Tagged: Doctor Who

Pink Tardis Quilt ~ It’s About Time… and Space

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 ūüėÄ

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!


All Pincushions, All the Time

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…)

A Timey Wimey Quilt Post

TardisIn 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.

vworpEach 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 appliqu√© 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.


102_0110Deciding 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.

Vworp vworp…


When I finished, I shared a photo of this quilt with Sarah over at DaleksTeahouse.  This is her lovely reply РDoctor 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.

It’s Warmer on the Inside

Bow ties are cool. Fezzes are cool. Know what else is cool? This just finished Doctor Who Tardis quilt for customer Melissa E.

Tardis Quilt
This order actually started with a request for a Doctor Who pillow sham. Melissa contacted me to see if I’d be interested making one for her niece. If I’d be interested‚Ķ um, HUGE Doctor Who fan here! I jumped on this project faster than a weeping angel can move when you blink.

I Dream in Gallifreyan Pillow ShamWe decided to go for something a little different, something you wouldn’t necessarily see in all the mass marketed Doctor Who merchandise. This “I Dream in Gallifreyan” design was the result.

Melissa loved the sham so much she asked me to make a coordinating Doctor Who twin quilt. I duplicated the “Gallifreyan” circles as the background and pieced the Tardis itself, using several different blues to get just the right dimension to the door panels.

And, boy, do I wish I could take credit for the wood grain quilting, but that idea was inspired by an extremely clever pinner on Pinterest. As Nine would say, “Fantastic!”

Best part of this whole Tardis quilt? It’s warmer on the inside ūüôā

I May Be Getting a Reputation…

Not that I mind, because the reputation I’m getting is as a sci-fi quilter! Customers seem to be coming to me more and more for quilt ideas related to their favorite pop culture icons. There was the Star Trek baby quilt from last month and I’m currently working on two Star Trek lap quilts that should finish up in September. And I just got an order for a Doctor Who quilted pillow sham!

Don’t want to ruin the surprise as to the design Melissa L. picked out, but here are the ones she turned down (all of which are still available if you want a Doctor Who pillow sham, too)…

Classic Tardis
(20″ x 26″; $100) The traditional Police Box design, but sized for a standard bed pillow. Pieced blue, black and white background with machine appliqu√©d letters.

Doctor Who Tardis Pillow

I ♥ ♥ Doctor Who
(20″ x 26″; $100) Features the Doctor Who logo and plays off the fact that Time Lords have two hearts. Machine appliqu√© on a striped background pieced from blues, grey and white.

Doctor Who Time Lord Pillow

Don’t Blink
(20″ x 26″; $100) A great choice if you want to scare yourself silly every night before bed! Black and grey pieced background with machine appliqu√©d weeping angel and letters.

Doctor Who Don't Blink Pillow

Star Trek Quilts: To Boldly Go Where No Quilter Has Gone Before

Those of you who have followed my quilting for awhile may realize I have two mild (cough, cough) obsessions – the Kansas City Chiefs (root of my sports quilt bias) and televised sci-fi. From Doctor Who to Eureka, Primeval to Battlestar Galactica… I love them all. ¬†But there always has been and always will be a special place in my heart for the Star Trek franchise.

So imagine how excited I was this weekend to receive deposits for not one, but TWO Star Trek themed quilts!

I’m not going to share the designs chosen here (that way they’ll be more of a surprise when I show the finished quilts), but I got so into it, I made three other designs that weren’t selected – which means these three quilt designs are still available if any other Trekkies are looking for a Star Trek quilt…

Star Trek: The Captain’s Table Quilt

(58″ x 58″; $375) ¬†Features pieced uniforms from all 5 Star Trek series captains – Archer, Kirk, Picard, Sisko and Janeway. ¬†I can also totally see 5 pillows with these designs!


Star Trek:  To Boldly Go

(63″ x 63″; $450) ¬†Great 60s-inspired graphic design with the classic Star Trek quote and a stylized Enterprise NCC-1701 machine appliqu√©d.


Star Trek:  Deep Space 9 (My favorite series!)

(61.5″ x 61.5″; $425) ¬†Machine appliqued emblems from each of the major alien species to appear (Federation, Bajoran, Klingon, Ferengi, Dominion and Cardassian) on a pieced star background.