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Sugaridoo Quilt Along Part 3 – ‘Tetris’

Hellooo! How are you doing? How was part 2 of the quilt along for you? Did you like the foundation paper piecing technique? So great to see all those finished rows. Amazing how beautifully they all come together.

But I know not everyone has finished their row yet. Maybe you are struggling with it, or are a little intimidated by the size of the project. That’s all OK.

Trying new things, starting a new project can be hard. Especially when you see others finish their work so quickly and it’s just not that easy for you. Remember that everyone started at zero some time ago. Quilting takes time and practice to learn. And that is exactly what this quilt along is all about.

Allow yourself to make mistakes, allow yourself to take all the time you need. Be kind to yourself and don’t expect your first quilt to be the best one you will ever make. With every row in this quilt you will learn and improve your sewing skills. 

When you’re stuck at some point or just want to hear how other quilters did something. Hop over to our Facebook group. This quilt along comes with the most wonderful community of quilters. Everyone in the group is so willing to help. Please feel free to ask any question in there or in the comments below this post. You can do this!

New here?

If you’re new here, welcome! On the 28th of November we kicked off a super fun quilting project. We started a quilt along, where thousands of quilters from all over the world are making the same quilt. Every four weeks a new part of the pattern, a new row, will be released. After 12 rows you will have a quilt of 70 x 90″.

Even though we started four weeks ago you can still join us! You will have enough time to catch up. There are also still fabric kits available for this quilt along. You can make the quilt in rainbow colors on silver fabric, in rainbow on white fabric or with blue fabrics. Of course you can also pick your own fabrics or use what you have in your stash.

On this page your can find all the links to previous blog posts about this project. Hop over to this blog post to read all the general information about this quilt project. And also read this one to learn more about the materials we use and the fabric requirements.

Row #12 ‘Tetris’

And now it’s time to show you what we will be making in Part 3 of our quilt along. We will go back to my childhood favorite pocket game, Tetris. We will make another row with cutting and sewing strips. It’s the last row of the quilt, row #12.

This is the row that we will be making today:

Are your excited? I sure am! In this YouTube video I’ll go over all the steps to cut and sew your fabric to make this row. 

Fabric + Material

For everyone working with the rainbow kit, we will use Capri as our main fabric, Titanium as accent and Silver as background fabric. When you are making the quilt with the blue kit you should get your Jade fabric out as your main fabric. 

For those of you who want to play with the location of the accent color in each row, or add extra accent colors or just want to get a little more insight in the layout of the quilt. Here is a schematic of the rows and the placement of the accent colors. 

And this is what the schematic of the quilt looks like for the blue fabric kit. 

You will need the following to make this row.

  • Main fabric: 12 inch
  • Accent fabric
  • Background fabric: 11 inch
  • Inch ruler (12 x 6 of 24 x 6 will be fine)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Iron + ironing board
  • Sewing machine with a 1/4″ foot, I’m using the #97 patchwork foot
  • Thread (I use thread in the color of my background fabric)

Cutting scheme

We are going to cut strips, sew them together and cut them again to make our Tetris pieces. 

Cut the following strips. Where it says WOF it means that you will cut a strip over the whole Width Of Fabric. All measurements are including seam allowance.

  • Main fabric (Capri): 
    • One strip of 4 inch x WOF
    • Two strips of 2 1/4 inch x WOF
    • One piece of 4 x 2 1/4 inch
    • Two pieces of 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch
  • Background fabric (Silver):
    • Two strips of 4 inch x WOF
    • Four strips of 4 x 2 1/4 inch
  • Accent fabric (Titanium):
    • Two pieces of 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch
    • One piece of 4 x 2 1/4 inch

Cutting scheme for main fabric Capri

Cutting scheme for background fabric Silver

Cutting scheme for accent fabric Titanium

These cutting schemes can also be downloaded as a PDF: Cutting schemes for QAL part 3 – Row #12 [Rainbow]

Here you can download the cutting scheme for the Blue fabric kit: Cutting Schemes for QAL part 3 – Row #12 [Blues]

1/4″ seam allowance

This is another row where you can practice sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Just like we did in row #5 from Part 1 in our QAL. I have put a little wiggle room in this pattern. This finished row will measure a little over 70 1/2″. So when your seams are a bit off, you’ll still be fine. In this blog post you can read some tips on how to sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Let’s start sewing

We will first sew all the strips together. 

Sew the two thin blue strips on the outside of one silver strip. I’m pressing all my seams open for this row.

Sew the wide blue strip to the other silver strip.

Sew a squared Capri pieces to a silver piece, sew a accent piece to the other end. Make two of these strips. 

Sew the rectangular Capri piece to a rectangular silver piece.

And finally sew the rectangular accent piece to a silver rectangular piece. You should now have the four strips you see in the picture below.

Chop chop chop

Now we will chop these strips up in smaller strips that will make our Tetris pieces. 

Cut the Capri/Silver/Capri strip in to 18 strips of 2 1/4″ wide

Cut the Capri/Silver strip in to 19 strips of 2 1/4″wide

We now have:

  • 18 Capri/Silver/Capri strips
  • 20 Capri/Silver strips
  • 2 x Capri/Silver/Titanium strips
  • 1 x Titanium/Silver strips

Assemble the row

Time to put everything together. This is going to be the layout of this row:

We are alternating the Capri/Silver and the Capri/Silver/Capri pieces. Starting to look like it right? This is how the row starts on the left side. From here you will continue adding pieces to the right. Take a look at the schematic of the row below to know where you should place your accent fabric pieces.

Now we ‘only’ need to put all the strips together and then our row is finished. Don’t rush this, take your time. Try to be consistent in your 1/4 inch seam allowance.

There are 41 pieces to sew together, that’s 40 seams. When you would be off by 1/16 of an inch (1,5 mm) on every seam, your row would end up 2,5 inches (6,25cm) shorter that planned. I’m not saying this to scare you. This is a great row to practice your seams. 

When you would end up with a row that’s shorter than 70 1/2 inch you can just add a Capri/Silver/Capri piece on both sides of the row to make it longer. So there’s nothing to worry about, you can’t go wrong with this row. 



And that is how we make row #12, part 3 of the quilt along. When you’re done with this row you already have completed 25% of you quilt. Pretty cool! 

I hope you will have lot’s of fun making this one. I can’t wait to see your rows. 

Bye bye for now!


Ps. On Sunday, the 2nd of Fabruary 5PM CET I’m doing a live Q&A about this row in our Facebook group. See you there? 


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  • Marilyn Crawford

    Where do I find measurements for the in between rows. I know I have to cut 13 but at what size

    thank you. I’m having a great time


  • leannndave

    This row turned out so perfect.  I did use a healthy amount of spray starch to keep the squares aligned.

  • reneenee84

    this was the most fun for me so far, better late than never, right?

  • Pam

    Loved doing the Tetris.  Have been waiting for freezer paper to arrive, can now do row 2.


  • Elizabeth

    Tetris is finally done.  I liked how quickly this came together.

  • Nora N

    Dear Irene

    I finally got around to doing this row. The cutting instructions (not the diagram, but the written instructions) on this site say to cut

    Four strips of 4 x 2 1/4 inch of the background

    Now I am done with the row and have two strips leftover. I am probably not the last person to get around to doint this. Maybe you could correct the instructions?

    It is a very fun way to practice my 1/4″ seam allowance – I build myself a sewing ledge which made it easier.

    Thank you so much for the fun QAL!

  • Brooke

    I’m excited to see how this quilt is coming together. I really enjoyed the straight-forward directions for this pattern. (Yes, that’s my pooch wondering why the ducks have disappeared.)  #sugaridooberninaqal

  • diamonddeb932

    Done!  I really like this row…Think I’ll do a throw quilt for my grandson using this pattern!

  • ippy

    Woo hoo, finished Row 2 and the first time using the freezer paper.  Completed all 3 rows.  Now on to Row 4

  • ippy

    Just found the blog.  I’ve managed to do part 1 and 3.  Have ordered the freezer paper so part 2 will get done soon.  Enjoying this QAL and glad I found it.  Still learning.

  • ksimpson

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="4032"]This QAL is such fun! Thank you Irene, Bernina and Mettler. 😍 Part 3 #Tetris[/caption]

  • busylaura

    I’m so grateful for an easy row after such a stressful month!  My seams were a scant 1/4” so my row is a little too long, but that’s an easy fix!

  • aimeeh

    This was fun! (even though I made mistakes a couple/few times and had to pick out stitches:)

    • ippy

      I’ve been the same especially with row 2.  Had to leave and come back to it a few times.  Still enjoying this QAL.  Learning a lot 😊

  • Christine Bunke

    Can you make a printer friendly link for this page, pleeeease? I can not print it out without the text being clipped off at the margins! thanks Image result for pleeeease

    • Jennifer Isham

      I don’t know if this would help you or not, but I am using the FireFox browser and when I click on the menu button in top right hand corner and select print, on the upper tool bar, next to the section where you can select your scale, page orientation, etc. I had (what appears to be new) an option to select “Simplify Page”. When I did that, all of the text and pictures printed on my paper.

    • Philipp Köstner

      Dear Christine,

      what a cute image 😉 The blog website contains a so called style sheet which is especially made for printers. So, when you press Ctrl+P, the printer dialogue of your browser should open up and display the post in style optimized for your printer. Is this how you tried it?


      Philipp from the BERNINA Online Marketing

      • Paula Baird

        Thank you for this info.  So much easier than what I was doing!

  • morningdove

    Month 3 Row 12 completed. Only a little dyslexia, I placed accent in wrong position and « unsewed » to correct. I did triple check my 1/4 inch seam allowance as I began. Turned out perfect with accurate cutting and sewing. Take your time, and it will turn out well.

  • batrix

    could have been en easy quick one, but … don’t talk while sewing 😉


  • Carrie Latesky

    I finished my row this evening. It was a wonderful way to pass the afternoon. I so appreciate your clear directions. I’m really enjoying this experience- thanks.

  • Allison Benesch

    Hi Irene!

    I’m so excited to be part of the quilt along! I just wanted to share that I finally upgraded my sewing machine, and decided on a Bernina 770QE! I have been looking at it and others for a year or so, and getting to see yours in action and how much you like it helped me narrow it down. Then when I went to my local store and tried one myself… I was in love!
    I am so excited to see the finished quilt! Your designs are beautiful and you are an amazing teacher!

  • anniem309

    So glad to be part of this.




  • matt

    Row 12 done! Fun easy row. So far, all three rows are the same length:)

  • lani

    Cutting accurately is key. If you have  a handheld roller to press your seams open as you go pressing will be a snap.


  • lani

    Love this row!  Cutting accurately is key. If you have  a handheld roller to press your seams open as you go pressing will be a snap.


  • Valérie

    Nice one ! I just can’t get over the fact that Irene said, be careful, measure twice, cut once, take your time and, sure enough, I cut most of my pieces too big 😡Fortunately, I had enough fabric to do all the necessary bits !

    • sewhappy43

      yay! I cut a row wrong and did not have enough so had a couple squares I pieced oh well

      I am done and waiting so slow this time is going lol

  • Camilla Fyne

    This is really fun.  Irene’s enthusiasm is awesome.  I teach quilting, and it is so enjoyable to do a project just for me.  I love the quilt she designed!

  • Janette Billings Billings

    Done this row plus the other two. Having lots of fun digging out fabric from my stash.

    Thank you Irene.

  • Julie-Anne Jordan

    Excellent video and instructions as usual.  I will definitely take this one slower.  Im so glad I found this QAL, I am learning a lot about quilting and how to slow down – Its not a race!  As I have directional fabric, I will need to work the maths and directions out of this, wish me luck.

  • toowillow

    Going to go back to sleep and hopefully dream of blues and grays and lots of happy excited people sewing.

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