The Craftonomicon Quilt!

So this year’s Natcon has a crafty theme, and that set me thinking. Paper piecing is one of my favourite kinds of patchwork and it occurred to me that if I prepared a bunch of pieces, and didn’t let myself sew any of them together until the beginning of the con, I could see how far I could get over the whole weekend. Sure, I might get distracted and end up with the world’s smallest quilt, but what is there to lose?

After all, sewing and talking go together like bread and jam, and if there’s one thing I can guarantee about this coming weekend, it’s that I’m going to be talking my head off.

So what would be the perfect themed quilt to work on at an SF convention?

How about my Black and White 1960’s Doctor Who Hexagon Quilt?

Hexagons are the classic paper piecing shape, and also happen to be evocative of the TARDIS console. I have been collecting moddish black and white and silver quilting cottons for ages including a lot of roundel-shaped polka dots (I also have several colorful sets that will work for my Psychedelic 1970’s Doctor Who Strip Quilt some day). Oh yes and I have the technology to print stills of favourite 1960’s Doctor Who episodes on to quilting cotton.

I’ve tacked fabric to nearly 100 card hexagons. I have quilting thread and a new pack of needles. Let’s do this thing, baby!

[I’ve discussed my thinking behind this quilt in much greater depth over at Doctor Her: Crafty Doctor Who – Subversion Through Patchwork]

7 replies on “The Craftonomicon Quilt!”

  1. […] I’ve been collecting a bunch of sparkly silver roundel fabric for a while now, because it reminded me of Daleks, and as it turns out I have a lot of 60′s ish black and white and grey fabric, which works out well, because THIS WEEKEND I am totally piecing together a Black and White 1960?s Doctor Who Hexagon Quilt. […]

  2. This is fabulously awesome and it doesn’t matter if you don’t get anywhere during the con itself.
    Here’s some crochet I did a while ago, maybe I should try darleks one day?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25609916@N02/4747022733/in/set-72157623927186949

  3. Kerry D. says:

    Oh, this is awesome. You’ve totally made me want to do one myself, but I shall hold myself back and beg you to post regular updates of your progress because I would so love to see this growing. It’s such a cool idea.

    I guess I’ve done 1 1/2 Doctor Who quilts myself (the 1/2 because on was really a Paul McGann quilt rather than a Doctor Who one), one applique and the other crazy blocks with images printed on to the centres. (I’d hoped to share a link but I can’t currently access the page. If you’d like, I can come back and add it once it becomes available again.)

  4. tansyrr says:

    Sounds fantastic, Kerry! I’d love to see your quilts when you have a link.

  5. Kerry D. says:

    Got the links:

    6th Doctor Applique Quilt

    Paul McGann Crazy Quilt

    I can’t promise all the links work and it’s really out of date, but most of the gallery is there if you want to look around.

  6. Kerry D. says:

    P.S. Should you consider emailing for some crazy reason, don’t use the link on the site. It doesn’t exist any more.

  7. tansyrr says:

    Those are great, Kerry! Wonderful work. I’m sorry it took so long to approve your comment (the links put it into limbo) but I was away this week. xx

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