At the start of the summer I signed up for the Harry Potter Mini Quilt Swap and spent a long time thinking about what to make... there are so many fantastic quilts and inspirational artwork on Pinterest, that I didn't really know where to start (these are just some of the pins I collected). I was re-reading the books at the time, and at the start of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry visits Ron's house, the Burrow: "It's not much, but it's home". Well, that was the inspiration I needed. Originally I had planed to foundation piece my vision, but that was a stupid idea.
Instead, I sketched out my idea, and then layer at a time, created the background hills, the trees and hedges, and finally the Burrow, nestled in the little valley. I used free motion applique for this quilt: everything was reversed, copied onto iron on sticky-ness, stuck to the previous layer, and then outlined using my free motion foot, in a somewhat sketchy manner. I added on widow frames, and beams as I went.
|My original sketch|
To finish off the quilt, I did some additional thread sketching for some greenery and a drive, to really bed the house into the landscape I had created. Finally I added the original quote using stamps (and praying I didn't spell anything wrong).
The finished quilt is only about 20"x20", but in some places up to 6 or 7 layers of fabric thick, before I even added batting and a backing. All of the fabrics came from my stash, and the threads are all Aurifil 40 or 50w. The downside of this swap is that my partner appears of have been hit with Obliviate (a memory modification spell) and has completely forgotten to send me anything.... and the swap mama appears to be hiding under an invisibility cloak... I'll just have to make myself something.