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Scrap Dance Two Step – The Final Reveal!

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!

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

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.
Throw 3×4
Twin 4×6
Full 5×6
Queen 5×7
King 6×7

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.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

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?


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Scrap Dance Two-Step June

We are getting close to the end, today you’ll see the second block in the design. So grab the units you still have and let’s get started!

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

With the bar units you have left, match one bar element with two scrappy/background HST elements to make this unit. Be very sure that the background HSTs point to the ends and up with the background bar on bottom.  Press toward the HSTs.

One hint, at this point, you are down to the last bits to assemble.  I laid mine out in overlapping rows to be sure I had the remaining scrappy prints distributed.   Right away I had the same print in two adjoining pieces.

So, I could change them around until the scrappy prints were well distributed between the units.

As you sew, be careful to sew through the little ‘x’ to get those sharp corner points.

Now, let’s Two-Step! Here is the block you’ll make with these units. Note that half the HST/bar units go on the top, and the other half will be turned around and on the bottom. The final block will have all four corner background HSTs pointing to the outside corners as shown here.  Sew in rows, pressing seams in one direction, either all up or down.

Here’s mine.  Note again I laid out the units in rows, and did all of them at once to be sure that the prints were distributed as best as they could be.  There is the opportunity to change them around before sewing if one block ends up with the same print contiguous.

Here is your pdf for your sewing room for June – Scrap Dance Two Step June.  Resist the temptation to finish it up at this point, as we have one more thing to do.  Remember that extra fabric I said to put aside at the beginning?  You’ll need it next month (and it is NOT sashing, so don’t do that), so be sure you have some extra background and a few more scraps for July.  You’ll find out the final mystery step next month!

We’d all love to see your progress as you go forward, please upload your pictures to the Flickr group, and be sure they are public so we can share them.  The group url is https://www.flickr.com/groups/scrapdancemystery2015/ – and I look forward to seeing all your units as they are done.  Any finish of any of the mystery quilt alongs can be shared on this group, even from the original mystery from 2015.  We use the same group for all the annual Scrap Dance mysteries.

Here area a few of the latest shares of the May block finishes. Garden2Fun has wonderful bright batiks!

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Mary has a great variety of prints with a pop of red.

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Laura R. is doing a red and white version.

Two Step Scrap Dance--I started this when the mystery quilt started and then life got in the way, but today I was able to catch up!

Laura F has a wonderful variety of prints too.

Two Step Step 5

Love the black background Marsha is using!

12 Block A's

Kristi’s blocks are looking awesome!

These are looking awesome! This mystery is really fun!

And I love the autumn prints Elaine is doing.

Scrap Dance two Step .This quilt says"mine". Thank you Carole.

How’s your Two-Step coming along?

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along


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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.

Scrap Dance Waltz

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. –Scrap Dance Waltz on Craftsy! Thank you to all who have purchased any of my patterns!!

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.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

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.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

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 Tango

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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.

Scrap Dance on bench

 

Scrap Dance Finish 2

 

Scrap Dance QAL