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!

18 Comments Add yours

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

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

      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.

  2. kathyreeves says:

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

    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!

      1. kathyreeves says:

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

        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!

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

    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.

  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!

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

      1. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

  7. Jill says:

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

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