I just love blog hops... they never fail to inspire. There are so many creative quilters out there! And each person's ideas and fabric choices can change a project dramatically yet be the same pattern. That is just one of the things I love about quilting...
When I signed up for this hop I had no idea what I would make. I'm not much into Halloween and witchy stuff but I figured I could come up with something...
It wasn't until I found a Harry Potter panel at a Goodwill shop and mentioned it to our youngest who grew up as a HP fan that I came up with the idea.
Harry is a Wizard... but still uses magic and spells... LIKE a witch. It may be a bit of a stretch for the theme of this hop, but I am going to run with it!
When I told Rebecca of the find, her reaction was one of great excitement... her husband's was not. He likes a modern look and clean,
So... I came up with the idea of a two-sided quilt. Well, OK, technically all quilts are two-sided when you think about it. But I wanted to have one side feature Harry for her and the other side be a traditionally pieced top with a modern look for him. I chose a jumbo Double Irish chain with no border to achieve that modern look.
If you have ever worked with pre-printed panels you know that they can be deceivingly tricky to work with. Because of the way the fabric is printed the panel can be a little skewed and far from square...
I had to work a little magic in getting the on point border to work right... and getting the corners to match up evenly and not cut of points was a real challenge.
But sometimes, as Dumbledore told Harry...
The corners required time with Jack the (seam) ripper to get them so that they didn't look weird, or lay weird... you know that whole skewed panel and not square corners thing nearly drove me nuts and I may have had big ol' temper tantrum. But I stuck with it until I finally got it right!
Sandwiching the quilt was a little tricky as well... I needed to make sure that the Double Irish Chain was placed squarely on HP as well as centered. I measured and adjusted and measured some more. When I was finally pleased with the placement I moved forward with the quilting.
I did some zig-zags in the checker board areas (which happened to remind me of the Wizard's Chess scene in The Sorcerer's Stone) and then stitched in some lightning bolts to border the large setting block. Then I found a nice looking Celtic looking pattern to stitch in.
So there you have it! My Magical Two-sided Quilt...
Have you ever made a two-sided quilt?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!
Don't forget to check out all of the other witchy-stitchy bloggers! Here's a complete list...
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More