Tessellating for Clamshell Quilts

Clamshell templates

It is amazing to see the many ways this simple shape can be used when you print Clamshells on fabric with Inklingo!

This shape fits together like a mosaic without overlapping or gaps and that is “tessellating.” That makes some wonderful quilt designs and settings!


Traditional Clamshell Quilt Design

The new Inklingo Clamshell shape collections include the worksheet for a traditional layout.

Main Clamshell Page (Several Sizes, Downloadable)


The new Inklingo Clamshell shape collections include the worksheet for a traditional layout.

You can be happy as a clam sewing this wonderful shape into rows.

Use three fabrics, or go scrappy for “Clam Chowder” by printing on charms like the ones in previous articles on this blog.


Clamshell Quilt 4 patches

Clamshells also make intriguing 4-patches.

I’ve been sharing ideas like this on the Inklingo page on Facebook too.

I hope you visit there every day! Just because you have liked the Inklingo page does NOT mean that Facebook will show everything I post there on your timeline!


4-patch Clamshell Quilt

Clamshell 4-patches are amazing! They can even disappear depending on the color placement.


Clamshells also make intriguing 4-patches.

The 4 patches can be sewn in rows or on the diagonal.


Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

If you want to spice up your clam recipe, you can print 4 identical sheets of fabric with Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting to get sets of 4 identical Clamshells!


Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

Clue: No Waste Fussy Cutting is similar to Stack n Whack ™ but without the stacking!

Just like traditional Fussy Cutting, fussy cutting with Inklingo all depends on finding the right fabric!

There are TWO methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo.


Clamshell Quilt Design

There are other variations too. This is just the tip of the Clamshell!


Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

I can’t stop tweaking until I get it right but . . . 


Clamshell template

. . . when you print the shapes on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet printer, you can afford to spend a little time perfecting the design.

The preparation and sewing goes fast!

Sew by hand or by machine!


Stof Genoeg Blog

Annika in Holland shared modern Clamshell quilt designs on the Stof Genoeg blog. I know you will want to see those too! She is a long-time Inklingo quilter.


Electric Quilt celebrates 25 years!

Annika designed her Clamshell quilts with Electric Quilt software.

I am interested in designing with Clamshell shapes in EQ too. Where to start?

If you have any tips that would help me get started with Clamshells in EQ, please let me know. If I can figure it out, I’ll add EQ Clamshell project files to the collection on the blog. (Look under the EQ tab above, for a large selection.)


Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.


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Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

There is a “slide show” of Fussy Cut Clamshells on the Inklingo Facebook page too. I try to post something new every day, so there are several others.

There are many photos of projects made by Inklingo quilters too.

I am playing with ideas for Clamshell borders. I’ll let you know what happens, okay? In the meantime, you probably want to visit the Main Clamshell Page (Several Sizes, Downloadable)

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey


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