Northern Lights

I fell in love with this quilt the first time I saw it back in 2013. But by the time I got around to buying the pattern it wasn’t in stock at the LQS. I put my name on the list to buy the Hex N More ruler, hoping there would be a pattern coming with the order. Not so. On our 2015 Row x Row Road Trippers adventure I found the pattern at Kismet Quilts in Port Alberni. Life sometimes gets in the way of getting things done, but this was definitely not going to get forgotten!!  Last May I had the flimsy done, and the backing ready to go. I couldn’t find any flannel backing so went with the Fireside. It’s 100% polyester and I’ve heard it referred to as “adult minke.”  I wanted to quilt the individual “lights” with a variety of free motion designs. One definitely needs to be in the right space to do that and so there it hung, waiting until the right time to quilt.

<— This is my colour version. I used all but the purples from my stash. That’s some Canuck blue in there. Unfortunately the Canuck green didn’t go with the other green/blues in my stash. Probably a good thing as the recipients are diehard Maple Leaf fans. ;)

I loved the finish of the Fireside backing but I found it heavy to work with. This is a lapsize quilt,  51″ x 64.” BUT it definitely finishes beautifully. The colour here is Lagoon. To make the label I used my inktense pencil crayons to colour the northern lights onto white fabric which was then appliqued onto a half hexagon.

I used three different variegated threads and seven different free motion designs. I’d almost completed all the designs and decided I didn’t like one so spent the next 3+ hrs unpicking!! Talk about a labour of love! lol The more you practice the better you get. :D

<—This movie, Aurora Borealis, is a favourite of mine. It’s about an elderly man and his grandson and awesome. One day I’ll be heading north to see and hear those beautiful lights.

Here is the link to Jaybird Quilts. Those patterns & rulers are awesome.


The best part of this quilt is how much it is loved and appreciated by the recipients,         Mr & Mrs Jones.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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