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Christmastime Mystery Quilt & Stitch Along

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? It’s Christmastime and we’re stitching! Beginning Tuesday, September 13, we’ll release a FREE Christmastime quilt and cross stitch pattern each week for five weeks. Kimberly will guide you in sewing this quilt, so if you’re new to quilting (or want some company while you sew), this is a great place to start!

Each Tuesday from September 13 – October 11, we will release a video tutorial on the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube Channel with a FREE quilt block pattern and cross stitch pattern. Join Kimberly as she guides you through cutting, stitching, and sewing a new block each week!

We won’t reveal the full design of the quilt or cross stitch pattern until the very end, but you can see the first part. Bookmark this page, check back each week for updates, and subscribe to the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube Channel, so you never miss a new release.

Christmastime Quilt

The quilt finishes at 23.5″ x 27.5″. If you want to sew a festive version like ours, grab the Christmastime Mystery Quilt Kit, which includes fabric for the top, binding, and backing!

We are sewing our quilt with Christmas Stitched by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics! This collection has all the holiday season classics, making it the perfect choice.

See all the supplies for this sew along by heading to the Christmastime supplies page for the supplies you will need.

To sew this quilt with your own fabrics, download the fabric requirements.

Christmastime Cross Stitch

The Christmastime Cross Stitch measures 105w x 95h, finishing as a 7.5″ x 6.875″ rectangle when stitched on 14 count Aida! 

The Christmastime Cross Stitch piece will be stitched in sections as we reveal a new portion of the pattern each week. Our Christmas-themed Mystery Quilt inspired this design, so give this pattern a go if you want a matching set.

The floss and cloth you choose are up to you, but we stitched ours with the Classic Colorworks Thread Pack on Natural 14 Count Aida by Wichelt. For a true match to our version, check out the Christmastime DMC Thread Pack.

Visit the Christmastime supplies page for floss, cloth and notions!

Christmastime Pattern Releases

Tuesday, September 13
Release 1

Tuesday, September 20
Release 2

Tuesday, September 27
Release 3

Tuesday, October 4
Release 4

Tuesday, October 11
Release 5

We invited some friends to join us, and they’re sharing their progress along the way! You can follow them on social media for inspiration and tips.

Meet The Quilters:

Meet The Stitchers:

Join us for Christmastime!

Right-click the image to download this image and share that you’re participating!

Share the badge above to show you’re participating in the Christmastime Quilt and Stitch Along. Everyone and anyone can sew and stitch along! To join in, all you have to do is come back to this blog each week to download the mystery patterns and gather your supplies.

Keep up with us by following the hashtags #ChristmastimeQAL and #ChristmastimeSAL on Instagram to see and share work from your fellow quilters and stitchers. Don’t forget to tag @fatquartershop (for the quilt) and @fqsxstitch (for cross stitch), so we don’t miss any of the holiday cheer.

All this fun starts on Tuesday, September 13. We’ll see you then!


  1. Dear FQS: I will be joining in on the Christmastime Stitch Along! 🙂
    I am looking forward to all the Christmastime cross stitching fun!

  2. So cool! I do it with my mother in law… She is stitching, and I’m sewing/quilting… Very cool actib-vity for us two..; THANK YOU!

  3. This is starting on my Birthday Sept 13 what better way to celebrate my birthday than to start this mystery quilt.. I will be there.

  4. For the layer cake in the Christmastime quilt kit, will it be ok to starch the 10” squares?

    1. Hi Denise, this is a great question!

      Yes, it will be totally fine if you starch. There is plenty of room in the pattern for this.

  5. QUESTION: Is it safe to starch the 10″ squares or do we need to retain the 10″ square? I am looking forward to the Christmas Mystery Quilt Along! I missed last year and can’t wait to get started. Thank you for all the fun.

    1. Hello Theda, thank you for asking!

      You are fully safe to starch. We are so glad you get to join us this year. Thank you for your support!

  6. I have a Jolly Bar pack from a couple of years ago. Would that work in place of a layer cake?

    1. Hi Susan, unfortunately, the pieces that need to be cut from the Layer Cake would be just bigger than what a Jolly Bar can accommodate.

      You’re welcome to take a look at the patterns as they release and try it, but the pattern is designed for a layer cake.

      1. Thank you! I was afraid of that! I do have a layer cake, but the jolly bar I have would have been perfect. Maybe I need another layer cake?! LOL

    1. Hi Edna, the block links were added about half an hour after you visited the blog this morning.

      You can find it linked above, and the others will be linked there as well. We have to manually add the releases and do so as soon as we arrive at Fat Quarter Shop on the mornings of releases. I apologize for not having it sooner!

      Hope this helps!

  7. just downloaded the first release for ChristmasTime SAL. I am ready to start. Thank you for this free pattern and look forward to seeing how this pattern looks. My first mystery stitch-along. Yeah!!!!!

  8. Hi, I am new to quilting and am doing this quilt along. On Block two, I need more info on how to cut the fabric. The Candy print says to cut 2 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles but then it has (4 total). What does this mean? Do I need 2 pieces or 4 pieces? Sorry but I just don’t understand this and need some help. Thanks

    1. Hi Gwen, I’m also new to quilting and I asked to find out, so you’re not alone!

      It’s two of each fabric! So it is 2 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ but to the right you can see that there are two SKUs shown. That means you’ll need to cut 2 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ out of each SKU making a total of 4 2 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

      I hope this helps!

  9. I visited all the links and enjoyed seeing those blog posts from quilters who made the mystery… lots of ideas for finishing! I didn’t have much luck with any of the youtube videos finding anything about the Christmas mystery.