Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tetris Quilt-A-Long Finishing Up and Grand Prize Link Up

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Tetris Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join you can find a list of the post links here :)

Need detailed instructions on "how to play"??  See this post :)

It's the end of the Tetris Quilt-A-Long!!!!  Time to finish those quilts up!!

But before we get to that, Let's first announce a winner of the Week 6 giveaway who gets the Cherry Christmas Jelly Roll. And Mr Random Generator says the winner is . . .#16 - Lyndsey- Congrats!

So now moving on and . . .


Start by sewing your 6 quilt blocks together.  This is just like putting together your blocks but on a large scale.  Just be sure to match your seams.  (And from the looks of the flickr group a good portion of you have already done this step, check!!)

So now, you are ready to start adding borders.  Now as far as borders go . . . please do whatever you like.  I will give you a few suggestions, but please, don't feel like you have to do it this way.  Just finish up your quilt the way you like.  (And if that means no borders, that's fine to :)


Start by adding a thin border to the top and bottom of the quilt. (Maybe 1 1/2" to 2 1/2") I liked the idea of going with the white since those were my missing spots color.  When I do borders I just use Width of Fabric strips and then trim the excess.

Then add the same size to the left and right.

 Make sure to press these little borders nice and crisp or they will look a little wonky.

 Then you can add a thicker black border (3" to 4").  Once again, add the top and the bottom first and then after pressing add the left and right.  And that's Idea 1.

Idea 2 starts the same with a thin border on the top and bottom in white again.

But, then you can change it up a bit. You can add a larger border to the left and right (8" - 9").  This will make your quilt a little more of a standard size quilt.

Then you can add the black border (3" - 4") to the top and the bottom and then to the left and the right just like you did in the first idea.  And then your top is done!!


And then if you want you can get super creative like some of the amazing quilters in our group.  Like the way Danielle added a large sashing to the right side and then added a "next piece" block to give it that Tetris look!


Julie also added the side sashing but then she took it a step farther and added some extra white blocks to the top with a few extra pieces to make it look like you are ready to add the very next piece.  So cute!!!!

So to sum it up - however you want to finish your top is wonderful - the most important part is that you finish your top!!!   (the Quilt-A-Long Flickr Group has lots of great inspriation :)   I am so excited to see everyone's creative take on their finish!!


Okay, so now your Tetris Quilt Top is done.  Yippee Skippee!!!     And now you can enter to win one of the Grand Prize's :)

The Tetris Quilt-A-Long Grand Prizes are sponsored by the Intrepid Thread and a huge thanks goes to Julie for her support!!!.

So, as a refresher, the Grand Prizes that you can win 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!!

Or 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. 

So what do you have to do for a chance to win one of these amazing Grand Prizes?  Simple . . . Just link up your completed quilt top at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever.  You will have until the evening of Monday the 10th of Sept. to link up.  (that gives you 2 weeks for those that need a little catch up time :)

And Don't forget to add your quilt top to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!!   I am so excited to see everyone's Quilt Tops!!!  


Now, you only have to have your quilt top done to enter into the grand prize link up . . . but I wanted to encourage you to finish these quilts and not set the quilt top in a pile of "to be quilted" so . . . I am planning a little Parade for the 11th of September :)  The parade will be for quilted and bound Tetris Quilts!!  So, if you would like your quilt to be in the Parade, please send me an email (happyquiltingmelissa @ gmail . com)  with your favorite Tetris Quilt picture attached as well as the name you would like your photo listed with, where you are from, and a blog or flickr link if applicable.  You can email me anytime from now until the 10th and I will get you added to the Parade!!!

I am so looking forward to September 11th!!!  Grand Prize winners will be announced followed by an amazing parade filled with all of your beautiful quilts!!!  So excited!!

So now what do you do???  Finish up those quilt tops, Link them up, and then email me your finished quilt!!!!   

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  1. I love your 2nd idea with the sides being wide, just like a handheld game :-)

  2. 2 weeks.............that is all I get.......OH MY!!! I better really get busy sewing!!!!

  3. Wow I am so excited. I have never won anything before and that jwlly roll is soooo lovely. Now to get back to my machine and get the borders on and the quilt finished. I love your ideas for finishing especially no 2 with the wide sides.

  4. Thanks for putting my picture up! How are you going to do yours? I'm loving seeing how everyone is finishing them up and can't wait for the parade. I hope I get mine done it time, hand quilting is so slow!

  5. This has been so fun- thanks for hosting it all! If I can get my hands on some more batting, I may even get it quilted before the parade deadline (I guess all this motivation comes from being in taper mode for my first marathon- if I can't run as much, I've got to keep busy somehow!).

  6. So Melissa . . . where's your Tetris top? I've usually tried to visit everyone's blogs or flick to comment and am sorry if in so doing I didn't always "visit" your own quilt. Anyway, this has been my first QAL and I have had a great time. It was good for me to get out of the planned approach I usually work by. I'm hoping to be part of the parade next week. You did a very good job hosting. Thank You!!!

  7. I will not be able to finish mine in time for the contest. I have followed all along up till now, but im a vendor at our local county fair and I have to get items ready for it. BUMMER....I will post a pic once it's finally done though. Good luck to everyone
    Elizabeth gr8ftgrphr@yahoo.com

  8. Finally! I finished the quilt top but I won't make the parade as I have no batting, backing or binding fabric yet . This has been fun and I loved the fabric swap I participated in.

  9. What might you mean by evening? I have the top done now but I want to add some details-if I have till later tom I might be able to get them done.

    1. Nevermind I see the link closes at midnight tomorrow-have a few extra hours to make it beautiful


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