First, an update on the quilt, slow and steady.
I have found that because I picked out these colors and combinations so long ago, as I build the rows I get to experience them all over again.  Also, little hexagons sewn together look much different from squares on a table. 

I don’t think I actually wrote about the process at all in earlier posts.  I’m doing the quilt traditional paper piecing style, except I’m using plastic forms for the inserts instead of paper inserts.  The hexagons are about the size of silver dollars, each side is one inch long.  I cut all my fabric into squares first, because I didn’t want to spend my life cutting out hexagons.  The process is as follows:

·         Pin the plastic hexagon form to the fabric

·         Snip off the corners of the square so it is more hexagon shaped

·         Fold over and base the edges of the fabric around the plastic form

·         Then, sew the based pieces together with whip stitch and when all six sides of a form have been surrounded, remove the insert

I’m working in rows because that uses the fewest amount of inserts at one time. 
Next on the old agenda, another under the sea item.  A lovely crocheted conch shell.  I had the worst time figuring out the directions, especially for the point, but as you can see, I was finally successful.  Also, it makes a good home for another under the sea buddy. 
Sharon McGrath
7/18/2014 11:31:35 am

I would love the pattern for the conch shell - would it be possible please?

11/10/2014 04:41:20 am

hyperlink added

Petra Trojer
7/21/2014 09:14:22 pm

hi,love this pattern,looking already for a Long time,it is a pattern of Barbara ...but can not bay it anymore,would you share it with me? please,please,please? Petra

7/25/2014 08:26:26 am

Me, too!!! Where can I find this. I'd like to make it as a gift for a girlfriend of mine who grew up with me next to the sea.

Sandra Barbuzza
8/10/2014 12:47:23 am

I would too, I'm thinking of using this for my wedding. Please let me know as soon as you can. Thank you!!!

10/16/2014 12:34:36 pm

Hi, I'm also looking for this conch shell pattern, so far no luck!

with my needles
11/10/2014 04:42:03 am

hyperlink has been added

Loretta Morandin
11/17/2014 04:45:43 pm

Hi I can see the first page which is a blue crab but then the rest of the pages look blank, thanks so much for sharing this conch shell pattern with us, it is impossible to find on the internet <3

11/18/2014 12:42:40 am

Try now :)

2/9/2015 10:11:34 am

You are a beautiful (wo)man, I love you!! lol, seriously, thanks so much <3 <3 <3 Whoever you are <3

2/9/2015 04:49:43 pm

You are a genius, &such a wonderful, generous one for sharing these treasures. Thank you!!

7/14/2015 03:35:06 am

Thank you for providing the pattern so generously.

9/16/2015 09:49:28 pm

Would love to have this pattern please

Lisa Platz
1/22/2017 11:46:08 am

Is it still possible to get this pattern? Such a beautiful shellc! And crab!!

Loretta Morandin
1/22/2017 10:10:26 pm

Lisa if you have trouble getting it from the link "directions" on the post let me know.

Linda Asmus
2/6/2017 02:37:39 pm

Can I please have the pattern for the conch shell and the crab? We found one exactly like this on the beach in st. John two days ago and my daughter watched it all afternoon. I must make this for her! Love it. What a talent.

Lisa Clark
9/21/2018 11:58:35 pm

I love this! May I have the pattern please? Thank you 😊

Bev Treue
12/19/2018 05:40:27 pm

Beautiful shell . May I have the pattern?

Sherry Shelton
1/12/2019 02:49:14 am

I, too, would like the pattern for the Queen Conch Shell. I live on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and would like to add this to my ornaments for my Christmas tree this year. Thank you.

11/22/2019 06:48:05 pm

Hi Sherry, if you're still looking for the pattern, I found it here

12/14/2020 08:18:33 pm

Very nice blog youu have here


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