Okay, now that we have our component pieces made, let's put them together to form the basic cane:
Take the checkerboard piece and reduce it until the side is the same width as the longest side of the smallest triangle piece. Trim it to the length of the triangle pieces. Then lay the smallest triangle piece--longest side-- next to the checkerboard piece. It doesn't matter whether you start with dark or light--if you're holding the checkerboard, make sure the triangle piece is against the color on the left (the pic is a little misleading, as I wasn't thinking when I first took pictures...in this case make sure the color of the triangle piece is the same as the color of the checkerboard piece on the top right).
Next, take the other color smallest triangle piece and lay it on the next side of the checkerboard. Gah! I don't know how to describe it. Hopefully, the pictures help....
Do the same thing with the final two pieces of the smallest triangle log. Okay, the first round is done.
Move on to next triangle log (the middle-sized one) and place it next to the smaller blue triangle as shown in the pic (Double Gah! I don't know how to put it into words).
Keep adding the middle-sized triangles as you did the smaller triangles (see pics). Now you're done with the second round. One more to go!
Now it's time for the largest triangle logs. Do them the same as the middle-sized ones (again, look at the pics--I hope they make sense!).
So the last pic above is the basic Snail's Trail pattern. This post is plenty long enough, so I'll be back in a day or two with the final post that shows reduction and recombining to make the "quilt" cane for this two-color version. Then I'll have a couple or three posts for the three color version and then the four color version (and I even have a special version I was experimenting with)...but that's all later. Let me know if you have any questions!