Happy As A Clam - The Quilt!!!

Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, children and chickens,
 it's the moment you've all been waiting for... 
The unveiling of my 
Happy As A Clam quilt!!!

The zaniest quilt from down under. 

With butterflies, bicycles and big bits of watermelon

And secret gold stars hidden in a pocket.

It's one of those quilts that the more you look the more you'll see. 

Even the back is a daisy garden of fabrics. Some of you might remember I made a quilt of squares back in March, and I said it might just pop up again one day. Well here it is...

Yes, that's right, I made a quilt, quilted it and then sewed the clam shells onto it. 

I should add that I hand sewed them on because I couldn't imagine quilting a denim top with all it's embellishments with my domestic sewing machine. 

This is the part you tell me I'm crazy, and I'd agree wholeheartedly! I could only sew a row a day because it's was tiring for my hands sewing through denim, cotton binding, cotton and batting. I don't recommend doing it this way. It was the vision of the final quilt and my determination that got me through and I'm very happy I persevered.

Happy as a Clam in fact!!

And even happier than a clam when I found out I've won an award at the Sydney Quilt Show!!! Oh My Golly Gumboots!! It got 3rd place in the Anything Goes- Mixed Media category. The cream rosette award ribbon looks as though it was made for the quilt. 

But the best thing is receiving such great feedback and comments from people. Thank you everyone!!

For those who are wondering the clams are 8 inches across so the final quilt is 56 x 72 inches. I was planning to make the quilt square but when I got to that point I was having so much fun decorating the clam shells I just had to continue. I ended up with 111 clam shells which just sounds like the right number for such a whimsical quilt.

 I forgot to take a photo of the label on the quilt but here is the design on the fabric before I cut out the circle and sewed it on.

I'm off to the show again, just running out the door now to catch my train... If you see me at the show say hello!
I'll be back with another show post soon. I've still got to tell you about the other award I received. 

Happy As A Clam - The Quilt!!!

102 comments

  1. Hope today brings you as many smiles as yesterday. The quilt is just amazing all assembled and gracing the new venue. Smiling at you

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  2. Well done Rachael! What a result from your first entries in the show.

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  3. This is absolutely stunning! What a fun and original quilt, there is so much detail in this, I'm going to have another look, to make sure I've seen it all. Congratulations on the award, very much deserved! x x

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  4. There are no words! You are a genius! Seriously....I would have never thought of putting the clams on the reverse side of a quilt! Fabulous! And congrats on the ribbon! Well deserved!

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  5. Congratulations Rachael! Your effort and imagination have been duly rewarded. I am sure your quilt it will make everyone who looks at smile! And the back looks fantastic. What a lovely surprise!

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  6. This is awesome! I've been watching the blog posts with each group of clams. I love the finished project and can't imagine hand sewing these. Great job!

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  7. wWOW-- RACHEL--THIS IS AMAZING..LOVELY WORK...HUGS, JULIEROSE, LA BALGEUSE

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  8. Congratulations! It's phenomenal. You've outdone yourself this time. :)

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  9. Yea!! Yippee! Congratulations! I'm jumping up and down with you, holding both your hands. I'm not at all surprised that it won such an honor. It is unique, stunning and so entertaining!!

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  10. Alright Rachael!! Congratulations! I had no doubt about it winning a prize. You deserved it and the quilt deserved it too!
    I am now going to go back to the pictures and 'read' the clams! There are so many! Girlfriend, you have patience!!!

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  11. A huge congrats to you! I'm betting your other award was a peoples choice ribbon! This quilt is stunning! Absolutely better than I expected and I was expecting plenty from you.:) LOVE IT to pieces. You're an inspiration to us all!

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  12. wow Rachael you sure are amazing,i love these and admire all the work that you have put into them,well done my friend.xx

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  13. I am so glad to hear that this quilt has been recognised with an award - it is such an original and fun piece, which also showcases great sewing and design skills. Congratulations

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  14. I'm new to your blog... I mean just last week new... and Oh My Gosh!!! I admired the clams and scrolled through previous posts looking for some clue to the finished product. This is my most favorite mixed media quilt ever Ever EVER! Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity and congratulations!

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  15. WOW - amazing stunning quilt. You're not crazy - talented and persevering. I was wondering how you'd managed to sew all those clams on - ouch. Some day I hope to see you denim quilts at an exhibition - they'll be fab.

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  16. That is so exciting - and another award too! No wonder you are off to the show again. I look forward to hearing more and seeing quilt show photos.

    This quilt is quite amazing - a double quilt filled with intricate details.

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  17. This is fantastic! I love love love it! The denim is so wonderful. I love it every time you use it!

    Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved!

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  18. This quilt is INCREDIBLE! You most definitely deserved to win!

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  19. It is so YOU, RD, I love it. It is a bit retro & a lot charming. Well done!

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  20. I so love this quilt. Just the perfect amount of whimsy and fun. Just how I imagine you to be!

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  21. How wonderful your design is, I love how not only did you use clamshells but three quart and full circles. Truly amazing, take a bow you deserve that ribbon!

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  22. It was lovely to see your quilt hanging at the show yesterday. Sorry I missed seeing you, though!

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  23. Love, love, love!!! Congratulations too x

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  24. An award??? I knew it, I just so knew it....Brilliance and crazy go right together. I would vote that side anytime. U make me happy, the quilt makes me happy...and believe me that is quite something now-a-days!!

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  25. Yes, I am back! It's insanely Amazing!!!

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  26. Well, what to say! It is wonderful , wonderful. Everywhere you look you see something new. Congratulations on your well deserved awards.

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  27. What a fun and wonderful quilt! Congrats on the ribbon.

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  28. Congratulations! No one has ever seen a clam shell look so awesome. Your originality is so refreshing!

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  29. I read this post sitting next to my bloke watching the Netherlands and Argentina in the world cup. I was so excited by this quilt that he stopped watching the cup to look too. He read the whole post with me! This is wondrous, with a seventies flower power, psychedelic vibe about it. Congratulations on the award...the quilt is a triumph.

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  30. That is seriously gorgeous Rachel. Congratulations on the award. I will be at the show tomorrow, so I'll look for it.

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  31. Wow!!! An amazing quilt! Looove it!

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  32. Oh my GOODNESS Rachael! It is even more stunning than I imagined!! What a wonderful creation - it truly is a visual delight. I love the back and the rosette suits your clamshells beautifully (though Zoe and I would have awarded you first place!).

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  33. It was so great to meet you in person and your two quilts. Big congratulations to you! The clamshell quilt was my viewers choice, it's delightful, whimsical, fun and creative. Its so you!

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  34. WOO HOO! Of course it's a glorious award winner! It's an absolute stunner - the best I-Spy Mixed Bag quilt I've ever come across. Brilliant.

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  35. BRAVO for the ribbon et phenomenal quilt.I love it !

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  36. What- only third! This deserves a blue ribbon in my eyes! What an absolute treat Rachael! Well deserved! You must be very proud!

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  37. Congratulations! How fabulous to be rewarded for all that hard work. It looks such fun too.

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  38. Fabulous! Many, many congratulations :-) Enjoy your stunning creation.

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  39. I think your quilt is absolutely amazingly gorgeous! The work you have put into it is astounding, my best wishes for the show and I hope you win a BIG certificate for it!

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  40. Now you'll think I hadn't read your post - just overlooked the fact that you did win a place - should've been more! i reckon anyhows!

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  41. Rachael, what an amazing fun quilt, congratulations in winning a prize, we'll done!

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  42. Woohoo !!!! I'm so excited for you. I can't wait til Saturday to have a good look at your gorgeous quilts. I'm so glad we finally got to meet in person. It felt like we have been friends forever. L xo

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  43. Congratulations Rachaeldaisy I think your quilt is Fab I was white gloving yesterday so I had a real good look and your very clever so well done. Regards Jenny Charles.

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  44. Congratulations ! How very exciting !look forward to seeing it there:)

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  45. Fantastic. A happy quilt if ever I saw one!

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  46. HIP HIP HOORAY!
    Your quilt is just too fun! So much to discover and enjoy. Super congratulations for the ribbon - it looks great on your special quilt.
    I was wondering how you were constructing it.
    Crazy? Crazy Good you mean -
    xxx
    have fun at the show

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  47. Congratulations!!! This is a magnificent, original and utterly charming quilt!!!

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  48. Awesome! How great it was recognized with a ribbon.

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  49. Congratulations Rachael!
    W O W !!!! What a wonderful creation!!!
    Many hugs dear friend <3
    Deborah

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  50. Yes!!! You know I totally love this. :D Not surprised one bit that it's ribboned!

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  51. Well knock me over with a feather!! Never would I have thought to make something like this!! It is absolutely a GEM!!!! No surprise that you were a winner-original beautiful and ingenious-both the maker and the quilt!
    Congrats and thanks sooo much for sharing this fascinating journey with us!

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  52. Aah, there it is in all it's glory! What a happy, lovely quilt!
    Congratulations on winning a ribbon!

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  53. A truly delightful confection! So, are the squares on the back? I love looking at all the little details in this......

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  55. Congratulations Rachael ! You are so/sew creative and smart....that is the most whimsical quilt I've ever seen. I cannot imagine what kind of quilts were 1&2 ! Looking forward to your other news as well !

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  56. Congrats on receiving a ribbon , your quilt is amazing ! I wondered how you would sew these denim clam shells together , that must have been quite a chore but wow , it sure was worth it , so unique in ever way .

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  57. That's really cool! Nice job on a very whimsical, fun quilt!!

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  58. Wow, so much work! So much fun, like playing I spy! You are crazy, but wonderful ;-) Congrats on the ribbon and now what is this next award? (egads, this means it is now three years since we met up - it feels much longer, guess I've been busy!)

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  59. That is the most amazing quilt I have ever seen. Gorgeous. I have been following your progress and wondered just how you were going to put it together. Wonderful job. I really want this for PC wallpaper. What a fabulous inspiration.

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  60. Well, I always knew you would win a prize with this wonderfully different quilt. A marvellous idea for the clams and also to use the small squares quilt too! Delighted for you. Enjoy the rest of the Show. Carry on Quilting!

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  61. Congratulations. It is a wonderful quilt and very well deserved to receive a third place ribbon at such a prestigious show. Look forward to your next posting.

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  62. Whoa. I just discovered your blog today, and this quilt is AMAZING. It blows my mind. Really love your selections, from cute bits of fabric to lace embellishments to some of the little images you created. Love, love, love this quilt.

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  63. I just knew this quilt would wow the general masses and it seems the judges got in on the act too. Rightly so! It's utterly fabulous - and a work of art!

    Well deserved kudos to you Rachael!

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  64. You are amazing ! Your creativity always makes my heart happy! Janita

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  65. Oh Rachael, you are amazing and so is your wonderful quilt. This quilt just oozes happiness. - I absolutely LOVE it.

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  66. Well done Rachael. It looks amazing. Clever girl. SueG

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  67. You and your quilt are awesome!

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  68. Saw this at the show yesterday and recognised it immediately as yours from the little bits I've seen on your blog. It was a wonder to behold and you really deserve your award. CONGRATULATIONS!

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  69. Absolutely fabulous Rachael.....and a prize to boot!! Well done you!! So pleased for you.

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  70. You sewed the clams on by hand? you are a crazy woman! That said, it looks amazing but I bet its heavy! I love it, so different to anything else. An inspired idea I think!

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  71. Congratulations. This is very exciting.
    Your quilt is wonderful. You have really worked hard on this one and the result is stunning.
    I am so pleased you won a prize. It is well deserved!
    I am enjoying going through all your photos to check out every part of it.
    Congratulations again!!!

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  72. Looks fabulous in real life! did not realise how big the clams were. Voted for you, so you have one vote at least. LOL

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  73. So pleased to be able to see the clamshells 'in the flesh'. I wish I had known that there is a quilt on the back, would have got the white glove lady to show me. Congratulations on your prize for Neon Bounce,loved this quilt too.. You are so creative!

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  74. So, so creative, Rachael. You'd have to look at this stunning quilt many times to see all the detail.

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  75. Such a clever quilt, Rachael! I love how you included the RD 2014 clam, and your signature photo! I wasn't expecting this quilt to be on your square quilt. I clicked on some photos to see how you hand sewed them to the quilt, but darned if I could see any stitches. Do the stitches go through the quilt or just the unseen top layer? I am intrigued!

    Congrats on your ribbon!!!!

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  76. How wonderful! Sending many, many, many congratulations your way. I'm happy as a clam just oogling over the pics of this quilt, so I can only imagine how happy you are that you created it :)

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  77. So Rachael, when CAN we expect the wrapping paper to come out. LOL. I am looking at it again. It is sooo very happy it makes me smile.

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  78. Just simply STUNNING!! Congratulations! Hope your quilt does a trip to the Adelaide show! Would love to see it!

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  79. Dear Rachael,
    I saw your quilt in Sydney yesterday - it is simply stunning! Congratulations on your ribbon - it is well deserved!
    Cheers,
    Karen

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  80. HF!!!! (holy fabulous!) amazing!!! blown away! just found your blog and following!

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  81. Congratulations, that's awesome. Happy as a Clam is just as fabulous as I thought it would be. I love the backing and I'm going to spend a lot more time looking at all those clamshells, as there is so much to see. I love that you added your profile fabric pic in there too!

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  82. Wow Rachael...it's so gorgeous and so much fun! Looking forward to seeing the full version now!

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  83. Got it!!!! OMG Rachael....what an achievement....FANTASTIC! The colours, the style....the whole quilt....and so cool I saw you in amongst the clamshells! AndWOW another ribbon! YOU GO GIRL!

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  84. It looked fantastic hanging at the show! It totally belonged there. I thought there was an excellent mix of quilts this year. I loved the loads of natural light but wondered what it would be like if it was raining. I did find it confusing that two aisles in the complex started further down and weren't complete aisles. I had a map but normally I just like to amble down each aisle checking everything out. I ended up having to catch the train and bus from Central. It was really good. The ferry times would mean I had nearly an hour wait between connections. So, what is on the agenda for next years show?

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  85. Woohooo!! Congratulations!!!! A stunning quilt!!

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  86. Oooh, that was well worth waiting for, definitely fun and whimsical! Congrats on your win!

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  87. This quilt is just beautiful. How long did it take you to make? Any chance you might give a quick tutorial on how you did this. Looks like my kind of long term project. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  88. Congratulations! Rachael this is the happiest quilt I've ever seen!! It so beautiful, so amazingly crafted and there's so many fun elements to it. Clamshells are one of my favourite quilty things though I've yet to make them (will when I start my gtsb). I can only imagine how tough it was to sew and I admire your dedication. I think I've said this to you before but now this is my favourite quilt!! I hope you will hang it in your home and smile everyday! :)

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  89. wow you are a crazy lady! So much work!! But it's extraordinary and congrats on the rosette!!

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  90. Congrats on your rosette. I'm amazed you didn't come first! This is the most fab quilt ever :)

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  91. Well done. It is a truly beautiful work of art. - even coming up with the concept of the design is inspiring. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching you progress over the last little while and couldn't wait to see the "Ta Da" moment. You can't help but feel happy when you look at it.

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  92. I knew you would win a ribbon! How wonderful is this quilt, now I have to go back and study each and every clam. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!!!!

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  93. Rachael are you able to email to me the photo of my quilt as I don't have a picture of it taken at the show. Many thanks

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  94. Amazing, stunning quilt! Congratulations on the win, you totally earned it! The front is really special and I love the back too. The colors are so pretty and I love the clamshells peaking over the side! It is such a happy and visually interesting quilt!

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  95. I decided to wait and comment on the reveal, but I loved all the clam posts. They were fun and witty just as the quilt turned out to be and of course it won. Beautiful work and I applaud you for having finished it by hand. I feel pain in my hands just thinking about sewing through all these layers.

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  96. That is so creative. You did an outstanding job. You should be so proud. That looks like a lot of work.

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  97. Just beautiful... such a lovely take on the clam shell... you are truly talented

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  98. I just saw this on Pinterest in my feed and had to click through to read more. This quilt is incredible!

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  99. Oh wow, what a lovely quilt, it makes me really happy to look a it ! <3

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  100. Happy Clams, Happy quilt, Happy day! Since I've already used brilliant for your "Swoon Houses", I'll have to use "Genius!" for your clams. Now I get to "get happy" and look at all the detail posts as you made these. Happy Me!

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