I am guilty of buying Liberty fabrics and just looking at them. Guilty, guilty, guilty! I have been slowly buying small pieces for a future, yet unstarted project. I know that I have to start using them sometime, but the weight of deciding which quilt pattern to make is too great. I cannot choose!
I might not yet be able to decide on a quilt pattern, but it is time to stop hoarding, petting and admiring and to start cutting and sewing. A recent blue scrap-pack acquisition from The Strawberry Thief inspired me to finally start cutting into my Liberty stash. Finally!
I had been wanting to make Mary Dugan’s clamshell pouch since I saw her blog post in August. I even travelled all the way to the UK in September to buy a copy of her pattern in Mollie Makes, issue 57, from Waitrose. (OK, so I was in the UK anyway.)
My pouch has a few variations from Mary’s pattern:
- As I was basting, I realised that I did not want to cut the bottom of the clamshells off, so I added a piece of linen to make the pouch a bit deeper and save the lovely scallops on the bottom.
- I decided to box the corners of the base so it can stand upright.
- I added some fusible fleece to give it rigidity.
- I used the clamshell papers I already had, so they might be a slightly different size from Mary’s.
- I did not add the topstitching of Mary’s pattern. I had intended to as I thought it was really pretty on hers, but my Liberty fabrics were so busy I felt that they did need more.
I chose blue as the main colour because I already had the navy blue lace zipper, bought in Japan last year.
I placed the clamshells randomly, except for on the edges of each panel. I wanted the front and back pieces to line up.
I lined the pouch with a light voile, a scrap of fabric given to me by a friend. I think it is the offcut of a top she made.
I have always admired clamshell quilts, but I might stick to admiring them. I can imagine many more small clamshell projects in my future – cushions and bags and the like – but the idea of appliquéing a whole quilt like this is still a little frightening. How does one keep them aligned and straight over such a big area?
Do you have a favourite fabric line that you are hoarding and not sewing?