Flying geese complement the airplanes. Their dark background contrasts nicely with the light background of the propellers.
|Propeller baby quilt with flying geese sashing|
But what to do for the posts? What about circular designs already printed on a dark blue fabric? Too dark.
|Another post possibility for Start Your Engines quilt|
These small red circles are blocks I still haven't put together from Audrey's Quilty 365. They look like the Japanese flag but seem a bit small against the blues.
|One post possibility for Start Your Engines quilt|
A bit more thinking and I'll have the right choices.
Dia de Muertos and Coco
We took my family to see Pixar's new movie, Coco, after Thanksgiving. Craft in America's episode, Neighbors, played recently and was amazingly pertinent to my recent trips and the movie. By comparing Dia de Muertos celebrations and art in LA and Oaxaca, Mexico, it increased my understanding of the festival and enjoyment of the movie. Then the show segued to weaving and dyeing. Turns out those cochineal dyes in 19th c. British uniforms come from a scale insect that lives on prickly pear cactus. After silver, the dye was the most important export in the 15th and 16th centuries. Mexico lost its monopoly on cochineal dyes after their Independence. Development of synthetic dyes almost caused the demise of the industry but it resurges today as people realize many of the synthetics are carcinogenic. Shades from pink to scarlet to dark red are created by varying the original yards and the time and temperature of the dye baths.
When Alamo Drafthouse plays a movie they include a special menu reflecting the show's theme. For Coco that included quesadillas and a butternut squash milkshake.
|Alamo Drafthouse guitar-shaped menu for Coco screening.|
Enjoy the day, Ann