At last, I get to start actually doing something with my clamshells. WooHoo!!! About time, too. In the spirit of showing the process, I took the following photos. Please keep in mind that I do not know what I'm doing. I am just trying to use common sense, and what I've learned from you other ladies, and praying for good results. As I am math disabled, I don't know the formula for figuring out the size of a square, using only the diagonal. I know there is a way, but since it is unfamilar to me, I just cut a piece of background fabric far larger than I knew it would need to be. I made a 40" square, and sewed a strip of twill tape down the center line, creating two stabilized triangles. The tape is to prevent stretching, and distortion. This will create the first two setting triangles for the feathered star, after the clamshells have been appliqued on, and the square cut in half. There will be four triangles total.
If you look very closely, you can see a pale yellow line on each side of the clamshells. This is to keep the sides even, and straight, because the outer strip of fabric will be trimmed off eventuall, leaving only a seam allowance for adding a border. The ruler is to help keep the little boogers straight along the bottom, too. You may sense a theme here.
In the second photo you can see that I ran a line of stitching down the opposite diagonal to keep my center straight, also. Here the first batch of clamshells have had the paper removed, and are glue basted and ready to stitch. Then, because I can't stand not seeing how things are looking in the "big picture", I pinned the whole thing up on the design wall to take a gander...............here is what I saw:
What do you all think? I am excited, because it is looking as I envisioned. My powers of description must leave something to be desired, because my husband saw the clamshells, and his face lit up, and he said "Oh, that's going to be pretty!" I don't know what he thought I was going for, but apparantly he was worried.
So that's my progress for the month, and with a little industry, and a whole lot of luck, maybe I'll have the four corners done, and be able to show you the center of my large quilt by the end of September. I look forward to seeing how all of you have progressed, too. Michele