Fat Quarter Shop is one of my favorite online fabric shops but did you know they also have a blog? Well, they do, and yesterday they announced their new Christmas in July celebration, the Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt. It’s a quilt-along with new blocks being revealed every week in July. Here’s why I think we should all join.
It Doesn’t Require A Lot of Supplies!
I don’t see anything in the blog post that says how large this quilt will be when it’s finished but it does say you’ll only need 1 Jelly Roll and 2 1/2 yards of background fabric. For this sew along they used Christmas Figs II by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics, but you can always use any fabrics you want.
You’ll also need 5/8 yds for binding and 3 3/8 yds for backing. Most of us have all of that in our stashes. Even if it’s not Christmas fabric we can still make this quilt with little to no shopping required.
It’s Only 4 Weeks!
I trip over block-alongs and quilt-alongs all the time but they always seem to require months of follow-along, or even a full year. I know me. I can’t plan sewing time that far ahead. I also know I’d lose interest after the third or fourth month and I’d have another UFO on my hands. But this Snowflake sew along only lasts for one month and there’s a new block each week so I’m thinking this will fit perfectly into my schedule and it’s just short enough to hold my limited attention span.
They’ve Done This Before!
If you’ve never participated in a quilt-along before then it’s a good idea to start with someone who has a proven track record for completing the project. You don’t want to get 6 blocks into a 12 block quilt-along and have the person who’s running it lose interest and disappear.
This isn’t Fat Quarter Shop’s first rodeo. Their Merry Mini Quilt Along in July of 2019 was a huge success and featured the same designers they’re featuring in this Snowflake sew along. That quilt along also included free patterns and Youtube vidoe tutorials.
It Features Three Experienced Designers!
When it comes to a quilt-along, experience counts. Lots of people can design a quilt block, heck I’ve accidentally designed a few myself. But not everyone can translate that block onto paper so others can replicate the exact same block. Each week of this sew along features a different experienced designer and their block pattern. (The fourth week is how to finish your quilt by The Jolly Jabber.)
Thursday, July 2 – Block 1 – Pat Sloan of ‘Making Quilting Fun‘
Thursday, July 9 – Block 2 – Beverly McCullough of ‘Flamingo Toes‘
Thursday, July 16 – Block 3 – Sherri and Chelsi, designers for Moda Fabrics
The Patterns Are FREE and They Have Videos!
Free quilt block patterns are always appreciated but when they also include videos to walk you through it that’s a bonus worth jumping on. If you’re like me and you’re new to quilting it’s sometimes difficult to understand some pattern instructions. Having a video of the designer actually showing you how to do it is like having that designer right there beside you at your sewing table.