Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dia de los Muertos

Yes, I know it's a little late for Dia de los Muertos, but I had this idea almost a year ago. It took me little while to find enough suitable fabric for it. The finished quilt top was completed mid October of last year. With my trip to California, then Thanksgiving, and Christmas I finally got the quilt quilted in January. But, then I had to finish a quilt for my mother to be off in the mail this week. So...this week I finished two quilts! Yes! After I quilt, bound, and mailed my mother's quilt back to her I decided it was time to finish hand sewing the binding down on this Dia de los Muertos quilt.

I apologize for not taking any photos of my mom's quilt. OK - I'm not really sorry...but it was kind of cute. Even cuter when I was done - lol. :)

Are you wondering why a Dia de los Muertos quilt? Two years ago Bran and I took a fabulous cruise down the Mexican Riviera with one of my closest friends and his partner. Brad (my friend) loves Mexico, and every year they have a Cinco de Mayo party decked out with fabulous paper banners and Talavera pottery. When I ran across the sugar skull fabric I knew I had to make this quilt.

After completing the quilt top I took it to my local quilt shop to find a backing. Those poor ladies didn't know what to make of my quilt. I think that they appreciated the work, but didn't quite get the skulls and skeletons. But, they were friendly enough and agreed with me when I decided on the Kaffee Fassett fabric to back it with. They did talk me into quilting it with variegated thread which I'm not sure I love, but Bran likes it. I'm hoping that Brad likes it as well.

It's in the mail to Brad and Jim next week. I hope they don't fall over laughing. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Another Give Away!

Heather of A La Mode Fabric is offering another give away. Yummy Munki Munki and other Heather Ross designed fabric is included! Go check it out. :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well I don't have anything new to post as far as my projects. I'm working slowly on a couple of things, but I'm really focusing on a quilt my mother made. She made the quilt top and shipped it to me to back, quilt, and bind. It's totally not my taste - but it's cute. Maybe I'll share when it's done.

Meanwhile though I did take a stab at royal icing! I made the cookie dough, then left in in the fridge for a week. lol. When I did get to the cutting, baking, and icing step Bran wanted to help. Actually we did the whole thing in short bursts. Letting the cookies cool completely and letting the icing dry before moving on the next step. It really wasn't as time consuming as I thought it would be - so we'll be icing more cookies in the future. Bran's not really artistic, but his cookies were fun and whimsical. Fun times. :)

Happy Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year, and Mardi Gras! :)