Snail’s Trail

img_0554This lap sized quilt has had as many twists and turns as the pattern has in it.  My original plans, months ago, were to make this for a completely different occasion and individual.  While I was buying the fabric, another woman mentioned that she had made the storm at sea version that uses snail’s trail in it.  That got my thinking cap going and I started making the initial blocks and then bought some coordinating fabric for the rest of that pattern.

Except then I didn’t care for the other fabric I bought and the blocks just languished.  In the meantime, I realized I waned to give the original recipient an entirely different, non-quilt gift so I really had no reason to hurry.

img_0557I don’t know what inspired me, other than I keep a list of pending projects, but I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago and finished out 25 blocks; I think I had half them done prior to that.  Almost like magic, our son received an invitation to a birthday party and not just anyone’s birthday party but the son of our friend who works for Quilts, Inc.  This would be perfect (well, along with a gift card or something like that).  By Monday of last week I had all the blocks pieced together, having entirely given up on storm at sea by this point.  But the variation in fabrics is because storm at sea normally has a flow of colors in it.  I even had the flange binding ready to go after quilting.

img_0545I had a family emergency and for the first time in a while, I went not just a day without quilting but almost a week.  The party came and went and there was no quilt ready to be given.  I still finished it and it’s ready to go, other than shoring up the corners.  It turns out flange binding and mitered corners aren’t as easy as I thought they would be due to extra bulk.  I took a chance with a white border; if I make this again I’ll definitely skip that because it just looks “off” to me, as if the sides are half finished.  Every quilt, every time, is a learning process in one or more ways!

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  1. I hope everything is okay now, with the family emergency!

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    1. I’ll post more at another time, but my mom passed away. She’s at peace now!

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      1. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that Brenda!
        (That she passed, not the peace part. Sorry, I know I just made a hash of that,)
        My deepest condolences. I will pray for The Lord’s peace to comfort you, and your family.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    So much to love here! I need to go back and look at storm at sea again.

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    1. There are 2 variations of storm at sea. One has the snail’s trail in it and the easier version doesn’t. Both are beautiful and typically very vivid!

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      1. kathyreeves says:

        That pattern is on my list. Are things in Texas OK these days?

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        1. It’s finally settled down. It’s been an emotional couple of weeks but moving on and I was busy all day today which helped. I’m about to go check out your blog and see what I missed!

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  3. I love the quilt. Your color choices and the negative (white) space really give this a modern look! So soothing!

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    1. Thank you! I plan to make this one again with my red/white/grey Mama Said Sew fabric and then I’m going to really make use of that negative space.

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  4. admcmasters says:

    I like this one and I’ve never made one but may do it in blues now that I’ve seen yours. I have a HUGE stack of blue fabric that needs to be used. I learned to make the flange binding and find it very easy. Have you watched the Missouri Star tutorial on You Tube of flange binding? That is how I learned. Keep up the good work!

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    1. This would be beautiful in blue! I have the most of neutrals but blues are a very close second. I’m not sure how I ended up with so much blue that I haven’t made into anything.

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  5. I like the quilting on this one. It suits the design in the quilt.

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    1. Thank you! I thought it really fit. Wow are there ever a lot of pantographs on the market. It’s so hard to choose between them.

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  6. Very lovely quilt and sorry about your family emergency!

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    1. Thank you! My mom passed away; I’m just not ready to write that on the blog itself yet. I was with her, holding her hand and singing to her so I was grateful to be with her.

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      1. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

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  7. Jill says:

    I think it’s a nice quilt and I quite like the white border!

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