Diary of Anne Frank Quilted

Tanesha over at Crafty Garden Mom and Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us, are hosting a Banned Book Quilt Challenge for October. I was intrigued. I didn’t know there was a list of banned books and I was surprised by some of the books on the various lists I came across in my research. Now there are many books out there that I will not read, for many reasons. However, I know that if I started banning the books I wouldn’t read, someone could come along and ban the ones I want to read.

I choose “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank as I remember the impact the book had on me as a teenager. Next, I needed to decide on a design. What better way to capture the impact of the book than by quotes.

I wanted to find quotes that would give a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of a 13-year-old young girl hidden from the world she knew for safety. I printed the quotes onto photo transfer fabric and used a variety of neutrals to piece them into a quilt.

I really didn’t start with too much of a plan. I had a basic layout of the quotes and then used strips from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches wide to piece them together. Without a plan I ended up with a few seams to unsew and redo with a different size strip to make it work.

I did straight line quilting for variety using different widths on the neutral strips.

Here are the quotes I used:
“I want to go on living even after my death!
“You know we’re going to forget how to dance.”
“I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.”
If the truth is told, things are just as bad as you yourself care to make them be.”
Would anyone, either Jew or non-Jew, understand this about me, that I am simply a young girl badly in need of some rollicking fun?”
I feel wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while my dearest friends have been knocked down or have fallen into a gutter somewhere out in the cold night.”
What quotes impacts you the most and why?
Enjoy the Journey, Jackie
  • Sandi Colwell

    Great quilt!!!! I love the quotes, color and straight stitch quilting! Nice job.

  • SandyH

    I love this. Very moving! And I can’t even begin to imagine how that book ended up on the list. Ridiculous.