I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new yesterday...clamshell quilting with my walking foot! I've been wanting to try this ever since I read about it in Jacquie Gering's book, WALK. If you're interested in machine quilting with your home sewing machine and you haven't read this book, go order it from Amazon now! It seriously is so inspiring! I've been quilting with my walking foot for almost ten years now, but I've mostly only quilted using straight vertical or horizontal lines. Until I read Jacquie's book, I honestly had no idea how many different quilting designs are possible with a walking foot. There are so many great ideas in this book!
I'm not going to lie, this clamshell quilting wasn't exactly easy, but I did get the hang of it after several rows. It definitely took some practice to know when and how to turn the quilt to result in curved lines with the walking foot. I spent a whole day quilting, and still only got about half of this quilt done (and it's a small wall hanging)...it's definitely time consuming! But I really like the texture it gives the quilt. You actually quilt the lines on a diagonal starting at the top left hand corner of the quilt and moving downwards. Then once you've quilted all the lines in one direction, you rotate the quilt and do the same thing from the adjacent side. As the lines intersect, it will form the clamshell design. You keep rotating your quilt until all of the lines are quilted.