Welcome to UFOvember!

They lurk at the back of our craft cupboards, taking up space and emotional energy: the UnFinished Objects.
You started the project with the best of intentions, but then you ran out of something: materials, time, passion for the project, motivation, direction (how do I quilt it????), the skills to do it justice…
You’ve invested precious time and money into the project, so you’re not about to trash it. With the pandemic putting further pressure on our crafty budgets, time, and energy, this is the perfect time to dust off those UFOs and help them back on their journey to completion (and potentially fast track some holiday gifting!).
Welcome to UFOvember! Over the next 30 days, I invite you to join me in examining our crafty orphans and deciding whether to Resume work on them as planned, Rework them with a Plan B, or Rehome them to another crafter, who can joyfully get them across the finish line.

Retro Tetro Quilt Along Week 7

I’m soooo glad my warning about last week’s block saved many of you from spending too much quality time with your seam rippers! Don’t put the ripper away just yet! Retro Tetro Quilt Along Dates: September 15 through November 23Duration: 10 weeksQuilt Sizes: Mini, Crib, Throw, or Twin How to Quilt Along Share your progress … Continue reading Retro Tetro Quilt Along Week 7

The Evolution of Retro Tetro

Retro Tetro was the first quilt pattern that I ever published. But before that, an earlier version of it was also the first quilt that I ever designed and made. (It’s also my oldest UFO, but let’s ignore that for now!)

My goal was to make a baby blanket that looked like a Tetris game that was going well. All results when I searched for images of “Tetris blanket” showed a major lack of understanding of how the game was played. In fact, they looked like someone was deliberately trying to play the worst game of Tetris possible, making it impossible to get any full rows.

As a non-quilter, I started the design process in PowerPoint. It was my go-to program for drawing geometric shapes, and I knew my way around it very well.

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Retro Tetro Quilt Along Week 2

Let’s cut to the chase: it’s cutting week for the Retro Tetro Quilt Along!!! Look sharp!

Step 1: Mark up your pattern.

Use sticky notes, highlighters, masking tape, whatever you need. With 24 fabrics, 4 sizes, and 2 layouts, you can easily make a mistake if you’re looking at the wrong page or wrong column in a table.