I found the process relaxing, but didn't manage to get even pointy bits of my clamshells. I'm happy with how it turned out though. I suspect it would be hard to find a method of doing clamshells better than Fiona's. So if you're thinking of doing hand sewn clamshells yourself I'd urge you to check out the tute.
I had some company as I sat and stitched in the form of Little Bebe Turtle one of the things in my swag bag from Chief. Also kind of ironic because I hadn't expected any kind of gift from Chiefs trip as I knew he had very little down time and Ascension is hardly a shopping Mecca. When he mentioned in his last call he hoped he got home to give me my present; Mum and I joked about what he might have found me. From Cyprus he brought me back a wild Flamingo feather. I said to Mum maybe it's a little baby turtle. It's something I'd love to see in the wild.
I used probably two thirds of a charm pack and lots of other random charms I'd collected from swaps and gifts. The backing of the cushion is some Essex Linen I found on the side by my cutting mat. If I'd bought it for another project, I can't remember what! I quilted the back with the same variegated Aurifil as I'd used to hand quilt the clamshells. I was aiming for a very organic wonky straight line and I sort of achieved it. The inside lining (because I thought that was better than just leaving the unfinished wadding.) is a white curtain lining someone gave me recently. There is a little bit of pink trim on the back was left over from binding another quilt that I've not shown you finished yet! And I didn't get a picture of the back. I have been waiting for decent weather to take the front shot. But that isn't about to happen any time soon!
I need to get a fatter cushion form so it fills out and looks nice and plump.
All in all a good weekends work I think, especially as it's all made from stash. It went some way to making up for not having the weekend with Chief I'd hoped for.