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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Clamshell Club & Some Shopping


Today is Clamshell Club reporting day.  I have sewn 4 1/2 rows!  I'm really enjoying this project as the clamshells are already basted before I start appliqueing them down so it is just applique, no turning under.


I have decided to alternate the rows of prints with backgrounds.   The photos aren't too good today as it is a wet and dreary day outside BUT I'm not complaining as we need the rain and at least it isn't freezing.



We celebrated Nicole's birthday yesterday at sewing and Michelle made her wonderfully artistic profiterolle cake.  There is something about strawberries dipped in chocolate that I just can't resist and there were a few profiterolles left without a strawberry attached.



I have also been letting my fingers do the shopping at the Fat
Quarter Shop and this parcel of heaven arrived through the week.  It's called Luna Notte by 3 Sisters and I can't wait for the yardage to hit the shops - it's divine!  I think I have picked out my centre now for Swan Lake using a blue and a grey from this pack.

 

I also bought this glue pen a couple of weeks ago.  I had never seen them before except in blogland and always wondered what they were like.  I brought it home and tried it and wasn't really that impressed until last week I spoke with Lynette Anderson at the Quilt Show and she showed me the proper way to use it.  This is my new favourite tool for hexagons - I love it!  It is so quick to cover the papers and it has held together really well when sewing the flowers together.



Speaking of hexagons, I have been covering 1/2 inch hexies for the Brigitte Giblin bag and thought I might do a dummy run with the pattern to make sure I can actually sew the bag together before damaging all my hard work.  I found this piece of linen last week and made it up and it looks fantastic!  Can't beat red polkadots.

Have a lovely weekend everyone,
Sue-Anne xxx

37 comments:

quilting Jeannet said...

I see so many nice things on your blog Sue-Anne! the facbrics of Luna Notta, I like them too....was thinking about is, and than your wonderfull hexiespatern, it is also still in my cabbord, we like really the same things and fabrics. I just received the new pattern from kathleen Tracy, so cute....

Warm Greetings, nice weekend! Jeannet

Lurline said...

What a beautiful Post - everything looks gorgeous! Your clamshells are looking so beautiful - they are so neat with your pre-marked background!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Valentina said...

Sue-Anne your clams are a delight! Oh, gorgeous and fresh! ( I am so struggling with mine... But your grid looks like a great idea!) Do actually applique unto the grid or it is just as a visual aid?
Your Fabric looks divine, I need to check it out!
I have the glue-pen, and now I am curious as to the correct way of using it...
Have a lovely weekend!
MWAH!
(big fat kiss!)

Lizzie said...

Those clamshells are looking fabulous Sue-Anne. I use the sewline glue pen a lot and love it, can't imagine not using it now.....
Lizzie
xxx

jean said...

Sue-Anne, your clams are looking fantastic as does the red polka dot purse. see it really is easy to assemble that purse.I would be really interested to know how to use the glue pen properly as I am a bit ho hum using it.
I too am a fan of chocolate dipped strawbs.
Great post

Julia said...

Your clam shells are looking great Sue-Anne..All sitting lovely on the background.
LOVE the glue pen too!
Julia ♥

Sue said...

Really like the fabrics in the clam shells. You have been a busy girl.

The dessert looks like one that sticks to the hips.
Share with us how to use the glue pen please.

Maree: said...

I am so Inspired to start some Clamshells after seeing yours..now that my big project is nearly done I will sort through the stash...Loove that Cake..bet it was just as Yummy...
cheers

katrien said...

WhaWWW,your clamshells are so lovely.And you byed some lovely fabrics.
New hexagonnes for you swan lake,they are great,this quilt will be so beauty.

Cardygirl said...

Love your clamshells...they are looking great! I have been basting my hexagons with a glue pen & I love it!!!! So much easier & you can re-use the papers without them getting all chewed up. Great post!

Kathie said...

I love your clamshells are you using paper?? if so what size are they?
Kathie

Chookyblue...... said...

those profiterolles look so delicious.........clam shells are popular at the moment.......they look great

Stina said...

Thank goodness for girls like you.. so many things to set your eyes on here.. lovely projects.. yummy cakes.. the gorgeous fabrics... and leaving us with a question on how to use the glue pen correctly...;o))))
And that lovely little purse... I really really need to try and make myself one.. think I asked you before where to buy.. but sorry I have forgotten... teflon memory!!!! ;o))

Notjustnat said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous post - Love the red polkadots purse. Your clamshells are delightful, love them all together. I'm sitting on my hands so I can't start them too. Love all the posts everyone is posting about them - Happy birthday to Nicole - Hugs Nat

Cybele's patch said...

Sue-Ann the clamshells are gorgeous. And you did so many already!
This is a real great post. Love the yummy fabrics and your hexagons are so pretty. Love the blue and grey colours.
Have a lovely week end!
Jossie

Béa said...

What a beautiful post ! I love your clamshells, so many already made, profiterolles aaaaaaaaaaaaaah, gorgeous fabrics...have a nice week end.

Karen said...

Your clamshells look wonderful!! Did you purchase the grid fabric for the background or draw the lines yourself? Beautiful pile of fabric and a very cute polka-dot bag! The glue stick looks interesting, but I'm not one for glue touching fabric. Makes me nervous.

ranette said...

It's always a treat to stop by and see what you've been up to! Fantastic clamshells (I'm so tempted)...Lovely fabric (more temptation) and the red polka dot purse is to-die-for cute!

Glad you've learned how to use the glue pen...I LOVE them...

Diane H said...

Such a wonderful inspirational post, Sue-Anne.
A visual feast - and yes, please pass the strawberries!

Lori said...

So much loveliness!!! Will you show us on your blog the proper way to use the glue pen? I've been wanting one.

Quilt Hollow said...

You have me curious about the correct way of the glue pen.
Your clamshell rows are wonderful...oh so pretty!!

be*mused jan said...

I'm with you on the polka dots!
Now you've teased us with the glue pen mention. Will you share the tips you learned about using it?

Barb said...

your clamshells look great! what a fun filled post. Love the dessert and the little purse is just too cute.
have a great weekend

Elyte said...

Your clamshells look great Sue-Anne as does that dessert. No calories for us though.
I am loving spots at the moment and they suit that purse so well. The little HST quilt is also very cute.
Looks like you're in for a glue stick tutorial!

Gisele said...

Beautiful clamshells Sue-Anne & you've stitched so many already! The profiteroles & chocolate dipped strawberries just look divine & I bet they tasted it too. Love your blog :)

Brandie said...

Everything looks beautiful! The red dots look so happy. I love seeing these projects coming along. Have a wonderful weekend.

Cathi said...

Gorgeous clamshells! Your quilt will be stunning.
I love the look of those 3 Sisters fabrics!

yvonne said...

Prachtige schelpen en dan die kleuren geweldig.
De stofjes en de hexjes prachtig!!!!!


groetjes yvonne

Marieke said...

Great purchases: love the fabric (for what I can see of it). And that cakes looks wonderful! Mjammie!

Shirley said...

Phew Sue-Anne, had to scroll down a lot of coments to get to my turn. The clamshells are looking great. I too am a convert to the glue pen but would like to know how you use it as I seem to get through quite a lot and think I may be using it wrong. Lovely fabric you have there too. As you know I like strawberries but strawberries with chocolate - even better. Love that spotty purse.
Shirley.x

martine said...

Your clamshells are beautiful and I love the polka-dot bag.

Terry said...

Polka Dots strawberries and profiteroles Yummy.
Did you have you have Boston or New York Chower with the clams from all thoes shells.

Sounds like a great menue this week. Enjoy next week as well!

Daniëlle said...

Your shells are great!! The grid is a great idea! Got a glue pen but used it only twice, definitely not having the wright way of using, grrrr, can't you do a tutorial on it? gorgeous quilts underneath your profiterolles and lovely polkadot bag!! Happy sewing/glueing, Daniëlle

shona hando said...

I'd like to hear to tips for using the glue pen too. Mine remains unused in the packet!!

grendelskin said...

Your clamshell progress is terrific! I'd be interested in the glue pen review/tutorial also, I've not seen one in use before now. Your polka dot pattern test is a success!

Marjan said...

They are so beautiful, your clamshells! Great combination of fabrics!

Sandra Henderson said...

What a beautiful quilt this will be!~I've been wanting to purchase one of these pens also. will have to find one. Oh... and another gorgeous birthday yummy! :)
Lovely purse! You do stay busy!