Today, I have instructions for making this pretty variation on my Mermaid quilt pattern. This is the same sewing and layout as the original pattern, but you get a whole new look by changing the placement of colors and prints.
Clamshell is one of my favorite classic quilt designs. I like how this pattern gives you the classic shape, but made in a unique and modern quilt. To follow these instructions and make a quilt like mine, you will need the Mermaid pattern and a Classic Curves Ruler for quick and easy cutting of the shapes.
Cut the following “set” from matching print fabric: (2) 6 1/2″ squares, (1) 8″ square. Cut a total of 20 sets from a variety of prints. Follow steps 1-8 on your pattern to cut each set into two C shapes and two A shapes. These pieces will form the clam shapes.
Cut the following from four solids colors (cut from each color): (4) 8″ squares, (8) 6 1/2″ squares. Follow steps 1-8 on your pattern to cut 8 A shapes and 8 C shapes from each color. These will be the four solid bands of color in the center of the quilt (for mine, they are light, medium and dark aqua, and olive green).
Cut from one solid color (light pink, for the bottom edge of the quilt): (8) 6 1/2″ squares. Then follow steps 1-2 in your patter to cut 8 C shapes.
Layout (refer to photos above)
Arrange the 8 A shapes that make up the top edge of the quilt (see photo at top, the coral pink is the “top” edge even though it’s at the bottom in that photo) in a row as shown. Choose four of your print fabric sets to make up your first row of clam shapes. Sew the C shapes of the four prints to the top edge (coral) A shapes. Press. These blocks make up the first row of the quilt.
Continue arranging and sewing rows in the same way. For each subsequent row, the A shapes will be the same fabric as the C shapes (half circles) in the row above it. For the last row, use the light pink C shapes to make the bottom edge of the quilt.
Mermaid is an ideal pattern if you are new to curves and want to try it. The shapes are big and the curve is gradual. The Classic Curves Ruler makes the cutting easy, but very accurate. Accurate cuts mean your pieces sew together really easily. You will be a master of curved piecing after making this quilt! (-:
I’d love to see other creative ways you come up with to make this cute pattern!
Note: for the quilt shown, I used prints from several recent collections by Art Gallery Fabrics. The main inspiration was the Bountiful collection by Sharon Holland. If you want a look similar to mine, look for those prints in favorite quilt shop.
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