How to Die Cut Snail’s Trail Quilt Blocks:
For best cutting results, position fabric on the lengthwise grain (straight of grain) as it goes under the roller.
TIP: The die is designed to cut three complete 2-color 12" blocks in one pass through the cutter. To create 2-color Snail’s Trail Blocks: Cut three layers of one fabric color and three layers of a contrasting fabric color at a time.
BONUS TIP: You also can cut two complete 4-color 12" blocks in one pass through the cutter. To create 4-color Snail’s Trail Blocks: Cut four layers of different fabric colors at a time.
- Cut 13 1/2" strips across the width of fabric. Fanfold into 11 1/4" widths. Place on selected blade and cut. For a 2-color design, three cuts across the width of fabric yields enough pieces for a half block design; and one yard of 40" wide fabric in each color will yield six blocks
Why Quilters Love the GO! Big Snail’s Trail Die:
- Snail’s Trail is a Block on Board® (BOB®) die which means it’s specially designed to cut three complete 2-color 12" blocks in one pass through the cutter.
- Use all of the shapes together or separately for a wide range of projects.
- Snail’s Trail features specialized dog-ears and includes 1/4" seam allowances for easy alignment and piecing.
- Snail’s Trail includes screen printed letters on die for easier piecing and organization of shapes.
- A great way to use up scraps.
- Free pattern downloads and step-by-step block assembly instructions are available to get you started.
- Fat Quarter-friendly.
- Cut so much more fabric in less time.
- Get accurate cuts every time -- No slipping rulers or mistakes
- Easiest to use -- Simply place die on cutter, then fabric and cutting mat on top
- Save fabric with Two Tone Foam -- Get more out of your fabric by placing it only over the shape you want to cut.
- Safe to use -- No blades come anywhere near your fingers
- With some fabrics, after cutting, a thread or two will remain where die blades meet. Snip threads with scissors.
- Blades on some dies are positioned at an angle. Align fabric to edge of shape, not edge of die board.
- Use good quality fabric to reduce fabric stretch.
- It's always a good idea to test cut one shape before cutting many shapes to ensure fabric orientation is correct.