So the Tetris Color Charm Swap is just about finished up which means we are ready to get going on the Quilt-A-Long. The Tetris Quilt-A-Long will officially start on July 17th, and will have weekly posts each Tuesday until August 28th, with a Parade and Grand Prizes on September 11th. So . . . How about a rundown on how it's going to work!!
THE HOW TO
When I came up with this idea I wanted it to be pieced as if you are playing the game. Therefor, their isn't a set pattern. For 6 weeks, on each Tuesday ( July 17th - Aug 21 ) you will be given the tools needed to build a block. Everyone's blocks will be different as everyone has their own strategy on how to play.
I think the easiest way to explain will be to just show an example. Do Not build this block. It is only an example!!!
You will need to print off a grid each week to start. This is a basic 6 x 6 grid. You can draw it on a piece of paper or just print off this diagram. It doesn't have to be fancy, just workable :)
On each Tuesday post you will be given a group of Tetris Pieces. They will vary in color and shape. It will look something like this. (Except it will be a bit larger and more spaced out :)
So . . . as if that isn't totally confusing. Let's show the example on how I "played" these particular pieces. (Remember, everyone's will be different but this just gives you the idea of how it works :)
Hopefully that helps to illustrate how to "play". Now, you have a grid drawn on a piece of paper but this is a quilt-a-long. So now it is time to sew the grid into a block So you need fabric. Those that participated in the charm swap will already have the charms they need. If you are cutting from your own stash you will want to cut appx. 224 5" print charms. 28 charms in the 8 colors (red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, pink, and white) used, and if possible in sets of 4. (So 7 different prints of each color, and 4 charms cut out of each print). Here is my stack of charms. Isn't it fun :)
So . . . using your grid as a guide, layout your charm squares to create a copy of your grid. This is where having the 4 charms of one print comes in handy. I use the 4 charms to create each piece so that it really adds to the illusion of the Tetris game :)
Now you can sew your charms into a block. Start by sewing your charms into rows. Then, taking care to match seams, sew the rows into the quilt block. (If you are in need of more detailed instructions on how to sew square grids (or patch blocks as they are referred to) you can find a more detailed description here. It is a 4 x 4 layout but the concept is the same and should help :) Sorry there is no picture here but as this is only an example I didn't want to have to unpick the block as soon as I was done :)
We will be sewing 6 blocks in 6 weeks and then finishing up the quilt top by sewing our blocks into a 2 x 3 layout and adding borders. The quilt will measure 54 x 81 with the blocks sewn together and then borders can be added as you like to finish it to the size you desire. It will look a little like this :)
I really want to keep this fun and I want you to be super happy with your results, so with that in mind . . . Please don't feel like you have to make yours exactly like mine. Make it so you will be happy with it.
If you don't like a color I am using . . . Don't use it. Just pick another color when that one pops up.
If you don't like the size square I am using . . . Use a different size. To figure out the total size of your quilt just take your size square minus .5 and then times that number by 12 for the width and by 18 for the length.
If you don't like the size grid I am using . . . Make up your own grid. I am doing 6 x6 so that when we sew the blocks together you can get a lot of variation in the layout. But you can do a rectangle grid if you want a different size quilt. To figure your total size just take your square size minus .5 and times it by the number of squares going across the entire width of your quilt. Do the same for the length. (But I would suggest keeping a 6 block layout as the prizes and playing coincide with that :)
If you run out of pieces in a week . . . Either make up your own or go back to the top and start over :)
If you don't like print charms . . . Use solids instead.
If you don't want to use 4 charms of the same print to make up a piece . . . Don't. Make it super scrappy fun
If you don't like the idea of just squares . . . Make it fancy. I think a HST version could look really cool!!
You get the idea right . . . Just feel free to go outside the box and make it your own :)
I am so very excited about the Prizes for this Quilt-A-Long!! I don't know about you, but I know that I am highly more motivated to keep up and finish when there are prizes at stake ;) So how about this for a little motivation.
All those that finish their quilt top will be eligible for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize's are sponsored by The Intrepid Thread and huge Thank You goes out to Julie for her generosity in these prizes. Wan't to know what they are???
A $75.00 Gift Certificate that you can spend as you like!!
A Build your Own Bundle Certificate that you can use to create the perfect Fat Quarter Bundle for you!!
And a Complete Fat Quarter Bundle of La Dee Da by Erin McMorris!!!
There will be 3 lucky Grand Prize winners. Their first will be allowed to choose their prize, and so on. We thought it would be fun to really mix up the grand prize allowing you your choice to which way you prefer to get fabric :) And if that whopping amount of fabric goodness isn't motivation, then I don't know what is!!
But . . . Sometimes it is hard to keep motivated when the end is so far away. So for that . . . We have a little Weekly Motivation. Each week you will be able to link up (You don't have to have a blog to link up, you can link to a flickr picture :) your completed block for a chance to win the weekly prize. These will come in the form of Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls!!! (I love pre-cuts!!!) These Weekly Prizes are sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and a huge thank-you goes out to Kimberly and her team for their support in this Quilt-A-Long!!!
And just to keep you on your toes . . . And keep things lively . . . We will also be having random giveaways through the term of the Quilt-A-Long. They might be in flickr, they might be in the posts, they might just be on the blog throught the week :) But they will be great and super fun!! The random giveaways are sponsored by Burgundy Buttons and Green Fairy Quilts. Once again, thank you to these sponsors for their support!!
BUTTONS AND FLICKR
Now down to the last of the nitty gritty. First, If you are Quilting-A-Long and have a blog, It would be wonderful if you added the button to your blog :) It really helps to spread the word and the more that Quilt-A-Long the better!!! (I am already so excited to see everyone's first block!!)
Second, I would love it if you joined the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group. You can post your fabric here, your progress, and . . . there just might be some giveaways here :) I'm just saying!!
THE GIVEAWAY - (Giveaway Closed)
And last, but certainly not least . . . How about one of those Random Giveaways!!!! Thanks to Judi of Green Fairy Quilts for sponsoring this random giveaway!! So . . . How would you like to win a just released Jelly Roll of Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey!!!
Just leave me a comment about the Quilt-A-Long. Do you plan to participate?? Are you watching from the sidelines and encouraging others?? Are you a Tetris junkie?? Do you love all things charms?? Do you just love Quilt-A-Long's in general. Anything along those lines will do :) The giveaway is open to everyone and a winner will be announced Monday the 16th :)
So that just about wraps it up!!! If you have any questions at all regarding the Quilt-A-Long please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't want anyone to not participate because they are confused by my rambling :)