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1  Fantasy Quilt: The Anti-Qulitin' Bee in Quilting: Completed Projects by LaurelShimer on: June 20, 2011 11:35:06 PM

What about all that fun ladies used to have at quilting bees? I was wondering if quilting bees were as charming and folksy as they look in the movies. Were they real palsy kind of places, or was everybody looking to see if your stitches were small enough? Did people feel obliged to go even if they didn't want to, like Tupperware Parties, or were they heaps of fun? I 'spose it depended on where you were and who you hung with.

I designed this fantasy quilt to celebrate my memory of the closest experience I have, to participating in an anti-quiltin' bee

The summer of 1977. I had just finished up my junior year at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and was living and working with my sister in Yuma Arizona. She had gotten me a junior programmer gig for the summer.

Trisha had gotten roped into going to a Tupperware Party. Her best friend, with whom she volunteered at the League of Women Voters, was putting it on, so of course we were going whether we wanted to or not. Coming from one of the more alternative U.C.s in California, I saw it as quite a cultural experience.

The nice-lady who ran it showed us a fine new product. A hot-dog bun keeper for the freezer.
Because, girls, you know the problem you have keeping hot dog buns in the freezer. You KNOW how those darn buns stick together!

Trisha and I stared at each other in amazement. We were both thinking the same thing. Don't they have a big knife to whack them apart with?

We drank our carcinogenic diet sodas and after 30 minutes, figured we could slip on out while the others were playing some kind of game with clothespins and a laundry bag that we never did understand.

The nice-ladys skinny backside was firmly anchored against the door.

Girls! (toothy grin). Where are your order slips?

We managed to mumble that we were not buying anything.

She gave us a look of amazement, tinged with horror. But what about the hot-dog-bun keeper? (I'm not making that product up.)

The nice-lady swiveled her head slowly back towards the rest of the group, who were now frantically scribbling on their forms amidst a welter of clothespins.

Trisha swung one foot around the screen door. I slithered through, and we lit out like two banditas into the badlands.

(This story also published in my art-journal)
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2  Cliff Rose Dreaming: Fantasy Digital Quilt OK? in Quilting: Completed Projects by LaurelShimer on: June 20, 2011 12:14:21 AM
I tried to REMOVE my previous post, once I realize that I had done it wrong. But crafster says 'nay' I'm not allowed. I'm sorry to leave this for a moderator to have to do. I promise to use PREVIEW now. Oh look, it WORKS this time. :-)

Does a quilt need to be a real quilt in the virtual world to get posted here? Periodically, I make digital, fantasy quilts and post them in my art journal. I get the same sort of urge that I used to get when I made analog quilts, except that these get done a LOT quicker, costs less and no scraps to recycle. Here is an example.

Hope I did this right. I'm not sure if there is some kind of ATTACH. It's been a while since I had a crafster id and I can't remember how I did this......

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