I STARTED Early--Took my Dog--And visited the Sea--
The Mermaids in the Basement Came out to look at me
--Emily Dickinson

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Four-color Snail's Trail Quilt Pattern, part two

Take the cane from the first part and reduce it down to around 1" square; trim off the ends until the distorted part is gone (hang on to those pieces--you'd be surprised what you can make with them); cut into four equal pieces:

Stand the pieces on end and orient as shown below (each piece is rotated one quarter turn from the one before):

Push the pieces together:

*sigh*  Right away I'm disappointed.  I can see that two of the swirls are not going to work.  I fiddled and rotated and walked away.  Then I came back.  It's still pretty, just not quite what I wanted.  At this point, try the different combinations to see which one pleases you best.  Then put them together, compress and reduce, then cut off the distorted parts as before and cut into four equal pieces:

Orient them as shown and press together.  Compress and reduce one more time:

You can leave it as is, or repeat the cutting and reducing process a time or two more (depends on how fine you want the pattern):

 Ta-da!  Finished again!

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