Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scrap Happy!

I fell in love with this quilt pattern the minute I saw it in the May-June, 2009 issue of Fons & Porter's "Love of Quilting" magazine. The pattern is called "Seams of Opal." It's supposed to look like the vibrant and briliiant colors of an opal. I also call this "My Happy Quilt."

1,723 pieces of fabric went into making this queen-size quilt. Thank goodness my husband likes it. LOL! He probably wouldn't sleep under this quilt if he thought it was ugly (or too feminine).

I'm not sure if you can see it clearly. I tried to show the quilt design in this picture. I love red. It's my favorite color, and so I had to use red-binding on this quilt.

One of the new things I did with this quilt is to create a label that would be sewn into the quilt backing BEFORE the 'sandwich' was quilted together. I added strips of fabric from the same fabric used on the top of the quilt. I liked how it turned out. The embroidery was done by a friend of mine. I think it's very important to add a label to a quilt. It gives the recipient or owner of the quilt an idea of when the quilt was made, and the styles of fabrics which were available during that time. It makes the quilt a part of your personal history.

Thanks for stopping by, today!


Erin K said...

This is stunning! Did you have two awesome quilts in your work in progress pile or did you do all this just sense the last awesome quilt you posted for us?

Amazing work!!

Ethel Amutan said...

Hi Erin! Thank you! These projects were WIP's. The star sampler was from last year; and the Scrap Happy quilt was a WIP from back in February (long story why it took so long....) I have two other WIP's that I'm working on. I want to have them finished by the end of the year, but it really is tough trying to squeeze sewing time in between work and home. (( HUGS ))

Anonymous said...

OMG Ethel, this quilt is gorgeous! I am green with envy- I can't sew a straight line if my life depended on it! LOL! Love all your quilt work!