Monday, August 30, 2010
My first Clamshell Club post!
First of all I apologize for my absence in blogland the past few weeks!
A couple of unexpected events - including an eye injury have kept me away from the computer.
This past month I joined the Clamshell Club! The Club was founded in June by Jossie of Cybele's Patch
It's a FREE membership for those wanting to begin and/or learn about creating a Clamshell quilt.
The Clamshell pattern is one that I've always loved. Fascinated by this complex shaped single design - I've also been equally intimidated to ever attempt this pattern.
Now that a wonderful club has formed in homage to the Clamshell - I'm giving it a try!
Starting my first month in the club, the hardest thing was deciding on what fabrics to use. I was torn between my long standing love of 1930's prints and my new affection for fabrics designed by Joanna of Fig Tree & Co! I decided to go with Fig Tree and ordered 4 charm packs of the Fresh Cotton collection. I also purchased Moda white muslin for the alternate clamshells/background.
I printed the clamshell template from one of my FAVORITE software programs - called BlockBase. (Electric Quilt Co) I printed the pattern pieces out on freezer paper. After cutting away the paper seam allowance on the top curved section - I ironed them to the back of my 5" fabric charms. Then I cut some of the pieces out (along with a quarter inch fabric allowance across the top curved sections.
This is as far as I've gotten. Next month I will cut out some of the white clamshells and decide on what method I will use for basting and assembling this pattern. It will take me at least a year to complete this quilt - as I'm striving to have my Dear Jane quilt completed within the next 7 months.
every Quilt tells a story...