I've joined a new Bee and the instructions for our first block were to create an alien/sci-fi character block.
The Queen Bee loves dogs so I thought I'd go with a canine theme, the obvious candidate being K-9 from Doctor Who. A quick internet search and I found a foundation paper pieced 12" finished block version of K-9 by Caroline @Trillium Design. You can get hold of her pattern here on Craftsy along with several other Doctor Who blocks, and it's currently free.
I've made K-9's body using Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen Grey and 2 grey Kona solidswhile his collar is Kaffe Fassett Jupiter-Red. The background fabric is Dear Stella Designs 172 - Piper ZigZag (Orange).
Some of the sections were just one piece of fabric or had large areas that weren't sewn in place - so I used a basting stitch and stitched around the edge of each section to hold the cut fabric in place - you can see what I mean in the photos above and below.
This meant a lot more work once the block was complete to remove the paper and any visible basting stitching but I think he was worth it.
I ironed the section seams to one side in a way that makes the body and head be higher than the other sections to make him look more 3D.
I'm not a Doctor Who fan - though I've watched it for 50 years and if pushed I'd have to say my preferred Doctors are Jon Pertwee and Christopher Eccleston. These days I sew while watching it under sufferance with my husband and daughter, can't for the life of me understand what all the fuss is about but 'horses for courses' and all that.
|Jon Pertwee/Christopher Eccleston/K-9 with Tom Baker|
I hope the Queen Bee likes him, he is kind of cute in a robotic sort of way.