Christmas in July Sew Along - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Christmas in July Sew Along

To celebrate Christmas in July we’re giving you a free pattern and video series called Merry Mini Quilt. It’s a good time to start something for the holidays. And… it’s a MYSTERY!

Each week in July we will release one video tutorial with a FREE pattern with a little help from our quilty friends. We won’t reveal the look of the quilt beforehand. That’s a secret!

We have a great group of quilt designers joining us for this event!

Mother/daughter duo Sherri and Chelsi have joined in the fun. These Moda Designers are always cooking up something noteworthy on their blogs with fun projects and tutorials.

Tuesday, July 2 – Block 1 Reveal // Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life

Block 1 Pattern
Block 1 Video Tutorial

Tuesday, July 9 – Block 2 Reveal // Chelsi Stratton

Block 2 Pattern
Block 2 Video Tutorial

Tuesday, July 16 – Block 3 Reveal // Beverly McCullough – Flamingo Toes

Beverly McCullough’s cheerful vintage designs grace her blog, Flamingo Toes, and the fabrics she creates for Riley Blake Designs are sure to brighten your day.

Block 3 Pattern
Block 3 Video Tutorial

Tuesday, July 23 – Block 4 Reveal // Pat Sloan

Pat Sloan, the “Voice of Quilting,” is a quilting designer, author and lecturer who inspires countless quilters around the world in her weekly radio show and popular Facebook Group.

Block 4 Pattern
Block 4 Video Tutorial

Tuesday, July 30 – Finishing Pattern // Jolly Jabber Blog

Finishing Pattern
Finishing Video Tutorial

Be sure to “hop” to each blog to get the free block patterns and video. And check out #MerryMiniQuilt on Instagram to share your progress and join in the fun!

About the Pattern

The wall hanging or table topper finishes at 33.5” squared. A Layer Cake is the perfect pre-cut to start with.

We made our super secret sample with Snow Day by Stacy Iest Hsu, but you can sew yours in any collection. It doesn’t have to be Christmas fabric at all! We recommend the Creative Grids Perfect 10 Ruler, made for cutting Layer Cakes.

Fabric Requirements

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Join the Sew Along

We hope you’ll join us for the Merry Mini Mystery Quilt sew along in July! Download your copy of the fabric requirements, pick out your fabrics, and meet us over on Sherri McConnell’s blog (A Quilting Life), on Tuesday, July 2, for the first block pattern and video!

Share with #merryminiquilt

Be sure to share your projects using #MerryMiniQuilt and tag us (@fatquartershop) so we can see and share your work!


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    1. This is a good starter one since it only has 4 blocks 🙂 You should make sure you can sew an accurate 1/4″ seam for best results. Let us know how it goes!

  1. I’m excited to see the patterns and sew along with this if I can squeeze it in with other projects. However, I’m somewhat confused by the fabric requirements. Why would you need 2.5 yards backing when the finished mini quilt is less than 1 yard square?
    I also don’t see any binding material requirement. Will 0.5 yard of the backing be used as the binding? I’m just trying to select fabrics ahead of time. Maybe it will become clearer as the pattern is released.

    1. Amanda, thanks for your feedback! We adjusted the backing amount on the document.

  2. So looking forward to this! I always try to sew a Christmas in July project so this is perfect…plus a mystery. I ordered my Snow Day Layer Cake yesterday so I will be ready to go:)
    Thank you for providing such awesome projects for us. I live on an island and need the outside inspiration. When I go to your Fat Quarter Shop online I feel reconnected to the quilting and Cross stitch world. I am 3 hours from the mainland and 4 hours from a quilt shop with items new to the market…so HUGS! Sincere THANKS:)

  3. I have Christmas fat quarters. How many do u need? Can u use fat quarters? Thanks

    1. Suzanne, you can definitely use fat quarters! That’s what Pat Sloan is using for hers.

  4. I am so excited to have discovered this fun project, and I hope to begin soon. I so enjoy seeing everyone’s finished blocks!

  5. Enjoy your site . It fun! Sorry to say I can’t find Pat Sloan block for Merry Mini. I went to her site did search nothing g. Went to Fat quarter site did the same thing still didn’t come up with it . Did find the site for the other blocks.
    Please post it with the other blocks can’t finish the Merry Mini till I get
    Pats block.
    Thank you ,

  6. I am unable to find the finishing instructions for the Merry Mini Sew Along. Where do I go?

    1. Go to the first page of the blog. The link is above Kimberly’s video about the finishing instructions.

  7. Kimberly,
    I do appreciate all the gals that were involved in designing these blocks and I am going to make several of these; a couple for two of my sisters and then some for friends as well as us—-won’t my hubby be surprised. Some are going to be traditional Christmas colors and the others will be done in blues. I am excited about this quilt!! xoxoxo