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Clamshell templates

It is amazing to see the many ways this simple shape can be used when you print Clamshells on fabric with Inklingo!

This shape fits together like a mosaic without overlapping or gaps and that is “tessellating.” That makes some wonderful quilt designs and settings!

 

Traditional Clamshell Quilt Design

The new Inklingo Clamshell shape collections include the worksheet for a traditional layout.

Main Clamshell Page (Several Sizes, Downloadable)

 

The new Inklingo Clamshell shape collections include the worksheet for a traditional layout.

You can be happy as a clam sewing this wonderful shape into rows.

Use three fabrics, or go scrappy for “Clam Chowder” by printing on charms like the ones in previous articles on this blog.

 

Clamshell Quilt 4 patches

Clamshells also make intriguing 4-patches.

I’ve been sharing ideas like this on the Inklingo page on Facebook too.

I hope you visit there every day! Just because you have liked the Inklingo page does NOT mean that Facebook will show everything I post there on your timeline!

 

4-patch Clamshell Quilt

Clamshell 4-patches are amazing! They can even disappear depending on the color placement.

 

Clamshells also make intriguing 4-patches.

The 4 patches can be sewn in rows or on the diagonal.

 

Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

If you want to spice up your clam recipe, you can print 4 identical sheets of fabric with Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting to get sets of 4 identical Clamshells!

 

Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

Clue: No Waste Fussy Cutting is similar to Stack n Whack ™ but without the stacking!

Just like traditional Fussy Cutting, fussy cutting with Inklingo all depends on finding the right fabric!

There are TWO methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo.

 

Clamshell Quilt Design

There are other variations too. This is just the tip of the Clamshell!

 

Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

I can’t stop tweaking until I get it right but . . . 

 

Clamshell template

. . . when you print the shapes on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet printer, you can afford to spend a little time perfecting the design.

The preparation and sewing goes fast!

Sew by hand or by machine!

 

Stof Genoeg Blog

Annika in Holland shared modern Clamshell quilt designs on the Stof Genoeg blog. I know you will want to see those too! She is a long-time Inklingo quilter.

 

Electric Quilt celebrates 25 years!

CLAMSHELLS IN EQ?
Annika designed her Clamshell quilts with Electric Quilt software.

I am interested in designing with Clamshell shapes in EQ too. Where to start?

If you have any tips that would help me get started with Clamshells in EQ, please let me know. If I can figure it out, I’ll add EQ Clamshell project files to the collection on the blog. (Look under the EQ tab above, for a large selection.)

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

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Fussy Cut Clamshell Quilt

There is a “slide show” of Fussy Cut Clamshells on the Inklingo Facebook page too. I try to post something new every day, so there are several others.

There are many photos of projects made by Inklingo quilters too.

I am playing with ideas for Clamshell borders. I’ll let you know what happens, okay? In the meantime, you probably want to visit the Main Clamshell Page (Several Sizes, Downloadable)

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey

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Rotary cut freezer paper

STEP 3 – ROTARY CUT THE FREEZER PAPER

I cut several pieces of freezer paper (FP) 5 x 5.25 so I could print a stack of charms at once.

TIP  You can cut 6 sheets from 2 sheets of 8.5 x 11 FP with one cool tip.

Overlap the two sheets by about 0.25 inch (plastic side to paper side) and press to create one big sheet about 15.75 x 11. Then cut 5 inch rows, stack and sub-cut so each sheet is 5.25 inches long. Label each one.

This technique of overlapping FP to create larger sheets is described in Chapter 1 of The Inklingo Handbook. The info in that chapter is so important and useful that I included it in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection (page H41).

There is also more information about freezer paper in another article on the blog. It is one of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

 

Iron freezer paper to the right side of the fabric

STEP 4 – IRONING TO FP

Center the charm on the FP. Press the FP to the right side of the fabric, so you can print on the wrong side.

Press on both sides with a HOT, dry iron to get a good bond. (Print on fabric, best tips, is also in the Top Ten Tutes.)

I set up the ironing board near the printer and prepare several sheets, so I can  set up a little assembly line. A stack of fabric is printing while I am ironing the next sheets.

 

Freezer Paper 5 x 5.25

5. PRINT!

Put a stack of sheets in the tray of the printer.

 

Print dialog box

The popular Canon printers have a separate, smaller, upper paper tray (“cassette”) for small sheets of fabric. If the upper tray is to be used, it is indicated in the Print Dialog Box, as shown above.

If you are wondering about the trays your printer, the manuals are all online now, so you can google the printer and find it.

 

Print dialog box

Check the preview screen and the settings and then click to print!

That’s it!

Now you know how to print on charms and pre-cuts.

 

Rotary cut curves

Remove the freezer paper and cut on the lines!

Ready to sew!

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Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next articles.

 

Clamshell FB video

Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page too? I try to post something new every day, like this little slide show and several others.

There are many photos of projects made by Inklingo quilters too.

SALE PRICE ONLY $10

The special sale price of $10 is supposed to end at midnight tonight but I was delayed posting this today, so the sale is extended until tomorrow night at midnight, okay?

Next, I intend to share some setting ideas for these curvy shapes!

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Moda fabric charms in tin

I find Moda’s charms (and Monkey) irresistible, especially in the pretty tins. (No affiliation.) It is fun to have a swatch of every design in a whole line of beautiful fabric.

It’s time to take this tin off the shelf and print some Clamshells!

 

4 inch Clamshell printed on fabric charm

I’m using the new 4 inch Clamshells because they fit on 5 x 5 inch charms.

 

Washing fabric pre-cuts

STEP 1 – WASH THE CHARMS

We got a beautiful new kitchen sink this summer and it is the first time I have washed charms in it.

I never make a quilt with fabric that has not been washed.

There is another article explaining WHY I always wash fabric and the simple procedure of washing and folding the fabric (no ironing). It is one of the Top Ten Tutes on the All About Inklingo blog (tab above).

 

Washing fabric scraps

Even if I am not printing the fabric with Inklingo, I only use fabric that has been washed.

Washing the fabric also makes it is easier to get a good bond between the fabric and the freezer paper to avoid jams in the printer.

All fabric that comes into the house is washed right away. (Exception for whole bolts, which I wash a few yards at a time.)

 

Fabric shrinks unevenly

UNDERSTANDING FABRIC SHRINKAGE

I placed the unwashed swatch of fabric on the piece of orange paper and drew around it. I made a note, so I could put it down with the yellow flower in the same position after washing.

As you can see, it distorted in both directions.

This is cotton fabric from Moda. It is very high quality but the manufacturing process almost guarantees that there will be more shrinkage in one direction than the other. You can expect this to happen with any quilting fabric.

When there is this much shrinkage/distortion over a scrap this small, imagine how much there is across the whole width of fabric! It would shrink more than an inch!

In a bed quilt, the shrinkage/distortion would be more than 2 inches—even worse when some Clamshells shrink in one direction and some Clamshells shrink in the other.

I want to be confident that whenever my Clamshell quilt is washed, it will still look great.

I do not want to put my time and effort into fabric that will shrink unevenly, so I take a few minutes to rinse and dry the charms.

Another added bonus is that quality fabric feels softer after washing and that makes it easier to sew curves. (Stiff fabric does not have as much give.)

 

Charms in the kitchen sink

It’s fun seeing all the fabrics together too!

Normally, I wash fat quarters and yardage in the washing machine with regular detergent and clothes, as described in the Top Ten Tute mentioned above.

You can put scraps and charms in a lingerie bag and wash in the washing machine too.

However, for Charms, Jelly Rolls & other pre-cuts, I find it faster to just rinse in the kitchen sink with warm water and a drop of liquid detergent.

Swish for a few minutes. Then squeeze out the excess water in a towel, and put in the dryer for less than 5 minutes, removing when they are still slightly damp. Finish the drying process by ironing. (I do it just before pressing the charms to the freezer paper in the next steps. Stay tuned, okay?)

The whole process took less than 15 minutes and gave me confidence that the finished quilt will not be spoiled when it is washed.

An added bonus of washing in the sink is that if any of the colors (especially reds) are going to bleed, I will see it right away. (These didn’t, so that’s all good.)

TIP You will probably want to have a lint roller handy to pick up all the crumbs from the pinked edges.

Test Ink on Fabric

STEP 2 – PRINT THE TEST PAGE

There are TWO reasons to test.

  1. To see how well the 20 Inklingo colors wash out when printed with your particular ink cartridges.
  2. To see which of the 20 choices show well on a particular fabric. There may be several which are good.

With experience, you will become good at guessing for #2, but you must not guess about # 1.

When I printed the Test Page on one of the charms, all but Color 50 washed out completely.

If you are new to Inklingo, please follow the test procedure as described in another of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

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clamshells-on-charms-P1170839

Since my test showed that the ink would wash out,  I felt confident printing Color 21 on all of the charms.

Color 21 is a little darker than I absolutely need to see the cutting and stitching lines on some of the charms but it is helpful for photography. (I often print slightly darker than the minimum required, so the lines will show up better in photos.)

When I can use the same color for all of the fabrics, I can put a stack of fabric/FP in the printer and print 5 or 10 at a time before re-setting the dialog box.

You might have to use different colors on charms that are darker on the wrong side but it is simple and fast when one color shows up well on several fabrics.

 

Moda fabric charms in tin

STEP 3 – WILL YOU BE READY?

If you wash/rinse your charms and print a test page, you’ll be ready for the next steps.

The new shape collections have been added on the Main Clamshell Page (under the Shop tab).

The special introductory sale price is only $10—but only if you buy before midnight on September 15, okay?

I’m using the new 4 inch Clamshells because they fit on 5 x 5 inch charms.

I am making a baby quilt with 42 charms and two other fabrics. Stay tuned for Monkey’s Cheat Sheet and a worksheet.

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

 

Inklingo Clamshell quilt

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next posts about printing on charms and Part 3 of Resources.

Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page too? I try to post something new every day. There are many photos of projects made by Inklingo quilters.

I’ll see you again with Step 3 soon, okay?

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Inklingo Print clamshells on charms

YES!

There are 4 new Clamshell shape collections today!

 

Clamshell quilt

There are many quilters who love sewing curves, thanks to Inklingo!

When you print the cutting and stitching lines AND the matching marks on the fabric, sewing curves is more fun than ever before.

 

Inklingo Clamshell templates

Quilters requested 4 and 6 inch Clamshells. They can be sewn by hand or by machine.

I also added 2 and 2.5 inch sizes because some Inklingo quilters are addicted to miniatures. No matter what shapes I introduce, someone always asks for smaller. LOL

The little ones are fun to hand piece. (I have not tried to machine piece the 2.5 inch ones!)

 

Clamshells for a portable project!

I have a project on the go—literally! I was sewing in the shade of the porch on Labor Day.

 

Clamshell printed on fabric

4 inch Clamshells fit on a 5 x 5 inch charm! Irresistible!

I’ve been looking for a great way to use a selection of pretty Moda charms. Clamshells are perfect.

 

Sew clamshells by machine

I think you will love sewing the 4 and 6 inch Clamshells whether you sew by hand or by machine.

The new shape collections have been added on the Main Clamshell Page (under the Shop tab).

The special introductory sale price is only $10—but only if you buy before midnight on September 15, okay?

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next posts about printing on charms and Part 3 of Resources.

I took several photos when I started this new project, so stay tuned to see how “charm-ing” these can be!

Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page too?

These new shape collections are the result of requests from quilters. I respond to requests whenever possible—so. . . what would you like to see next?

I hope you are excited about the new Clamshell sizes!

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

cover-SSIB

In Part 2 of this series, let’s have a look at the SSIB, the Smart Shopper’s Idea Book. It’s free.

The SSIB is intended to inspire you AND help you find what you want.

Even if you have been using Inklingo for ten years already, you might be surprised by how much is available.

FREE DOWNLOAD
Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (SSIB)

It is under the Support and Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

 

SSIB Waltzing Matilda

1. CLICKABLE!
When you download and save the digital file (PDF), you can click on any green text to go directly to video and illustrations.

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SSIB Stars

2. SEARCH
One of the great things about a digital file is that you can search and be sure to find every reference.

Some quilts and blocks have several names. How to find them all?  Use the wonderful search feature!

If you want to find all the stars: Open the SSIB, and search (Ctrl-F or Command-F on a Mac) for star, and you will find them. (Keep hitting Enter until you find them all.)

TIP  You don’t even have to type the whole word when you search! You will find several references for common words like hexagon, diamond, star, fussy, etc.

 

SSIB Apple Core quilt

3. PRINT?
Before you print, please read page 2! I do not recommend printing all 208 pages! You will probably just want to choose a few pages for your Inklingo notebook.

 

Inklingo Combo Layout

I like to save my ink for printing on fabric. You could probably print the fabric for several quilts with the ink it would require to print the SSIB!!

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Mary's Passacaglia Quilt

FACEBOOK
Are you missing out on the latest news?

I post new photos and videos on Facebook almost every day. It is faster and easier than preparing something for the blog, especially since I’ve been in “summer mode.”

 

Inklingo loves anemones!

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

When I post on Facebook, it is usually something about quilting but sometimes it is about something happening at Inklingo headquarters.

Please share photos of your Inklingo blocks too! You can email them to me or post directly to the Inklingo Facebook page.

 

Miss Marple - It's the knitting that does it.

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so you might want to visit directly every once in a while too.

It is more fun for everyone if you share your photos online!

 

Introduction to Inklingo

There are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

I have an idea for Part 3 of this series and there are new shapes coming too, so please stay tuned. You can subscribe (top of right sidebar), so you don’t miss anything.

The summer has flown past for me—time with friends, sewing on the porch, gardening and a kitchen renovation. I am sorry to see the summer ending!

See you for Part 3?

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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