The charge was to make a quilt inspired by a summer festival, and I had a week to do it. The only festival I attended this summer was Inti Raymi (Inti- Sun, Raymi- Festival) which was celebrated when I was in Cusco, Peru with my granddaughter.
The Inti Raymi dates back to Inca times when the Sun was worshiped and offered sacrifices. The festival coincides with the winter solstice, when the Incas, and Peruvians today, gather at the Temple of the Sun at sunrise to welcome and celebrate the “return of the sun” and longer, warmer days.
In earlier times, the celebration lasted many days. When the Spanish conquered the Incas, the celebration date was changed from the actual solstice to June 24th to continue the celebration in hiding by coinciding the date with the Catholic feast of John the Baptist.