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03 November 2010 @ 09:57 pm
Real World Crafting - The Quilt Parade  
Featuring 4-patch posies, A TARDIS, some applique, and a thing.

Well, four things.

Well, four things and a lizard.

It's pretty image heavy, so be careful if you, for some reason, do not have high speed interwebs.


This has been made for a friend for Christmas. The one who got me into Who actually. It seemed like a fitting tribute to his awesomeness and the awesomeness of Who. The background is TOTALLY weak compared to the effort I put in on the TARDIS itself, but it's REALLY hard to quilt a swirling background behind a prepieced BOX on point. So, I didn't even bother.

To create the TARDIS:

I started off with drawings. Lots of drawings. I figured out the size I wanted the finished quilt to be (60x 70) and then did some math on how big the TARDIS would be in the middle (it ended up 55 by 77).

And then I started breaking each section down. For the main color, I chose a blue that was a little brighter than it needed to be but I wanted it to be eye-grabbing. I found some lighter and darker blue for detail. Most all of the edging between the sections on the door as well as the different levels of the TARDIS were done in the dark blue for contrast.

The wording is embroidery. Simple, built-in fonts on the machine I was using.

Then, I pieced it with the background. I put a simple 12 inch border in the awesome black fabric and then top quilted.

The top quilting is a combination between straight stitching, wave stitching, blanket stitching, and a stipple in the black around the edges. I used a free motion foot, dropped the feed-dogs, and cursed custom quilt work the whole time.

The back is left over fabric, cut or sewn to 11 1/2 squares and then pieced back together. The top stitching around the edges of the TARDIS left a cool ghost impression and the swirling stipple gave some texture around the edge. The binding is the same fabric used for the Police Box sign on top.

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Asian Patches Gone Wild

Both the quilt and the wall hangings were created with a technique called a 4-patch posey. It's a certain way to cut the fabric so that you have four squares with the exact same print in them. It wastes fabric and it's a pain in the butt, but it looks SOOOOO cool.

The wall hangings have embroidered Kanji on them. They are awesome and were the first projects I used this technique on.

The quilt is roughly queen size and was made for a pair of friends who were married a few months ago. Same concept with the squares. I added some brown squares in to make it less busy and then added some banding to break everything up. The borders are pointed at the corners, and boy am I proud of that. It was quilted all over using a stipple on a long-arm quilter.

AHHHH! Real Monsters!
True, this quilt doesn't actually have characters from Ahhhhh! Real Monsters, but it does kinda remind me of Little Monsters. I may be the only one that remembers that movie. Anyway. Real basic quilting. Nothing terribly exciting. It came out about 40x40 and was top stitched with a stitch-in-the-ditch method. The monsters are actually from an embroidery design pack from Anita Goodesign and they're adorable. They are machine applique. No muss, no fuss on my part. Only issue was that I made it with craft felt, so no machine washing! My felt'll fall apart.
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Sarah Elizabethmemorysdaughter on November 4th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure my boss would fight someone for the TARDIS quilt. And she's in a wheelchair, so...
e.: tardisclarice on November 14th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
They're gorgeous. I've seen some people do that pinwheel/kaleidoscope cut on the quilting comm and it always impresses me. I adore your Tardis, too; that's a quilt I keep telling myself I'll make and, of course, have not. (The fonts on my machine don't get large enough to do the wording with embroidery, so I tell myself this is why I'm lazy.)
jcad6169jcad6169 on November 14th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely gorgeous! And a LOT of work! Your friend is going to be amazed.
I was too lazy - cezi79 on March 11th, 2017 02:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)