Equinox

Here we are already at the Spring Equinox: one of the two points in the year at which day and night are equal.  I don’t know why the Met Office insists on calling this the first day of Spring.  It isn’t.  It’s the middle of Spring.  If the Midwinter Solstice is on 21st (-ish) December, and the Midsummer Solstice is the 21st (-ish) of June, (and if, logically, these mark the middle of winter and summer respectively) then the mid-point of Spring must be 21st (-ish) March.  Pagan tradition has it that Spring begins with Imbolc, on 1st February, and ends with the start of Summer at Beltane (1st May).  The light changed in February, from winter to spring, and it will change again at the beginning of May.

Pedantry aside, I made this simple quilt to mark the midpoint of the season:

Equinox (13″ x 24″)

A very simple design, and quite simply executed.  It’s hand-pieced, with an equal amount of light and dark fabric, and is hand-quilted.  Unusually for me, I did use wadding (batting) in this one, and  did some embrilting – Arlee’s word for embroidery that also functions as quilting.  It’s very dark here today, so the photos aren’t great.

This being a day of equilibrium and balance, it seems appropriate to stand still for a while and consider where I want to go next.  So that is what I shall do with the rest of today.
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10 Responses to Equinox

  1. jenclair says:

    Love the graphic and organic quality to this quilt, and the center stitching, and the idea creating a quilt for "mid-season"–great way to celebrate!

  2. arlee says:

    I too was always taught that March 21st was the "official" first day of Spring—-so happy Spring tomorrow :}And doesn't embrilting give a lovely texture? This looks most excellent!

  3. Amo House says:

    I hope you've had a nice balancing day. The quilt is lovely.

  4. karen says:

    standing still works, i've been doing it all week.

  5. jenny says:

    a really beautiful piece xxx

  6. yvette says:

    we have the same titel today…happy equinox…i've never heard of but lets enjoy the balancesloveyvette

  7. Mnemosyne says:

    love this!!!

  8. Sandra says:

    You're getting your own style more and more.I love the stiches in the middle of the year wheel.I also have some difficulty in understanding why the calender says it's spring now for nature often shows otherwise.

  9. Sandra says:

    P.S.I used some of your fabrics in the mood cloth.

  10. I love the circle and its stitched center the most!

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