Thursday, January 30, 2014

TARDIS II Quilt


I hope you came for a picture show!  I finished my TARDIS II quilt this week (see the first TARDIS quilt here).  Because the Spoonflower TARDIS panel is no longer available, I designed my own--so this quilt is entirely designed, pieced, and quilted by me.  The only thing I outsourced was the Police Public Call Box sign--it is from this etsy seller.  Eventually I'll figure out the best way to make that for myself too.




The final size of this quilt, after washing, is 39" x 71".  I used two layers of Warm and Natural for extra weight and texture in the quilting.  I used Aurifil #2740 (royal blue) for most of the quilting on the TARDIS.  The border quilting is done with Gutermann #116 (medium greyish), the quilting on the Police Box sign is done with Superior So Fine #411 (black), the yellow quilting on the light is Aurifil #1135, the quilting on the door sign is Gutermann #22 (cream), the Gallifreyan panel is done with navy from Connecting Threads thread.  I used Aurifil #2605 (medium grey) in the bobbin--it plays so nicely with everything!


This was a commissioned quilt, and they only wanted one Gallifreyan panel, and no angels in the windows.

That reads from the bottom, counter clockwise "wibbly wobbly timey wimey" in Gallifreyan.

The Gallifreyan takes at least an hour per panel, and the angels even longer.  This quilt took 34+ hours, including designing it, so I was glad to only do one specialty panel!

I appliqued the blue strips on--next time I will piece them into the quilt.

In the other four panels I quilted a wood grain pattern:


The door sign I printed myself from this photo onto a muslin, and set it using Bubble Jet Set:


The dividers on the light are quilted on using a navy and royal blue thread:



I bought all of the fabrics at Joann's, as I had a very tight timeline to get this finished.  The back is Kona Navy, the binding is Kona Charcoal (which I had on hand), the border is a Robert Kaufman fabric, the main blue of the TARDIS is a Legacy fabric (I think?) in Bright Blue.  Joann's in-store blue selection is lame: navy or baby (candy?) blue.

Here are some detail shots of the back, I love how well the quilting shows up on the back!





My son "helped" with photos and insisted on being in a few.  Had I known this in advance I might have put a red bowtie on him, ha!


This quilt is being shipped off tomorrow to it's new home.  It's the first quilt I've made for someone I don't know, and it's weird knowing nothing of it after it leaves here.  Ah well, best of luck in your new home, TARDIS II Quilt!

The label is from TagsToGo on Etsy.

49 comments:

  1. I am amazed by your quilts. I came to your blog because I saw your Tardis quilt and I had just done my first ever FMQ piece. I have added you to my blog reader because your work is inspiring and I like your blog.

    I am sorry for the loss of your friend and agree- FC.

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  2. Great job. I can't believe they didn't want angels in the window, although I can thoroughly understand :) I hope it is well loved.

    I don't know how anyone could ever make money from quilting, but I hope one day you make a career out of it. The supplies, alone, are expensive, and even if you only charged $10 an hour for your time, that is $340 on top of materials. Even at $5 an hour, it is an extra $170. I think for your amazing quilting and artistic, original quilts, you should charge exactly what you are worth (which is a lot).

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  3. The quilt is spectacular! Your workmanship is lovely!! I would have a hard time parting with that one myself.

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  4. This is so awesome! This need to go in a show! Even though it's going out of your hands you can still enter it in the Blogger's Quilt Festival next spring - I hope you do!

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  5. You did an amazing job. I went and looked back at your other Tardis quilt and lady, yours is so much better. In part because you did it all yourself and did an amazing job on the whole thing. Congratulations on a super finish!

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  6. That is fantastic... Utterly fantastic. You are brilliant

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  7. o.m.g. It's perfect! What a lucky human to receive this! I hope they paid handsomely for it, it's worth every single penny. Love! :)

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  8. this is so amazing, and your quilting is just perfect!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  9. I thought your first quilt was amazing so what words am I supposed to use to describe this one? I'm completely blown away by the fact that you've done more than the majority of it yourself this time and then to read that it's for someone else, wow, wow, wow. Fabulous work again Renee :D

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  10. Wow amazing quilting! My husband is a Doctor Who fan; I better not let him see this or he'll expect me to make one haha! :)

    Jo

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  11. I am speechless....truly. This is the BEST Tardis quilt I have seen. I wish it was mine! Amazing.

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  12. You are astounding! You are pumping out these DW quilts like iron. Way to go :) Love the woodgrain on the doors!

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  13. You are incredible and extremely talented. It is STUNNING!

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  14. You have don't an absolute beautiful job of quilting this time. I don't know if I could let go of something I had spent so much time making beautiful. Way to go Renee!

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  15. Happy, happy, happy! So glad to see this amazing piece all quilted up and binding finished! Congratulations on the most fabulous finish, Renee!

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  16. You never cease to amaze me with your skills! This is just fantastic and will definitely be loved forever!
    And i love that this one is all you, makes it so much more awesome! Not that the last Tardis wasn't awesome, this one's just more awesome. Awesome.

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  17. That is amazing! I'm a Doctor Who fan and this is the best quilt inspiration I've seen so far!

    (visited via Fabric Frenzy at Forth Worth fabrics)

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  18. Your model would be super cool in a bow tie! Beautiful Finish! I wish it were mine! I love the detail on the light, and the woodgrain and the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff - Geronimo!

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  19. My son would love this! Fantastic, unique and oh so perfect!

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  20. THat is really a masterpiece!!! I'm also a Doctor WHO fan!

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  21. This is SO fantastic! Your little guy looks too cute :)

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  22. Your quilting is simply amazing!

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  23. This is pretty amazing! Your quilting is fantastic! I agree with Christa--this is a show quilt--for sure! Thanks for linking up at Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    -Lindsey

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  24. Wow!!! This is amazing! The quilting and detail are spectacular! (Makes my tardis paper pieced book bag look pretty lame!)

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  25. What an amazing quilt! I'm not one for designing my own stuff, so I'm amazing that you created this all on your own. And the quilting? Phenomenal!

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  26. Congratulations Renee it really came out beautifully. I can understand you not wanting to part with it... Great job.

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  27. My husband is suitably impressed (big Dr Who fan!) What an amazing amount of work you have put into it - congratulations!

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  28. Absolutely beautiful. Your FMQ is just superb...thanks for all those pictures...love looking at the detail.

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  29. Wow, I've had this exact quilt in my head for some time as a "someday" project, but maybe I should redesign since it already exists! :) Your quilt is wonderful! Minus the Gallifreyan panel, this is exactly how I laid out a piece of mixed-media art I made in college.

    I haven't said enough about your quilt yet....spot-on color selection and really great quilting! I think the printed panel brings the "realism" to the piece that quilting the panel or hand-painting it probably wouldn't.

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  30. Amazing, as always! I love the shots of the back. It's always one of my favourite parts of finishing a quilt - seeing how it all looks on the back.

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  31. Serious! The ENTIRE post, as I read and kept scrolling down, all's I kept thinking was: F A N T A S T I C!!!!!

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  32. I love how you finished this! Especially with the wood grain...such a nice touch. Some day - probably in the far distant future - I will make one of these...thanks to your previous post on "how to." But I will probably wait until my quilting is at least half as good as yours. I mean you are awesome! I can't believe that you were able to send it off. Lovely finish!

    - Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting

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  33. SEW COOL! I am pinning and sending this to a Dr Who fanatic friend of mine-she will just love it! Great work, keep it up! Following you for future wow factor.

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  34. It's beautiful!! Absolutely fantastic!

    -Soma

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  35. the quilting is beautiful. Lucky person who is receiving it. I like the idea of using two layers of the Warm and Natural. I'm working on my first quilt and was wondering what it will be like, sewing through three layers... {:-Deb

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  36. Amazing finish! The quilting is just wow! Love all the different designs together.

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  37. This is astounding! What amazing attention to detail!

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  38. All this beautiful detail - wow!

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  39. Awesome. Absolutely awesome! Thanks so much for linking up!,

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  40. that is just amazing, I love it! I so want to make one of these for my husband

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  41. Amazing job - I love the Free Motion Quilting!

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  42. I am very impressed by the quilted Gallifreyan, but I understand why someone wouldn't want the angels in the windows. It's not good if the angels have the box!

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  43. I love your tardis quilt! I've been a Dr Who fan since the 80s and my husband and I used to watch it together when we were dating in the 90s. Both of my teenagers and my pre-teen are whovians. Dr Who rocks. But that quilt... OMGoodness! You do fantastic work! Your fmq is out of this world! I've been looking through your blog and am blown away by your creativity and skill. Your heart and soul really speaks through your hands. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be back!

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  44. Thanks for inspiration! I completed mine today, although mine is differently sized than yours. I let my etsy fabric dictate the panel first and adjusted. I'm highly pleased with my results.

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