Festivus for the Rest of Us! (Quilter Style)

I always thought that Festivus was a secular holiday made popular by the television series Seinfeld. In fact, after doing a little research, I learned that it goes back just a bit further. Daniel O’Keefe, an editor for Reader’s Digest for over 30 years, invented it—he created the holiday in 1966 to commemorate his first date with his wife. According to Wikipedia, “Their son, Dan O’Keefe, later worked as a writer on Seinfeld and, during the 1997–1998 season, introduced Festivus to the public in a Seinfeld episode named ‘The Strike.'” Watch the clip below if you aren’t familiar.

With the popularity of this “holiday” continuing well beyond the television series, I recently contemplated the question “what would Festivus look like if quilters participated?” Here is my breakdown of a “Quilty Festivus” with pictures, of course! Enjoy!

The Festivus Pole

Our Festivus pole adorns the lobby.

Our Festivus pole adorns the lobby.

The Airing of Grievances

Dozens of spools of thread, and I don’t have the right color! – Tracy

The bobbin thread runs out inches before you finish stitching the seam. Inches I tell ya! – Anissa

My grievance? You know those super-pale prints that look almost the same front and back? How do I not notice that ONE of those patches is wrong side up until the quilt top is completely pieced? Then it is obvious. (Could be one reason I’m a big batik fan.) – Eileen

When you ask if someone made that quilt and they point out the mistake. Why do we all do that?!? – Lori

Rules. It keeps me from trying if I think I won’t do it right. – Tricia

Feats of Strength

What would feats of strength look like if quilters participated?

Tricia can lift this giant stack of quilts, no problem!

Tricia can lift this giant stack of quilts, no problem!

 

Quilts can be heavy!

Quilts can be heavy!

 

Longarm wrestling. It’s a thing!

Longarm wrestling. It’s a thing!

Next year, I think we will also pump some iron! [wink, wink!]

Happy holidays quilters!

Tracy

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