Back in January, Sharon Burgess asked me to participate in the tour for her new book, Quilting on the Go… English Paper Piecing. When I said yes, I had no idea where my new obsession with EPP would take me but I feel that the timing of this project was perfection. It’s almost as if every project before this one built up both my acumen and confidence to tackle the clamshell.
I received this amazing book shortly after the start of the EPP Party. We had explored introducing curves in the party but opted not to, so it was totally a serendipitous moment when I opened Sharon’s book and saw the Clamshell Dilly Bag. I’m often on the lookout for projects that will add skills to my arsenal, so committing to this one was also a commitment to finally conquer the appliqué stitch.
So before I could conquer anything, I needed to decide what fabrics to use. Actually it didn’t take long because it was one of those moments where the Fabric yelled at me from across the room. The classic design in the chic colors of Amy Sinibaldi‘s Les Petits Collection was the perfect compliment to the curves of the clamshell.
And I could think of no better background fabric than the Indygo Shadow Solid Smooth Denim from Art Gallery Fabrics. And check me all out getting my stitch on with Cheetos-stained fingers!
And of course I had to capture an artsy fartsy picture once all the clamshells were stitched up.
I especially love how this collection has one golden-hued print and I wanted to highlight that in this bag, so I used it as both the lining and rope casing using my Ermine Aurifil 50 wt thread as the perfect top-stitched accent.
Without further ado, here is the Clamshell Dilly Bag in all his glory! I love how the random, scrappy layout gives it a different look depending on the angle.
And one other bonus in this project was that I not only conquered the appliqué stitch with this shape, but I made a YouTube video to help others conquer it as well.
So bottom line, Sharon’s new book is beyond bananas. There are so many other rad projects in it that I totally plan to make in the future. I would 100% recommend it to EPP-ers of all skill level.
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