The days may still be warm, but this time of year still signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Leaves have started to turn, and days are significantly shorter. Soon we’ll engage in the ritual of turning back the clock to try to capture more daylight in our waking hours.
The quilt block, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, caught my attention a few months ago and almost immediately the idea of taking from one to give to another reminded me of our attempts to manage daylight through changing the clock each fall and spring. I assembled twelve blocks and pondered what to do next. I realized I had inadvertently created the twelve months of the year. I wanted to enhance the center circle in each, and thought about the variation in light throughout the day.
The result is Spring Ahead, Fall Behind. You can “read” the quilt (a smallish wall hanging, actually) a few different ways. The left-hand column is fall, followed by winter, then spring, with the right-hand column as summer. You can also “read” it by rows, with the top as day, the middle as noon, and the bottom as evening. Putting these two readings together and you may see the change of light throughout the days of each season. And of course you can just stand back and take in the entire piece, letting the world spin.