Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Glam Clam Farmer's Market

I've had The Clammy 12" for a while now. It has been on my shelf waiting to be used to make something awesome. Check out Latifah Saafir Studios for more information about this great tool.
I also have this ridiculous stack of fruit and vegetable fat quarters. I decided it was time to put these two things together and make something. This will be another project taken primarily from my stash of fabrics.
Latifah Saafir Studios has some excellent YouTube videos on cutting, marking, assembling, and pressing the clam shapes. If you're nervous about those curves, I recommend you take a look at the videos to see how she breaks it down. I was cutting and sewing in no time.
I cut the fruit and vegetable fabrics until I had almost enough for a generous-sized quilt. Not quite a twin, but still a good size. I grabbed some green solids and understated prints to fill in the rest of the spots. I am super pleased with how I managed to fill out the remainder of the clams and balanced the color a bit. It's still a loud quilt, but what do you expect with those bright prints?
The size of these clams helps you get the hang of piecing curves without too much risk of messing it up. This is my very first point, and I think it came out pretty close to spot-on. Now to piece the rest of the rows.
It took what seemed like forever to get all the rows sewn together. I added a border to stabilize it all and frame up all those fruits and vegetables.
I bought this great Henry Glass wide backing fabric at Spring Water Designs. It really seemed the perfect backing for this quilt. This is the second piece of fabric I bought this year. 2 5/8 yards of wide backing fabric added. Bringing the total of new fabric to 7 and 5/8 yards. 
I loaded it up for quilting. I think that will have to wait for another post as this one already seems somewhat long.

Fabric purchased this year: 7 and 5/8 yards

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Stick Rotary Cutter, 28mm for cutting those inside arcs
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
The Clammy 12"
Cheryl Ann's Quilting Design Wall - 72" White

3 comments:

  1. This is absolutely beautiful! I've done some curved piecing but not anything with a clamshell yet so your review of this ruler/template is very helpful. :D

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  2. That is beautiful. Love the fun fabrics and the clamshell, although I've never made a clamshell quilt.

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  3. LOVE IT! And love your colors! The Clamshell is one of my Bucket List patterns. You're inspiring me to move it higher up the list. Thanks for sharing.

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