Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{Clambake} Rainbow Clams quilt finish + Link Party

Clambake quilt-alongToday is the day!  I've finished and photographed my Rainbow Clams quilt, and I'm super excited to show it off!  This is one of my favorite quilts I've made yet.  I always love rainbows, love making from scrap, and it doesn't hurt that the cream fabric I used, Comma Periods in chalk, is my all time favorite basic.  Also, I'm so glad I was adventurous with the rainbow color flow.  It totally worked!  I like how it invites the eye to explore color relationships.

Ok, enough chatter.  Come see!

Rainbow Clams quilt

Rainbow Clams quilt

Making this quilt with my quilt-as-you-go technique turned out to be a great idea.  During the planning stage, I thought I'd find the process of pressing under raw edges and sewing down clams to be a bit tedious (kind of like joining English paper pieced shapes, you know?), but it was not at all annoying.  It was actually addicting!  Before baby came I was sewing along too fast, haha.  And of course I loved that the quilting was already done when the quilt top was complete. 

Rainbow Clams quilt

Rainbow Clams quilt

The clamshell-shaped quilting on the back is an extra bonus!  I used a Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy fabric for the backing.  It's a home decor weight fabric I picked up ages ago on close out at a fabric store.  Score!  The little dotted leaf design actually echos the Comma Periods print on the front, though I might be the only one who would notice.

Just as planned, this quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.  Aria is horrified that I'm not keeping it, but I feel good about sending this beauty out into the world, perhaps into a house not already so well stocked with handmade quilty goodness.  May it bring color, may it bring joy!

Rainbow Clams quilt

Now, what about you?  Please share your Clambake quilt-along progress or finishes here.  I'll leave this last link party up through the end of April so you can join in later if need be.  Let's see!





34 comments:

  1. I'm jealous of your beautiful spring as I look out my window at a winter wonderland (pretty too, but I'm ready for some green)!! I just want to go and sit under that lovely tree and read... Oh, and the quilt is gorgeous too - I'm with Aria, I would be sad to see it go.

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  2. Wow. Just wow! Beautiful job! Your rainbows are lovely.

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  3. Beautiful, beautiful quilt. The colors and pattern are breathtaking!

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  4. The colors of the clams just dance. I love it.

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous, Rachel - I love the movement of the colors!

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  6. It's GOOOOORGEOUS! (Yes the capital letters were needed). I need to win the lottery so that I can buy pretty quilts. Forget that I make them, some of them I would love to buy if I could afford it.

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  7. Exquisite! I love it...feels like the first day of a glorious spring! Congratulations on a fantastic finish!

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  8. Beautiful finish Rachel! I'm chugging away on mine and totally agree with you, the process is so much fun, I hope to finish mine up in the next week or so and then I'll link up!

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  9. Beautiful! I have been watching for you to post it. It turned out so lovely. I dont sew, but I should. I cant quit crocheting long enough. ;-) I love your blog, and I follow through Bloglovin and I share. Your work is always so pretty. I love any kind of quilts and yours are no exception. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Crystal

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  10. This is beautiful and I love the backing ... perfect combination.

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  11. You are so right about the color relationships! I find myself fascinated by the rhythm of the colors and the movement around the quilt. Brilliant.

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  12. I clicked to buy and it was gone! Poof! Gorgeous Rachel!!

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  13. Just gorgeous, Rachel. I love how the color families sweep across the quilt in waves. No surprise that I sold so quickly!

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  14. I absolutely love your quilt! I have the clamshell die now too so it is on my must-do list. You are inspiring Rachel! Love it!

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  15. Rosemary B here
    I love this. I love the placement of the colors. This is really a cool quilt.
    I do love the color relationships and ease to the eye. Superb
    Love you Rachel

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  16. Oh my, Rachel, that's just gorgeous! Such a lovely play of color, and a great idea to quilt as you go!!

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  17. It's beautiful! Perfect really.

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  18. Oh, this is even better than I expected! That rainbow flow is just so exciting because it is, well, unexpected. Oh this is just so fabulous!

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  19. Fresh, happy and gorgeous. Love it!

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  20. Its spectacular. Love how the colors run through it too.

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  21. Just lovely. Screams Spring!

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  22. Oh, it's beautiful, beautiful! The neutral lines, the colour play, the curvy lines. It's like all the wonderful things about a chequerboard but more pretty and interesting and lively.
    I've decided to keep mine and it feels pretty good! ;)

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  23. So pretty! Another to add to my list to try... As a side note- I love the little violets in the close-up picture. Growing up, I used to bury my face in the grass in the backyard to drink in their scent in the spring. Spring isn't as far along here in Indiana. :)

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  24. What an elegantly simple design. I am inspired to try this in liberty. Thank you.

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  25. I see spring has arrived for you, yay!
    The flow of color turned out oh so lovely Rachel!

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  26. NIce finish. I went to go look at it in the shop and it was sold! Nice work! Bet that feels good. Now you need to make another.

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  27. Your quilt turned out more beautifully than I ever thought possible. It looks positively radiant!

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  28. Again, another beautiful creation! You certainly have a gift for quilting. The fabrics and colours are a nice compliment and truly eye catching! I love this quilt. ❤️

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  29. What a beautiful and happy quilt! Love, love, love!

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  30. What a lovely quilt! I've been thinking for a long time about doing a clamshell quilt, and this may be the push I need! I also love the violets blooming in the grass under the quilt. The now has finally melted from my yard, so I hope the violets in my grass will be blooming soon!

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