It's month 3 of the Clamshell Club!
Month 1 was all about process, figuring out which method would work for me; in month 2 I started my actual rows. Now, in month 3, I've made some progress and it looks like it may someday be a quilt! Hooray!
But our grandmothers made pieces much like this, scrappy and full of imperfections so I'm not going to fuss over it; I'll make adjustments where I can to hopefully end up with something square-ish. And when it comes time to hand-quilt it, there will be lots more imperfections added I'm sure! It's 60 inches wide so it fits perfectly atop my picnic table.
I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying this process; I've been terrified of applique, but the stitching itself is not hard (probably a perfect introduction with those gentle curves) and I've been very relaxed about the whole thing. It will be no technical marvel when complete, but there will be Love in every stitch and will certainly meet the primary goal of becoming a pretty and warm blanket.
I have a friend who is a professional aquaculturist; some of my fondest memories from my late youth and early adulthood are of time spent at the Clam Farm where he worked growing seed clams. He grew the common local variety, Mercenaria Mercenaria. I think the proper name for this quilt is Mercenaria Fabricaria!