Retro Tetro Quilt Along Week 6

In the pattern, I called this week’s block “Flying goose” because that’s what it was called in an encyclopedia of quilt blocks that I checked. You may know it as “Birds in the sky.” Whatever you call the block, let’s jump in to making them!

Retro Tetro Quilt Along

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

How to Quilt Along

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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: Get organized

We’re all about page 10 of the pattern this week.

Grab all your large and small triangles. You’ll also need some of the small HSTs you made last week.

For some reason, this block is the one that trips people up the most. Not because it’s hard to make, but just getting everything attached the right way around that seems to be a challenge.

Good news! There’s a very easy way to get it right: lay your pieces right on top of the pattern, exactly the way they are in the diagram!

Step 2: Attach small triangles

Grab a small HST with colors A and B (that’s the first 2 columns in the table). Put it on the pattern beside the small triangles.

Yes really.

Attach one wing, then press.

Attach the other wing.

Step 3: Trim the triangle

It’s a bit hard to tell in the picture below, but you can see where the 2 wings intersect with the corner of the small HST, right under the dashed vertical line and the horizontal 2-1/2″ line. I made sure the edges of my block were on the 45 degree lines, lined up that intersected point with the dashed line, then trimmed 1/4″ away from that.

This ensures that my point will be 1/4″ in from the edge, which should get me a perfect point.

Step 4: Attach the large triangle

To keep that perfect point, your last seam should go through the intersection of the two wing seams.

Step 5: Press and square off the block

Trim down to the same unfinished size as your large HSTs, making sure that your diagonal seam is on the 45 degree line.

Step 6: Label your blocks

You should have 10 birds in the sky. Check the Coloring Page to see which way is up. Label them and file them away with your finished blocks from the previous weeks.

Step 7: Share!

Remember to share your progress on Instagram using #retrotetroqal.


This week’s prize is a bundle of 11 beautiful spools of thread from Wonderfil Specialty Threads!

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We’re giving away a bundle of two very different types of thread: Spagetti is focused on the decorative aspect, very bold and smooth; and DecoBob is fantastic for piecing and quilting.

The Violet Craft Spagetti Pack contains 8 spools of 12wt 100% Egyptian Cotton thread, that has been double-gassed for ultimate low lint. Perfect for decorative stitching, hand work, machine and hand quilting). The Violet Craft DecoBob Pack contains our best-selling thread line in three neutrals. DecoBob is an 80wt Cottonized Polyester, this thread is perfect for foundation paper piecing, EPP, quilting, and definitely as your go-to bobbin thread.

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

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