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Scrap Dance Swing Bag

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!” (purchased during the introductory period for blog readers)

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.”

Click on Scrap Dance Swing Bag for the pattern!

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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.


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.


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!


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.

Waltz Tango 2

Here’s one of Elaine’s two quilt flimsys, this one with a yellow border.


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!

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Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Begins!


Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step is now over.  The pattern will be available in my Craftsy store soon.  Thank you for quilting along, and if you are just now finding it, 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 coming January 2018.


Scrap Dance Mystery #3


Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Scrap Dance Two-Step is now over.  Check my Craftsy store soon for the complete pattern.


Sharing the announcement post only, I will not be linking the individual steps.

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Quilting Donation Quilts

It was a productive time in the last 10 days, as I worked though the backlog of donation quilts I promised to do.  Having the longarm down for three weeks didn’t help.  Most of this is my own making, as I wanted to do several small quilts for the club’s donation to Mainstay and Open Arms, both local charities. I did another of the four patch quilt, and got it on the frame.

Donation Quilts at From My Carolina Home

I still had the Wrought Iron pantograph loaded up, and thought it would do fine for this little quilt. I like the way it overlaps the previous row. Thread was a variegated green Superior with Bottom Line in the bobbin. Warm and Natural batting.

Donation Quilts at From My Carolina Home

Sunday’s are made for hand sewing binding while watching football games.

Donation Quilts at From My Carolina Home

All done with this one.

Donation Quilts at From My Carolina Home

Then, I was asked to quilt a top for a fellow club member, Betty, who has had some health problems. Another member took her blocks and sewed them together with borders. She brought it to me, last week and I was thrilled to see it was Scrap Dance, the original!

Betty's Scrap Dance 1

I love the colors she used. There is a lot more blue than I generally like, but it really works here. I decided to put a swirl pantograph pattern on it to soften the sharper angles.

Betty's Scrap Dance 2

I did the quilting in a lighter ecru color thread, so the texture shows on the light borders. Thread is Essentials on the top, and Bottom Line in the bobbin. Batting was donated to us by the Warm Company, Warm and White.

Betty's Scrap Dance 5

A few minor puckers on the borders were pretty well flattened with some steam and judicious pressing.

Betty's Scrap Dance 3

Overall the quilt looks wonderful. Club member Sharon picked it up to bind it, and it will go to a local charity.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her about the mistake in the bottom row.  Do you like this pattern?  It is for sale in my Craftsy store, click HERE.

Betty's Scrap Dance 8

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Scrap Dance Tango is Published

The Scrap Dance Tango pattern is now available in my Craftsy store.  Thank you to all who participated in this fun mystery quilt along!

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I am currently in the planning stage for more mystery fun with our scraps!

Tango Cover Shots 3

I can’t decide whether to do a small one for autumn / holiday, or just wait until next year for a full quilt.

Tango Cover Shots 7

Which would you like?  Or do you want both of them? Either way, save those scraps!

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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Quilting Scrap Dance Tango, and News

Quilting Scrap Dance Tango was a bit different than my usual pantograph.  This time, I decided to do a pantograph design in the interior, and custom quilt the borders.  Longarm quilters call this a semi-custom job.  It is a bit trickier than it looks because the quilting in the pieced section has a definite stopping point, and I didn’t hit it exactly right each pass.

Tango quilting finished 1

I ironed it with my favorite solution of half Best Press and half water.  It came out pretty flat!  Just a minor pucker here and there in the piecing.

Tango Top Pieced 4

Loading the top on the longarm, the bottom is folded up to to the roller so I can see that the borders are put on right.  I took this picture before I changed the thread.  I used King Tut in a variegated green, solid green Bottom Line in the bobbin, and Warm and Natural cotton batting.

Tango Top Pieced on Frame 2

After stabilizing the edges, and stitching in the ditch around the borders, I placed the machine head at the edge of the pieced area, needle down so it would stay put.  Then, I placed a clamp on the rail underneath to stop me from going into the border.

Quilting Tango 10 C clamp

Even so, I still managed to bump it a bit on this pass.

Quilting Tango edge 1

So I went back and picked that overage out.  Then forgot to remeasure the clamp, so I got this next time.

Quilting Tango edge 2

So I had to pick that out too, the rest of the pantograph area went fairly well.  Then I turned to the first light border.  I wanted a regular loop as the width was a bit too much for ribbon candy.  I marked regular intervals with a water erasable pen, using the folded paper method.

Tango quilted beige border 1

I quilted the loops, going around each mark.  That little bit of overage from the pantograph was just left as it was.  I should go back and pick it out, but I’ll decide on that later.

Tango quilted beige border 2

I soaked the marks with Sew Clean, works like a charm to take out the blue marks.

Tango quilted beige border 3

First border done.

Tango quilted beige border 4

Now for the outer border, I decided on my favorite bead board as the print is pretty busy.

Quilting Tango borders 2

The binding is a solid green, the same as the backing.

Tango binding

A few nights of slow stitching, and the quilt was done.

Tango Cover Shots 3

I like this one just as much as the first Scrap Dance.  Maybe even more since it has a lot of green, and a bit of blue to keep it from looking too autumn-like.

Tango Cover Shots 6

Mine is 9 blocks x 7 blocks, (a throw size without borders) and this is a queen size bed.  The blocks finish at 8 inches, and I need two more rows top to bottom and five more side to side to have a nice drop on all sides and get the top edge under the pillows and up to the headboard.

Tango Cover Shots 7

Thanks so much to Marsha who found an error in my instructions for the throw size.  I just goofed with the calculation, dividing when I should have multiplied.  I really should have noticed that the numbers for the throw should have been larger than the lullaby.  Anyway, I have corrected the posts, and corrected the pdf downloads.  To see all the Tango posts, just click on the sidebar category of  2016 Scrap Dance Tango.  The pattern is coming along and I hope to have it done in mid-July for downloading on Craftsy.  I’ll be putting both setting designs in as well.  Thank you all for your wonderful comments on Tango!

Qucikstep Finished 1

And in other news, the Scrap Dance Quickstep pattern has been completed and uploaded to Craftsy!  Get it while it is at its introductory price of just $5 for 14 quilt designs!  Dasha in Australia has already Quickstepped a top!  See her version here.   I have created 14 setting designs (5 classic and 9 original), and all are included along with three block sizes.  Yes it includes the Garden Maze setting!  Pattern sales help support the costs of my blog, and that includes things like domain costs and shipping giveaway prizes.  So, hop over to my Craftsy Store and get Scrap Dance Quickstep! or any of my Craftsy Patterns.  Christmas in July will have several chances to win, so more fun coming up soon!  While you are on Craftsy, upload pictures of your completed Scrap Dance quilts on the pattern page, by scrolling down on the right side to the button “Add a Finished Project”.   And you are welcome to post finished Quickstep quilts in our Scrap Dance Flickr group.

And in other news, I have completed 10 more hours of CEU, and my tests, so I am doing the happy dance!

Are you doing the Quickstep or the Tango right now?