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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sugar Skulls

I got a chance to play with some more pattern testing again this week.  When Carol, over at FunThreads, put out the call, I could hardly wait to hit that reply button. Having never stitched anything like this before, I knew I was going to be in for some fun.

Here is "Sugar Skulls".  It's Carol's fun design for a "Day of the Dead" celebration quilt.

This is the time of year that you can find glow in the dark fabrics, and that is just what a used for my skulls and bones. It's a real party once the lights go down.  :-)

Carol is offering this fun little pattern on her blog. Hop on over there and check it out.


If your not familiar with Day of the Dead...

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Hallowtide: All Hallows' Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls' Day.[1][2] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world. In Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and parades and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.


  1. I have a couple of daughters who are obsessed with Sugar Skulls!! Thank you!!!

  2. GReat pattern and a wonderful job you did with it. Love the idea of glow in the dark fabrics. Creepy. Thanks for the history class on the holiday. I wasn't aware of the facts.

  3. A little creepy, but I LOVE creepy! Great looking sugar skulls and info about them...never knew all that!

  4. It is quite stunning. For a little quilt it packs quite a punch. Lovely work.

  5. think i will just sit here a spell till I am brave enough to venture out ...lol pretty creepy in a very creative way lol

  6. Oh wow! That is really neat. I learned something new today too. Glow in the dark fabric?? COOL!!!


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