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Paper Pieced Doctor Who Logo

As part of the Doctor Who Quilt Along, I got brave and tried designing my own pattern. I’m pleased with how it turned out and I’ve had several requests for the pattern, so here it is.

I only realised when it was too late to go back and fix it (or at least, I wasn’t willing to unpick that many seams) that I’d missed adding the curve at the top right of the D. that has been corrected and the pattern includes that curve.

Download this pattern from my Dropbox here.

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wip_button3I have learned the hard way, that I don’t do well with hard and fast goals these day. Between my health and Marcus’ needs, I can never be sure if I’ll be able to do things as I plan. It’s why I don’t commit to much these days, although I’ll do things if I can manage.

With it being New Years Day today, I’ve been considering over the last few days if I want to have any guidelines (not resolutions or goals) for my stitching and reading in 2014. I was going to say no, when I found WIPocalypse 2014 through Zeb’s blog Keep Calm and Cross Stitch.

I like this one. It doesn’t require me to plan to do huge numbers of projects, or work on a particular theme or stitch things from a particular designer. What it does do is encourage me to keep working on my current projects and have a chance to share and chat with other stitchers doing the same thing. That is exactly what I want to do.

So yes, I’m taking the plunge and signing up.

I have a few projects I want to focus on this year. Knowing my health issues, I’m not necessarily expecting to finish anything, but I want to make some progress, especially on the first three. (Links go to my Flickr album for each project.)

I am considering letting myself start one small project as well this year. If I finish that, I can start another, etc. Right now I have two things that would fit into this plan and I remain tempted by both, but don’t want another actual start right now. (Links go to the designers’ sites.)

On top of that I have several quilting projects I want to keep up with. Not cross stitch, but otherwise they fit the WIPocalypse category just like my big stitching projects do. (Links for the Flickr albums again.)

(If you sensed a theme in the quilts, that’s because 2013 was Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary year and lots of designers tempted me with cool things, although the hexgaon quilt I came up with on my own.)

Updates are to be posted around the full moon of each month and there will be a discussion topic as well. These are (as of the beginning of 2014) as follows:

Full moon dates and Topics for 2014:

  1. January  16- Topic: Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!
  2. February 14 – Topic: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time?  Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!
  3. March 16 – Topic:  Show us your favorite places to stitch.
  4. April 15 – Topic:  How do you keep your stash organized?
  5. May 14 – Topic:  What designs or themes do you really wish you could find?  What do you think is missing among stitching designs?
  6. June 13 – Topic:  Have you ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival? If so, tell us about it!
  7. July 12 – Topic:  It’s halfway to Christmas.  Do you start your holiday stitching this early?  If so, what do you hope to accomplish this year?
  8. August 10 – Topic:  Tell us about your oldest and newest WIPs.
  9. September 9 – Topic:  TBD
  10. October 8 – Topic:  Are you a Halloween or Christmas stitcher?
  11. November 6 – Topic:  TBD
  12. December 6 – Theme: Recap your accomplishments for the year! (Your finishes, your final before/after photos, etc).

As always with something like this, I have no idea if I’ll be able to keep it up or not. I want to, but real life has a habit of getting in the way. We’ll see and I’ll give it my best shot.

Final FiS quilt block

Final FiS quilt block

To finish off my Fandom in Stitches Doctor Who quilt, I decided to make my own final block as well. I love the one provided by the wonderful designers, but I’m going to make it into a cushion as the style is a bit different from all the others. Instead, I came up with this. I’m very happy with it.

As with my other blocks, you can download the pattern from my Dropbox if you wish.

I couldn’t get a nice, smooth outline for this pattern the way I did with the others. So instead I’ve simply included the motifs with the instruction to trace around the outlines to put the patterns onto your fabric. That’s what I did and it worked out well.

Happy stitching.

Kiwiana quilt patternFabric and patternEight blue Kiwiana fabricsEight red Kiwiana fabricsFabrics for Kiwiana quiltReplacement blue #1
Replacement blue #2Replacement redThe ones that didn't make itFirst stripsBlue and Red cross cut strips

Kiwiana Quilt for Marcus, a set on Flickr.

(I’m testing sending this directly via Flickr. We’ll see how it turns out. Edit: Clicking on a picture takes you to the Flickr page, but at least it makes it easy for you.)

Now Marcus has a double bed, he needs a bigger quilt than the one he has. Preferably finished by about June/July for the peak of winter.

I’ve been looking for a pattern that is suitably boy-ish, but will also work for him when he’s older than he is now. I finally went for this Kiwiana pattern I found in an issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting (Vol 21, No 12). I’m going to make a few changes, making the squares line up rather than offset and using black for the background instead of white.