Yes, I sometimes talk about my own quilts on this blog…. Yesterday I posted about a quilt show I visited. Today, I am changing directions.
I’ve been playing along with the mystery quilt shared by Carole – http://frommycarolinahome.com// and earlier in June she published the finally pattern layout. The pattern is currently free on her blog until the end of June, when she will pull it down for commercial publication.
I really enjoy Carole’s patterns, and I especially like her mysteries. One of her rules is not to try to “guess the layout” before the final pattern setting is given. Her other rule is to not share the specifics of the pattern, but to ask people to find it on her page. If you are following my blog using a computer, you should see a button off to the side for the Scrap Dance Square Dance Mystery quilt. If you want the pattern for free you must hurry!
A quick recap -Each step of the dance had a fun name associated with the activity. I posted about each step as it was occuring, but I will share a photo from each month. If you want more info, you can do a quick search for “Scrap Dance Square Dance” on my blog to read all the posts.
January the yardage requirements and cutting instructions came out. It was called “Bow to Your Partner, Bow to Your Corner” . ALL my fabric except the background fabric came from my scrap baskets! I decided that I could easily make a twin with all the scraps I have collected, so I got busy during my scrap clean up setting aside bigger pieces for the rectangles. I knew I had enough squares of the required size in my scrap storage system, so I didn’t cut any squares.
February we made 9 patches – and the lesson was called “Do-Si-Do”.
March had us working with our rectangle pieces of 2 different sizes and she called that “Come Down the Middle”. In the photo below you can see ALL my pieces up on my design wall.
April was working with our rotary cutters and it was called “Allemande Left”. You can see the result in the May photo where we made those nice triangular cuts of color and white.
May was again working with our rectangle pieces and she called that step “Promenade”.
June was the final layout and it was called “Shoot the Star!”. The construction method had us “spinning our partner blocks” and the result was fantastic –
SCRAP DANCE SQUARE DANCE by Mary Deeter
In April, Carole gave us “unfinished sizes”. The sizes she gave were “without borders”. I must have glossed over those dimensions. Once on my design wall, I thought it was too narrow and too short for MY typical twin. I decided, I wanted to go larger…..of course! I added an extra row of blocks all the way around to bump the size up to 61×85. I didn’t want to add borders as much as I wanted the star to be complete all the way around. So, before I could finish the assembly I dug back in the scrap boxes and tried to find scraps that were similar in tone and color to what I had already included in the quilt so it wouldn’t be to obvious that I added those blocks “at the end” of the assembly. I was pretty happy with the color placement and the final outcome. I loved the spinning stars.
This has been a great project and as always, a lot of fun to follow along each month. My method has been to “set aside the clue day” if possible and dedicate it to working just on the mystery project. It seems to work out well for me except when travel or other commitments get in the way. Carole gives such good clear instructions her patterns are easy to follow. If you like what you see you have a chance to download the pattern for free before the end of June.
On my blog, I have talked about many of the other projects I have made using Carole’s patterns. She has free patterns on her blog as well as some for sale. Go take a look and enjoy the fun.
I will be linking up to “Oh Scrap” when the link up comes on line and I will post that link here. early next week.
Happy sewing! (Go sew with some scraps!!)