Monday, December 16, 2013

The Doctor's Starry Night Quilt

I'm am so, SO glad to finally be posting about the finished quilt!

Finished size is about 79" x 84"

This quilt was commissioned by my brother's girlfriend Andrea, who is now my friend of course.  Now that she has one of my nicest quilts she might as well be family though (hint hint).  She originally asked if I would make her a TARDIS quilt for her full sized bed.  I bought a TARDIS panel from Spoonflower (which is no longer available), thinking it would make it a quick, easy quilt.  Then I asked what she'd like on the back and she mentioned something inspired by this Dr Who fan art of Starry Night.  She meant something simple--just blues and greens and maybe some stars.

I put navy binding on the sky section and green binding on the hills.

But my brain exploded with the possibilities and I started drafting patterns for a full sized Starry Night on the back of the quilt.

Concept sketch/quilt pattern.

I started really working on the quilt at the end of August, though the design process started back in April (with a house move in between taking up 2+ months).  So it feels as though I've been working on this quilt for the better part of a year!  Thankfully, I love this quilt.  Even when it was driving me crazy, I felt incredibly proud to see my vision turning into something tangible and beautiful.

I'm a little disappointed that the quilting doesn't stand out better.

By the time I finished the quilt top, I wasn't sure it was worth putting the TARDIS panel on the back anymore (because clearly the Starry Night side now had to be the front!).  I just knew the quilting I had planned wouldn't do the TARDIS panel justice, so I turned it into its own little lap quilt you can see here: TARDIS quilt.


And I did something else on the back--some navy fabric and strips of globe fabric that resembles Gallifreyan.

Where the swirls meet!

I quilted the first lines about 1-1.5" apart, then went back and added three more lines of quilting in other thread colors between the first lines.  It was a LOT of work on a domestic machine!

Trying to capture some of the texture all those lines create.

There are lots and lots of posts on the process I went through, which you can browse here.


I used one layer of Warm and Natural batting for the quilt.  The mini TARDIS I quilted separately using two layers of scraps (I think one layer was poly and the other was some mix) and then hand appliqued it onto the quilt so there wouldn't be stitches on the back.

Made from this free paper piece pattern.

I used almost entirely Aurifil thread from Pat Sloan's collection called Eat Your Fruits and Veggies I won earlier this year.  The threads are just gorgeous!  Here are the ones I used on this quilt: #2605 (med grey, which I bought seperately) on the back, #2740 (royal  TARDIS blue), #5005 (bright blue), #2545 (royal purple), #2887 (sage green), #1147 (bright green), #1135 (light yellow), and #2000 (cream).


I wish all the quilting/thread was more visible in the pictures!  Here's a close up of one area:

Five colors of thread in this photo!

For all Andrea's patience and flexibility in the design, she's gotten a TARDIS zip pouch, a TARDIS lap quilt, a Gallifreyan mini quilt of her name (you can see the process post here), and this full sized Starry Night quilt!

Quilt labels: I used a Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric on muslin with interfacing on the back for stability while writing on it and the Quilts of a Feather one is from  TagsToGo on Etsy.  



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Sew Cute TuesdayNeedle and Thread ThursdayConfessions of a Fabric AddictLAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

65 comments:

  1. Just astounding work as always Renee! Your quilting is wonderful, i love the use of all the colours!
    Still love the halos around the stars the best! Gorgeous!

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  2. YAY! It's done! It's just a shame it's not for me.

    I love how the TARDIS doesn't dominate the picture, it doesn't immediately jump out at you, but once you've spotted it, it does literally pop out! :)

    Congratulation on a job well done - a job amazing well done. Andrea is an exceptionally lucky girl. If she doesn't become you sister-in-law now, then slap you brother for me please :)

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  3. Congrats on a completely AMAZING finish! <3 You sure that quilt isn't coming here? Lol. My husband is super impressed, too!! Now, take a nice long break from crazy quilting :D

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  4. Wow - what a work of art from start to finish. You must be so proud of this quilt.

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  5. I don't know which I am most impressed with:
    • the fact you quilted it all on your domestic machine
    • the Tardis
    • the attention to detail, such as your choice of the starry and globe fabrics
    • the overall design.
    It has turned out brilliantly.

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  6. Take your place at the podium for a well deserved bow. This quilt is awesome! The quilting is awesome too. The details are fabulous. And you have 2 young children to take care of too. Weren't you feeling like a slacker a few weeks ago? I don't think that word applies to you. Creative and determined come to my mind.

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  7. Fabulous! The Doctor is proud of you!
    ;-)
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt@yahoo.com
    ipatchandquilt.wordpress.com

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  8. Wow, what a quilt! Your quilting is amazing, and makes me realize just how much I need to start practicing FMQ.

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  9. I can't believe you gave this quilt away. What a labor of love

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  10. What a wonderful quilt! Congratulations. And thanks for sharing all the details/process.

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  11. AMAZING!!! What a fabulous finish! I can't believe the amount of quilting you did. That Aurifil must have put you under a spell! Andrea is one lucky lady!

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  12. Wow. Just wow! Love all the texture, I wish I could touch that quilt :)

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  13. Your quilt really turned out lovely. The Tardis that you appliqued in the Starry Night Sky really completes the quilt. Congratulations on such a Great job Renee!

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  14. Gorgeous! This quilting looks so great. It must have taken forever!

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  15. Beautiful and amazing are the two words that come to mind. Thanks for sharing it. Great job!

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  16. I just love this quilt! The work is impressive - I can't even imagine how much time you spent on the quilting. Of course, adding Dr. Who makes everything better!

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  17. Oh wow Renee Dr. Who Starry Night is a work of art! The quilting is amazing! You have one fortunate friend!

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  18. What a stunning quilt, Renee! Love how you added the Tardis to the quilt. Beautiful :)

    -Soma

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  19. What a fantastic quilt! Your quilting on it is amazing!

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  20. Amazing! That quilting is fantastic, I can only imagine how fancy it is in person!

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  21. OMGosh. I just hope Andrea will never break up with your brother. You put incredible amount of time into all of these creations. Well done and congrats on your finish!

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  22. This is stunning! Truly fantastic job and love your creativity.
    Amanda

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  23. Wonderful! terribly jealous of the recipient :)

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  24. What a lucky friend (or possible-future-sister-in-law?)! Your quilt is just gorgeous! I can't believe you did all that quilting on a domestic machine- very impressive!

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  25. I love this! It is absolutely gorgeous! Andrea is one lucky girl!

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  26. Great job! I find it inspiring :) Stopping by from WIP, RunningHen.blogspot.com

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  27. There are so many layers to this design -- the strips, the stars, the quilting! Fantastic, you really deserve a round of applause. And definitely the recipient is now stitched into your family.

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  28. Oh my goodness! I am just in love!! Not only is Starry Night one of my most favourite paintings of all time, but I am a recent, and huge, convert to Doctor Who!

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  29. I'm pretty sure you know this quilt is absolutely incredible, but just in case, this quilt is absolutely incredible! WOW!

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  30. The piecing and quilting on this quilt are just amazing!

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  31. Renee - you are out of control. This quilting, the concept, WHOA. I am loving this. I can't even handle this quilt. You are my quilting inspiration.

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  32. Crazy amazing - you took it to a whole new level on this one.

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  33. This quilt is so beautiful and amazing!!! Huge Doctor Who fan and that episode is one of my favs. Lucky girl!!

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  34. This really is a crazy amazing quilt on so many levels! Starry Night theme + tardis + the quilting = Awesome!

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  35. This is just amazing! SO MUCH quilting!
    Very impressive!

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  36. Wow. Your quilting is jaw-dropping wonderful. Gorgeous and inspiring quilt, Renee. I'm in awe (s'cuse me, I've got to scroll back up for another look... ;o).

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  37. Absolutely stunning! You're right, she should be family now. Your brother had better get a move on! That quilt needs to stay in the family.

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  38. I almost missed this!! So glad I stopped by! I LOVE it. It came out perfectly. What a superb mash up and amazing work. Congratulations!

    PS - love the new family photo! :)

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  39. I am so impressed with the execution of your sketch. I had a lot of fun looking over the other posts you mentioned. She is one lucky gal. Your FMQ is really amazing.

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  40. Wow! What a fantastic finish ... you should be very proud of making this unique quilt - it's out of this world!

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  41. This is a work of art! Beautiful execution!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my daughter's quilt & Merry Christmas.

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  42. Wow! Not sure what to say. It is amazing. Everything is just right. you should be very proud. It is stunning.

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  45. Fabulous!!! I just love how everything works together. The Quilting is lovely too!

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  46. This is really incredible - you did an amazing job with it. Andrea is a very lucky gal!

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  47. LOVE this.. what a great quilt!!

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  48. This is really, really cool!

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  49. it is beautiful. I love the quilting and the scrappiness of it. And I hope they take the hint! lol

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  50. Wow. Cannot fathom a Whovian being anything else but thrilled!

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  51. This is sooo cool! Between the TARDIS and this you have a new fan and follower! =)

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  52. Hi! Just followed your blog! Please come follow us back! THANKS!

    quackadoodlequilt.blogspot.com

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  53. Oh oh my gracious stars! As a Doctor Who fan, and a Van Gogh fan, and obviously a quilt fan - well done!

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  54. As a fellow Whovian, this is to DIE for. You did an amazing work of art. Thanks for sharing it.

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  55. Oh. My. Goodness! That is so amazing! (I love Doctor Who, btw.) The work that went into that! Such a beautiful design! And the time and the quilting. Amazing! The TARDIS is so perfect! Thank you for linking up! I really enjoyed seeing this quilt & have clicked on all your links to see your other Who projects. Awesome!

    xo -E

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  56. This quilt is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It is spectacular!!!!

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