Banned Books Week Mini Quilt Challenge

Next week is Banned Books Week (9/22-28), a time when libraries, bookstores, and schools celebrate our First Amendment freedom to read while drawing attention to the harms that censorship does to our society and individual freedoms. 

As a self-proclaimed book nerd, advocate, and pusher...(yes, I have been known to meet people on street corners to hand over a book), it should come as no surprise I am also a HUGE proponent of Banned Books Week. Many of the books on the lists of banned or challenged books you will be familiar with, and will find it hard to believe that access to the book was challenged or denied. Some you may never have heard of, but may want to read in the future. The purpose of Banned Books Week is to keep the focus on just that: access to books for all.

Last year Sandy from Quilting For the Rest of Us blog and podcast and I issued a "mini quilt challenge" to our readers and listeners to show their support of a particular banned or challenged book being allowed continued availability and access for all to read. We opened a Flickr group for anyone to post pictures of their completed quilts, and were so pleased with the response, we are repeating it this year.

Here are a few of the beautiful quilts from last year:

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Made by: Carol (landscapelady)

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
(Golden Snitch, Platform 9 3/4)
Made by: Marissa

 Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Made by: Jackie (SewExcitedQuilts)

I will post more quilt pics throughout Banned Books Week, but for now I invite YOU to join us! Choose a book from the lists, and make a mini quilt to post in the BBW Flickr Group. Sandy and I will show off the quilts on our blogs, and for even more fun: GIVING AWAY PRIZES!!!! Books and buttons like the one I'm wearing in the picture above will be given away as prizes throughout next week. To be eligible to win sometime during the week, enter at least 1 picture of your finished BBW quilt by 9/28. (Prizes will be drawn throughout the week. However, to give everyone a "last minute" chance to enter and win, at least 1 prize will be drawn on 9/29).

There is still PLENTY OF TIME to make a mini quilt. Can't wait to see what you do!


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