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How to Make a Grinch Quilt Plus a Look at a Froggy Quilt

Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.


Delighted to Share with you

My precious sister who made the Grinch quilt received her Angel wings last year so I am thrilled she shared the how-to with me several years ago. It is my pleasure to share two writers here on Hub pages with you: Glimmer Twin Fan shares with us the difference betweenand quilting and machine quilting. She provides much detail about quilting and leaves it up to you what type of quilting to choose as your favorite method http://glimmertwinfan.hubpages.com/hub/Hand-Quilting-vs-Machine-Quilting

Millionaire tips provides us with a great deal of information about traditonal quilts that you will find interesting. http://millionairetips.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-a-Traditional-Quilt


Quilt-making has come a long way since the days when the ladies sat around a large frame and completed each part of a quilt by hand.

Today there are machines which do portions of the work 'for' the quilter. But it is still a task that requires attention to detail and commitment to a project that may take many months to complete. This is a gift that will last a lifetime.

The story behind this quilt began one year before the Christmas holidays. It was at that time that the idea began to take shape in my sister's head, kind of like those proverbial sugar plums.

Her daughter-in-law had professed her interest in all things Grinchy. That was when my sister had an idea...a most wonderful idea, so unlike the Grinch . Her marvelously wonderful idea was to make a quilt about Mr. Grinch.

Once she makes up her mind to make something for someone, she does it. This odyssey would last all year long. She spent a total of fifteen weeks composing,formulating, orchestrating, and creating the Grinch quilt pictured in this article.

'I learned so much as I made this. I know if I make another one it will take much less time,' she told me, and I could hear the relief in her voice. Relief that she accomplished her goal of finishing in time for Christmas and relief that now when she made a new one, it would be less of a challenge. A challenge. But one she knew she would be able to tackle with new knowledge.

This may be a project you would wish to complete for a friend or loved one. There are a vast array of designs and patterns available. Select what you like and get started on your quilting project.

...a little about the Grinch

Just in case you are not familiar with the Grinch. here is a little information about him. He is one of Dr Seuss fame. He is one of the most famous characters he invented. It is almost impossible in late November and the whole month of December to not find a Grinch movie or book somewhere...in a store or on television.

The Grinch had only a tiny piece of a heart it is said. It really bugged him every year when the 'Who's down in Whoville, the tall and the small' celebrated Christmas with all of the singing and joy and happiness. He had none of those feelings. His plan: steal Christmas packages including all of the trappings even the roast beast and Christmas would not come.

He did all of those despicable things. And something wonderful happened instead of what he planned.

Please read How the Grinch Stole Christmas to see what happens.

About the Material

You may want to know...the fabric is Robert Kauffman 100% quilt fabric. Inside of the layers of fabric is thin batting.

The finishing touch was a striped binding.

...sewing one section

...sewing one section

...a Photo Journal

The following photographs were taken throughout the year as my sister was working on this quilt.

...getting ready for another step

...getting ready for another step

...a template constructed during the process

...a template constructed during the process

...pieces and parts hung ...choosing and selecting just the right color and design

...pieces and parts hung ...choosing and selecting just the right color and design

...more pieces come together in the planning stages

...more pieces come together in the planning stages

...getting close to finishing a quilt the Grinch would admire!!!

...getting close to finishing a quilt the Grinch would admire!!!

A Grinchy Quilt

A Grinchy Quilt

A gift of Froggy Fun

My sister knows that I have a colleciton of froganalia and is always finding things to send me that have the froggie signature. She made this adorable quilt for me and sent it to me a frew days ago. I just wanted to share it with it you.


The Tree Skirt

...grinchy tree skirt....

...grinchy tree skirt....


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Do you own a quilt?
    • Yes, ordered one off line
    • Yes ...it was my grandmother's
    • No
  2. Have you ever observed a group of ladies quilting?
    • Yes, at county fairs...it's fascinating.
    • No
  3. Do you quilt?
    • No ...it looks to complicated to me.
    • No but I would like to learn.
    • Yes....It is such fun to make quilts for friends and family

Answer Key

  1. Yes, ordered one off line
  2. Yes, at county fairs...it's fascinating.
  3. No ...it looks to complicated to me.

A Grinch Tree Skirt

After the quilt was complete but with almost no time left before her trip to Florida for Christmas this year, another idea emerged. Of course!! A tree skirt. There must be a tree skirt.

It is pictured here ...completed almost as she was racing to the plane. Finished though and ready to be part of a spectacular gift for someone this year.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Patricia Scott


Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 01, 2017:

I am indeed. She has made me many lovely quilts and blankets over the years. She did teach me to make the no sew blankets and now I give them to many at Christmas time and for birthdays. Hess had his surgeries and all...I will get a letter off detailing when things settle down a bit. The prayers and good thoughts are felt over the miles...Peggy. Know that many Angels are headed to you and yours ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2017:

You are fortunate to have a sister who sews and gives you these types of gifts. It must make you think of her every time you look at quilts and other things that she sews. Nice! Sending good thoughts your way and prayers for Heston Wayne and the rest of your family.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 11, 2015:

O I do so love them My sister is so skilled at bringing just the right colors and textures together. I happily display them all over my house.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps Thanks for visiting. Colorfulone

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on June 10, 2015:

My oh, my! Those are beautiful, I love all the bright cheerful colors. Your sister is talented at this quilting she does. - What a fun hub!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 06, 2015:

Thank you Peggy. My sister can turnout some amazing creations. I can sew a few things, very few. When I want something really spectacular I ask her to make it for me...and she does.

thanks for stopping Peggy. Hoping all is good in

Texas this evening ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2015:

Your sister did a great job in constructing that Grinch quilt and the Christmas tree skirt as well in addition to your froggy quilt. Those are gifts that will last and be cherished for a long time! Nice to have such a talented seamstress in the family!

Wishing you a very Happy Easter today and may many blessings come your way. Will happily share this as the basic idea can be utilized with many other themes as well.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 23, 2014:

Hi Aufait

this quilt was a year and a half in construction. Granted this time around it would not take quite that long but quilting if done with great skill and care is very time consuming.

It becomes a work of art.

Angels are on the way to you and so are wishes for a very merry Christmas. ps

C E Clark from North Texas on December 22, 2014:

What great ideas for quilts! I love both the Grinch and the froggy quilts. If one is skilled and has a few hours of time available it could be possible to put one of these together by Christmas Day for someone special.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 15, 2013:

Thank you, Stacey. I will ask my sister and get back to you. She is the creator of this awesome quilt. Great question. I know you will love yours if you make one. And the froggy quilt...she mad that for me for Christmas this year. I love it...I have a whole frog collection.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sending Angels to you and yours. ps

Stacey on January 14, 2013:

Love it! I didn't get to finish mine before Christmas but I have all of the squares assembled. Question: I am struggling to satin stitch the postage stamp borders on my machine. With all of the curves it seems impossible to get a controlled neat appearance. How did you do it?

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 20, 2012:

Hi, rebeccamealey...nice to see you again...I have no sewing skills either; maybe sewing a button on. One day maybe I will ask my sister to teach me. I hope others are inspired by her to make this quilt. Thank you for stopping by.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 20, 2012:

thank you for stopping by...quilting is a work of art..I do agree. I would love how to make one someday.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 20, 2012:

Thank you for stopping by. I am passing along all of these kind observations to my sister....I wish I had her talent with fabric and thread.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 20, 2012:

thank you for all of the kind remarks you made about the quilt...it really is amazing...my sister works magic with fabric and thread!!!

She has made others and they are equally as beautiful.

Shasta Matova from USA on April 20, 2012:

It is a gorgeous quilt! I love the wavy border and the great combination of fabrics. How sweet of you to highlight your sister's talents here.

eyeforstyle from Manlius, New York, USA on April 20, 2012:

I found quilt as one of the amazing piece of art today. Its great!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 19, 2012:

This is a totally cool Hub! How smart of you to throw it out in plenty of time to make. Honestly, I have never had sewing skills but the tree skirt sounds do able even for me!

moonlake from America on April 19, 2012:

What a cute quilt and tree skirt. Enjoyed your hub and voted up.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 23, 2012:

terry gruber, i will need to check it out...that sounds amazing. thanks for peeking in here today...

Terry Gruber on January 22, 2012:

My daughter in law had a book made for me(mypublishers.com) as a thank you gift. How awesome that was!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 13, 2012:

thanks, lori, for sharing ...love love love the pictures!!!

Lori G on January 13, 2012:

I am the lucky recipient of this fabulous talent!!! Here is the scrapbook I created for my mother in law!!!


Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 13, 2012:

thank you ....my sweet sister...the pleasure was all mine to show off this amazing creation...love you

Terry Gruber on January 13, 2012:

Thank you ,dear sister for the awesome story about Lori's quilt!

It was so much fun to work on, and almost spilled the beans one day on skype as I had one piece pinned to an easel that was visible.oops! Hid that quickly.Hugs!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 12, 2012:

thank you, KoffeeKlatch gals...i can take no credit for the composition of the sweet quilt and tree skirt...my sister is the seamstress in our family...lucky me, i got to share it...thank you for your kind words.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on January 12, 2012:

What an absoluterly adorable quilt. And the tree skirt...well, it just too cute. Wonderful pictures and description. Up and interesting.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 10, 2012:

i know daisyjae...me too...can't sew..maybe a button on in an emergency....and i too am a big fan of the Grinch and many other Seussalicious stories.

Thank you for stopping by.

daisyjae from Canada on January 10, 2012:

I love the grinch and I love this quilt. This makes me wish I could sew.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 08, 2012:

twocuriousgeorge: Hi, and, I have to agree. It is amazing. This is not her first quilt by any means but this one really was the one that took her quilting to the next level. So happy that I can share it here for her. :) Thank you so much for stopping by..

twocuriousgeorge from GA on January 07, 2012:

Awesome Quilt!!!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 07, 2012:

My precious sister made this quilt. I am so glad you like it. Thanks for the kind comments. I am always humbled by them. I will stop by soon to visit. :)

Alison Dittmar from PA on January 07, 2012:

Great job! I am very impressed. Love the tree skirt too!! Congrats on the quilt and the Hub :)

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