Ding! Ding! Ding!
I found a winner -a fun and easy way to make the popular clamshell quilt!
|The Clambake quilt pattern|
The design is by Camille Roskelley , " Thimble Blossoms". ( available here), and also at the Fat Quarter Shop ( here ).
Camille's pattern had me hooked when I saw it was Layer Cake friendly, and no curves!
She featured this pattern with the new Bonnie & Camille fabric " Vintage Picnic", but I have
Hello Darling ( B & C by Moda) has the ultra-cute strawberry fabrics in five colorways!
|Five colors of Strawberries!!|
|My March OMG was to make the flimsy top|
I still won.... I did accomplish my goal!
|Lay out of the basic bricks|
|Now I was joining the rows together|
And before I knew it, I had the flimsy top of the quilt all sewn together!
|They look like clam shells now!!|
It was time to decide how to make the quilt backing. Do I use up my precious stash of leftover Hello Darling fabrics, or do I make something else for the back of the quilt?
Fortunately, I had started viewing the Craftsy Class by Camille, " Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple, " where she teaches us how to make her Swoon block. I officially *heart* everything that Camille makes now ! I have seen the Swoon quilts out there, and always wanted to make one. Now was my chance to try a Swoon block out!
I chose the green strawberry fabric , and the red floral fabric for some pop and jolts of color. This is a 24 inch finished block.
WOW! SWOON! SWOON!
|This is my first Swoon Block!|
I noticed that somebody else began to swoon, too......
|Whiskers , on her first swoon block!|
|I used strawberry fabrics for each center fabric|
And , I needed a label. I just love these strawberry star points!
|I only had room for the inner star of the Swoon Block.... so I made up a scrappy star!|
Patterns: Clambake and Swoon Block by Camille Roskelley of "thimble blossoms" (here)
Size: 70 inches across x 76 inches high
Fabrics: Hello Darling by Bonnie and Camille for Moda I used 16 fabrics of the line
White on white tonal fabric from my stash
Batting: Warm and Natural 100% cotton
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. color #2024 my favorite for piecing
Quilting: I made fine, Serpentine "S" lines , on the diagonal, approx 5 inches apart
I used my walking foot to quilt the curvy diagonal lines , from edge to edge, using Aurifil 50 wt thread. I set my Viking Topaz on the largest S shape stitch, and followed the edges of the clam shells to make the diagonals.
Things I like about these two patterns:
- The size of the "rectangle" for each clam shell is 7.5 " across x 4.5 " high. This allows the design of each fabric to really shine through!
- It was fast and fun to piece the clamshells
- There is a mini Clambake pattern available, too!
- Camille's directions are excellent
- The Swoon blocks are addictive!!
|See all of the strawberry fabrics!|
|The quilting - Fine lines of the wavy s line on the diagonal|
|I love the back as much as the front !|
|April- FINE challenge|
I am linking my Clambake Quilt up to the Le Challenge blog, for the April "Fine" challenge.
|"Fine" Quilting lines|
And, since I am allergic to seafood, this is is close as I am going to get to a "fine dining" ,with clams ,meal!! Hop on over here to see the other entries.
I am enjoying my quilt , laying over top of the railing, in the back of my kitchen.Whiskers likes to lay on the fourth step, while we eat dinner and clean up. She likes "hiding" behind the quilt. I think it must be warmer there with the quilt. Plus, she may be or may not be a little bit spoiled!
|I'm off to my sewing room!|
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