Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Don't Judge a Book by its Cover'

'Dont Judge a Book by its Cover' by Linden Lancaster 2014

Dear Book Lovers (and others),
Have you ever been sucked in by a book with a gorgeous cover, only to discover its substance was rather disappointing? Perhaps the blurb on the back sounded exciting? Were you swayed by the stickers that advertised ‘Good Read’, ‘Award Winning Author’ or ‘Top Ten’?
Conversely, have you ever discovered a wonderful story in a dull and understated cover? Perhaps it looked like any other book? Have you ever discovered a treasure in a second hand book shop that was a bit battered and worn?
As a school librarian I was amazed how many children overlooked terrific stories because the covers looked old fashioned, ordinary, or (God-forbid) a bit tatty.

People are like books. Some look flashy, capable or super intelligent. Others seem true until you scratch the surface. Others are, shall we say, a bit rough around the edges. Some of the best and most influential people in my life are the ones in plain wrappers.

In this piece I have depicted myself. I’m a little plump, and plain. I’m not young and shiny anymore. I could be any one’s mother, sister or wife. I look ordinary and you probably would not pick me up if I were a book!
But, if you look under the surface, I have much to tell. My life experiences, my values, faith, creativeness, skill, my loves and losses. I am unique.
What is under your surface?

Raw-edged applique, black Inktense pencil, photo printed on printable fabric.
Detail 1

Detail 2


  1. What a riot of reading you are surrounded by! It is interesting the read your thoughts on book covers and people-covers. It is not just books, but wine labels, record covers, movie posters - you have given us a lot to ponder.

  2. A beautiful detailed quilt that tell about how much we rely on the outlook, and forget to see what beauty lies inside.

  3. The contrast between the black and white image and the books with all their colours and textures is wonderful. It's a rich quilt to look at and thought provoking.

  4. I love all the details you were able to add to this quilt. I played with the book idea myself for this challenge.

  5. I really liked your write up as well as your quilt. Love that you have put yourself as the person. Well done!

  6. Fabulous, as always! So much detail in such a small space!

  7. So many thoughts you have put in this quilt. Things that I never have thought about in this way. Yes, I have bought many books about quilting, embroidery etc. online without having looked in them, just "bought the pig in the sack" and I have spent lots of money in order to return many of them!
    Looking at this quilt make me glad, with lots of colors showing a happy person who loves books playing the principal part. Well done!

  8. Great idea and execution, Linden. I love the detail and design of your piece, an extremely appealing quilt.

  9. A good idea, it is often a mistake to judge books after theis cover. A friend of mine has a lot of interesting books for handicrafts, but most bought in the seventies and eighties. They look very old fashioned, but the techniques described are the same we like now.

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