This week's Project Quilting Challenge 12.4 was to create a project inspired by the snail’s trail quilt block. As usual, inspiration for my project came at a snail's pace! Inspiration finally struck Saturday morning, just as I was getting ready to teach a full-day online workshop. My idea would need to percolate until much later that evening when I could finally get started. Using an 18" square of freezer paper, I drafted a snail's trail block to use as a template for outline stitching the squares and triangles onto a quilt sandwich.
Once the skeleton of a snail's trail block was stitched out, it was time to paint and play using a variety of surface design products and techniques.
Small pieces of extra tacky Scotch/3-M Rough Surface Painter's Tape were used to mark off two of the spirals. In the unmarked spirals, a stipple pattern was painted using Fantastix and Jacquard's Super Sparkle Lumiere, capturing the silvery slime trails left behind a traveling snail.
As I stepped back to take a photo of my quilted and bound project around 1:30/2 AM, I felt underwhelmed. Yes, it was pretty late/early and I was very tempted to just call it finished and head to bed. But instead, I reached for two Uniball Signo metallic pens (gold and silver) to embellish the various snail shells and slimy trails.
|Escar-WHOA!!, Finishes 17" x 17"|