Do you love sugar skulls? They are part of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, November 1st and 2nd) holiday that is held to remember loved ones who have passed away. Traditionally, sugar skulls (yes, made of actual sugar!) are decorated with bright colors and shapes and symbols that would have been significant to the deceased family member, then placed upon his or her grave. According to National Geographic, “Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and everywhere with a Latino population, including Los Angeles, California…” Read more about the holiday here!
In recent years, the sugar skull motif has become mainstream, appearing in everything from Halloween candies to home goods to garments! Because of their colorful designs and rich history and cultural significance, it’s no wonder quilters have fallen in love with them!
Here’s how the event works: Once a week from July 1 through August 26th, 2017 one of the 9 designers will release her skull design. On September 2nd and September 9th, two border designs will be released. The schedule is as follows:
July 1st – Block 1 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs
July 8th – Block 2 – Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
July 15th – Block 3 – Vicki Hansen, Cranberry Pie Designs
July 22nd – Block 4 – Cheryl Sleboda, Muppin
July 29th – Block 5 – Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods Quilters
August 5th – Block 6 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
August 12th – Block 7 – Kate Colleran, Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs
August 19th – Block 8 – Susan Emory, Swirly Girls Design
August 26th – Block 9 – Trish Frankland, Persimon Dreams
September 2nd – Border Option #1 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
September 9th – Border Option #2 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs
October 30th – Prize Winner Announcements!
The Blocks: Each block will be a 9″ X 12″ (9.5″ X 12.5″ unfinished) design with a sugar skull motif. Traditionally sugar skulls are made to honor a loved one who has passed and incorporate things relevant to that person. Some of the designers have chosen to do that, others just made cool skulls. You’ll be able to read each designer’s story about her skull during her week. Some are already giving sneak peaks on their blogs! Each block and border will be available for download on the specified day. There will be a nominal fee of $3.00 for each download.
The Sponsors: Each designer was provided with a palette of fabrics from the Island Batik Basics collection to make her block and was also given a whole lot of 12wt spools from Aurifil to use for embellishing! The bloggers have extras too! That’s your first clue about prizes…
Prizes: Did someone say prizes? Yup! Simply complete a project using at least one of the sugar skull designs and post a photo on the Facebook group page for a chance to win some great prizes. So far the designers have a gorgeous collection of 12wt Aurifil spools and a stack of fabulous fat quarters from Island Batik. The bloggers will be posting more prizes as they get them lined up and will draw for prizes on October 30, 2017, the day before Dia De Los Muertos begins.
Intrigued? Questions? Head on over to the Fiesta de Azucar Facebook group and join in on the fun. You can ask any questions you may have or just check out what everyone else has been working on. We’ll see you there!