Blogger's Quilt Festival: Glam Clam Quilt
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Here's my large quilt entry for Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.
I went through a quilting dry spell for a few years and I was finally brought back into the fold after:
1. Attending the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids in August 2013
2. Visiting Pink Castle Fabrics for the first time - a local fabric shop filled with fabrics that I love
and 3. Discovering this amazing Glam Clam pattern.
This quilt came together because of the inspiration I saw in Grand Rapids, the awesome opportunity to actually match fabrics together in person and overcoming my fear of curved piecing. Latifah has a great video tutorial on piecing curves without pins here. Her patten is genius and was a great way to reintroduce myself to the world of quilting and fabric selection. I'm so glad I was able to find such great inspiration to get me excited by this hobby again!
The quilt was quilted with 2" clams by Kathy Koch of Threadbear Quilting. She is wonderful to work with and always has great ideas for enhancing the quilts I make with her quilting skills.
Because this is a queen-sized bed quilt intended to keep us warm during the coldest of Michigan winters, I made this quilt into a duvet. Liz at Lady Harvatine first gave me the inspiration with the quilt duvet she made for her sister. Before binding the quilt, I pieced another solid quilt back with a finished edge on the short side and 6 button holes. I attached the binding around the quilt top, batting, original backing, and duvet backing, leaving an open side on the bottom. Once the backing was attached, I sewed the buttons to the original three layers of the quilt. In the winter, we add our down comforter, and when summer comes, we can remove the comforter and have a lighter weight quilt for our bed.
To see a gallery of the other quilts I've made, click on this link, or click on the Quilts page at the top of my blog.