Friday, September 19, 2014

Banned books week quilt

September 21-27 is banned books week where book lovers celebrate the freedom to read whatever book we want to read. Go here to read about the quilt challenge involving banned books.

"Never look over your left shoulder at The new moon"


The book I picked was written in 1885 and is considered a classic. I had never read it so got it on audio to listen to. It's available free on Libravox. I enjoyed listening to it because you get the "southern dialect" of that time. Now beware, this also includes a lot of the "N word" but back in those days this was just what African Americans were called. I didn't find it distracting to the story at all. I did enjoy seeing a friendship form between a white boy and a slave. The commradery of the two main characters is the most important part of this book. Thus the two sitting on the raft together looking at the moon. Times were so different and this book gives you a glimpse into what it may have been like in the south back in the late 1800's.



Back to the quilt - this was my basic design. I then quilted words from the book that I thought were ....... Well just cool words. Into the sky and river.

But I used a dark blue thread and you could hardly see the words. I want them to be subtle but still want the viewer to see them :-/


So I blended some blue and white fabric paint together and used my fancy blending shading applicator (an old sock) and highlighted some of the words to look like part of a reflection from the moon. It's soft and subtle but does help you see the words.

This was wet, it's even lighter now


Granted my text quilting skills are not great but it came out pretty good I think.

I learned when quilting text without marking, give yourself a lot of room because you will need more room than you think. I ran over the side more than once and had to pick it out. Yes, I could have marked it but then would feel the need to stay perfectly in those lines and what fun is that?

Can you guess what the book is?



  1. I think your quilting is Stellar! Great idea put into a great quilt. Thanks for putting me on to this year's challenge!

    I am working on mine!

  2. Very nice how you quilted in the text. Huckleberry Finn.