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!).
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.
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.
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.
MAY’s Sponsor: DAYDREAMS OF QUILTS
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.
Please note: The prize is open internationally. Winner is responsible for own postage, insurance and custom charges where applicable.