Tuesday Tutorial-The Clamshell

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Today is Tuesday and we are going to sew seashells in the sunshine (no sea-shore here in Minnesota!)  We are stitching a lovely border or fill pattern called The Clam Shell.  There are many variations of The Clamshell that we can explore going forward, but this one is easy and lovely.  I am sure you are all going to stitch this right into your next quilt?!

I like to minimize the number of lines I draw, so for this pattern, draw three lines or “rails” as guidelines to help me keep my stitching fairly straight.  The “rails” are 1/2 inch apart.

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I stitched this pattern from right to left, but it can be stitched in either direction depending on your quilt.

Start in one corner, and stitch a few stitches along the bottom rail.  Stitch a curved line well below your middle “rail”.  Stitch up one or two stitches, then echo-quilt closely down to the bottom rail again.

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch along the bottom rail a few stitches and then stitch another curve just above the middle rail.  Echo quilt back to your bottom rail.

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch over a few more stitches and then stitch a third curved line just below your top rail.  Echo quilt back to the bottom rail.

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For the remaining clamshells, repeat the process, curving each arc up right to the previous clamshell so they look connected.

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

This pattern makes a great border around any quilt.  The Clamshells can be stacked to fill in a larger area.

The Clamshell, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I would rate this a Beginner pattern, so if you have been hesitating to jump in–this is a good place to start.  The pattern is easy and it always looks great.  Remember, perfection is not our goal...reasonably even quilting creates a great look.

PS…The Royal Baby is a boy...I predicted a girl named Charlotte…50/50 chance and I lost–no lottery tickets for me!

Little Piggies, Take your Mark!

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

Mark your calendars!  The Washington County Minnesota Fair begins in less than two weeks!  The dates for the fair this year are July 31st-August 4.

I prefer the county fair to The Minnesota State Fair as it has all the essentials with smaller crowds…

The county fair has all the animals…

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

Many of the rides…

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

Plenty of games…

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

More food than you can shake a stick at…

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

Best of all…It has the Pig Races!

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

It is an American tradition to attend the yearly fairs.  I’m wondering what other countries celebrate similar events??

Washington County, Minnesota Fair

Hope you have time for a quick jaunt to your local fair this summer!

I’m betting on #2–he’s seems determined to win the Oreo!

Squeals,

Lori