Thursday, November 21, 2013

Clamshell Christmas Pillows

'Tis the season (already!). I'm so happy these pillows are done. Clamshells require a lot of patience.


I stopped cursing at these 4-inch clamshells after piecing about 30 of them. Yes, it took that many to get the hang of it.


The second pillow went together easily. This was the first time using free motion ribbon quilting. That was fun! I'm trying to get out of my free motion meandering comfort zone. 


These pillows measure 16-inches square. I used the accuquilt 4-inch clamshell die, machine pieced the clamshells together, and quilted on the HQ Sixteen. I used five quarter yards of Christmas fabric and brown home decor fabric for the pillow backing.

They look great on my couch, but I will probably package them up in a week or two and send them to my brother's family. Yep, I'm a good sister.

Linking up: Firefliesandjellybeans // myquiltinfatuation // freemotionquilting // naptimecrafters // crazymomquilts // confessionsofafabricaddict // quiltstory // sewmuchdo

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  1. They're looking great Katie and your fmq really compliments them :D

  2. Wow! Those pillows are gorgeous! And your quilting is beautiful :)

  3. Fabulous clamshell pillows. I just love clamshells!! What do you think of the Accuquilt? I am thinking of buying one! Appreciate any feedback you may have. Thanks for sharing Marie (

    1. I love accuquilt. I use the dies on a Sizzix Bigshot Pro with an adapter. I honestly would not have pieced clamshells without the die. I definitely recommend it. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I love the look of the ribbon free motion quilting... great job!

  5. Gracious! How do you piece those? Very impressive.

  6. I, too, am curious to know how you piece the clamshells together. I avoid curved piecing - it scares me too much! Nice FMQing as well!

  7. Your ribbon FMQing is lovely, so relaxed looking

  8. I love the way that clamshells look, but I've never tried one. Yours is so pretty, and I love your quilting design!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  9. Great job with the FMQ! I need to try those.

  10. They look great no way do I have the patience to do these , very clever.

  11. You make them look easy. I love the ribbon quilting too.


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