Waiting In The Wings

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Northern Lights

In my last post on 
I had just started on my take of a Rail Fence
as part of the
Quilt Along at Cultural Fusion Quilts

This is
The Northern Lights

a mix of Kaffe Fasset fabrics and Ombres from
Caryl Bryer Fallert.

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.

Linking up with
Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015

Enjoy the weekend.



Julierose said...

Oh what a lovely posting, Maureen--I LOVE your rails--they are not like the pattern are they? I had trouble cutting those 20" of 4-layer fabrics...your mix of solids and KF's is just gorgeous--so rich--perfect title...hugs, Julierose

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

The ombre fabrics really give it a lot of motion.
I have seen the northern lights once, fairly rare where I live. We had company that night and when we walked them out to their car we looked up to the beautiful color in the sky.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Great story to go with your quilt. So bright, love it!

Sally Trude said...

It glows. So beautiful.

gayle said...

Absolutely beautiful. I've seen the Northern Lights several times - once where they filled half the sky with shimmering waves of color. Your quilt captures that.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Interesting vibrant layout and what a wonderful story in your post.

Nell's Quilts said...

Great tale about your home time. Dazzling northern lights.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A great finish! and I really enjoyed reading all about Blackpool. I've been there, only it was v. cloudy & grey, couldn't see anything, never mind the lights!

Kaja said...

This is really striking and so different from the other Rail Fence quilts I have seen - I love it. I've been to Blackpool but never for the illuminations.

scraphappy said...

So many beautiful fabrics.

Ann said...

What a glorious quilt, Maureen. Your setting is so perfect for your story: both Northern Lights and Catherine Wheels. I had heard of Blackpool Light ((singular) but thought it referred to a lighthouse. What a wonderful memory. Thanks for sharing it and the quilt.

Edith said...

This quilt is gorgeous, and thank you for sharing about "The Lights", might have to include that on a future trip itinerary.

PaulaB quilts said...

Your quilt is just gorgeous and I am sure the photo does not do it justice. The ombré colors look like actual lights, amazing. Thank you for sharing the story about Blackpool also. What q wonderful memory!

Sheila said...

LOVE your quilt in progress. I didn't know about The Lights in Blackpool or the Coronation Street tv series. I took some time to read some about both on the internet. Very interesting!
I've never seen the Northern Lights, but they are on my bucket list.

Raewyn said...

You paint a beautiful picture, and your quilt glows. Something elso on my bucket list!!