Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Splendid Sampler 2

Here we are for another Splendid Thursday. This week we have a block from Helen Stubbings called Clamshells. Helen made her clam shells using the English paper piecing method. I chose to applique mine as that seemed the easiest for me. One row at a time- fun to stitch. The pattern calls for embroidered flowers but I traced the embroidery design onto freezer paper so that I could applique my flowers. I bought this fabulous Japanese woven in France last year and wanted to use it for my background but was afraid that the embroidery would be lost so applique was the answer. The design is still the same as Helen drew it but it now has balance on my heavier background. There seems to be a theme developing around me and my ability to follow directions.....

It's hard to believe this is already week 3! The summer is flying by!
Here's the link for your pattern.


  1. Lovely! I haven't started mine yet but I like the idea of using appliqué for the clamshells. Barb

  2. I found it to be a nice alternative!