Today, the Square Dance Mystery Quilt Along begins!! We are going to Bow to Your Partner, Bow to your Corner, Come Down the Middle, Allemande Left, and maybe even Do-Si-Do during the next six months. It is amazing how these patterns seem to name themselves, it just becomes so clear as I am figuring out the design. Or maybe I am just a bit nuts. Anyway, I hope you have fun Scrap Dancing again, with Square Dance. As promised, there will not be any half square triangles, but we will learn something new, bwaaaahahahahaha!! No, not telling what that is yet. Just trust that it will be easy, and you will be surprised.
To begin, today we will Bow to Your Partner, Bow to Your Corner – in other words, greet your fellow dancers – your fabric and rotary cutter!!
Total Fabric Requirements – I did all sizes again this time, from table topper up to king size all included in the cutting instructions download. As usual, most quilters can make at least one size without buying anything new, only using up your leftovers from other projects. Knowing that some will have leftover precuts to use, and that some may not have any stash, I’ll give you some guidelines for the total number of precuts you’d need if you want to use them. Supplement with fat quarters and bits from stash for any shortages. Much of the fabric cutting can also be done with jelly roll strips, 5-inch charm squares and 2-1/2-inch mini charms. This is just an idea, I didn’t have time to do all the sizes, but the chart below will give you a general idea of what you might need in cake layers for a small or large size, with the between sizes somewhere between.
New quilters without a stash, you can also do this quilt with fat quarters. This chart was all done with math, and I haven’t cut using these numbers, so let me know if you use this chart and you don’t have enough. I ran out of time, and didn’t get to all the sizes, but again this should give you an idea of what you’d need.
Grab your stash bins and precuts, and dig out a wide variety of scraps for cutting. First, some pointers.
Important Cutting and Fabric Notes –
1. For Fabric Cut A, make these all the same fabric, not scrappy. For all other cuts, scrappy works best.
2. The higher the contrast between Fabric A and the Scrappy Dark/Medium, the better the final design will look.
3. You can use jelly roll strips and charm squares for Cuts D & E, but don’t cut these into squares this month, I’ll show you how to use them more efficiently when we get to those cuts.
4. This design will not do well with black substituted for the light. If you want to use black prints, use them as the darks.
So, here is my fabric pull, I am using a combination of cake layers and charm packs, along with some yardage of the Moda Fabric line Maple Island. Note that all my ‘lights’ have white background. The gold will be put in the medium category, and there is a good contrast between the lights and medium/darks. I have mostly dark prints, just a few medium prints.
Cutting instructions are in the download pdf, just print page 2 and you’ll have what you need for the sewing room. The download will answer all the questions I am willing to answer right now. No, I won’t tell you the total measurements, or the block size, or the number of final blocks for each size yet. The sizes of the flimsy at the end of the mystery will be close to standard sizes without borders.
Download the pdf – Square Dance Cutting Instructions January 2018
February’s steps are now available – Square Dance Do-Si-Do!!
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