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]