I’ve already finished the first custom Whimzie Quiltz order of 2020!
but Wendy M. wanted a brown TARDIS pillow sham. At first I was like, “Brown? How will I make that work?”
But then I thought outside the Police Box… and chose scrappy fabrics in the same shade as the Tenth Doctor’s coat. It was perfect, especially after adding a navy blue accent (the same color as the lining of that famous trench.)
Hope she ❤️❤️ how it turned out as much as I do! (See what I did there? 😀 )
Welcome to another edition of Looking for a Good Home ~ my chance to show off some of the quilted items currently for sale in my Etsy shop. These posts are purely sales and marketing, without any custom quilt-y tidbits, so feel free to skip on by if you’re more interested in stories behind the quilts I create. If you do stick around, favorites and purchases are always appreciated ~ use the coupon code GOODHOME in store and save 10%!
The angels may have the phone box, but I’ve got several quilted Doctor Who items available at Whimzie Quiltz Etsy right now, all looking for a good home…
I may not be the geekiest person you’ve ever met, but I do have a bat’leth on my wall and an all-female ‘Feminist Funko’ collection that has grown so big, I’ve had to twice craft new displays to show it off. It’s fair to say I’ve got at least some geek cred.
But I obviously love quilting, too.
So I am always looking for ways to mix my love of geeky things and my love of quilting. And I think I succeeded with my latest creation…
This quilt has been on my bucket list for years. It took forever to design, forever to cut the designs out, forever to finish the appliqué, forever to piece the blocks and, surprisingly, not very long to quilt 😀 Just to prove my point, here’s a slideshow that features a close up of each individual block before I did the satin stitch appliqué – I originally uploaded these in 2016!
Because I put so much effort into them, I’m going to point out the inspiration for each block, starting with the first column –
- Make It Sew :: That famous catchphrase of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise. I know I’m not the first to come up with this – you’ve probably seen the memes – but it’s so perfect. Ahem, sew perfect, I mean.
- Don’t Push the Button Fargo :: Oh, Eureka. It may be my favorite TV show ever, against some tough competition. At the very least, the Eureka Christmas episodes are my favorite holiday specials and that’s from someone with a serious Grinch obsession. Why SyFy doesn’t re-air them every season is just beyond me!
- I’m the Sewing Sestra :: I know Allison is the crafty sestra, but I can’t remember seeing her ever actually sew on Orphan Black, so I’m claiming it. Engineered or not, creativity is definitely in my DNA.
- One Crafty Mother Frakker :: Sometimes I’m shocked to hear myself cuss like Battlestar Galactica’s crew. Not the cussing part, of course, but that my mouth is discrete enough to use a made up word instead. Who knew I was such a lady?
- Sunnydale Home Ec Survivor :: OK, I’m really impressed with the design I came up with here. If I lived in Sunnydale, I probably wouldn’t be part of the Scooby gang, but I would have rocked Home Ec classes, vampires or no.
- Bite My Shiny Fabric Ass :: It wasn’t easy to find the perfect fabric for Bender’s block, but I eventually did find a shiny silver cotton. Makes me laugh every time I look at it.
- A Stitch in Time :: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite Trek and Elim Garak, the tailor, is my favorite character – he sews! (Actually, DS9 pre-dates my involvement in quilting by several years, so the sewing is technically not the reason I love the character, but it doesn’t hurt…)
- Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock :: I know there’s a sizable number of people who think liking The Big Bang Theory means you aren’t truly a geek, but I’m not one of them. That show made me laugh for years and I’m proud to include this block, even if I still don’t completely understand the rules of the revised version of RPS.
- Bigger on the Inside :: Yes, that was my squee of joy you just heard. I love this block, I love The Doctor, I love Doctor Who. That is all.
- I Sew Quilts and Quilt Accessories :: After Friends, the show I quote most frequently is King of the Hill. I don’t know why, but Hank Hill, his weird family and his even weirder friends, have sunk deeply into my psyche. I’m sure there’s a paper in there somewhere for any therapist who wants to dig deeper…
- My Quilt Guild Meets at Cafe Diem :: I am convinced that Vincent let the local Eureka quilt guild meet regularly at his restaurant even though I never saw it on screen. If I lived there, I’d take part every week no matter what wacky science (or time travel) was going on around me.
- My Seam Ripper is Sonic :: Again, it’s not canon, but if The Doctor can make a screwdriver sonic, a seam ripper should be a piece of cake. I mean, it’s not like I need to take stitches out of wood or anything…
- Sew Say We All :: Thank goodness Edward James Olmos ad-libbed that line in the BSG Miniseries ‘Part 1’! Love the story behind that scene, how it was the first day of filming and the actors weren’t really feeling it (coming so soon after 9/11) but by repeating the call, which wasn’t in the script, Olmos eventually got everyone truly engaged. It’s exactly the encouragement a rag-tag fugitive fleet – and this rag-tag quilter – needs!
Originally, Sew Geeky was supposed to end with just the thin, inner green border. But once I put it together, it needed something more. So I added the black and white stripe and a final border to the outside, which, of course, made it bigger – all finished, Sew Geeky is 81″ x 88″ (Bender’s head is life-size, for crying out loud!)
For the backing, I chose Riley Blake’s Geekly Chic TV. The green of the backing fabric doesn’t quite match the green on the front, but how could I possibly pass up this fabric? The name! The TVs! It was meant to be.
Because I really wanted the blocks to be the focus, for the quilting I chose an all over pattern inspired by Karen Thompson’s Got Thread design. I used spools in my design, too, but blew them up way bigger than hers, and added oversized stippling between the spools (no real reason, stippling is just a classic motif that I use a lot and enjoy doing.) I decided on invisible thread so the thread wouldn’t interfere with the experience of the designs either; it was my first time using it and I was thrilled with how easy it was to work with. I’d heard a lot of horror stories, but had no problems myself.
Like I said, this quilt has been under construction for years, but I finally decided I would finish it THIS YEAR in time to enter the 2019 San Diego Quilt Show. I submitted over the weekend, just a few days before the show deadline. I can’t wait to see it displayed at the Convention Center in August, and when it comes back, I’ve got cool plans to display it here at home, too. But more on that later…
Thanks for sticking with me through this long post! I was just so excited about this quilt and wanted to share everything about my obsession with it, which, come to think of it, is a pretty geeky trait, too.
If you were making yourself a Sew Geeky quilt, what would you include? Let me know in the comments – I ❤ learning about other geeky quilting ideas!
You know the saying “More Ideas than Time“? Yeah, that’s my life. I’ve had the idea to add a Doctor Who / Police Box ribbon to this blue wool hat since November 2015.
I finally finished it this weekend, 2 years and 8 months later.
My embroidery machine is wonderful, but what I really need is a time machine to get all my crafty projects done…
I’m super excited to debut all 5 for Christmas 2017, but this one is extra timey-wimey in anticipation of the 13th Doctor!
:: Countdown to the Christmas Special ::
Spend every year in delicious anticipation the Doctor Who Christmas special with this TARDIS Advent / countdown calendar. Fill each pocket with your favorite hard candy or a Hershey’s kiss and count down the days until the premiere!
10.5″ x 21.5″ :: holds 25 small candies :: hanger included
(Tee hee – I’m trying my hand at writing ‘click bait’ titles. I’m thinking of doing a creative exercise poking fun at that trend later this year; thought I’d toss one in here while I’m at it. 😀 )
I spent the weekend adding a bunch of fabulous new quilted pillow shams to my Etsy store and I’ve started updating some listings from the past, too. Oh, and stay tuned next week for even more NEW listings. I don’t want to spoil the surprise – but there’s going to be some awesome items for the holidays available soon!
Here’s what new and in the shop now…
Always be yourself… unless you can be a penguin!
This penguin-themed quilted pillow sham offers great advice for lovers of those whimsical, flightless, tuxedoed birds. From the Antarctic to the North Pole, you won’t find a more positive message — or a more adorable little pillow cover.
This Bruins quilted pillow sham is a game day must have. I mean, you’re all decked out in your Boston jersey, shouldn’t your man cave be geared up, too?
Everyone can use a little encourage”mint” sometimes, right?
Maybe a peppermint-shaped quilted pillow that reads “You Can Do This” isn’t the first thing to come to mind when someone has a struggle ahead of them, but then again, maybe it’s the perfect way to show your unconditional support.
The best part of this Reindeer Names quilted pillow is the bright red button that replaces the “O” in Rudolph. It’s not quite bright enough to guide a sleigh by, but it’s close!
A TARDIS quilted pillow sham in pink? Why not? It’s a celebration of all things Doctor Who – the history, the continuity, the future and the new – all wrapped up in one awesome accent pillow.
This Round Trip Ticket quilted pillow sham is a Polar Express ticket you’re sure not to lose! And every time it’s bell rings, you’ll be reminded to believe in the spirit of Christmas.
This UCLA Bruins quilted pillow sham is a great addition whether you are decking out a dorm room freshman year or have just graduated and want to bring a bit of college with you into the real world.
Order today and your pink Tardis quilt will ship in time for the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special.
I heard this morning, but it wasn’t until I was sitting in a restaurant at lunch that it really hit me. And I started crying tears of happiness. Which made a more than a few people at Rubio’s wonder what was going on 😀
I didn’t care because I’m so freaking excited for a female Doctor!
I’ve actually seen Jodie Whittaker in Broadchurch. She’s really good.
(I am a little worried about Chris Chibnall as show runner. Broadchurch is so slow-paced that I’m worried his style won’t translate well to Doctor Who. On the other hand, he picked a fantastic new Doctor, so he must be doing something right!)
There’s 163 days until the Christmas special when the new Doctor will make her debut. That’s plenty of time to have a custom pink Tardis quilt – or traditional blue Tardis quilt – made by Whimzie Quiltz.
Contact me at deidre [at] whimziequiltz.com to get yours started today!
After months and months of doing nothing but work around the house, I was in the mood for a little frivolous pincushion-making fun this weekend…
Giving credit where credit is due for my new pieces, clockwise from the top left:
- For the flamingo pincushion, I used this fabulous tutorial by Molly and Mama that was part of the & Stitches Summer Bloggin’ 2015 series
- Meghann at Mythosalamode kindly sent me two of her Weeping Angel finger puppets, unfinished, with some matching felt so I could create this double-sided Doctor Who pincushion
- My voodoo doll pincushion was inspired by Cut Out + Keep; we both used Lori La Tortuga’s super helpful tutorial on DeviantArt
- I loved Meghann’s work so much that I purchased an unfinished Grinch finger puppet from Mythosalamode too (and I might go back for more…)
In 2014, I created a Doctor Who quilt for a customer called “Warmer on the Inside” featuring a large Tardis on a Gallifreyan script background. A fan of the show myself, I loved every stitch on that quilt and as the time to ship the finished piece grew near, making a Doctor Who quilt for just for me became my next goal/slash/obsession.
Each quilt I make is unique, so I didn’t want to just repeat the same Police Box design. I began looking for inspiration to create my own Doctor Who quilt, looking through lots of fan art online. Fortunately in my quest, I came across this cross-stitched bookmark created by DaleksTeahouse. Her clever disappearing Tardis pattern was perfect – having already made one giant Tardis in fabric, I knew making multiple smaller ones would be a fantastic challenge. And who doesn’t wish they could hear the “vworp vworp” of the Tardis engines coming for them just once?
“Out of the Blue” was finished just in time for the 2015 Christmas special, The Husbands of River Song. At 60″ x 75″, it’s a mixture of machine appliqué in the letters and piecework in the Tardii and background. I chose four marbled blue fabrics to provide the gradation of color and lots of white-on-white prints to give the background depth and (relative) dimension.
Deciding the appropriate quilting took a long time, but ultimately I ended up with an all over swirl that seems very timey wimey (you can see it a little better in the close-up image to the right.) The letters are echo-quilted and each Tardis is stitched-in-the-ditch to emphasize the various police box elements.
I wanted a very special backing for this quilt. Luckily, I came across a quilt shop owner designing her own line of time travel-inspired material. The back is from Scarlett Wells’ “Through Time and Space” line from Anthology Fabrics. I can’t thank her enough for letting me know when the fabric was going to be re-released so I could snap some up!
If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t do anything different, except maybe finish this quilt sooner.
If I could go forward in time, I’d love to see myself curled up with this quilt, watching new Doctor Who adventures, years and years in the future.
When I finished, I shared a photo of this quilt with Sarah over at DaleksTeahouse. This is her lovely reply – Doctor Who fans are the best!
Thanks so much for sharing that with me! I’m really happy and flattered to know that I inspired someone to make something awesome. I love the way this looks. I don’t see quilts very often, and I don’t know the first thing about making them, so this is really neat! I hope it keeps you warm through many future episodes of Doctor Who.