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Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t Blink. (Doctor Who Stitch-a-long Week 10)

That’s a clip from what’s probably my favourite episode. It’s pretty light on the Doctor (and Martha, who I think was underrated as a Companion), really, but it’s such a fantastic episode. If you ever see just one, see Blink (series 3, episode 10), because wow. All the best bits of time travel and a little bit of fear and Sally Sparrow, who is an awesome character played by Carey Mulligan before she got a bad haircut to be in a bunch of movies I don’t care if I ever see. Great episode. (And if you watch this episode and if you quilt, then you’ll want to stitch up Soma Acharya’s truly brilliant Weeping Angel paper-pieced pattern. Even if I didn’t like the show, I’d love that quilt block. So beautiful. If I weren’t so scared of all those little pieces, I’d have made it already.)

Anyway, David Tennant. Sigh. Swoon. Come back. (He’s my favourite.) I could link a dozen clips with him, but I won’t. And not just because BBC has blocked a ton of those clips because I don’t live in the right country.

Okay, one more:

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The tenth pattern of the Doctor Who Stitch-a-long is, of course, David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor:

Doctor the Tenth

This pattern was created by the brilliant Jennifer Ofenstein of Sew Hooked and Fandom in Stitches. She came up with the idea of running this stitch-a-long and you might remember that she also designed two of the previous patterns, Two and Six, and came up with the layout for the final quilt. Jennifer has also designed paper-pieced patterns for the TARDIS (two versions!) and Daleks, which will be featured on her own version of this quilt. (And I might totally steal the idea because I am a dirty rotten thief.) You can find those patterns, and a few other Doctor Who patterns, here at Fandom in Stitches, along with the pattern for the Tenth Doctor which is right here.

Here is Jennifer’s version of Ten, done in backstitch, with the word “ten” a bit more jagged and not all smoothed out like mine (the damned window-as-a-light-box-through-linen transfer method has lost a lot of fine details from my stitches):

The Tenth Doctor

Lovely. She’s also doing a slightly modified version of the basic layout, where she’s doing three rows of the sashing around each block (I swear she had another post with actual pictures, but you can see a proposed layout here if you scroll down a little) to bump up the size of the quilt to bed-sized. I’ve been toying with the idea of upping the size of my quilt as well, but I think I’ve settled on keeping it small enough to hang on the wall. I think. We’ll see…

Ten

My “ten” before rinsing out the pattern lines and pressing. I used this same blue on the Eighth block, but now I’m pretty certain I’m going to go back and rip that out and redo it in green. I stitched most of Ten while watching the Doctor Who movie with Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and it was pretty terrible, but I did notice that he’s actually wearing what looks to be a green velvet coat. I also might use a variation of the Seal of Rassilon in place of the “eight” since it pretty much IS a stylized eight. Anyway, I thought the blue was better to represent the blue pin-striping on Ten’s suit.

Close up of Tenth Doctor

Anyway, every bit of this was stitched in a 2-strand split stitch, even the pin-stripes which I’d meant to do in something a little more delicate, like maybe long couched straight stitches. (I forgot all about that thought because I was watching “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” through the rest of the stitching of this pattern, and it was a very distracting movie. Not a good one for stitching along with at all. As silly as it sounds, it’s far too visual a movie to watch without watching, which is what I normally do when I’m stitching. Just as an example, there’s a part where Scott Pilgrim has to defeat a girl and he won’t hit a girl, so Ramona holds his arms and throws his punches for him, which… if you’re not watching, you’re not going to grasp just from listening. Such a bad movie for stitching. But fun as all get out. Unless you’re not into the whole video game/anime stylized thing. It’s got a rocky beginning, but once all the fighting starts it’s a lot of fun.)

A few details:
Fabrics
Background – Essex Linen Blend in Natural
Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Shiny Blue – DMC Satin Floss S798

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! (For the interested, you only need to have the patterns stitched, you don’t have to have a quilt top completed.)

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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.

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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:
Fabrics
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
Threads
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:

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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


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Doctor Who Two (Doctor Who Stitch-A-Long Week 2)

Okay, I think I lost a day somewhere, because it’s Thursday, not Wednesday and I was going to post about the Doctor Who Stitch-a-long on Wednesday. But I guess I know where the time went – I stayed at work a half hour late, then went and got my hair cut and coloured (and let my hairdresser talk me into highlights, but I hate them, so…) and then when I got home, my sister was watching Masterchef, and even though I always hate the first episode of competition shows (and especially the ones where people have to compete to get on, but seem to already have been pre-selected, else why would there be cameras in the car with the relatives of one potential participant?) I still let myself get sucked into it. And then it just kept going! It was two episodes and not one! (Maybe it was more than two – I stopped watching halfway through the second episode.) Anyway, I didn’t get my photo taken until this morning, so the post,.. it is late.

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For our second pattern/block of this Stitch-a-long, we have Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor:

Doctor the Second

This pattern was designed by the wonderful and multi-talented Jennifer Ofenstein of SewHooked and Fandom In Stitches. The idea for this stitch-a-long was her’s and the quilt pattern (should you choose to follow it!) is designed by her as well! Jennifer is also a prolific paper-piece designer and has designed a multitude of Harry Potter quilt blocks (amongst many, many others – that owl wall-hanging I did a couple years ago? Her pattern.) In any case, you can find the pattern for the second doctor here at Fandom In Stitches.

So far I think Jennifer and I are the only ones who’ve completed the second pattern, and here is her version:

The Second Doctor

Jennifer is stitching her patterns in three-strand back stitch. I didn’t link to the photo with her sashing on, but she’s doing a scrappy sashing for her quilt, which I believe is destined for her Who-loving daughter.

Second Doctor

I stitched my Second Doctor primarily in 2-strand Split Stitch – my favourite stitch! The bow-tie was done in some combination of split stitch (around the outside) and something like back-stitch for the plaid, though to be honest I don’t think I could tell you how I did it exactly. Some of it was done in long stitches all the way across the space, but others were broke up into smaller stitches so that I could make it a “crooked” looking plaid. I did a back stitch for the dangly bits on his recorder (flute?) (though the recorder itself is done in split stitch). And the fingers, oh those fat sausage fingers that hated me so, I did those in stem stitch.

The Doctor's Hand

I have a lot of issues with stem stitch – I always forget which side of the needle to hold the thread on and then it stops looking rope-like and starts looking like it’s going to fall apart – but I think it came together all right anyway. It just felt like I needed something different from the split stitch for getting around the tight curves of his nails and finger tips.

A few details:
Fabrics
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

Threads
Blue – DMC 939
Green – DMC Satin Floss S702

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!) There are already a handful of First Doctors stitched up and posted, each of them just a little different from the next. I love how much people are making these patterns their own:

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1. The first doctor, 2. Will Hartnell, 3. Dr Who Block and Dr. 1, 4. First Doctor Block, 5. The First Doctor, 6. 1st doctor, 7. IMG_1251s8. Not available9. Not available