Quilting, Reading, and County Fairs

Despite my excitement to finish the Mario quilt, I have had no time to finish quilting it. I “stitched in the ditch” around all of the squares that make up Mario, but I have not had time to finish the clouds on the blue spots and the border. I went shopping with Kate (see Kate’s Birthday/Graduation Gift blog post) the last two nights for business clothes since she just started her new job. Tonight I am going to a recruiting meetup for work. Tomorrow night is a surprise birthday party for a friend. And this weekend I am heading back to my hometown for the county fair. More about that shortly. Because of my insanely busy week, I have no idea when I am going to finish the quilting and sew on the binding. I would like to be able to hand sew the binding during the three to four hour long car ride back to my hometown. Wish me luck.

Mario Quilt Waiting to be Quilted

Doesn’t it look sad all crumpled up like I might sit down any minute and finish it?

Mario Quilt Binding

I have never done multicolored binding, but it might be my favorite thing now.

Another reason I have not been able to finish that quilt is because I am deeply involved with a book. Whenever I start a novel, I cannot stop until I have finished it. I have been voraciously reading for the last few nights. I read extremely fast and can consume an average size book in just a few hours, so I should have this book finished tonight. The book is “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler. It’s a book for young readers/teens, but it was recently banned from a high school in Republic, MO, along with “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut. However, “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson was allowed to stay. I get EXTREMELY upset whenever books are banned. I was the kid that got in trouble for reading too much. Books were my life. They define a large part of my childhood and teenage years. I have read both “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Speak” and have great respect for both. I had not read “Twenty Boy Summer.” My impression of it so far…AMAZING for teenagers. First, I cried during the first half of the book, and any book that makes me cry, I automatically like. If writing can elicit such strong emotions as full on bawling, it’s good. The reason it was banned is because of the sexuality. I have my own options on teenagers and sex that a lot of people would not like, so I will keep those to myself, but the book should not be banned. I think I actually have real full on rage about this book banning. It really gets me worked up. I know it’s because of what books mean and have meant to me, but I can’t really explain that either. Anyway, I hope the school board doesn’t find out about “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky because I’m sure it would not make the cut either. In fact, half of the books that I loved/still love would probably not make the cut. The whole thing reminds me of Footloose, which they are remaking. I love remakes. Some are bad, some are good, they are never as good as the original (because of nostalgia), but I still love them. The new Footloose trailer is pretty exiting. Next Republic, MO, is going to ban dancing and rock ‘n roll. Anyway, if you are interested, you can read Mo. high school bans “Slaughter House Five”  at CBS news. You can read about Sarah Ockler, the author, at her website.

Twenty Boy Summer

On a more positive note…My mom called me last night with the results from my county fair entries. I am very please with how I did. My mom and aunt also did very well. I am excited to read the comments on some of my entries. The ones that I thought would do very well, didn’t, and the ones I thought wouldn’t do well, did. It’s funny how it works like that. I would totally recommend finding your nearest county fair and either entering your items or just going to view the other entries. It’s interesting to see local talent. I enter my stuff in the North Central Kansas Free Fair. I can’t wait to see the other entries. I’ll take as many pictures as I can and post them as soon as I get back.

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