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Snail Trail
Snail Trail



Road to Oklahoma

Snail Trail
Snail's Trail/Journey to California/Whirligig Quilt/Ocean Wave

This "snail" was a Ladies Art Company trailblazer in 1928 (#504). In 1955, the Kansas City Star published it as Journey to California. Barbara Brackman's 1993 Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns adds the names Whirligig Quilt and Ocean Wave.


Road to Oklahoma

This near-identical block appeared in the Star as Road to Oklahoma in 1957. The center 4-patch is turned 90 degrees compared to Snail Trail. You can use the same pattern to make it.
Pig's Tail, etc.
Pig's Tail
Pig's Tail
Virginia Reel

From a Mountain Mist pattern booklet, per Barbara Brackman.


We've posted a diagram.
Monkey Wrench
Monkey Wrench
Monkey Wrench
Snail's Trail

The Kansas City Star published Monkey Wrench in 1929. Quilt researcher Carrie Hall also found it called Snail's Trail in the 1930s (Havig, 1999).
Virginia Reel, etc.
Virginia Reel
Virginia Reel

Yvonne Khin included this block in her 1980 book The Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns.

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Nautilus
Nautilus



From Clara Stone's Practical Needlework (1906).

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Friendly Hand

Friendly Hand
Indiana Puzzle/Monkey Wrench/Chinese Coin/Indian Puzzle

Friendly Hand first appeared in Comfort magazine in 1920, and the Kansas City Star also printed it as Indiana Puzzle in 1930. It is made to work as a continuous design rather than a standalone. Click on the block to see what we mean.

The other names listed above are from Aunt Martha booklets, while Monkey Wrench was also in a Mrs. Danner booklet in 1934. Our source is Brackman's Encyclopedia.