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Just the right time to enjoy Christmas in July!

Only $37 when you register by July 2nd

It’s the event you’ve been waiting for: the Original Ugly Sweater Block Party, hosted by the designer of the Original Ugly Sweater block – Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy!

This is an opportunity to learn how to make two incredible versions of the Ugly Sweater block, work on your own sweaters or holiday-themed projects, something completely different, or all of the above. Classes, prizes, lots of sewing, new friends, and a whole new online sewing experience.

No packing, no forgetting supplies, and shoes are optional!

How This Works

  • Register for the block party retreat by clicking the “Register Now” button.
    • Fill out the registration form; if you need the paper piecing pattern, you can add it for $6.
    • Add the registration to your cart.
    • Checkout and pay. (Note: shipping will be added to your registration because we are mailing you goodies!)
  • After payment, you will get a receipt with the link to the private attendee area. There, you’ll get access to the patchwork pattern and preparation info for the block party.
  • Beginning July 1st, we begin mailing physical goodie bags.
  • On July 20th, we will begin contacting you with information on checking in to our virtual block party retreat space.
  • On July 24th, join us in the virtual block party retreat space for a day of fun!

Included in Your Registration

LIVE Closed-captioning during classes

Live, interactive online sewing experience

TWO classes taught by Kerry Goulder

Freestyle retreat format – work on whatever you want

Ugly Sweater Patchwork PDF pattern

Bonus pattern! Ugly Sweater Nutcracker Insert

1:1 Networking time to meet new friends

Prizes throughout the day from our featured sponsors

Replay class sessions immediately after they end

Members-only area on website

Exclusive deals only available to block party attendees

Access to class videos for 6 months after the retreat

PLUS! The first 100 registrants receive:

Happy Mail! Exclusive Ugly Sweater Gift Pouch with select gifts from our awesome sponsors!

Retreat Activities

Retreat times are stated in US Central Time (CT)

Project Classes

One of the awesome parts of this retreat is the opportunity to learn two different techniques for making ugly sweater blocks with Kerry. These sessions are not mandatory, so if you choose not to join a project session at the scheduled time, don’t worry! You will have access to the video recording after the session ends.

Ugly Sweater Patchwork – Sat 11:00am – 12:00pm
Pattern + Nutcracker insert included in registration
Ugly Sweater Paper Piecing – Sat 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Pattern Purchase $6

These blocks are so much fun, and Kerry designs new inserts and comes up with really fun ways to make your own sweaters unique.

This year, Kerry has designed a fun Nutcracker to inset into the center of your patchwork sweater! It’s exclusive to our block party participants for a year, so you definitely want to get your hands on it now, just in time for the 2021 holidays!

You’ll be provided with the materials list and cutting instructions inside the private attendee area after you register.

Themed Workrooms

Do you want to work with a smaller group of individuals based on the projects you’re working on (or would like to work on)? Maybe you want to swap techniques, talk shop, or show & tell.

During the block party retreat, you’ll be able to hop around to different rooms based on the kind of project you are working on.

We will have a room for each of the projects, plus rooms for other holiday UFOs.

Visual Chat

We’ve always been able to chat throughout the event, but this time chat has some new features that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

You can now attach photos to your chat messages so we can see more of what you are working on and enhance our activities.

Emoji are now enabled in chat, so you can properly react to other posts and emphasize your own posts.

Mingle & Jingle

This is such a popular feature at all of our retreats!

Mingle & Jingle is a timed, 1:1 video call between attendees. Our event tool will randomly assign you to people you haven’t met yet, and give you 8 minutes to get to know each other.

If you want to hang out more during the event, you can send each other messages and meet 1:1 again or arrange to meet in one of the workrooms.

Saturday, July 24: Official activities from 9:00am – 8:00pm CST; Themed Workrooms open at 7am CDT

A more detailed schedule will be provided to attendees after registering.

BYOS Block Party

Join us for a fun-filled “Bring Your Own Sweater” Block Party!

At this closing event, we’ll be sharing our blocks, laughs, and voting on our favorite projects.

Ugly Sweater attire optional. (It’s a bit hot to be wearing sweaters, no?)

Goodies & Prizes

Our wonderful sponsors & instructors have donated prizes for us to give away during the block party, and we have so much fun doing so!

Some prizes are random draws; some are awarded for silly reasons; you never know when a prize will show up!

Could these be any more adorable? If you’d like to purchase additional paper pieced variations for your Ugly Sweater, you can get them in Kerry’s Etsy Shop.


Kerry Goulder has been sewing for fun since she can remember. Kerry began designing many unique patterns under her Kid Giddy® label, wrote her first book, Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist and continues to sell and license her designs. Read more…

Your Event Hostess

For 9 years, Ebony has been bringing unique experiences to quilters and sewers everywhere through her popular, themed mystery quilts. She’s ready to introduce you to her brand of fun! Check out everything we have in store for you in an immersive experience like no other. Read more…

Key Dates

June 21, 2021 Registration opens!
July 2, 2021 Last day to early register for the block party retreat
July 20, 2021 Last day to register for the block party at the regular price
July 24, 2021 Block Party day! Event space opens at 7:00am CT. Opening Session is at 9:00am CT.

What People are Saying…

I love learning new techniques in quick classes with people I might not otherwise ever have the opportunity with.

I love the Open Sew rooms and the engagement of the morning announcements and that there was the option to attend so many unique classes! I loved the new platform for the social interaction, it worked out so awesome having the photos in chats immediately. I also love that so many people were engaged in the conversations and the prizes were handed out to SO many!!

The ability to participate from home, and come and go as needed. I loved not having to pack everything, and then wonder what I have forgotten, and have to borrow from someone else at an “away from home” retreat. I felt really connected with everyone through the chat and network sites. The classes were very informational and everyone was so positive, even when some things didn’t go right. It was definitely a learning process for everyone! It made me learn some techy things I haven’t used yet.

Loved the classes and the ability to ask questions in the chat and get immediate feedback from the instructors. Also loved the games – so fun!

Besides the classes, I really enjoyed the one on one conversations in Networking. I especially enjoyed the Yoga Sessions with Katrina…..she was fabulous and being a Quilter as well, she was really an excellent choice since she is so aware of our body needs. I also enjoyed the group Open Sew sessions.

I enjoyed the mini project sessions, yoga and meeting new folks in the sewing rooms. I loved the networking sessions. That’s a great feature. Moving around [the event] was easy. I was surprised at how many giveaways y’all had. That was nice.

I love the ability to network with people from all over the world and never leaving home.

I truly enjoyed all of it but the closing ceremony was just toooooo fun!!!

Great idea to do a virtual retreat. I had never been to a retreat, virtual or in person, so I didn’t know what to expect. Although I think in person retreats would be great, this weekend whetted my appetite for more virtual retreats.


We are so happy to have sponsors for our retreat with prizes & media support! Please visit their sites and show them some love!

We would like to especially thank the following sponsors for their contributions to make the Ugly Sweater Block Party 2021 a smashing success!