Friday, June 25, 2010

CLAMSHELLS

Actually managed to stitch some clamshells tonight.

This will be done in Oriental Fabrics, hopefully a bedsized quilt.   The Scot says ... well that's going to keep you quiet.



Thanks to those who replied re the seam allowance.

Another question ..... does it really matter whether they are cut on the straight or slightly on the bias of the fabric.  The reason being I have some odd shaped pieces which could fit one shell on the bias but not on the straight.

15 comments:

phil the pom said...

Hi there sis, i see your drifting back to your late nighs (early mornings)iget so tired these days ready for bed by ten-o-clockish,but do get up early 5=30-6-00am so its swings and roundabou!really. what suits one etc, your work certainly shows a wide awake brain any way,!!?? compliments galore. yes we are through to the real stuff in the footie now, pity about your lads but they are catching up fast like the yanks they will soon give us what-oh i reckon, i see we are one up in the cricket one day internationals, and today at the moment Aprox 1-30 am your time, you were 107-4 of 25 overs, didnt know they were playing with all this footie going on every thing else gets lost take care lOVES YA PtP

Fiesta said...

I don't have the answer to that Sheila but I must say that your fabric selection is great!!

Cathi said...

Oooh -- this is going to be SO stunning in the Oriental fabrics!! It's going to be fun to watch as this progresses!
I've been working with clamshells a bit and all I can say about bias is that I am VERY careful when pressing them.

pegsplace said...

Oooh....so pretty Sheila! As for the bias.....hmmmmm......be careful with the pull and stretch? I know that for stems and such it is important to use the bias but your shells are a bit bigger. Maybe try one?

Later
Peggy

Jules said...

The Scot is right!!!! LOL.

These are absolutly breathtakingly lovely birdy. Now, I do know about pressing, ironing and bias! (That is one for the books!) And yes, that would be my concern too. It could create a little pucker or bulge which doesn't seem to 'sit' right. Shame to spoil the main for 'a ha'peth' of tar'.
(Expect you remember that saying?)
Look forward to seeing more........

Ozjane said...

Looking good......tempts me to raid the Japanese crates...
I am stuck like a cat up a tree and mojo is gone.

Theresa said...

Wow these are absolutely gorgeous Sheila. I just started stitching my own this week and have become well and truly addicted. You're going to have a stunning quilt.

Paula said...

I love your Clamshells and the fabric is gorgeous. Where do one get the pattern for the Clamshells? Everybody seems to be making them.
But yours are special

Sarah said...

You have chosen some really gorgeous fabrics for this quilt! I can't wait to see your progress and the finished project.

Karen said...

Looking good! I would be a little nervous about cutting on the bias.

Teresa said...

Beautiful! And I agree with Jules - about the bias and the Scot! :D

Judith Tetley said...

Hi Shelia; I just popped in to see if your got any Mini Gifts completed for the Early Bird Christmas Crafting month of JUne?
Let me know how things are going for you.
Kind Regard
Judith
http://creativestudio10.blogspot.com

Cybele's patch said...

These shells look very nice. Great start! I would be careful with bias cut pieces. I have used some because I could cut two from one small piece of fabric. (I am using scraps)It does not show if you don't pull the curves.

grendelskin said...

Oh, your fabrics for the clamshells are beautiful! Looks like you have hit your stride with them.

Kate said...

Beautiful blooms and gorgeous Clam Shells...oh dear,,I may be weakening to give them a try.Pleased to see that you too have to wear sporting comps from rellies in UK,,,Kate in OZ