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I have been wanting to make a clamshell quilt for quite some time now. I knew this would be perfect to show off all of these fabulous prints.
Now I know that some of you are groaning. Knowing how much I like handwork, you’re assuming that it’s hand appliqued, right? Well, it’s not!! I’m a big fan of Crazy Old Ladies patterns and Emily Herrick designed one called ‘Clambake’.
For all of you modern quilters out there who love a quick fix and instant satisfaction, this quilt assembles fast with a quick cutting method and machine appliqued clamshells.
Clambake measures at approx. 55″ x 62″ for a perfect lap quilt. Or, I’m thinking it would be really pretty hanging in my bedroom!
As I was assembling this beauty, I found a few shortcuts to an already simple pattern. Every little but helps so I’ve listed a few tips & tricks below if you happen to purchase the kit or buy the pattern.
Clambake Tips & Tricks
Use a thicker box to cut the template from so that you can easily rest and guide your rotary cutter along the edge while cutting. I used a leftover USPS box. Cut more than one template from the box just in case you end up ‘shaving’ a bit from your original template while your cut your clamshells out.
Use a new sharp blade to easily cut through multiple fabrics at a time.
Use a rotating rotary mat, like the Olfa Spinning Rotary Mat.
Spin the mat around while you cut out the template. This alleviates the need to move and shift your fabrics around while cutting. These are also great to use for fussy cutting projects.
If you don’t want to mark the center of each clamshell, you can finger press to crease the center right before you begin lining them up on their rows by folding them in half to find the center point.
Use ‘Perfect Shape’ template plastic. I’ve tried so many template plastics over the years and haven’t found any that can withstand the heat I put them through except this one from The Stencil Company called ‘Perfect Shape’. It never melts and I only used ONE template for all of my clamshells. Trust me, when this product says ‘no melt’, it actually means it!!
Instead of pinning my clamshells, I used Roxanne’s Glue Baste It. I did not pin ANYTHING while sewing my clamshells! “Roxanne ‘s Glue-Baste-It is 100% water soluble, dries in minutes, and the unique applicator top allows for controlled placement of tiny glue droplets. It does not feel stiff, and does not contain harmful chemicals, dyes, or waxes. It cleans up with water and washes out of fabric with soapy water, even after ironing or sewing.”
Apply the glue along the edge of your clamshell. Give it a good press with the iron, move to the next one and so on until you’ve ‘glue basted’ your row. It bonds quickly so you don’t have to worry about it coming undone when you move it. Take it to your sewing machine and top stitch the clamshell 1/8″ away from the edge. I use this glue on all of my applique projects.
I’d give this quilt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I had fun, it wasn’t too time intensive, and I got to use some of my favorite products. Whew! I love it when I can share my favorite products with you guys!
The Clambake kits are available at all the upcoming shows while supplies last (see Visit SewMod at the top of the blog) along with the coordinating fabrics. If you can’t make it to a show, visit us in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop. Kits include the fabrics for quilt top, binding and pattern. Backing & Batting NOT included.
If you’re buying the kit and are interested in either a sheet of the Perfect Shape or a small bottle of Roxanne’s, I have them available too. Neither of these products are available at your local craft and hobby shops. Only some quilt shops carry them. You can purchase the Appliqué Add-On kit here.
Have a great weekend everyone!
It’s funny how creativity strikes when you least expect it! Remember this post for the CLMQG demo I did on the Spinning Star HST’s, Making Perfect Half Square Triangles? Well, several of those quilt blocks became the the inspiration for two new baby quilts. One is the adorable new addition to SewMod , called Seeing Stars. The other is going to be for sale shortly in the SewModMakes Etsy Shop As a finished baby quilt. (Post on that quilt coming soon)
I had made so many HST’s that they were running outta my ears. I kinda got carried away and seeing how fabric is not something to be wasted these days, I was determined to use them.
At first this quilt was just going to be a simple star to star block. No bells and no whistles. But how much fun would that be? I love appliqué. I love embroidery. I replicated the plane from the Oh Boy main fabric, positioned the planes horizontally and diagonally to give it the soaring effect through the quilt.
Appliquéing the planes with different colors of thread and hand embroidering the smoke trails gave it the extra whimsy touch.
I used a Kona Ash to frame everything and before you knew it, I had a finished quilt. Paige quilted it for me in a loopy soar and I finished it off with the stripe binding and a polka dot backing…so sweet!
The quilt is always the fast part of the process. It’s been finished for about 3 weeks now. It’s the pattern writing that tends to send the creative process to a slow. turtle. crawl. It needs to be written, tested, and left for a bit do do it all over again…not something to be rushed. And it always helps to have a pattern tester.
So now that I’ve completed the pattern step, I get to blog about it and cut the kits! I love cutting the kits. Kit includes the free pattern, enough fabric for the front & binding…and enough HST paper to make your own perfect stars! The great thing about this baby kit is that there’s hardly any waste. I love that too.
They could be landing in your sewing room shortly!
I get caught up in the excitement of starting something new. The wonder of its potential greatness. I accomplish just enough to satisfy my need…then something shiny and more pretty catches my eye. Sound familiar?
Uh huh..thought so. Now, since we’re all in the same boat, I guess there won’t be any judgement when I say … I started another Christmas quilt. I just can’t help myself! I have all of this other work to do (UFO’s) and I start another project!? It wasn’t my fault. I was going through my Christmas stash and came across the Anna Griffin Isabelle fabric I had been hoarding.
It’s shiny and pretty. It’s got that vintagey feel.
It’s tough photographing a quilt in 0° weather after a blizzard. I froze my ass off out there today. I have no place to lay it out. So, till the deep freeze melts, you get partial views…and obviously wrinkly ones. Who has time to take perfect pics when your toes are getting frost bite!
I made it with the Fruitcakes pattern and used Kona Snow as the background. I’m gave it my treasured Lakehouse black dot fabric for the flange, backing and binding. And those scallops on the border fabric...you know, the ones you can barely see in the photo… Love it! You’ll have to take my word:)
The guild had a charity sew-in a couple of Saturday’s ago. We donate quilts to breast cancer treatment and surgery patients at Centegra Gaver’s Breast Cancer Center in McHenry County. I whipped up this little lovely. A quick quilt and a great way to use up some stash for a good cause. It’s in Paige’s hands now too. I think she’s gonna be pretty busy…
I did happen to finish 1/2 of a UFO this week. One of two bindings are now marked off my list! I’ll post the entire quilt pic soon.
Until then, pour a glass of wine, put your feet up & enjoy your weekend. You deserve it!
Did you hear? SewMod has a new sister!
Because sometimes you just gotta get your quilty craft on and make something.
SewModMakes is your online boutique for handcrafted items designed by a variety of artists.
We all Need2Create & I am blessed to be surrounded by many talented friends & family members who have joined me to share their handcrafted items in this shop.
We specialize in hand embroidery, crocheted items, quilts and yoga accessories. You’ll also find some of our shop samples there too. We love to sew and craft and being creative for us is a way to express ourselves, reconnect with our creative spirit & share it with you.
I promise this is my last post on Glimma. I just want to let y’all know that the cupboards looking pretty bare! Sadly but gladly, we’re almost sold out of the Glimma. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun and made so many projects from one fabric line!
A few yardage amounts are still with us. I took the pic to give you an idea of how much of each one we have on hand.
We have all of the solids on the bolt and pre-cut into fat quarter sets of 4.
They need a good home. So hurry and get yours before they’re completely gone! If you have any questions or need a custom listing in the SewMod shop, I’m happy to help! Convo me:)
Just think of all the fun you’ll have with your Glimma!
Have you met Wendy? She’s the newest designer for SewMod. Wendy is a longtime Yogi and creator of YogaMod. Being a Sewista and health conscious, it’s only fitting that her first design be reflective of that.
She’s designed a Yoga Mat Sling with Fashion, Form & Function in mind.
Fashion: She uses the latest modern fabrics. The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalizing the sling with all of the trending fabrics. You could have one made for each outfit!
Form:The Sling is versatile and can be worn over the shoulder or across the body.The metal hardware keeps it secure and your mat won’t slip. The length is easily adjustable using the loops. Bring them closer together for a longer strap and further apart to shorten.
Function: . The Sling can accommodate more than one mat or a towel.
The extra D-Ring allows you to attach your keys, small wallet or a personal accessory.
The pattern is in a downloadable PDF and hard copy and it’s designed with step by step photo instructions making the assembly easy peasy! We have the Sling available in pre-cut kits including the metal hardware. And we also have the option of buying one handcrafted by SewMod. So stop by the shop and check them out!
We look forward to more ideas Wendy has to share. And maybe she can also provide us with stretching and relaxation techniques too. I know we could all use that after sewing all day!
When a client mentioned he wanted a quilt with a horse theme for his wife, I practically yelled out yeehah! Well, I was a little more professional than that but I had been designing a western style quilt in my mind’s eye for years and this was the opportunity to finally make it come to life. Oh, and what an opportunity to dive into my batik stash which is overflowing with every color imaginable. I jumped right in and pulled out stacks and stacks of batiks – OMG I had to tell myself to focus on only a few colorways… brown, blue and green. In the end, I sneaked in a few more colors -purples, reds and oranges!
I had such a blast laying out strip after strip, starting with the blues down to the light browns and yellows, to create a western landscape with silhouettes of beautiful horses against a sunset. It felt like I was painting with fabric!
Throughout the layout process, I daydreamed about how I was going to machine quilt it. The design didn’t come until it was fully loaded on the Gammill, and I sat for about an hour debating on the complexity of the design. It definitely needed to be simple with lots of movement without taking away from the beautiful batiks. I ended up quilting a simple overall swirl throughout the background and focused more on enhancing the horse blocks.
I quilted with Superior Threads variegated King Tut, one of my all time favorite threads to use – nice sheen and great range of colors!
And here it is!
I had a little fun with the back too!