Can you believe we’re entering the final week of the quilt along?? Let’s bring it across the finish line!
(This week’s post is a bit light on eye candy. My old reliable Janome needs a major tune up, and I just can’t get a consistent 1/4″ seam with my back-up machine. Good thing I have the rest of the week to catch up!)
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.
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: Get organized
Track down your 10 columns, make sure they’re labeled correctly and in the right order, A through J.
Step 2: Pin columns into pairs
Yup, I used the P word. Sure, we’re only sewing 9 seams this week, but each of those seams has a lot of points to match up, and that’s easier to wrangle if you pin them.
Pin columns in pairs with the right column from each pair on top. That way, all your pairs will be sewn from the top of the quilt to the bottom.
Step 3: Join columns
Slowly sew your seam. Pay attention to your points, use the thumbnail indent trick, and nest seams if needed.
Step 4: Press
If you’re making one of the smaller quilts, you can leave the pressing until the end. For the Twin and Throw, I find it easier to press the long seams while there are fewer columns to drag over the ironing board.
Step 5: Join column pairs into sets of 4, then 6, then 10
Take your AB pair and pin it to your CD pair. This time, sew from the bottom of the quilt to the top. That will mitigate any curving or warping that might happen as you go. Join EF to GH. Then add IJ. Finally, put it all together. As the quilt top gets bigger and heavier, the pins become more essential.
Step 6: Share!
Remember to share your progress on Instagram using #retrotetroqal.
To celebrate the end of the Quilt Along, we have 2 prizes this week!
Craft De Ville is an independent online craft shop based in Montreal, with a growing selection of modern quilting fabrics! The shop also has a variety of other sewing supplies and notions like Aurifil threads and Quilter’s Dream cotton batting. Looking for other crafting supplies for beading and embroidery? We have that too! Shop online anytime or book an appointment for in-store shopping on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5pm. Located at 2065 rue Parthenais, Studio 274A, (buzzer 557) Montreal, Quebec.
Win a Collection CF fat 8ths bundle! 38 glorious fabrics from amazing designer Carolyn Friedlander. A gorgeous mix of tones, patterns and value. Great for any project!
This week’s second prize is a $25 gift card to Silly Moon Quilting Co.
Silly Moon Quilting Co is proudly Canadian, and all our rulers are designed and manufactured in beautiful British Columbia. The company started 2 years ago, and we are excited to see steady growth with a large number of repeat customers! I always warn people, rulers are like potato chips, you can’t have just one!!
I am Kellie, a Canadian quilter, business owner, wife, mother and owner of two very large dogs. I have been quilting for a short time but have jumped in with both feet! I purchased a longarm after quilting for approximately a year and needed “rulers” to keep me within the lines, so to speak. So, I made them!
I am fortunate to have experience in, and access to CNC Milling equipment, as well as a variety of software programs that enable me (along with my math guru hubby) to create machine quilting rulers that will do just what I want them to. I really enjoy coming up with new ideas, that make ruler work fun and accessible for all quilters.
I love attending retreats, guild meetings and trade shows not only to showcase our products, but to meet quilters, and take in all the great feedback and suggestions they bring to the table.
Your chance to win a $25 Gift certificate to be used on any of our cool products! We have rulers to help you quilt serpentine lines, clam shells, Baptist fans, whale tails, hearts, maple leaves and so much more! We also have spacing tools to help you get perfect spacing on all your quilting! Did we mention we offer classes??
Head over to today’s Instagram post for the details! Best of luck!
If you’re not up for quilting it yourself, we have a great offer for you from some fantastic quilters from the Longarm League! You can get free batting for your Retro Tetro quilt! Tops must be received by January 31, 2021 to qualify for the discount. For more details, visit https://www.longarmleague.com/retro-tetro-qal
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 Threads