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Quilting Doesn't Happen without a Quilt Top!


I've stretched my creative skills this week with another block from the Splendid Sampler 2, due out this fall. Helen Stubbings' block took me back to my days of crazy quilting when I did my decorative stitching by hand. I also did clamshells on my machine.

preparing clamshells

This block was fun and the embroidery was quite relaxing. 

Helen Stubbings design

I am working on a video to share how to do these clamshells by machine, but had some technical difficulties. Hopefully it will be done next week. I'm heading out for a quick family trip, so it will have to wait  until I get back.

invisible machine applique

Working on these blocks and sharing them with you may seem outside of my usual work, but ultimately my aim is to encourage you to quilt your own quilts and that can't happen in a vacuum that doesn't consider the blocks and piecing that is being quilted.

For most people, quilting is secondary to the creation of the quilt top. For others, the quilting is a partnership between the top and the quilting. Rarely does the quilting form the whole of the quilt design. So I make it a point to make sure I'm not just teaching from whole cloth samples.

The Splendid Sampler is a great way for me to make sure of this. I'm also working on a project that I am hoping to set up as a quilt along! This will happen in early fall.

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  • Amy Johnson
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  • Rebecca Grace
    Rebecca Grace

    Amy, I’m curious about what you’ve backed your clamshells with prior to doing the machine applique. Is that freezer paper that you’re able to remove after stitching, or is it a leave-in product? I have a quilt on one of my sons’ beds that has one commercial batik fabric that is disintegrating, every single patch where I used that fabric, even though the rest of the quilt is in great shape. I want to applique new fabric over those patches but it’s a drunkard’s path quilt so every one of the patches is going to be a curved edge… Trying to figure out the least hassle way to accomplish these repairs!

  • sandra ware
    sandra ware

    Amy I have the westalee rulers and I used them n my regualar sewing machine but now I have a longarm and cant figure out how to anchor the ones with center post

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