Monday, November 1, 2010

Clamshell Update

This was my first month working on the clamshells and here's my progress!

I have finished appliqueing 5 of the clamshell diamonds, 2 more of the diamonds are glue basted and another 2 more ready to be glue basted. As you can see, this is going to be a very bright quilt! I may name this quilt "Myriad Gardens" so I'm trying to think of each diamond as a garden. A little blue for water perhaps in the form of a fountain, bird bath or pond, some brown and green for trees, shrubs and grasses and some color for flowers. Some of the gardens have more attitude than others!

Sometimes its been difficult to use both my older fabrics and the contemporary fabrics. They might look OK together but don't have the ZING I think is needed. I'll soon need to cut more clamshells and am seeing which fabrics work better than others in this quilt.

This past weekend, my husband and I took a quick trip to Illinois to see his family. I was hoping to get more of the handwork done in the car but I quickly discovered how difficult it is to make tiny stitches in traffic! Threading a needle was a challenge too so I was only able to work on it during the evenings. I'm happy with my progress though and hope to finish or come close to finishing the full diamonds during November. Next will be the half diamonds and corners but at this point, I'm trying not to think about how much handwork is left to do!


  1. Mayleen, you little dickens! You are some kind of prodigy. How 'bout you come down here and teach me how you did that? They are looking fabulous, my dear. Congratulations. Michele

  2. Mayleen - these are lovely. I especially like the designs in the center. The are very eye capturing from the beginning. I can hardly wait to see this one finished. Are you truly doing this all by hand?

    Hugs - Marie

  3. Wow! You got a lot done!! I love the name Myriad Gardens-it describes it perfectly!!

  4. Fabulous progress in just one month's time! Your output puts me to shame. I think I need to go take a nap.

  5. Love the name Myriad Gardens for your clamshell quilt. So bright and beautiful!