This traditional quilt pattern, ‘clam shell’, I actually haven’t made it until now. I know how to make it and it is a bit tricky especially piecing on a sewing machine rather than hand appliqué. That wasn’t a bothering part of it for me but cutting each shape was…. Anyway, back in this July, I decided to make something with it.
I chose to use 4″ diameter pattern just because I didn’t want the finished quilt to be too big and maybe something of cushion cover size? But there were so many cushion covers I had already. So I started without any particular plan.
Before the bottom row, there were 18 clamshells and I decided that was enough! It only grew 2″ with each row. At the very start, I thought of placing them randomly but rainbow gradation looked more interesting, didn’t it?
And I wanted to add more rainbow bit.
And something in between? I had a bit f rainbow stripe fabric to use up for geese and more narrow scraps to make rainbow but then I thought them to be nicer if they were scattered…
I added same fabric as a border at the bottom but didn’t want to darken all the sides as well as it was a quite heavy colour.
Inserted a fresh green of 1/4″ stripe.
It needed something more and I thought it was nice to have stars!
And then dark night sky.
The mustard green at the bottom was to balance out the scrappy blue borders and I added burnt orange border on the left and bottom again. Ant it was around 40″ which is a nice small size quilt.
Rainbow and night sky in mind and I needed to do some doodling!
And the view from the back.
And the front!
I am calling it ‘rainbow at night’.