Books aren't banned because they are terribly written. Nor are they banned because the authors are terrible people....Books are banned because they challenge people to think about things that are not comfortable. Books are banned because they make us re-evaluate what we think we know to be true. Books are banned because they show us ugly things that are real, when we'd rather continue to ignore reality. Books are banned because we think kids can't handle knowing about some of the less idealized things that go on in the world.....Here's the thing: kids know. excerpted from"Why Are Books Even Banned?" 10/8/12 article by Marianne Kirby on xojane.com
Can I just say how much fun I've had combining my 2 favorite hobbies (quilting and reading!) in this project? You have started yours right? Come on! If you enjoy books and quilting, I can't think of a more perfect (and quick!) little project to flex your creativity muscles with this month.
(Fusible applique using Wonder Under, hand dyed fabrics from
my stash and the inspiration of the design is from this book cover of Blubber.)
Blubber was the first Judy Blume book I ever read, and it's still my favorite. Yes, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is wonderful too, but something about the way Blubber addressed bullying and teasing at that point in my life, and the dynamics behind girl relationships stuck with me all these years later.....that and the fact that you couldn't pay me a million dollars to repeat middle school. Eesh!
Imagine my surprise (shock, really) when I saw that this wonderful and enlightening book for so many of my peers at the time, was on the Banned Books List as one of the most frequently challenged books in schools and libraries! I won't get into all of my reasons for supporting the Banned Books Week initiative. In fact, this article pretty much sums it up for me.
However, to bring this back around to crafting, I would love for you to join Sandy and I in this exciting project to show your support of READING good books! Post your finished project in the Flickr pool by 10/31/12 and you will be entered to win a prize. I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!!! Your project can be any size or type (tote bag, wall hangings, mug rugs, pillow, etc..) as long as it is a sewn object and we can identify the banned book it relates to.
Hurry and get your project made and post pics of it here!!!