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Sunday, March 18, 2012

For the First Time Ever--My Ode to The Doctor!!

See, the TARDIS has sashings, blocks, and even letters!!

It was about a year or so ago that I posted that I was thinking about doing a Doctor Who-themed quilt.

WHO is he?  That is the oldest question, hidden in plain sight....wait, just hit me over the head with a frying pan, I'm getting ahead of myself.  But there will be a surprise for those of you who hang in there with me.

Doctor Who is the name of a British science fiction TV programme.  Doctor Who (or more usually known as The Doctor) is a human-like alien who explores time and space in his time machine called the TARDIS.  The Doctor helps people, rights wrongs, and saves the universe, or at least the earth, from evil-doers.

The Doctor, when faced with near-death, can regenerate, that is, he gets a new body and a slightly different personality.  Because of this quirky plot device, The Doctor has been portrayed by eleven different actors since the beginning of the show in 1963.

There you are!  Now either you have already skipped over this because you already know everything I just wrote, or you are on the internet ordering some DVDs so you can become the very next Doctor Who fan.

Some Doctor Who trivia:

  • The first episode was unfortunately aired upon the evening of Nov. 23, 1963, the date of the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • The TARDIS looks like a blue police call box from 1963 London, but is bigger on the INSIDE than the OUTSIDE.
  • The series is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest running science fiction TV program in the world.
  • The Doctor  is usually accompanied by one or more companions (for dramatic interest).
  • The Doctor has two hearts.
  • The TARDIS herself is a thinking being and often takes The Doctor to a time or place that is not exactly what he had requested, but, as we are told in one episode, "where he needs to be."
Are you still with me?  For you patient people, here is an unveiling of my take on The Doctor, expressing my most deeply-felt sentiments about my all-time favorite TV show:

The making of this quilt began with some "crumb" blocks inspired by the tutorial on Bonnie Hunter's blog.  Somehow the excitement and energy in these little crazy and bright blocks started to remind me of how happy I was when watching a new Doctor Who episode.

Then I thought about piecing letters and words as inspired by Tonya Ricucci  AKA Lazy Gal Quilting.  "I Travel with The Doctor....If Only in My Dreams," just popped into my head when I thought about what I wanted my quilt to say.

Of course, I had to find the perfect TARDIS blue to pull it all together.

I brought her to Bonnie Hunter's Shirttails class at the Glendale Quilt Show last Thursday for a little Show 'n Tell.  Bonnie took a picture and asked me to bring it back the next day for the Pineapple Blossom class that I was also taking.  That was her sneak preview but today is her premier unveiling.
More about these great classes will be forthcoming!

For my next post, I will let you in on how I explained to my slightly-jealous husband, the precise nature of my feelings for The Doctor.  You won't wanna miss this one!