Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Harry and me

Hi all!  First, let me say a great big THANKS to everyone who responded to my last post with suggestions about full-spectrum lights and bulbs, and encouragement about the blues, or just to let me know I'm not alone.  I'm really fine, but I have purchased a bunch of lights and bulbs to experiment with.  It's amazing how many different choices there are out there.  I'll let you know how it goes!

This week it's been sunny and cooler so far, so I've been spending a lot of time working outside.  We're painting the shutters and window frames on the house now, and by "we" I mean "me."  Just a part of having the summer "free." I don't mind it at all, and the payoff will be great, but it takes a bunch of time.  I did get to start the Harry Potter quilt, though.

As I said last week, my daughter has requested a Harry Potter quilt, and she chose a really easy pattern for me.  It's by Pieces by Polly and is available HERE.  I started with the crest for the center:

This is not all finished off yet, but all the pieces are tacked in the right places.  The pattern calls for fusible applique, but I don't like that, as we all know, so I've just gone with raw edge applique.  I'll stitch around all of the pieces, then I intend to cut out behind the appliques so that the crest remains soft on the finished quilt, and so no shadows show through. 

Then I cut up the fabrics and started playing with squares! 

I'm not quite there yet, but it's fun to move things around.  This isn't exactly like the pattern, because I wanted more variety in the squares, but it's close enough.  After this there are three more sections, but I expect those to go faster.  We all know that Gryffindor is the most important one to get right, isn't it?

That's a pretty nice beginning, I think!  It's supposed to rain and be really hot for the rest of the week, so I'll be working on this some more instead of painting.  Gee, won't that be awful?  At least I'll have some new lights to try out while I'm stitching!

Hope you're having a great week!  Sharing at Let's Bee Social.


piecefulwendy said...

I may or may not be one of the few people who have never read Harry, but the design looks like fun. We are having loads of rain here too. My house is surrounded by trees, so when it rains I feel like I live in a cave. Hope those lights help you.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I started the Project of Doom Harry Potter quilt years ago, but, had to put it away, and have never pulled it out again. I also have 2 other HP quilts in the works, that I used the blocks to teach how to miter corners with. Only one block left that isn't mitered, so, I need to finish those quilts one day, too. We are HUGE HP fans in this house.

Mindy said...

I also thought that Gryffindor was the most important .. until I was sorted (on Pottermore). I was a little sad that I wasn't placed in Gryffindor - that's where Harry and his friends are from! But then I really realized I'm NOT a Gryffindor, I'm a Ravenclaw and proud of it. My sister is a Hufflepuff.

Either way, that looks like an awesome quilt! Looking forward to seeing it progress.

Bernie Kringel said...

This will be a fun project - I haven't read a HP book in years. I remember reading them to the kids aloud years ago. I see some familiar yellow fabric in there. ;-)

Shasta Matova said...

You're off to a great start! Hope the lights work for you.