Alice the Spider by Sandyquiltz




Tanesha of CraftyGardenMom podcast and I co-sponsored a challenge/giveaway this month (October 2012) named the Banned Book Challenge Giveaway. Our listeners were challenged to make a quilted project (any type, any size) inspired by a book they had read that appears on the Banned Book lists. It's our own little quilty protest movement.
I was on the road for the better part of the month, so I only had time for a very small, very fast project. Mine is based on the book Go Ask Alice, which I read when I was something like 12 or 13 and really had a tremendous impact on me. It's written as if it's the diary of a teenager who descends down a spiral of drug addiction. Scenes from that book linger in my mind to this day--including one in which she hallucinated about spiders while on a bad drug trip. Best anti-drug book, from the perspective of a 12-year-old, anyway.
So when I pondered what I might make, a big nasty spider was the first thing that came to mind. As I debated, however, what I would ever do with a quilted spider after the challenge was done, I realized that it was almost Halloween, so I could do a two-fer and make my spider a Halloween decoration. Hence the orange and black color scheme.
The spider is constructed out of two yo-yos, appliqued to the background upside down so there's some dimension. The legs were all cut randomly from scraps and were sewn down with a single line of stitching through the middle of each leg so they'd hang off and get a little fuzzy on the edges, like spider legs. Admittedly, I got a little lazy and just drew his pincers on with a sharpie. The spider web is quilted on with Aurifil nylon invisible thread so it's got just a very little hint of a sheen to it.






I read Go As Alice when I was in high school and it had a huge impact on me, too. I think it is terrible this book is on a banned list. The mind truly boggles at the reasoning for the ban. Your quilt is awesome. It is really striking. Great for Halloween.


What a creative idea and cool project!


I'm glad to find another person who has read Go Ask Alice, Sewnsew . Most people look at me blankly when I mention it. If I read it today, I'd probably wonder why it had such an impact on me. 12 year olds are much more impressionable! Thanks, True . You're welcome to do your own entry in the challenge--the deadline is Monday Nov 5!

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