Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, has been celebrated throughout Mexico and Latin American countries, since pre-Columbian times. It is a time to celebrate our deceased loved ones. There are many traditions on ways to celebrate with food, altars, family gatherings, visiting cemeteries and much more. For the first time, San Antonio is having a Dia de los Muertos River parade. One of my friends and her granddaughter set up a beautiful altar with photos of family, friends, and even pets that have died.
This year, I have made some fabric art for this special day. I made a fabric journal for two family members who recently experienced the death of two loved ones. I printed some poems on fabric, made some puffy quilt blocks for the cover and some of the pages, and added buttons and milagros. Milagros are small charms that are like prayers, petitions to saints.

Our local HEB grocery store has an array of Day of the Dead clothing, items, food, and decor. I purchased a crow that was the inspiration for a quilted art piece.
Process:

  • Iron fusible stabilizer to the back of muslin fabric
  • Draw bird on the stabilizer
  • Collage and hand-sew different pieces of fabric to form the bird
  • Use white fabric paint to paint skeleton
  • Prepare 12.5″ x 12.5″ block for quilting, using a muslin backing
  • Iron bird onto quilting block
  • Hand quilt and use embroidery thread for stitching
  • Embellish with milagros and buttons
  • Cut quilted block to 9.5″ x 9.5″
  • Prepare backing, cut at one inch more than block. Fold and form the binding.