Oriental Clamshells Quilt

By Judith on January 6, 2018
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Hello there!


How is your weekend going?


I spent a lovely afternoon sewing today, with my fellow Bee Blessed buddies.  The room was a hive of activity as we kicked off the new year getting more quilts ready to gift to those in need of comfort.


Oriental Clamshells Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)


A few months back I made a quilt for Popular Patchwork. They sent me a lovely collection of fabrics called Japanese Garden by Makower.


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)


When I first saw the fabrics I was a little unsure what to do with them.  There are many motifs and shapes in the fabrics to draw from, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies.


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)


But I have a bit of a thing about curves (!!) and just had to scratch that itch!


As a patchwork and quilting tutor I often come across a fearful response to the mention of curved piecing!


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)


But the bigger the curves, the easier the piecing!


So if you haven’t tried making a drunkard’s path block before, these large scale ones are a great place to start.  I use a ‘no pin’ method, which means you get quickly into a repetitive rhythm piecing the curves.


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)


This quilt is currently in the January issue of Popular Patchwork …..


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork


…. and it is also hanging up in my new classroom.



So my new students had better beware!  I’m hatching a plan that involves ‘curves’! After all, real women have curves!


Keep sewing!

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