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.)