Saturday, January 23, 2010

Seattle Streets Gallery

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.

Okay, I'll admit it. I am probably a one-trick pony. I have only designed one quilt in my life, and that's probably the only one I'll ever design.

Oddly, that's enough. This quilt, with it's stained glass look? It touches my heart. I love making it, and I love seeing what other people have done with it.

Over the past few years I've posted photos as people send them to me, but now that I've finally finished the "How to Make Seattle Streets" tutorial, I thought this would be a good time to gather them all together in a gallery. So here you go. Huge thanks to everybody who's sent me pictures.

If you make this quilt, I'd love to add you to the gallery. Please send the finished photo to me at eastsidequilter[at]aol[dot]com.

And when times get tough remember this saying, which I read in the cancer library at UW Medical Center when my son was getting chemo:

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

(Directions for how to make this quilt are here.)

First, the original, in sunset colors, mostly batiks. Which is STILL not quilted but will be someday. I swear.

After that, I wanted to see if this pattern worked in novelty prints. It did. (Or at least I think it did. But I have a very high tolerance for "bright.") This is one of three identical quilts I did in Christmas fabrics. The actual quilt is much brighter -- the flash kind of washed it out.

(The link will take you to a tale of true love, "Love and Polyester.")

This one is Christina's quilt -- a king-sized that she was going to quilt with quilt-as-you-go. Sadly, the system didn't save the larger photo. (Christina, if you're out there, I'd love to see the finished product.

Ooh! A Quilt Pink quilt for breast cancer from Sue in Minnesota! This one's especially fun because it lets me see what the quilt is like with light-colored leading.

And here's where Seattle Streets goes international! This one's from Dot in England.

I decided to give it a try in muslin, to go for a mosaic tile look rather than a stained glass look. (The fabrics are much brighter and spring-ier in real life, but you can get a better idea by clicking on the photo.) Looking forward to getting this one quilted -- for some reason my piecing and pressing here are a bit sketchy!

If you were wondering how this would look with focus pieces, like, say, T-shirts? Robin has your answer.

These fun quilts come from Diana. I really like the color choices and the borders.

Okay, I know I shouldn't play favorites, but this one from Holly in Ohio is just too creative and fun! It's not quilted -- it's made to fit the areas behind the cross, then stapled to insulation board. More details are here.

And I really like both the color choices and the borders in this one by Jo Ann -- the feel is very reverent (although she says the colors are much brighter in person.)

Here's my quilt top done in cool colors. 45"x60" with 15" block. This thing ate up fabric like PacMan! (It was actually much prettier in real life than in the photo, but next time I'll use a black border instead of just the binding.)

Two really nice ones from Ann in African fabrics. First, the quilt:

And nex, the wall-hangin, which I absolutely adore! I love how she reverses the borders around each applique block. (Be sure to click on the photo for a larger version.)

This one is from Judy. She didn't pick the fabrics herself -- it was a "paper bag" quilt from her guild. The fabric is donated in a paper bag, and it was her job to make a nice-looking quilt with it for charity. I think she succeeded!

These pictures came from Sheila, who says:

I will take them to church and we give our quilts to either a benefit for a local person with health issues or to a girls ranch for teens in some sort of trouble. The ladies at church thought it looked like stained glass and really liked it. I started with 6", 5" and 4", but when I cut the first strips apart they were a little blah so cut up some 2" and 3", really made a difference.

She included a close-up to show that the fabrics aren't actually solids.

And last but not least is the extremely bright quilt I used for the tutorial: My Seattle Streets floral.

(I think that's all I've gotten. If you've made one, or even already sent one, and it's not here, please email me! Address is towards the top of the post.)


Anonymous said...

Wow, These are great. This quilt is on my immediate to do list. Over and Over again. The possibilities are endless!!

Candy said...

Laurie, if you're gonna be a "one trick pony", you hit the spotlight on the first try!! This is an awesome quilt pattern! I found "Floral Seattle Streets" on one of the yahoo groups I belong to (maybe Stashbusters?) and when someone commented that THEY had also made a Seattle Streets quilt, I googled "Seattle Streets Pattern"
and here you are!! My friend and I work in a quilt shop and she just cut out FQ's of that same floral line that you used for us and we can't WAIT to start! Thank you so much!

Candy & Cheryl