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Mary Schafer Quilt and Ephemera Collection


Clamshell
Mary Schafer
c. 1966
Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan
Cotton with Polyester batting
82 x 96
MSUM# 1998:53.13
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

The complexity of piecing the Clamshell pattern, due to the connecting of convex and concave edges, made this historically a quilt with a high level of difficulty. The National Quilt Association awarded two blue ribbons to this Clamshell quilt at their charter show in 1970. It is also the first quilt pictured in Delores Hinson’s book, A Quilters Companion.



Mary proudly displays her Clamshell quilt.

Fabric in the Clamshell design.

Prize ribbons received for the Clamshell quilt from the Saginaw County Fair and the National Quilters’ Association.


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