The Snail Trail Quilt Pattern is generally made with two fabrics. I’ve seen some designs that are quite impactful that use four fabrics, each spiraling around one center patch.
The quilt block design takes your eyes on a ‘trail’ around the block and quilt, giving the quilt visual movement. Starting with a four patch block in the center, you add half squares around and around to make this quilt pattern.
There are many methods to make this traditional quilt block pattern, including paper foundation piecing and freezer paper piecing.
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My tutorial for the Snail Trail Quilt Pattern is traditional piecing. Quilters with some experience have more success with this quilt block. You’ll work with fabrics cut on the bias, and the layouts for each round of adding triangles can be a little tricky. If you are making really small Snail Trail quilt blocks, I’d suggest paper foundation piecing technique.
Here is the layout of the two fabrics for the Snail Trail quilt pattern:
Before starting to make the block, cut the following from EACH of your two fabrics:
- 2 – 2″ squares
- 1 – 3″ square
- 1 – 3-7/8″ square
- 1- 5-1/8″ square
- 1 – 6-7/8″ square
How do you quilt a snails trail?
Any way you’d like! Have some fun with the quilting. You can go round and round with the curves of the snail, or maybe an all over design of swirls to emphasis the movement of the fabric in this quilt block. Most of all, have fun!
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