A Very Grinchy Christmas Quilt

So I have a confession to make. This quilt was finished last year. Which at this point, I’m wondering if I should even blog about it but I do love to have an online record of my projects. And since I actually managed to get a few pictures of it when I took the boys Christmas pj pics, I figured I’d throw it up here.

grinch quilt (2 of 6)

I bought the main panel piece along with the first border print several years ago and had been hoarding it until I could figure out what to do with it. Last year, I decided I would finally cut into it and make a quilt. I happened to run into hobby lobby and see that they had the Santa Grinch print that you see in the backing and outer border, grabbed a few yards of it, and started planning my layout.

grinch quilt (6 of 6)I cut apart the panel pieces and arranged them in a 3×3 rectangle of blocks. I added some white kona cotton as necessary to even the blocks out. I was really trying not to spend any more money on fabric so I used the two green Grinch prints that I had to border the quilt. In retrospect, the two greens together are a little too busy and I wish I would have spent a little more time and money to put a border between them . Especially for something like a quilt that’s going to last a long time, I have learned it’s not worth it to make something I’m 100% happy with.

grinch quilt (5 of 6)I didn’t have quite enough of the Santa Grinch print for the backing so I used a red and white stripe print from my stash to complete the back. I do so love the little pop those stripes give it. For the binding, I just used a pre-made red binding….which I would not recommend! It bled all over the white spots in the quilt and I had to do a lot of re-washing and sun-bleaching to get the red stains out. Thankfully they did eventually come out.

grinch quilt (4 of 6)The quilting is just a basic stippling in gray. Love the texture a stipple quilting pattern gives without taking away from the main focus of the quilt.

The boys love this quilt so much so even though it’s got a few things I wish I would have done differently, I’m glad they are happy. It’s so fun to see them lay it out in the living room floor and check out all the Grinch’s and Who’s. They love the old version of the Grinch movie and get so excited to “read” the story through the quilt panels. And, you know, I love any chance to encourage a love of Dr. Seuss. 🙂


A Wet Bag for Oliver

You know the saying about the cobbler’s children running barefoot? Well that happens to be the case in our house quite often as well. I bought some PUL fabric months ago and planned to make Oliver some wet bags for his diaper pail liner and (up till now) had yet to do it. BUT my recent commission for a hanging wet bag put me on a roll, and I whipped one up for Oliver this week. This bag hangs in our laundry room and collects all the diapers until wash time. I like this method better than what we were doing (laundry basket collecting diapers till wash) because it is super easy to throw the bag into the wash with the diapers and all get cleaned at the same time. Ideally, I think I need two so one can be in the wash and one can be in use, but one thing at a time, please. 🙂

I made this bag in the same dimensions I made the previous one (roughly 17×21), and I love the size of it. I also love that it is drawstring so no zippers! If you know me, you also know that I am a big Dr. Seuss fan so this bag makes me happy just looking at it. 🙂 I bought quite a bit of Dr. Seuss fabric when I was pregnant with Oliver and have yet to use it all, so I am happy to have found another good use for it. I have another commission for zippered wet bags and am hoping to get those whipped up this weekend… this is becoming quite the side business for me!