I’m a budding knitter and I have so much love for those beautiful Fair Isle knitting patterns. I’ve tried one or two really simple projects, and have come to the conclusion that unless you are A) a knitting diva or B) you were born with 7 extra fingers on your left hand to handle knitting with multiple strands of yarn at once, Fair Isle is very, very tricky! So, I did the next best thing and took some of my favorite motifs and put them together into a quilt! Introducing … Northern Lights!
When I finished my first sketch back in December, I had only envisioned the lighter version of the quilt. I wanted a Christmas-y feeling quilt that could be left out on the couch until February without it being too obvious that I still hadn’t gotten around to putting the decorations away. I opted for a crisp, snowy background with a modern twist on the classic Fair Isle colors. Funnily enough, the colors were my high-school colors (go big blue!) … and since the boys will be going to the same school, maybe some day it’ll become our go-to sporting events quilt too!
Sometime after the holidays, about the time I shipped my Selkie quilt off to my magazine editor, I was thinking about how much I love, love, love that deep, gorgeous blue … and it hit me! I needed a dark version of this quilt too! A quilt that was nice and modern … and most importantly … one that used the exact same pattern but didn’t look anything at all like a holiday quilt!
Both quilts finish at 64″ square and were made with Connecting Thread’s Quilter’s Candy Solids in shades of Persian Blue, Peridot, Grey, and White. The fabulous quilting on both quilts was done by Darby at the Quilted Squid – love her!!
We were lucky enough to be able to steal away for a few days right after the Fourth of July for a little R-n-R (or as close to it as you can get with two toddler-hooligans) in one of my favorite places on earth! Squaw Valley – just about 6 or 7 miles away from Lake Tahoe – was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. They’ve since converted the Olympic Village into a beautiful little ski resort and hotel … and the whole little mini-town overlooks this gorgeous meadow surrounded by mountains. Think of it as a mini-Yosemite, but with much-less dramatic rock faces.
We’ve only stayed overnight a few times, but it’s only about 90 miles away from our home, so we love bring the bikes and kiddos up to ride along the Truckee River Bike Trail. We typically park at the resort, and let me tell you … I have been eyeing that split rail fence as a possible quilt photography location since the first time I saw it. We just don’t have places like this closer to home … at least I haven’t found any yet!
Ok … are you totally on photo overload yet? If you’re interested in making your own version of our Northern Lights Quilt, we now have the .pdf pattern available on Craftsy, and both kits available in our etsy shop or directly through our website by clicking one of the kit images below.