‘Tis the Season for a Festive Sampler!

Check out all the Reasons to Quilt Along Each Block with Shelley

Embark on a year-long adventure to craft a beautiful festive quilt! Join expert quilt designer and color enthusiast Shelley Cavanna to create her Yuletide Sampler Quilt block by block. Author of Barnstar Sampler, Shelley is no stranger to block-of-the-month projects. This popular quilt-making format provides opportunities to practice various quilting skills in small packages with a bonus of a newly finished quilt by the end. Shelley’s detailed videos will walk you through the immersive journey of piecing a Yuletide Sampler. Plus the easy-to-access discussion rooms allow you to ask Shelley questions along the way.

In this course, you’ll learn how to make Lone-Star-styled stars using only squares and rectangles. Shelley shares her favorite stitch-and-flip techniques for creating complex angular shapes with easy step-by-step instructions and without biased edges or templates! While this quilt has a few triangle blocks, Shelley demonstrates how to minimize block distortion and carefully piecing techniques for beautifully accurate blocks. This 12-month block-of-the-month project will help you grow your quilting skills and allow you to practice various techniques as you assemble this stunning wintery sampler made simple! 

The finished quilt is 80” x 92”.



Quilt-A-Long Q&A

What is the Quilt-A-Long schedule?

Our quilt will be pieced together over a year, with a new video tutorial and a set of instructions for a new block published on the 15th of each month. The first block will be available on 9/15/23. You will get a reminder email each month that the new block pattern and video are ready for viewing.

Don't miss our Virtual Launch Party on September 12th at 5pm Pacific Time. You can ask Shelley questions and get her tips for the adventure ahead. The Party will be recorded if you can not make it.

 What if I fall behind the schedule?

Don't stress if you fall behind.  Your Creative Spark course content doesn’t expire, so just enjoy the process and work at a pace that is comfortable for you!

How will I know what supplies I need?

The supply list, links to optional fabric bundles, and technique tutorial links are available as soon as you purchase the QAL.

What you will learn

  • Stitch Lone-Star-style stars block using only square and rectangle fabric pieces

  • Explore stitch-and-flip techniques for making complex angular shapes

  • Carefully craft accurate hourglass blocks

  • Use a Tri-Recs ruler to cut pieces from Triangle-in-Square blocks and paper templates if you don’t have a ruler

  • Precision piecing, matching points, and nesting seams for maximum accuracy

  • Includes access to course videos, downloads, the Creative Spark private community, and discussion with your instructor. Your course content does not expire

Optional Kit Available

Shelley offers a fabric bundle for the Yuletide Quilt: This kit is not required to complete this course but is an option for those looking for the exact fabric. Kit availability is limited. Finished Size: 80” x 92”

The kit must be purchased separately from this class and from Cora's Quilts (not Creative Spark). The class fee does not include material.

Click here to learn more about the kit on Shelley's website Cora's Quilts.



The Yuletide Sampler Block-of-the-Month Quilt

Embrace the magic of the holidays by making a Yuletide Sampler, block by block!

  • This course includes the pattern, video instruction and access to Shelley through discussion rooms. It does not include fabric but fabric kits are available from Cora's Quilts.

    After purchasing, you will have access to information to get prepared. There will be a Virtual Launch Party on September 12th (recorded for folks that can't make it.) The Quilt-A-Long will begin on September 15th. 

    Purchasing Options:

    • Standard one-time payment of $79.99.
    • Payment Plan Option 1: $7/month for 12 months
    • Payment Plan Option 2: $40/month  for 2 months


  • Does not include fabric.

  • Does not include fabric. For more information on Payment Plans, see below. 

  • Does not include fabric. For more information on Payment Plans, see below.



    Payment Plans: When you choose a pricing plan you will be charged the first payment immediately. All other payments will be charged on the day of the month you started your plan. You will continue to be charged until the commitment is reached. You can update your payment methods as needed on your account page. If your payment does not go through your access to the class will be restricted until payments are made again. 

    The vendor on your card statement may include Creative SPark, C&T Publishing, or Thinkific (depending on your card). If you have any questions about billing, please reach out to us first.

Course Curriculum (Released over 12 Months)

  • Introduction to the Yuletide Sampler

    3 Texts 1 PDF 1 Download

  • Block 1: Crystalline Star (September 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 2: Small Trees (October 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 3: Weathervane Star (November 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 4: Twinkling Stars (December 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 5: Flower Star (January 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 6: The Millwheel (February 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 7: The First Star (March 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 8: Big Trees (April 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 9: Christmas Star (May 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 10: Brilliant Star (June 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Block 11: More Trees (July 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download

  • Chapter 12: Come Together (August 15th)

    1 Video 1 Download