Friday, January 25, 2013

TARDIS is DONE!

I gifted - in a very incomplete state - my DD a quilt of a TARDIS for Christmas.  Her squeals of delight were the kind everyone should hear when they gift a quilt.   The top was pieced, the quilt was sandwiched and I had outlined the TARDIS (in the ditch) and then basted the quilt on my machine.

January 1st rolls around and I still hadn't gotten any further than the basting stage.  My daughter was - rightfully! - getting impatient.  I did delay a bit because of a thread purchase that I was waiting for but ...  This was my finish goal for January.

The TARDIS is designed by the time lords of Gallifrey.

This quilt, however, is an original design by me.  This is my favorite way to make a quilt - have a general idea what I am going for and then make it up as I go.   Putting the TARDIS 'on point' to imply flying through space (and time) was a bit of a risk as I cut the background fabric but it worked! 

Fabric used was Bella Admiral Blue and Slate Gray along with two panels from Spoonflower, one of them gifted from a new blogging friend Rebeckah.   The background is Kasuri Woven Texture in gray.  The back is a gray flannel.

The was by far the largest quilt that I did FMQ on my home machine.  All the features of the TARDIS were outlined and then I did a basic stipple section by section.

I had fun with the quilt label, wishing her well through adventures in time and space!


There were really two things that gave me the confidence to FMQ this one by myself on my home machine.  The first was the year long FMQ series that SewCalGirl ran which game me much practice and really built up my confidence.  The second was my deliberate choice of thread color to match the fabric.  For me, knowing that every issue wouldn't be visible was a big deal.   Using flannel on the back was also useful - it can be quite forgiving.

TARDIS has not yet been washed but she is very much being loved.  My DD thinks the flannel is the best.  She is 5'6" so if she curls up just a bit and lays on top of the quilt, she can 'fit' in the TARDIS (which as all who-vians know is larger on the inside.)

I am going to link up my first finish of the year with  A Lovely Year of Finishes.


I am also linking up with SewCalGal's FMQ posting.

Happy Stitching!

15 comments:

  1. That is so cool! You did a fabulous job.

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  2. So while I've been making geeky things for friends, my poor husband has yet to get a thing of his own. Probably because he comes up with things like suggesting I cross stitch a Dalek and a Llama together to make a punny reference to the Dalai Lama...
    I'm amazed at all the detail you got in there, it turned out wonderfully!

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  3. Congratulations on your fabulous TARDIS finish! I have no doubt that the quilt is being loved... and keeping someone warm on a chilly, sleety day like today!


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  4. It's a great finish. This is one I don't dare send my son to see, or he'll want one, too!

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  5. My Tardis quilt is also my January finish! Looks great!

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  6. Beautiful and very original ! Congrats.

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  7. How cool! You did a fantastic job on your Tardis! :)

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  8. This is (to quote #9) FANTASTIC. LOVE it. And congrats on the finish.

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  9. Fabulous Tardis! Shhhh......don't let my husband see this, he would want me to make one, LOL Great job!!

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  10. I'm a massive Dr Who fan so it goes with out saying that I think this is just genius!

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  11. Lovely quilt! Lots of love nd work!
    xoxo Kim

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  12. Lots of love and lots of work went into this quilt! Very lovely!
    xoxo Kim

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