Today is Tuesday and we are going to sew seashells in the sunshine (no sea-shore here in Minnesota!) We are stitching a lovely border or fill pattern called The Clam Shell. There are many variations of The Clamshell that we can explore going forward, but this one is easy and lovely. I am sure you are all going to stitch this right into your next quilt?!
I like to minimize the number of lines I draw, so for this pattern, draw three lines or “rails” as guidelines to help me keep my stitching fairly straight. The “rails” are 1/2 inch apart.
I stitched this pattern from right to left, but it can be stitched in either direction depending on your quilt.
Start in one corner, and stitch a few stitches along the bottom rail. Stitch a curved line well below your middle “rail”. Stitch up one or two stitches, then echo-quilt closely down to the bottom rail again.
Stitch along the bottom rail a few stitches and then stitch another curve just above the middle rail. Echo quilt back to your bottom rail.
Stitch over a few more stitches and then stitch a third curved line just below your top rail. Echo quilt back to the bottom rail.
For the remaining clamshells, repeat the process, curving each arc up right to the previous clamshell so they look connected.
This pattern makes a great border around any quilt. The Clamshells can be stacked to fill in a larger area.
I would rate this a Beginner pattern, so if you have been hesitating to jump in–this is a good place to start. The pattern is easy and it always looks great. Remember, perfection is not our goal...reasonably even quilting creates a great look.
PS…The Royal Baby is a boy...I predicted a girl named Charlotte…50/50 chance and I lost–no lottery tickets for me!