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Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along Shares

I wanted to share some of your quilt blocks shared on our Flickr group, but the reveal post was already too long.  So, I thought I’d just do a second post on the next day.  I love the color combinations and each one is so unique! Part of the fun for me is to see how all of you interpret my pattern. Just look at the beautiful brights that Sally is using, and it looks like the background has a confetti look.  How fun!


And here is Sally’s Block A she shared after the last update. These are going to be fantastic together.


Brenda is doing a wonderful scrappy version, I love these colors.  The high contrast between the scraps and the background is going to be marvelous in the finished quilt.

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And Brenda also caught up with Block A, won’t these make a great cozy quilt!

Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step part May 2017

Here is Kristi’s Block B with the fun pop art prints.

Scrap Dance Two Step! Finished with Block 2! This has been such a fun mystery!

Elaine once again has chosen my favorite palette, autumn!

Scrap Dance Two Step June clue for the twin size quilt. Thanks Carole for great block patterns.

Sue has totally used her scrap box for her blocks, good going Sue!

Totally from my old and newish scraps.

Susan is doing her mystery all in blues, looks like a calm ocean and a pretty sky with the low volume contrast.

June blocks, not too scrappy.

Carol is using black for her background, with a high contrast to her bright prints.


Marsha has also chosen black for her background.

Two Step June

Pat has such a pretty palette of greens, golds and browns, reminds me of a garden walk.

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Mary finished her Block B pretty fast, she sets aside the third Friday every month as a sewing day. Smart!!

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Milla showed us her country prints, can’t wait to see her blocks.


Share your progress on the Flickr group for our mystery quilts, click on Scrap Dance Two Step Flickr Group to add yours!

What do you think of the variety of choices and the pattern so far?


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?


Be My Neighbor Block 12

Moving on to the next block in this quilt along, block 12 is pretty simple. I knew I could do this one in very little time, so I got out the basket of scraps and began pulling colors. I laid out the previous row so I could see what would be next to this block, and vary the colors. Purple with a floral print seemed the right choice for the large squares, and I can use the lighter purple in the nine-patch blocks.

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I cut most of the pieces and set them out on my sewing table for assembly. I decided to do the nine-patches using strips instead of cutting all the little 2-inch squares. Laying out the components, there were only two diagonal lines to draw this time. I chain pieced as much as I could before taking the units to the ironing board.

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I did the nine patch strip units and cross cut them, pressing the strips toward the green so the units would nest.

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Sewing more units, I looked carefully at the roof knowing that those chimneys would be a pain. So, I carefully pinned them, checked the placement, checked and repinned again.

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And still managed to do it wonky. Even with the quarter-inch foot and trying really hard. I can’t break the streak now, apparently.

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And so, I took it out and redid the seam. Twice.

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The third time was the charm, or at least as good as I was ever going to get it. I turned to assembling the other units.

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Final two seams were sewn and the block was done.  The purples really are the same bluish tone, the darker one isn’t showing true in the pictures.  The nine patch colors are pulled out of the purple floral print, and match really well.

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So, those of you really sharp eyed will notice that I skipped Block 11. I have a couple of ideas of how to do that block with all the little houses, but no fabric that will suit for the large windows on each little house. My first thought is to make them all birdhouses, with fussy cut birds in each window. Problem is I do not have any bird fabric. I also thought about using food fabrics, like little farmer’s market stalls. So, I am going to look in the shops for something suitable, maybe one of these ideas or maybe something I haven’t thought about yet. I won’t be able to get to the meeting today for the group as our longarm group is meeting in Waynesville Weaverville at a new quilt shop. Maybe I can find something cute there. We’ll see!

Are you doing the quilt along? What are you working on now?



Needle and Thread Thursday



Be My Neighbor Quilt Along

The LQS here started a quilt along in January for the Moda Fabrics Be My Neighbor quilt.  The original publication of the block instructions were done late last year.  So, I decided to do this monthly meeting so I can keep up with a few friends.  The shop emailed me the first blocks, but I couldn’t even think about sewing for over a week.  Finally on the day before the meeting, I thought I should at least get one block done, so I pulled some scraps and got busy.

Neighbor Block One 2

This one takes some concentration as each block is different and has lots of pieces that are close in measurement. The background on this one has a 2-1/2-inch square and a 2-1/2 x 2-3/4-inch rectangle. So careful placement is essential. As I usually do anyway, I laid out the bits to be sure they were all in the right spots.

Neighbor Block One 3

Then I picked up adjoining pieces and sewed as many as I could chain style.

Neighbor Block One 4

Took all those the the ironing board, then laid out the block again.

Neighbor Block One 6

Pick up the pieces that could be done next, and chain pieced again until I ran out of bits.

Neighbor Block One 8

I kept going like this until the entire block was sewn.  I put a white on white lacy print in the ‘windows’ to look like lace curtains, but it was too subtle.

Neighbor Block One 10

When I got the block done, I thought ho-hum. I am doing what I always do, choosing the same colors I usually do. So, this block is going to become an orphan. I am going to re-sew another one in spring colors. The trees will become flowering trees instead of evergreens, and I bought some sky fabric in a pale blue Moda marbles with some white that looks like clouds.  One of the other ladies in the quilt-along group also brought up an interesting idea.  She added in a grass patch on either side of her tree, creating a “horizon”, which sets the tree into a landscape.  I liked the look of that too. So, now I am four blocks behind, but who cares! Quilting should always be fun. I have all the best intentions of keeping up, but I am not going to stress out if I am a bit behind.

The patterns are still available at Bear Creek Quilting online, in free downloads. Click on Be My Neighbor to get all the patterns if you’d like to quilt along too, or maybe to join in later.

Want to quilt along with this one?  What are you working on?


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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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

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Busy Hands Quilt Alongs Link Page

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Linky Tuesday Freemotion by the River

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Seams to Be Sew



Catching up to Christmas

I am working on several new projects for this holiday season, but nothing is ready to show yet.  I will be working on our quilt-along this afternoon, the next step is tomorrow.  My weekend sale online orders from all my favorite retailers are coming in for new projects for the blog, thread and fabric should arrive this week.  But for now, refill your coffee cup or tea, and settle in for some fun time on my blog as I do a review of my Christmas in July event along with some previous season ideas with links to the projects.  You might be here a while today, LOL!!  We had great fun in July and had a number of wonderful prizes from my favorite vendors, and yes, we’ll have more events like that next year.  Do you have a quilter on your gift list?  This Sewing Kit is easy to make, has no hand sewing, and can be used for jewelry too!  The link has a full tutorial.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

My original design Christmas Mini Quilt fits a table top stand, and the post has all the instructions to make it.  The ornament pattern is embellished with little pearls at the triangle corners.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

My Christmas Trip Around the World quilt goes so fast, that I made it from beginning the cutting to finishing the binding in just over a week – and that was around my work schedule and social commitments!

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

You have cards to send, so here are some card stamping ideas for your Christmas card list.  Stamping Christmas Cards.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

Are you into wool applique?  This is my original design, Christmas Wool Penny Rug and the post has a free pattern download.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Cookie Cutters Ornaments are easy to make with buttons and ribbon roses.

Rose Angel at From My Carolina Home

An integral part of most of my tablescapes are quilted runners or table toppers. One I use over and over is the one shown in the picture below, a simple hexagonal shape with rings of alternating values and colors in red, green and ecru.  The pattern is free in my Craftsy store. While you are there, please take a look at my other patterns, your purchases help fund the blog costs.  I hope never to have the obnoxious ads I am seeing on other blogs these days, moving animation on every single photo in a post, flashing ads on sidebars and popups, hello bars at the top and popup bars at the bottom, and some blogs with all of those at once! Monumentally annoying.  As long as I can pay for everything with Etsy store sales and Craftsy sales, the only ads you should ever see will be the occasional one at the bottom put there by WordPress when you visit the blog page.  Someday I hope to go completely ad free.

Christmas Hexagonal Table Topper 15

If you would like to do another runner, here is a link to the quilted runner I did last Christmas as a quilt-along. Christmas Star Runner

Christmas Quilt Along finish

This year I published my first purse pattern, The Charleston Bag. Of course I had to have it in Christmas colors!  For the month of December for my readers, the pattern is reduced to just $5.  The Charleston bag is a roomy purse with an inside pocket, completely finished by machine, no hand sewing!  I was carrying it yesterday while shopping for some crafting supplies, and several ladies commented on it.

Christmas Charleston Bag

Need some ideas for the guys on your list? Gifts for Guys will give you some different ideas from the usual.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

I love giving Gifts From The Kitchen too. This post has my Double Dutch Chocolate Brownie mix recipe with a downloadable pdf of this recipe with others along with printable gift tags.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

We are finally getting some much needed rain this morning, and I am enjoying the gentle patter and cooler temperatures.  It is hoped this rain will help the firefighters, particularly to keep the fires from spreading although it will not be enough to end the drought or to extinguish the fires going now.  It is a great day, however, to curl up with a good book.  I did some cozy Christmas mystery book reviews last year, here are some holiday reads you might enjoy too.  Cozy Christmas Reading  If you haven’t heard that term, a cozy mystery is one without overt violence, no foul language, and the intimate scenes are left to the imagination.

Cozy Christmas 2

Just for fun, here is my Christmas Tablescape from two years ago. This post has a recipe for Shrimp Avocado Remoulade, along with the plan for the quilted table topper.  I found some new chargers for this year and I have an idea for a totally new tablescape using things I already have in a new way.

Christmas Table 2014 - 2

And one last project, a Holiday Pine Cone Hanger to use those big cones you might have sitting around.  I gave this one away, but I’ll be making another one for the veranda this year.

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home

I hope that gives you some things to enjoy to get the season started.  I’ll have more projects and ideas very soon, and our Scrap Dance Waltz continues tomorrow.  I am revising the math for those that are doing the two tone Christmas option, and I’ll add that to the post tomorrow.

Are you getting started on Christmas?


Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Celebrate and Decorate