Did you/ will you celebrate the Winter Solstice this year? Here on the east coast of the US it was at 11:49 last night; for Europe it was early this morning. The longest night and the shortest day of the year. It’s not an event my family has ever really celebrated, but every year I imagine us making the time to mark the event. I picture a day of peace and simple beauty. A bundled-up nature walk in the low afternoon sun, a crackling fire, a special homemade stew. New pajamas? We did have a lovely soup for dinner last night but otherwise we didn’t break from the rush of this season. Next year, we keep saying…
I did gather myself together long enough last night to list my Winter Solstice template pack in my Etsy shop. I love how the star looks almost like a snowflake. My sweet friend Carissa came up with the name for me many months ago and so I thought I should list the templates for sale in honor of the night.
There are three pack sizes, containing enough templates for 1, 2, or 9 stars. The star finishes 17″ high and 15″ wide, and can be appliqued onto an 18″ pillow or quilt block or set together with 1″ hexagons and 1″ 60 degree diamonds. Or, it can “float” alone in a sea of as many 1″ hexagons as you like! If you want to make the 58″x64″ layout shown below, you will need a large pack of Winter Solstice stars, a large pack of 1″ hexagons, and a small pack of 1″ diamonds. You also need a few 1″ equilateral triangles for the edges, which I include for free with your package. If you are doing a smaller layout and only need a few diamonds/ triangles, let me know in the notes to seller and I’ll just throw them in for free 🙂
So here she is, Winter Solstice. If you have any winter solstice traditions or have heard of any nice ones, I would love to hear about it!