Thursday, 9 May 2013

Calling The Doctor

My long suffering partner had a birthday in *ahem* February. He asked me to make him something geeky for his desk at work (you know, Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who - that sort of thing) because he'd just started a new job. I googled Tardis quilts at the time, and came up with some totally amazing quilts, but no tutorials and they all looked far too scary to try to figure out myself. But then a month or so ago, Caroline at Trillium Designs announced that she would be co-hosting a Doctor.Who.Along.

The first block was published earlier this week, and just so happens to be a Tardis - so the birthday present is made. It's only three months late ;o)

Tardis Mug Rug

The dark blue is Quilters Linen in midnight, the lighter blue is a sketch fabric and the background is a print from Tula Pink's The Birds and The Bees collection. I deliberately chose the background to give a sense of movement. It's simply quilted in the ditch using Aurifil thread (50wt in 2740) with some straight lines radiating out from the centre in a lighter blue (Aurifil 50wt 50060). It measures 12.5" square - so a big mug rug I guess. 

Hope everyone is having a great week!

xx Jess

29 comments:

Quilting In The Cold said...

Oh my gosh that is awesome!! I have to admit I am a Dr Who junkie, I think I need to make myself one.

Sonia said...

Awesome! Love it and the show. :)

Patchwork and Play said...

Ah, better late than never! All will be forgiven I'm sure! It's fabulous! Some of those pieces would be really tiny.....

Charlotte said...

that ROCKS!!!!!

Nat at Made in Home said...

So cool!

Susan Owenby said...

hahahaha, awesome. In all my geekery, I never really got into Dr. Who, but know plenty who have and would fall over each other for this! The swirly whirly fabric is a perfect choice. :)

Jessica said...

Ahhh how did I miss this sew along? I have to learn how to paper piece first, lol. But I'll be looking. Your TARDIS looks good enough to fly away in!

Nicky said...

Brilliant Jess he should be very happy - the background works so well!

You didn't fancy this one then

http://stlouisfolkvictorian.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/pixelingthe-finaleotherwise-known-as.html

krislovesfabric said...

Wow! Love it :)

Purryl said...

You did an awesome job showing movement from the lantern with the cloth choice and color. The stitches added more emphasis to the movement making the whole an incredible work of art. Your friend is very lucky!

Purryl said...

You did an awesome job showing movement from the lantern with the cloth choice and color. The stitches added more emphasis to the movement making the whole an incredible work of art. Your friend is very lucky!

Angela Bullard said...

My brother also wants the large Tardis quilt. If you find a tutorial please let me know or else I will spend a LOT of time trying to get the dimensions right on my own with my trusty graph paper :)

And I'm sure your partner agrees it was worth the wait!

Lee Ann L. said...

Oh oh oh!! I am going to HAVE to jump on board later in the year! I am a Whovian and just am amazed by this. I'll be following along with the QAL. :-)

Patti said...

Fantastic TARDIS!

sew.darn.quilt said...

That is FanTasTic!!! I love the background fabric, yours is definitely moving ;D
I'm looking forward to this QAL!

Becky said...

That is amazing! I plan to make one for a gift too. I LOVE your choice of background fabric!!! Perfect!

Sarah said...

AWESOME!! The background is just perfect too :-)

made by ChrissieD said...

Oh my goodness I wish I'd never seen this - now I'm going to have to make one for my husband; I tried to ignore your post but felt too guilty!!! Maybe if you hadn't made it look quite so good?! :)

Annabella said...

Oh I love it! Another to add to the list for my son (who at the moment really only like Doctor Who when it very occasionally has dinosaurs in it!)

LT said...

Just awesome, and great choice on the background!

Katy Cameron said...

Love it, especially the background choice, although I now have the theme song stuck in my head :o/

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

amazing..really cool!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

That's amazing, and the background fabric is perfect. I'm off to follow the link xxx

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Awesome!!! And I love how you've used that print to show the movement of the tardis through time and space! So clever! So cool :)

Farm Fancies said...

LOL, this is doing the rounds of facebook at the moment and I shared with my adult daughter who is a mad Dr Who fan! Thanks so much :).
Cheers, Robyn

Colleen said...

Dang that's great! You would like this tardis sewing kit a friend made me http://www.flickr.com/photos/luckyduckdreams/7946003516/in/set-72157628690040641

Willit Neverend said...

Combining Dr Who and Quilting, would could be better?

Jenelle said...

OMG! This is freaking awesome. :) I'm just getting caught up on about a week's worth of blog posts and this just jumped out at me from my feed. So fun! Love this Jess!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Woah, that background is just trippy-ly perfect!!