Recap for "Snail's Trail":
Projects must be inspired by the Snail's Trail block.
According to Maggie Malone's book "5,500 Quilt Block Designs," the Snail's Trail block can also be called Virginia Reel, Monkey Wrench, or Indiana Puzzle. I made the Virginia Reel bed quilt (left) in 2006. It was the second bed-sized quilt that I made.
One of the things that I love about this quilt design is that it's a Tessellation, a design that has interlocking patterns that are the same shape, where the negative space around one shape is exactly the same as the shape itself. Like the art of M.C. Escher. If you're interested in making tessellation quilts, there's a great book by Jinny Beyer called "Designing Tessellations." I have the book although I haven't designed a tessellation yet.
Knowing that one week wasn't really enough time for me to do this block justice, I started looking for ways to use just one block but make it interesting. That's when I noticed that the beginning of the spiral looked like an elephant's trunk.
Once I had that idea, I decided to make a baby quilt. In order to make the optical illusion of the trunks becoming the block, I had to applique the elephant shapes down (edges folded under but sewn by machine) and then applique the piece block on top (again with edges folded under but sewn by machine). I've done several quilts with applique on top of piecing but never this way, but everything went smoothly.
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