I saw some very impressive spun seams last week! They’re just so satisfying, once you get the trick of them, and you’ll be glad you took the time when you get to quilting! This week, we’re making our final set of blocks.
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
The most important part for this week is on page 12 of the pattern.
Find all your remaining small HSTs.
See the little mini layouts in the combo table? Lay your pieces right on top of the pattern, exactly the way they are in the tiny diagrams!
Step 2: Join each pair of HSTs
Make sure your HSTs are turned the correct way around for the block you’re making.
Join them in little horizontal rows.
Press seam allowances. Ideally, when you have the whole block together, everything will spin. But depending on how your HSTs were pressed, that might not work out. Don’t sweat it! Make a game-time decision an do whatever gives you the flattest result.
Step 3: Nest seams and join the two halves
In order to get crisp points in the middle, you can use your thumbnail to mark an indent where the diagonal seam comes into the center. You can barely see the shadow in this picture, but you can feel it and see it as you sew. The point where the indent meets the cross seam is where you need your needle to go in. Since your HSTs were trimmed properly, this should just work out by itself, but you can always use this method to be sure.
Step 4: Spin your seam allowances
Step 5: Label your blocks
You should have 8 HST 4-patch blocks. Check the Coloring Page to see which way is up. Label them and file them away with your finished blocks from the previous weeks. You should now have 56 finished blocks!
Step 6: Share!
Remember to share your progress on Instagram using #retrotetroqal.
Step 7: Work ahead (Optional)
If you want to work ahead, you can put blocks together into columns. Double check the assembly diagram! Don’t do the background strips yet. That’s for next week!
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We’re getting close to the point where you might be thinking about how you’ll finish your quilt. 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
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