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2018 Finishes

1. Let It Snow by Barbara Ana Designs. Finished Wednesday, January 24, 2018.


2. Victorian Thistles bookmark by Textile Heritage. Finished Wednesday, February 21, 2018.


3. Keep Love by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Saturday, February 24, 2018


4. Fleur d’Orleans by Ink Circles. Finished Wednesday, March 7, 2018


5. A Little Gray Hare by Lizzie Kate. Finished Thursday, March 15, 2018


6. March Cake by Brooke’s Books. Finished Monday, March 26, 2018


7. April Cake by Brooke’s Books. Finished Wednesday, May 2, 2018


8. May Cake by Brooke’s Books. Finished Tuesday, May 29, 2018


9. Japanese Anemones by Sheila Hudson. Finished Tuesday, June 12, 2018


10. The Lily Of The Valley by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, June 27, 2018


11. A Slice of Summer by Waxing Moon Designs. Finished Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10


2. 2009 Finishes- 21


3. 2010 Finishes- 49


4. 2011 Finishes- 26


5. 2012 Finishes- 35


6. 2013 Finishes- 7


7. 2014 Finishes- 19


8. 2015 Finishes- 61


9. 2016 Finishes- 50


10. 2017 Finishes- 30


11. 2018 Finishes-

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The First Day of Spring

Today is the the day of the Vernal Equinox, otherwise known as the first day of Spring. Far from being an arbitrary indicator of the changing seasons, March 20 (March 21 in some years) is significant for astronomical reasons. On March 20, 2010, at precisely 1:32 P.M. EDT (March 20, 17:32 Universal Time), the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.


Translated literally, equinox means "equal night." Because the Sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes. A second equinox occurs each year on September 22 or 23; in 2010, it will be on September 22 at 11:09 P.M. EDT. This date will mark the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern (vernal denotes "spring").


These brief but monumental moments owe their significance to the 23.4 degree tilt of the Earth's axis. Because of the tilt, we receive the Sun's rays most directly in the summer. In the winter, when we are tilted away from the Sun, the rays pass through the atmosphere at a greater slant, bringing lower temperatures. If the Earth rotated on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, there would be no variation in day lengths or temperatures throughout the year, and we would not have seasons.

Modern astronomy aside, people have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years. There is no shortage of rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. Many early peoples celebrated for the basic reason that their food supplies would soon be restored. The date is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is also probably no coincidence that early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.

The first day of spring also marks the beginning of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The celebration lasts 13 days and is rooted in the 3,000-year-old tradition of Zoroastrianism.


To celebrate, I am posting Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring). Blessed Ostara to all of my Pagan and Wiccan friends! :)






So, I have a finish and an almost finish. The almost finish, I ran out of thread. Many thanks to my friend Shannon who is saving my bacon and sending me some Crescent Colours Bandanna in order to complete the project. The other is a CCN piece that became a UFO for whatever reason. Stitchy notes and pics time! :D



Almost Finished:



Design: 4th of July Quaker Style


Designer: AutyTM


Fabric: DMC 28 count natural linen


Fibers: Crescent Colours Antique Lace, Wavy Navy, and Bandanna










Finished:


Design: Daisy Sampler


Designer: Nikki Lehman of Country Cottage Needleworks


Fabric: 28 count unknown green jobelan (possibly Watercress)


Fibers: DMC B5200, Weeks Dye Works Holly and Honeysuckle, Crescent Colours Frozen Margarita and Bramble Bush


Began: 04.30.08

Finished: 03.19.10









I've pulled some more UFO's out of the closet and am working on those. IIRC, the Four Seasons Fatties SAL resumes on Monday, so I will have that to do as well. If Sandy starts off with the Spring section, DH has requested a brown bunny, instead of a pink one. I'll have to find a suitable brown to stitch said bunneh when the time comes. :)



Hope you all are having a great weekend! :)



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Respectfully submitted,


C.

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