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Celebrate Seuss

Celebrate Seuss

I ran across the latest Celebrate Seuss at my favorite local quilt shop and just knew I had to have it! Since I’m a shade older than average-age Seuss fans, it seemed more appropriate to use it for my “grand” niece Maggie’s first birthday. This is definitely larger than your normal baby quilt but I wanted to make it a size she could “grow” into. I think every child goes through a Dr. Seuss phase particularly as they are learning to read. I remember reading most of these titles to my baby sister when she was Maggie’s age and then watching her read them to herself (although by then she pretty much had them memorized).

I designed this pattern specifically for the Celebrate Seuss panel. The Celebrate Seuss panel features 10 book covers of the Dr. Seuss series. I chose to make the layout using 13 book covers because I preferred the symmetry of  the finished blocks on the top. Recognizing that some might not want to buy a second panel for just 3 book covers, I also designed a layout using 10 covers.

The rectangle inside the block frame measures at 7” x 10”. Its size was determined by the size of the book covers on the Celebrate Seuss panel. Although it was designed specifically for those panels, it can be used for any print you choose to highlight. This two-block quilt goes together quickly and is a wonderful way to highlight favorite characters for kiddie quilts.

Finished Measurements:

Layout 1: Finished Size: 50” x 65” (13 book covers)
Layout 2: Finished Size: 56” x 58” (10 book covers)

Price: $8.00 Add to Cart (this pattern is a PDF download)

 

Quilting the quilt

It was a lot of fun to quiltI normally use cotton batting but decided to try out polyester for its lighter weight….easier for Maggie to drag around if she wanted. But I really must say I prefer cotton to polyester when it comes to quilting. I had a lot of shifting resulting in some puckering on the back (which drives me nuts).

Quilting the quilt

This is a two-block pattern with this block linking the framed book covers to each other. I integrated the four frame colors into the linking block.

Layout 1 - finished

I like the look of the starting and ending rows having three book covers. And I also like starting and ending with The Cat in the Hat….would have been perfect if the panel had included The Cat In the Hat Comes Back….ha.

Seuss Layout 2

Layout 2 has one less row of covers and has an added border.

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I had enough fabric left over to do the scrappy binding from the frame color fabrics. Overall, I’m happy with the results. Only thing left to do is add a label on the back and launder to soften it up. Maggie’s birthday is later this month so I’ll find out soon if it passed muster.

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5 comments

  1. This may be my favorite pattern for panels. Lovely job! Curious which poly batting you use. I’ve used Quilter’s Dream Poly and it behaves very well. I assume you quilted that on your Charm?

    • Thank you. I did quilt it on my Charm….love that baby. 🙂 To be honest, I don’t remember what the brand of the poly batting…it was a package I had on hand that I bought locally probably from Hancock’s. I don’t use poly often but think next time I’ll try Hobbs and Quilter’s Dream.

  2. looks like very usable instructions

  3. Love the co or adding fabric is there a kit available with those colors?

    • There is not a kit available. I used Moda’s essential dots for three of the four frames and intersecting blocks (yellow wasn’t available), a small print yellow for the fourth frame color, and Moda’s Basic Grey Vanilla grunge for the background white. Any solid or small print will work. Red, kelly green, and royal blue would also work as frame colors…so many colors to choose from in the book covers.

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