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January 22, 2021
Clamshells 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Playing with borders based on the traditional Clamshell designs.

I love the contrast between the thick and thin borders.

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November 28, 2020
Clamshell 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

It is quite some time since I looked at his project file, and the first thing that struck me when I opened it this morning was that it is a mixture of traditional Clamshells and String of Beads. Admittedly the Clamshells make fatter beads, but I have all sorts of shapes in my bead collection, so why not some like this. Something to play with in the future … the first heatwave of summer perhaps, which could be within a week here Down Under.

A little bit of extra white space for the quilting to stand out in the second design ...

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October 13, 2020
Tuesday's To-Do List: Still Slogging Along With Butterflies and Clam Shells from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Might as well just get to the meat and potatoes this week!  Last week's goals turned out to be overly ambitious:

✅ finish quilting Modern Baby Clam Shells, AND 

get it labeled and   

❌ bound, AND  

❌ get my Letter Home baby quilt top and ready to load on my frame.  

After quilting the pantograph design over most of my Modern Baby Clam Shells quilt and stitching in the ditch around my butterfly appliqués  a quilter who was more goal oriented and focused than I am would have finished up the quilting with some monofilament or color matched thread to machine quilt ...

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October 4, 2020
Glamorous Clams, part 3 from Quilting and More...

I’ve been working pretty hard on the online classes I’ve mentioned before, but I did finally get all of my clamshells stitched to the background, using a variety of decorative stitches and thread colors. The next step will be to quilt this piece and the backing before putting them together. That may need to wait […]

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September 20, 2020
Glamorous Clams, part 2 from Quilting and More...

I’ve been making slow but steady progress on this project. I finished making all 49 clamshell shapes and did the preliminary decorative stitching. The next step was to lay them out (there are five unused clamshells, allowing for a little flexibility) and fuse them to the background, and now I’m basting them with invisible thread […]

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September 10, 2020
Glamorous Clams, part 1 from Quilting and More...

I’ve made a little progress on stitching the pieces of my clamshells. I honestly think it would be doubly difficult to decide which designs to use if I hadn’t made a detailed stitch sampler, following directions posted on the Bernina web site. This allows me to flip through the pages of designs to decide which […]

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August 30, 2020
Machine Piecing the Modern Baby Clam Shells Quilt, with Help from QNM from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, my lovelies!  My one and only weekly goal last week was to START -- just to start, not to finish, mind you! -- piecing my Modern Baby Clam Shells quilt.  I created the design in my EQ8 software in December of 2018, with a specific baby in mind whose due date was several weeks away...  Then it took me awhile to find the 9.5" acrylic clam shell templates I wanted to use (from an Australian Etsy seller who has since closed her shop).  Then I hemmed and hawed about the best way to cut out completely accurate 9.5" diameter ...

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August 7, 2020
Clamshell 4, 5, 6 from Virtual Quilter

The first design is for a rather small quilt, or a large quilt with large clamshells.

I like the second one.

The colouring is a bit out of whack in the second clamshell border, but I love the design.

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