As a new member of The Quilters Guild, I am in awe of the work people produce. I recall my first visit to Festival of Quilts and being blown away by the variety, quality, skill and imagination demonstrated in the work on show.
My first venture with patchwork was a duvet cover made in the early 80's, using Clamshells. I have to confess I have barely touched the skills again until 2016. It was then, as a tutor with the company that runs the Festival of Quilts (FoQ), I noticed a gap in the skills on offer in workshops. Nobody was teaching how to use Clamshells! So I proposed workshops, introducing my method of preparing and then piecing my favourite shape.
In 2017 I taught my first workshops at FoQ and have taught each year since.
Then in 2019 I entered my first quilt into the competition at FoQ. The feedback from the judges was very useful and informative. I'm looking forwards to showing another piece just as soon as I can get it finished. No surprise, it will be more Clamshells.
You may have noticed by now, I am a bit obsessed with Clamshells. I can see the beauty in other patterns and shapes, and enjoy the glorious variety in the work of others. However, I have so many ideas for exploring the variety to be found from Clamshells, I need at least 36 hours a day to make real the ideas I want to explore. But I'm sure I'm not alone with that feeling ........