Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Doctor Who Along ~ And that's a wrap!

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After 10 (sometimes) long months, and 20 blocks, the Doctor Who along is rapidly approaching the finishing line.  Some of you are probably still working on your blocks and that's totally fine.   Good for anyone who is dedicated to getting it done! It's a lot of work, believe me I know!

Soma and I thought it would be a good time to show you some layout ideas for your blocks so you can begin to think about assembling a top.

Here is my final quilt top.

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Pretty basic layout. Admittedly it was so big it was hard to get a decent picture of it. Even 2 of the worlds tallest children on a wall aren't tall enough to get it off the ground.  Well ok, they aren't really that tall. And of course it was dreary and rainy outside because it's March and this is Oregon.

First off, I trimmed each and every one of my blocks to 12" square.  That allowed me to cut off some of the uneven edges and get everything nice and square.  Then I sashed each block with 1.5" white sashing to trim out the blocks and highlight them before adding the 5.5" wide blue sashing in between the blocks.

Why so large? I needed to create a Queen sized quilt as this is intended for my son who keeps getting taller and taller.  I'm planning ahead.  I like the spacing as it gives a nice showcase for each of the blocks and keeps the blocks from getting too busy and converging on one another.  I added an even wider 12" border around the edge again to get that Queen size quilt of 90x94". Yikes that's big!

I am still piecing the back, so I'll show you that one in my next post. 

Meanwhile there are some awesome layouts showing up on the Flickr group.  I particularly like this shadow-box version by Tammy, Kuseta. But there are plenty more options. Head on over to Soma's blog to see her layout.

While this quilt isn't quite done the QAL is officially over.  However, Soma and I will still maintain the Flickr group and we always love to see pictures of your finished work.  I will be posting my finished quilt back over there as well as the final quilt once it's all quilted up.  Got some fun plans for that.  I might just throw in a couple more paper-pieced block patterns from time to time. You never know!  ;) The patterns will also stay up on Craftsy for as long as they'll let us.  Hopefully forever.

Also a huge shout-out to Soma, without whom I could not have carried off this enormous QAL.  It was a lot of work to design just half the patterns and Soma's help was huge and so appreciated.  Turns out she and I have become quite good friends through this past year and hopefully one day I might be able to say thanks in person! ;)

To celebrate the end of the QAL we thought a little giveaway was in order.

So I'll be giving away a few fat-eighths of, what else, Doctor Who inspired fabric from Spoonflower.




These fabrics are also available for sale if you just can't wait.  They were not designed by me. Head on over to Spoonflower to check them out along with many other fantastic Whovian prints.
In addition, I'll throw in a free pattern from my Craftsy shop. 

Please comment here for a chance to win this little stack.  I might just throw in some Whovian-inspired Kona solids to go with.  For additional chances to win you can tweet, facebook or IG post this giveaway but be sure and come back here to comment and let me know you did. If you post on Instagram, please tag me @trilliumdesign so I can see the post and count it!  Also, if you are a no-reply blogger please leave your email address in the comments (you can use spaces and spell out the dot com to avoid the spam-bots) so I can contact you if you win. Winner will be chosen on March 12th, open to international entrants.

And for another chance to win something, head on over to Soma's blog.  She is also giving away some Doctor Who goodies.

Allons-y my fellow Whovians.

41 comments:

Kathy said...

This turned out great! By framing each block like that, they look like individual photographs. Excellent job.

tensionissues said...

I would love some Doctor fabric! I got some a little bit ago on free swatch day. I just love the blocks you've made. I've only made one so far (the TARDIS) but I'll definitely make a few more.

Beth Strand said...

I love how the white sets off your blocks! And, of course, TARDIS blue borders! I'm still working my way through my first block...I dove in head first with the "Hello, Sweetie" block! But I've been faithfully collecting the patterns and can't wait to get going! Oh, and how did I miss after all the times I've visited that you're in Oregon, too? Small world!

Karen Jones said...

Love it! The white really sets off the blocks. I didn't know they even had Dr. Who fabric available.

Karen said...

Your quilt top looks fabulous Caroline! I can't wait to see it quilted as I have no idea what to do on mine. I still have 2 blocks to finish too. :)

cbooth said...

Lovely! This is on my to do list.

madfabriholic said...

Oh my gosh, this is beyond amazing. I've been watching the QAL but too tied up to start myself. Maybe over the summer... Meanwhile, I'll just be in awe of yours. thank you for creating all these fantastic patterns!

Tammy said...

What a great way to end the QAL! Thanks for the mention of my setting. It was a hard decision!

Barb said...

Getting pics of queen-size quilts requires the hiring of giants :) I love your layout!

Wendy said...

What an amazing quilt along it's been. I've loved seeing blocks pop up all over the place. When you started, I couldn't paper piece so I didn't start... now I can paper piece and this quilt is firmly on my list of to-makes. Thanks so much for all your hard work

Roni said...

That's gorgeous! Definitely captures the essence and feel of the TARDIS - your son is so lucky to have such a talented Mom ;)

Jo said...

It looks fabulous! The blocks are so nicely framed with that white and then the dark blue. I have so enjoyed joining you on this journey, thank you, but I am still a little way behind on my blocks! Loving those doctor who fabrics too!

Apple Seeds said...

Oh, wow! That came out fantastic!

Apple Seeds said...

That came out fantastic! Absolutely fantastic!!

Tina Craig said...

This is so fun! My daughter became a Whovian when she started college, and even went to ComicCon in NY last year. She's a quilter, too, so I would love to win some fabric for her.

Marion Winslow said...

The anticipation of each amazing block you and Soma shared with us on Tuesdays since last May has been such fun! Both of your finished quilt tops are fantastic. Thanks to both of you for sharing, challenging and inspiring us.

everinprogress said...

Best quilt ever! I've only recently fount your blog, but would love to try some of these blocks. My 6 month old baby seems opposed to me accomplishing anything ever, though.

LouiseG said...

I just started buying my fabrics and can't wait to get started making these blocks. This quilt is for my hubby.

susanmburney said...

This is so amazing. Thank you for making these patterns. I now want to make one for myself!

Anonymous said...

Love your designs. Going to check out the Dr. Who fabric. Thanks for sharing.

Julianne said...

I do love your quilt top layout Caroline!!! I am yet to decide on the layout for mine, but am quite excited to see it all together! Thanks so much for a fun quilt along!!

DeborahGun said...

this is so incredible. I have so many friends who would love me forever if I made them a quilt like this!! Love it!

Pam S said...

I have really enjoyed this quilt along and so glad I have made 2 of each block so I can try different finishes.
What a talented and generous pair - thank you both so much

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

So cool! It's fantastic how different yet amazing these quilts are! This was worth the time for sure. :)

Ella said...

That quilt just BLOWS MY MIND. I have to make these this summer. Thank you so much for a chance to build a Whovian stash!

Gai Butler said...

Many thanks to both you and Soma for these incredible blocks, the effort you made is really appreciated. Thanks also for the chance to win these great fabrics. gai dot butler at internode dot com dot au

Mother Dragon said...

I have a WIP of a improve Doctor who scene. These blocks are probably exactly what I need to make it into a quilt :-)
Thanks for the awesome give away, fingers crossed.

Heather Berg said...

I love your quilt top. I am in the process of quilting as I go, and have 12 of the 20 blocks done. Love the giveaway fabric.

Heather

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jrt14 said...

What a lucky son to get such a great quilt that will last as he grows. I have enjoyed following the QAL and look forward to making my own top, (I found out about this after it started and when my machine was in the shop). Thank you for sharing your designing talent with the rest of us Who fans.

Leah said...

The quilt is awesome!! It has been fun to watch all the blocks go together!

Cindy said...

I really like the white framing around your blocks. It really makes the blocks pop. I absolutely love the blue you used too, a beautiful shade. Your son should be quite happy to have such a beautiful quilt!

quilary said...

I really like your layout with the blocks framed like that! I'm one of those who are sloooowly getting blocks made. Thanks for all your hard work.

Rebeckah Austin said...

Wow these turned out great! I have not had a chance to even start mine yet! I hope to this year... Love the fabric!

Chiska said...

I love it! I'm trying to find some time to get going on some blocks for a friend of mine that is a Whovian. I'm kind of in awe.

Teresa said...

That is a fabulous quilt! Well done!
I think I might have to dive in with a tardis block - to go with my photo of me and the Tardis outside the BBC Wales building at Christmas

Maggie Christie said...

I love the framing idea and the lovely Tardis blue. I'm currently auditioning fabrics for mine, but I think the way the white frames make the blocks pop is probably the way to go. Your quilt looks fabulous!

SewBusyLizzie said...

I found the Doctor Who blocks on Craftsy and showed my kids who are all huge Doctor Who fans and and have told me that finally a quilt they would like me to make for them! Winning these fabrics would make a great start now following you.

Debby said...

I like the white frame. I think I will do the same because none of my blocks can be trimmed to 12 1/2". I love all of the work you and Soma shared with us. I have had a great time making these blocks. Hope to get my tops ( I made 2) together soon, but it is hard as I am trying to keep them a secret.

Julianne said...

My gorgeous prize arrived today - thank-you Caroline!! I am going to use the 4 fabrics into the back of the quilt! I will keep you posted as to its progress on Flickr! Cheers,
Julianne.

Willit Neverend said...

Looks great! TARDIS blue is the perfect background colour to tie everything together.