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My Multi-Fandom Quilt

Multi-fandom quilt.
My multi-fandom quilt.

My grandmother–an amazing quilter, among other things–taught me a little about quilting when I was a little girl, but I hadn’t done any in years.

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a site called Fandom in Stitches, with patterns for making paper-pieced quilt blocks for a variety of fandoms. These patterns got me so excited that I actually taught myself paper piecing. I made these blocks from their paper-pieced patterns:

Mockingjay
Mockingjay from The Hunger Games.
Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
Hedwig from Harry Potter.
Hedwig from Harry Potter.
Aslan from Narnia.
Aslan from Narnia.

This one of Aslan, alone, took me WEEKS to piece together. Lots and lots of teeny tiny parts.

I even requested a design of my favorite Return of the Jedi poster from the Fandom in Stitches site, and someone whipped one up from me. Of course, it was pretty complicated and took me weeks, too:

 

Star Wars/Return of the Jedi
Star Wars/Return of the Jedi.

I have to make a confession. After doing all this, I started to decide I really didn’t like paper piecing. It’s a little tedious for me. I was learning to do machine applique during this time, so I used a couple of the paper-piecing patterns for applique, instead. Otherwise, I wasn’t sure I’d manage to finish the quilt before I was too old to be able to see it!

The One Ring
Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter.
Harry Potter.

 

Millennium Falcon from Star Wars
Millennium Falcom from Star Wars.

And then, there were two blocks I made up out of my head and appliqued. The Pirates of the Caribbean block was great fun. Just free-form and fussy-cutting.

Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.

And this last one is one of the simplest, and yet, one of my favorites. I did the lily from a Fandom in Stitches paper piecing pattern that I appliqued instead, but I just winged the silver doe.

The Silver Doe from Harry Potter.
The Silver Doe from Harry Potter.

Hope you enjoyed my quilt.

It’s now hanging on my wall at work, and it certainly helps me through long work days!

 

 

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Nancy Grace, the Hogwarts Professor, and Me!

Three Books

What an exciting week I had!

On April 23, Nancy Grace talked about Summer’s Winter at the end of her HLN show and recommended it!

On April 29, John Granger, also known as the HogwartsProfessor and author of several books about Harry Potter, interviewed me about Summer’s Winter. He read it and loved it, and more than that, he got it!

I can’t tell you what a thrill this was. It’s almost like I’m Jeanine (Summer’s Winter character) and was just invited to come participate in my favorite fandom—the way she was through Jamie and Charlie. Most of you know what a huge Harry Potter fan I am. I started reading John Granger’s work even before I finished the whole Harry Potter series and admire him greatly, and I can’t believe my book was featured by the same blog that talks regularly about J.K. Rowling, Twilight, and Divergent!

Professor Granger was also kind enough to provide me a blurb about Summer’s Winter:

Robin Johns Grant’s Summer’s Winter is the most inventive take on fan fiction I can imagine — because it’s a romance-thriller about fandoms, especially if not explicitly the Harry Potter fandom, and explores the important intersection of literature, spirituality, and imagination. Delightful!

 Thank you, Professor! You’ve made my year!

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