I have gotten 18 blocks done on my batik snail’s trail quilt. I am really loving the look. Below is a picture of how the quilt looks in Fabric Trends: isn’t it amazing how different it is with a different fabric? After I finish all the blocks (20) I will be rearranging them for a few days. I am thinking that I will do two borders, one to stop the action and the outer to finish out the quilt.
One commenter said that she had found this block difficult. I realized that I had not read the directions but had just looked at the pictures and started in. I have also realized that after the little four patch, the rest of the block is working with bias which can be tricky. Anyway, I thought I would show the process I have been working with.
First: I set up a board and picked out all the color combinations for the snails using the 2“ squares. I am using 14 fabrics, all batiks, and tried for as much value differences as possible. <> Anyway, then I take the 2” squares and sew them together into a 4 patch.
I only work on one block at a time because it is too confusing to chain stitch this block, at least for me. One thing I have learned doing these blocks is that I can finally swirl my seams on the 4 patches and get that little 4 patch on the wrong side: look, I am so proud.
Anyway, after pressing these seams it is time to sew on the first set of triangles. The first set is pretty easy as I line up the point of the triangle with the seam of the 4 patch and sew away. After stitching the first triangle I finger press that seam and then go on to the next triangle and repeat the process until I have done this four times and the round is done. Then it is time to press. I press all four seams and then trim.
My way of trimming is to line my ruler up so that the crosspoint of the new edge falls right at the ¼” mark. Because of the bias the sides may not line up perfectly but if the tails at that point are cut on the ¼” mark, you can get a perfect seam for the next round.
Second: For the next four rounds I take the next triangle and pinch it in the middle.
I then line it up with the trimmed point and move it up to that edge. Even if the full edge doesn’t line up, that one will give you the perfect point you need and the block will continue to be square.
I pin on the left side of the edge and then I turn the block over and sew where I can see those two center seams cross. Perfect every time.
Then it is finger press, pinch, line up, pin, sew, finger press, pinch, sew, etc., until the round is done. After each round the block gets a full press and trim before starting the next round.
Wow, it almost took longer to write this than it does to sew a block. With that said, I think I will get back at it. We are in the planning stages of a trip to MD in August and I would like to get this sewn and quilted so I could take it with me to do the hand stitching on the binding while I am visiting. No pressure.