Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Clam Shell Quilt Binding...

Time to bind the Clam Shell Quilt

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This is one of my Take-A-Long Quilts

After completing the Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt in 2003, I was so lost without a take-a-long project.......I guess you could say I was lonely without something to stitch on while away from home. It didn't take me long to find an acrylic clam shell template and begin cutting clam shells from my 1930's Depression Era Reproduction fabric collection. Why choose the clam shell design? I thought it would be much easier to hand piece those sharp curves, then try and do it on the machine.

It only took one year to piece this 102 x 102 inch quilt.
It was an absolute joy and delight to handle these beautiful fabrics.

I spent the day cutting 2 inch binding strips from all of the red fabrics leftover from this clam shell quilt. I need quite a few to make a 400+ inch binding! I think the scrappy binding is just right for this quilt. I tried not to use any one fabric more than 3 or 4 times total in this quilt, to give it a nice, old fashioned look.
Why so large? We are sleeping under this one this winter! We have a very tall pencil post bed. It requires a 100 inch square quilt to cover it nicely.

Peaches 'n Cream Rose

I just had to include a few flowers that are in bloom right now. I never tire of strolling around outside to check out all the new blooms each day. They are a treat and an inspiration! If these images inspire you, please download them and use them in your art work. They are at full resolution and should print out nicely for you.

Pink Star Lily

Red Star Lily

Orange & Yellow Star Lily

Pink Mum

50 is Nifty


I partied down with my favorite party animals!
My grandnephew & 2 grandnieces

I do not cringe at another birthday...

50 is wonderful.

I have so many more quilting skills at 50 than I did when I was in my 20's and just starting out.

I choose to celebrate growing older each year...
Many are denied the privilege.

50 is Nifty,

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  1. Your quilt is really beautiful! So is your garden!

  2. Beautiful quilt & flowers! Have a happy year.

  3. Just beautiful! I have always wanted to make one of those.

  4. Hi LuAnn,

    I just had to tell you that you do not look a day over thirty. You have to share your secret with us. It must have something to do with enjoying what you do everyday! It definately shows!

  5. Hi Amy.......thank you for your kind words! What a lift! I am walking on air.
    LuAnn in Oregon