I’ve been invited to participate in a co-operative quilt project for Dia de Los Muertos. Nine designers will each make a block depicting her version of a sugar skull. Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated for three days this year, beginning on October 31st. Observed in Mexico, and throughout the Catholic world, it is a time when deceased relatives are invited to rejoin their earthly families for a brief visit. In Southern Mexico, food, flowers, and toys are offered up for the festivities which may also include a visit to the local cemetery for a picnic, music, card games, and reminiscences. The artful sugar skulls are an important part of the holiday. They are painstakingly decorated with bright colors and then placed on a departed relative’s grave as a yummy offering of remembrance. I don’t doubt that many of the candy and cookie skulls end up in someone else’s stomach.
Island Batiks http://www.islandbatik.com is supplying the fabric for this project. Of course, since I love the idea of unusual embroidery and applique worked together, my skull will have both of those things. When I first heard of the project, my immediate thought process was: sugar…candy…grandmas…Yahtzee! I am going to make my sugar skull in memory of my Grandma Louise. I spent many happy hours sitting with her in the back of her old camper, eating M & Ms and other candies, and learning to hone my skills at Yahtzee.
To begin, I gathered up clip art of all sorts of candy and chose a sugar skull shape I liked. I then tried to imagine how the candies would work to represent different parts of the face.
Here’s where I’m starting. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this project. I’m excited to see what the other designers come up with!