Librarian Challenge

After completing a recent piece, my sister-in-law Lili suggested I try my hand at a series of authors. I have done quite a few over the years — Poe is my favorite, of course. But when Li suggested the series, my mind went right to JK Rowling.

Some of my fondest memories from my kids’ childhood are based around Harry Potter. I remember taking them to the first movie –we saw it on an outdoor screen– and we were hooked. For the viewing of the 3rd movie I made wizard hats for the kids. Afterwards my middle boy created his own Marauder’s Map — wish I still had that treasure!

When book 7 was released we were on a camping trip in the Allegheny Mountains. I can close my eyes and still see Terry reading the first few chapters while the kids sat around the camp fire.

For this Librarian Challenge, JK would have to be my first piece. I wanted to capture the thoughtfulness with which she wrote her books so I picked this contemplative pose.

JK Contemplates

I added some details that I thought would help identify the author; the sign of the Deathly Hallows, HP symbol on the mug and, of course, Hogwarts.

I also wanted to highlight the contrasting themes of her stories — good vs evil, darkness and light — so I positioned her image in front of a sky that is both day and night.

Full quilt with border

I was so happy to find some Harry Potter fabric at my local fabric store. The white border resembles the newspaper, The Daily Prophet. I’m pretty sure its from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

This was a lot of fun — Thanks for the inspiration, Li! ❤


I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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4 comments on “Librarian Challenge
  1. Lisa Duff says:

    Having seen your Poe so many times, how lovely to see this new work. You captured her eyes and the spirit of her work beautifully! Love and blessings!

  2. Betty Harris says:

    Beautifully done, Mary! You’ve captured the essence of the stories (which, I must admit, I just finished at the behest of my youngest grandson).

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