I’ve wanted to make a scrappy Snail’s Trail quilt for some time now. Over the weekend I decided to start and promptly got all my scraps out of hiding and went to work. Originally, I wanted to use white on white as the background, but I don’t have enough white on white. It took forever to cut (even with my Accuquilt Go!) as my scraps are more suited for applique than block pieces. When I had enough cut for eight blocks I started to sew. Almost completed, I went to get a project box for them as my calculations are telling me I will need 64 blocks. I like to store my ongoing quilts in project boxes; it just makes it easier to keep everything together. When I looked on the shelf, I noticed I had a project box that was labeled Snail’s Trail. It seems many years ago when I came up with this idea, I started collecting fabric for it including the white on white. I had eight (now practice) blocks almost completed that did not go with my newly found fabrics. My choices were 24” by 36” or 24” by 24” OR…..make another block and end up with 36” by 36.” BINGO! Is there a song like Bingo but for a cat?
A cat? Yes, because this is the perfect size for my cat, Lola. You see, Lola loves quilts. She chooses them over area rugs, blankets, sun filled windows, etc. I have a quilted piece that I was testing tension and designs on so I put it on the floor in my studio to see what she would do. Yep, worked like a cat magnet.
I texted my daughter the picture of the pieced quilt and her response was, “Lucky Lola.” Perfect quilt name. Now to find the backing fabric and the time to do the quilting.