This is the time of year I miss my hometown the most. Mardi Gras was always just part of the yearly ritual growing up near New Orleans, it was a fun time to celebrate with king cake, costumes, and parades. I remember the lights and the crowds as the parade came down the street. I remember the sounds of people yelling "Throw me something, Mister!" and the music. I remember staying up way past bedtime and falling asleep in the car on the way home. I remember the glitter and lights and music. I remember the feeling of celebration, magic, and good times!
I made this quilt one year when I was feeling a bit homesick. It is called Mardi Gras Memories and the pattern is available in my shop. Like most of my quilts, I added a row of blocks to the back, just for fun.
Purple, green and gold are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, and they aren't the most attractive combination (some might say...gaudy. Gasp!) But they do bring to mind lots of happy times and I think this quilt is beautiful, for that reason alone.
I found a king cake in a local store from Gambino's, the bakery my parents always went to for king cakes. I was so happy to share that tradition with my kids this year. David got the baby. The cake didn't last long...yum.
Where ever you are and however you spend your day, I hope your Mardi Gras is wonderful!