Tuesday, 12 September 2017

#Snailday [A Finish]

You may remember that at the start of the year, Mia and I were making Snail blocks. One block every Sunday. The original plan was 42 weeks and 42 snails as part of a quilt along with @gnomeangel. Well half way through, the plan changed and the quilt along was shortened to end in July. Which was perfect: I had a brainwave. How about I finish all 42 blocks by July and turn them into a picnic blanket for our holiday?

So that's what I did. Scattered through the post are some of our favourite snails.

Mia picked the feature fabric for most of the snails. I snuck in a few of my favourite fabrics. My niece, Ellie-Jo picked a few when she was visiting on a Sunday, and even Jess picked a couple.

The block was designed by Pen and Paper Patterns and is all rotary cut. I framed each of my blocks and alternated a black or a white background to give me a chequerboard finish to the quilt.

My next brainwave was to use a shower curtain as the backing to make it slightly more water-resistant as a picnic blanket. I found a fabulous one on Amazon!

When it came to layering up the quilt, I have to confess that the shower curtain scared me a bit. It was very slippy, but enough spray baste will hold anything.

Then came the quilting part. I just planned to very slowly use my walking foot and and quilt a quarter inch each side of the block seams. And you know what - it quilted up beautifully. Not a single issue with tension or skipped stitches. It didn't slip or pucker! I bound it in black and the finished quilt is 45x59"ish.

And you know what - we haven't actually used it yet.... :(

This was on my original Finish Along list, which you can find here.


Archie the wonder dog said...

It's a glorious picnic quilt and I hope you get to use it soon! Any idea why the snail-along was shortened? (I'm just being nosy!)

Archie the wonder dog said...

P.S. I'm waving the pompoms!!

Sarah said...

What a lovely picnic quilt. Very cute snails and so nice that lots of helpers had fabric choices included. I hope you get to have a picnic soon. On behalf of the 2017 global FAL hosts, thank you for participating in this quarter's finish along.