Monday, February 2, 2015

{Clambake} Quilt-Along Links + Cutting

Clambake quilt-alongHappy Monday!  This post will serve as a master page for our Clambake Quilt-along.  I'll be updating it with links to all Clambake-related posts as we go.  We've already covered a lot, actually!

1.  Planning
2.  Technique Buffet
3.  Ivete's Clambake Plans
4.  Quilt-As-You-Go Overview
5.  Cutting (that's this post!)
6.  QAYG Progress 
7.  Link Party 
8.  Finishing
9.  My Finish + Link Party

Are you cutting?  I am!  Or, I was. Once I got started with that easy cutting die.... well, the combination of a cutting die and using up scraps was pretty irresistible.  I couldn't stop!  I cut and cut and cut, these colors goading me on.

Happy clam cutting!  I love working from scraps.  #clambakeqal

The above is a capture from my Instagram account last Friday. I'm working All Colors In!

cutting for Clambake Quilt-Along!

Cutting the clamshell shape generated a pile of rather unusable fabric scrap.  It's a pretty pile, but I didn't keep it.  Sometimes you just have to let those scraps land in the wastebasket and move on with life.  The sheer volume of little 1" scrappy pieces convinced me to let it go this time.

cutting for Clambake Quilt-Along!

And here I am about halfway!  I'm working with color blends based on the color wheel, but I'm trying to keep the colors moving quite a lot rather than keeping things in rainbow order.  I was able to cut the whole quilt from scraps, except for 2-3 fabrics I pulled from yardage.  Yay!
{Cutting Resources}
Are you eager to cut clams?  Here are some resources!

How about you?  Are you cutting?  Share your photos at our Flickr group or on Instagram with #ClambakeQAL. 


  1. This is going to be awesome! Is there anyone around you that collects scraps for dog and cat beds? That would be a nice way to keep them out of the landfill.

  2. I love the flowing rainbow idea. Its going to beautiful!

    No, sad to say I'm not cutting yet. Things have been so busy around here that I've yet to even sew anything for curves class. I do have little stacks of fabric pulls sitting on (taking over) my desk. Hopefully tomorrow or tonight I can actually sew something - that's the plan anyone ;)

  3. I love those scraps you're tossing. I save everything 1.5" square or larger. One day I'll make a postage stamp quilt(I think that's what they're called). But I wanted to let you know that you can compost those scraps if you compost. They will break down if they are 100% cotton. Just a thought. Your work is always beautiful.

  4. I received my acrylic template yesterday, yeah! I plan to only cut from scraps too, though I have other projects to finish up before I get started.

    1. Good luck on your other projects, Marci! I had to fold up and put away my Clamshell WIP because I am not "allowed" to work on it again until I make a curtain for the baby's room. Hehe! The clam rows have been SO addictive.

  5. Tracing and cutting right now. No sewing is allowed for me, but by the time I can I will have them all cut out. I am so excited to see this quilt come together.

  6. Not cutting. I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a GO. I'm waiting for it to arrive and hoping I can catch up once it does. I pieced my back and have batting ready to go (haven't basted yet).

    1. That's a great way to get a jump start. I'm sure you'll be able to catch up with your Go. It was such fun to cut with mine!

  7. Scraps are one of my favorite things. The small ones, batting etc, become pet beds for my local animal shelter and my vet. I have old towels that I sew three sides and stuff and sew closed or I just make a simple case out of fabrics I may not like anymore. Just another idea for those scraps!
    The clam shell - that is pretty awesome. Can't wait to see your finished project! Hug


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