Clamshell Quilt Club

Cathi of Quilt Obsession told me about a quilter in Holland who started a Clamshell Club on her blog, Cybele’s Patch. Quilters are making Clamshell quilts with different methods, and reporting their progress at the end of every month.

Some of the Clamshell Club quilters are using English Paper Piecing, some are using appliqué, but some are using Inklingo to print the shapes on fabric with an ordinary Inkjet printer. Inklingoists cut on the lines with a rotary cutter or scissors and hand piece with a running stitch, or machine piece.

Cathi posted about her progress today. She has started TWO Clamshell quilts, one in each Inklingo size.

It doesn’t sound like much, but there is a big difference between 3.0 inch Clamshells and 3.5 inch Clamshells!

Inklingo is the fastest, easiest, most precise way to prepare Clamshell shapes.

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Print several Clamshells at a time. . ..

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. . or print one at a time, for a charm quilt.

You can even fussy cut with Inklingo.  (Previous blog entry:  Go to Search at the top of this page to gather all of the messages about “clamshell” or “fussy cut” on one page.”  Handy, eh?)

The Clamshell shape collections include tips for stitching curves by hand or by machine. Click on the page for a larger view, which you can print.

If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, you can print your first shapes in the next few minutes with the free Inklingo Shape Collection. It includes diamonds, triangles, and squares for LeMoyne Star, flying geese, Sawtooth Squares, Hourglass Squares, etc. The Quick Start Guide is a good place to start.

MONKEY REMINDS YOU! The introductory price on the 3.5 inch Clamshells ends at midnight on July 1.  ($12 instead of $15)

We’ll be back next month with more Clamshell news. (Maybe partial Clamshell shapes and Clamshell sashing?) In the meantime, I hope you are as happy as clams at high tide!

Linda & Monkey

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11 thoughts on “Clamshell Quilt Club”

  1. Oh Rosa that is hilarious!! I have yet to try the clamshells, though I bought both sizes. My printer decided to die and I need to get another one. I also am excited about the sashing and half clams to make the edges straight! Would LOVE LOVE to see the Clammy Pickle Shells (I think I just made that up) too! But you know what I mean..the quilt on Barbara Brackman’s blog!

  2. SEMI-ADULT POST – You’ve been warned!!!
    (grinning over here)

    Hi There!

    Okay, a REAL good friend encouraged me to download the clamshell collection – you know you you are – no need for finger pointing here! LOL

    Anyhow, whenever I looked at these clamshells, I could only see body parts…. boobies and butts!

    I’ve since ordered some skin tone fabrics and am planning on making 2 wall hangings with these clamshells – one of the projects, I almost called “Clammy Mammies”…. no need to say more!


    Have a great Canada Day, Linda!!!!

    Rosa Robichaud
    New Brunswick

  3. I have been following Cybele’s Patch blog but haven’t joined yet. Now that I have started my 3″ clamshell wallhanging, I’ll have to join and get in on the fun. I must say, I can’t imagine doing this pattern any other way than Inklingo.

    Peggy S. from SW Florida, the land of clean, beautiful beaches…no oil.

  4. There’s something altogether addictive about stitching these together, even more than hexagons!! Oh, how I hope the half clams and sashing for both sizes are coming!

  5. I haven’t found a chance to try the clams yet, but I did have a wonderful lobster for dinner…LOL! I thinkest me better order the 3.5 clam too. It is much larger!!!
    Hugs to you all,

  6. Hi Melinda,
    I don’t think Clamshell has ever been as popular as it is now. Have you seen the Clamshell bed hangings featured in the new V&A book “Quilts 1700-2010?” Probably made in 1730-50, I became intrigued when I saw it in Kaffe Fassett’s “Museum Quilts” a few years ago. I never dreamed Clamshells would be so popular!


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