Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Merry Grinchmas - Q&A regarding the free pattern

I have been getting a lot of questions about the Merry Grinchmas Pattern that was a free pattern I designed for Robert Kaufman almost two years ago.

This post is to clear up any additional questions you may have. I appreciate your feedback and I do want to know when you find an error in my patterns. When the pattern was originally released there was one small mistake. The finished size of 3" was listed for the setting squares, but the directions to cut them at 3 1/2" was accidentally omitted. The error was quickly found and an updated pattern is available to download from Robert Kaufman's website.


Please understand that while I do my best to assure that patterns are not released with mistakes sometimes things slip by unnoticed and have a correction posted later.
(I have a corrections page for my pattern company.)


I have also received questions from people regarding the fabric they have in a kit.
I personally did not make or sell any of the kits. The pattern calls for Fat Eights of 12 fabrics. Two of those fabrics happen also be the outer border and binding fabrics. It is my understanding that in many of the kits, additional fabric of those prints were included vs. cutting separate Fat Eights.


Another question has been why some blocks are appliqued onto the background and some blocks have the background added on top of the block. The answer is that the pattern was written this way to avoid having white appliqued on top of green or red. If the quilt was made this way you would have to add stabilizer or use more than one layer of fabric to avoid having the dark color show through.


Finally I have received questions about the way the fussy cutting directions are listed. Some are listed width x height and some are listed height x width. This was not done to confuse you. Clearly all of the blocks in the quilt are taller than they are wide. This was simply how we wrote the numbers down while making the quilt.

I'm sorry for any confusion that this free pattern may have caused you. Please download the updated Merry Grinchmas free pattern before asking any questions. If you have additional questions after referencing the updated pattern please leave them in the comments section.

Quilt Details
Fabric is How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Enterprises for Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Merry Grinchmas Panel Quilt
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 1/18/11
Finished on 3/17/11
Quilt measures - 58" x 68"

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Lazy Girl said...

Merry Grinchmas is adorable! The postage stamp frame around each block is fantastic! Thanks for making the pattern available!

sonia said...

This quilt is amazing! You do a wonderful job and you are generous to share it. Congrats on your blog and patterns!

baxter913 said...

Thank you for making this FREE pattern available!!! Your generosity allows us to make a cute quilt. And you mean you are human? Mistakes happen? :)
Julie, you are an incredibly talented person. Thank you for sharing your talents.

Vicky said...

This is a seriously cute quilt!

Regina said...

I made this as a sample for Quiltique! It came out fabulously. You are so creative and work so hard. Congratulations on your success. PS: My hubs uses this on his lap in the winter. He loves it since he is a TRUE Grinch. Complains for two months about Christmas and then has more fun than anyone.

Unknown said...

What type of Fusible web do you use? One with or without paper?