Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Pick stitching those clams

Well I have been itching to get back to a bit of hand quilting for a while and this is the project that was tempting me...





This beauty is on my FAL list.  I started it in the summer last year after I got a sizzix clamshell die.   So much fun to stick a few charm squares in a machine, turn a handle and out comes some perfectly cut clamshells.

I was handpiecing them -  you can see how here.  I even took them to Spain and did some poolside stitching.




Anyway I pieced my backing fabric yesterday (only a gorgeous bit of AGF with a floral sprig) and basted it.  

Last night I started pick stitching as my lovely friend Mary Duggan calls it - big quilt stitching with cotton perle to me!  Mary often uses black to do her pick stitching and I love that look.  



I am using  a deep purple-grey sort of a colour!  Made by Finca no 12 weight, colour 229!  I stayed up too late stitching as I saw all my favourite fabrics in a very eclectic mix of clamshells and they were all calling out to be stitched!



I reckon that if I manage to quilt round 20 each day I should be finished by the end of April!  Wish me and my poor fingers good luck with that!

11 comments:

  1. So pretty and when I read the title I was going to ask what pick stitching was!

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  2. Best of luck with your goal. The stitches are looking great. Having perfectly cut pieces to start with really do help to make a perfect quilt.

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  3. A wonderful hand stitching project... each clam will be fun to revisit!

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  4. This really is amazing! I was hoping to be more scraptacular this year - perhaps I should try one of these... :)

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  5. Love this quilt! It's just incredible and I love that you hand pieced it.:)

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  6. the quilting compliments your clamshells perfectly. Great progress on the quilting.
    Happy quilting and will definitely be cheering you on from the sidelines!

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  7. Now that is some wonderful hand quilting.

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  8. Oh gosh, that's s lot of quilting, but it really is looking fab!

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  9. The quilting is fabulous - I bet it looks great on the back, too!

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