Clamshell Edges 3 inch
Print on fabric with Clamshell Edges 3 inch for better results than with clamshell acrylic templates.
These partial clamshells are perfect for finishing a clamshell quilt with a straight edge and for for other surprising designs.
Printing the stitching lines and matching marks on fabric with Clamshell Edges 3 inch makes it easier to sew the curves than with acrylic templates.
If you google “clamshell quilt,” you will find many ways to design with this shape. Clamshell quilts have a long history.
PDF DOWNLOAD – SHAPES + INSTRUCTIONS 18.7 MB
System Requirements – Windows or Mac with Adobe Reader (not a phone or tablet) and any ordinary color Inkjet printer or all-in-one.
I originally designed the Clamshell Edges 3 inch shape collection to offer the 4 shapes to finish clamshell quilts with a straight edge—but it does so much more! There is inspiration everywhere for new block designs.
There are other Clamshell shape collections available, so you can buy exactly what you need. The 3 inch Clamshell and 3 inch Clamshell Sashing are sold separately.
Sewing with Inklingo is more fun because everything fits perfectly, presses well, and lies flat when you have matching marks on the curves and a line to sew along.
You can hand piece or machine piece the larger sizes.
Features of this Shape Collection (PDF)
- partial Clamshell shapes to print on fabric for quilt edges OR new block designs
- diagrams showing how much fabric you need
- shapes without seam allowances to print on freezer paper (just in case you want templates)
- use a rotary cutter or scissors
- ideal for small scraps
- instructions for sewing curves by hand and by machine
- notes about pressing
- perfect for fussy cutting and charm quilts as described on the blog
- design notes
- worksheets to plan your quilt
Surprising Designs with Clamshell Edges
I originally designed the Clamshell Edges 3 inch shape collection to offer all of the 4 inch shapes to finish clamshell quilts with a straight edge—but it does so much more! There is inspiration everywhere for new block designs.
This lovely design by Claudia Chang was one of the Top 25 in the Love the Lines Contest in 2012. It uses Clamshell Edge shapes plus a 1.5 inch Square. (Suggestion: Search the blog for “contest” to see more amazing designs and for tips for using EQ.)
The preparation is so much simpler that you can spend the extra time playing with new designs.
There are wonderful opportunities for fussy cutting with TWO Inklingo methods and you can get perfect points (above) with Inklingo. The fine, precise lines printed on the fabric simplify the cutting and sewing. Why I don’t sell acrylic templates.
The Clamshell Edges 3 inch shapes are laid out to use fabric efficiently. Use a rotary cutter or scissors.
Love the lines. Quilt more!
Relax and sew! Spend your time sewing, not getting ready to sew. Print the cutting and stitching lines on scraps from your stash.
If you are new to Inklingo, I strongly recommend starting with the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. It includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some great shapes to print on fabric to get you started.
Video How to Rotary Cut Curves
Video How to Rotary Cut Curves
At least some of the cutting can be done with a rotary cutter (red lines above).
Clamshell Design Ideas
If you are looking for exciting ways to use a Clamshell Quilt Template, you have come to the right place!
Use this Clamshell shape with any pattern, like the Clamshell Quilt in Kaffe Fassett’s Museum Quilts(2005).