Playing with my digital camera last Christmas I created these photos of Christmas Lights. I think they would be great inspiration for an art quilt. They are colorful, dramatic, movement, with line and contrast. Try some yourself this year.
Set your camera for the longest exposure time that you can, 1 to 2 seconds. If you just have basic settings try to find one for Fireworks, Night or better yet, mine has Night-Tripod, any setting that will have a longer exposure. Click the shutter and MOVE fast in the time allowed, move up down sideways, zigzag. Keep trying exposures, moving faster or slower, or smoother, what ever works for your camera.
Try to find a strand of multi color lights, the larger bulbs give off more light and color, than the smaller lights. I haven't tried it with the new LED lights. Distance also makes a difference. If you are closer you get more color bleed, stand further back and you get crisper, finer lines. Hold the camera still or move slower and you get more color bleed as well. That might be the look you like so just try different effects, until you get what you like. It is so nice to be able to see instant results, so you can tell if it worked or not. You would never waste a roll of film on this kind of trial and error.
Go outside tonight and play!! Let me know what you come up with.