Blogger's Quilt Festival: Glam Clam Quilt

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Glam Clam Quilt

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.

Glam Clam Quilt Closeup

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!

Glam Clam Quilt closeup

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.

Glam Clam Quilt Duvet closeup

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.


Glam Clam Quilt Duvet closeup

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.


Glam Clam Quilt

17 comments

  1. It's beautiful - the scale keeps the classic clamshell from looking old-fashioned! Very fresh and modern.

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  2. I absolutely adore clamshells and they are towards the top of my bucket list. The colour palette is so pretty and the clams are definitely glam - a fab entry.

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  3. I love the quilt and the duvet feature is awesome. Thank for the great tip:)

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  4. Fabulous quilt! Love those big clamshells.:)

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  5. I love it! I have long wanted to try clam shells. Your colors are beautiful.

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  6. So pretty! I love clams and this is perfect. I also love the duvet cover idea, brilliant.

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  7. I love this! beautiful clam shells!

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  8. Great job! I know they are supposed to be clam shells but with the additional scallops you stitched it makes me think of fish scales - which I absolutely LOVE! You are always so creative and talented :)

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  9. Oooh, I like this large-sized clam shell, but also love the way you turned it into a duvet cover! So clever!

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  10. Love the fabrics and the pattern! I will definitely be attempting this one! I love finding so much inspiration! Good luck in the BQF!

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  11. Beautiful!! I love the colors-so calming:)

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  12. Love this! Huge clamshells - super effective!

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  13. i love this! and what a great idea to turn it into a duvet!
    so clever!

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  14. I've never thought of making the quilt with a backing as a duvet cover, brilliant. Did you use the large size pattern for the blocks? It's really a great quilt in these fabrics.

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