Saturday, July 14, 2018

Square Dancing Improv Style

After making Carole's Square Dance mystery quilt top, I became preoccupied with the scraps. The first project from the tiny scraps called Diamonds in the Rough is a mini quilt. But the larger scraps were big enough to make a lap size quilt. You can see Carole's improv scrappy version here.
Here is the fun stage of trimming units and generating ideas of how they might be sewn together. I trimmed up all the blade units to the same size. 
Because the original Square Dance design had windmill shapes in it, I was drawn to this windmill configuration and just had to figure out the math for pieces to fit in the open spaces.

When I was sewing it together somehow I got the white background pieces on the opposite side of the blade and didn't realize it until it was together and I was measuring the block size.
It's interesting, but not the design I was hoping for.
Try again. I took the entire block apart and resewed it.

That's better!

Chocolate Windmills!

The next step is to figure out how to make it larger by adding  some scrappy sashing and/or borders.


  1. Ooooh~ I love the interesting 'mistake'! And your chocolate windmills look really great!

  2. No matter how you slice it up...chocolate is always yummy!!!

  3. I love the "mistake" as well and with chocolate you can't go wrong. You are an inspiration to quilters like me.

  4. Hmm, I might try making your backwards/inside out pinwheels with my scraps from the QAL. But first I'd have to find them. I'm glad you're making good use of yours! :)

  5. Very cool! Love that you are using all the scraps! xx

  6. The only kind of Chocolate besides the real stuff. Quilt chocolate.

  7. You found a great way to use up those scraps.