This design was the first to develop when I added the traditional quilt squares to my original learning/geometric squares. After my friend Julia pointed out how the spiral square was similar to the Snails Trail quilt block, I went home and remade the square so new colors start at the center of each side of the square, rather than coming from the corners.
I decided the easiest way to get smooth lines was to run threads through the surface of the stitches on the original square, and make adjustments as I went. I started the threads from the center out and was thrilled to find that I could make even more of a spiral than I had before with just a few small changes.
|Snails Trails Quilt Inspiration from The Quilt Index.org
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I began searching online for examples of quilts using the "Snails Trail" block. There are various ways of combining the squares to create completely different looks. But I liked this one where the corner colors match up to create a sea of spiral stars.
When I envisioned this afghan, I wanted warm, southwestern-type colors, trying to break away from the cool blues and greens I tend to go for. The Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece was perfect because they have SO many different colors to choose from. I started off with these 8 colors I picked up at TNNA, and studied the Brown Sheep website, and went in to a couple LYSs that carries a lot of their yarn colors to choose the additional colors.
Using the above quilt (found on The Quilt Index.org) as my inspiration, I actually made 6 strips of 6 squares each. But by the time I started whip-stitching them together, I realized the blanket would be more than big enough with just 5 strips. That 6th strip will make a perfect scarf to wear this fall, and show off the technique.For more information, see: http://www.interweavestore.com/reversible-color-croc...