Friday, 23 June 2017

Snail Trail {a finished quilt}

I'm really pleased to be sharing a finished quilt with you today! This quilt is made using a newly released pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop. 'Snail Trail' is part of a new Classic and Vintage series of pattern FQS are releasing, and I chose to make the Crib Size version. The Snail Trail block is one of my very favorite quilt blocks (and I have made at least four quilts using this block in the past), it gives such great movement to quilts.



I used a variety of Carolyn Friedlander fabrics for this quilt, mostly from her recently released Friedlander Fabric collection, but also a few older prints (one is from her very first Architextures collection!) In the photo below, you can see the background is actually a grey on white print - I love using Carolyn's fabrics as backgrounds for a bit of subtle texture. I made one small change to the pattern - I decided to piece the second border rather than using a single fabric.


I love using a double layer of batting for small quilts (I love the added texture it gives to quilting), and since this one is only around 40" square, I jumped at the chance to go double. I chose some pretty simple free motion quilting designs for this quilt - pebbles and straight lines, with a free motion quilted 1/2" grid in the background. I love how the pebbles pop against the grid! All the quilting is done in Aurifil 40wt threads. I chose white (2021) for the entire background, and then used a bright orange over the orange fabrics, and a variegated blue for the blues. 


I realise I've been a bit quiet around the blog lately - not for lack of sewing, just lack of time for writing blog posts. So I'm hoping to be back in the next week or so to share some of what I've been up to!

xx Jess

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Lisa J. said...

This is a very lovely quilt Jess. I had to look closely to see the variation in the background fabric and it does add a nice soft touch. I'll have to check out these blocks. It's a great idea to enlarge the block.

Melanie said...

Beautiful quilting!!!!

Lisa said...

Your work is always amazing! The quilting on this changes the look into a work of art!

PersimonDreams said...

loving this modern feel! And the quilting!!!! WOW!!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like this is a favorite pattern of yours! I really like the texture that your quilting gives it. It seems a completely different pattern with the look you gave it.

Izzy said...

I just love the modern look of your version! And the quilting is just stunning.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

The quilting adds so much to this quilt. It's lovely!

Janet said...

Fabulous quilting. I have a snails trail quilt on my list to make so I find your quilt very inspiring.

Sew of Course said...

Fabulous quilt, and gorgeous quilting!

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