Friday, November 15, 2013

TARDIS Quilt

I hope the Whovians out there are ready for a geek out!  If you've never seen Dr Who, then please just direct your attention to the detail of quilting I put into this!

 
First, let me preface this with saying the front is a cheater panel (which means the tardis and stars are printed on the fabric--I didn't piece those together) I bought from Spoonflower in April, and it is no longer available (or at least I couldn't find it).  Also, if you want to see the process posts, go here.  Final size (after washing) is 39" x 67".


For quilting on the TARDIS I used Aurifil #2740--a beautiful royal blue.  The black thread I used on the border and words is Superior So Fine #411.  The white thread on the angels is a guttermann I had leftover from another project, and the yellow quilting in the light is Aurifil #1135.  On the back I used Aurifil #2605 (medium grey).  Thankfully I had very few tension issues, and fiddled with the tension every time I switched thread types on the top.  I was VERY pleased that Aurifil in the bobbin played so nicely with the other threads!!

I outlined (or inlined?) each letter.  It was very tedious.

Here are the Gallifreyan panels, I love the way they turned out after the water soluble stabilizer (Pellon 541) went away in the wash!  My husband found some software online that lets you type in whatever you want and generates it in Gallifreyan!  It was so helpful!  Then I resized them, printed them, traced onto the stabilizer, pinned them on the quilt, quilted them, and trimmed off the excess.  Gallifreyan is read starting at the bottom and then working counter-clockwise.

"Bigger on the inside" 

"Wibbly wobbly timey wimey"

"Are you my mummy?"

"Bad Wolf"

"Renee Hoffman twenty thirteen"

The angels were made in a similar fashion, though I ran out of the water soluble stabilizer and decided to try out Press n Seal rather than make another trip to Joann's.  I'd say it is a good method for larger designs, but not for detailed areas because picking the Press n Seal out of it is pretty much impossible (hence a lot of greyish-blackish in the tighter quilting areas).

A weeping angel--white on white to imply a reflection, rather than it being inside looking out.

The other window, with a scarier angel!  The top corners say "Don't Blink".
 Some more details shots:

I LOVE the way the quilting in the border crinkled up after a good wash.


And here's the back:


The backing fabric is leftovers from the Starry Night quilt back.

Kinda glad the scary angel is hidden in the globe fabric, haha.





The binding is Kona Charcoal, and my tags are from TagsToGo on Etsy.

So glad to have this quilt finished, I spent two weeks just on quilting it!

Want to see another Dr Who quilt?  Check out The Doctor's Starry Night quilt here!

80 comments:

  1. Yes, please! Gotta love a Doctor Who quilt, woo! And your quilting is awesome. :)

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  2. Epic, epic quilting. I love it!

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  3. Uhhmm, no you DIDN'T write in Gallifreyan. Oh my gosh. You are a quilting goddess. This is on its way to my house, right? ;)

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  4. This is amazing. Completely amazing! I've just got my husband addicted to Dr Who, so I'll be sending this his way. But I just wanted to say that your quilting of the Weeping Angels is epic. I woke up from a bad dream earlier in the week and thought I'd browse feedly to get it out of my head before I went back to sleep again, and your post with the scary angel came up and I just thought - oh god, I didn't need that, not helping! Such a brilliant realisation of the whole thing, really. It is so so cool!!

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  5. Oh my gosh, this is incredible! Wonderful work!

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  6. wow! stunning! I have only superlatives for your amazing quilting.

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  7. This is awesome!! You did a fabulous job :)

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  8. This is a wonderful quilt. The fact that it's a tar dis impressed my daughter and she is a tough sell.

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  9. Wow! That is awesome! The quilting is amazing.

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  10. So fantastic! There will be nerds for miles knocking each other over for it! :)

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  11. This is just so amazing Renee! I love the Gallifreyan panels the best, just fantastic!

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  12. You did an absolute beautiful job on the Tardis!!!

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  13. You took the quilting to a whole other...level!!!! Superlative and divine well done:)

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  14. You took the quilting to a whole other...level!!!! Superlative and divine well done:)

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  15. This is just an incredible piece of work, I hardly dare share with my husband for fear of raising expectations but know it would be unfair not to. Just tremendous :D

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  16. My husband and I are huge Doctor Who fans, grew up watching it. This is an absolutely beautiful quilt. Well done.

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  17. I didn't even know who Who was until this year when it was explained to me by a Who fan friend. I e-mailed her this post. This quilt is out of this world. Your quilting is the bomb. It gives this project the oomph it needs! Congratulations on a fabulous work of art.

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  18. Oh my gosh -- I can't believe how the quilting transformed the panel. And that ANGEL!!! I'm not showing this to my youngest, or he'll want one too.

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  19. Wow! a really, really gorgeous quilt! And when I've finished reading and being impressed by the quilting, I had already forgotten, that it is a cheater panel. This quilt reminds me of a book, I read in the beginning of the year: "Rivers of London" by Ben Aaronovitch.

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  20. Wowsers! The angels are amazing and I love the Gallifreyan. Absolutely beautiful.

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  21. This is absolutely amazing!!! So many fabulous details... LOVE it:-)

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  22. Wow! You are very talented. That spooky angel is scary!

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  23. Amazing!! My husband and I can't believe all the detail and how beautiful it is! That scary angel is amazing. I love, lov, love this quilt! Well done!!!

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  24. Seriously amazing. The quilting has added an amazing, brilliant layer to the whole project. My own concern is that my husband now want a quilt just like this..which is beyond my skill level.

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  25. This is crazy awesome quilting. You must be crazy, but in the best kind of way. Amazing. If you you ever get sick of it, you're more than welcome to send it my way ;)

    As you may have guessed, I LOVE the Gallifreyan quilt label! :D

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  26. Wow!!!!!! the quilting on this is amazing Renee! I love it!

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  27. Brilliant! And just in time for the fiftieth anniversary. Was that planned? I love the choice of text to translate, especially 'timey wimey'.
    I too have experienced the joys of picking out press and seal and leaving bits.

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  28. Fantastic! Makes me want to yell "Geronimo!" and start my own TARDIS quilt. You did incredible work! I love every bit of the stitching from the Weeping Angels to the Gallifreyan translations.

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  29. I am speechless, Renee!! This is an unbelievably stunning Doctor Who quilt! I love every single detail you put into this. The angels and the Gallifreyan add such beautiful detail and the quilting is absolutely amazing!! I am simply awestruck!

    -Soma

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  31. This is AMAZING!!!! I'd pay you for this and I am so bummed that the design isn't available anymore!!! *cries so hard the universe cracks*

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  32. I am in love with this quilt! Beautiful! I am not a quilter (can't even sew!), so I have to ask...what do you mean the front is a cheater panel?

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    1. Thank you! It means the fabric was printed with the tardis on it--I didn't piece the tardis together with fabric.

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    2. Ok, got it now, thanks for the explanation! It really is a beautiful quilt :)

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    1. If you are serious in buying one, please email me--I can't duplicate this one exactly because the panel isn't available anymore, but I could figure out something. :-)

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    2. Hi Renee, I have made 5 Tardis quilts so far in 12 months. Very basic quilting though. One each for my grown-up son and SIL Xmas 2012, sold one to friend of my son's and made two for Australian Airmen Deployed in Middle East and have to make two more for soldiers. I modified a pattern I found on Instructables for the Tardis and then add Starry Night fabric borders. The Tardis measures about 33"(at base)x55"H. I print the door panel labels now, as Spoonflower is too expensive. If you would like my pattern e-mail me. You can see mine on Pinterest as well. Cheers and Happy Quilting. JAS

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    3. Thanks for the info! Not sure what route I will be taking yet. :-)

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  35. If you ever find a way to make it again, I would pay lots and lots of money for one. :)

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    1. Well if you are serious, email me and we can discuss options! :-)

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  36. I can't even. This is AMAZING. Beautiful quilting, and all of the little details....it's just . No words. LOVE. I bow to your abilities.

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  37. Fantastic work! Absolutely stunning! Well done!

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  38. I have never really been into quilting, but this is so inspiring and impressive and so perfect. I suspect all eleven doctors are in there.

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  39. I love this, and I would happily pay hundreds, if not thousands, for it...

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    1. Thank you! Glad to know it is valued so highly, believe me the time spent on it is worth that much!

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  40. Brilliant, I hope you enjoy using it as much as you did quilting it.

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  41. This is amazing work! It ought to hang in a museum. Maybe the science fiction museum! I am moved to take up quilting.

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  42. Wow! You wouldn't be interested in selling would you?

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    1. It was a gift to a friend, so it is not mine to sell anymore! But thank you!

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  43. WOW! As a quilter and a Whovian I am in love. I've had it in my mind to do a Doctor Who quilt for some time now, but it wouldn't look like this! Beautiful.

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  44. Oh my gracious!!! This is amazing!!!! Dr. Who fans here!!!

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  45. What would it cost to get one of these made for me. I keep throwing money at the screen and nothing is happening lol

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  46. This is just spectacular beyond words!! The details are so perfect. Seriously unbelievably amazing job!!

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  47. Wow. Just wow! That is so amazing. I love Doctor Who. The Weeping Angels are my favorite. You did a beautiful job!

    Just so I understand your process for the Gallifreyan symbols and the weeping angels: you traced the designs onto the water soluble stabilizer, put them on top, quilted them and once washed the quilting was gone? Not that is a nifty trick.

    Again, beautiful quilting. Super amazing. This is going on my Doctor Who pin board. Thanks for sharing.

    xo -E

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  48. Wow, wow, wow! Great work! I can't believe all the detail you put into it. Well done, you!

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  49. Wow!!! That is fantastic on some many levels. From a distance it looks great then you notice all the fine detail in the stitching. You should be so so proud of this.

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  50. So amazing!!! Love my Doctor Who and love, love your quilt.

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  51. Stop The Clocks!!! Unique & out of this World Quilt, everything is so beautifully put together. A true Work Of ArT.

    Love Dr Who, Christopher Eccleston is my favourite Dr, can imagine any of the Time Lords would be honoured to sleep under their own warm quilt.

    Am in awe of your skills & know how much hard work went into the planning and sewing of your project. To me it is Priceless and your friend is a very lucky person.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing work:-) xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your high praise! I've only see the newer Dr Who--starting with Eccleston, and don't remember them ever really sleeping ;-)

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  52. That's absolutely amazing. I wish I had 1% of your skills.

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  53. I'm not sure how I missed this, but WOW! It's absolutely stunning, Renee. Your quilting is amazing and I love all the Dr. Who details. WOW!

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  54. I love everything about this quilt! All the quilting detail is amazing, how do you do it?!

    Would you consider making a third TARDIS quilt especially for me?

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    1. Thank you so much! I do make them on commission occasionally--send me an email to discuss options.

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