Monday, May 5, 2014

Shapes and Stitches - Happy As A Clam



A while ago now I started a clamshell quilt made with denim. Yes I know that sounds crazy but you all know by now I like a challenge. I'm still putting the finishing stitches in my Happy As A Clam quilt but I thought I'd do some posts showing the clamshells. They're all different and it's quite a zany mix of themes as you'll see over the next few weeks. I've used different types of applique - raw edge, needle turn, wool felt, even some iron-on patches I've collected over the years. I've done decorative hand stitches on some, and even played with different stitches on my sewing machine. This quilt is all about having fun. 

Okay that's enough chatter,  let's look at some clam shells!


Some of these circles in the next photo are also in my header.  They were sitting there in my sewing room waiting to be used for another project but they ended up on a clamshell instead. 


Hearts are so lovely.


Fancy sewing machine stitches! It was about time I used those stitches for something!  I've always thought the ant stitch would be fun on a picnic blanket. 


Once you start sewing little crosses it's hard to stop!

I'm a real sucker for iron-on patches. It's great to make a quilt where I can use them. 




I'll cut it off there and save some for other posts. Tell me which you'd like to see next - The flowery clamshells or ones decorated with doilies and trims? 







49 comments:

tubakk said...

This is so me, and I love it! I make baby bibs nearly the same way. Thanks for giving me more inspiration!

Marg said...

They are simply gorgeous Rachael. I love how you take something and make it your own. I think I'd like to see the doilies and trims next and save the flowers for last.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Love that bike zipping along the footpath!
How big are these clamshells? I going to be very interested in how you join them together. Guess I better keep visiting.
Linda

Patchwork and Play said...

Wow! You are having way too much fun Rachael! They are fabulous! And I agree with Marg- doillies please! They are going to look incredible, I bet!

Ruth said...

They are fantastic,love the different fabric on the edging. Doilies and trims next,please.

needleandspindle said...

I want to see doilies and flowers and dinosaurs and guide badges and tattoos...these clams are fabulous. I want to see them all...all at once...I guess I am hanging for whole quilt. Another witty work Rachael. You delight me.

Heidi said...

oh my, another gorgeous quilt in progress..
love the bicycles and the scissors and the crosses ... and.. and
and please the flowery clamshells for me next ;-)

Diane said...

These are SO fun! I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite, but I am so impressed at how well you coordinate the outside trim with the stitching and the applique. Each one has so much personality. This is going to be a wonderful quilt...very heavy, but wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Julierose said...

Oh these are so cute! Loving that rickrack topper...very creative work. Hugs, Julierose

Sujata Shah said...

Rachael, they are so fun! I am so excited to see this quilt! Ants are fun and so are the hearts. Love them all.

Anorina (Samelias Mum) said...

Love them all!! Especially love your edges

DeborahGun said...

such a fun project :-) That is what sewing should be all about - not trying to meet deadlines!

Mary said...

Fantabulous! I am loving the little X embroidered clam with the scrappy edge! You are the most clever girl ever, Rachael!

Janine said...

These are beautiful! I love the mix of fabrics, embroidery and embellishment :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

You are amazing! Your creativity inspires me so much! I adore each and every one, though those cross stitches are too cute!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

You have such an amazing imagination! I love them all.

Terry said...

O.K. the vote is in Happy as a Clam promises to be another truly wonderful BMD quilt. You have brought a smile to my face as I get ready for gym/swim. Truly, ruly ....the sky is pink, the coffee is hot and your quilt is just so so much fun.

pompom said...

They look great Rachael. Can we please see some decorated with doilies and trims? Your imagination has no bounds! Another amazing project.

Melissa P said...

These are so fun!! Each one is a small canvas and full of happy art. I can't wait to see all of the others.

Kyle said...

Being happy as a clam is so infectious. Your clams just made me smile!

leanne said...

wow wow wow - you are full of such amazingly original ideas ! love these clams and love all of the decorating you've done with them - wish I was half as creative :) as for which ones next - uuuum all of them please !!

Shay said...

You are my hero Rachael. Denim and applique, denim and needle turn, flowers and denim . It all looks so cool and different. LOVE it !

Every Stitch said...

These are gorgeous Rachael! Inspirational as always - can't wait to see it together. I like the sound of doilies...

Sharyn Baldwin said...

Wow! I love your flower clam shells Rachael! I know you would be doing this part by hand - but will you make the whole quilt that way? Boy, it must be a bit difficult turning that denim under to make the shell! Can't wait to see the finished quilt though!! as usual!!

Nifty Quilts said...

Every single one is so much fun! Looking forward to seeing more.

audrey said...

What a fun post! Your creativity is just amazing.:)

Dawn said...

Doily's and pretty trims next please

Karen said...

These all look wonderful. What a great idea. Love seeing them and they definitely are happy clams. This is going to be a fun quilt!!

Linda said...

All of them please! What great ideas you have, very creative.

Quiltbenaco said...

Meravigliose idee...sei un pozzo senza fondo di ispirazione!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Yes! please do use the ants on a picnic quilt! I love the way you use denim in quilts :)

Thimbleanna said...

What a fantastic way to use up some denim -- I LOVE this idea. I especially love that you're binding around the edges -- SO very clever. I can't wait to see this quilt put together!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Wow! You constantly amaze and inspire Rachael - I can't wait to see these come together.

Vickie said...

What an innovative lady you are ! I am anxious to see this all put together.......flowers or doilies ? How about both ! Love the LA sheriff patch...so quirky !

pandchintz said...

Wow Rachael! These are fantastic! More please, I don't mind which ones!!

Jeneta said...

These are beautiful! Like Anorina, I love the edges. I can't decide between flowery clamshells or doilies and trims, so will look forward to whichever you decide to treat us all with!

Sunna Reyr said...

The clam with the yellow ric-rac has little machine stars--- for a lack of a better word. I once quilted a 2.5" border with exactly these little stars, but I put them about 5 cm apart in a row down the border. This is an answer to both the Forget me Knot post and this one. Love your ideas for quilt tying and absolutely love your clams, doesn't matter which clams you'll post next, they will all be great.

Sharon said...

Are you kidding me!? These are fantastic. I can't wait to see the quilt

Jennifer Charles said...

Hi Rachael your so clever and I love your work, you keep me inspired into this lovely world of patch working/quilting.

Melody said...

Can't wait to see this one finished. Amazing.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Rachael you are having so much fun with denim and hand sewing and machine sewing! You are a true inspiration!

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Holy Free Holies! Do I love this the bestest ever? YES! I dont even care what you show us next, I just want to see!!

Quilting Dee said...

Such a fun project Rachel! Love the clams......... ..inspirational as always!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Flowery! I love the one with the little x's!

Barb said...

these clams are so unique and wonderful. I can't wait to see them together! the iron on patches are fun

Catherine said...

These are brilliant - can't wait to see the finished result!

Karen said...

What a wonderful array of goodness you are decorating those clams with. I really love the ones with the bias binding around the edge. I just know this is going to be another stunning creation.

Tonya Ricucci said...

these are wonderful - can already tell the quilt will be fabulous. I love iron-on patches too but haven't yet fit them into a quilt.

Karen said...

These would make sort of an "I Spy" quilt with clamshells.

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