Here is the start of the clamshell border on my Ann Randoll repro quilt. I am very keen to reproduce the colours/look of the original fabrics because that is, for me, a major attraction in the old quilt. Luckily there are wonderful closeup photos of the clamshells available in the book"Quilts 1700-2010" by the V&A - just love this double page photo spread !
|Starting to select fabric from the stash|
Here is a selection of clamshells cut out ready for prep - this will do for a start to see how it looks...
I generally cut as I go with EPP - modifying fabric choices depending on how it looks as it grows.
And then there are clamshells to consider in my Medallion quilt too - in the quilting.
I have not given the quilting much attention for a few weeks. I
dithered considering what to do in the zigzag border for a long time - very tempted to do something relatively easy like straight lines with the walking foot. But yesterday I had a moment of madness and decided to do some free motion clamshells. They're not too "free" as I have a template to draw on first! I am using a thread colour to match the fabric so the machine stitching does not stand out - hoping as always to mimic a hand-stitched look in the end.
Talking of hand quilting...I pulled out my very first quilt - a sampler made in 1990 - just to remind me of the feel/look of hand quilting. I remember how the quilting bug bit when I started hand quilting it - just loved it. Of course it is very wonky (nowhere near square) and the quilting is not evenly spread...but at least you can see I was keen! I do love the crinkly, soft old texture of it.
My second quilt (below), finished 1992, was on the bed for years when the kids were growing up. I have just gifted it to my DD and her fiance for their engagement. They said "no gifts" but this is just a sentimental gesture. I must have exhausted myself on all that hand stippling on the sampler above because this second quilt is hand quilted - but only very lightly. Might have been something to do with having a toddler and little/no time - it is a huge quilt!
I tried it on the bed to make sure it still looked usable after all these years.
I finished the secret knitting and can now reveal the gift.
I'm off to Mother's Day lunch - being treated to a restaurant meal. Not that I mind cooking...
Hope all you mums have a fabulous day!