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Doctor Who Weeping Angel Sewing Pattern | Whims And Fancies

This 10″ Weeping Angel block started it all.  I had just started creating paper piecing patterns a few months earlier and decided to embark upon creating a Weeping Angel quilt pattern.  Of course, it had to be a paper piecing pattern.  I also wanted to optimize the pattern to have minimal seam alignment for easier piecing.  I won’t lie, as a novice pattern designer, it was hard work.  I worked on it slowly and finally the pattern was written and shortly afterwards, the block was stitched.  I had a tremendous boost of confidence after designing this pattern.

Much later, Caroline found this block on Flickr and we started working on a Doctor Who Quilt Along together.  She wanted to make a quilt for her son, and very selfishly, I wanted to make a quilt for myself.  We made 12″ blocks for the quilt along.  Originally I was just going to use this block in my quilt with borders added.  My husband, however, egged me on to make a 12″ version of this block for the quilt.  I did, and therefore ended up with this orphan 10″ block.


Doctor Who Weeping Angel Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

This year I am taking care of my orphan blocks, and it was time to pull this one out.  I haven’t done much FMQ, I am married to my walking foot.  I thought I’d give FMQ another go on this one.  There are a few spots where the curves could be a little better.  I tried really hard not to fuss over them.  I used a yellow thread for the overall quilting because I didn’t want the quilting to show up too much on the border.  The binding is done in the same blue fabric as the background of the block.  It is now residing in my husband’s office on the guest bed along with the Fairy Door pillow I made earlier.


4th Of July Fabric Giveaways | Whims And Fancies

I mentioned giving away two sets of four fat quarters in the last Freadom Quilt blog post.  A huge thank you to all who read it and left such wonderful comments.  Your comments always mean so much.  It’s my pleasure to announce Marjorie Nath and Marly as the two winners.  Congratulations!!

Lastly, here are the latest cards from the third week of my index card drawings for the icad project –

Icad 2015 - Route 66 Neo Sign | Whims And Fancies

Route 66 Neon sign

Icad 2015 - National Parks Posters | Whims And Fancies

National Parks Of America
Top row – Death Valley, Carlsbad Caverns, Yosemite
Bottom Row – Saguaro, Rocky Mountain, Arches

Icad 2015 Melrose Abbey Window | Whims And Fancies

Melrose Abbey, Scotland

Icad 2015 - Fairy Tree House | Whims And Fancies

Tree House, A Fairy lives in it.

Icad 2015 - Snow Globe | Whims And Fancies

Snow Globe

Icad 2015 - Dryburgh Abbey Window Colour Wheel | Whims And Fancies

Colour Wheel – Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland

Icad 2015 - 1970 Disco | Whims And Fancies

1970s – Ah yes! Disco of course

I am still drawing them, one per day.  Some days it’s very hard to come up with new ideas, but I am still doing them.  Hope you like them!

Until next time,


Doctor Who Quilt Top

Doctor Who Quilt Pattern

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.

Doctor Who Quilt

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.

Doctor Who Quilt

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.

Doctor Who Quilt Along Giveaway

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.

Good luck!

Doctor Who QAL – Tardis In Flight

Tardis Doctor Who Quilt Pattern

“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 on Craftsy

Doctor.Who.Along - A paper piecing QAL

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.

Have Fun!

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

Doctor Who – Weeping Angel Redux

Weeping Angel Doctor Who Quilt Pattern

My original weeping angel was a 10″ block.  I thought I would enlarge that block to 12″ for the Doctor Who quilt with a white border as though you are looking at it through a window.  Except, there was a nagging feeling at the back of my head that the scale of the block just would not look right beside all the other 12″ blocks.

Then one day as I was spreading all the blocks out on the carpet which is also my “design wall”, my husband said “you are going to make another weeping angel, right?  That one is too small!”  My short and curt answer: “No!”  But I knew he was right!  So as I was packing all my stuff into boxes before the move, I snuck in one last block – a 12″ weeping angel.  I can assure you that the 12″ was not any easier to make than the 10″ block.

First Sewing at the new house

Since we moved to the new place, all the boxes are unpacked and I have painted the two smaller bedrooms so far.  As I was finishing painting the first room, we decided to change out the carpet before we put stuff on the shelves.  As we wait for the carpet installation,  it’s a bit of an organized mess around me and I am sewing and working at the dining table.


Aside from unpacking and painting, I am also taking care of this little boy who tore a claw two days after we got here and spent a whole day at the surgery.  We were so worried.  We think he looks adorable with that blue “shoe” and the blue-ribboned “bonnet”.  He sticks to me when I am sitting down or when I go to bed, so I can take his collar off.   This way we are spending a lot of quality time together.  His stitches are being removed today.

That’s about it!  I will see you on Valentine’s Day to finally show you what I made for the Hugs and Kisses blog hop.

Happy Sewing,