I keep kidding my husband that I want to leave our Grinch-themed holiday decorations up all year long – well, he thinks I’m kidding. I’m actually dead serious.
Until I get him on board, though, I’m going to have to sneak my Grinch fix in during the other 11 months of the year, like I’ve done with this newly finished quilt –
That Grinch panel has been in my stash for years because I couldn’t come up with a quilt design I liked enough to use it. Finally, I decided I’d had enough and spent an entire weekend back in February creating potential panel designs***
After narrowing those choices down to 3, I ended up picking a pattern of wide borders made with scrappy crooked blocks. With all the fun angles and bright holiday colors, the final design turned out appropriately Seuss-ian. At the same time, the big blocks don’t overwhelm the panel – it’s still the focus.
Side note, I think I’ve come to a better understanding what my customers go thru! When you request a custom quilt design at Whimzie Quiltz I typically respond with 3-4 designs to choose from. I’ve been told – repeatedly! – how hard it is to pick a favorite when there are so many options. After this, yeah, I get it now 😀
I chose a red and white dot Minky fabric for the back. But to keep the soft Minky pile from getting too squished down, I had to keep the quilting simple. So there are lots of straight lines in the green areas and oversized asterisks in the red areas. My hope was that they would call back to mid-century design elements popular when Dr. Seuss wrote the original Grinch story while still letting the quilt drape and cuddle.
The Minky backing makes this quilt SO soft and snuggly (which is why, ironically, it is named “Cuddly as a Cactus” 😀 ) I’m still not good enough at quilting Minky to offer it as an option to customers, but perhaps with a few more Minky-fied quilts under my belt, I soon will.
My Grinch fix for July is now taken care of – Whew! But there are still 161 days until Grinchmas 2018, so I’m off to start another Grinch-y project to hold me over ’til then…
As an added bonus to my weekend of “panel productivity”, I figured out a design for a leg lamp quilt panel I’ve also had for years (Hubs is a huge fan of A Christmas Story.) And I now have LOTS of quilt panel designs to suggest to customers who want a custom quilt featuring a large central image, too!
As of today, there are 80 days left until Grinch-mas 2017! Yes, I’m counting them down… and I can’t wait to get to use my just finished “Merry Grinch-mas” quilted advent calendar.
It’s the standard design I created years ago, though the first quilted calendar I’ve done with a Grinch / Who-ville theme (check out others in my Whimzie Quiltz Etsy shop.) Each little pocket holds a single peppermint or Hershey’s kiss, so you can enjoy one per day – every day – until the BIG day!
This is the last calendar that my fabulous friend Shirley helped with. I’ve since purchased my own embroidery machine, and it’s a lot of fun, but I miss working with her terribly!
Love the Grinch as much as I do? Check out these blog posts with more of my holiday Who-ville decor –
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 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!