Monday, February 9, 2015

{Clambake} QAYG Progress

Clambake quilt-alongSo I have a confession to make... I'm not doing very good at this "slow, relaxed" quilt-along concept.  I just can't leave my clams alone!  Cutting went so fast with the die cutter shortcut.  Then once they were cut, I arranged the rainbow of clams on my design wall.  Now how can I resist that rainbow?

I'm finding the quilt-as-you-go applique process so very inviting, perfect for the nooks and crannies of my days.  I can press and glue baste a row or stitch down a row in bits of time, with lots of easy stop/starting places and no mess, since everything's cut and ready to go.

Clambake progress!

Here's the process:

Clambake progress!

I press the curved upper edge under by 1/4".  Turns out a generous 1/4" is a bad idea, as that will not provide quite enough overlap between clams.  A normal 1/4" works nicely.

Clambake progress!

Then line up the pressed clams across a row, clamshells touching edge to edge.  There are 13 clams in my colored rows.

Clambake progress!

Once arranged, I sew a very close edge stitch all the way across one row, following the curved edge of the clams in a scallop-shaped path.  As you can see, I'm sewing right through my batting and backing, quilting as I go.  See this post for all the details on how to set up your applique background for clamshell quilt-as-you-go (QAYG).

 Clambake progress!

My neutral rows each have 12 whole clams and (2) half clams. Then it's on to another colored row!  Glue basting each clam prevents shifting while I applique, without having to dodge or remove pins.  Yay!

Clambake progress!

You can make half-clams by simply cutting clams in half.  I didn't have any whole clams to spare, so I made use of fabric scraps!  That's why my half clams vary in size.

Clambake progress!

And I just can't stop!  Really.  I'm going to have to pack this away if I want to focus on sewing anything else (ahem, bee blocks, baby quilt...).

Clambake progress!

So now I've shown you mine.  How about yours?  Let's have a Clambake link party this Thursday.  You can share photos of wherever you are in the process, whether cutting or sewing or still choosing fabrics!  Can't wait to see.

Happy quilting!

p.s. Just joining the Clambake?  See this post for links to all relevant posts.  I hope you'll jump right in!


23 comments:

  1. It's just beautiful! Can't wait to see it done!

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  2. Well, I bought an Accuquilt and the clamshell die so I guess I'm in! :) Yours looks beautiful so far.

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  3. Now that I've seen this, I might have to rethink these little clamshells. I've always loved them but was too afraid of the many many curves I'd have to sew. This method looks WAY more easy !!

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    1. True story, Marika. This way is SO user friendly. I am not feeling it a bit tedious.

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  4. maybe you said this already, but are you using the walking foot to applique the clams on, or free motion foot? Awesome rainbow, by the way.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I am not using free motion. I am keeping feed dogs engaged, which makes this more relaxed for me. I'm not needing to use a walking foot, but if I had any puckering problems, that's what I'd reach for. So far, it is quilting up really nicely without a walking foot!

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  5. maybe you said this already, but are you using the walking foot to applique the clams on, or free motion foot? Awesome rainbow, by the way.

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  6. I don't see how you could resist such a lovely rainbow either.

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  7. What a quick progress and beautiful result!
    I just invited the readers of my blog to consider clamshells as a wonderful patchwork to be re-discovered. Your quilt-along is so inviting!
    https://quilteuseforever.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/ah-les-coquilles/ - Sorry, it is all in French!

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  8. Beautiful! I am so curious about the Accuquilt...would you recommend it?

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! The Accuquilt cutter certainly works as described. I've used it mainly for cutting difficult shapes like circles or clams. I have not enjoyed using it for cutting strips or squares, etc. Those things I prefer to rotary cut, for speed and fabric economy. I did receive my Accuquilt Go Baby for free in exchange for review. Would I have bought one on my own if I had not received a gift? Not sure. I'm pretty conservative with my funds! Would I have loved to receive one for Christmas or my birthday - definitely. So, basically I recommend it if you have the funds. I would not be making a clamshell quilt (maybe a much smaller project) if I had to hand cut the clams. That's just me.

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    2. Thank you for your insights, Rachel. I am also very conservative with my funds, but I do love your clam quilt! I may have to ask for one as a birthday gift. I am also glad to know that you can cut the clams with the Accuquilt Go Baby size. Thank you!

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  9. Wow-its spectacular. And your clear explanation of how to do it makes it seem doable.

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  10. Looking so pretty! I think if I had access to a die cutter with this shape I would probably be all in. But I don't so I'm going to just enjoy watching you speed through yours. :)

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    1. Hey, that's one thing blogs are good for - living vicariously through each other's projects =)

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  11. This is looking so beautiful.

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  12. Rachel, I don't quite understand where exactly you are gluing? Just the turned under 1/4" or do you iron the 1/4" edge in and then glue the turned under edge to the batting? Or both?

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    1. Sorry for the confusion! With each clam, first I iron under the top curved edge by 1/4". I use a cardboard template cut to the right size when I press under that edge. I press the edge around the template, easily making a smooth curve. Once pressed, I take the clam to my work in progress and glue baste the pressed under curved edge onto the quilt top. I do not glue all around the clam, just the top curved edge. I am gluing on the pressed under seam allowance. After I have a whole row glue basted, I machine applique along the entire row in a scallop-shaped path. Hope that clears things up!

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  13. Wow! I hope I can eat through mine with such drive! It's beautiful! I love the neutral rows. I had a lot of fun cutting mine the other night. The back is basted and ready to go. My problem? I'm all inspired by the scraps!! I have to keep dragging myself away from them! ;)

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    1. Oh, the cutting did make such a pretty pile of scraps! I feel it. Maybe I so uncharacteristically threw those scraps away because I subconsciously feared their siren call. Haha!

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