Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sshhh---don't tell!

I've been working on a quilt project so secretive I'm not technically supposed to be writing this very post until after December 25, but I have to share just one blurry iPhone photo!

My sewing room does triple duty as my home office and Eddie's play room. You'll also notice it's a fine space to pass out on nearly-completed quilts after eight hours of on-and-off sewing, stitch ripping, and pinning.

Can you guess what it is? (Hint: It's an extremely geeky.)

For you non-Whovians, it's a TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) in flight! The time machine piloted by the Doctor in Doctor Who is instantly recognizable among geeks (myself included).

So this whole thing started coming together about a month ago when my younger sister, Kylie, was going on about how she couldn't think of anything really cool to get her boyfriend of two-ish years for Christmas. After two hours of Etsy shops and nerdy Tumblrs, she was starting to seriously consider making a quilt (which she's never done before) from a pattern she insisted Kathy and I could draw (which I had never done before). After a little hemming and hawing, Kylie and I were on our way to The QP to ask Kathy for her input. She was game on for a quilting challenge—as always—and we drew up the pattern just hours later.

Unsurprisingly, I started pulling fabric for my own TARDIS quilt not long after seconds after Kylie started filling one of the cutting tables with the bluest blue bolts for further inspection. As sisters do, we quibbled over the perfect shade of TARDIS blue (she won) and purple backgrounds (I won) until we had two stacks of fabric, a roughly-sketched pattern, and a cutting list. Did I mention that I'm just learning how to quilt and my sister last touched a sewing machine in high school? Talk about the blind leading the blind!

I'll share more details about our quilting adventure and show you some shots on my quilt when it gets a little closer to Xmas (so there'll be lesser chance of spoiling Kye's fantastic gift).