Retro Tetro Quilt Along Week 1

Welcome to the Retro Tetro Quilt Along!!! I’m sew excited to get the fun started!

This week, we’re getting all our materials together to make our Retro Tetro quilts.

Retro Tetro Quilt Along

Dates: September 15 through November 23
Duration: 10 weeks
Quilt Sizes: Mini, Crib, Throw, or Twin

How to Quilt Along

Share your progress on Instagram using #retrotetroqal. That’s where you’ll find the weekly photo prompts, livestreams, and more! Sign up here to be eligible for prizes, and get the weekly emails with tips for the coming week’s fun.

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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

Step 1: Buy the pattern.

Step 2: Plan your quilt!

You’ll probably want to pick a quilt size to make before you do anything else. All 4 sizes are eligible for the Quilt Along, and if you want to resize the pattern and you’re comfortable doing the quilty math, ROCK ON!! In my opinion, making a tiny HST is the same amount of work as making a big one, so this is really about how big of a quilt you want at the end, and what fabric you have available.

The pattern uses 7 sets of brights to make the 7 tetromino shapes, and a set of neutrals for the background. You don’t need to stick to the color sets that I used. You can use more or fewer fabrics in each set.

PreQuilted in Kona brights and blacks. How will you PreQuilt yours?

I always recommend mocking up your quilt on a colouring page. As much as I love my pencil crayons, PreQuilt is SO much faster! Especially for a quilt like Retro Tetro where you’re using a so many colors. Go to the Retro Tetro PreQuilt coloring page: click here for Throw or Mini; click here for Twin or Crib. To change a color, click on the pencil beside it and pick your new color. Easy peasy! When you’re done, make sure to download your finished colouring page (or take a screenshot. Or snap a picture of your computer screen!) because you’ll need it for this week’s giveaway!

Step 3: Get your fabrics! If you don’t have what you need in your stash, we have some amazing sponsors to help you out! Check the Quilt Along email for discount codes for Purple KATZ QuiltingCraft de Ville, and Birdie and Dot Fabrics!

Step 4: Share!

Remember to share your progress on Instagram using #retrotetroqal.


This week’s prize is 6 months Basic PreQuilt subscription for free sponsored by PreQuilt!

Gar and Laura of PreQuilt

PreQuilt is an online design tool for quilters. It’s a web application, meaning all you need is the internet to get started. PreQuilt is preloaded with all your favourite quilt blocks and colour swatches from Kona, Free Spirit, and more. Jump in and start designing your next quilt with our preloaded blocks, or create your own quilt block designs for your own unique designs. In a design rut? Need some colour or design inspiration? Let the PreQuilt randomization features dazzle you by randomizing colours, block rotations, and block layouts to jump start your creative process. You’ll discover colour combinations and design layouts that you may never have considered. Get started on your next quilt at!

Win 6 months of our Basic PreQuilt subscription for free! Design and save up to 25 quilts as well as create and save custom quilt blocks to your personal block library (and so much more)!

Win 6 months of our Basic PreQuilt subscription for free! Design and save up to 50 quilts, upload your favorite print fabrics, as well as create and save custom quilt blocks to your personal block library (and so much more)!

Head over to today’s Instagram post for the details! Best of luck!

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