I hope you’ll join us!
I have taken as many measures as I can to rectify the situation and can now only wait and see what happens. Your support of myself and the online crafty community is much appreciated!
And now, a quote from my favorite headmaster:
We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
And, as a happy aside, have you seen Aalia’s wonderful Doctor Who-inspired Prayer Leaf tutorial?
Until tomorrow, my dear friends!
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A quick reminder!…The 2012 Summer Challenge is almost over!
Make a project from one of my patterns or tutorials and share a photo with my flickr group.
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|12 for 2012, June, is pieced, sans borders!
The non-embroidered blocks, as well as the snowball corners, came from the fabric I treated myself to after my Trunk Show. I say “treat,” but I was really restocking my stash after the frenzy of sewing in April/May.
I think I’ll add borders and make this a baby-sized quilt and save it for a gift. Goodness knows I’ve needed enough baby gifts the last few years!
Right now, it’s 27″ x 27″.
Vacation Plans, 15″ x 15″
In addition to creating new designs for Sewhooked and working on 12 for 2012, I’ve been able to squeeze in a little fandom stitchery! There’s no therapy quite like it for me!
Since I’ve had EQ7, I’ve been slowly going through all my old patterns (both fandom and non) and giving them an overhaul. For the most part, my goal has been to simplify the patterns and make them more appealing to others to piece, as well as less color-soaked for easier printing. After all, what’s the point of sharing if no one wants to actually make the pattern?! 😉
I was particularly happy with the free-motion quilting on this one. I’ve been working hard this year to improve my technique and to expand the variety of patterns I can do.
I can’t wait to see your Summer Challenge photos! The poll will be posted on Monday…as well as a photo of the prize…which has grown a bit since it was originally posted!
Learn to paper piece with my full-length worshop…
I admit it, I’ve been horribly remiss and have not done my usual post-Halloween show and tell. Please forgive me! If you had a chance to watch last week’s Talk To Me Tuesday, then you’ll know that I was just starting to feel sick on Tuesday. Wednesday I was about the same, and Thursday, too. Friday and Saturday seemed to bring no change. Yesterday, I woke up, and the tickle I’d had in my throat all week had turned into a full-blown head cold. Currently, I have no voice to speak of. I’m quite a talker and I’m finding being quiet insanely frustrating, though it’s not been bad for my NaNoWriMo efforts!
I almost completely missed Halloween this year, not arriving home from the International Quilt Market (which I also need to talk about here!) until 9 pm. My kids were done with their trick-or-treating and tired from all the fun and candy.
Because they are the awesome kids that they are, they gave me a second chance and dressed up for me on Monday. We did a little photo shoot. Here are some of the results!
The Doctor and her TARDIS
Elena, my 15 year old, was the tenth Doctor from Doctor Who. She put her own costume together from thrift store and sale shopping. We splurged on a new pair of Chucks. Totally worth it!
My almost-13-yo, Gareth, was Agent Washington from Red Vs. Blue, a Halo-inspired animated series. I won’t lie, when he first told me he wanted to be Washington, I thought even my costuming skills wouldn’t be enough. We lucked out and found a martial arts sparring set in the perfect size for him. His costume was created using almost all of the set, plus craft foam, upholstery foam, paint, velcro, elastic and spray paint…oh, and a yellow Avery divider! His weapons were (small) a plastic water gun and (large) a plastic AK47 from the costume shop, both modified to look as much like Agent Washington’s weapons as possible.
Sonic Screwdriver (from Think Geek)
Me and The Doctor
Being the Doctor Who obsessed family that we have become, I suppose it’s no surprise that one of my kids is going as The Doctor for Halloween. My dear daughter has her Ten costume all ready to go, courtesy of a day of thrifting. Because I can’t not be involved in her costume making, I asked if there was anything I could do.
She said yes…
“Mum, can you can you make a TARDIS bag for my treats?”
You better believe I can!
Despite it’s awesomeness, the TARDIS Treat Bag is super simple.
You can definitely do this project without a rotary cutter and ruler and even without a sewing machine, so those items are optional. If you do hand stitch, make sure you make tight, even stitches and use heavy-duty knots so you don’t lose your candy!
from 1 sheet of blue felt (the other 4 sheets of felt stay 9″ x 12″), cut:
from 1 sheet of white felt, cut:
Using your ruler, arrange the window pieces on the 9″ x 12″ sheets of felt so that they are 1 1/2″ in from the sides and 2″ down from the top. For the TARDIS front, center the notice under the left window, leaving about 1/2″ in between.
Arrange window pieces on remaining three 9″ x 12″ blue felt.
Stitch windows in place, 1/4″ in from outside of white felt. The TARDIS windows have six panes. My windows are estimated, but you can measure and divide your stitching if you choose. Repeat for the two sides that are NOT the front of the TARDIS.
For the Notice on the front, sew some random stitching onto the 1 1/2″ x 2″ piece of felt (as shown). This gives the illusion of writing from a distance. Stitch on each of the four sides with a short zig-zag stitch in each corner (forgot to take a close up…look about three photos down and you can see what I mean!).
OPTIONAL – After stitching all the windows on, choose a blue side that is NOT the TARDIS front. Align the 4″ x 5″ piece of felt under the window stitching. Straight stitch on the two long sides and across the bottom, making sure to backstitch at the start and stop.
For handles – Fold in half lengthwise and zig-zag down the open side.
Your TARDIS is now ready for assembly!
Find the front (windows with notice) and back (cell phone pocket – or without if you didn’t make one) and bag bottom. With the insides facing/right side out, place the bottom of the front piece along one side of the 9″ x 9″ bottom piece. Stitch across, leaving 1/4″ at the beginning and end of the seam unstitched (see below).
Seam allowance will be on the outside of the bag.
1/4″ unstitched on the end of the seam (both ends).
Repeat stitching for the back side, making sure the bottom of that side meets the bottom of the bag.
Sew the remaining two pieces on opposite sides, continuing to leave 1/4″ open at each end of the seam.
Find the front and the piece immediately to the left. Bring the two long sides (wrong side) together, right side out.
Stitch from corner to corner.
Repeat for the remaining three corners.
You now have a TARDIS with no handles. That’s the last bit and then you’re done!
The handles attach to the front (windows + notice) and back of the bag. Use a ruler to line up the handles 2 1/2″ in from each side of the bag, with about 2/3″ inside. Pin in place.
Starting at a corner seam, stitch all the way across the top of the bag, backstitching when you get to the handles. For added strength, continue stitching all the way around the bag, flattening out the seam allowance with your fingers before you stitch across it.
Handles…and you can see the cell phone pocket, too!
Snip above and below the top stitching to make the little notches (optional).
Free TARDIS paper pieced pattern, designed by me
and tested (as shown) by the ever awesome Shae.
Oh, fandom quilting, how do I love thee?
Bigger on the inside, that’s how!
In a fit of I Am A Fan, I made this a highly detailed TARDIS. I designed this pattern to be a 6″ block, but I would recommend enlarging it even bigger to work on, just for sanity’s sake. Shae made her’s 6″ and it worked out beautifully.
Why is the pattern purple? No idea. I drafted it back in May of 2009 and then it got lost amongst my files. When I unearthed it a couple of weeks ago, I realized it just needed numbering and separating. My guess is I had some really good wine and thought the purple was blue…
Need more Doctor Who?
How about a Dalek quilt block?
Sample pieced by Stephanie T
More hardcore fan, you say?
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Fandom is not just a noun, it’s a verb. To be a part of fandom is to participate, geek out and show your love by wearing your fandom literally on your sleeve, or in this case, on your chest.
Oh Torchwood, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
22 hexagons worth, that’s apparently how much!
The amazing calypsobard shared her Torchwood stencil with me, which I photoshopped up to make it more user friendly. This one is easy to cut out, but, in calypsobard’s words is “a bit hinky,” so I’ve added directions to the stencil itself that will hopefully make it more user friendly.
Pre-wash t-shirt without fabric softener.
Carefully cut pieces out with an exact-o knife. Start with the hexagons first, keeping them in order. Then cut and discard the gray area. (Or, if you’re my teenage daughter, pinch it from the trash and put it in the clear pocket of your binder.)
Set a dry iron to medium.
Place cardboard or newspaper inside t-shirt to help prevent bleed through.
Place stencil on t-shirt, aligning the hexagons until they are even. Carefully press in place with the iron.
If the stencil is still wet, use a straight pin to remove the hexagons. Otherwise, just gently peel away each one, setting them aside as you go.
Freezer paper stenciling is my favorite stenciling technique and can be used for any of my stencils and for most stenciling on fabric.
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Is there anything more iconic to a Doctor Who fan than The TARDIS?
Oh, maybe. There are striped scarves and Daleks and, of course, Sonic Screwdrivers. But I think the TARDIS is pretty darn cool.
It just so happens that my 11 year old son does, too.
We’re big on painting, decorating and embellishing in our house. My daughter has The Fat Lady on her bedroom door, and has had for years now. My son has been waiting for just the right inspiration to decide what he’d like on his door.
This summer, it came to him. The Doctor’s TARDIS.
This was not a hard project, but it was time consuming between steps. Here’s how we did it!
The first step is probably the trickiest. After measuring the door, I taped two pieced of graph paper together and then made a scale replica of the door. Using a photo of the TARDIS, I drew up what was as close as I could come to a scale replica, being the door is tall and narrow.
If you’re feeling really detail oriented, flickr user Star_Cross has blueprints of the real deal.
Our door was already painted light blue, so we moved on to measuring. If your door is not blue, remove the doorknob, prime, paint and let dry overnight before moving on.
Next, we used the yard stick and started measuring. We started by finding the center of the door and working our way out, comparing constantly to our graph paper design (which you can see on the right of the photo).
Once the pencil lines were on, we started taping. I’ll show how we did it and add how I wish we’d done it…
We taped outside the windows and inside the door panels (we should have taped inside ALL the rectangles and painted the whole thing navy blue and then gone back and taped off the windows…it would have been easier!).
Then we painted the inside of the window panels white.
We peeled off the tape around the windows and then started painting the rest of the door navy blue.
Once that was good and dry, we peeled off all the tape. You can see the blue from the original door make nice highlights for the panels.
Next, we penciled in lines for adding the vinyl letters. Even though I’d measured carefully on the graph paper, they’re not quite even. My kid is happy, so I left them!
Next, we used the blue paint pen (we tried a Sharpie maker, believe me, it did NOT work) to draw on the window panes and to add mitered corners around the light blue borders.
The notice was made in Photoshop by taking a TARDIS pic and then enlarging the notice. I then typed over the words, adjusting fonts and sizes until it was right for the size we needed. The is the scale version.
The notice was attached with glue and then smoothed completely down. I used Modge Podge to cover it, being very careful not to smear the ink.
Sorry about the awkward photo. The door is at a 45 degree angle to the hallway, which makes it very tricky to photograph!
More awesome TARDIS crafts:
More Doctor Who crafts from sewhooked:
Links from the video:
I admit it freely. I am new to the Doctor Who fandom. My best friend is old school DW and my hubby has been into DW since he was a kid. We’ve been catching up so we can go out with 10 next year.
My daughter has taken Doctor Who to heart and this is the latest in a line of Who craftiness.
One Doctor Who-inspired stencil:
*the original stencil was lost in a tragic file-accidentally-deleted mishap since this was originally posted. The current stencil includes an approximation of the original, plus a bonus, much more scribbled looking version.
Loads more stencils, right here on Sewhooked!
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