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Scrap Dance Two Step March

How’s your mystery going so far, are you caught up and ready for the next step?  I really get a big kick out of seeing all the different color combinations, and choices for backgrounds.  There are some new posts in the Flickr group with really interesting quarter-square triangle units, such diversity!  I can hardly wait to tell you the rest of the steps so I can see the finishes of these wonderful quilts.  But, I’ll just have to have patience, not my strong suit, LOL!

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Match the 5″ background squares with an equal number of 5-inch scrap squares for your chosen size.  Draw lines on the back of the lighter square on the diagonal.

I have found it easier to actually draw the sewing line 1/4-inch away from the center line (that I do not draw), so I draw 2 lines on each square.

If you are using another method, make as many of these units as you have 5-inch background squares in your chosen size cutting instructions.  Chain stitch the units.

Cut apart and press to the darker side.

Now let’s Two-Step!  Take the remaining 5″ color scraps, make two color HSTs.  Pair up the squares with as much contrast as you can with color or value.

Cut apart and press to the darker side.  Square all HST units to 4-1/2 inches.

And that’s the Two-Step for March.  PDF – Two Step March  Don’t forget to share your progress in the Scrap Dance Flickr group.  If you missed any steps, or you are just now finding this post, click on the category of 2017 Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step on the sidebar to see all the posts for the mystery.

So, how’s your Two-Step coming along?  Or, how’s your progress on your current project?

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Two Stepping March Update

Lots of progress photos have been shared on Flickr, if you are quilting along I hope you will share your progress too!  Click on Scrap Dance Mystery Group to see the current and past mystery quilts.  Of course, you all know I made two quilts, one controlled scraps, and the other completely scrappy.

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Edy John is using black as her background. She has the January unit here ….

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and she shared her February QST unit the day it posted! Wow, she is fast! And I love the black!

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Mary began with her first two-step unit.

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She set aside time on the day of the February release and got 48 of that unit done that day too.

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Carolyn is using lovely blues for her scrappys, and a light background.

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Lindi’s colors are so interesting, will be wonderful in neutrals!  I think she is making this for her daughter in law.  These colors have an elegance to them.

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Witch Stitch (I’m sorry, I don’t know your name) has some really pretty fabrics too.

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Sally has a wonderful fabric selection.

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Marsha is also doing a black background, with wonderful batik brights!

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and here are her QSTs she made with her companion angle tool. You know, I don’t care if you follow my way to do the QSTs or use your own, just make the number you need.

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Of course, you all know, I adore Elaine’s autumn colors!

Number 2 Two Step mystery quilt with oranges, avacado greens and browns.

Here are her QSTs.

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And she is doing a second quilt in these colors!

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Kristi has a beautiful array of colors and prints…

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and made great progress on her QSTs.

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Tammie is using a red print for her background, how interesting this will be!!

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Here are her QSTs.

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Susan has another idea for her Two-Step, all blues. It reminds me of the ocean.

Step one and step two blocks all finished.

It isn’t too late to join in, Laura finished her step one just a few days ago.

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It is such a thrill for me to see all these different interpretations of my ideas.  I cannot tell you how much fun I have with all your shares.  Please continue to upload your progress photos, and if you haven’t done so yet, it is easy and free!  Just create a Flickr account, upload your photos and add them to the group.  Be sure they are set to public, not private, so they can be shared here on the blog.  It is the same group I have been using for all the mystery quilts, so you can look back to previous year’s photos too.  The group url is https://www.flickr.com/groups/scrapdancemystery2015/ – and I look forward to seeing all your progress.  Plus, you can still upload finish pictures of previous mystery quilt-alongs to the same group.  Jeannine just shared her original Scrap Dance Mystery finish, love her colors and borders!  Great job, and the quilting looks perfect too.

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There are also discussion groups connected with each Flickr group where you can ask questions, and most of the participants will comment on the photos.  It is a really fun way to connect with others doing the mystery.

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Are you Two-Stepping with us?


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Scrap Dance Two Step February

Here we are with the second post for Scrap Dance Two-Step!   I hope you are having fun!  If you are just finding this quilt-along, you can catch up with January’s cutting and first sewing steps. The best part of a scrappy quilt along is you have nothing to lose!  Get a new quilt by just using up leftovers, and bits in the scrap bins!  Now that you have seen January, you know that each month will have two steps to complete.  Last month was cutting and sewing the first unit.  This month we do a two-step unit.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Step One – For your chosen size, match all the 5-3/4-inch background squares with an equal number of the 5-3/4-inch scrap squares.  Draw lines on the background squares, either one in the center (and sew 1/4-inch away on both sides), or this way – two sewing lines 1/4-inch away from the center.  I have found it easier to stay accurate with this method.

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Sew on the lines (or on either side of a center line).  Cut apart down the center between the sewing lines to form half square triangles (HSTs), do not square!  Press toward the scrappy side.

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Now, let’s Two-Step!   Using the HST units you just made, draw sewing lines perpendicular to the seam line on half of the units.

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Pair them together again with the other half unmarked HSTs, with the scrappy sides matched to background and nesting the seams. Try to mix up medium and dark values on the scraps.

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Sew on the lines (or on either side of a center line).

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Cut apart down the center between the sewing lines to form quarter-square triangle (QST) units.

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Press seam toward one side, which one doesn’t matter.  Then, square to 4-1/2 inches.

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February unit – quarter square triangles.

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That’s it for February!  Here’s your downloadable pdf –  Two Step February pdf . Click on March Two Step for the next step!

George Strait once again, with Fool Hearted Memory for your Two-Stepping fun!

Are you Two-Stepping with us?  Or sewing something else?  For country fan readers, what’s your favorite Two-Stepping song?


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Autumn Jubilee Wrap Up

Today will wrap up the Autumn Jubilee event, but read to the end for a sneak preview of the next big Mystery!  I have loved seeing all the progress photos on Flicker.  The colors chosen and the projects made are just wonderful.  Once again, I’d like to thank all my favorite companies for their participation in providing giveaways for readers.

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Giveaway drawing winners

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Aurifil winner Nancy at Joy For Grace blog, new follower using a blog reader.

Connecting Threads winner of the mini conthrdspumpkinquilt stand and topper is Vicki H, blog reader subscriber.FatQuarterShop-300x300

The winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate is Danice G, email subscriber.

backside_fabrics_logo_addtm Back Side Fabrics $30 gift certificate winner is Val at Val’s Quilting Studio, blog reader subscriber.

 

paisleyposies Stampin Up Paisleys and Posies bundle winner is Margaret N, email subscriber.

Magnet King – winners of the craft kits are Mary C and Pat T.

From My Carolina Home – The random number generator gave me this picture on our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group, quilting winner – Diann B!   Diann may have finished this mini-quilt, but she wins quilting of a table topper.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!  Yes, there will be more events like this one next year.

Now, for the preview!  I have been sewing like crazy on next year’s mystery quilt.  The design is done, one throw size quilt top is pieced, and at the moment it is on the quilting frame.  I do like the design, and I think it is a good scrappy look.  I am planning to make another larger one to check the measurements.  The sneak preview is this – the design will take advantage of jelly roll strips, charm packs and layer cakes, along with some fat quarters. So, take advantage of the clearance sales on those precuts and you’ll have a big head start on the mystery.  I just ordered three clearance charm packs for the 5 inch squares I’ll need for the larger size, and save cutting time.

I have another new design coming up next week using jelly roll leftovers.  It will be a very fast project using just 9 jelly roll strips, so dig out those strips, or cut some WOF strips 2-1/2 inches in width to quilt along with a project that can be finished in an afternoon.  Plus, the red two tone quilt is in the design process and I think will be a quilt along too.

Did you have fun with Autumn Jubilee?  Please join me in thanking all the wonderful sponsors of this event.


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Autumn Jubilee Update

Time for an update and a look at what readers are doing with the blocks for Autumn Jubilee.  It is so much fun to see all the ways you all are putting your leaves and pumpkins together.

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Susan did a great job with her runner, starting with large leaves, and making the pumpkins small.  Her quilting is wonderful too!

Autumn Jubilee table runner all quilted and bound.

I have to show you Diann’s mini quilt and matching pillow. What a cozy corner, love those fabric choices!

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Danice is doing both the runner with these marvelous scrappy leaves…

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and the stitch along! Great progress!

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I love these scrappy fall color leaves by Desert Sky Susan!

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The pumpkin border on Judy’s runner is just the perfect choice.

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Debbie finished her mini quilt….

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and also is doing the stitch along.

Felt Sunday Project

Tomorrow will be the largest project in the series. Enter for me to quilt it for you by adding your progress photo to the Flickr group. It can be any of the quilt-along sizes, runner or topper doesn’t matter, just that you’d like to have me quilt it.  I’ll choose a winner from the pictures on November 1.  You don’t have to be ready to ship, just have a progress photo up.  The winner will send their top and backing to me whenever it is ready to be quilted, and I will provide the batting, quilting with this pumpkins and leaves pantograph, and return shipping.

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Depending on when I receive it, I’ll try to have it back to you in time to use on Thanksgiving.  But if it is later, that’s OK.  Timing will be up to the winner, so no pressure to finish unless you want it for this year.

All the giveaways are still open for comments, so if you missed one you still have time to enter.

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Needlecraft Mystery Series

A nice long weekend and it looks like it is going to rain on Sunday all day, and maybe Monday too.  DH and I had planned a hike, but I think it will turn into a couple of days of sewing and reading.  Actually, those are wonderful days in my opinion!  Now is a good time to tell you about a series I have enjoyed.  It is another in the cozy mystery genre, refreshingly with an older woman in her 50s as the central character (instead of the usual mid-30s cutsie with the hunk policeman boyfriend).  Beginning with the first in the series, Crewel World, readers are introduced to Betsy and her sister Margo in a small town in Minnesota.  When Betsy’s sister is murdered in the store, Betsy is taken on an emotional roller coaster, eventually needing to do some sleuthing on her own to find the truth.  She inherits the store and has to learn how to run it with the help of the part time staff. What started out for Betsy as a refuge from a bad divorce turns into a learning experience for taking care of herself.   The neat thing is the focus on needlecrafts, not only crewel, but knitting, crochet, and cross stitch.  Each book has a pattern in it too.  Next is Framed in Lace where a skeleton is found wrapped with a piece of lace that holds a clue.  These first books are only available in paperback, and I think I donated them back to the library some years ago.  I really would rather read hardback books, I find them easier to hold and read.  As I finished books in this series, I put them on an antique shelf that is sitting on the mantle in my basement sewing space.  Books work as decor you know, as I wrote about in Decorating With Books and More Decorating With Books.

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The next book in the series is Stitch in Time dealing with a damaged tapestry.  It is followed by Unraveled Sleeve where Betsy and her friend Jill go to a knitting retreat.   The fifth book Murderous Yarn, deals with antique car racing.  I found this one particularly interesting as DH has done some vintage racing in the past.  Again, a piece of needlework holds a clue to the truth.  After the second book, the books can be read out of order, as not much changes in Betsy’s life.  That is the only disappointing thing about the series.  There isn’t a lot of growth in the main character, or change in her life once her divorce is done in the first book.  I find that I am more curious about the other characters in the series and how their lives change.

I think one of the better mysteries in this series is Buttons and Bones (#14), set in a remote cabin where a skeleton is found under a linoleum floor.  This one really had a different story than the usual, dealing with events long ago during World War II, and again a needlecraft in the form of a crocheted rug is a clue to the truth.  In Threadbare (#15), a homeless woman is found dead wearing an embroidered blouse that is her will.  Another twist on the usual story, Betsy has to solve two murders that are connected.

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So, you have a series of cozy mysteries with needlework.  No, they are not great literature, and sometimes the mystery is a bit too easy to solve, but after dealing with CEUs, I am ready for something a bit mindless.  I still have these two on the to-be-read pile.  And Then You Dye is book #16, and The Drowning Spool is #17.  That will likely be it for me for one series, I have too many other books to read.

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After a while you begin to ask, how many murders can happen in a small town?  Horrors!  And the series sometimes gets a bit stale.  Maybe that is why I haven’t picked these up.  But the last one I read was Crewel Yule, book #8, read out of order because I wanted to save it for the holidays.  I did enjoy it, so hopefully I can get back to these soon.  Perhaps I can visit Excelsior again soon, checking in with friends not seen in a while.

What are you reading now?

 

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Scrap Dance Tango – The Reveal!!

The Scrap Dance Tango mystery is complete.  Thank you to all who participated.  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.  Click on Scrap Dance Tango!   Thank you!!

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