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

  1. 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.: )


  2. 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.


  3. 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.Mary


  4. 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. 🙂


  5. 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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