Holly Jolly Block of the Week using Riley Blake Designs Holly Holiday Fabric!

Hello, Everyone!  Welcome to the information post for the Holly Jolly Block of the Week!  I love sampler quilts so much and I'm excited to sew this Christmas-y one with you!

Let me give you the basic information!  The Holly Jolly Block of the Week will start May 14th.  There will be a new block(s)/assignment every week for 26 weeks.  The weekly block assignments will start the week of May 14th and run through the week of October 29th.  Assembly directions will be given November 5th.  

I will give all block patterns and assembly instructions here on my blog.  This block of the week is completely free.  Each week during the block of the week, I will have a downloadable PDF for you posted here on my blog with the instructions for the week.  The Holly Jolly quilt measures 74 1/2" x 84 1/2".  

Use the hashtag #hollyjollybotw and #jessicadayonpatterns to share your progress.  

To make my Holly Jolly Block of the Week, I am using Holly Holiday by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs.  This collection is so gorgeous and festive.  You can find the Holly Holiday Storyboard- HERE- to see the collection in detail.  And, here is good look at it too!

Photo Credit: Riley Blake Designs

It's so gorgeous, right?!  In addition to Holly Holiday, I am using the following Riley Blake Designs Basics:
     -Bee Backgrounds C9940-GREEN
     -Pin Dot C705-CHRISTMAS
     -Pin Dot C730-RED
     -Shabby C605-HOLLY
     -Texture C610-RED
     -Kisses C210-RED
     -Kisses on White C220-RED
     -Swiss Dot C670-CLOVER
     -Swiss Dot On White C660-CLOVER
     -Kaleidoscope CR480-BUBBLEBATH

For my backing, I'll be using Wide Back Blossom in Clover (WB715-CLOVER).  Did you know that Blossom comes in Wide Back??  It does!

Here is the schedule we will follow during our quilt along-

Holly Jolly Block of the Week
Information Post & Fabric Requirements
Week 1- May 14- Snickerdoodle
Week 2- May 21- Peanut Butter Blossom
Week 3- May 28- Gingerbread
Week 4- June 4- Chocolate Chip
Week 5- June 11- Jam Thumbprint
Week 6- June 18- Peppermint Bark
Week 7- June 25- Pink & Red Spritz
Week 8- July 2- Macaroon
Week 9- July 9- Shortbread
Week 10- July 16- Snowballs
Week 11- July 23- Biscotti
Week 12- July 30- Meringue
Week 13- August 6- Toffee
Week 14- August 13- Molasses
Week 15- August 20- Butter
Week 16- August 27- Black & Green Spritz
Week 17- September 3- Rugelach
Week 18- September 10-Gingerbread
Week 19- September 17- Black & White
Week 20- September 24- Pineapple Squares
Week 21- October 1- Chocolate Cherry
Week 22- October 8- Fudge
Week 23- October 15- Cinnamon Sugar
Week 24- October 22- Blondie
Week 25- October 29- Brownie
Week 26- November 5- Assembly

Here is what you need to make the Holly Jolly Block of the Month-

Holly Jolly Block of the Month: Materials Needed
9 red fat quarters
6 pink fat quarters
8 green fat quarters (a mix of light and dark greens)
6 black fat quarters
5 yards white background
1 yard red print for border
2/3 yard binding fabric
5 1/8 yards backing fabric (43/44" width)

*Please note: Since this is a block of the week and each block will be cut separately, you may need slightly more or slightly less fabric than is listed here.  It greatly depends on your fabric placement in each block and the way you cut your fabric.  In case you run out of print fat quarters, be prepared for the possibility of needing to add more fat quarters or some coordinating basics fat quarters to fill in any gaps in colors, if they occur.

Talk to you soon,



  1. You mentioned you were using additional Riley Blake Design Basics. How much of each of those fabrics is needed?

    1. The fabric requirements in the post are roughly the minimum needed to make the quilt. I'm just adding those basics into my quilt as part of those fabric requirements. I'm probably using a scrappy low volume background and I know that if I run out of what I have, I don't mind getting some more basics to fill in the missing spots. You can add in the basics in fat quarters or at whatever size you want to meet the minimum requirements or you can use as many prints as you want (and have more than the fabric requirements) to make it as scrappy as you want (and know you'll have leftover fabric to add to your stash).

  2. so for the fabrics, you pick i.e. 9 red fat quarters from the Holly Jolly collection that are primarily red in color - so maybe some duplicate fabrics of the reds or whatever color because I only see 4 fabrics that are primarily red??????

    1. You can add in more red basics or any other reds that you'd like or you can you duplicate fabrics from the collection to make up the fabric requirements. Personally, I love Riley Blake's Red Swiss Dot (C670-80 Red), Red Texture (C610-Red), Red Kisses (C210-Red), Cayenne Cross Stitch (C745-Cayenne), and Confetti Cotton Riley Red (C120-Rileyred).

  3. Every year I make a new Christmas quilt. I look high and low to pick the perfect fabric to use, and the Holly Holiday is IT! I'm so excited to start this!

    1. I'm so honored you are choosing this as your Christmas quilt! Thank you and enjoy!

  4. Love sampler quilts and have lots of fabric.Thank you

  5. I am so excited to be making this quilt. I dearly love all the fabrics you have chosen. Thank you so much for the patterns and sew along.


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