Square Dance Finish

The 2018 mystery quilt along finished up last month, and I got busy on the quilting pretty quickly. Loading it on the longarm, I had to make decisions on thread and quilt design.

I did my trick of folding it up to be sure all those borders were straight before beginning quilting.  If they hadn’t been applied properly, the center would bow upward.  A nice straight line across the fold shows they are good.

To test the tension, I put a scrap on a corner and stitch on it, checking the underside to be sure the stitches are even and balanced.

I briefly thought about doing some custom quilting on this one, but ultimately decided on a pantograph.  This quilt will become part of my trunk show for speaking engagements, so it needs to be well quilted.  The pantograph chosen is Maple Dance.  Just had to be, didn’t it?

It has lovely maple leaves with ribbons.  The fabric line is called Maple Island by Holly Taylor for Moda.  I love her fabric designs.

The thread is a variegated brown/beige King Tut.  Bottom Line is in the bobbin.

The definition on the quilting is really nice with the Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool blend batting.  This batting is thicker than the cotton alone, and I hope will be crease resistant like the 100% wool battings.

The thread and pantograph work well together, looking nice across both dark and light patches.

Advancing the quilt, it is staying nicely straight as I quilt.

My lovely basement sewing space, lots of light from the windows on this sunny day.  I still have the Be My Neighbor quilt on the wall.  Might be time to change that out.

Another close up of the quilting as I get to the bottom borders.

Yippee, last corner done!

Quilting finished, trimmed and ready to bind.

I had enough of the green final border fabric to make a matching binding.

The pictures in our Flickr group and on our facebook group have been wonderful!  Clever Mary added a border of half-block units to complete all her stars. Wish I had thought of this before I quilted mine!

Scrap Dance Square Dance

Creativity abounds on our sharing pages, with this unique border by Elaine using the half-rectangles left over from the Allemande Left step.


Pat shared her lovely topper, with gold for the star.  It makes me think of doing one in Christmas colors with a gold star for a holiday table.   I must have Christmas on the brain right now, the Christmas in July blog hop is still on, see my post HERE for the bloggers participating and you still have time to enter the drawing.

Scrap Dance Mystery tabletopper size.

Share your progress on our facebook group – From My Carolina Home Project Sharing or on our Scrap Dance Mystery Flickr group. I hope to have the pattern done and published sometime next month, or early September at the latest.  It will be offered to readers at a reduced price first.

Binding finished, label done, and a hanging sleeve has been added so I can show it at the fair this year.  For once, I didn’t wait until the last minute to do the sleeve, LOL!!

Are you quilting along with Square Dance, or working on other quilting?

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13 thoughts on “Square Dance Finish

  1. The quilting pattern you is perfect. I love Holly Taylor too, such pretty designs! My top is put away for now. I am thinking I’d like to have a quilt for each of my graduating students, so want to get 3-4 on the ready. The oldest is a sophomore this year, so I have a little time to clear out other stuff. 😄

  2. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; Your quilt turned out beautiful! The Maple Dance you chose is lovely especially with the thread color and fabric, they all just work beautifully together to add an extra bit of loveliness to your beautiful quilt. The other quilts you have shared are also all so pretty and as you have pointed out their wonderful solutions are great additions of creativeness that add an extra loveliness to each quilt. I am still working on mine, off and on, between the California King. Which, I now have four more block to finish quilting (QAYG). It has been so hot here and we have several fires going on around us once again this year. We are getting some smoke from one that is several miles behind us, no threat at this time, but how horrible for all the people. I hope your weather is better! Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt and all of the details! Have a fabulous day!!

  3. thedarlingdogwood

    I love the quilting design you chose for this, and it looks great with your colors. I turned my Square Dance into 2 small quilts with completed stars. I’m about halfway through with binding the second, so I’ll have pictures soon!

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