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Scrap Dance Swing Bag, and a Correction on Two-Step

During my trip to Lexington, I took the Swing Bag to test it out in real use.  I have to say, (brag a bit, LOL!!) that it performed beyond expectation.  I expected it to hold some clothes and cosmetics, and be easy to carry, but I found that it did more than that.  The pattern is easy, mostly constructed flat, and the zipper insertion is a breeze.  You won’t believe how easy it is!  I’ll be making several more of these using up some jelly roll strips and piecing bits to make the next one scrappy.

First, it fit nicely on the top of DH’s suitcase with the handle reaching the top so he could stack it.  Sure made it easy to carry with another suitcase.

Plus, you will not believe how much stuff was in it.  I got all these clothes for a four day trip, plus three pairs of shoes (one a pair of walking shoes) and all my other essentials in it.   There are seven tops, two pairs of shorts, two pairs of long pants, plus sleepwear.

Items with liquids like my hair spray and contact lens solution were held upright in the long inside pocket, eliminating the need to encase them in a zip lock bag (although you could still do that).

All these items were in the bag, and that cosmetic bag is full!

The Swing Bag is wide enough for my cosmetic case to fit sideways at one end, with plenty of space for clothes and shoes.

The pattern has more ideas for adjustments to the pockets for ease of use, and also instructions to add a water bottle strap for use as a gym bag.

The Swing Bag will hold towels and a hair dryer, gym clothes, bathing suit for water aerobics, and a fresh change of clothes for after your shower if you want to use it as a workout bag.  It has more space than you will need for a day trip, and plenty of space for a week’s stay out of town.

A few comments have come in from pattern buyers, here’s a look at what others have said –

Mary (stitchinggrandma) said “I just downloaded the pattern , and I LOVE all the extra photo’s and details you included!!! Worth much more than the minimal $2 investment!”

Pat T wrote “*Thank you* for all you do, Carole, to teach, encourage, and inspire! I just downloaded your pattern at Craftsy!… Thank you for the extra pictures in it, and the extra details! (That makes your great directions very clear to even beginning sewers.)”

Gynette said “Just purchased your Swing Bag pattern and I’m delighted with the detail. So many details I missed on the blog. This will be a delightful gift for my high school aged granddaughter. But I will be making it from heavier fabric and a metal zipper for her. Also plan on making one for my quilting buddy, Carol (without the “e”) and one for me. I never seem to get me one made. Thanks for spending your time designing and offering this pattern. Now to peruse my stash for the perfect fabric.”

Thank you, ladies, for your support and encouragement!    Today is the last day to get the pattern on the intro price of $2, and see the details not included in the Christmas in July tutorial post. After today, the price will be reset to its regular price of $9.   Click on Scrap Dance Swing Bag for the pattern!

Last note, thank you to alert readers Rhonda and Donna who let me know about a mistake in the border instructions in the final reveal post for Scrap Dance Two Step.  The strips between the flying geese in the middle of the border should be 20-1/2 inches, not 16-1/2.  And the corner areas are 16-1/2, not 12-1/2 inches.  The block is 12-1/2 inches unfinished, so the strips must equal 12-1/2 + 4 inches for each section over the adjacent block.

The download has been corrected.  The area to put your counts now looks like this.

­­­_____ strips 20-1/2 x 2-1/2 between the flying geese in the border middles
_____ strips 16-1/2 x 2-1/2 between the flying geese and the  corners around the square block units
_____ strips 2-1/2 x 12/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 14-1/2 for the bottom corners
_____ strips 2-1/2 x 4/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 for the top corners

Download the corrected final reveal – Final Reveal  The pattern for Two Step will remain up for a few weeks, then will be removed from the blog and put on Craftsy.

And lastly, I have tamed the beast!!  The Be My Neighbor flimsy is done and I’ll show you my solution to the yellow houses on Friday.  Now, can I get it quilted without ripping?

Are you sewing today?


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!!

12 Scrap Dance Two Step Blocks - Part 6

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?


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 – 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!


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

Scrap dance two step Part 5

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


Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step – May

The May Two Step will be fast and easy, as we build Block A today!  Aren’t you excited?!

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

OK, so get out the remainder of your QSTs, and all the two-tone scrappy HSTs.  You’ll make the unit below.  Be sure that the background of the QST touches the HSTs.  Also be very careful that all the units are the same, with the diagonal line on the HSTs oriented this way.  It is important to the secondary design that those lines go a certain way.

It is helpful to lay them out first to be sure that the prints are well distributed and you don’t end up with the same one side by side.

Press all the units made today to the outside from the center.  This will nest the seams with the previous unit pressed to the center as shown.

Now, let’s two-step and build the block.  Get out your previous QST units.  Take half of the above units placing them oriented this way above the first unit, and the other half rotated 180 degrees placed below.  See photo.  Your diagonal lines on the corners should look like this., and you’ll end up with a square in a square in the center.  Press the final seams all in one direction, either all up or all down, it doesn’t matter which.

Don’t be tempted to guess what is next, LOL, what is left can go together at least four 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 – and I look forward to seeing all your units as they are done.

Here is a pdf for your sewing room (update! it is now a pdf) – Two Step May Instructions

Are you just now finding the mystery?  You can catch up quickly as there are only five 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?

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along


Scrap Dance Two Step May Update

Everyone is working on their units from April fairly quickly this time.  Lots of shares on Flickr show the variety of colors and choices, so fun for me to see it coming together!!  You know, if you haven’t begun yet, it isn’t too late to catch up.  The last two months will be really easy, so if you would like to quilt along, click HERE to see the beginning.  Each post has a link to the next one.  I give you a full range of sizes from table topper up to king size.  The next step is next Friday.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

I think Ranch Wife’s western prints are really fun.  Isn’t this a cute way to display her progress?

Scrap Dance Two-Step April mystery clue

Kristi’s modern prints in bold colors are looking good.

Scrap Dance Two Step April! It's getting exciting!

Elaine, I just adore an autumn palette.  This is going to be beautiful.


Susan’s blues with grey remind me of the ocean. I hope your studio set up is coming along!

April clues done, will have my new studio,all set up before the next clue.

Mary shared her progress with her blues and golds, lovely.  Hey, I recognize that pebble fabric, LOL!!

Scrap Dance 2 Step April Units

Edy had hers done in a flash last month.

TwoStep Mystery Quilt-April

Brenda is catching up, she had some family health issues to take care of with her elderly parents, so I hope they are doing well now.

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This is getting really exciting. Just another week until the next step!  You have plenty of time to catch up, as the next steps go really fast.  A month between steps will seem too long soon, LOL!!

And just so you know, you can always share older Scrap Dance finishes when you get them finished.  Jeannine shared her original Scrap Dance in bright batiks recently, love these colors!

Scrap Dance Batiks

Are you quilting along?  Please, 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.

If you are visiting from a linkup, please stay a while and look around.  My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living.  My tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  Lots of fun is had here, but I don’t link up every post, or the steps on my mystery quilts.  I love to have new followers, too!  See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method. It isn’t too late to start they mystery quilt going on now, just click on the icon on the side bar to start.  It will go until July, with shares of finishes over the following months.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along


Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!

Crazy Mom Quilts



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 – 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?

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along