Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Harry Potter! and more quilt show

36 1/2" x 37" block
 My family are serious Harry Potter fans!  Last night, my hubby, oldest son (youngest is out of town most of the summer) and a friend went to see the last Harry Potter movie in IMAX 3D.  This was the best of all the films.  We've not really been fans of the films, but, as serious HP fans, we see each one and have them in our DVD collection.  Years ago, I found this fabric and decided to make something for my boys with it.  It's not square, and it was kinda hard to figure out what to do with it.  My son and I went to my LQS (Prairie Stitches)  and found all of these blenders in colors that matched the panel.  I've used these panels three times now to teach mitered corners to my guilds.  I have 5 of each block.  These blocks are HUGE!  They are 36 1/2" x 37" each.  One son will get a quilt using 6 blocks, and the other will get 4 blocks, but, he wants me to add pinwheels or something to make his quilt larger.  I hope I have enough fabric.  I don't know when I'll finally finish these.  I don't plan on teaching mitered corners again, so, I can't use that as an excuse to not finish. 
Hogwarts Crest

Harry Potter suitcase

1896 Singer 15 treadle
 Marilyn, who went with us to the movie last night, gave us this Harry Potter suitcase.  It was a sample that she received  years ago from a movie theater owner she knew.  Wasn't that sweet of her!  Thanks Marilyn!  This will go with our Harry Potter collection.  We own every book in hard back, all the books on audio (both cassette and CD), and I'm collecting extra sets for when the boys move out, which will only be a few short years now. 

I've been sewing on one of my treadles today.  My son helped me move it into the family room so that I can sew and watch movies at the same time.  This was my first treadle.  I collected 3 treadles in 4 weeks last year.   As you can tell, the paint and decals have seen better days, but, she sews a great stitch.  This one has the round bobbins that you can still find at the stores.  I have a 1/4" foot on her (thanks Cindy) and this is the first time I've use the foot.  I made some placemat tops on this machine last fall, but, I still haven't finished them.  Today I am working on blocks for a block exchange with the group, Treadle On.  Rail fence blocks for the upcoming Loosen & Lube TOGA (Treadle On Gathering and Academy) the end of the month in Cameron, Wisconsin.  I also need to work on my Disappearing 4 Patch blocks that are due in September.  I'm hoping to have at least one hand crank up and working by the time the TOGA is done.  Then I can make some of the D4P blocks on them, too. 
1896 Singer 15 treadle
 Here are more quilts from the quilt show last weekend. 
 Love this pineapple block!  Such fun colors!
 ELVIS!  Wasn't he a hunk!
 I wish I could have gotten the whole quilt in this picture.  I could stare at it all day.

 Pinocchio is so cute!
 Bonnie, this one is for your 'cheddar' fix

 Love the music theme
 This is a story quilt about their trip to Grand Canyon and all the mishaps that occurred, including the helicopter ride to the hospital.  I love all the wonky blocks.  At least they got a great quilt out of the trip.

This quilt was the makers FIRST attempt at applique.  WOW!  She doesn't start small, does she!?!


  1. Wow! Love the little quilt show you did for us! My daughter and I are huge HP fans as well. My hubbie and I gave her an HP birthday party last year for her 9th. We 'taught' classes and each kid went home with a cauldon, a wand they had made, a Marauder's Map, Bertie Bott's beans, etc. It was a blast!

  2. I went to see HP 7.2 in IMAX 3D Friday night with 10 friends! Loved the movie, but not the 3D so much.
    Your blocks look great. I think I may have some HP fabric around somewhere too, unless it was in one of the bags that got mildewed when my window leaked. :(

    Thanks for the little quilt show too! What fun!!

  3. I'm also a HUGE HP fan - I dream of making an HP quilt one day! I love your blocks!! I also thought that the movie was the best of them all - and we saw it at midnight too :) Have you seen this Harry Potter quilt on flickr?

    That applique quilt is crazy, by the way, crazy but amazing!

  4. I read the books but have never dared to see the movies. They never seem to agree with the pictures in my head. This looks like a good base for a collections Merit badge.(my favorite one to do)
    And... What a great quilt show!Certainly a lot of inspiration there.

  5. I love all your machines! While in Tulsa I visited a quilt shop and found quilt blocks with all your machines printed on them I made a small wall hanging from them and even ordered more from OLDE AMERICA ANTIQUES and really love them. (no-I dont work for them) Kathy Osterby


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