Domestic / Home Sewing Machine Quilted Clamshells
Can you quilt clamshells on a home sewing machine?
I’m so glad you asked! Yes, you certainly can.
As you may know, I recently launched my fourth book, The Quilted Clamshell. In most of the promotion for the book, I’m using my HandiQuilter Avante 18″ longarm. The cool thing about the design process in the book is that you can also quilt them on a domestic home sewing machine. Heck, you can even hand quilt them if you like.
To practice the designs, first trace the clamshell stencil shape from page 46 of the book. If you’d like to use the larger clamshell shape, use the shape on page 47. I used a non-permanent Frixion marking pen to trace. (amazon link)
Make a traditional quilt sandwich with a backing fabric, batting layer and top layer of the quilt. Pin those three layers together every 6″ or so, using straight pins.
Use a walking foot to outline the traced clamshell shapes and I set up my machine with the extension table to make the quilt move under the needle easier.
I opted to trace along the lines in white thread. Turns out, you cannot see that too well in pictures.
Once all the clams were stitched out, I used my iron to remove the red marked lines.
I also switched threads so you’d be able to see the designs a bit better.
Change the walking foot to a free motion quilting (hopper) foot for quilting.
When quilting on my domestic home sewing machine, I always wear Machinger Gloves. (amazon link) I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but they really are a game-changer. They will make your stitches more accurate, give you more control, and save your shoulders from soreness.
I had a few shapes to play with on this small sample piece. Quilt them in willy-nilly using the three variables described in The Quilted Clamshell. No two will be the same!
I used a very old piece of cotton batik fabric on the back. This batik came from Joanns… maybe 12-14 years ago or so. I think it is the last scrap of it in my house. Hum. It only took a few years to use, but good gravy, I used it!
And there you have it: Clamshell quilting designs on a home sewing machine.
If you’d like to learn how to create an endless collection of quilting fills designed to fit a traditional clamshell shape, check The Quilted Clamshell in print at amazon.com or in e-book here in the ReannaLily Designs shop.