Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Northern Lights

I completed the top of my small quilt begun on Wednesday,
for this I used a quarter of the Rail Fence block
along with a completely different setting
to the original by Sujata

The Northern Lights
37" x 49"
Fabrics by Kaffe Fasset and Caryl Bryer-Fallert
This is another "story quilt" see below

The Northern Lights can be seen from the very top of
Scotland and I'd love to say that I had seen this wonderful sight before
we came to New Zealand in 1980,  I didn't but I have seen clips
many times of course.

There is a play on words with this piece, we come from
Lancashire in the North of England. For anyone who knows something of that area
there is a town called Blackpool, very famous for what is known as
'The Lights". In Autumn the whole sea front -  lamp posts, shops buildings - for miles is
decorated with the most amazing array of  bright lights, there could be
huge models of for example Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other
well known story book characters,
huge Catherine Wheels, spinning away merrily on top of the lamp posts.
 There is also Blackpool Tower - a sort of mini Eiffel Tower -
totally decorated and lighting the sky for miles around.
 The trams which run along the sea front are also
fully decorated and all lit up, it really is a sight to see and children absolutely
love it - I certainly did -  actually so do the adults! Sitting on a tram
or walking along by the side of the sea eating Candy Floss or sucking on sticks
of Blackpool rock was my idea of heaven.
For followers of Coronation Street, Hayley and Roy Cropper go for a special
weekend to see The Lights and dance in The Tower Ballroom after
she has received her diagnosis of cancer.

Absolutely loved making this version and I think another one is
waiting in the wings!



  1. I don't even know how to describe my reaction! This is phenomenal. You have to enter it a noteworthy quilt show.

    1. Linda I feel very humbled by your response to The Northern Lights, thank you so very much. We don't have many quilt shows here in New Zealand but we have a National one coming up early next year, I shall definitely try and get this in somewhere!!

  2. There is so much energy & light in your quilt ... love it! And your story is wonderful!

    1. Thank you Margaret, and I'm pleased you liked the story!

  3. You drew such a magnificent picture of Blackpool! I love the vibrancy of your quilt! I love it when our work churns up emotions and memories, or transports to another place. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Sujata - I realise this is quite a different setting but happy that you like it.

  4. what a unique use of Sujata's Rail Fence block! your quilt absolutely glows! having seen the Aurora Borealis several times, I can say that you've truly captured both the colors and movement of that wonderful phenomenon. a simply stunning piece!

  5. I'm thrilled to read your comment - thank you so much!

  6. I love this. The colors are so rich. Wonderful. I really like the setting, too.

    1. Thank you Mary Ellen.Originally my intention was to set the blocks square but they looked too flat and I was much happier with the on point.


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