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Sunday 6 September 2015

Exploring Seattle WA - Undercover Quilts

End of August I tagged along with my husband on a trip to Seattle, WA then we drove down via Mt St Helens to Oregon visiting Portland, climbing waterfalls and walking on Cannon Beach.  It was another wonderful trip and, of course, I've lots of photos to share with you over several posts.

Ready to visit more scrummy fabric stores with me?

Let's start then at Undercover Quilts in downtown Seattle.

The owner, Linda, is so friendly, I could have stayed for hours chatting with her and when I left I felt like I'd known her for years, how does that happen but when it does it's very special?!  As well as selling all things quilty, fabrics, notions, patterns Linda also displays soooo many fabulous quilts around the store, everywhere you turn there's more gorgeous quilting to ooooh and ahhhhh over.  Linda stocks patterns for many of the quilts displayed and some of the quilts themselves are for sale.

On my trips to the Pacific North West I've been very taken with the designs and symbols of the PNW indiginous people and love how they're incorporated into Undercover Quilts Row by Row pattern.

Linda sells these PNW designs pre-laser cut into fusible fabric - I had to bring these three home with me so I can include them in something for my husband to remember our trips to this region this year.

Haven't though too much about a design for this project yet but I'd like to include this Seattle Map fabric (panel 22" x 36") that Linda gifted to me too.  Isn't it fabulous and it's available exclusively at Undercover Quilts

Now let's have a look at some of the quilts on display when I visited:

Wow to the quilt hanging on the right above - Great Wave of Puget Sound by Mary Downes and I'm totally in love with this Ferns of Hilo, also by Mary Downes in the pic below.

I think Linda told me that this quilt hanging high (pic below) is also by Mary Downes but I'm afraid I'm not 100% certain; I should have found time to write this post sooner before my failing memory got the better of me!

There were quite a few quilts with an Alice in Wonderland theme, which I particularly enjoyed as we're celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll writing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland this year.

Some great details

and texture on display.

There's just so much to see everywhere you turn.

Fabrics are organised by colour, so many batiks to choose from as well as other fabric collections...

...and yes I had to buy just a little for the stash.

If you're visiting Seattle do drop in and say 'hi' to Linda and be sure to tell her I sent you :D

Undercover Quilts
1411 1st Ave Seattle WA 98101
Since my visit to Undercover Quilts they have moved location and I hear they'll now be offering classes from January 2016
- here's their new details

98 Virginia Street
(corner of 1st Avenue and Virginia Street)
Seattle WA 98101
(206) 622-6382
hours: M-Sa 10 am -6 pm / Su 10 am -5 pm
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  1. I'm sorry to hear this sweet shop will be closing, but glad that the owner is ready for a new adventure!

    1. I was sorry too to hear the news Debbie, Linda was wonderful and the store was an Aladdin's Cave for quilters. I believe she's in search of new premises so hopefully there'll be good news to report soon - Chris :D


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