This work-in-progress quilt doesn’t have a name yet. Also, it’s been in a drawer for so long that I know it doesn’t care – it’s just happy to have seen the light of day.

At the first QuiltCon, Andover gave away some charm packs of Victorian Modern by Modern Quilt Studio (aka Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr). When I got home, I sewed my charm pack into a long rectangle and sashed it in some white.

Then I promptly stuffed it in a drawer and started the next project.

Last week, I had reserved some time at the long arm at Sew Crafty in Durham, NC, and I realized that I wasn’t going to finish my planned quilt top in time. I decided to grab this from the drawer, add gray negative space to either side of my sashed rectangle, and use the long arm time anyway.

Clamshell and Dogwood Quilting

I relished the time on the long arm, and the purging felt oh-so-good.

I kept passing over this time after time, and I because I never started it with a specific intention, it never inspired completion. Rachel over at Stitched in Color is hosting a Purge-Along this summer, and I plan to ride that wave of motivation till all of my hardly-started and barely-loved projects/fabrics have been made into something.

Dogwood Quilting on Front

Okay, that might be ambitious. But two. Or three. I can take at least three big things that are just cluttering up my sewing space. I can take those three things and make them into something I can use now.

Dogwood Quilting on Back

Like this quilt which can now be used on my little one’s bed when the weather gets colder. See that fleece backing? It’s an old heavy fleece sleeping bag liner that was much better suited for Montana than North Carolina. Now that it’s got something pretty on one side of it, it’s much more likely to come out of the linen closet. Hooray for purging! (or up-cycling?)

Clamshell and Dogwood Quilting on table

I still need to bind and wash it, but I’m looking forward to seeing how those clamshells crinkle up.


Linking up with the other works-in-progress at Freshly Pieced.


  1. Heather

    Hi – I am very impressed with your clamshell quilting. Can you tell me whether you marked the shells, or how you managed to get it so even looking (something I am struggling with when I try to fmq clamshells)?

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