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29 Apr 2010

I’ve gotten a few emails over the past couple of weeks from readers wondering what they should do for their “How Entertaining” reader challenge entry, (which has a fast approaching deadline of May 3rd)! Since the challenge looks at how movies, books, and such have had an impact on you, some were concerned about using imagery that would violate copyright. This is a good question, so let’s see if I can give you some ideas to inspire you to create a small 8.5” x 11” quilt over the weekend. 

What entertaining book, movie, T.V. show, song, etc., made a lasting impression on you when you were a kid?

When I was 12, Colleen McCullough’s novel-turned-mini-series, “The Thorn Birds” hit the airwaves. I sat at the bottom of my mom’s bed, eyes glued to the set,  feeling conflicted because I thought Richard Chamberlain was a hunk (but his character was a bit rotten), and shaking my head in horror at the tragic ending. I remember tantruming, “This can’t be right! It doesn’t play out this way, it just can’t be right. This will not be how it plays out for me!”

I then stole my mom’s copy of this book and while other pre-teens stashed a copy of Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes under their beds, slipped between my own mattress and box spring resided a very dog-eared, frequently read copy of The Thorn Birds. If I used the story as inspiration for an art quilt, I’d probably depict an image of a tall, teetering stack of fat books, with The Thorn Birds on the bottom since it set the foundation for my lifelong quest for finding the perfect read.



Another idea: Can you think of a movie where the landscape played as much of a vital role in the film as the actors?


Here's an example: A couple of years ago at International Quilt Festival/Long Beach, fiber artist Liz Berg cleverly chose to interpret the movie “Fargo” by stitching a snowy, tundra-like landscape  with a river of blood that looks like it's on the brink of spilling and staining everything. (As a side note, this was her second  "Fargo" quilt; her first got the attention of the Cohen Brothers' agent who then purchased it!)







"Fargo II" •  29.5" x 29" by Liz Berg

Or another thought: How do you keep yourself entertained when you’re exercising?

When I’m gasping for breath and hunched over the Stairmaster machine (which, by the way, is the most torturous contraption ever created by mankind), I need high-octane tunes to keep me going. Lately I’ve been listening to the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” album. (And if I sing “Imma Be” around the house one more time, I know I’ll soon be served with divorce papers!)  Perhaps for this challenge I might thread sketch a loose depiction of Fergie, one of the band members because if you’ve seen a picture of her muscular physique, you know that she too must spend a good amount of time gasping for breath while hunched over some painful contraption...and for her it has paid off! 

Or maybe there are humorous things that entertain you in your own household that you might depict with needle and thread.  Like your lazy, corpulent  cat contemplating having your dog for breakfast as mine is in this video...

We hope you’ll entertain us by entering our challenge!


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on 29 Apr 2010 7:55 PM

That is the most entertaining video I've seen in a long time!  LOL  Guess I better get to work.

caren12 wrote
on 30 Apr 2010 10:49 AM


I just finished mine yesterday!!!  My only problem... finding a camera that will take the required low res pictures!!!  I took a different route for my quilt, I danced along the edge of that copyright issue, I don't think I crossed it!!  I guess we shall see.

Caren 12

srwall wrote
on 1 May 2010 12:24 PM

I have created 4 quilts based on books, for a book club I belong to.  The quilt deminsions do not fit into your challenge requirement but I would like to send pics for you to see.  How do I do that?

Pokey wrote
on 1 May 2010 4:51 PM


We'd love to see them! Please email some jpegs of them  to

khusty wrote
on 3 May 2010 1:09 PM

Hi Pokey,

Do you have to be a member vote for the Bernina contest?  How do we tell our friends to vote for us???