Moving on from the Clams!

I’m excited to have a couple of finishes to share with you this week. I’ve been stitching and quilting like a fiend over the past several days. It feels so good to mark these off my to do list – I feel so accomplished! 🙂

First up, Mom’s clamshell quilt:

Clamshell FMQ Texture

Look at all that great texture! This one is big – 95″x98″ and took several days to do all the micro stippling. I had to work on it in small sessions. All that tiny stitching made my hands cramp so I took a lot of stretching breaks. I love the way it looks.

Clamshell FMQ Close Up

Trying to get the green to show up the correct color is pretty difficult for me. I just can’t get a good picture of it. The top picture is close to the actual color. I used Kona Celadon on this side, and the other side is a leaf print from Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith prints. It doesn’t photograph well either, but I wanted you to see the texture on both sides.

Downton Abbey Lady Edith print

I didn’t take it outside to photograph for two reasons: I still need to stitch down the binding and it is SO windy outside. It would take three people to get a decent picture and since it’s just me today that won’t work.

Up next is the baby quilt I finished. You got to see a couple pics of in progress work, but here is the finished quilt.

Pretty in Pink Baby Quilt HST

I used Yvonne’s painters tape trick to hang it for a picture. It worked like a charm! Next time I’ll try to hang it a little straighter…

I think I like this quilt better than the original version I made. I really like the darker pinks. This was a special request and these were the colors the client chose. I think they look fantastic together.

The colors we used were Kona solids in Azalea, Bordeaux, Honeysuckle, Sangria, and Pomegranate. The binding is azalea.


I used a mottled pink flannel on the back which pulls in the colors from the front. I did a simple straight line quilting to keep the quilt cuddly and soft and it is sooo snuggly! Omni white thread is on the top and a pink variegated Aurifil in used in the bobbin.  It blends right in.

Flannel back

So, that’s it for this week but I’m so happy with the progress. I have three quilts waiting to be quilted, so I guess I better get back to it!

Happy sewing!

This week I’m happy to link up to Finish it Up Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, and Show Off Saturday,


About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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7 Responses to Moving on from the Clams!

  1. Congratulations on two wonderful finishes. The texture on the clam shell quilt for your mother is amazing! I am always excited and happy to hear that my silly tips and tricks work for others.

  2. Kate says:

    Beautiful quilting on those clam shells. The baby quilt is so pretty, love all those pinks.

  3. Susan says:

    Honestly, I think you did the clams in record time. That’s huge, and it’s minute work. Great looking, and she’s gotta know you love her, if she had any doubts before! Wonderful finish on the pink one, too.

  4. Judy says:

    Holy wow, Beth! That is a LOT of clam shells to fill a 95″x98″ quilt!! And the speed in which you finished, impressive to say the least. It looks absolutely fabulous! I am totally jealous of your stippling abilities. It is beautifully done – I cannot stipple to save my life!!

    The pink quilt is so sweet!! Congrats on two fabulous finishes 🙂

  5. Tish says:

    Two great finishes!! The wind is blowing like crazy here too. Hopefully, things will calm down over the weekend and we can see a full view of your mom’s quilt. The flannel you chose for the back of the baby quilt couldn’t be anymore perfect. Congrats on your finishes. I’m hoping to at least touch my machine this weekend 🙂

  6. acbeier71 says:

    Beautiful job, Beth. You are so speedy!! And accurate 🙂

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