Sunday, September 18, 2022

Fabric Grouch Quilt Block Tutorial for National Grouch Day

Hola! Thought I'd pop back in with another National Days quilt block tutorial today. We're getting so close to the end.. I can't wait to show you the filled grid of all 144 blocks! It's so much fun.

The next block on my list for my National Days scrap quilt project is for National Grouch Day, another October National Day.. This is another one that lands firmly in the "things I never dreamed I'd make into quilt blocks" category. It took some pondering. How do you translate "grouch" into a quilt block. I love a challenge, and eventually settled on a tribute to perhaps one of the most famous grouches of all.

Raise your hand if you grew up on Sesame Street..😄 Here is my small tribute to Oscar the Grouch for National Grouch Day.

Believe it or not, he took ages to get to this point. haha So much drawing, erasing, moving lines around, but here he is..  He does have some small corner flip units, but if you've been following along with this project or making any of the blocks, you're probably used to those by now.

Here's how he goes together.

Fabric A - background (wall):
(6) 1" sq. (~)
(1) 1 x 1 1/4"
(3) 1 x 1 3/4"
(2) 1 x 2"
(4) 1 1/4 x 2"
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 2 x 4"

Fabric B - trash can:
(1) 1 x 4"
(1) 1 x 6"
(3) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2"
(1) 1 1/2 x 6"

Fabric C - trash can trim:
(1) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(2) 1 x 6"

Fabric D - Oscar
(5) 1" sq. (~)
(4) 1 x 2"

Fabric E - eyes (white):
(2) 1" sq. (~)

Fabric F - eyes (black):
(2) 1" sq. (~)

Fabric G - background (ground):
(6) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 2 x 3 1/2"

--Match the symbols (~,* etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.

Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary.


Once you've completed the above clip & flip units, assemble block as shown below using SCANT quarter inch seams

Fabric Oscar has just 49 small  scraps, a lot less than the last block (thankfully!) but still a lot! If you stitched him up, you'll now have an 8 1/2" (8" finished in quilt) grouchy quilt block! Hope you like him!

Be back soon! Hope you've had a good weekend. We are getting some rain today, FINALLY! It's been so long.. Hopefully it will ease the wildfire situation.

Take care, and as always, HAPPY STITCHING!


P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!

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