In my continuing quest to Grinch-ify my house during the holidays as much as possible (see Grinch-y WINQs and “Slipping” Into Something a Bit More Grinch-y“Slipping” Into Something a Bit More Grinch-y and “Whos” Coming for Dinner? among other blog posts,) I’ve just added this pillow set.
The long pillow is based on text from Dr. Seuss’ book. I went for a reversible cover – for most of December I’ll have the first side showing, but come December 25th, I’ll flip it over for the second.
The Grinch character pillow is from Pottery Barn Kids, but I added new, fuller pom pom trim to the outside. Because one should never settle for store bought holiday decor when Whimzie Quiltz can make it better!
Down in Who-ville
Liked Christmas a lot…
But the Grinch,
Who lived just North of Who-ville, Did NOT!
I actually finished this quilt just after the holidays last year, but saved it all this time to post as part of my Grinch-mas 2016 celebrations. Now that it’s time to write about it, I’m finding it hard to say anything. Mostly because I just keep staring at it, instead ~ I love this quilt so much! It combines nearly everything I love about quilting AND Christmas at the same time.
Quilt things I love about it ~
- Scrappy, happy fabrics
- Bright, fun colors
- Piecing and applique
- Double thick batting
- Pebble AND swirl quilting
- Striped binding
Christmas things I love about it ~
- The Grinch
My original inspiration came from Piece o’ Cake’s “Welcome to the North Pole” pattern and I used their layout and block sizes for the pieced grey backing.
But the Who houses, Who trees, Who stockings, Who wreaths, Who presents and the Mean One himself were all drawn by me using Dr. Seuss as a guide. The images ended up being a combination of the book style and the holiday special style, with a bit of me style thrown in there, too. The hardest part was making sure each one of the houses down in Who-ville is a little different from all the rest!
All the appliqués are machine blanket stitched in heavy black thread ~ another throwback to the look of the Seuss cartoons. When quilting, I stitched in the ditch next to each appliqué, but filled in the background with pebble quilting and the border with swirls (to give the feel of the wind whipping down from Mt. Crumpit.) Using double thick batting really gives the quilt a lot of dimension.
After binding, I added a few embellishments in the button garland and stocking hangers, and finished it up with a hanging sleeve on the back.
It now has a place of honor hanging in our dining room, with the Grinch not only looking down on Who-ville, but on all our Happy Who-liday decorations!
Making custom Whimzie quilts for my fabulous customers isn’t all I do (it’s just my favorite thing to do.) When I‘m Not Quilting I still like to create, though, so here’s some quick photos of some of the Grinch themed WINQs I’ve done recently…
Who-ville Canister Set
Must Stop Christmas from Coming Countdown Calendar
be a Cindy Lou Who.
Had some extra space on a Spoonflower custom fabric order, so I included the center to this charming little pillow. My motto for the season!
If you saw yesterday’s post on my Grinch dining room decor, you probably won’t be surprised by today’s blog entry.
Once the table runner, placemats and napkins were laid out and everything turned into a pink, red and white Who-ville wonderland, our denim captain’s chairs didn’t quite fit in anymore. Slipcovers to the rescue!
While I am a pretty great quilter (pause while I blush, humbly) I am a terrible seamstress. Yes, Virginia, sewing and quilting are two very different things! But, fortunately, these sewn slipcovers were super easy.
I glanced through a couple tutorials from Pinterest, decided to start Saturday morning, and by mid-afternoon I had 2 chair slipcovers and a bench slipcover done. Easiest day of sewing I think I’ve ever had!
Amusing fact: While we have two of these captain’s chairs in the dining room, the only one who ever sits on them is the cat. Both have had broken legs, and I’m as good at repairing woodwork as I am at sewing, so people aren’t allowed!
Last year I had the best time creating Grinch-themed holiday decorations for our living room, but this year, I realized something… there’s lots more rooms in our house!
So, I tossed a coin between the bedroom and the dining room, and the dining room won (don’t feel left out, bedroom – I’m coming for you next year.)
I started with an idea inspired by View from the Fridge – a table runner with hand written lyrics from a favorite Christmas song. I’d planned to do the same with the lyrics from “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. Then my husband suggested each placemat feature a stanza, and, well, that pulled the whole thing together…
Here’s close-ups of each placemat –
My lyrics were printed at Spoonflower on linen-cotton canvas. Everything is quilted, except the coordinating fabric napkins, which were hemmed. The candlesticks were a Christmas gift from a few years ago and I found the napkin rings and Grinch glasses on Ebay.
I love how everything turned out – so much so that no one will be eating anything even near this new dining set. Want to enjoy your Who hash, Who pudding and roast beast? No problem! That’s what they make paper plates and TV trays for. 🙂
I love pretty much all versions of the Grinch story*, but the original book holds a special place in my heart.
So when I was putting together all my Grinch-themed holiday decor I wanted the book itself to take center stage. But the version you read from is pretty small and I was hoping for more impact. So, just like the Grinch’s heart, I grew it 3 sizes…
Well, almost 3 sizes. The original store-bought book is approximately 8 x 11 inches. My version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ended up being 20 ½ x 24 inches, not quite 3x, but definitely big enough to make the impact I hoped for!
To make the big book, the first thing I did was scan the front cover of the little book and have it printed as an oversized photo at Shutterfly. It needed a bit of trimming to fit, but that’s easy peasy.
I used two thin sheets of foam core for the front and back covers, wrapping them with a solid green fabric to make it look like a vintage children’s book (I even finagled a way to have a small gap between the covers and the spine like hardback books have :D)
The middle pages part is a wider piece of foam core with the edges covered in waterproof adhesive tape, the kind you get from the drug store to adhere bandages. It has a lined feel that gives the edges the look of a stack of paper (and, unlike electrical tape, which I also considered, it doesn’t stretch.)
MY finished GIANT book now sits in a decorative cubby in the entryway to our home – welcoming everyone who visits. And if you want to read the story, I’ve still got the smaller version, which will fit comfortably in your hands while the story warms your heart – whatever it’s size!
*Except the live action movie. As the late, great movie critic Roger Ebert commented, it’s a “dank, eerie, weird movie” and I completely agree. Not Grinch-y at all!