The month you have all been working toward is here! Today is the final reveal for the Scrap Dance Two Step Mystery. Gather your blocks and bits of extra fabric, you’ll need it this month. Here we go!
First, arrange your blocks in a checkerboard fashion, alternating the Block A and Block B. For the sizes, here is how I designed the block layout, but you can do them however you like.
This is important, before you actually begin to sew the blocks together, lay them out. Check to be sure that the points formed between the blocks are there. The bars on Block B line up to the HST on Block A to create the illusion of a block set on point. If any of your HSTs are oriented the wrong way, you’ll lose that illusion in the pattern. Now is the time to find and fix anything not pieced correctly, before you get the quilt blocks assembled into the flimsy.
Now, let’s Two Step! You’ll be making some flying geese for the first border to finish off the points. Determine the number of flying Geese units you need. In this example I’ll go over the 5×6 placement of the blocks for the quilt as shown above. If you are making a different size, your totals will be different. But not to worry, I’ll show you how to figure it out. Note that the upper corners will be different than the lower corners due to Block A being both ends of one, and Block B on the other. You’ll need to do the flying geese, then cut the strips as shown for the rest of the border. I’ll show you that layout too in a minute, lets do the geese first.
Full Size 5×6 blocks flying geese border will need –
11 Flying Geese for border to complete block points (remember two of the blocks are on corners so will need 2 for those)
Use the quick no waste method to make 4 at a time. Cut 4 small squares 3-3/8″, and 1 large square 5-3/4″ for each 2 flying geese needed. In this example, we’ll make 12, and one will go to the scrap bin.
Draw 2 sewing lines on the back of your small background squares, 1/4 inch from the center.
Place two small background squares on opposite corners of the large square, with the sewing lines down the middle and connecting. Pin in place so they don’t shift.
Sew on the lines.
Cut apart down the center diagonal between your sewing lines.
Press the large square away from the smaller squares.
Place the remaining small squares on the unsewn point on the larger square, and sew on the lines. Repeat for the other piece.
Cut apart between the sewing lines.
Press away from the larger square.
Square up to 4-1/2 inches x 2-1/2 inches. Use the 1/4 inch line on your ruler to make the first cut so there is exactly 1/4 inch for seam allowance above the point. Then cut the opposite edge to 2-1/2 inches wide. Center the point at 2-1/4 inches and cut the total goose 4-1/2 inches wide.
Make as many as you need for your top.
Now, lay out your flimsy, and your fabric strips with flying geese to be sure you have all the bits you need.
Background strips needed for 5×6 placement –
7 strips 20-1/2 x 2-1/2 between the flying geese in the border middles
2 strips 2-1/2 x 12/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 14-1/2 for the bottom corners
2 strips 2-1/2 x 4/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 for the top corners (shown below)
Correction! I made a mistake in the calculations, a 20-1/2 inch strip is needed between the blocks in the center. It will be corrected in the final pattern.
Lay out the flimsy and all the border bits before sewing to be sure that you have all the correct pieces of border and flying geese to complete all the points. Begin assembling the border, one side at a time. Be sure that the sides even with the flimsy are sewn first, and then the ones incorporating the extra for the border width. This one is a 3×4 placement, so the numbers will be different from the example.
Finish assembly, and the blocks now have their points extending into the first border.
If you just don’t care to add the border, no worries, it is your quilt! I put three borders on the first one I made, one background and two color, and it looks just fine.
And here is the second one I made with the border points. It might have looked more symmetrical if I had done 5 blocks across instead of 4, so the border would have points on all the corners. But, it’s done now. Something to consider as you lay out your flimsy and borders.
I added a second dark border after the background border to finish the flimsy..
I’ll show you the quilting soon. But now you have the Big Reveal! So you can decide how to finish your Two Step.
The steps for this quilt along will remain up through mid-August, then will be taken down. The pattern will be available in my Craftsy store after that at an intro price for a short time. Here’s a pdf for the final assembly with the border – Final Reveal
Tomorrow, I’ll show you some of the shares from participants in the quilt along. What you do think? How’s your Two-Step coming along?