The Snake Skin Quilt

First, I want to say THANK YOU for taking the time to come to my page and read my very first post! I’ve wanted to start a blog for years now, and I finally have! Anyway…

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This quilt was originally inspired by our little king snake. I was trying to come up with an original idea, but everything I drew looked like something someone else had already designed. I wanted to make something that felt like ME, that felt new, like I wasn’t just altering someone else’s idea…

When I sit down to design a quilt, I always sit with a blank page of graph paper and a pencil. I just let my hand start drawing and see what happens. But after seeing photo after photo of other quilters’ (amazing) creations, it’s easy to end up drawing something similar to what I’ve already seen. The day I came up with my Snake Skin quilt, I had just put away our snake, Hiss (named after the movie Robin Hood). The kids were playing outside and I thought that would be a great time to try (once again) to design a quilt — and I did!

I was trying to make a quilt that was EASY. Something that didn’t require trimming or matching points or seams  — basically, just cut and sew. A lazy quilt, if you will. But at the same time, I wanted it to look interesting, something more than simple squares and rectangles.

But the thing that excited me the most about this quilt is how organic it looks. It’s intentionally ALMOST symmetrical, but very obviously not symmetrical. It mimics nature. I was raised hiking and camping and taught to appreciate plants and animals, and being outdoors in general. So this quilt really speaks to me, and every time I step back and look at it, I am filled with so much pride. (It’s good to be proud of your work!)

The very first Snake Skin quilt!

At first glance, this design might look a little overwhelming. But it’s actually very simple! There are a lot of pieces, but the whole quilt is just rectangles. My instructions are very clear, include labels, and I walk you through sewing together every single piece. It’s a great quilt for both experienced quilters and adventurous beginners and goes together very quickly. Again, there are no points or seams to worry about matching up, all you have to do is keep track of all your pieces!

To keep track of your pieces, binder clips are cheap and available almost anywhere! (Office supply stores, Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc.)
I used Multipurpose Sewing Clips, because I keep them on hand to use in place of pins when piecing. (I could — and probably will — write a whole new post on alternatives to pins!) I got these off of Amazon.

Multipurpose sewing clips used to keep all pieces securely held together — I haven’t lost any pieces and I’ve made two Snake Skin Quilts this way!

When I was ready to start making this a REAL pattern, I kept running into thoughts of, “this isn’t good enough.” and “nobody else is going to like this.” In the past, I have been really good at overthinking and worrying too much and giving up on a project or idea because I think it won’t be accepted. But this time, I pushed past that.

There are well-known quilters out there who, from time to time post, “Ask me a question” in their Instagram stories. Almost every time, someone asks, “How is your business so successful?” or “How did you get where you are?” and their answers always have the same theme:

KEEP CREATING. KEEP MAKING. BE ORIGINAL.

I’m not a well-known quilter (yet) and I barely have a business at all, but I always keep that advice in mind. So with this quilt, when I started doubting myself, I kept designing, I made the quilt, and it’s different. I love it!

Next week, I’ll be sharing the Snake Skin quilts made by my (very patient and super amazing) pattern testers! The pattern is made with only three colors, but the different variations in these quilts are stunning and I am so excited to share them!

The pattern will release on May 1, and will be available for purchase through my Etsy shop!

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