|The hexies look big in the photo but they will finish with 1" sides.|
I have been watching Michelle of Daisy Hill Quilts while she works on some clam shells and I would love a quilt made from these adorable shapes. When I asked her about them she directed me to some Sue Daley videos that are available on You Tube and now I am just itching to get to work. I tried to make my own papers but I need more practice with my paper cutting skills on curves. Why did I not learn how to do this in elementary school - my smooth rounded edges are really jerky and not smooth at all. I just may have to order some papers instead. In the meantime, I will cut some of my scrappy bits of fabric to size and set them aside until I am ready to use them. The clam shell I tested was 2" finished but I think I will make 3" finished instead so that I will use up more of my 3.5" strips. I don't use that size of block very often and my bin is overflowing!
I also want to make another hexagon quilt and I have started cutting some hexies out of brown scraps this month. I have a small template that I can use to draw my cutting line and sewing line so I will just hand stitch the hexagons together once I decide on a pattern. I did the same thing when I made this quilt for my Mother except I used a home made template for that one.
The clam shells and the hexagons really are long-term projects so I still need to think about a few other types of blocks that I can make while participating in the challenge. Even though I like to hand piece and hand quilt I do still have the need for speed too!
Hop on over to soscrappy's and check out the links for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!