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Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step April

Are you ready for the next step in the Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step?  I know I am!!  Sometimes it seems like it is so long between steps!  But from the comments, I think that is a good thing so you can work it in around other things and still have some mystery fun while making a dent in the scrap bins.
Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

OK, then!  Without further ado, here is the April Two-Step!

First, divide the total number of 4-1/2 inch scrappy squares into two equal number piles.  If you are making the Queen size, you’ll have an uneven number of squares, put the extra one on the first pile.

Match up those squares with the bar units as shown in the picture below.  Make sure your background on this unit is touching the center square.  The scrappy bars should be on the outside.  You’ll use half your bar units for this step, (just over half for Queen).  Press toward the center square.

Now, Two Step!  With the remaining 4-1/2-inch squares, use two QST units to make the unit below.  Be sure that your scrappy QST touches the center square.  The background QSTs should be oriented north-south.   This will use up half of your QSTs.  Press toward the center square.

PDF Download of this month’s steps – Scrap Dance Two Step April

Don’t be tempted to guess what is next, LOL, it can go together a number of different ways, and only one of those is right.  We’d all love to see your progress as you go forward, so 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.

Are you just now finding the mystery?  You can catch up quickly as there are only four months published.  We will finish in July, then have more shares in August as the quilts are finished.  So, come join in!  Just click on Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step to get started.  Each step is linked to the one that came after, and all have downloads to print out for reference in the sewing room.

How’s your Two Step coming along?

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Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step Shares

It is wonderful to see all the different concepts in colors with this mystery quilt.  There are just so many great combinations, they make me want to make multiples of this quilt.  Or design another one just so I can do one or more of them, LOL!!

Like Marsha’s brights with black.

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Or Carolyn’s colorful scraps with a butter yellow background.

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Lindi’s understated elegance has really caught my eye.  She also has posted her HSTs as well, and they look so beautifully subtle. That pic got marked private, but you can see it if you to to the group.

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Mary’s wild prints are so modern…

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and they are going to really pop with her white background!

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Edy’s striking color combination of orange and teal is going to be interesting with that touch of black.

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Elaine showed off her new-to-her Featherweight, Gladys, and her units completed.  I love her lamp!

My new 1955 Feather weight,Gladys, sewed the HST for Scrap Dance 2 Step in record breaking time. The trimming took the time!

Laura has her QSTs done, and …

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step three as well!  Laura commented “I sure hope all of these crazy unplanned bright scraps work!”  I think they will.

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Karen caught up too, with a very French feel to her fabric choices.

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Ranch Wife is doing hers in Western prints, how fun is that!

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I’d love to see more of your progress on the next steps, so upload those pics and share. If you haven’t stopped by your photos lately, there are lots of comments on all of them from the other participants. It is fun to have such a supportive community in our quilting world.

Are you caught up? If not, don’t despair, there is still plenty of time. I only post a new step once a month, on the third Friday, so even those just now finding this quilt along can catch up in just a few days. Just click on the Two Step button on the sidebar to get to the first post. The next update will be April 21. Happy Sewing!

What are you working on today?

 

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Finish It UP Friday


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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.

Click on April Two Step for the next step, published April 21!

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 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.

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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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Needle and Thread Thursday


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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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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?