Hello lovely lovelies❣ A lovely Sunday morning welcome to you. How has your week been?? I heard that some of you have been blasted by snowstorms, ice and torrential rain. Deary, deary me, it sounds much too chilly to me. I wonder if I should mention my week was a summery, warm one. No...oh okay......I'll move right along then, shall I?? Though, I hope you don't mind me waxing lyrical about my little quilty finish. I mean, it wouldn't be me if I didn't go on and on in a highly enthusiastic and effusive manner about the grand event of the finishing of a quilt. A momentous occasion such as this rarely happens here so I must celebrate....I simply must. =)
This week I "quilted until I wilted", and I have the needle-pricked fingers to prove it. Every day I put my head down and my derriere up and stitched until I finished Clamshell Party. I just wanted it done. Yep, the last stitch has been stitched. The quilting is done and the binding stitched. And, I must say I am loving all my pretty little clamshells.
I started Clamshell Party last November. It is a simple quilt; a scrappy quilt where each little clamshell is filled with flowery loveliness. There was no plan really, just playing with each clamshell and placing them here, there, everywhere, in a fashion which was pleasing to my eyes. The size of my clamshells are 4" and the quilt measures 52" by 73", a non standard size I know, but perfect for a chair-size throw. Clamshells are truly one of the simplest quilts to stitch. Little scraps of fabric were glued to the top of clamshell papers and stitched together to sit next to each other in an orderly and straight line; well almost. Once you line up the first row of clamshells and stitch them to each other, the consecutive rows are fairly easy to keep even as they skip along the row in a straight line, hand stitching as you go. The quilting was simple, stitching 1/4" thereabouts, up, across, down in happy arches from one side across to the other. Though, I didn't really measure, I just eye-balled the quilting line. I know....shame on me. For the border I quilted straight lines vertically and horizontally, framing the clamshells. For the binding, I cut binding from the backing fabric, which I also used for the border, as I wanted a seamless look for the border and binding. I wanted the binding and border to meld into one.
So, would you like to see my happy clamshells dancing with the flowers, and the flowers dancing with my happy clamshells?? Oh alright.......you have twisted my arm. =)
Clamshell Party was a fun quilt to fashion and being the size of a throw it was quick to stitch. Scrappy quilts where playing is the only prerequisite, with an explosion of patterns and colour, are always the best fun for me. I adore throwing vivid colour and pattern together. I have always considered Clamshells to be a lovely pattern and I have always wanted to make one. So I can now cross that off my quilty bucket list.
Thank you for visiting my little place where little clamshells and happy summery flowers dance, causing one to smile. In the not too distant future it will be your turn to smile at the flowers in your gardens and feel the kiss of warm sunshine on your cheeks.....and it will be my turn to cosy down. But.....I won't think about that now as I am going to delight in what summery time I have remaining, enjoying warm and sunny days in the garden, before Jack Frost throws his icy darts my way; for I know he will come. Have a lovely day, lovely lovelies. May you, this week, find sprinkles of sunshine and beauty in your everyday❣
Until the next time.......
Your quilting is just what your pretty quilt needed, to stand out the clamshells and highlight those lovely fabrics. Sorry for your fingers, but it was worth it ;) Bravo for the finish, a beautiful quilt to keep you warm and cozy for next winter season, featuring all the pretty flowers you love! For now, enjoy the sunny days and your beautiful garden 💕ReplyDelete
I just love your clam shell quilt, Kim. It is such a happy quilt! Well, it makes me feel happy looking at it anyway. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. xxReplyDelete
I love the posts when you bring them outside---in their natural habitat. So lovely working from nature, with her exuberance for your inspirations! Hugs, lovely, lovely, lovely, SandiReplyDelete
Sandi, the garden is looking rather beautiful at the moment that it seemed such a shame to not show off my little clamshell quilt dancing in the midst of it. There truly is nothing more spectacular nor, as you say, exuberant than nature....than a garden overspilling with floralicious delight. Thank you for your beautiful visit and sweet comments. Hoping you are enjoying a lovely weekend. Kim XxDelete
Kim, you're quilt is just so beautiful that I've added clamshell quilt to my bucket list!!! Lovely photos. Do you have a pond on your property, with water lilies?ReplyDelete
Your quilt captures summer perfectly, Kim - no garden required! It's absolutely gorgeous and especially so in your beautiful garden. Each photo is so delightful and I found myself smiling and imagining the sounds of the birds and breezes carrying the scents along. The photo with the blooming water lily is amazing...I'm sure you were extra careful fastening the quilt in that shot :) How special it will be to cuddle up with your masterpiece once the cool weather comes your way. Sending hugs xo KReplyDelete
Its just beautiful & stunning dear Kim. Seems only like yesterday that you started that quilt & look how glorious it is. Look at sweet little Maisie sitting there beside it looking so important. I know I say it all the jolly time (!!!) but I DO think you should get cards made of your beautiful photos. Have a wonderful creative week dear Kim. xxReplyDelete
How nice that your clamshell quilt is finished, and how beautiful it has become, you can rightly be very proud of this. Your photos are beautiful, it is really enjoyable how your quilt combines beautifully with your amazing garden.ReplyDelete
We woke up this morning and there was a thick layer of snow!
It had blown here along with the northeast wind from Russia. The children will enjoy this and maybe they can skate this week, because they give off minus 10 degrees of frost.
Your little world sounds freezing, Loes, though of course the children would think it fabulous, especially if they can skate. Me, as you know, prefers warm, sunny climes and happy flowers. =) Thank you for your sweet visit and lovely comments re my Clamshell Party quilt and the garden. My little clamshells look perfectly at home dancing among the flowers, don't they.Delete
It's a cross between A Monet and Fassett!!!! Stunningly beautiful..Magnificent!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the photos of your wonderful clamshell quilt, it is so colourful and cheery I am very tempted to have a go. Enjoy the sunshine while you can. It has just started to snow here. Can’t wait to see what you are going to make next. Have a great week.
Best wishes Kay c xx
Kay, you must make a clamshell quilt for yourself. I was surprised as to the ease with which my little clamshells grew, with not a lot of effort. Your little part of the world sounds just a wee bit chilly. I am going to make the most of the warmth and sunshine while it visits me. You know, Kay, I have already named the next quilt I am going to imagine and fashion....and guess what.....it's going to be all about flowers. =) And of course, there is my applique flower garden quilt that needs to be worked on. Too many projects....too little time. You have a great week, too, lovely Kay. Keep warm! Kim XxDelete
Oh my goodness - this is beautiful! What a gorgeous piece of work. Well done!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Liz. Your lovely words have blessed my day. Kim XxDelete
I can't believe how quickly you managed to finish this work of art Kim it's absolutely beautiful and looks amazing with your lovely Summer garden as a backdrop. When you say you glue the clamshells to the clamshell papers can you tell me what kind of papers and do you leave them in? Sorry to be ignorant but the whole thing is magical to me and I would love to try it one day. It's very cold here just now and we are having flurries of snow, I will be sitting snug inside and working on my cross-stitch. Have a peaceful Sunday. XxReplyDelete
A gorgeous clamshell quilt in a lovely scenery full of flowers and beauties !!! What a finish !!!!!ReplyDelete
Rest your little fairy fingers ;)
Have a shinny week !
I've had a clamshell quilt on my list for many years. Your quilt encourages me even more to get started. I enjoy the flowers in your garden very much. Can't wait to see what your next quilty project is, happy stitching!ReplyDelete
That border is the perfect foil for those beautiful clamshells. I can't believe how quickly that quilt came together.ReplyDelete
Your clamshell is amazing. I have stopped with each photo and just admired the flowers, the colors and the beautiful fabrics. Beautiful hand quilting! Enjoy the summer and the heat you have, and we will wrap ourselves in wool and warm blankets for a while longer. We have an exceptionally beautiful winter here now. It has been many years since we have had such a cold. But spring is coming here too. Wish you a super nice week and hope the sun's rays warm and shine for you!ReplyDelete
Your clamshell finish is AMAZING Kim... as well as your happy words and beautiful photos... thanks for sharing your beautiful finish and congrats!ReplyDelete
Stunning explosion of flowers in your garden and quilt. I am doing a Happy dance celebrating your beautiful finish, dear Kim.ReplyDelete
I'm more than happy for you to spout about your lovely warm weather and beautiful garden! It gives me a break from rain, rain and more rain! Your clam shell finish is gorgeous. Full of happiness and it makes me smile too.ReplyDelete
Such a happy quilt! Lovely to see it in your garden. In the meantime, it snowed a bit overnight but the sun is shining and we will bundle up for our walk. Take careReplyDelete
I celebrate the finish with you! It is truly a gorgeous quilt! I love that you photographed it in the garden.ReplyDelete
Good morning, dear Kim! What a joy your lovely clamshell party pictures are in my inbox!! We had several inches of snow yesterday and it is FREEZING here in eastern Missouri. Your summery post truly warms my heart! Beautifully done, dear friend! Our stitching can be our way of playing; thank you for sharing your 'fun times' with us! Have a wonderful week! ZendaReplyDelete
What a beautiful quilt.Just what I needed to brighten up a grey and very cold day here in North Wales.ReplyDelete
So happy to brighten your grey and very cold day. =) Thank you for stopping my little place and gifting me with your lovely words. Kim XxDelete
How lovely. Your fabrics are divine and I like the ones that a fussy cut to highlight an individual blossom in the print. Congratulations on the finish.ReplyDelete
What a glorious finish. And in my world done with amazing speed. How brave of you to hang it out above the pond. But my favorite photos are those with the dahlias which seem to flow directly into the clamshells with wild abandon. While clamshells are probably not in my future, I'd like to let my many floral fabrics play together, willy-nilly in random fashion. Thanks for another delightful romp through your fields of flowers. The snow is lightly falling and a deep freeze is on its way, so any sight of summer is a vision of hope.ReplyDelete
What a lovely post...I needed it on this frigid day here in Canada. The Clamshell has been on my bucket list for a very long time and you've certainly inspired me to look for a pattern and get started, thank you.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on a beautiful finish! I'm so impressed that you quilted it by hand.ReplyDelete
Your clam shell quilt captures all of the beauty of your garden, Kim! Congratulations on a stunning finish!ReplyDelete
I love your clamshells, congratulations on your finish. Love seeing the clamshells in all their glory amongst your beautiful flowers. As always seeing your beautiful garden, quilts and beautiful pictures brings a smile to my face! What will you be working on next? Happy stitching!ReplyDelete
Isn't that gorgeous?! And so happy, too! I enjoyed seeing your beautiful clamshells around the garden. Congratulations on your finish, Kim!ReplyDelete
Clamshell Party is splendid! The curve of the shells are made for the flowery fabrics you chose. Eyeballing the quilted stitches is better than perfection. It all comes together organically! How wonderful it is all quilted despite tired and pricked fingers. You were motivated to finish that beauty! Looking forward to your next inspiring project.ReplyDelete
I absolutely adore this quilt! Scrappy quilts were my first love, and I still love them best. Clam Shells is just so happy and beautiful. I’m an eyeball quilter too. I admire those who pursue the perfection of an engineer, but that’s not me.ReplyDelete
And I love hearing about summer in the midst of our winter. Although, I’m not one that has to contend with snow. Our winters here in the Las Vegas desert are really quite mild.
Tengo que felicitarte por tu colcha terminada ya que el final de una labor siempre es una fiesta.ReplyDelete
La tela del borde me encanta, se parece a tu jardín.
Disfruta mucho de tu verano y muchos BESICOS.
This is SO beautiful. And lovely to see your Summer garden and Maisie too. Enjoy your sunshine and flowers whilst we shiver away up here :)ReplyDelete
Lovely finish. Thank you for sharing. Lots of snow here in New York.ReplyDelete
There is a ton of snow there in New York, Marion!! The pictures being beamed down here to my summery place are very dramatic. I don't think I can compute those weather conditions. =) Keep warm, lovely lady....and keep warm. Thank you for stopping by. Kim XxDelete
We had 16-18 inches of snow in New York. It is snowing again today. We are receiving 3-5 inches of snow. Love the beautiful quilt. Have a good week.ReplyDelete
Oh my, that is a lot of snow, Marilyn! It sounds absolutely freezing there. I cannot imagine such frigid weather conditions. Though, I imagine all that snowy whiteness would be beautiful, as long as one could be cosy and warm inside. I cannot imagine shovelling all that snow away. Your wintry wonderland would be a fabulous backdrop to style a pretty quilt or two, though. =) Thank you for your lovely words re my little clamshell quilt. Take care up there, lovely lady....and please keep warm. Kim XxDelete
Absolutely amazing artwork! Adorable garden too. Such happiness!Best wishes and congrats!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, lovely Maristella. I'm always glad to beam a little flowery happiness your way. KimXxDelete
Oh my goodness! Your clamshell quilt is exquisite!! You make it sound easy to make, but it seems so complicated to me! Your photos are incredible. Congrats! On a beautiful finish!ReplyDelete
Your clamshell quilt is soooo colorful, charming and creative, Kim! Your works is filled with glorious flowers inside and out. I saw sweet Maizie enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Thank you for sharing your newest creation. 💕ReplyDelete
You are such a delight and so is your gorgeous happy quilt. Clamshell Party turned out amazing and I am tempted to start one myself. Your fabrics are just as cheerful as you are. Have a lovely day and enjoy the warm weather.ReplyDelete
Melisa, do make a clamshell quilt, I know you will have the best fun playing with fabrics and turning them into sweet little clamshells. Your beautiful comments have truly blessed my day and caused me to smile....thank you so much. I hope you enjoy a lovely week. Kim XxDelete
So nice seeing your pretty clamshell party now finished. But I was a bit worried to see it quite so close to your pond, hope you didn't misjudge your step and end up with wet tootsies!ReplyDelete
As always, another gorgeous project and so beautifully displayed.
Ahhh :-) nice. I can't see enough. The quilt is breathtakingly beautiful.ReplyDelete
The flowers on the ceiling and in your garden a feast for the eyes. A look into the summer.
We got 30 cm of snow today, but I don't want to complain because I'll be skiing in the forest and relaxing.
Greetings to you ... I'm looking forward to green, the sun and the summer flowers.
Such a beautiful end result, Kim! And your attention to capturing its beauty in the garden alongside your faithful Maisie is quite lovely!ReplyDelete
A finished quilt is always a cause for celebration especially when you have a gorgeous quilt like this one. Clamshells have been on my to-make list for a long time too. I thought they were made on a foundation - I see that you didn't use one. There are so many quilts I want to make! I love all of your gorgeous photos and enjoyed seeing flowers and sunshine. We have sunshine this week but it isn't quite the same when you have to wear a coat to see it.ReplyDelete
How exciting, it looks fantastic!!! I just love how you did the straight line quilting on the border, I am going to have to remember that if I ever get my quilt done, love the way that looks! So nice to enjoy it among the garden pretties too, I especially love the picture where the quilt is hanging near the water and you can see the reflection of the quilt in the water, I have this thing with reflections in the water :) My second favorite is the quilt hanging on the open bottom section of the door and looking out through the top window portion, not only enjoy your lovely quilts but your artistic flair you give to your picture taking!! Oh do enjoy that lovely warmth while you have it, and I will concentrate on thoughts of spring :)ReplyDelete
Congratulations on a beautiful finish, your clamshells are beautiful as is your garden and your model! You have so many beautiful dahlias in your garden. Lovely post Kim.ReplyDelete
The snow is pretty and we're getting more tomorrow! An excellent finish, and I loved all the pretty photos with the lush green and flowery backgrounds. Makes me want to dive right in!ReplyDelete
Hi Sarah, its been a long time since i have visited but i have recently taken to looking at the blog again. It is good to see you havent given up on the old blog and yours was the first I have visited. Loving the new clam shell quilt- always a favourite (although I have never sewn a complete quilt). Such a wonderful effort and very vibrant. heading to Tasmania in April Covid willing- looking forward to seeing your beautiful country again.ReplyDelete
Why hello Monique, It has been a very long time indeed, since you visited. How lovely of you to stop by. Yes, I am still blogging, still waxing lyrical about stuff and nonsense. I hope you are well. So you are coming to this little island. Fingers crossed that Covid doesn't raise it's ugly head and prevent you from coming. It's tricky, isn't it to make holiday plans; one never knows if what we plan will eventuate. Though here in Tassie, we have fared very well. Barring the couple of months of lockdown in March, April last year, we here have been able to travel around without any problems. Thank you for visiting and touching base again. Kim XxDelete
Well. I just finished sewing lots of four inch floral squares into a big piece for the center of a kotatsu cover I am making for my #3 daughter. I have to admit none of all those gifted floral prints look as colorful as your little party of prints. Congratulations on a fine finish!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous finish Kim! It is a true heirloom quilt- something to be cherished and loved for years!ReplyDelete
Yes, dancin' - from Kim to the quilt, to the flowers, back to the quilt, and then to Kim again...what a frolic! I've been doing some hand-quilting and it's so hard to do a good job - let alone a fabulous job. Love the clamshells and I'm glad you finished a 'bucket list' quilt. You are right...we are in the midst of winter here with snow and more snow and COLD temps abound. Seems that every few days we have another layer of fresh snow which keeps things looking so wintery white and pristine. The snow banks where we pile up the snow are getting higher and higher. The layers of snow cover the yards to about 18 inches - lots of snow this winter. No need to tell you to stay 'warm' even though staying warm is generally our farewell greeting as people head out into the minus degrees of cold here. :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful clamshell quilt Kim, such a pretty array of colours and patterns, especially seeing it amongst your garden flowers.ReplyDelete
Can't tell you how much I love your quilt, so beautiful and cheerful! Well done! I'm watching the tennis from Australia and I am amazed - sporting events? crowds in the court? no masks? what strange world is this? Stay safe and well!!!ReplyDelete
What amazing beauty! I should say what beauties because Maisie is also present in the pictures! Your posts send so much positive and peaceful vide, they are real treasures,Kim! Hugs from France!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous finish, Kim.ReplyDelete
I love the border too. Everything looks for lush and pretty in your garden.
What a wonderful spot!
Ooooh, your quilt is just stunning! As are all your photos! You are one talented lady! xxReplyDelete
I love your clamshells!!! Your bright flowers and your quilt are evenly matched for colour. I am enjoying the warmth of our summer too and very soon we will be around the fireplace and in long clothing. We have had a week of cooler weather with fresh mornings due to the cyclone up north, but the return of the hot weather is only days away. lol. Enjoy your week. xxReplyDelete
Kim - that is a lot of stitching! And I don't mind you waxing lyrical about your summer weather ... it will come to us, eventually! Right now, we are in a DEEP freeze. I won't even bother telling you how low our high will be tomorrow!! As always, I was thrilled to see your flowers and your gorgeous garden!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous as always - the garden and the quilt ♥ReplyDelete
I had to come and see for myself your new clamshell quilt....it is a beauty! I love the design and the border is so so pretty!ReplyDelete
I felt so blessed by your visit this very morning, you truly made my day!
This last quilt of yours is simply stunning, during these years you've refined your art, believe me.
Take care, my lovely friend, and thank you once again!
Dany at 'My little old world'
Congratulations on a fabulous finish! it's like a quilted garden :)ReplyDelete
Love the photos... each one is a prize winner, but my favourites are the photos by the water.
What a wonderful finish Kim. When it gets chilly out, your clamshell quilt will keep you warm and dreaming of flowers! Take care.ReplyDelete
My first thought when I saw photo #4 was that it looked like a water lily, so imagine my delight when I read down further and there were some real ones. Congratulations once again on such a beautiful creation Kim - another one that I'm sure has to look even better in person than it does in photos (despite the photos being amazing!). Just think - when we manage to kick our winter to the curb (ie, send it your way!) you will have this to snuggle under.ReplyDelete