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August 19, 2021
Mystery All the Trimmings Quilt and Stitch Along from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The header of the blog says "All the Trimmings Mystery Quilt and Stitch Along"

Ho Ho Ho! Guess what? Christmas in July is happening… in September! We’re hoping to transport you to a winter wonderland with our next mystery quilt and stitch along, All the Trimmings.

Each Tuesday for 5 weeks starting September 7, 2021, we will release one FREE quilt and cross stitch pattern. Quilters, you can join Kimberly Jolly as she shows you how to cut and sew a new block each week in our free All the Trimmings video series! Just like Christmas, the best part about this is the surprise, so we won’t reveal the look of the ...

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July 22, 2021
BAKING BOAS from Kwilty Pleasures

Have you seen the trendy BAKING BOAS?
I received this one for Christmas last year
from my partner in crimes of fabric, yarn, travel and wine. 
Kathy Guenther! 
She also knows I am a Christmas Baking fool.

I just love it!  
She found this one at Lehman’s in Oho Amish Country.

Many specialty / botique type stores carry these in many themes. 
Calahans in Calabash, NC had these Nautical BOAs
The store BOAs are made of the thinner, flatter cotton towels and 
it looks like they have 2 towels per BOA.
Retail costs between $20-$25 

I knew I could ...

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June 23, 2021
Jolly July – 2021 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

My favorite month of the summer has rolled back around… Jolly July! This year I’m once again partnering with two of my favorites stitchers, Priscilla and Chelsea of The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch! Priscilla and Chelsea have designed a gorgeous holiday pattern, And to All a Good Night, as well as four new Tiered Tray Tidbits and five new Dapper Doodads. This December I will “sleigh” the holiday game with all the decorations and fun gifts I’ve made. Cross stitch for the win!

Priscilla and Chelsea have some wonderful tips and ideas for finishing ornaments and holiday ...

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July 31, 2020
SCRAPPY TRIPPY KIMMY from Kwilty Pleasures

I have a great kwilty friend who loves scraps.
One of the first projects she encouraged me to do is...
Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks.

I have a project bin, with all the blocks
ready to sew.  Clover clips keep each block separate.

I used a light green print down the center of each block.
Looking at it now...there's not a lot of variance in color value.

I used the Bonnie Hunter's tutorial
and you can find that one here!
These (now) ugly blocks will come charity quilts.
Proves once more...I never have been a ...

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July 30, 2020
Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Finishing from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re wrapping up our 4-block Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Sew Along this week with the final pattern and tutorial. If you’ve been following along, you know that each week in July we released one video tutorial with a FREE pattern. We had a lot of fun seeing photos of your Jelly Snowflake Quilts on social media and sewing along with our blogger friends. Read on to see their finished quilts and download the finishing pattern.

Kimberly Jolly sewed her Jelly Snowflake in Deer Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics.

Finishing Jelly Snowflake

Kimberly shows you how to ...

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July 25, 2020
A Charming Christmas from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Summertime is almost here so that means the new collections of Christmas fabrics will be arriving in the stores soon.

So it is the perfect timing for the Fat Quarter Shop to release another one of their shortcut quilt patterns.  This festive project uses Charm Packs.

The Fat Quarter Shop asked me which Christmas collection I wanted to use and I picked Little Tree by Lella Boutique.  I knew it was going to look great with the White Grunge fabric I wanted to use for the background.

And here is my finished quilt!
Isn't it fun?

This shortcut pattern ...

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July 22, 2020
15 Christmas in July sewing ideas from The Crafty Quilter

I couldn’t let July pass by without sharing 15 Christmas in July sewing ideas. ‘Tis the season for crafters to start thinking about these things!

15 Christmas in July Sewing Ideas for you to get ready for the holidays @ The Crafty Quilter.

  1. I love this Christmas Tree Table Runner (re-sized) by Connie at Free Motion by The River. It’s on my list!
  1. I’ve always wanted to make a Quilted Christmas ornament such as this one by Jennifer Watkins for Create Kids Couture. It looks so cute in kid-friendly fabrics!
  1. If you entertain during the holidays, these Pinwheel Star Placemats will come in handy. I made this tutorial in 2013 and I still use these ...

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July 17, 2020
A Finish From Leftovers from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I STILL can't share my shortcut quilt finish for the Fat Quarter Shop blog hop.  But I am going to share the little finish I made from the leftover fabric!

Any time I make a quilt design that has large "flip corners", I try and turn the bonus triangles into HSTs.  I had only ten approximately 4" little blocks to play with.

I decided to turn them into this fun little Christmas table topper.  It measures about 14" square.  I just had to dig through my holiday scraps and find an extra charm square to use framed as the ...

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Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? And So It Begins... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow, that went by fast - seems like it was Friday just yesterday, but here we are again.  And you know what that means?  It's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I can't wait to see what you've all been working on, so let's get started!


The first thing I'm whooping about is making the deadline for the Christmas in July Pattern Parade hosted by Carole at From My Carolina Home!  I was a little worried I wouldn't make it, but everything fell into place and my post went up ...

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July 16, 2020
Jolly July 2019 Recap from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Kimberly stitched up a storm last July for the Jolly July Ornament Extravaganza with Priscilla and Chelsea of Stitching with the Housewives. While we are in the middle of Jolly July 2020, let us look back on last year’s Jolly July for stitchy inspiration. She made sets of ornaments that really add some stitchy goodness to her tree!

Kimberly stitched her ornaments on Graceful Gray 14 Count Aida by Wichelt Imports with the following Classic Colorworks colors.

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July 15, 2020
Christmas In July Pattern Parade Blog Hop! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome to my little part of the Christmas in July Pattern Parade Blog Hop!  I'm so happy to be here with you, and I hope you'll enjoy what I and all of my fellow contributors have come up with for you.

It's been a strange journey this year, hasn't it?  You may recall that I usually have a twelve day Christmas in July celebration on my own blog, but this year that just didn't work out.  So I was tickled to death when Carole of From My Caroline Home asked me to be ...

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Christmas In July Pattern Parade and Blog Hop from From My Carolina Home

Ready to have some fun?  Today, I am hosting a blog hop for your enjoyment with a Christmas theme for our hot days of July.  The Christmas In July Pattern Parade Blog Hop includes quilters from the US, Canada and Australia.  We are a group of pattern designers that have not done an event together before, so you may find some new blogs to follow today. Each blog will offer you a free pattern for a Christmas project, or a project suitable for gift giving.  The bloggers are all designers, so they’ll also have their patterns available for purchase ...

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July 7, 2020
Back to Sewing ~ Just In Time for Christmas in July from Life in the Scrapatch

These fabrics are

and they are on my cutting table today.

Christmas in July is in full swing and I am back to sewing!

Thanks to all for the well wishes.

My arm is well healed and I extended my break from sewing for a few extra days.

May all of you be well and safe and have a Merry July!

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June 4, 2020
Join the Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re bringing you a free pattern and video series called Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt to celebrate Christmas in July. 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. If you’re new to quilting, the detailed videos will show you how to cut, stitch and sew every step of the way! We won’t reveal the look of the quilt beforehand. That’s a secret! If you participated in our ...

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