Monday, July 22, 2013


Hey y'all! Some of you may know that I am a bit of a Harry Potter fan (and I know that I'm not alone). My dear lovely friend Amanda is too and when her birthday rolled around I knew that I needed to make her an HP-themed present.

Originally, my only two ideas were Harry Potter and mini quilt. I started thinking about the spells in the books, then I remembered Elizabeth's Refrigerator Magnets alphabet pattern (which I also used here), and then I spotted all of the wonderful scraps of Constellations I had left over from making Orion.

In case you don't know, Lumos is the spell used to illuminate a wand's tip (like a flashlight) and Nox is the counter-spell that turns that lights off. For the Lumos portion of the quilt I used the light blue fabric to reflect the casting of light, and for the Nox portion I used black fabric to reflect that that the wand light was out.

I love Lizzy's Constellations line so much - it is just too too perfect! I still have some scraps left and I might just need to hoard them for awhile.

When it came to quilting this little guy, I knew that I wanted to put some sort of picture from the series into it. Originally I was going to do a lightning bolt that echoed out, but while looking at various symbols associated with Harry Potter, I spotted the sign of the Deathly Hallows and knew that it was just perfect! I traced the single symbol out using a washable pen and then echoed around it used the width of my walking foot as the measure.

I used fabric from The Ghastlies for the back which I not only thought worked well, but was also my little ode to Severus Snape. The binding is Sketch in Mist.

I'm happy to say that this mini arrived at Amanda's house last week (only a little bit late for her birthday) and is now up on her wall. It was pretty hard for me to give this little guy up because I really love the way that it turned out, but I knew that Amanda would appreciate it and she sent me some pretty awesome goodies recently too including a handmade Harry Potter tote - I'll have to share that one soon!

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, which is your favourite book and/or scene? I might just need to make myself a little HP mini and could use some inspiration!


  1. Um... this is AMAZING! I am a huge HP fan. My favorite books are 5 and 7, and Snape is my favorite character, though I also love Hermione :) I love the silver doe and when Snape reveals his true feelings.. gah, I can't. Let's do a Harry Potter mini quilt swap!! I tried to organize one a while ago on my blog, but there wasn't enough interest... want to work together and organize something?

  2. How awesome! I love the books too - especially listening to them on audio. Jim Dale does an incredible job with all the voices! I just finished listening to the series again. We named a little snake that lives in our backyard "Severus Snake" - so I'd say yes, we're fans!

  3. Seriously one of the best gifts ever! I love it so much. Prisoner of Azkaban is my fave book with The Deathly Hallows running a super close 2nd. Heart you friend.

  4. I'm currently listening to the audiobooks on my work commute. And I created a whole line of Harry Potter embroideries that I sell in my Etsy shop if you're lookingfor a little stitchy HP love!

  5. The fabric was perfect for this! I want to say something more about how awesome this is and I just keep scrolling back up to the pictures to look at it again.

  6. I love it. Wish I was the target recipient. I'm so sad that Harry Potter is all grown up. I'm in the mood for another movie!

  7. That is a fabulously awesome quilt! *ponders making book inspired quilts for my classroom*

  8. This is just too awesome! All around perfection!

  9. Oh. My. God. This is brilliant. I love how you used similar color palettes for the two words, but one looks lighter than the other because of the backgrounds. And the DH symbol ... amazing.

    If you're interested, maybe you could post this to Kollabora, the crafting community I'm part of. Geekcraft is sorely underrepresented over there, but I'm trying to fix that.