The quilt is named . . Saratoga Lights.
Naming quilts is a challenge for me. The gold lights reminded me of the Saratoga Lights. If you’ve not from the east Texas area, you’ve probably never heard of “the light”. You can read about the light here and here and here. There’s a lot of info on the internet about the lights but I can tell you . . I’ve seen them . . quite a few times. Whether it’s a ghost (I don’t believe that but it’s fun to talk about) or some scientific explanation, we had lots of fun in the early to mid-80’s going out there and watching for the light. It’s pretty darned scary . . of course, I’m so scared of the dark and you can only see it after dark so that alone makes it scary for me. One time, the light was in front of us, so bright that it was reflecting off the hood of the car and all of a sudden, it was behind us!
It was about a 2 hour drive from our house and even as adults, we loved to go to our local high school football games, then drive near Saratoga, spend an hour or so on that dirt road that I think is about 8 miles long, then drive to Denny’s in Beaumont for breakfast and get home about 3 or 4 a.m. on a Saturday. There are so many stories about those lights and our former pastor even tells a story about an old house, apparently abandoned, not far off the dirt road. He was out there with a youth group from the church where he was youth pastor, probably in the mid-70’s. There was always a light on in the window in this old house. Never having seen a vehicle around, or any sign of life around the house, and being so sure it was abandoned, the kids decided to walk around and see what they saw. This old woman with long gray hair and kinda spooky looking herself, opened the door and yelled at them. Our pastor friend said those kids scattered through the woods and it took him hours to round them up again.
Anyway, the gold in this quilt reminded me of the dancing light on that road near Saratoga, TX so . . Saratoga Lights it is. Here’s the pattern. You’re not going to believe how quick this quilt is to make til you try it!