Square Dance Begins! A Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along

Today, the Square Dance Mystery Quilt Along begins!!  We are going to Bow to Your Partner, Bow to your Corner, Come Down the Middle, Allemande Left, and maybe even Do-Si-Do during the next six months.  It is amazing how these patterns seem to name themselves, it just becomes so clear as I am figuring out the design.  Or maybe I am just a bit nuts.  Anyway, I hope you have fun Scrap Dancing again, with Square Dance.  As promised, there will not be any half square triangles, but we will learn something new, bwaaaahahahahaha!!  No, not telling what that is yet.  Just trust that it will be easy, and you will be surprised.

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To begin, today we will Bow to Your Partner, Bow to Your Corner – in other words, greet your fellow dancers – your fabric and rotary cutter!!

Total Fabric Requirements –  I did all sizes again this time, from table topper up to king size all included in the cutting instructions download.  As usual, most quilters can make at least one size without buying anything new, only using up your leftovers from other projects.  Knowing that some will have leftover precuts to use, and that some may not have any stash, I’ll give you some guidelines for the total number of precuts you’d need if you want to use them. Supplement with fat quarters and bits from stash for any shortages.  Much of the fabric cutting can also be done with jelly roll strips, 5-inch charm squares and 2-1/2-inch mini charms.  This is just an idea, I didn’t have time to do all the sizes, but the chart below will give you a general idea of what you might need in cake layers for a small or large size, with the between sizes somewhere between.

Cake Layers Table


Light 5 24 49 66
12 49 97 129

New quilters without a stash, you can also do this quilt with fat quarters. This chart was all done with math, and I haven’t cut using these numbers, so let me know if you use this chart and you don’t have enough.  I ran out of time, and didn’t get to all the sizes, but again this should give you an idea of what you’d need.

Fat Quarters Table
Queen King
Lights 2 7 13 18
3 12 22 29

Grab your stash bins and precuts, and dig out a wide variety of scraps for cutting.  First, some pointers.

Important Cutting and Fabric Notes –

1. For Fabric Cut A, make these all the same fabric, not scrappy.  For all other cuts, scrappy works best.

2. The higher the contrast between Fabric A and the Scrappy Dark/Medium, the better the final design will look.  

3. You can use jelly roll strips and charm squares for Cuts D & E, but don’t cut these into squares this month, I’ll show you how to use them more efficiently when we get to those cuts.

4.  This design will not do well with black substituted for the light.  If you want to use black prints, use them as the darks.

So, here is my fabric pull, I am using a combination of cake layers and charm packs, along with some yardage of the Moda Fabric line Maple Island.  Note that all my ‘lights’ have white background.  The gold will be put in the medium category, and there is a good contrast between the lights and medium/darks.  I have mostly dark prints, just a few medium prints.

SquareDance fabric pull ~ From My Carolina Home

Cutting instructions are in the download pdf, just print page 2 and you’ll have what you need for the sewing room.  The download will answer all the questions I am willing to answer right now.  No, I won’t tell you the total measurements, or the block size, or the number of final blocks for each size yet.  The sizes of the flimsy at the end of the mystery will be close to standard sizes without borders.

Download the pdf – Square Dance Cutting Instructions January 2018

February’s steps are now available – Square Dance Do-Si-Do!!

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Button Code – not working no matter what I try.  Blogger and WordPress both insert extra stuff and it just won’t come out in HTML code.  The only way I have found is to right-click on the image above and ‘save image as’ to your computer.  Then, in Blogger and in WordPress, open the gadget for an image and upload the picture there.  In the ‘link’ area, put the URL of this post.

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Are you going to Square Dance?  Share your fabric pulls as you Bow to Your Partner and Bow to Your Corner!!

44 thoughts on “Square Dance Begins! A Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along

    1. Sandra Croley, I don’t think it’s you. I cannot get it to work either. Something is amiss in the code. I plan to join the Square Dance. Will be choosing my fabrics soon.

      1. Sorry!! For some reason, there are extra links put into the code when it is on the blog, that I cannot remove in the post. No combination of HTML is working, Blogger says the image url is invalid and I have tried every code that flickr has. The only way I have found is to save the button image to your computer, so copy button image above. Then, in Blogger and in WordPress, open the gadget for an image and upload the picture there. In the ‘link’ area, put the URL of this post. – https://frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/square-dance-begins/

  1. I have so many scraps to choose from and lots of 2.5″ squares too. I think I will let the scrap choice guide what I will eventually pull for light A. I figured 1 yard up to twin or 2 yard up to king is needed if cutting from stash for fabric A. I would like to see your fabric A as the photo of the fabrics all together made it hard to determine if it was the more solid looking white or not.

      1. Thank you, Mary, for figuring the math for Fabric Cut A!! For those who wish to use yardage, here are Mary’s numbers.
        1/4 yard for a table topper
        7/8 for a lap quilt
        1 1/8 yard for a twin
        1 1/4 yard for a full
        1 1/2 yard for a queen
        2 yards for a king size.

  2. Jennifer Rauch

    Well I’m going to try to jump in this year. . . tho I’ve got plenty of UFOs I should be working on for Guild challenge!

    1. Me too – at least 12 UFOs that I said I was going to complete this year . . . yet I start a new QAL. Here’s to completing this project all the way to the end! ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. This looks like an opportunity for some serious stash busting. I have a couple of layer cakes that I do not have any plans for but will have to come up with something for Fabric A.

    1. HAHAHAHA! I said just about the same thing – that Carole is ‘forcing’ me to participate. You know we’ll have a blast . . . and a fun completed project at the end. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. thedarlingdogwood

    YeeHaw! I’ve been waiting for fabric requirements so I can choose which part of my scraps to focus on. Clarifying question: do I understand correctly that we should NOT cut squares D & E yet if we don’t already have 2 1/2″ squares, as there will be a different method later? And I want to use novelty/I Spy fabrics (in medium/dark tones) as my scraps because I have a lot of those scraps; can you tell me if B and C end up getting sub-cut later? If they do, then I don’t think I can use the novelty scraps and it will completely change my fabric pull.

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole and Bowing to my Partner and Bowing to my Corner; I am in and dancing to the beat! My stash is always ready for your Scrap Dance Mystery. I know that Deanna is in for this one also. I am also still quilting the girls quilt, which reminds me…I have to go and post pictures. LOL. I am looking forward to this Mystery Carole as all of your Mysteries have been so fun and such beautiful quilts in the end! Have a great day!

  6. Hi Carole,
    This looks so fun and how nice of you to do the math for all the different sizes. I can’t play right now but my almost-mom LOVES square dancing. You are going to ‘force’ me to participate. HAHA! I will be watching and reading along for this first step. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  9. Lynne

    Thanks so much for including a table topper size. I really am trying to only make that size this year and use up as much stash as possible. Time to go dig thru the scrap boxes and see what I come up with.

  10. Very pretty fabrics!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I also store most of our decorations in the attic and the large items like the outside things and the Trees which I leave most of the lights on and bag, in a storage shed that we rent.

  11. Kristi

    Wonderful Carole! I’m looking forward to the mystery! I enjoyed it so much last year! I’m thinking this year to go with a scrappy ‘monochromatic’ scheme. I have a TON of teals and would love to make a dent in that part of my stash! You think the design would work in a variety of one color (plus the all-the-same-light and scrappy lights)

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  13. I may live to regret it, but I am going to cut one or two pieces from every dark/medium fabric I own until I have enough cut to make a twin size. My main light is straight white, and my other lights will be multiples of four. Hoping this works.

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