The “clamshells” were made by cutting out circles from fusible fabric and arranging them ever-so-carefully in rows. I then fused the whole thing, and there it sat for a couple of years. I considered adding a layer of netting, but ultimately just quilted it in waves.
I drew the clam early on but couldn’t decide how to put it on the quilt. I considered thread sketching, drawing and coloring with pigma pens, etc. I wanted a method that wouldn’t risk ruining the quilt if I didn’t get the clam right the first time!
Finally I read Karen Fricke’s article about thread sketching on stabilizer in my copy of The Best of Quilting Arts. (This book is an excellent resource, but it’s “old” so you probably can get it used.) That method worked perfectly for me. I was able to create the clam and then attach him to the quilt. I printed the question mark on fabric and then cut it out and attached it. For the dots going to his dialogue bubble I did, finally, have to draw directly on the quilt.
The edge is finished with satin rat-tail, a technique I learned in another class.
Name: Really? Clamshells?
Techniques: Fusible applique, machine quilting, thread sketching, drawing and coloring with permanent markers
Finished size:16″ x 16″
Quilted by me