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. :)


manuela said...

Your quilt is fabulous! Such a great gift, I am sure your friends will go nuts when they receive it!

Karen said...


Jim Webb said...

It will be loved, I promise! We are anxious to see it and Brad will be very, very happy with it. I think it's creative and gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

You can see a Goth wedding quilt in my Flickr quilt set at nycstitcher--there were skull candles as centerpieces and the bride wore black--the result was that I now understand the current passion for looking at how short our lives are and expressing it in these surprising ways! Love the bright colors in your quilt!

Karen said...

That's a cool quilt! Thanks for stopping by. :)