Monday, October 8, 2012

Sketch Book......Clam Shell Filler

This Clam Shell Quilt inspired a series of quilting designs:

This is a classic Clam Shell shape...

I decided to draw out the Clam Shell shape in my sketch book:

Each Clam Shell was filled in with a different design

This is a great background filler for free motion work

That lead me to draw out an organic clam shell shape:

This Clam Shell is less structured and looks better in different sizes

 Then I put the clam shells in a row:

and echo quilted over the top of them.

I started this design from the bottom of the page and went up

 Then I drew wavy horizontal lines...

and stacked the clam shells on the lines

 Which lead me to draw more wavy lines...

and echo quilt the clam shells to fill the entire space.

One design lead to the next, to the next, etc.

As ideas come to you, draw them out and see if they will work.

 Traveling home from Yellowstone...

Paul Harvey Quilt in Eastern Oregon

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn Kessi


  1. love that last one, it would make a great fabric print! cw

  2. Wow, I love the progression of the clam shell design - all are fab.

  3. You inspire me to draw! I really like the last one the best, they are all delicious! (get it? clams=delicious) okay, I'll stop...

  4. Love all of them but the last one is SOOOOO COOL!!!!