Sunday, January 17, 2010

Antidote to Grey, OR: My Seattle Streets Floral Quilt Top

If Google sent you here when you came looking for directions to the Seattle Streets Quilt? You actually want my "pictorial tutorial" page. Click here and have fun.

I am quite certain there will come a time when I look and this quilt and think:

Too colorful! Too busy! Too gaudy! Too gosh-darn many flowers!!

January in Seattle is not that time.

I love bright-colored quilts, and I've always wondered how far I could push it and still have the black neutralize the color conflicts. With this quilt I have learned: not quite this far. I think the sum of the parts in this one is a little greater than the whole. I actually like it better in smaller doses than in the full, completed quilt. Like this up-close photo.

Even so, though, I still like the quilt. But it's less in a "wow, the finished product is beautiful" way and more in a "pink flamingos" way. I know it's a bit much, but I love it anyway.

I think I'm going to back it in flannel. And once it's done, I can see myself dragging it out of the cedar chest every January 1 and snuggling under it for three or four grey, wet months.

You know. Until we get some actual flowers and sunshine.

(Directions for the Seattle Streets Quilt are here.)


Judy Laquidara said...

I love it and don't think it's too bright at all but if you do think it's too bright .. what if you quilted it heavily using a gray thread? That might tone it down a bit.

Laurie said...

Judy, great minds! I was thinking an overall quilting pattern with kind of a greyish sage green.

Lori in South Dakota said...

nope, not too bright at all. I like that all blocks are bright beautiful flowers.

Kathy said...

Laurie, I like the fact that you went all the way with this. In for a dime, in for a dollar, as the saying goes. It glows like stained glass and is beautiful! It's like a watercolor quilt on steroids!
Kathy in Williamsburg

Laurie said...

"watercolor quilt on steroids."

This made me laugh out loud!

(Thanks for the encouragement, ladies. It makes me feel more positive about how I spent my week.)

Tamera said...

You said that you like it in small doses like the close up, but just think...when you're wrapped up in it, you'll have it in small doses. It will hardly ever be all stretched out so you see the whole thing at once.

Besides, I agree with everyone else. It looks like a beautiful stained-glass window...with flowers...who could ask for anything more in the gray wet wintertime?

Quiltsmiles said...

Your quilt shines! Love the way it lights up in areas of your floral fabrics. It's beautiful, nicely done.

pansylovr said...

I love this quilt but can see where it might seem a little overwhelming. If you want to make a similar quilt in the future, I would use maybe 3/4 of the florals and 1/4 of blending solids. That might help you feel it is a little calmer.
Me, I love it! What is the fabric line that you used?

Candace said...

I think it is beautiful, and when quilted will be even more so.

AnnieO said...

I agree with Judy, it's not too bright and all that "order" with the sashing calms down the colors so they look like photographs in each box. Really wonderful quilt--congratulations!

Kim said...

Is beautiful Laurie. Love all the color -- and yes, will do quite nicely during the grey days of winter in the Northwest!