It’s that time of year again – when I rant about Daylight Savings Time. The original purpose of DST was to add an hour to standard time to make better use of daylight and conserve energy.
Germany was the first country of the modern era to use DST in 1916 (during WWI) to minimize artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort. In the US, President Wilson continued the worldwide trend by signing DST into the law; again, to support the war effort.
The Water Clock inside The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
But the history and usage of the idea goes back centuries. Ancient civilizations adjusted their daily schedules to the movements of the Sun. The Romans used water clocks with different scales for different months of the year. Now that’s an idea I can get behind – gradual changes per month would be easier for me to adjust to rather than this twice a year disruption!
So now that I have the rant behind me, here’s a sneak peak of the two quilts that I have finished quilting recently:
I have four new pantos from Urban Elementz that I have been auditioning. The two for today are both designed by Sarah Ann Myers and digitized by Patricia Ritter. The one on the brown quilt is called Alfalfa. I like that one a lot. And the one on the red/green quilt is called Retrographics 2. I like the design, but I will adjust that one to make it more compact the next time I use it. I wanted a more open design so my children’s quilts wouldn’t be so stiff, but I think the way I did this one is too open. It does look good, but there will be another time! More photos when these get bound …