Tuesday, January 14, 2014

TARDIS Quilt design

This is an update to my last post on designing a TARDIS quilt, and shows the progress I've made with the quilt itself.  I've been editing the design as I've been putting it together--it is far from perfect, but it is a good starting place if you ever want to make your own!

**This design/pattern is for personal use only!  I do not own the TARDIS image, I just want to share my process from one fan to another!**

The finished TARDIS is actually right at 70" tall.  The number to the right are the measurements to cut the fabric pieces.  The numbers ON the tardis (or in parenthesis) are the finished sizes of the corresponding pieces.
Here's the detail for the panels and the light
This is the design for the background/border fabric to make a quilt top that is about 42" x 73"--just right for 2+ yards of fabric on the back!  All the numbers are how big the fabric needs to be cut.  The very bottom piece I made 3" tall and the top corner pieces are 19.5" x 10"
Here are the fabric requirements again:


Here's the TLDR:
2+ yards for the back
2.5 yards for the medium (main) blue
About a half of a fat quarter for the light blue border on the panels
Less than 1/2 yard for the dark blue (it looks almost black in the photos)
Less than a 1/3 of a yard for the panels and police box sign
1 yard for the background

I bought all of the fabrics at Joann's.  
The back + darker parts of the TARDIS = Kona Navy
Binding = Kona Charcoal (which I had on hand, I would use black next time)
Border is a Robert Kaufman Stars in Black
Door panels + Police Box sign border = "basket weave" by Legacy Studio in Lake
Main blue of the TARDIS =  Legacy Studio in Bright Blue
Police Box sign is from this Etsy shop
The lighter border fabric on the door panels were a lighter version of the basketweave I already had (sorry, no info)


Here's how I put it together:

I made the panels first and added mitered corner borders, then added the strips between.

Adding the side strips.

Adding the top strips and then the side strips


Then I pieced the police box sign in with some of the blue fabric from the panels, turned the edges and appliqued it on.

I used a large stitch just to hold it in place since I will go over that line again when quilting.

Then I started sewing the border fabric on--started with little blue pieces on the sides of the tardis and the main sides, then the roof strips, bottom strips, the light and surrounding, and then sewed it all together.  It probably sounds more confusing than it was--I will take lots of photos next time (which will be in a few months, if you want to wait that long)!!

TA-DA!

In total it took about 7 hours to put together the quilt top--designing the quilt took at least that long too!  I've basted the quilt already and will get started on the quilting soon.

If you make a quilt with this pattern I would love to see it!  I'll post updates to the pattern again after I make it again and post a link here.





33 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the instructions for the making of your amazing Tardis quilt! It is such a fun design! So glad you linked up with the Let's Bee Social linky party!

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  2. What a lovely quilt! I am a Dr. Who fan myself and this is such a great representation of the TARDIS

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  3. Awesome! I had a patient(i'm a dental hygienist) wearing some tardis earrings yesterday and it made me think of your quilt! I told here about it and she thought is was cool:) She is a major Dr. Who fan!

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  4. Wow! I'll have to show this to my son who is a big Dr. Who watcher... It looks great.

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  5. Too cool! My daughter is hooked on Dr. Who and she just made a Tardis out of an old used box. It cracks me up! But your quilt version is much nicer, LOL!!

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  6. That's quite some planning!
    I like how the TV show brings people together - and not just quilters. Yesterday, I found myself having a random chat with the local public library IT guy and a guy who was in the library to use the internet as he had to evacuate his house because of the fires. The conversation included quotes from K-9 (IT guy) and praise of Eccleston's role reviving the series (other guy).

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  7. Wowser Renee - that looks fantastic!

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  8. wonderful color choices for effect
    LeeAnna Paylor
    lapaylor.blogspot.com

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  9. The amount of planning is just astounding, not to mention that after that you still need to spend that much time to assemble! And it is so worth it!! Awesome job Renee :)

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  10. Holy Free Holies! That's awesome! I agree, the planning is just as much work as the piecing sometimes. One of these days I'm going to try one of those "play" quilts and just starting putting stuff together to see what comes out. :)

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  11. Wow, that is totally cool! My imagination never extends quite that far, I sure love yours!

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  12. I know someone who would just LOVE your TARDIS quilt. Pinning for future reference. Stopping by from Let's Bee Social.

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  13. I love the finished piece. If you ever put out an actual pattern with this let me know and I'll be your 1st customer.

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  14. Fabulous!!! When I started seeing TARDIS quilts show up online I promised my son that I'd make one for each of us. Now you've provided the hard part. BLESSINGS!!! I'll definitely post pix when I get one made. Thank you!!!

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  15. I'm a dr? Who fan and a grandmother of two grandsons who are devoted fans of Dr. Who. They want me to make a dr? who quilt of the Tardis, door size. I assume your pattern is that size. I'll be starting this summer when my classes are over.

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    1. The finished measurements of the TARDIS are above,--it finishes about 68" tall, and then you can add however much border fabric you want around it for the desired quilt size. I'm sure they'll love it!

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  16. Thank you so much for posting your pattern/plans. A few weeks ago I was asked to teach a young woman at church how to sew. I asked her what kind of quilt she wanted to make and she said... one with a tardis. We are meeting tonight to go over design and learn some basic quilting techniques. I am going to use some of what you have here and make some small changes. Had no idea where to start until I found your blog. Thank you again for posting. I will let you know how it comes out.

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  17. Fabulous! Brilliant! Allons-y!

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  18. This is fantastic. And now my son wants one...thanks for that! ;)

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  19. I think you are so generous sharing your plans. I'm not sure many people have your quilting skills, which truly makes this quilt art. I think it is just amazing and I don't think anyone would be able to create a better one, except you maybe, haha! Or If someone made a quilt that has Matt or David under it - now that would be fun! Ok, too fan girl, I'll stop now 😄 Seriously, your Tardis is out of this world great!
    Beth

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  20. I am 3/4 done with the quilt top! Have to do it in secret for my 12 yr. olds Christmas present, she has no clue! I am a busy mom and don't have much time for myself, by myself! THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR DESIGN! (Gave me a great starting point! And my friend now wants me to make one for her son :) (Stephanie in Indiana)

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    1. That's awesome! So glad I could inspire you!

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  21. I'm attempting a similar feat...only because I hadn't seen your pattern I've drawn up my own! I will definitely use your building techniques. One question...where or how did you get the printed text for Police Box and on door panel?

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    1. I bought them at this Etsy shopped (which is also linked above): https://www.etsy.com/shop/FandomFabric?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav Good luck!

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  22. I've got mine put together and tied, I just have to do my binding! Wish I could post a picture here, I used a Van Gogh inspired Starry night (as a tribute to that episode!) fabric for the outside around the TARDIS, and I love how it turned out. It's been two years in the making but it's finally almost done!

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  23. I made one, using your pattern, as a graduation gift for my granddaughter. It has gotten a lot of compliments! I would post a picture if I could figure out how. Thanks so much for helping to make an idea a reality!

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