Monday, July 19

Clamshells...food

I'd like to be posting that I found an easy way of joining the clam shells...but I soon found out there isn't one!...
I tried drawing up a grid on a light batting, but for a decent size quilt, found it to be too big to handle, plus because I would have to use a fairly dark marker so the grid would show up, I found the lines showed through the lighter fabrics when the papers were taken out..
Trial # 2....taking the papers out, pressing with lots of spray starch and stitching together, I found I had nothing to line up the shells together with...so...
I left the papers on and used the vertical and horizontal lines on the papers to line them up to each other, appliqued them together and then remove the papers as I go..
Well, this seems to work for me, so I think I'll stick to this method...I'm sure there must be lots of ways of doing these clam shells and would love to hear from anyone who has an easier way...

Just out of the oven...some of my son Joe-Da-Chef's chicken and choritzo sausage rolls...great finger food, so yum!
I froze them and just take out enough to have with soup...or a snack!
Would you believe...Joe has clamshells on his blog background...eat and sew!
Have a lovely day...♥

19 comments:

  1. I remember seeing a method of getting the Clam Shells straight but have forgotten what it is. I think it may have been on Simply Quilts at one time.

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  2. Oh my great quilting and very yummy food!!!

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  3. If you can't find a short-cut, who can? It's coming along lovely Julia. This is the second sausage rolls posting I saw this week. Is it a special food for winter? Will hop over to Joes' for a recipe - Have a great day - Hugs Nat

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  4. Hi Julia, I gridded up a piece of linen and am using that to applique my shells onto and it is working fine. So far, it doesn't feel too bulky in my hands. I used a pencil to draw the lines.

    Your sausage rolls look very yummy!

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  5. dear Julia, I love your clamshells!
    The roses... agh, it is going to be a beauty!
    I wil have to try out your method, because it seems to be working.
    and you must be so proud of your boy: those sausage rolls look mouthwatering.
    :)

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  6. Your clam shells are looking wonderful so is the good...umm ummm good...I can smell it all the way over here..

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  7. What you're doing is working but if you find an easier way, I'm sure you'll share with us. I love the fabrics you're using, the roses are gorgeous. Sausage rools, yum the best ones are home made, I never buy the bready ones.

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  8. I love all the floral patterns.

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  9. Oh, I'm in love with your clamshell fabrics! So romantic and old-fashioned looking...real girlie-girl stuff! Sorry they are such a bother, but the finished ones are darling! Yum, have to hop over for the recipe...those sausage rolls look too good to pass up! Thank you for a lovely blog!

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  10. Sorry Julia, can't help with any advice for the clamshells but I am offering to help with the sausage rolls! I know how tasty they are.

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  11. I just love the floral fabrics and your clamshells are looking great.

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  12. I do like the way your clamshells are looking...sorry they are proving difficult to sew. Now...WHY are you torturing us with those lovely foods that we can't even hope of sharing with you? LOL Does Joe-da-chef want to visit southern Delaware and stay here free while he makes some for us???

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  13. Those clamshells are lovely and so if the fabric you are using.
    Haven' done any of those yet, but know of several people who are using inklingo. Have you tried that?

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  14. Your fabrics are lovely, Julia and I think if this is working - it's perfect!!! I'm using Inklingo so everything is already lined up and printed out. Even with that though, it's still a bit of a think-tank project. Just my personal opinion. I'm darn happy you're diving in. You know you'll create a real masterpiece.

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  15. Clamshells are tricky! I also heard about lining them up on a piece of fabric...but I think if what you are doing is working, keep doing it! Love the look of those nibblies!

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  16. The clam shells quilt is going to be stunning Julia.

    I love the looks of Joe's rolls too. That must smell heavenly in the oven.

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  17. Your clamshells are gorgeous! I'm using Inklingo, which makes them really easy to prep and stitch.
    Those rolls look delicious!

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  18. Both look fantastic...one has more calories than the other....LOL..

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  19. You shells look lovely Julia but I think with all the paper in it it will be difficult to handle later on. I am quite pleased with the way I am working. Draw the pattern on the right side of the fabric, baste the seam allowance of the top to the back and simply applique them. Maybe you'll have a look at my posting about it. Just click the button in my side-bar.
    Jossie

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