We’re one week away from the beginning of #retrotetroqal and I’m sew excited for all the fun!
Retro Tetro Quilt Along
Dates: September 15 through November 23
Duration: 10 weeks
Quilt Sizes: Mini, Crib, Throw, or Twin
Week 1: Pick your fabrics, get your pattern, plan your coloring sheet
Week 2: Cut, label, and organize your pieces
Week 3: Make Large HSTs
Week 4: Make Block 2 (12 blocks)
Week 5: Make Small HSTs
Week 6: Make Block 3 (10 blocks)
Week 7: Make Blocks 4 (8 blocks)
Week 8: Make Block 5 (8 blocks)
Week 9: Sew blocks and strips into columns
Week 10: Finish quilt top
Here are a few housekeeping items to make sure you get the most out of the event! Read carefully!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to buy the pattern to participate?
In a word, yes. You can buy a PDF from my site, or grab the paper version at your local quilt shop or one of our awesome sponsors. (Check the Quilt-Along email for discount codes for Purple KATZ Quilting, Craft de Ville!)
Is the Retro Tetro pattern beginner friendly?
Yes! It’s a good skill builder, as we start with the simple HST and build on it as we go.
Can I make the quilt a different colour / bigger / smaller / scrappy / using a different technique?
Of course! It’s your quilt! I want you to make something that you will love! I won’t take off points for deviating from the pattern. But I’m also not going to rewrite the pattern for every possible variation. Read the pattern, understand the techniques, and then decide for yourself if you know how to make the changes that you have in mind, including any quilt math.
I think there’s a mistake in the pattern.
If you’ve found a mistake, email me!
I don’t understand something in the pattern.
You’re probably not alone! If you have questions about something, I would love to clarify. Ask away! I have a few tips to share along the way, so hopefully those will help. Have a look at the Quilt-Along schedule in case you’re getting ahead of yourself! If you’re interested in more hands-on support, let me know! If there’s enough interest, I’ll set up an online course. I love teaching this pattern!
I don’t use Instagram. Can I share my progress on another platform?
I’d love for you to share your progress anywhere and everywhere! But if you aren’t on Instagram, you’re really missing out on an amazing quilting community. Lots of quilters have accounts just for their quilting, for quilt-alongs, mini quilt swaps, and giveaways. And speaking of giveaways, all the amazing prizes for the Retro Tetro Quilt Along are happening over on Instagram, so if you want a chance at them, set up an Instagram account.
Fine. I made an Instagram account. Are you happy now?
First, make sure your account is public. You can still enter the giveaways if your account is private, but you’ll miss out on all the bonus entries for sharing your progress.
Second, make sure your Instagram user name is in your profile on my mailing list. The easiest way to do this is to open any email from my mailing list and click the “update subscription preferences” link at the very bottom.
How do I win the prizes?
Each week, there will be one or more giveaway posts on my Instagram feed. Each one will have slightly different criteria. For all of them, you will need to follow me and the sponsor of that prize, and you’ll need to comment on the giveaway post. Your comment will have to answer a question about the prize. Why? Because I want you to get to know the awesome stuff that the sponsors have to offer. I’m really hoping to play matchmaker between you and some fantastic small businesses in the quilting community, so think of it as speed dating, rather than just swiping right, or left, or whatever the kids do these days. Read the individual posts for any additional requirements and opportunities for bonus entries. (Hint: the more you interact with other participants on #retrotetroqal, the better!) Winners will always be chosen by random draw from all eligible entries.
Where can I buy the Stripology Mini ruler?
You may have seen me recommend the Stripology rulers, and Stripology Mini ruler for Retro Tetro. I truly feel that the mini is the perfect ruler for the blocks in this project. I’ll be using it in any demos and tutorials as we make our way through the pattern. If you’d like to buy one, you can find it at Purple KATZ Quilting, and Fat Quarter Shop (affiliate link).
Speaking of Prizes!
I’m giving away a prize before the Quilt-Along even starts!
Early Bird Giveaway: A Fat Quarter Bundle of Hooked fabric by Mister Domestic
Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic learned to sew as a kid, but never really got into it until he had his daughter Helena, who is now four and a half. He thought it would be a great way to connect with her if he could make her cool clothes. With a new motivation to up his attention-to-detail, the quality and coolness far exceeded even his own expectations.
Once he started posted his projects on social media, the quilting world quickly took notice of his fearless use of color and print, incomprehensibly fast output, carefree enthusiasm and humor, and ability to seek out, acquire and share new skills. Making projects from fabric weaving to English Paper Piecing to apparel to the 3-dimensional, you can find his fabric party on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. As a fabric designer, get ready to bring this party into overdrive as he translates his chic, edgy, and whimsical style into an in person experience for everyone to enjoy.
Introducing Mathew’s love of crocheting, Hooked celebrates the handmade beauty created with colorful yarn and playful block patterns. Bring some crochet to your sewing machine with unique textures, vibrant colors, and fun notions.
Head over to the Instagram post for details on the giveaway! Best of luck!
Don’t forget to check out all our amazing sponsors!
- Birdie and Dot Fabrics
- Craft de Ville
- The Electric Quilt Company
- Hobbs Bonded Fibers
- LDH Scissors
- Mister Domestic
- Purple KATZ Quilting
- Ruby Star Society
- Shannon Brinkley Studio
- Silly Moon Quilting Co
- Wonderfil Specialty Thread