Christmas in July Block-A-Thon - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Christmas in July Block-A-Thon

Hi guys! Welcome to the last block in the Christmas in July Block-a-thon! Woohoo, you made it! Have you been sewing along with us all month long? I’m loving the blocks I see here.

Our It’s Sew Emma block called Cheer is on the Free Spirit blog today. Next Monday, they will post the final quilt reveal! We haven’t seen it either and are so anxious to see it all done!

The fabrics we were sent for Cheer are from Heather Bailey’s Fresh Cut, plus the green and white solids. I love me some Heather Bailey and went at it with gusto. This block reminds me of a quaint table setting – don’t ask me why, it just does! Artistic license and all that!

You can download the tutorial here, and the Free Spirit blog has all the rest of the blocks, so go check it out. For this block’s giveaway, Free Spirit has donated a Pagoda charm pack. Tell us what fabrics you would use for Cheer, and we will announce the winner of the charm pack on Monday. Good luck and happy sewing.


  1. You know Sandy Gervais has some great fabrics that would work well with this pattern. Edna V.

  2. I will be using some of the Moda Blitzen range hopefully later today to make this block 🙂 I love stars so this looks a fab block to me! 🙂

  3. I can see the sweet little table with 2 star chairs – if it wasn't cold and snowy out (Christmas, you know!), I'd picture it out on my patio. lol
    I think I'd make this block in all solids and include white and black.

  4. What a beautiful block. I would love to see this made using Hunter Holiday Serenade from Hoffman. I think it would make a beautiful table runner with those fabrics and this block as the center.

  5. What a neat block! I can see the table setting as well. hehe. I think this would look great in Joy or really, anything Kate Spain. I think Couquette would also be great.

    Thank you and Free Spirit for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  6. Heather Bailey's Fresh Cut,Looks great, I always buy what people sew because I can see the out come, thats the way I buy, most have better taste than me..

  7. This is a beautiful block. Freespirit's Cameo or Birds and Bees by Tula would look great made in this block…. Or, Joy for a Christmas version

  8. I would use some Vintage Modern fat quarters that I have. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. How about some 1930s prints — scrappy— for the star, muslin for the background, and poison green for the rectangle? I'm so loving all the 30's prints right now, that I see them in every pattern I look at! 🙂 Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  10. Oh, it would have to be either Kate Spain's holiday fabrics (Flurry or Joy), or Winterkist by Monica Solorio-Snow. Heck I'd probably make 3 quilts and use one line for each! 🙂

  11. definately something Kate Spain. Thanks for a chance to win – laurie

    llsbaskets at comcast dot net

  12. I think it would be pretty neat in any color scheme, not just Christmas. But I lean toward navy and silver and starry.Alternative Christmas!!

  13. Not sure why, but looking at it the first thing that came to mind was a little quilted sitting matt for my daughter to use when she opens her presents from Santa!

  14. If I won one of these bundles I'd make a sweet baby quilt to give to a cancer patient at one of the Hope Lodges.

  15. That is the one of the best blocks of the group!! very cheery and inspirational!! I love it. I think I would make the bkg. gray and use more teal and red with it!! I really like this block …really really.
    Vickie in the far corner of the NW

  16. Is it just me…but Cheer reminds me of sunflowers! Definitely would use gold, browns and indigo with cobalt blues and then embroidery seed packets in the center….for a non-Christmas quilt. But for Christmas…lime, aqua, purples, silver….I love non traditional colors at christmas!

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

  17. It is a great pattern_ I love the blocks – perhaps Kate Spain's line Joy.. Thanks for the chance to win such a pretty charm pack..
    Regards from Western Canada,

  18. Since I haven't yet made anything with Vintage Modern, I'd love to jump in and make a cheery block in those reds and blues.

  19. I would use: 1)Heart Strings in Red Splatter 2) Heart Strings in Dark Beige Lovely Words
    I can see this in a wonderful table runner
    Thanks for the tutorial
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net