I needed a little break today, so I turned to two of my childhood favorites – Star Trek and music. I really would have loved to play the ka’athyra or the Vulcan harp, but I think at this point violin, piano and guitar are enough. So I decided to make a poster style wall hanging of the beautiful Vulcan instrument. I also thought the quote was perfect because music has always been my friend, I can always hide behind it when needed. I finished drawing the picture today and now it’s time to turn this into a pattern. Please excuse my impatience, I couldn’t wait to share this until it was actually done!
I also finished working on this Spring Kites playing in the air block. I will embroider the tail this weekend. Then, for the first time, I will make an attempt for hand quilting. I ordered my hoop, thimble and needles, I got some hand quilting thread already. I watched this video on Craftsy in preparation. If you have any advice or tips to share, they will be much appreciated.
Have a lovely weekend!
Almost a year from the time when Caroline and I started planning the Doctor Who Quilt Along, the Doctor Who quilt top is finally done! I was so busy with the quilt along, I never paid any attention to the colors for sashing. I had a few ideas, but nothing definitive.
To narrow down my choices, I picked out four blocks featuring different colors and placed them on the sashing fabric candidates. Since a lot of my blocks have greys and blues in them, I didn’t care to use the same colors for sashing. Also, they made the quilt top look very weighty. I had some of this Stonehenge fabric which always makes me think of a nebula. Once I placed the blocks on it, I fell in love with the combination. It really felt like the Doctor’s journey though time and space.
After doing a little bit of math, I decided I really didn’t want to add extra wide borders around the blocks to make a queen-size quilt. So I sewed 2″ sashes with the Stonehenge fabric and then a 4″ border with the blue scroll fabric all around.
Here it is, my Doctor Who quilt-top! The finished size is 66″ x 80.” That is perfect for me because I usually end up taking my quilt to bed after it’s become all nice and toasty from my snuggling under it on the sofa.
Caroline and I have been working on this for very close to a year now and it has been a lot of work. Caroline is a really fantastic partner; she helped me run the quilt along seamlessly. The Doctor Who quilt patterns will continue to be available on my Free Patterns page, on my Craftsy page and also from the event banner on the sidebar.
Caroline and I are each doing a giveaway to wrap up this quilt along. I am giving away a set of 6 fat quarters. My giveaways are for my followers only, so leave a comment and let me know how you follow my blog and you will be entered in my giveaway. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 11th. Also make sure to visit Caroline’s blog to see her finished quilt top and for a chance to enter in her giveaway as well.
While we are being rain-starved here in California, I know most of you are probably tired of winter already. I think my little penguin Polaris would heartily agree with you. I made this pillow for Amanda and I recently realized that I haven’t shared it here. This little penguin keeps on tugging on my sleeve and demanding that I make more copies of him.
I used purple for the scarf and hat since that is Amanda’s favorite color. I don’t do a lot of heavy quilting and I depend on my walking foot a lot. I found this site showing wonderful quilting patterns done with the walking foot. I used the wave design on the pillow and then quilted four straight lines on the border.
Amanda told me that her daughter claimed the pillow as soon as she opened the box. You can see her photo on Amanda’s site – What The Bobbin. Picture-perfect warmth and comfort! My little penguin found a happy home, don’t you think?! If you want to make him, you can find him at Craftsy and Etsy.
From one pole to the other! I love to cook. A lot. Stew is my favorite because nothing warms you up better than hot stew on a cold winter day. Ever since I had Lapskaus in Norway, I wanted to replicate it at home. It’s a very starchy stew where the potatoes become really mushy, leading to the starchy characteristic of the stew. I looked for a few recipes on the web, but either the ingredients looked nothing like what we tasted, or it looked like way too much work for a simple, hearty stew. So I decided to follow my own mouth and devise a recipe.
1 stalk of celery – chopped
1 lb carrots – chopped (you can use any root vegetable you like)
1 medium onion – sliced
1 package of peas (I forgot to add them to mine this time)
5 – 6 medium to large potatoes – chopped in large chunks (I’ll explain a bit more about the potatoes in the recipe)
4 – 5 large cloves of garlic – minced (I like a lot of garlic)
2 tsp dried thyme
Salt – to taste
1 package of good beef broth (mine is 1 quart or 946ml in the USA)
3.75 lbs of stew meat of your choice – chopped
About the potatoes – starchier the better. I use golden potatoes since I want them to mostly fall apart and thicken the stew, but still hold their shape a little. If you want them to be mushier than that, I suggest you use baking potatoes.
To begin, I add a couple of tablespoons of oil in a dutch oven (I add more oil as needed to coat the vegetables). First I fry the onions, I add them to the still-cold oil to reduce spatter.
Once the onions turn light brown, I stir in the minced garlic making sure it doesn’t burn. After that, I add the carrots, celery, potatoes and meat and cover all of it with the broth. Along with salt I also add a couple of teaspoons of thyme, which is my most favorite herb. I am pretty sure I sprinkle a little bit more on top of the initial two teaspoons! I then stir everything together. It’s easier for me to stir everything in the liquid, so I don’t bother stirring until I add the broth. Once it comes to a boil, I turn the heat down to a simmer and let it cook for 3-4 hours or until the meat is completely tender. This is my favorite way of making stew; all I vary are the vegetables, the spices and the meat.
Here’s my finished Norwegian Lapskaus. It tasted exactly like what we had in Norway. Next time I am adding a package of peas. I am sure any Norwegian grandmother would shriek at my method of cooking this stew, but it sure tasted good and hearty on a cold winter day!
“I wanted to see the universe, so I stole a Time Lord and I ran away. And you were the only one mad enough.”
Here we are, the final block of the Doctor Who Along. I always planned on making this block, the Tardis flying through the Time Vortex. I picked out the purple fabric in the window specially for this block couple of years ago, just never got around to making it until this QAL started. Can you believe it, this is the very first pattern I drafted for this QAL and had to wait this long to share it with you?!
We started our QAL with Caroline’s Tardis waiting for you to come along on the journey. The Doctor Who Along may have finished, but the Doctor continues his journey through Time and Space, in his Tardis.
Download – Tardis In Flight
Thank you so much for joining us for the Doctor Who Quilt Along. It really has been very special for both of us.
Caroline and I are working on finishing our quilt tops. We are also looking forward to seeing your blocks and quilt tops on the Doctor.Who.Along Flickr Group.
Blog posts for already published Doctor Who quilt patterns -
May 7th – Tardis
May 21st – Time Lord
June 4th – K9
June 18th – SS Madame de Pompadour
July 2nd – Bad Wolf
July 16th – Werewolf
August 6th – Sonic Screwdriver
August 20th – Weeping Angel
September 3rd – Cyberman
September 24th – Dalek
October 1st – Striped Scarf
October 15th – Gallifrey
November 5th – Ood
November 19th – Hello Sweetie
December 3rd – River Song’s Diary
December 17th – Vashta Nerada
January 7th – Crack In The Wall
January 21st – Chameleon Arch
February 4th – Power Of Three
Welcome to the Hugs And Kisses Blog hop and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!
From the very beginning, I wanted to take a very vintage approach to Valentine’s Day even without having all the details. I came up with many ideas but nothing really tickled my fancy. So I turned to books for inspiration to represent something that is both deep and simple as love. Love has been part of every story ever told, since the inception of story-telling. Finally, I found my inspiration – “Love stands the test of time”.
Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy
Since my theme was time, I was looking for a clock fabric to make my blocks. Imagine how excited I felt when I came across this delicious clock fabric, and my search for the perfect foreground fabric was over. Finding this fabric in sepia really made my day!
Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy
Now that I had my perfect fabric for the symbols of love, it was time to pick the background. My old-school fashion sense got the better of me this time. Blame P. G. Wodehouse for that. I love the Jeeves books and so the television show Jeeves and Wooster became the inspiration for this background. There is something really attractive about men in suits. So for the background I picked a grey fabric with a texture that could be used for a suit.
Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy
Since a grey suit was my inspiration for the background, I thought of a daytime outing. A cream colored cotton dress seemed perfect to represent the girls. Finally I had all the fabric I needed for my Vintage Valentine.
I love the outdoors and picnics in parks. My husband and I go to the national and state parks quite often, and we always pack a lunch to eat inside the park. So I picked a print with leaves and vines for the sashing and the pinstripe suit became the inspiration for the straight-line quilting. I started quilting in the middle, and spaced out the lines as I moved toward the outer edges.
Pattern set on Etsy and Craftsy
Here is my finished Vintage Valentine wall hanging with the theme “Love stands the test of time”.
I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for visiting and taking part in the blog hop. I got an email from Elaine, the founder of Maine Coon Adoptions, thanking us for the generous donation I was able to make because of you!! They help find forever homes for so many kitties every year. I love their organization!
They even mentioned us on their facebook page:
“And THANK YOU Whims and Fancies for helping raise funds on our behalf. We give you a great big belly rub for that!! You are awesome!”
I am passing that on to you! Awesome job everyone!! A very special thanks also goes to Mdm Samm from sew we quilt for helping me achieve this. We will continue to send all the proceeds from the sales of these patterns to our favorite foundations.
I am sharing my special day with these lovely ladies -
Lady Laura Ann