I loaded a donated HeartStrings top from Annie this afternoon and am quilting it with a pantograph called Improved Clamshell by Kathie James. This one’s not for the faint of heart – you need to be able to quilt both smoothly and accurately but it looks good.

As you can see, I’m still avoiding assembling this top that’s been on the design wall since January. It’s on this week’s list – I hope I can make myself sew these blocks together.

You’d think I wouldn’t have but so much mess – we’ve just been here for 14-15 months but this is my supply closet in my longarm room. I’m in and out of here constantly and as you can see it needs sorting in a bad way.

And just because I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve shared a photo of Chesty, here he is catching some afternoon sunshine. Poor thing, he wasn’t thrilled about the move the Minneapolis but I hope this one won’t be too traumatic.

I’m taking a break from work now. I’m going to curl up with Chesty and read for a while. It’s what I do best when I’m stressed!

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15 thoughts on “Clamshells


    I like quilts you have made, will check out the older tings you have on your site some other day, I am soooooooo sleepy this evening. visit my site if you want.

  2. Deb

    I have that panto …used it once. I didn’t particularly care for it. i like her ginko one better.

    Chesty is looking happy there in the sunshine!

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks for the picture of your dog. I was actually going to e-mail you to ask what was up with his absence! When I started reading your blog he seemed to be a regular (my favourite post was of him at the doggy daycare) so I have missed him.
    : )

  4. Tanya

    Hi Chesty! Looking pretty! How is his cough?

    Your quilt up on the wall is a beauty. I’d love to make a heart quilt someday. Maybe for NEXT Valentine’s Day?

  5. TracyLovesScrappyQuilts

    Chesty is very cute! And I love the sunny view out your window. Looks like a place you could sit for hours. Really like your quilts, I hope to do a chinese coins quilt one day.

  6. Bonnie

    Adorable picture of Chesty!

    You get more done than anyone I know Mary, including reading books. Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy.

  7. Darcie

    Aaw…I hope you and Chesty got some good snuggle time in together. What a cutey!

    That clamshell pattern looks great. Can’t wait to see your work in progress come together.

  8. Anonymous

    I appreciate your pics of the quilting patterns you use. I don’t have a long arm but I use quilting pics from the net to show and describe what I want to the long arm quilter.



    The Improved Clamshell looks really cool and hard to do!! Moving is GREAT for de-cluttering. One or more corners of my bedroom looks like your supply closet, but I’ve been in this house for 8 yrs. LOL! I just keep repeating Flylady’s mantra, “I can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes in a row.” That’s how I clean house. 🙂

  10. Irene

    Hope there is another wonderful ‘window on the world’ for Chesty in your new house. He is such a cutie!

  11. tirane93

    we’ll be with you in spirit as you sort and pack – but we’ll abandon you on the actual hefting boxes day!

    i love that clamshell. it looks like the sort of pattern you can really sink your teeth into once you get the rhythm down.

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