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Scrap Dance Waltz – Trunk Show!

Doing one more update on Scrap Dance Waltz, to show you some wonderful finishes in lots of colorways!  I had such fun designing this quilt, and I now have the red and cream quilt I have wanted for some time.

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One of the great things about doing quilt-alongs is seeing what other people do with the same design.  The color choices and borders make a quilt unique, and I’d like to share a few that were shared on our Flickr group for the quilt along.  These are new shares since the last update.

Needled Mom did hers in blue and white, and I like her border choice with small squares of scrappy blues.

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Ila did two quilts in low volume prints. She realized halfway through that her blocks in the quilt on the left had two patches reversed. The quilt on the right is consistent with the pattern. Still, they are both beautiful and both have that circular secondary pattern, it is just stronger on the one on the right.  I am sure the sisters are thrilled.

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Brenda did hers in two prints, I think she is going to use this as a Christmas quilt.  Beautiful fabrics, and lots of perfect points!

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And here are a few you may have seen before, but newer readers may not have seen.

Tanya sewed her quilt with a wonderful grey background and lots of bright scraps.  This pattern really does chew up the scrap bin.

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Susan did a lullaby size in lovely blue and white.

Scrap Dance Waltz top finished, piecing the back now.

And Cheryl did a red and green Christmas theme.

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Here’s one of Elaine’s two quilt flimsys, this one with a yellow border.

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I hope all these participants who showed their finished flimsy will upload a photo of the quilted finish. I’d also love to see more, if anyone else that hasn’t shared up to now would like to share.  Please be sure that your pictures are set to public when adding to the Flickr group.  In the meantime, here’s the link to the pattern on Craftsy for purchase at the intro price of just $5 –Scrap Dance Waltz on Craftsy! Thank you to all who have purchased any of my patterns!!  Today is the last day today for introductory pricing on the Scrap Dance Waltz pattern.  Tomorrow, March 1, it will go to a regular price of $8, so you can save $3 by getting it today.

And for those who are Scrap Dancing with our Two Step Mystery, be sure to share your progress on the Scrap Dance Mystery Flickr Group.  I plan to show some progress photos of that one soon.

One more quilt along in progress now is the Be My Neighbor quilt along, for those who would rather know what the final quilt looks like.  Join in the fun starting HERE, yes you have time to catch up!

What are you working on now?

 

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Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Begins!

Here we go!!  Gather your precut leftover charm packs and jelly rolls, fat quarters, end of bolts, and scraps for the next mystery in the Scrap Dance Series.  We are going to have a lot of fun putting together this next design, I am liking it a lot!! I do have one completely made, and another one in the works, and I like it so much I may have to do one.  I think you’ll want to do more than one, too.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Step One – Cut Fabric

I have given you five sizes to choose from, so you can do a little or a lot.  Use your rotary cutter and your cutting mat and cut the number of pieces for the size you choose.  Scraps should all be medium to dark in value.  The background works best if it is consistent, and I use white or ivory.  If you decide on a dark background, like black, be sure your scraps are bright or light for contrast.  As usual with my mysteries, it is important that the values of the scraps are consistent for the secondary designs to shine.

Fabric Scraps        Throw        Twin           Full           Queen         King

4-1/2″ Squares             12                 24                 30                 35                42

5″ Squares                     36                72                  90               106              126

5-3/4″ Squares             12                24                  30                  36               42

2-1/2×4-1/2 Strips       24                48                 60                 68                84

Background

5″ Squares                      12                24                30                 34                 42

5-3/4″ Squares              12                24                30                 36                 42

2-1/2×4-1/2 Strips        24                48                60                 68                 84

Here’s all my precuts for the second Two-Step quilt, sure shortened the cutting time!  I am really pleased with the black, purple, green and gold for this one.

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Additional background fabric and scraps will be needed late in the quilt assembly, but I can’t tell you exactly how much right now, as it will depend on a decision you make later in the mystery.  1-3 Fat quarters scraps, and perhaps 1/4-1/2 yard of background would likely be enough for the largest size, but I can’t tell you any more than that right now.  So if you buy yardage of background, get some extra.

Update January 31 – I know I don’t usually ask you to hold some fabric for later, but I promise you that you will love it.  So, please bear with me and just set aside a little bit extra – 1 to 3 fat quarters and 1/4-1/2 yard of background depending on the size you have chosen.  This part is entirely optional, you can skip it if you decide to later, but I think you’ll want to do it.

Here are the fabric scraps for the first one I put together.  Lots of ends of charm packs in this one.

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Now, let’s Two-Step!

Match up the 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 strips of scraps and background.  Sew two strip units of scrap-background along the long edge.  Chain piece for speed.  Square to 4-1/2 inches square.

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Here is a pdf of the January Two-Steps – cutting and first unit assembly – Two Step January Instructions

Button code for those who would like it for a sidebar –

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Post your pictures of your scrap colors and your progress on our  – Scrap Dance Mystery Flickr Group

The next steps will publish the third Friday of each month for 6-7 months.  Click on February Two Step for the next post!

Have fun!!  Will you Two-Step with us?


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Scrap Dance Mystery #3 is Coming! Are You Ready to Two-Step?

The new design is done, the first quilt is made, and I am working on the second to be sure the pattern is correct.  Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step will premier next Friday, with clues on the third Friday of every month.  I like this design a lot, and I  might even make a third one.  The pattern takes advantage of some precuts, so you can use some of those to reduce the amount of cutting if you have them.

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I hear the George Straight song ‘Ocean Front Property’ in my head every time I think of Two-Stepping! Here is a video of him singing live if you haven’t heard it, or if you want to hear it again.  It’s a great song!  For my international friends who may not be familiar with US geography, Arizona is land locked without an ocean shoreline, and the Golden Gate is a bridge in San Francisco.  The song is about a guy telling a big fib about not being in love.  It is a toe tapper, so enjoy it!

Scrap Dance Two-Step will last about 7 months, with plenty of time between posts to get your steps done.  I am very excited about this one, as I designed it to take advantage of pre-cuts to save you some cutting time if you have some in your scrap bin.  Of course, you can still use scraps and leftover bits as always if you don’t, you’ll just need to cut the sizes required. So, dig out those charm squares, jelly roll leftovers and fat quarters, and get ready to cut fabric next week.

I have updated the open Flickr group for this mystery. Click on Scrap Dance Mystery Group 2017 for the group, join us to share your progress from fabric selection to finished quilt, and every stage between!  This is the same group we used for Tango, and the original Scrap Dance, just updated for the new mystery.

Here’s a little logo button for you, it should link back to this post, and I’ll add a link here to the first post next week.

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Scrap Dance Two-Step has started!  Click HERE for the first post!

Are you ready for a scrappy mystery quilt along?

Sharing the announcement post only, I will not be linking the individual steps.

Whoop Whoop Friday

Crazy Mom Quilts

Busy Hands Quilt Alongs Link Page

Show Off Saturday

Oh Scrap!

Main Crush Monday

Linky Tuesday Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social

Needle and Thread Thursday

Seams to Be Sew

 


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Scrap Dance Tango – Mystery Quilt 2016

The Scrap Dance Tango mystery is complete. Thank you to all who participated. The pattern is now available in my Craftsy store. Click on Scrap Dance Tango! I hope you will consider purchasing the pattern, as it is those sales that support the costs of the blog and make it possible to bring you new and free projects. Thank you!!

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Scrap Dance Mystery – The Big Reveal!!

The Scrap Dance mystery for 2015 is now over.  If you like this pattern, it is available for sale at my Etsy store and my Craftsy store, just click on the links on the sidebar.  Thanks for visiting!  The new Scrap Dance Tango mystery for 2016 has started, just click on the category on the side bar to catch up.  It will run from January to June 2016.

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Scrap Dance Quilt Along – Mystery Quilt 2015

Post update 1/15/16

If you are just now finding this from another link, the mystery is now finished.  The pattern is now available for download in my Craftsy store, just click on the Craftsy link on the sidebar.

If you would like to quilt along with the 2016 Scrap Dance Mystery quilt along, Tango! click on this link – Scrap Dance Tango! to begin, and use the category on the sidebar to catch up with all the posts.

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HSTeria Mystery Quilt

Over at Vicki Welsh’s blog, Field Trips in Fiber, there is a cute sew-along featuring half square triangles.  Vicki is calling it HSTeria!  See the button on the sidebar to view the sew-along.  I haven’t done any HSTs in a few weeks because of other projects.   I did finish this jewel a while ago, and have not shared it with anyone yet.  I am entering it in the Bloggers Quilt Festival as well.

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Originally, this mystery quilt was done in sections with our quilt club.  We got the first HST block and made a bunch of those.

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Then we got a second HST block to do, and made some of those.  I lost the picture of the second block, but here it is isolated in the quilt so you can get an idea.

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Next we put those two blocks together in a checkerboard setting, and a tessellating design emerged.

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Now the tricky part.  A border was placed around this section precisely half of the width of one block, so that when it went all the way around, there was a full block width added (two sides at 1/2 the width each) so another block could be added.

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But we didn’t know that it would be a totally different block!  So we had to do more HSTs, arranging them in the blocks in a third design.  These were added to the outside of the inner border and another border was put on the outside.

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The overall effect of the finished quilt was lovely, and I do like the scrappy look.  I bound it in the same color as the inner border for consistency.

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I quilted it with a leaf pantograph with lost of different leaf designs.

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Here it is hanging on my quilt display wall.  The light was a little bright so it washed out the colors a bit on this shot.  They are truer in the pics above.  Total size is 52 inches square (208 total circumference), just perfect for the card table in the den.  It will be displayed there in the fall.

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Thanks for looking at my quilt!  Click on the links below to visit the Festival and see the HSTeria Quilts.

BlogQuiltFest     Hsteria