I started this quilt in autumn, 2013, as a gift for my (not-so-little-anymore) brother and his family. My brother is just 51 weeks younger than me, and therefore, most of my childhood memories include him. I have found memories of watching holiday cartoon specials with him every year, making sure which night they would be on (because there was no VCR or DVR or cable channels showing 24 hours of holiday specials; if you missed it, you missed it. Period.) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my faves. (Maybe in part because of that fabulous scene of him whipping up his suit on a treadle sewing machine just like my grandma’s!) 😉
The quilt was done before Christmas 2013, but I didn’t finish binding it until January. I picked up a DVD of the movie, to gift with it, and I figured I’d just keep it and gift it to them Christmas 2014. But then, my husband suddenly died. So when my brother came over to our house two days later, so we could have a good cry together, I gave him this Christmas gift, and told him “I was going to save this until Christmas, but if I learned anything this week, it would be not to count on tomorrow.” One thing is certain, we are never guaranteed a tomorrow. Cherish the moments, cherish people, cherish your experiences.
About the quilt… I don’t usually buy printed panels, and I’ve never made a quilt from one before, but this was fun. I cut the panels apart, and of course, none of the designs are the same size as the next one, so I started making blocks by improvising sashing. A row or two of half-square triangles, a diagonal stripe to resemble a candy cane, stylized flying geese to look like trees:
As a kid, for some reason, I remember being really impressed by the narrator being able to “x-ray” the Grinch’s heart by holding that magic metal frame over his chest. And I loved the part when it grew so big the metal frame bursts apart! So naturally, my quilt had to include that part of the story. Appliqued in the top left corner is his “two-sizes too small” heart…
Love this quilt — I had so much fun making it, was thrilled to hear a few days later that my two nephews were sleeping with it on their bed even though Spring had just begun, and it’s a great reminder of the lesson the Grinch learned that Christmas, that Love, friends and family are really what matter.