Star Trek Row Along News Flash
I am super excited to announce the Star Trek Row Along starting January 2019 and will last until March 2019.
The Row Along will be hosted by Fandom In Stitches
Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked and myself will be designers of all the rows, and the patterns will include paper pieced patterns and embroidery. Plus full layout ideas will be shared.
Save the date and please join us for this Row Along.
You can not imagine the excitement I felt, when I was included in the blog hop for International Quilting Month.
Here is the whole list of bloggers taking part in the event. Please go and visit everyone, you never know what you might find.
And don’t forget to leave and comment and enter your name in the Rafflecopter to win a prize. There are19 prizes to be won, the full list is available on Quiltshopgal. Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.
But what to do?
I wracked my head for weeks until it dawned on me, that I can share my inspiration. The whole reason why I am addicted to quilting, in particular paper piecing or foundation piecing as it is also called.
Did you know, that I only started quilting and paper piecing January 2015. It feels as though I have been quilting forever.
The quilt that got me started was a quilt along that started in January 2015, it was paper pieced and it was magical, to say the least. Never in my whole life, did I think I would be able to make any of the things that was posted.
Here is my finished project from The Project of Doom quilt along, a Harry Potter inspired Quilt.
Jennifer Ofenstein is the mastermind behind these awesome patterns. And best of all, these patterns were shared with us for free.
Jennifer runs a website called Fandom in Stitches, where you can find all of these patterns, plus a lot more. The website has any genre you can think of to satisfy any fandom, geek or nerd.
What is even more inspirational is a lot of these quilts are donated to the Linus Connection (their mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in our area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.) You can also find Jennifer on her own website Sewhooked.
This has also inspired me to work on my own quilt along, which is why I didn’t have time to make anything new for this hop.
I can’t show anything to do why my qal yet, but here is a blog button.
Now for the rafflecopter
See everyone soon and enjoy the blog hop.
PS: to comment from my front page, the comments is at the top of the page under the heading, just click on the word comments.
If you click on the heading and go to the specific post, then the comments is at the bottom and the top of the page.
Harry’s Wand, Elder Wand and Voldemort’s Wand.
This weeks blocks was based on all the important wands in Harry Potter, I was quite excited about this block and ultimately decided to make all 3 variations.
All 3 patterns can be found at Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.
Voldemort’s Wand block, I made with black and green colors to represent Slytherin.
Tom Riddle’s wand was 13 1/2″ in length and belonged to Tom Riddle, the wizard who later became known as Lord Voldemort. The wand was made from yew with a phoenix feather core.
It was manufactured by Garrick Ollivander and was the “brother” or “twin” of the wand of Harry Potter, as their wands share cores. It was with this wand that Riddle murdered James and Lily Potter and countless others, including Muggle Frank Bryce, Amelia Bones, and Ministry of Magic ex-employee Bertha Jorkins. On Voldemort’s orders, Peter Pettigrew used this wand to kill Cedric Diggory in June of 1995 as well.
Harry Potter’s wand block
- Harry Potter: “I don’t want it.”
- Ron Weasley: “What? Are you mental?“
- Harry Potter: “I know it’s powerful. But I was happier with mine.“
- — Harry giving up the Elder Wand in favour of his own
Harry Potter’s wand was 11″ long, made of holly, and possessed a phoenix feather core. This was described by Ollivander to be an unusual combination of wand core and wood. The feather was donated by Fawkes, Albus Dumbledore’s phoenix. It was revealed by Garrick Ollivander that Tom Riddle’s wand core also came from Fawkes, making the two wands “brothers”. Harry’s wand was described as being “nice and supple“
The Elder Wand block.
- Hermione Granger: “You — you really think this wand exists, then, Mr. Ollivander?”
- Garrick Ollivander: “Oh yes, yes, it is perfectly possible to trace the wand’s course through history. There are gaps, of course, and long ones, where it vanishes from view, temporarily lost or hidden; but it always resurfaces. It has certain identifying characteristics that those who are learned in wandlore recognize…Whether it needs to pass by murder, I do not know. Its history is bloody, but that may be simply due to the fact that it is such a desirable object, and arouses such passions in wizards. Immensely powerful, dangerous in the wrong hands, and an object of incredible fascination to all of us who study the power of wands.“
- — Ollivander and Hermione discussing the Elder Wand
The Elder Wand is one of the fabled Deathly Hallows. In the “Tale of the Three Brothers” it was the first Hallow created, bestowed on Antioch Peverell, supposedly by Death himself after the wizard requested, as his bounty, the most powerful wand in the history of wizardkind. According to legend, whoever reunited it with the other two Hallows, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility, would become the Master of Death.
It is said to be the most powerful wand that has ever existed, able to perform feats of magic that would normally be considered impossible, such as mending another wand damaged beyond normal magical repair. It is known that the Elder Wand’s core is the tail hair of a Thestral, a potent yet tricky substance to master that can only be handled by a witch or wizard who is capable of accepting death, since only by such can it be seen.
Monster Book of Monsters and Quirrell’s Turban is this weeks options in the Quilt Along.
I took some inspiration from other members of the group and decided to make my Monster Book of Monsters “Fluffy”. In hindsight, if I had to make the monster book again, I would NOT use fleece to do it again, keep to nice and safe cotton.
Saying that, doesn’t he look adorable, I named him Snuggles.
- “A vicious guide to monstrous creatures.“—Description
The Monster Book of Monsters, by Edwardus Lima, is a particularly vicious textbook that is used in Care of Magical Creatures while Rubeus Hagrid (who thought the book’s aggressive nature was funny) was the teacher.
The book will attack anyone who attempts to open it. The only way to subdue the book is to stroke its spine, upon which the book opens placidly.
Then we have Quirrell’s turban.
“Petrified, he watched as Quirrell reached up and began to unwrap his turban. What was going on? The turban fell away. Quirrell’s head looked strangely small without it. Then he turned slowly on the spot. Harry would have screamed, but he couldn’t make a sound. Where there should have been a back to Quirrell’s head, there was a face, the most terrible face Harry had ever seen. It was chalk white with glaring red eyes and slits for nostrils, like a snake.“—The thing behind Quirrell’s turban.
Both these patterns can be found on Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.
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This weeks blocks are the Basilisk Fang, Butterbeer and Cooking Sherry. Once again I just had to make all three options, since I am making a queen size quilt. What can I say.
All the free patterns for this weeks blocks can be found on Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.
Here is my blocks based on the patterns.
- “Why don’t we go and have a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks, it’s a bit cold, isn’t it?“
- —Hermione Granger inviting Harry Potter to the Three Broomsticks Inn.
Butterbeer was a popular wizarding beverage described as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” It was served at numerous locations in the wizarding world and had a very slight alcoholic content.
And here is 5 different recipes to make it, I found these online.
This is my own recipe, modified from another I found online. The original called for root beer (root beer?? There’s not even a hint of root beer flavor in the Harry Potter butterbeer!).
This one’s from the Food Network. This one is served warm according to the recipe, but you could just as easily chill or freeze the drink before serving.
I found this one on e-How. Again, hot and again, you could freeze or cool before serving. I liked how this one used butterscotch chips and the coffee creamer. Adds a real different dimension that still stays on track with the Harry Potter theme park version.
Again, one that I modified to fit the requirements of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park version. This one just sounds delicious!!
This was the recipe put out by AP, FoxNews, and just about every other site after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park opened. Seems to be the most likely ingredients, but doesn’t serve it cold or frozen, like the park. The final result does seem to be most like the park version, just needs to be frozen.
Ok, Here I decided to make it poisoned cooking sherry. Why not!
Somewhere in one of the movies, someone sent a bottle of poisoned wine to Dumbledore, but Ron ended up drinking it and nearly died.
When Professor Sybill Trelawney was on probation under Hogwarts High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge, she was drinking plenty of sherry, as Harry Potter could smell whenever he crossed paths with her. She was using the Room of Hidden Things to hide her empty sherry bottles.
This week we made the Golden Snitch and a stack of books with our house tie. I am in Hufflepuff house, so my tie colors are yellow and black.
Both patterns can be found at Fandom in Stitches.
Here is my Snitch.
“To Harry James Potter, I leave the Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch match at Hogwarts, as a reminder of the rewards of perseverance and skill.“—Rufus Scrimgeour quotes from Dumbledore’s will on this Snitch.
And my house tie.
- “You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil“—The Sorting Hat
Hufflepuff is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Its founder was the medieval witch Helga Hufflepuff. Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members. The emblematic animal is a badger, and yellow and black are its colors. The Head of Hufflepuff is Pomona Sprout and the Fat Friar is the House’s patron ghost.
Hufflepuff corresponds roughly to the element of earth, and it is for that reason that the House colors were chosen: yellow represented wheat, while black was emblematic of soil. The Hufflepuff points hourglass contains yellow diamonds.
This week we had Harry Potter spectacles and the Hand of Glory.
Some of the bits on the both the blocks has teeny tiny pieces, but the end result was awesome.
The patterns is designed by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked and hosted by Fandom in Stitches.
Click on the pictures below to get the pattern.
Draco Malfoy sees a Hand of Glory in Borgin and Burkes, a specialist Dark Arts shop. He is told by Mr Borgin that it “gives light only to the holder”.
It is with great excitement that the new Project of doom Quilt a long (POD Quilt a long 2015) for 2015 was announced late last year. The super vibe that swept through the Facebook Group Project of Doom, (click on the name or here to go through and find out about this fantastic quilting project) was and still is awesome. The POD is based on the Harry Potter Movies. Yes it is still very popular.
On 7 January 2015 we received our first pattern Week 1 on the Fandom of Stitches Website. Once a week every Wednesday we will get a new pattern to make, until the 30th week, when we will be working on stitching all the blocks together to make up the complete quilt that will look like a bookcase.
This is my attempt for Pattern Week 1, which is found here.
I absolutely love quilting, and especially paper piecing. Every week I will add a new post with my new finished block and a link to the pattern.
Unfortunately I did not think about showing how I sewed the block. But will include it into my next post based on POD 2015.