Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Pandorica Opens quilt

You can see the process I went through to make this quilt here.

The Pandorica Opens

This quilt is based off of the Van Gogh painting in the Doctor Who episode, "The Pandorica Opens".  In that episode, the Van Gogh character foresees and paints the TARDIS exploding.  The painting has quite a fan club among Whovians now, but as far as my many searches could find, this is the first quilt made of it.

The original painting



I used entirely Aurifil threads (#2740, 2692, 2000, 2150,1135 ), except for the white in the center, somehow I don't own Aurifil in white.


The fabrics used are all from my stash--scraps from previous projects that happened to be the right size and color.  The only notable fabric is the Comma by Brigitte Heitland for Moda.



The quilt measures 20" x 25" and has a hanging sleeve for a double sided quilt, because this is on the back:

You can see more of this side here.
Also, because it is a double sided quilt, with each side quilted separately, with lots of quilting, and extra weight from the Heat n Bond, layers, etc, I added about 10 tiny invisible thread anchors around the quilt so that it doesn't start to sag.


I made this quilt for my friend Jessica at Quilty Habit--we had a mini swap, and despite us agreeing on me not making a TARDIS for her, I made this anyway.  I hope I haven't outdone myself, or set an unattainably high standard for future swaps, haha. It was one of those quilt ideas that came to me, and wouldn't go away until I made it!  I'm so glad it is going to another quilter and Whovian!

25 comments:

  1. Amazing! Either side alone is a stand out. Together they are a double knock-out.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a kind word
    and a thread trail back to your quilty goodness ... :) Pat

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  2. Zoinks! From a fellow Whovian quilter: I LOVE this!

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  3. The back is gorgeous too! I think I want to be your swap partner someday. What do you mean by invisible thread anchors?

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  4. i literally have no words. i cannot get over this. plus i didn't realize that was the back! holy cow - what an amazing treasure for jess! this is insane. congrats on such an amazing finish!

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  5. Your Dr Who side is incredible and I love the purple circle. Two amazing works of art in one quilt :)

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  6. So awesome! I'm pretty sure I'd have an attack of indecisive. I'd spend the rest of my days turning it back and forth. I'd have to give it a schedule, lol!

    Beautiful work!

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  7. Wow! How can I not see the quilting lines from one side on the other? You've done something very clever somehow. (OK. That's a serious understatement. You've done lots of very clever things.)

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  8. Love, love, love that it's double sided. Lucky duck partner! Awesome work, really.

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  9. That is lovely! It is amazing that you were able to recreate it with fabric!

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  10. Very cool. Absolutely amazing quilting to make it so real to the painting!

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  11. Art quilting just blows my mind. It's simply incredible. I wouldn't know where to start and I'm sure I'd never have the patience to finish. Such talent!

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  12. This is so awesome!! Your talent knows no bounds does it? Everything you do just gets more and more amazing!

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  13. You are incredibly talented! Such gorgeous work Renee! Love it!

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  14. Amazing! You are sew very talented. All that quilting!! I am in awe. Can't wait to see what you do next. I really enjoy visting your blog. Always great eye candy and inspiration.

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  15. How can you decide which side to show?! They are both fabulous! Wow, it's gorgeous, Renee! Great job!

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  16. Sometimes, a quilt won't leave us alone until we have made it real. Your Tardis quilt is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. What a beautiful and unique quilt!

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  18. It's so rare I can draw my husband attention to something quilty I'm looking at on my monitor and have him exclaim "That's so cool!" Well done!

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  19. Wow!!! She will have to get a frame and use it as a room divider so she can see both sides!

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  20. Jessica is one lucky gal, this is amazing!

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  21. Wow, this is a fabulous creation. Love that it's double sided. Very impressive.

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  22. Yowza! You really went all out here! Thanks for telling how you quilted both sides separately - an interesting twist. What are invisible thread anchors? Great work!

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