My Day to Share

So glad you stopped. I hope you like my Applique Snail. I had such fun making this pattern. 

 Click here to download the PDF pattern file. 

Here are some of the steps and things I encountered while making the snail, along with a few tips. 

Cut the backing fabric 13" square. You will be able to trim after the snail is appliqued down. Fold into fourths to find the center and help with centering the snail. 

Choose your snail fabric colors. Trace the templates to the back of Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite. Cut outside of the drawn lines. Press each adhesive piece to the back of the corresponding fabric.  Trim on the drawn line. 
Using a teflon pressing sheet helps in these steps. 

I used a short, small zig-zag stitch around the yellow spiral. I had to tear the backing from the adhesive so I made a slit with a straight pin.
I zig-zag stitched the eyes in place before placing the orange body on the background fabric. 

I centered the snail. Remove the shell and purple antenna.

 Zig-zag the orange body down. 

As I sewed, the adhesive started building up on my needle. 

I bought these tiny swab packs and use the felt wipe to get the adhesive off the needle. They last through about 10 minutes of sewing.

Add the shell and the purple antenna. Finally trim up the background to a 12-1/2" square.

If you make the snail, send me a photo. I would like see how each of you interpreted it and I will post them in an up-coming blog.

I have one giveway from EQ. They were so kind in providing me the Quilting Designs Volume 3 CDROM for one lucky blog hopper visiting my blog.
I ask that you leave a comment telling of one fun summer activity in which you like to participate.

I have a second giveaway that I hinted at in my April 15 post. Here it is: A Vera Bradley tape measure (60") for your purse. 

If you are interested in the giveaways, I must have a way to contact you. (1) If you are a no-reply blogger or do not have a blog, you must leave your email address in the comment. If I can't contact you, I will not be able to include you in the drawing. (2) I do not accept anonymous comments. They go into my spam file! (3) I will leave this contest open until 11:59 EST on April 26, 2013. (4) Only one comment per blogger, please. 

One winner for the Quilting Designs CDROM and another winner for the tape measure will be selected on April 27, 2013. 

I hope all of you are enjoying this week's blogs. And thank you, Bea, for organizing this event. And thanks to EQ for providing giveaways.

EQ Appliqued Animals Blog Hop Schedule

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Here is the Schedule for the 
EQ Appliqued Animals Blog Hop
With these fun sub-categories:
Summer Animals
Critters and Bugs
Summer “Stuff”

Monday April 22nd
Seamstobesew (Summer Animal)
Freemotionbytheriver (Critters and Bugs)
Sewincrediblycrazy (Critters and Bugs)
Beaquilter (Summer Stuff)

Tuesday April 23rd
Kissedquilts (Summer Animals)
Seamstobesew (Critters and Bugs)
Funthreads (Summer Stuff)

Wednesday April 24th
Funthreads (Summer Animals)
Patchworkbreeze (Critters and Bugs)
Beaquilter (Critters and Bugs)
Sewincrediblycrazy (Summer Stuff)

Thursday April 25th
Beaquilter (Summer Animals)
Janesquilting (Critters and Bugs)
Seamstobesew (Summer Stuff)

Friday April 26th
SewCalGal (Critters and Bugs)


Carol said...

That snail is ADORABLE! The idea of using the alcohol wipe is fabulous. Thank you! What program did you alter your pattern pieces in?

Amy said...

The snail is too cute. I have not tried an alcohol wipe but I will now. Thanks for the tips!

Marian said...

this is really adorable..

Marla's Crafts said...

Very nice. This looks like a lot of fun.

dbradt said...

Great job on your snail. It makes me think of the garden I will have this summer. I can't wait for the rain and snow to stop.

Tammy said...

Great snail totorial. Thanks for shareing him with us.

beaquilter said...

aww what a cute snail! you did a great job!

Debbie Rogowski said...

Thank you for showing the actual detail of the applique. Very helpful. Oh the litte snail is adorable!

krisgray said...

Such a cute snail. Thank you for the construction tips!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a cute little snail! I definitely have to make this one, thanks for sharing!

apple blossom said...

cute snail thanks for sharing

Lori said...

This is adorable. Thanks for sharing the pattern.
I love everything about summer especially haviang BBQs in our backyard with friends and family.

Cecilia said...

Cute snail! I love the colors you used. I love being able to be outside in the summers. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sallie said...

So cute! I enjoy the fireworks on July 4th! Thanks for the pattern and giveaway!

Kathy H said...

I am usually not a bug person but have enjoyed making snails in a quilt. Yours is so cute and happy looking. Thanks for the pattern and a chance in the giveaway.

Lisa Marie said...
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Lisa Marie said...

So, so cute! I love making baby and children's quilts so I know this will come in handy. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
A summer activity that I like is a Fourth of July picnic -- it's the closest thing my family has to a family reunion.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pattern, he is such a cute little guy. We take the grandkids to the local fair every year.
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

Rina Mason said...

Love the little snail and thanks for the tip on the swabs. Favorite summer activity is sitting out on the deck in the evening and just listening to all the evening/ night sounds while watching lighting bugs.

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Elizabeth said...

Little snail is so cute. I love to sit on the porch & do some hand stitching in the summer.

JoyceLM said...

Love your snail - so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Sewgirl said...

Nice job with the snail! In the summer, I like to get to the beach at least once, and we always do a barbecue with s'mores for dessert!

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

The swab tip was great. Thank you!

During the summer I just try not to let body parts touch ~ I don't have air conditioning.

Thanks for sponsoring this Blog Hop giveaway.

frosew said...

Really cute snail and wonderful idea to use the alcohol swabs! I love to putter in my flower beds in the summer until the mosquitoes drive me back into the house.

Margaret said...

Love that snail. The summer is pool time for me. I love to relax just floating around watching nature.

Debbie P said...

What a cute design!! Another adorable motif for a project!! Thank you!!
Summertime is a great time to go antiquing and hunting for vintage sewing machines and unusual vintage quilts. You never know what you'll find at the outdoor antique markets! :)

Anonymous said...

Your snail is adorable! All these projects have been wonderful.

My summertime is spent fishing and riding horses. Perfect!

KT said...

Awesome snail. This blog hop has so many cute designs!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Very cute project and thank you for sharing the tip on the alcohol wipe.

Kd Brown said...

Great tutorial in EQ7. I love your snail design, tips and tricks. Thanks for putting so much time into this!

VickiT said...

Very cute little snail. Thank you so much. Great tutorial as well.

Hmmm summer fun plans.......We are fortunate that my son, his fiancee, and our, now 1 yr old Granddaughter are living with us temporarily so we'll be doing fun stuff with her this summer. My plans for sure are to take her to a very small local zoo which has some fun things that larger zoos can't do. One of those things is that they have certain times a day in which the children (and parents/adults too) get to get very close to the animals and hold and/or pet them. They have new baby animals all the time too which is super fun for the children. I'm excited about taking her there to see her excitement at touching new animals she's never seen before. Already at 1 year old she knows what 'gentle or be nice' means while petting an animal because their two dogs had puppies so her parents worked with her allowing her to pet the tiny puppies. (they were super tiny as they were purebred Toy Fox Terriers) And then I have a huge Ragdoll cat who is not used to children at all but is extremely tolerant of all things but she knows not to pat him on his head or pull fur etc. so I'm excited to see how she reacts with the wild baby animals.
Thank you again for the wonderful tutorial and super cute snail.

Michele said...

this is a summer for work, unfortunately. I'm teaching summer classes and watching my two grandchildren. I hope to get in some early morning walks and evening bike rides, just for me.

Karen Propes said...

Simply love your cute snail, thank you for your detailed instructions and the chance to win your giveaway. Our Summer will be trips to the mountains of Tennessee and spending time with our Granddaughter, she calls our sewing machine a ucheen. She's a doll.

Gladys said...

It's so cute! Thank you very much for the Tutorial! Have a nice day!

Mara said...

Hello little snail, he looks like so much fun to create.

Kris Jacobson said...

Thanks for the tip on build up from fusibles. I usually have rubbing alcohol on hand so that and a cotton ball should work