Saturday, 1 June 2013

First Doctor Embroidery

Since my household is in desperate need of a Doctor Who quilt, I've started putting together a blanket celebrating the 50th anniversary. The quilt will feature the eleven (twelve?) Doctors we've seen up to now, as well as some notable nemeses, and possibly a few companions. I'll be using a combination of blocks from the Doctor Who Sew Along at Fandom in Stitches and the Doctor Who Quilt Along at Trillium Designs, as well as many blocks designed by me.

For the next little while, I'll be focusing on Doctor Who patterns for Pattern Friday. Don't worry, it's still Felt Pattern Friday! Some Whovian felt crafts will be included, and all of the embroidery designs I'm using on quilt blocks can be sewn onto felt if desired. In fact, the great thing about embroidery is that it works with pretty much any fabric, so turning your old T-shirts and canvas bags into Doctor Who gear is possible as well.

The embroidery pattern that I used for the first Doctor was designed by Aalia Zaman for the Doctor Who Sew Along. It's hand embroidered, and was a great way to pass the time on a plane ride. In retrospect, I wish I'd used a different colour of thread on the "1" to make it stand out from the rest of the design, but overall I'm really happy with it.

This is the completed block, measuring 12.5", with a 7.5" Doctor. I will probably cut it down later, but since I don't yet have a plan for the final layout I'm playing it safe.

Next week's installment will feature my second Doctor block, including a downloadable version of the design. (Hint: my 2nd Doctor pattern is based on this picture.)


  1. Love it. I am going to enjoy all of the Doctor Who goodness to come.

  2. This sounds like an exciting project!

  3. That's pretty awesome. I'm not a Who fan, but still get it. I'll be checking in to see how it goes!

  4. "Since my household is in desperate need of a Doctor Who quilt..." -a staple item for every household ;-)

    This should be a fun project to follow, for certain!

    1. P.S. Not sure how simple you're trying to keep it (do love the clean line look of it!) but you could but a contrast colour embroidery fill in the number one... maybe a lattice stitch or little french knot/seeds fill?