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.