|"Folklorica Dancers" by Darla Royal (7" x 9")|
Today is Cinco de Mayo, the unofficial holiday celebrating the Mexican army's victory over the French in 1862, during the Mexican/American war. I have nothing against the French and I'm not Mexican, but in areas where there is a large Mexican population, this day has become a day to celebrate the Mexican culture and heritage. There are sales in shops, parties in homes, and even parades in cities.
You might enjoy seeing some watercolors of Folklorica dancers on my sister's blog. She had an entire series of them. You can see them on Doodling in My Mind. She has been doing a series of paintings, challenging herself to do one watercolor a day. Since she teaches high school art and the end of the school year is always hectic, this has been difficult. She has pulled it off beautifully, though!
I was inspired to pull out these fabrics from my stash. They are not new fabrics. Some are older than others. I collected them because they reminded me of the Mexican influence. The bright colors, the free form designs, the bold contrasts all appeal to me.
The black fabric in the background is from the "Folklorica" collection by Julie Paschkis of Beginning Fabrics (2009). The four fabrics beside the bowl are part of that collection. I love it so much, I haven't been able to cut into it.
The fabrics in the bowl are unidentified. Most are old. The yellow "fiesta" fabric is "Salsa Picante" , designed by Lorilynn Simms for Robert Kaufman fabrics. (unknown year)
Some day I plan on making a bright, happy Mexican influenced quilt. Until then, I just enjoy taking the fabrics out and looking at them!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!