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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Harry Potter and the Mystery Box!

You haven't heard much from me lately, but I'm not ignoring you.
The petal has been to the metal and the sewing machine has been smokin' hot lately. Figuratively that is...thank goodness there have been no fires here.  LOL!!

First off, a box arrived almost 2 weeks ago now. Oh yes, it was another of those wonderful surprise packages from Island Batik. The new fall line. Since I had some projects that were nipping at my heals, I decided that I would use that box as my motivator. I was not going to open it until I got a few things done.

I've been participating in a Round Robin this summer and I am happy to report that I have done my part on all the quilts involved and am awaiting mine to come home.  Once everyone has their quilts, I will post photos. Looking forward to seeing what all the gals have done with mine!

Next up...Harry Potter. You know how I love to pattern test. When this one came up, I jumped at the chance.

He's a big boy...
Measuring in at 19.5" x 25.5"
Kristi over at "Fandom in Stitches" designed this one.
It is paper piecing, for those who love a challenge.
I love jigsaw puzzles and paper piecing is my "fabric" version of just that.

If you have never tackled paper piecing, I don't recommend this as your first project. I would definitely rate this as an "advanced" pattern.
This is one challenge that I am really happy I conquered!
Oh I've come a long way since that first class, where I wanted to go home in tears, but didn't want to look like the class baby!

 This photo, as you can see was taken before I cleaned up the threads.
What I found remarkable was the difference in the richness of the colors.
The top one I used a camera the bottom one a cell phone. 
 Same lighting just the difference between a camera and a phone.
Interesting...  I think I like the phone photo better.
Sorry camera company!

With these things done...
Now I can open my box from Island Batik!
Happy dance, happy dance.

 Here's a sneak peek...

Best eye candy in the world, don't you think?
Oh yes, and there's blog hop planned in January for the new line!
Whoop whoop!
Your gonna love it!

Marlene, one of our fellow Island Batik Ambassadors,
has co-authored a book that's a great reference,
 no matter if your brand new to quilting,
or been quilting for years.

Starting Oct 9 
She will be hosting a blog hop.
The Island Batik Ambassadors will be sharing
 blocks from each chapter.

As for me, I'll be sharing none other than...
"Paper Piecing" with you all!

You know, just a little something, so you too can be stitching your own Harry Potter soon!

You can find more on this book right HERE.

A big thanks to 
Kristi from Fandom in Stitches  (linked for you)
Marlene from Kissed Quilts (linked for you)

Island Batik (linked for you)

Your the best!


  1. Beautiful fabrics Joan and what a neat Harry Potter block!

  2. That block is awesome. She really got some wonderful detail into that small space. You did a wonderful job bringing it to life. The fabrics are pretty cool too.

  3. Those gorgeous fabrics are a real motivator. I love the Harry Potter.

  4. What fun. I love the Harry Potter quilt. Definitely going to be a popular pattern and yours is packed with total #CreativeGoodness. The fabrics from Island Batik are also lovely and I look forward to seeing what you create with it.


  5. Wow, your Harry Potter is amazing. What an amazing number of pieces in that one. great work!
    I am not surprised at the difference in photos. I have noticed the same recently, too.
    Love all the wonderful fabrics in your goodies box. Have fun with those.

  6. I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan normally but I'm in love with this guy! blessings, marlene

  7. Interesting how you compare paper piecing to jigsaw puzzles.. I am no good at eiher venue. Harry Potter you have created is amazing! Love your box of Island Baiks. Creative Bliss...


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