We will be playing with the standard Tetris pieces and using print fabrics in the colors of Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Green, Blue, Purple, and White. (The Color Charm Swap will be a great way to accumulate all of these prints, more on that later :)
Once a week you will start with a blank grid that is 6 x 6 square. You can draw it, use graph paper, or just print this little picture off.
In the weekly Quilt-A-Long post I will give you a piece and the alteration shapes it can convert into. Then you will get another piece, and another ect . . until you have enough to fill the entire block.
And since I know you all love fabric as much as I do, and since I know this is a busy time of year, and since I know it is easier to keep up when you are motivated . . . this Quilt-A-Long will have Prizes Galore!!!!! Grand Prizes Drawings for those that finish their project, Weekly Prize Drawings for those that finish their blocks, and just good old Random Prize Drawings, just for fun!!! Lots of Fabric Goodness and lots of Gift Certificate Goodness!!! (There will be more details on the exact prizes as the start date gets closer :) Thank you to my wonderful, generous, sponsors for providing these prizes!!!
The Quilt-A-Long will be starting around Mid-July!!!! This will give those participating in the Color Charm Swap time to get their fabric and those of you participating from your stash time to cut up your scraps :) (You will want around 225 ish 5" squares in the colors mentioned earlier. Or if you don't like a color, you can always swap it out for a different color, just know which one it was originally as the pieces will be shown in the weekly posts in the original colors ) If you will be Quilting-A-Long please feel free to join my Flickr Quilt-A-Long group :)
And now that we have gone over the general layout of the Quilt-A-Long, let's get the the Color Charm Swap!!! This is going to be a fabulous way to get all of the fabric you need for the Quilt-A-Long with lots of yummy variety.
So this Color Charm Swap is a monster!!! Because each Tetris piece is made up of 4 squares, I thought it would be fun to do a 4 yard swap!! So you provide 4 yards of 1 fabric cut into 224 charms and will be receiving 224 . . . 4 sets of 56 charms in 8 colors, 28 charms of each of the 8 colors) This allows you to make each Tetris piece out of the same fabric using the 4 charms. (But you are welcome to mix them up as well if you like :)
Now, I know, lots of us are on fabric diets and trying to keep the fabric purchases to a minimal. So . . . to help you out with the purchase of 4 yards (since most of us don't have 4 yards of the same fabric lying around in our stash) Julie over at the Intrepid Thread has created a special custom listing in her shop just for this Quilt-A-Long. Here's how it works. Shop around (And yes, you can add more than just the custom listing in your cart if you find something you want for yourself and want to save on shipping) and find the perfect fabric in the color you are assigned (assignments will be made soon) . Then go to the Custom Listing Here and in the notes section list the fabric you want. No matter what fabric you pick, your 4 yards will only cost $28.00. That's $7.00 a yard!!! Sweet!!! A huge thanks to Julie for this great discount :)
So do you want to Swap Along with me??? Sign-Ups start Today and will end as soon as the Swap is filled. You can read all of the official guidelines, rules, ect and officially sign up at the Tetris Color Charm Swap Flickr Group here ;) So yes, you need to go here to sign up!!!! (And if you want to participate in the swap but not in the quilt-a-long, that is fine too :)
I think that just about covers it all!!! Hoolay that was a long post :) Sorry, lots to cover :) I hope you will Quilt-A-Long with me, we are going to have so much fun!!!! If you have any questions just email them my way. firstname.lastname@example.org. And one last thing . . . Everyone loves buttons!!!
Edit - Here is a quick link reference to all of the posts in this Quilt-A-Long series