Square Dance – Coming Down the Middle

Time for our next step in the Square Dance, this month we Come Down the Middle.  This step is easy, and will go really fast, so you can catch up your Do-Si-Do step if you still have some to do.  Also, just a reminder, please do not pin these steps to Pinterest, they will be taken down later in the year after the mystery is done.

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Pair up your 3×7-1/2-inch Fabric A rectangles with the same size scraps, and sew along the long side (come down the middle).  Be careful to sew a straight 1/4-inch seam. Important, press this seam open. Do Not Trim!!  You’ll find out why next month.

Pair up your 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 rectangles, putting mediums with darks or varying the colors, and come down the middle again, sewing into pairs along the long side.  Press this seam to one side. I usually pick the darker side. Final size of this unit is 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches.  Simple this month, so hopefully you can catch up on your nine-patches too.

Watch your seams, as sometimes sewing small bits can end up not having the true scant 1/4-inch. This is a seam that was on a block for the fire quilts project. As the piecer got near the edge, the seam line migrated toward the edge.  At the end there are barely a few threads inside the seam allowance.

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So, I re-sewed the seam over the first one, you can see how much off the first one was.  My seam is a true 1/4-inch.  It looks like more because of the zoom to get the detail.  I don’t have this block anymore, or I would have gone back and put a seam gauge on it so you could see, but you’ll just have to take my word on this one.  You can see to the left side, how the rest of the seam wasn’t a true 1/4-inch either.

Sewing mistakes at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a pdf for your sewing room – Square Dance Come Down the Middle

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10 thoughts on “Square Dance – Coming Down the Middle

  1. Brenda Ackerman

    Good Morning Carole: Who knows why, but I am wide awake at 5 am. The sun is not even awake at this time yet, in our neck of the woods. LOL. I am rather excited about the steps this month, because you are right, I should be able to get all caught up by the time for the next dancing steps! DO-SI-DO ing here with a great big twirl!! I am getting the boys quilt quilted now. I started yesterday and finished all but the last 3 rows of the horizontal rows. My wrist and back pain would not quit screaming at me, no matter what I told them or tried to help them with. So, we will start anew today and begin going the other direction. I am so excited to have these two quilts finished. They are really looking fabulous Carole. My Dad was right to have chosen your patterns! I hope that you have a great day!

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  3. Another couple of piles combined, and I have NO CLUE what you are up to with this! The pacing on this has been so nice, I have finished my do-si-do blocks, should probably check the size to make sure, but am ready to move on!

  4. Trudi

    I don’t have the time to do this mystery just yet, so I am printing a hard copy of each step and also saving the instructions to my Mystery Quilt folder.

    I have however noticed that the file name given is made up of several words strung together, this is not really necessary, nor is using the underline _ necessary in file titles. Instead of stringing “comedownmiddle1” or “come_down_middle_1”, all my file and document names have spaces between words, in other words, I would call it “come down middle 1”.

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  6. Oh Carole. I always love your mystery quilt sewing fun. I might save the pdfs for this one.
    Right now, I think i have too many projects to start this one, but I do always love following along.
    Happy week-end

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