F.O.: And Tango Makes Three mini quilt

This is long overdue, but I finally managed to write a short post about my Banned Book Week mini quilt.

And Tango Makes Three 
by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole

This is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book about 2 male penguins who help each other in the caring of a baby penguin named Tango. A great way to introduce nontraditional families to children (and probably adults too!) it's consistently in the top 10 most challenged and/or banned books in libraries all across the country. 

I wanted to celebrate my admiration for this book, which is based on a true story - these 2 penguins are still alive and on display at the Central Park Zoo. Here is the Wikipedia page about them: Roy and Silo 

I used the cover of the book as my inspiration and pattern. My favorite method of fusible applique, a mix of hand dyed and commercial fabrics, allowed me to quickly put this little quilt (9" x 11") together. The binding strips were cut 1.5" wide and cut with a pinking shear blade on my rotary cutter, then fused onto the quilt.

If you haven't already, please stop by the Banned Books Challenge Flickr page! We have had some beautiful entries this year, and it's been fun seeing a love of books expressed in quilt form.



  1. Really nice work. How can anyone hate this book? I love your cover.

  2. That's a great quilt! Nice job Tanesha!

  3. Love the quilt!

    I wanted to comment on the lazy homework. For a lot of smart kids, homework is often just busy work, or as my son used to say, 'Homework is for the kids who don't get it in class'. I'm not sure having homework is a great thing for kids in early elementary school. If you want your daughter to work on something that is valuable, start teaching her her multiplication tables. This is an important thing to know, and many smart kids struggle with it all through 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. It is usually the first thing that doesn't come super easy to them. Another few skills worth knowing are how to tell time on an analog clock, calculating elapsed time, making change and playing chess. These might be too advanced for most first graders, but a lot of gifted kids learn these skills easily.

    I never made my kids do extra work outside of school, and I can't say they have really suffered as a result. If I were you, I'd try to enjoy these years without homework. Soon enough, your daughter will be doing 4 hours of work a night, juggling her AP classes and trying to fit in all the extra activities.


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