Free Motion Friday – Jessica’s Quilt

Happy Friday Peeps!  I’m home from QuiltCon and settling back into my normal life. Luckily, my normal life is pretty awesome, so it’s not so tough 😀


This week, we’ve got Jessica’s quilt!

I love clamshell quilts. Seriously. I think they look so cool. My grandmother quilts almost every quilt with an all over clamshell design, so I come by it naturally. As much as I love them however, I find them difficult to quilt. It’s been a couple years since I’ve actually tried, but I’ve got a couple failed attempts that I don’t show much 😀 So trying to come up with some idea’s for this one…



My first plan is always, to echo the outer curve of the clamshell once or twice, then to fill them with a design, straight lines or swirls or whatever I’m in the mood for. I think it look awesome, but if you don’t use a curved ruler to match or almost-match the curve of your clamshell, this can go awry easily. (trust me, I know :D)


So the, I know I have a straight ruler, then I don’t have to worry about having the right curved ruler. So why not alternative horizontal & vertical lines in each row of clams? Another cool idea, but I would be so bored of straight lines by the end of quilting.


So then, I thought, why not mix the two ideas? Echoed curves and the straight lines?


Or maybe, instead of just echoes, I should fill in one of the rows of echo’s with bubbles to add something extra.

And I never made a decision. The good news is, it’s not my quilt, so I don’t have too. What’s your favourite way to quilt clamshells?

Remember, if you’d like your quilt to be a part of FMF, email a picture of your quilt to kathleen(at) I love seeing everyone’s quilts– even if I don’t get to your quilt, I still love seeing them, so please send them!

Later days,

Free Motion Friday is Sponsored by Sparrow Studioz and APQS Canada!

Free Motion Friday is Sponsored by Sparrow Studioz and APQS Canada. I’m teaching there March 18 & 19, 2016!


2 responses to “Free Motion Friday – Jessica’s Quilt

  1. Would you consider doing a class for Cratsy on how to make a clamshell quilt? I’m a visual learned so I’d like to “see how it is done.”
    I’ve asked them, but so far no one has signed up to do a class. Please.

  2. Yay it’s my quilt lol 🙂 – I really really like the last idea, echo with bubbles between the echoes and then alternating straight horizontal and vertical lines! I’ve got so many projects going on but I really need to get this quilt done already.

    Rosemary – not to solicit or anything but this pattern, Dragon Glass, is from the book One Wonderful Curve by Sew Kind of Wonderful, they’re faux clamshells so to speak, each clamshell consists of 4 – 6″ blocks that are sewn together to make it a clamshell. You would need their Quick Curve Ruler (QCR) however. Hope this helps some.

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