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It’ll be fantastic! (Doctor Who Stitch-a-long Week 9)

I couldn’t find a (short) video with one of my favourite Ninth Doctor quotations (Do you know like we were sayin’? About the Earth revolving?It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standin’ still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re fallin’ through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go… That’s who I am.), so instead, a clip of a happy little moment with Rose and The Doctor.

The Ninth Doctor might have wound up my favourite Doctor, if he’d been around a little longer, because Christopher Eccelston was fantastic. But even though David Tennant is my favourite, Eccelston occupies his own special little perfect space in my head and I always love rewatching that handful of episodes he was apart of, even if I find some of the actual plot lines kind of silly. (Living plastic, for example. Or the fart-happy Slitheen for another example.)


The ninth pattern of the Doctor Who Stitch-a-Long, quite naturally, is Christopher Eccelston’s Ninth Doctor:

Doctor the Ninth

This pattern was created by (the also fantastic) Aalia, who also designed the first and third patterns of this stitch-a-long. This is her final official pattern (though there may just be some special extras coming along later!) and I think it’s probably my favourite of the three. When I first saw it, I’d said to her that I hadn’t been able to picture how she’d design a pattern around Nine because unlike some of the other Doctors, he didn’t really have many props, but that she’d perfectly captured his attitude, and I still think that. (She told me that she was going for the essentials: “the widow’s peak, the ears, the jacket, and of course, the attitude.”) I loved stitching this pattern and I love seeing it finished. You can find both the pattern and a picture of Aalia’s Nine here at Fandom in Stitches. She stitched her version on a beautiful blue marbled batik and it looks really great. (And I don’t even love batiks.)

Ninth Doctor closer up

I just love the pose Aalia gave Nine’s body.

So to repeat myself for at least the ninth time, this is stitched with a 2-strand split stitch. Unlike most of the others, I didn’t end up using any other stitch types anywhere in this pattern. I used the same purple as back in the Third Doctor’s pattern, largely because I didn’t want to buy more rayon thread, but also Nine sometimes wore a purple shirt, though it was a lot more muted than this shiny purple. As with Eight, I still need to sew on my sashing. Hopefully I’ll get it done this weekend so that I can show a First Nine Blocks photo.

A few details:
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Blue – DMC 939
Purple – DMC Satin Floss S550

If you share your photos at the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group, you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize and I’m also offering a special prize to someone who finishes all twelve patterns by August 12 – Nine Fat Quarters from Lizzy House’s Constellations line of fabric:

FQ Prize

This is the Lunar Landing colourway of the line, which has richer, more royal blues than the fabrics I’m using, and doesn’t have the purple tones. You MUST post your pictures at the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group to win, so if you’re stitching along, don’t forget to share with the class!


1. photo-23, 2. photo-24, 3. blk-7-drWhofinished, 4. photo-26, 5. Doctor Who 5, 6. Photo0392, 7. Seventh Doctor, 8. Fifth Doctor, 9. Fourth Doctor, 10. Seventh Doctor, 11. The Eighth Doctor, 12. Doctor number 6, 13. Photo0393, 14. Dw Sal, 15. Dw sal 2, 16. Doctor 3, 17. Doctor 4, 18. Doctor 5, 19. Doctor 6, 20. DWSAL – Eighth Doctor, 21. DWSAL – Second Doctor, 22. 7th doctor, 23. DWSAL – Fourth Doctor, 24. DWSAL – Fifth Doctor, 25. DWSAL – Seventh Doctor, 26. The Ninth Doctor, 27. Dr. Who Seven, 28. 6th Doctor



A day late and a Doctor short…

Well, I’m officially behind on the Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long. I tried! But last week was a bit of a bad week at the WIPGirl House and then it was immediately followed up by house guests for four days, while I was working every day, on the hottest days of the year (so far, and Universe? Please don’t get hotter). Nothing like a too hot house, featuring 46% humidity indoors, with an extra three bodies in it, right? Ever since the flood, it’s been really humid here and, as it’s usually fairly dry, the heat feels much worse than we’re used to having it feel. Anyway, I finally broke down and bought a window AC unit because I barely slept all weekend. (ACs make me feel weirdly guilty because they do nothing good for the environment and I live in a part of the world where you only really need it for a week or two a year, but once you’ve got one and once it’s blocking a window, you’re pretty much guaranteed to start using it on all those days you might normally have just used an open window with a nice breeze to keep you cool. By and large I feel like I should be able to get by without it because what’s a week or two of being a little hotter than you’d like? Anyway, please realize this isn’t a judgement on people who live in places where ACs really are necessary. In a typical July, we’ll get three days that are hotter than 28C. Should I buy an AC or just, you know, hang out at the mall for the afternoon? Because that seems like a valid solution to three days of hotter weather.)

Anyway, here’s a peak at where my Eighth Doctor is at:

Eighth Doc-in-progress

I’ve mainly just got clothing left to stitch – the left side (our left, not his) of his coat, his cravat, and the sleeve on the right. So close! But what’s the saying? Close is only good with horseshoes and hand grenades? Anyway, I’m hoping to get it finished today/tonight at work (if I manage to take any breaks, it’s my first night solo since my dept. head quit and I’m going to be simultaneously doing his job (which is now my job) and training two new people to do what I used to do) so that tomorrow I can do a proper post about it. Or maybe Saturday, we’ll see.

In the meantime, I have two finished things to show you. I’d like to blame the recipients of these blocks for my not getting Eight finished (;D) but you know… I could have sewn them up a couple weeks ago instead of putting them off. First up is my block for Aalia at Joy of Stitches (and one of the DWSAL designers – she designed One, Three, and next week’s Nine) for the Livejournal Birthday Blocks exchange.

Aalia's Hufflepuff Themed Block

Aalia’s request was for a 10″ block in yellow and black, for a Hufflepuff quilt. The photo she linked for colour/inspiration is this Hufflepuff house crest, and that’s where my idea for the block came from. I do have some fabric with tiny fleur de lis on it, but it’s certainly not in black and yellow, so instead I bought a 6″ fleur de lis pattern from Jennifer Ofenstein (from her Craftsy shop), shrunk down the pattern a little so that it could be a 5″ square, and made two for the corners. The striped bit I actually paper-pieced as well, though I just drew out a 5″ square and then drew lines every half inch to make the stripe. As I was making this, I got REALLY tempted to just make a giant yellow and black bull’s eye for a block (I did the striped units first), but I’m really glad I went with the fleur de lis in the end, I think they’re really pretty. (Even IF I did get the bottom unit askew on BOTH quarters.) I mentioned this is a ten inch block, well… true facts: I used a fat quarter of the yellow and ALMOST RAN OUT. I don’t KNOW where all that fabric went to! (It’s probably all trimmings in my garbage bin – I’m not too good with angles and not wasting fabric.)

In any case, the next finished thing was just finished yesterday. It was due last week, but the aforementioned bad week really threw me for a loop. And it was an improv block, and I have a mental block about improv, so I put it off for a long time before starting it. This was my June block for the Flickr Simply Solids group:

Simply Solids June Blck

The idea behind Carly’s block was flowers and stems/twigs tumbling over a waterfall, you can see more on the idea here at her blog. I think it’s going to be an AMAZING looking quilt, even though a lot of us were a little wary of the whole… improv thing. I drew out six sample blocks before I wound up sewing my first stitch, and while I started out following my plan, I accidentally sewed a triangle on backwards and the whole thing went awry! I think it came out okay in the end, which I suppose is the good bit about improv, but it was still a bit nerve-wracking in the moment.

So next up… a paper pieced block for July’s Simply Solids block and… a mug rug for the Flickr Modern Scrappy Bits Swap and more and more stitched Doctors, but otherwise, I’m a free woman. (Well, I’m going to make a pillow case for my little sister and I think I’ve found my next project to work on – finishing up quilt-as-you-go thing I started working on a long while ago. Only four or five of 20 blocks are finished. Lots go to, but they’re pretty easy to do, since I’m just doing straight-line stuff.)


Time to Reverse the Polarity of the Neutron Flow (Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long Week 3)

I’ve never seen the episodes with these older doctors (I’ve seen the New Who eps only), but I do know that our third pattern features Mr. Reverse the Polarity himself.


So for our Third pattern/block in this Stitch-a-long, we have Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor:

Doctor the Third

This pattern brings us back to designer Aalia Zaman of Joy of Stitches again (she also designed week one’s pattern), but this particular version was stitched by me. You can find the pattern here at Fandom in Stitches.

On the left you’ll see Aalia’s version of Three, and on the right is the one stitched up by Jennifer Ofenstein, who designed last week’s block and who is our Stitch-a-long Mama (so to speak). (Click through to see these stitches embiggened):

Doctor 3 with Sashing The Third Doctor

Third Doctor

I’ve stitched mine, again, primarily in two-strand split stitch, though there’s a little stem stitch to make the top of Three’s Sonic Screwdriver and his neck ruffle is done in back stitch. I really, really love that purple cloak, and I’m going back and forth on maybe, maybe filling in the cloak with satin stitch, to make that purple really pop out. On the other hand, none of my other patterns have a huge amount of colour, and I don’t want it to be the odd man out, so far as colour goes. Thoughts?

Third Doctor

I took a close-up of the neck ruffle so you could see how I did it, at least a little better. I use the Window-As-A-Lightbox method of pattern transfer and I’m using a slightly heavier than quilting cotton cotton-linen blend (with little bits of other darker colours and sometimes thicker threads), so I had a little trouble seeing some of the pattern lines when I was tracing it, and I wound up just kind of winging the neck ruffle by drawing it so it looked approximately like the pattern, and then I changed it a little more as I stitched, so that if I accidentally veered a stitched off a little to the left, then it curled to the left. I quite like how it came out in the end. I thought maybe I should use a single strand of floss when I stitched it, since it’s a fairly small area, but I did it with two anyway (laziness is a powerful force – I didn’t want to have to rethread my needle!) and I think it turned out delicate enough anyway. (Looking at it so close-up, I think my split stitch could stand to have been stitched with three strands, rather than two!)

Third Doctor

My last close-up. I made the Three on mine a little bolder looking than Aalia and Jennifer did. I did a split stitch around the outline, then did one line straight through the middle, and then just filled in where necessary around the edges. Did I say I love that purple? Because I really love that purple.

A few details:
Sashing – light blue – Star Charts in Blue from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Sashing – purple – Supernova in Purple from Lizzy House’s Constellations
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Blue – DMC 939
Purple – DMC Satin Floss S550

If you share your photos at the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group, you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize and I’m also offering a special prize to someone who finishes all twelve patterns by August 12 – 9 Fat Quarters from Lizzy House’s Constellations line of fabric:

FQ Prize

This is the Lunar Landing colourway of the line, which has richer, more royal blues than the fabrics I’m using, and doesn’t have the purple tones. You MUST post your pictures at the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group to win, so if you’re stitching along, don’t forget to share with the class! There’ve been quite a lot of Doctors stitched up in the last couple weeks and I get excited every time I see a new one in the group. It’s fantastic to see how much people are making these blocks their own. Here’s what’s come along since my post last week, each one a little different:


1. DSCN1746, 2. whoblock2, 3. Dr who stitch along, week2, 4. DW SAL 2, 5. Second Doctor block, 6. Second doctor, 7. IMG_1252s, 8. DW SAL 1, 9. First Doctor Block, 10. Doctor who block one, 11. whoblock1, 12. DWSAL 1, 13. DSCN174514. Not available15. Not available

Also, because this has been my big work in progress for the last little while, and will continue to be worked on (though mostly behind the scenes), I’m linking up to:

The Needle and Thread Network

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
WIP Wednesday at Freshley Pieced


Hello, I’m the Doctor! (Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long Week 1)

Doctor Who?

Two minutes later and the word “Doctor” has no meaning any longer. But never mind that! It’s time for the Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long!


For the first pattern/block of the Stitch-a-long, we’re going all the way back to where it all began, William Hartnell’s First Doctor:

Doctor the First

This pattern was designed by the lovely Aalia Zaman of Joy of Stitches, but this particular version was stitched by me. You can find the pattern here at Fandom in Stitches.

This is Aalia’s version, on the purple batik, and then Jennifer Ofenstein (of SewHooked and Fandom in Stitches), on the white background:

First Doctor Doctor Who Stitch Along - The First Doctor

Jennifer, or Ofenjen as I tend to think of her, has designed the layout for the quilt (as well as several of the upcoming blocks), and that’s what you’ll see with my blocks as you go along. The cutting instructions can be found along with the week one pattern.

For my sashing and borders, I’m going to use these fabrics from Lizzy House’s Constellations line, still available from some retailers on Etsy as well as at Hawthorne Threads (where I bought my yardage):


I’ll be using the top fabric (Asterisk in Black) for my binding, the middle fabric (Supernova in Purple) for my dark sashing/border, and the bottom fabric (Starcharts in Blue) for my light sashing/border. The centre fabric is Essex Linen Blend in Natural, which I bought from Mad About Patchwork.


I am a great big fan of split stitch, so this was worked primarily in two-strand split stitch, though I’m pretty sure I did the tie in itty bitty back stitch. It’s all done in DMC 939, which is a lovely deep, dark blue, except for the shiny bit, which is DMC Satin Floss (a rayon 6-strand thread) in S798 (also two-strand split stitch). It looks a bit shiny because I forgot to lower the temperature on my iron and I sort of… fused some of the threads together a little bit. (Sigh. Rayon.) It didn’t damage the fabric at all (though it looks here as if it bled – it did not), so I may pick it out and redo it (but let’s face it, probably I won’t). I’m a slow stitcher (my Grandma makes fun of me for doing everything in single, complete stitches: thread and needle all the way up, all the way down, all the way up, all the way down), but it took me about 3 hours total to stitch (while watching two movies, so that might account for some of my speed as well, since it wasn’t exactly eyes on the project at every moment).

If you’re fan of Who, I really do hope you’ll join in! If you share your photos at the Fandom in Stitches Flickr group, you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize (and there may just be a slightly bigger prize at the end for someone who finishes all twelve patterns…). (But that’s just a rumour! Shh!)