Aurora – the quilting – 2018.01.31

I started designing and cutting fabric for ‘Aurora’ last Tuesday.


On Wednesday, I got it completely pieced.  It took all day, but I was determined to get it done.  I came perilously close to running out of one of the background fabrics, and had to resew some of the angled seams more than once.


On the weekend, I quilted it.  I used variegated poly-sheen thread. I have 2 spools – one is neon colors, the other is shades of pink. I’m matchstick quilting as I thought that would add to the impression of vertical streaks of light and color.


This is after 30 minutes of quilting – so, yes, it did take most of the weekend.  But I’m so happy with the result.



Here is “Aurora’ finished, and ready to be submitted to the SAQA exhibit Dusk to Dawn – the deadline to enter is today, so I just squeaked in under the wire.  The finished size is 27″ x 29″.



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11 Responses to Aurora – the quilting – 2018.01.31

  1. Rose-Marie Christie says:

    Turned out amazingly. The quilting defines it. Love it!

  2. Susan says:

    Wow! You definitely captured the lights with this one – just beautiful!

  3. knitnkwilt says:

    Matchstick? I think it toothpick. Or maybe straight pin. That is really close quilting. Looks good.

  4. linda says:

    Love this! Quilting is stunning.

  5. M. Martens says:

    I love what you did with the fabric and the ‘matchstick’ quilting. It sure shows the lights bouncing around.

  6. Patricia says:

    Oh my gosh! Your photos kept me captivated and the final shot – stunning!

  7. Lena says:

    A beautiful piece, Terry, and impressive technical mastery, as always! I was really interested in seeing how this turns out, because last year we had an exhibition themed “Aurora” and there were a lot of interesting interpretations – great to see yours now too.

  8. Maggie says:

    Love the quilting and colours of the threads. Your Aurora looks beautiful.

  9. Sheila bieman says:

    A beautiful interpretation of the show’s theme. Congrats.

  10. fndlmous says:

    Nicely done! I’ve tried to re-create northern lights but you appear to have nailed it!
    Pat F in Winnipeg

  11. Rebecca Grace says:

    This is gorgeous, Terri! It’s EXACTLY like the aurora borealis!

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