will be entering two quilts this year!

Be sure to read to the end for a fun giveaway!


The timing of this particular festival could not be better as my Wall Hanging entry, The Body in the Library,  was just finished earlier this month!

For weeks I’d been wracking my brain for an idea for the perfect birthday gift for Jewells, my best friend of almost 20 years.

While thinking about things I know for sure she enjoys, Agatha Christie came to mind.

On a whim, I began Googling.

Then I found this:

the body in the library agatha christie

Immediately, I knew it was The One. This was what I was looking for and it HAD to be a quilt; in fact, it had to be THE birthday quilt!

Don’t the graphics just shout QUILT!?

Within moments of finding this image, I’d fired up EQ7 and begun drafting.

In approximately two days, I designed, paper pieced, hand embroidered, pieced, free motion quilted, bound & labeled this little gem.

Agatha Christie quilt top half

The shelves of the quilt are entirely paper pieced.  These three shelves contain more than 36 pattern pieces. Not pieces of fabric, but actual pattern pieces!

Watch the video where I talk about this quilt!

Agatha Christie quilt close up

I straight-line quilted around the books and free-motion quilted the shelves, border and background, all on my Baby Lock Quest Plus.

IAgatha Christie quilt bottom

“Agatha Christie” is hand embroidered using DMC in a font called Alpaca 54. “by” was drawn by me.

Agatha Christie quilt back

The back of the quilt shows the quilting much better than the front!

You can also see the tabs I created for hanging. To make them, I fold a 3″ square in half on the diagonal and stitch them onto the corners when attaching the binding. Simply place a dowel rod in the pockets and it’s ready to hang! The best way I’ve found to do this is by using two 3M Command wire hooks placed approximately 6″ apart. The label is a larger square created the same way as the pockets at the top.

The Body in the Library is a Miss Marple mystery story.  According to Freaky Trigger, this particular cover is the  1942 Australian Collins Crime Club edition.

Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall 2013 Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 7

As an added bonus today, comment on this post with the name of your favorite book for a chance to win one of two prizes! I’ll be giving away a free copy of Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks  and a copy of of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol 7. to TWO random commenters at the end of the festival!

Quilts From 100 Blocks includes my pattern Corn Maze and Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 7 includes my pattern Make Lemonade. Want these magazines now? Get them in my Etsy shop!

Mustachio 2.0 Halloween Bats

There’s always lots going on around Sewhooked! In October, join me Name That Mustache and Crafts of Halloweens Past!

Don’t forget to check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival for more fabulous quilts!

I hope to see you around!


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Harry Potter, A Love Story

The Project of Doom

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.

The Project of Doom.

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.

Project of Doom - All the blocks embroidered

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The Project of DoomThe Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Month

January – August, 2011

Hand embroidery completed September 2011

Top Pieced October 1, 2011.

The Project of Doom

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

New for 2013 – Get all 30 patterns plus finishing instructions in one zip file on Craftsy!

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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Project of Doom Archive

You can now find all Project of Doom patterns archived here on Sewhooked.

The Project of Doom was a Harry Potter Block of the Week that took place between January and August 2011. The link above includes a comprehensive archive of all of the patterns that were posted during that time, including fabric requirements and suggested layouts.

Go have a look!


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