Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Barbs Snails Trail

Todays new Bitty Block to celebrate Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 12 is adorable. Barb Johnson designed a 12 block for this great new issue:

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Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 12, on newsstands now

And I invited her to design a new Bitty Block for today as well. She wrote me:

I was looking through the other Bitty Blocks, and noticed that there was a house and a tree, which kinda go together, so I decided that the boat block needed something that looks like waves to go with it!

I think youll agree that her Snails Trail is precious. These blocks do such cool things when you put them together.

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Snails Trail by Barb Johnson for Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour, a #qmbittyblock

Cutting and Sewing

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4 Snails Trail by Barb Johnson

Barb2 Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Barbs Snails TrailYoull need 2 fabrics that contrast. In other words, you must be able to see the difference between them. Cut from each:

1 square,
2-7/8 x 2-7/8,
cut diagonally once

1 square,
2-3/8 x 2-3/8,
cut diagonally once

2 squares,
1-1/2 x 1-1/2

Its easy to mix up the triangles, so be sure you use the smaller ones first as you make the block.

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Sew the squares into a Four Patch.

Sew the 4 squares into a Four Patch as shown.

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Add the smaller light squares to 2 sides of the Four Patch.

Next youll add the smaller light triangles to 2 sides of the Four Patch as shown. Center a triangle on the Four Patch by placing the tip on the seamline as shown below. Sew it on with a 1/4 seam allowance.

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Center the triangle by placing the tip on the Four Patch seamline as shown.

Open the patches and press. I usually trim off the tips even with the Four Patch.

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Open the light triangle patches and press.

Next youll add the small green triangles to the block in the same way.

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Add the small green triangles to the block in the same way.

Next, add the larger light triangles to 2 sides of the block as shown.

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Add the larger light triangles to 2 sides of the block as shown.

Open them out and press. Trim off the tips if you like.

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Add the larger green triangles to the block as shown.

Add the larger green triangles to the last 2 sides of the block as shown. Flip them open and press.

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Youve just made a Snails Trail quilt block!

And just like that, youve completed a Snails Trail quilt block! Barb made quite a number of them.

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Barbs Snails Trail #qmbittyblocks

And she had some fun seeing how theyd look set together in various ways.

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The blocks form an interesting design when set side-by-side.

Thanks to Barb Johnson for a great job on this design. I hope youll give Bitty Blocks a try soon. Friendly warning: They are addictive.

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Bitty Blocks, Bitty Blocks, Bitty Blocks Everywhere!

And be sure to pick up your copy of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks when you see it on newsstands. Its a good one!

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Get your copy of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

If you dont find it locally, we have it on our website in print and digital formats.

See all of Quiltmakers Bitty Blocks on our Bitty Blocks homepage. We have quite a collection!

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