Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Classic Film: Stolen Scenes

Here is another Snape-tastic quilting project.

This is a pattern called Classic Film, available from the Sewhooked shop.

You start with five 5-1/2" quilt blocks of your choosing and create a film fragment, complete with fabric sprocket holes! I loved this pattern from the first time I saw it and I finally got around to making myself a version. A Snapey version.

I printed five scenes from the Harry Potter films. I found high-resolution screenshots and promotional shots of all the scenes I wanted included and printed them on Avery fusible inkjet-printable fabric. (I didn't notice that it was fusible when I bought it, so I ended up fusing the blocks to muslin before sewing this together.) Top to bottom, we have Snape's office, Cokeworth, the potions lab, the parlour at Spinner's End, and another office-arches shot. Can I say again that the one person I would like to meet from the HP films (well, besides the obvious one) is Stuart Craig?  I mean, come on. How can one dude so perfectly capture what millions of readers, and the author herself, were envisioning? I know he had scores and scores of people to execute his vision, but they certainly picked the right production designer for these films.

Here is the top, pre-quilting:

A bit bunchy in places because this was my first strip-piecing project and I got the length wrong on the rectangle strips.

Here is a closeup of that fabric. I didn't intend to buy any fabric for this project, but I saw this FQ and had to have it. You know how it goes. It reminds me of the melty, splotchy flickers on the screen when a filmstrip corrodes and breaks while it's still projecting.

And here, against my better judgement, is a closeup of the minimal quilting I did on the finished piece. I attempted to stitch-in-the-ditch. About a 60% success rate.

Here is the embroidered (tiny) label/rod pocket:

The finished piece is now hanging in my sewing nook, which has nearly zero wallspace left! So many HP crafts, so little space...



  1. Wonderful job! My printer won't do that.

    1. Thank you! If it helps, I only ever print on inkjet fabric right after I put in new ink cartridges. That helps to get a really crisp printout.

  2. Nice to see close-ups! It looks great Aalia :D

  3. Aalia,that is so cool! I think you did an awesome job. I'll be sharing this craft and hopefully trying it myself!


    1. Thank you Miranda! I hope you get to try this pattern...very fun!