Modern Shells

Posted by Gerri Robinson on

If you've been following along with my last couple blog posts here and here, you've already met Diane Merritt of Story of a Quilt.

Today, I'm excited to "Shine a Light" on Amy Brandt (@abrandt2). Amy describes her quilting style as "MOD-itional".  I'm sure its because she has the keen ability to take a traditional design and make it modern.

What I loved and so appreciated when Amy and I first met (initially through email and then on a phone call ) she knows what she likes and stays true to herself! 

At the time, I was needing sewing help for my more traditional designs/fabrics (you know the ones with florals, stars and pinwheels) but that was of no interest to her; she was interested in "playing" with Gem Stones!

Even though I was needing help with "traditional" sewing, I did not want to turn Amy away so I sent her some Gem Stone fabrics and look at what she created!

A stunningly modern Clam Shell Quilt she right fully named Modern Shells!  Isn't it absolutely beautiful?!

Amy used the Classic Curves Ruler by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts and all the Gem Stone prints to create this beauty!

She let the Gem Stone fabric's variety of color and tone within a strip (cut selvage to selvage) do the rest of the work.

 Here's what Amy had to say when she wrapped up her Modern Shells quilt:

"Working with the Gem Stones line is so fun because while some of the gradations are the usual light to dark ombre people have come to expect, others are totally unexpected color combinations, like red and yellow (Red Hot), navy and pink (Blue Raspberry), and blue and chocolate (Ginger Blue).  It adds an element of excitement and interest to an already cool fabric line".

Amy's Modern Shells is pretty straightforward too - no pattern needed!

If you are interested in making Amy's Modern Shells, here's what you'll need:


(1) Classic Curves Ruler by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts found here.

(30) Gem Stone prints1/3 yard EACH.  Bundle found here.


From EACH Gem Stone print; cut:

(1) 8" square FIRST

(2) 6-1/2" squares


Follow the directions in the Classic Curves Ruler by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts to make the shells.

After sewing the curves together, trim the straight edges on the concave part of each square to about 3/8" away from the seam allowance so the shells don't have "little wings"

Well, what do you think?  Going to give it a try?  If you do, I'd LOVE to see your version of Amy's Modern Shells

Send me a picture so I can share it with the rest of our quilting community!

Oh wait!  Amy didn't stop with her Modern Shells design.  With her leftover Gem Stone fabrics from Modern Shells, she whipped up Picnic!

 Interested in making your own Picnic quilt?  You can purchase the pattern here

Until next time - Happy Clam Shell and Picnic Sewing!


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  • Hi Becky!

    Isn’t it fun to see the paths our childhood friends and neighbors take when they grow up, have children and families of their own. I’m glad you were able to see a glimpse of Amy’s talent!

    Amy also makes some incredibly warm and cozy flannel infinity scarves. If you’re ever in the market for some, check her out!

    Gerri Robinson
    Planted Seed Designs

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  • Darlene you should be so proud!

    Amy is a FEARLESS quilter! Has she told you what she’s working on now. A technique and design I have the utmost admiration for but too afraid to try.

    I haven’t seen any pictures yet to see how its going but she posted a picture of her son pulling her hair and I wondered if that’s how she’s feeling as she works on it.

    I can’t wait to see what inspires Amy next!

    Gerri Robinson
    Planted Seed Designs

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  • We lived near Amy when she was growing up. Very awesome to see a now grown young lady with a fabulous talent!

    Becky Stewart on
  • Amy Brandt is my granddaughter. She and her mother (my daughter) both make gorgeous quilts! I’m not a quilter, but I am proud!

    Darlene Swanson on

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