Thursday, January 2, 2014

Can Denyse Come Out and Play?

I have been hoarding collecting Denyse Schmidt fabrics since I first discovered modern quilting in 2010. That's not very long, but I really love her simple designs and have used a fat quarter here and there, but mostly I have been saving them for something special.


I was going to make a Pickle Dish quilt or a Single Girl quilt, but finally took the plunge and decided on a clamshell quilt. I have over 150 different Denyse Schmidt fabrics from her designs for Free Spirit fabrics and also her designs for Joann's Fabric Stores.

It took me about 12 hours over a three day period to press all the fabric, cut it and prep it for the Accuquilt Go! Cutter. I received the clamshell die for Christmas so I was anxious to get cutting this week.

Here you see 393-8" clamshells. I might have cut a few too many, but will find a good use for them. Maybe a row across the backing.


I love the way these fabrics play together but I dread getting started sewing them into rows.

I realized, too late, that I cut too many regular clamshells. I needed to cut special shapes for each side and also the top and bottom. The Accuquilt die does not come with instructions for making a traditional clamshell quilt. I am referring to Latifah's pattern {on Craftsy for free} and using her templates for all the odd sized pieces with a little adjustment so I can use up some of the extra cuts. So far it's working well. I have pieced three rows so far.

This is a huge project and I get bored easily. So I will be updating my progress as I complete each step. 
This is my first King Sized quilt and I think it will be beautiful when it is done. Wish me luck that this will be on my 2014 finished list!

18 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, how beautiful will this be?! You won't need luck Di- I have no doubt that this will be a stunner!

Dianne Neale said...

I love Denyse Schmidt too - I so envy your stash. I think this will be beautiful, but also it will drive you mad by the end!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Oh my goodness, this is going to be stunning!! Looks like tricky sewing though, cant wait to see your progress.

May Chappell said...

This is going to be so amazing!!! I cannot wait to see your progress:)

May Chappell said...

This is going to be so amazing!!! I cannot wait to see your progress:)

suemac said...

Got to love DS fabric. That is going to be a spectacular quilt.

Debbie said...

I DO wish you luck! I don't have quite as much DS as you, but would love to make a DS quilt too - maybe this year!

needle and nest said...

This quilt is going to be incredible! I'm looking forward to seeing it in progress.

Lee said...

Oh wow! I'm dying over here! This is going to be amazing!!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

This one will be a show stopper!!

Svetlana said...

oh my!!! this will be absolutely stunning!!!! What a perfect way to show off all the Denyse beauties.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Agree with what everyone's already said! DS fabric is gorgeous and I adore clamshells. I haven't made any yet but it's on my list! This will be an amazing quilt!

Cindy said...

Holy cow! Goodness that pile of DS fabric is just gorgeous. The colors just sing together. I can't wait to watch your clam shell quilt grow - its' going to be amazing.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, really good luck with that. It will look fab, but oh, the pain...

Marcia R said...

It's gonna be gorgeous!

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Leanne said...

I would like to try a clamshell quilt, I am hoping you will share your tips. it is going to be fantastic.

dutchcomfort said...

I love clamshell quilts and I love Denyse Schmidt fabrics! This will be a stunning quilt. Are you going to piece them by hand or machine?