Scrap Dance Quadrille Mystery Quilt Along – Step 1

My design mojo apparently is back, as this design took less time than any of the previous mystery designs. This one also named itself almost immediately, also a new record. Usually I have to begin sewing the sample, but not this time. It named itself before I printed out the pages from EQ8.

I’ve been working on the quilt, cutting per my instructions and sewing the blocks. I have sewn them at least three different ways at this point, trying to decide how best to break the design apart for mystery steps. I think I know how to do that, to make the quilt along last about six months, with a step each month until the final reveal, then another post the following month for quilting and finishing. For those who missed the video on Quadrille, click on the photo below to see the dance.

I pulled a variety of pretty spring florals for my palette. Note that I have only 10 prints with a white tone on tone in this pull. Over the course of sewing the sample, I added 5 more prints. The background should be a high contrast from the prints. I only have a fat quarter of the pretty blue print in the middle and the sage green on to the left of it. I’ve been looking for a project for these two prints for ages.

Knowing that some will have leftovers or precuts to use, and that some may not have any stash, I’ll give you some guidelines for the total number of precuts you’ll need. Supplement with fat quarters and bits from stash for any shortages. New quilters without a stash, you can also do this quilt with fat eighths, or use half the number of fat quarters. However, I recommend at least 12-15 prints, and more if possible. Remember, the more prints you use, the easier it is to assemble at the end as you won’t have the same print ending up side by side as much. Here’s what you need. This chart was all done with math from EQ8, and I haven’t cut using these numbers, so let me know if you use this chart and you don’t have enough.

Approximate Fabric Requirements Chart

Fabric \ SizeTable Topper/
Lap QuiltTwin SizeFull SizeQueen SizeKing Size
Fat Eighths91518203843
Background – yardage12-1/43-1/83-1/44-3/85-1/8
Border A – yardage1/41/21/23/81/23/4
Border B – yardage1/21/23/47/811

In sewing this week, I have come up with an alternate idea for the inner border, and if you want to have that option available when the time comes, add the background and Border A yardages together. This way you’ll have that option open when the time comes and you can choose which option you like best.

So here is the plan, today you will get the cutting instructions for your chosen size. I have done the math for six sizes from table topper size up to king size. The table topper size will be appropriate for a baby quilt if you like. No, I am not going to give you exact measurements at this time. The above are guidelines, and you can adjust the size by your use of borders for the final size.

Download the pdf for Step 1 – Quadrille Cutting Instructions

For those who will be sharing their progress on the quilt along on blogs, Facebook or Instagram, please do not show the complete pdfs of the steps. If friends want to play along, please route them back to my blog. For members of our Facebook group, please do not speculate on the final design by arranging the units made into blocks. We don’t want to spoil the surprise. Here is a button for your sidebar if you’d like to share it. Link to this post.

I anticipate that the mystery will be complete by July, with a final post in August for quilting and finishing. The design is simple, and some of you will guess it early. I ask that if you do figure it out, please do not share those speculations.

Share your fabric pulls on our Friends of From My Carolina Home Facebook group. If you are not a member of our group, please ask to join and answer the four short questions for the moderators to approve you.

So here we go! Are you excited?


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18 thoughts on “Scrap Dance Quadrille Mystery Quilt Along – Step 1

  1. Julie

    I’m excited, & ready to start, already ordered a FQ bundle in anticipation once I saw that video. You love to name your mysteries after dances, seemed like a shoe in.

  2. Mary Stori

    This Scrap Dance looks intriguing……participants will surely enjoy working with a large range of prints.

  3. Linda Mineck

    I have made three of your mystery quilts and an extra table topper. I love them all and have never been disappointed in either the design or the construction I like that you design using larger pieces of fabric which actually makes a dent in my stash but not so large that there is no challenge to it at all! Thanks, Carole.

  4. Melanie

    Looking forward to your new Scrap Dance mystery project, Carole. Thanks for all you do in offering new and exciting projects for scrap-busting fun!

  5. Liz

    So happy to be doing another of your wonderful mystery quilts. Thank you so much for sharing and creating this year’s pattern.

  6. Mary

    I’m tossing up between Table Topper and Lap. I have loads of Charm Squares and by the description I read it seems that I could use those?
    This sounds like great fun!! :))

  7. Thank you, Carole, for another Scrap Dance project! I AM excited. I recently discovered Tilda fabrics and have fallen in love with them. I’ve gotten quite a small (maybe 40 fq’s) of Tilda small print florals and I’m hoping to use them in Quadrille. Thank you, again. Your generosity is always amazing and refreshing. Blessings….

  8. Susan Salo

    I just picked up some fall-themed fat quarters on sale and so I’ll plan on a fall finish! I have too many QALs already but this one will be at a nice pace. Thank you!

  9. Rheanna

    Very excited for this. Trying to see if I can use only stash again. Fingers crossed that it will help me move some fabric out of here. 🙂

  10. Elaine Koehler

    I have recently joined and am choosing my fabrics, but I have a question about the cutting please. This says January cutting, so does each month require more cutting of the same fabrics?

  11. Paula R Mullet

    This quilt looks like a lot of fun. I have a huge stash, so I love getting to shop it for a project. Thank you, Carole.

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