I bought the Fat Quarter assortment of the fabric from Fat Quarter Shop, which includes 12 fat quarters and three 2/3 yard pieces. One of those 2/3 yard pieces is a panel (link to Kaufman) of 11 different “pictures” in various sizes, so I decided to make that the focus of the quilt, rather than conventionally pieced quilt blocks. This quilt is ALL about the fabric and print, rather than fancy piecing, so it comes together quickly after some math. Note: Jaybird Quilts actually has a published pattern for the Grinch fabric, so this design looks a little like her in that it’s a 3×3 arrangement of these panel pieces, but she does a fancy postage stamp finish and fusible applique to mount the panel blocks. I’ve never found fusible applique to hold up well after repeated washings, so I opted for piecing instead.
Here is my materials list, but you can adjust according to your stash:
- 1 FQ assortment of Grinch fabric
- Red solid fabric (I had Kona Cardinal on hand from the Terrible Quilt): 1 yard or slightly less
- White solid fabric (for inner border): 1/3 yard (if you cut WOF). I had a weird long piece that allowed me to cut along the grain so I didn’t have to piece it.
- Green solid fabric (I used Kona Lime because it’s a nice Grinchy shade): 1/2 yard
- Binding fabric – you can do a scrapping binding using leftovers from the FQs, or scrape up a 1/2 yard of something else
- Backing fabric – Again, piece it together using FQs leftovers and other cuts, or enough backing for a 66″ x74″ quilt.
To separate the panel into individual blocks, I lined up my ruler on the pictures and cut 1/2″ bigger all around each picture. Most of these pictures have a printed border that makes it easy, but for those that didn’t, I just carried on the cutting line from the block closest to it. The good news is that there is about one inch between each block, so cutting looks like this:
- The 3 A blocks are the skinniest at about 9 3/4″ x 11 1/4″.
- The 4 B blocks are 8 1/2″ x 11 1/4″.
- The 2 C blocks are 9 3/4″ x 11 1/14″
Because I am mildly OCD, and also anal, I like my quilt blocks to be the same size, so I needed to frame these pictures to make them all the same size. Mine ended up 14 x 16 1/2″ after trimming (so they will be 13 1/2″ x 16″ finished). Here are the cutting directions for framing up those pictures using the FQ prints from the assortment you purchased:
- A blocks: Cut 6 – 4 1/4 x 11/14″ for the sides and 6 – 3 1/4″x14″ for the top and bottom
- B blocks: Cut 8 – 3 1/2 x 11/14″ for the sides and 8 – 3 1/4″x14″ for the top and bottom
- C blocks: Cut 4 – 3 x 11/14″ for the sides and 4 – 3 1/4″x14″ for the top and bottom
Here what the blocks looked like all framed up, in bad lighting and photography:
Now it’s time to cut the sashing!
- Solid red:
- A pieces: Cut 12 of 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″
- B pieces: Cut 12 of 2 1/2″ x 14″
- Grinch print of your choice (I used the green small Who print)
- C pieces: Cut 16 of 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Work some magic, wave your wand, and the sashing is magically pieced together! Just kidding. I just chained pieced all of these together, and always pressed to the sashing (because nested seams make for awesome matched corners):