After being neglected for nearly six months in order to get Christmas quilts and other things done, I finally started sewing like a demon and also designed a new block (Harry, Ron, and Hermione leaving Hogwarts) as the final block for the quilt.
I sewed ALL of the remaining blocks and finished piecing the castle to complete the quilt top on February 28, 2012. The quilting was completed on March 26, 2012.
All fabric was pre-washed, but the cotton batting said not to pre-wash, so that was the only thing I worried about. With much trepidation I washed and dried my completed quilt. And I'm happy to report it survived quite well. It has a bit of that old-fashioned crinkly look to it now, and is much softer where the more heavily quilted areas were a bit stiff before washing and drying.
Here is the completed top before quilting.
It actually came out pretty square, but it's too tall for where I had to hang it to take the photo, so it looks wonky. It's 72 inches wide by 90 inches tall.
Here it is completely bound and quilted before washing:
And this is the quilt as it now looks after washing.
And this is a close-up of the text at the top after washing:
ALL of the Patterns for the Harry Potter at Hogwarts - Castle Quilt can be found here:Owlsea's Patterns
And more close-ups of the completed quilt can be found here:Harry Potter at Hogwarts - Castle Quilt
I'm thrilled to finally have it finished and it's now being used as a bed quilt.
Hope you enjoy the patterns and quilt.Happy Sewing!