Sunday, January 19, 2014

Holy Sh*t, Sherlock! (Part 1)

As with many things such as potato chips, tattoos, and M&Ms...you can never have just one.  The same is true of pixel quilts.  

Having celebrated my love of Doctor Who last April with The Tenth; it was only a matter of time before the urge to make another pixel quilt would take hold.  I toyed with the idea of making another Doctor Who quilt, maybe a Weeping Angel; yet instead opted to celebrate another love of mine...BBC's Sherlock, and without a doubt, I knew what character I would pixelate.  

While I tried to tell myself that slow and steady wins the race, and that I didn't have to be the adrenaline-junkie like I was last April, it went in one ear and right out the other.   

My mission was clear, I wanted to finish by the US premiere date of Sherlock Season 3; which is January 19th, in case you didn't know.  I've spent the better part of my evenings and weekends piecing together itty-bitty squares and rectangles.  When I say itty-bitty, I mean it.


For scale...a US quarter and a UK pound


I'm happy to report that while the quilt top is technically not done (I still have a row and two columns to add), I'm beyond thrilled with my progress so far and have decided to show it anyway.  

So here it...



I haven't landed on a name yet; but was toying with The Consulting Detective, or The Detective.  When I asked my Sister for a suggestion, her husband presented me with this name...


....Benequilt Cumberstitch


Get it, get it...Benedict Cumberbatch...quilt, stitch...hahaha!!!  Clearly, my Brother-in-Law was having too much fun and decided to create a case name just for me too...


...The Case of the Carpal Tunnel Seamstress


I don't know whether to be impressed or frightened, because after finishing this quilt top in about 25 days, carpal tunnel might be in my future...so much for slow and steady.  While I did not tally the exact time it took to make this quilt, I did keep count of how many pieces were involved...2,229.

As I mentioned above, I still have a row and two columns to add; but here are the details so far.

Measures :  60" x 100"   (152cm x 254cm)
so yeah, that is an 8 ft. (2.4m) tall pixel quilt of
Benedict Cumberbatch (ahem, I mean Sherlock)


White
Wheat 1386
Mocha 1237
Bison 1017
Chocolate 1073
Tan 1369
Cappuccino 406
Espresso 1366
Hyacinth 1171


If you want to learn how I went about making this hybrid-pixel quilt, the process is exactly the same as I used on my Doctor Who pixel quilt, The Tenth, whose journey can be found here

So, for you quilters...have I frightened you from starting a pixel quilt, or are you ready to jump in?








Happy Sunday!!

This quilt's journey is not yet complete Holy Sh*t, Sherlock! (Part 2)
Holy Sh*t, Sherlock! (Part 3)...coming soon.

Benedict Cumberbatch Pixel Quilt
Benedict Cumberbatch Quilt
Sherlock Quilt

39 comments:

  1. I was on my way out to clean my garage when I saw this but I had to drop everything to say that you're AWESOME! Jeez, great job!

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  2. This looks amazing. Great work. I'm ready for the premiere tonight - can't wait to see what they pull out of the hat for this series. Cheers - CT

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  3. Absolutely incredible! Actually, I think "Holy Sh*t, Sherlock" is a great name.

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  4. I flew over here after seeing the post on IG. Your pixel quilts are absolutely incredibly creative.

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  5. I think Holy Shit Sherlock is a great name.

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  6. Fabulous! I love your Pixel quilts :)

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  7. Amazing isn't good enough, so looked in thesaurus and a synonym is prodigious...fits better, i think!!!

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  8. I was admiring your Tenth on Flickr this morning, and then this one popped up via Sew Mama Sew. Serendipity. I love both your guys. I'm not one to do pixel quilts though. I've got squares in the works, but they finish 2", and I've quilted a big icon, but it's not pixelated.

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  9. That is AMAZING! I can't imagine all the work it took to create this!

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  10. bloody hell, woman! You are amazing!!!!!

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  11. Hot damn Kristy! You are the queen of pixel quilts! It looks amazing!

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  12. Love it.. I am curious what you are going to do with it? You should contact the actor and see if he would buy it from you. It's amazing.

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  13. Almost unbelievable! It looks fabulous! You are amazing! Excited to see the new episode - there's some explaining to be done!

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  14. Awesome!!! Love it and so ready for the premiere tonight. Definitely have to exhibit this one somewhere - it's a real WOW!

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  15. Love, love, LOVE it! "Consulting Detective." PERFECT!

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  16. This is simply fabulous! So amazing!

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  17. So very cool!!! I just love it!

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  18. OMG. Be still my beating heart. Wowser. What more can I say? Fantastic! Marvelous! I love, love, love this series, just like you, I just finished watching seasons one and two almost straight through while finishing up Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt of 2013. I have the DVR set to record this evening, although I will be watching as it tapes. Anxious to see how they work out the "death" of Sherlock.

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  19. Holy mackerel! You have blown me away again! I love love love The Tenth and this one is just as amazing. I hope you are entering this into a quilt show. Well done.

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  20. THIS. WOW! I can't even handle it! He's even more gorgeous in quilt form! Lol :D

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  21. My husband is watching Sherlock as I'm writing this comment. I love your pixel quilts and plan to make one in the future. I'm not sure who my subject will be, but I'm considering Bruno Mars--my current favorite music man.

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  22. I am no stranger to pixel quilts, but this one is AMAZING! well done! I can't even tell you how impressed I am....

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  23. Congratulations, well done!

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  24. Wow impressive ! Best Pixel quilt I've ever seen.

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  25. Holy smokes, that's amazing! Your pixel quilts blow me away. Fabulous!

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  26. Oh my goodness! I just saw this on my Facebook and wow wow wow! What an amazing quilt.! The pixel effect looks just like a photo. As a Sherlock fans and a Whovian, I salute you! And am looking forward to checking our your blog.

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  27. Wow! Both your quilts are amazing!!!! I would never have the patience to do that.

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  28. Kirsty this quilt is absolutely A-MAZ-ING....love it love it love it!! I was lucky enough to see your quilt with David Tennant on last year at the FOQ, Birmingham, UK and it was so incredible. This is simply stunning - I've been returning to your blog for a few days just to admire it!!!

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  29. This is just wonderful! I would love to try a pixel, not as large lol, just not sure where to even start!

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  30. That is perfection! The Sherlock quilt. I hope BC sees it. It is amazing. I want to do this with a few family photos. Thank you so much for your blog posts on how to. And for the heart race at seeing BC on a quilt!

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  31. My husband and I are new converts to the British Sherlock but he has been a long suffering Quilt Husband for years now. When I saw this post I had to send him the link and I know what he's going to say: "Is there anything that can't be quilted?!?!?!"

    This is just fabulous, great job!!!!!

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  32. Holy amaze-balls! THIS IS AWESOME! He's so dreamy...in quilt form too!! Love this!

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  33. Swoon! Love this one too!!! You, dear, are flipping amazing. Keep up with your bad self. And if you ever get the urge to do one based on Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly you just might become an even bigger hero of mine. DANG! lol

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  34. OH! MY! GOD!!! This is fantastic!!! And i´m sure my husband wont like the quilt. ;) Im a graet Sherlock Fan and at the Moment I ´´m looking for Ideas. I like quotes on my quilt and the door from 221B,... but your quilt is... i´m still speechless!! WOW (AND you can go with B.C. in to bed!!!)
    Many greetings from Germany
    Dani

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  35. You should send this to him, dude. It's incredible.

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