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Project of Doom Week 9!


Just a reminder, The Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Week Mystery Quilt, is taking place over on Harry Potter Paper Piecing (hp_paperpiecing on Livejournal).

The Week 9 pattern is now posted! This week makes a fun change and I do hope you like it!

Want how other quilters are interpreting the PoD patterns? You can see related photo posts here.

If you participate, and you’re part of the hp_paperpiecing community (it’s easy, you just need a Livejournal account), you’ll be eligible for awesome prizes every month! There are details on the site…so GO!

*PoD pattern posts go to the PoD page, with the actual block behind a link to keep it a mystery!



TTMT #94 – Harry Potter Fabric Fairy

In which I share a bit about my Harry Potter fabric miracle.



The POD BOW Cometh


Tomorrow is the big day – the day I will post the very first pattern for the Harry Potter Paper Piecing Project of Doom.

This project is months in the making and has been created for all my fellow crafty HP fans as a spanking big THANK YOU for all the support I’ve received since I started designing and sharing patterns online over five years ago.

It’s also the last HP paper piecing project I plan to do. I’ve put everything I have into making this project truly awesome and I hope it will be fun, fun, fun both for me to present and for you to play along.

I’ve been teasing about this for weeks in my Talk To Me Tuesday videos and have even shown off my background fabric on Fabric Friday. I’ve been stitching up a storm and I cannot express how EXCITED I am about this quilt!

If you love, or even just like Harry Potter, if you paper piece or you want to learn, this is the time and the project for you! There will be lots of us playing along and at the end we will have a completed quilt top. Not just a stack of blocks, but an entire quilt. I’ve designed the layout as well as the blocks and will give instruction on how to complete the top once all the blocks are made. A whole, complete Harry Potter quilt!

Are you excited yet?

If you are, visit hp_paperpiecing on Livejournal. That’s where all the fun will be taking place! If you’re not a member of the community yet, it’s easy to sign up for a free Livejournal account and then join the community. All Project of Doom (POD) patterns will be posted there first, so be sure to sign up!

If you’re part of the hp_paperpiecing community and you share your photos with me either via email or through our flickr group, you will be eligible for the monthly prize drawing for participating members! The prizes are fantastic this year and have been donated by a variety of community members. I’m waiting for a last couple of prizes to arrive in the mail and then I’ll post a photo of the awesomeness.

I can’t wait to get started!



Holy Wow! Dianne’s Harry Potter Quilt Top

Dianne's Quilt

I really was going to make this my Wordless Wednesday, but I just can’t do it! I see photos all the time of quilts and quilt blocks that people around the world have made using my patterns and Guest Designer patterns from sewhooked. Seeing one in person? Absolutely priceless!

This quilt was made by Dianne Ferguson, owner of Honey Bee Quilt Store, for her teenage daughter. She’s hand embroidered quotes from the books all around the quilt, starting at the top left with the first sentence from book one and ending with the last sentence from book seven. She plans on quilting it soon, so I’ll definitely have to take another picture then!

Dianne is now my boss at Honey Bee Quilt Store…but she started this quilt well before I started working there.  How’s that for cool?!

Guest Designer Spotlight: Mary Groesbeck

Designed by Mary Groesbeck

This week’s Guest Designer Profile brings you a brand new paper pieced designer.  So far, sewhooked only hosts one of Mary’s designs, but it’s lovely, as I’m sure you’ll agree!

Name and where you’re from:

I am Mary Groesbeck. I am from Louisiana (just the first 20 years). Does that make me sound old? I now have two homes. We live in Las Vegas on school days and in a 120-year old farm in Minnesota the rest of the time.  No website, store, or anywhere else (except I like to put my photos on my facebook).

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?

I made my first quilt in high school (a very large cathedral window made entirely by hand). I first paper-pieced about 12 years ago, and havemade entire queen-size quilts from paper-piecing, but nothing like the HP one I’m working on.

What do you use own your block designs for?

I am making two (yes, two) identical king-size quilts for my daughters. BTW, nobody tell my youngest that there are Twilight squares! Some are my own design, most are from sewhooked, and some are appliqued. I put my daughters on the Hogwart’s Express with Harry, and each quilt with have the initials “HP” along with my daughter’s initials.


When did you start designing?

Although I have designed quilts before, I never “designed” my own paper-pieced pattern until a few weeks ago. I have done really diverse paper-piecing, from large pictorials with tiny pieces to very simply blocks. But, Jennifer’s tutorial inspired me, and I thought, “I have a coloring book site, I have Photoshop, why not?” BTW, I am a digital scrapbooker also, so Photoshop comes naturally.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern? Do you remember what your first design was? Do you have a favorite among your own designs?

My first paper-pieced design was the Engine of the Hogwart’s Express. Then the passenger car. Then Crookshanks. I’m on a roll now. My favorite so far is Crookshanks, mainly because I’m really a cat person.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?

I have one hour to myself every morning. I either quilt or scrap. Since I joined this community [Harry Potter Paper Piecing], I haven’t made ONE page for my scrapbook! My goal is either one page for the scrapbook or one quilt square per day.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I do have a full-time job, second to being a mom. If I could just quilt all day, I would be in heaven. I have a husband (21 years) and two daughters (16 and 13), who both play competitive volleyball and hope to be in the olympics (preferably before I die or run out of training money). I have a long-arm quilting machine at the farm that I’ve practiced on but never really had to guts to use–but still believe I will any day now.

I love the feeling of creating something. I very seldom just make something as designed. I like adding my personal touch (often so subtle that no one notices). For instance, on my Hedwig, the white-on-white fabric for her wings has a snowflake pattern–because she’s a snow owl. This makes me happy, even if no on else knows. My knight bus has tractor wheels….to bring a little of the farm to it….just for fun, not because a knight bus particularly needs tractor wheels.

Watch for more of Mary’s designs on sewhooked!

Happy Quilting!