Over the past month I have been working on these 6″ pickled clamshell blocks almost exclusively. So far, there are 25 of them done. I first saw the block on Barbara Brackman’s blog back in June and fell in love with it. When the Inklingo collections for the clamshell pickles came out, I got an idea almost immediately about the florals for the clamshells and black and white for the arcs surrounding each. I’m calling this the Pickled Ladies quilt as I have visions of some very elegant, almost Audrey Hepburn-like, ladies in an upscale Art Deco bar. Once I got the idea, I immediately started going through my stash for florals that I could fussy cut/print for the clamshells. With the aid of a window template, which was easy to prepare by just printing one shape on a piece of paper that was 5.25″ x 6.5″, I was able to quickly cut my fabrics and print the clamshell templates on the back of each.
Stitching the blocks is much simpler than they may appear. Putting each arc together is just lots of quick continuous stitching. Adding an arc to each clamshell is a very quick stitch. Stitching the pickled ladies together hasn’t begun yet as this will be at least a lap-sized quilt, if not larger, and I know I’ll want to play with the placement of them once the piecing is finished.
With the 11″ clamshell pickle collection, I have started this sunshiny quilt but I’m using an alternate setting and various colours for the end pieces of the arcs so that a little star-type shape appears at the intersection. While I haven’t added to this in a week or so, it won’t take long to get this to a good size for a lap quilt. Maybe in October I can tear myself away from the Pickled Ladies to add a few more blocks to this so there’s some progress.
That said, I have lots of clamshells printed and ready to stitch more Pickled Ladies.
As well as the pieces needed for a number of the arcs.
To see more clamshell quilts, go to Cybele’s Patch here and you’ll see the list of those participants in the clamshell club who have posted their progress this month.
Wednesday evening we were cooking some chicken for dinner. Almost the entire time it was cooking, Smudge was sitting in the kitchen staring at the oven and meowing. He seemed a bit impatient to get the bit of chicken we always give them when we cook it.
Lester was somewhat more restrained and just sat on the back of the pink loveseat staring into the kitchen.