July started off real well and I finished the last half of rows one and two, for a total of 42 clamshells pieced together. Then I basted the 21 clamshells needed for row three. Lots of time passed by before the next 6 clamshells were pieced, and then it was time for my July report. I know. I'm disappointed in me too! I even have a work table set up just for my clamshells, so I can get down to business at a whim.
My Quilter's Cut'n Press board is handy for keeping the clamshells straight; just wish it had a little more padding to hold the pins better. And, speaking of pins, instead of applique pins to hold my clamshells in place well appliqueing, I am using Dritz Super-Fine Sharp Pins #110, they are longer and hold so much better. When I pin, I am just going through the fabric and not the paper template as it causes too many lumps and bumps and makes it hard to applique a nice rounded edge.
One thing I did chance since my June report was increasing my basting stitches. This has made a world of difference. A little more work, but worth it. Also, I've been having a little bit of trouble getting my needle through some of the Asian fabric and I think I now know why. No, not a dull needle, but the gold painted on the fabric.
A real pain in the bum is how stiff the paper templates make my rows of clamshells and how they keep falling off the edge of the table as I work. Then I remember Jossie (I think it was Jossie?) saying how she rolls up her pieced clamshells as she works. Oh yes, sooooo much better!!
As you can see, I did not take a picture of my progress to date, this way it will look so much more impressive next month!
Until next time.....happy quilting!