I think I am about half way through the top. A long way before I get to the quilting...
I am alternating light and dark prints in the rows - not attempting to reproduce any particular time period - other than pre-1900's. A couple rows are a little muddy - but I like that!
I also have a pile cut and ready for hand piecing.
See my metal ARDCO template?
I have several of these templates and I love them!
Metal, sandpaper backs, easy to use...available in numerous shapes and sizes.
For this project, I marked the front of the fabric and use a needle turn technique to apply each shell to the row. There are many techniques to do this, depending on your stitching preferences.
This undocumented shell pin cushion looks just like a Shaker creation.
"Sisters at the North Family, at Sabbath Lake made a scallop shell cushion around 1880. These were never advertised" (1)
"The shells were harvested from the Maine shore, thus no two are alike. By the time the first catalog was issued in 1910, this style of pin cushion was no longer being made." (2)
These small shell containers, are often seen as thimble holders.
The larger of the three shown is about 4" long. It will easily hold a small sewing kit.
The medium one is shown with an adult size 8 thimble and the little one has a child sized thimble.
I only but the older shells with the beaded brass rim and two tab latch.
Have a great week.
(1) From Shaker Lands - Products of The Hands pg 156 M. Stephen Miller
(2) Inspired Innovations - A celebration of Shaker Ingenuity Pg 145 M. Stephen Miller
Thimble Holder Museum HERE