For the Fiberactions challenge word, “Transformation”, I decided I wanted to do something that’s been in my head for several years. I wanted to make a quilt with Northern Lights, that actually lights up when plugged in. I started with a regular 16 x 20 inch canvas, and painted the back side of it black, with streaks of pearlescent paints on top. I bought a 5 foot length of Elwire light, a thin flexible neon light, & stitched it on the the back side surface of the canvas, punching a hole through to push the plug through to the other side. In the lower right hand corner you can see the transformer tucked in place. The dots are crystals glued on between the light. I had already made the quilt to go over this, & after experimenting with different layers of sheer fabrics to diffuse the light, I settled on a sheer silk chiffon, gathered & stapled in place over the lights.
I next stapled the quilt over the lights, then finished the back by hand sewing it in place. Below is the picture of the back pinned on ready for the hand sewing. To the right is how it looks in the dark, with the light inside on.