Week 19 | Garden Snail Quilt Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along

Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along hosted by Angie Wilson of Pattern from Pen and Paper Patterns. Fabrics Liberty Lawn from The Strawberry Thief ( paired with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Espresso by Robert Kaufman. Find out more at

I thought it fitting to celebrate Mother’s Day today with this print from the Little Land of Rhyme (landing in stores in June). I’ve got some big news today in relation to this event and I’m hoping you’ll find it good news. I’ve done some reflecting about things that are working and things that aren’t around here and unfortunately my idea of having a year long event where we savour every stitch has been a little… underwhelming. Which is ok, I gave it a shot and I’m proud of that. This was a new format and it just hasn’t worked as I’d hoped. (We’ve had a couple of months where winners haven’t even claimed their prize!)

So, I’m going to be ending the event early. We’ll now end on July 30 – 30 weeks of snails. This means you’ll either have enough to make a generous lap quilt or you’ll need to squeeze in another 12 snails between now and 30 July to have enough to finish the quilt top. (I don’t think it’ll be too big a problem as it looks like most people have been sewing ahead.) I’m also changing entry requirements to win prizes. From now until July 30 all you have to do is use the hashtag #SnailDay and follow Pen and Paper Patterns and The Strawberry Thief (details below) plus the monthly sponsor on Instagram. Super simple, super easy.

You’ll still need to post your snails each Sunday (with the exception of May 7 – I’m giving everyone a free pass because my May 7 snail went walk about!). I hope you’ll enjoy the change and that you’ll finish up your quilts at the end and do the big reveal with me to win the major prize from The Strawberry Thief (and maybe a little surprise prize from me as well!).

Image source: @penandpaperpatterns


Start Date: 8 January 2017

End Date: 30 July 2017

What Pattern Are We Using?

We’re using the Garden Snail Quilt pattern by Pen and Paper Patterns. Click here to buy Pattern.

There’s two versions of the snail in the pattern, you can make either or both snails it’s totally up to you and the quilt you’d like to make.

You can find all the information about fabric requirements via the pattern link above.

How it Works

Every Sunday (in your timezone) you’ll post a photo of one snail to Instagram. You’ll tag the photo with the relevant hashtags and follow the relevant Instagram accounts. That’s it, one photo every Sunday.

It’s so simple, you should have no problems keeping up.

Reminder Service

Because I know we’re all busy with our lives, each Sunday I will post details about that week’s block sponsor, hashtags and requirements for winning here on my blog and on my #SnailDay photo. This way you’ll always be able to find out what you need, when you need it.

Tips & Tricks

There’s no reason why you can’t sew ahead, take photos ahead and then just post on Sundays. (This is exactly what I do!)

There’s a number of services, both free and paid, that will allow you to schedule posts to Instagram. Just google “Instagram scheduling tool” and decide if there’s any there that you like, fit with your budget and will be helpful.

Alternatively, Instagram now allows you to save draft posts for posting at a later date. Click here to read how to do it.

Sponsors & Prizes

To be eligible for prizes you’ll need to follow the instructions on each Sunday’s #SnailDay blog post and Instagram post. Don’t worry, they’re not going to change each week, but they will change monthly as we welcome on a new sponsor. I will make sure all the information is available to you when you need it. And don’t forget, you can always add hashtags and edit your captions if you miss something!

You can find out more about our sponsors by clicking here.

Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along hosted by Angie Wilson of Pattern from Pen and Paper Patterns. Fabrics Liberty Lawn from The Strawberry Thief ( paired with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Espresso by Robert Kaufman. Find out more at

Major Sponsor: The Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief borrows its name from the 1883 print design, for Liberty of London, by the notable William Morris, a prominent member of the arts and craft movement. The Strawberry Thief is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest online retailer and wholesaler of Liberty Tana Lawn to the quilt and craft industry, distributing from Fremantle, Western Australia.

You can find The Strawberry Thief in the following places: Instagram | Website | Facebook


Daydreams of Quilts is a Canadian pattern designer and online shop. We design PDF quilt patterns that encourage quilters to shop their stash first. We also have a growing inventory of handmade gifts and supplies. We are pleased to sponsor the Snail Paced Sew-along.

Prize: $30 of Digital Patterns.

You can find Daydreams of Quilts in the following places: Instagram | Website | Facebook

Please note: The prize is open internationally. Winner is responsible for own postage, insurance and custom charges where applicable.

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  1. I think I am one of the few people who has actually been making my snails each Sunday. It’s been quite a meditative process especially as a bit of ‘muscle memory’ has kicked in. It never had the stress levels that the LTG and 100 days qals have. I am planning on making three crib quilts – one for a surprise gift and the other two for my guild’s women’s refuge programme so I might just plod along with my snail day Sundays after June.

  2. I found the QAL today. I adore the pattern. A slow pace is always a nice change. I’m sorry that people didn’t claim their prizes. That has to be disheartening. I think this would be adorable quilt for any child especially a boy. I have four grandchildren, one of which is a girl. We have a creek which runs behind the houses across the street. My son loves to take his three year old daughter walking along the creek after supper. My son is an Eagle Scout so he has a good idea of what is safe and what is not for her to examine at this age. Not long ago when they came home he told me he saw two fairly large snakes in the water. He said they were larger than ones that he is finding in our yard as he is cleaning up leaves. He said that she didn’t see them. He keeps a list of ways to tell if snakes are poisonous on his phone. I think she’d like the quilt as well as the grandsons would, especially if I put lots of pink and purple in it. Thanks for sponsoring the QAL.

  3. I thought the pace was okay! It felt cool to be chipping away at something relatively slowly and not rushing myself to get it DONE. But it’s okay- I will enjoy having a finished quilt top this summer as opposed to this fall. Thanks for organizing.