Scrap Dance Minuet Assembly

This month, we assemble the top for Minuet.  Some of you may have done this step already, but perhaps will get an idea for borders.

Assembly of the Scrap Dance Minuet quilt went fairly quickly as I laid out the blocks on a large cardboard mat placed on the longarm for a design board. Naturally, the first four blocks I put down had came up with the same print in the same corner.

So I flipped two of them around, and moved a third to another spot.  A few more adjustments and I was ready to sew.

Each row was overlapped so I could pick up one at a time and maintain the order.

Then each row was sewn one at a time, putting them back on the design board as I went.

I numbered the rows, indicating the block on the left edge so I would keep the orientation the same.  By the end of the day, the top was assembled.

Now, borders.  I wanted to use up the remaining fabrics from the fat quarter stack as much as possible, so I cut bricks 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.  This used up almost everything that was left.  I did four squares at 3-1/2-inches to use as cornerstones.

I took a break from sewing to fold and pin the the yardage so I could wash it while I did the borders.  Remember the Brilliant Tip?  The yellow is one yard, and the green and pink fabrics are three yards each.

I randomly chain pieced the bricks while the washing cycle ran.

Out of the washer, no creases or twisting.  I threw all four pieces into the dryer just like this, pins intact.

Continuing to sew, the bricks were assembled into long rows.

About that time, the fabric came out of the dryer, again without any twisting or raveling.

I put the first border on the top, a white strip to separate the piecing from the scrappy border I planned.

Then measured carefully, and made sure my pieced strip was exactly the right size.

First two borders were attached, then measured for the remaining borders. Both sewn with cornerstones.

Then, I was ready to add the final border, which I had planned to be one of the yardage prints.  I auditioned the yellow first.  OK, but not great.

Sorry this picture is blurry, but I wanted you to see that the pink wasn’t going to work either, too busy and the pieced border was getting lost.

That left only one option, a final white border.

Now the problem was the size.  I had originally planned to do a 5 inch final border, using the Fibonacci sequence  of 2-3-5, but that would make the top too large to fit the backing I had.  So I went with a 3 inch final border.

Now all that was left was to sew a seam on the two green pieces that would be the backing, trim out the selvedges from the inside seam and load the longarm with it.  At this point, I measured again and realized that the short axis of the backing would barely be 4 inches more than the quilt top. I could have taken it apart and added a strip of the pink, but I decided to roll the dice and load it as it was.  We will see if my gamble pays off.  Digging through the batting, all I had was the unbleached ecru color, and for this quilt, I thought it would do better with a more pure white.  So I ordered the Hobbs 80/20 Bleached cotton poly batting from Fat Quarter Shop in queen size.

It arrived in just two days, and I could complete the loading of the quilt.

And there it sits.  I want to custom quilt it, not a pantograph this time.  I need to stretch my skills, work on my stitch in the ditch, so some ruler work on the borders, and just make this one more creatively quilted than I usually do.  So, I gave myself a day to just think about it.  One thing I want to try to emphasize is the on-point square that formed between the two blocks.  Maybe a feather wreath in each one?  Or maybe some straight lines intersecting in the little star center block?

So there it sat, for days as I agonized over how to do it.  After more than a week, I decided that I just had to do something to break the logjam, so I began with a bit of stitch in the ditch between the borders and the anchoring along the top and edges.  I didn’t get very far.  Then I thought maybe do a Celtic knot in those large on-point squares, but I had no luck in finding a 14-inch stencil to mark it.  The more I have thought about this, the less I want to mark, as I do not want the chance of marks not coming out of that white fabric.  But, I have an idea now that is probably going to be the final decision.  I’ll share it with you soon.

How’s your Minuet coming along?  What do you think of mine?

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28 thoughts on “Scrap Dance Minuet Assembly

  1. It is turning out beautiful. I hope that I will be able to join in next year. I have spent the last two years focusing on sewing up my fabric and UFOs and organizing my stash. I haven’t made any significant fabric purchases in almost 3 years!

  2. Sylvia anderson

    It’s a beautiful quilt Carole, and look forward to seeing what your final decision is with regard to the actual quilting. I must have missed the washing yardage tip the first time around, but am so happy you re-posted it again. I have several bolts of flannel fabric I purchased almost 20 years ago, when my cousin, who had a business license, would take me along sometimes to the wholesale warehouse where she purchased fabric. She had MS, and could not drive anymore, so I would happily offer to drive her. I just recently used the last of the bolts of white on white design, which I loved so much, and was the special of the day, at $1 per yard. She’s gone now, but I have lots of fabric on my shelves to remind me of her.

  3. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Your quilt looks awesome! Thanks for that tip. Unfortunately the YouTube video account has been terminated and I couldn’t see the video, but you did a great job of explaining how you did this. Honestly, I don’t usually prewash because I like the sizing in the fabric. I feel it helps me sew better seams – but maybe not! If I do prewash, I will definitely try out this method! Plus, I looked up Fibonacci sequence and found the concept quite interesting. Thanks for expanding my knowledge today!

  4. This is just gorgeous, Carole, with all those pretty pastel florals! My top has a different vibe with the August colors I used from your bundle. I’m going to enjoy it anyway. I’ll use the leftover fabric for backing and binding – and may even have enough for some placemats or napkins to go with it.

  5. Rosemaryflower

    I love the fabrics you used. I love the romantical flowers. I love this fabric!!!!
    Your quilt is beautiful.
    I want to make this pattern again, or one of your other scrap dance quilts.
    This Dance Minuet quilt was very fun to make but I was not in love with the fabrics. It was a pile of fabric I won and some of the collection I did not even like that much. HOWEVER I do like my result very much. I need to find some backing and I will see if one of my daughters would like it…. or I will give it to my dear friend Karen.
    She loves everything I make.
    This was my first sew along and I enjoyed it. Thank you Carole for pulling me in to this one. Happy week-end

  6. Patricia Evans

    I’m still sewing my blocks together. It’s too hot in my house to sew, so I only get to work on it when we have a sew day at one of the quilter’s houses with air conditioning. You’ve reminded me that I really should lay out all the blocks to be sure the fabrics are evenly distributed. I have to use my “design bed” to do this which means the blocks have to be carefully labelled. I’ll get there someday. It’s a relief to hear that you get “quilters’ block” when deciding on how to quilt something.
    Pat

  7. Linda B

    Boy, the white was perfect! Love how you take us through the process. And enjoyed seeing your block on the Moda Bakeshop SAL! Don’t know how you do it all! I did get my gardening pants mended….

  8. Such a pretty quilt! Like a breath of fresh spring air! Thanks for the tip—I’m a confirmed pre-washer, due to my hands being sensitive to whatever chemicals they use to finish the fabrics with. And running…shrinking, etc. Will try this tip next time I have yardage to prep.

  9. Bonnie Coleman

    I’m interested in how you measure your borders and quilt edge to exactly fit the quilt. Do you fold the large quilt in half, then double the number? I. don’t have a long arm or an open space big enough on the floor, so I usually just do the fold measurements.
    The quilt you’re doing is very soft and lovely!

  10. Joy B

    I love the soft colors of the prints in this quilt! And I’m fascinated by the idea of pinning the fabric as you did before washing. Somehow I’d missed that before, maybe you posted it before I started following your blog. I look forward to seeing how you decide to quilt this lovely piece.

  11. Naomie Moore

    You have an abundance of petience! I would be cross eyed getting it together. Ansolutely beautiful, as is everything you do. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I know how much work it all is and setting up the photo vignettes. Sending love and respect. 💕🤗🌞

  12. Hello Carole, Your quilt has turned out beautifully! Choosing the white for your border color was a brilliant choice, along with using the scrap middle border really made the main quilt just shine. I am looking forward to reading the post about your decision on the quilting design you decided upon and seeing your quilt all finished! Along with everyone else, I am so excited to try your washing tip and seeing the results of how your fabric turned out, it is going to be fun and easy to wash those large yardage amounts. Thank you for always sharing your knowledge, your blog is filled with valuable information and is always fun to read! Have a fantastic day!

  13. Beautiful quilt top finish and a great way to use up all those floral prints. It has such a soft look to it! Can’t wait to see how you decided to quilt this one.

  14. Robin

    So glad you decided on the white border. That is just perfect. This is such a feminine quilt. It turned out really pretty.

  15. dezertsuz

    I do like the final quilt. I also like the idea of feather wreaths in the diagonal squares. That is actually very easy to do freehand, if you have a circle maker to make the center vein. The rest is pretty cinchy, and would look wonderful. You probably already finished it, since I’m late to the party! It looks like a beautiful spring quilt to me.

  16. June Neigum

    My minuet quilt has been on my design wall waiting for the borders. Now I can finish it and hopefully get it quilted. I have also been agonizing over what to quilt it with. I am glad your are custom quilting as an allover just won’t do IMHO. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. That is the hardest part about custom quilting to me is figuring out how to divide up the design for the quilting to compliment it.

  17. Nancy

    I never in a million years thought I would hear the Fibonacci sequence referenced on a quilting blog. I was a software engineer for many years and we practiced agile planning for the last several years before I retired. I think that unconsciously I have been using Fibonacci in my own sizing but until you mentioned it I didn’t realize it.

  18. Rebecca Burch

    I am so in love with this BEAUTIFUL quilt it isn’t even funny! It looks so soft & sweet & dreamy! I just adore it!

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