HQAL Update

I’m so glad to be back for the HQAL (Hand Quilt A-Long)! I took a break for a bit and am grateful that I was allowed to rejoin. I had been working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden, but for many reasons that project is residing in the time out pile.

I took a class through Stitches On Line to learn how to do a Clamshell Quilt. It was really fun so that’s what I’m working on now.

HQAL Update 1/8/2023

I’ve decided to do mine with a row of white and a row of some rainbow colored fabric (I had fun picking out skads of rainbow fabrics!). Each stack represents 10 clamshells – so there are 20 white clamshells and 10 each of the other two fabrics.

I haven’t decided if the colorful rows will be all one design or if I will mix them up randomly. I also had the idea of making “squares” where each square had only one design so even that looked like patchwork. I guess when I have more clamshells cut out and prepared I can play around with placement.

The pattern

This is the pattern I am using. I bought it from the designer because I liked her as a teacher and wanted to support her and it came with the plastic template.

So far I am enjoying tracing, cutting and prepping the clamshells. It’s very soothing to sit and do this in the evenings.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyConnie, and  Cathie 

16 thoughts on “HQAL Update

  1. Such pretty fabrics! The quilt will be gorgeous!

  2. I love your idea of supporting teachers and designers! This will be such a fun project to stitch!

  3. Welcome back. It looks like a very colourful and fun quilt. Its good to support designers you like. Not a shape I’ve tried yet! good luck.

  4. Welcome back to the HQAL. Love the clamshell quilt. Not something I have tried yet. Happy stitching!

  5. Welcome back. I love this clam shell design. The cover picture has a crazy patchwork quilt feel to me. It is going to be fun watching your project come to life. BTW I wrote to Kathy asking about your link because when I click on it it takes me to something called ‘lets go crafting’ Of course I follow you so I get your posts and this came direct to my email. Is the other yours and is there a way to get to your HQAL posts via it? (I wrote to Kathy before seeing this posting) I am wondering if its a glitch on my end?

  6. I like that clam shell quilt. I really like the fabrics that you are using. Please check the link for your name. It doesn’t lead to this blog. I have changed the link on my own blog post.

  7. I love clamshell quilts. They always look fabulous with whatever fabrics are chosen. Your fabrics are fun.

  8. Fun! Handwork is my go to for relaxing too. Glad to have you back Connie. I’ll get your link fixed for next month.

  9. I love clam shell quilt , it will be fun seeing yours ! I have some projects that are shoved in a draw that have been there for several years… one of these days I’ll go back , and I am sure you will too.

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