If I recall correctly, (it was many months ago she gave this quilt into my care, Lori has been very patient with me) she bought the fabrics on a trip to Alaska. Lori said the pattern calls for some crystals to be added, but she most likely won't add them.
I love all the curved shapes in this quilt. The flowing bands of color in the body of the quilt are meant to represent the Northern Lights, so I used quilting designs with lots of motion in them.
It's very hard to see, but I increased the scale of the quilting as the bands got lower on the quilt--again, looking for movement.