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The Imperative Mood
30"x30"x1", 2001

The Imperative Mood is based on a traditional quilt format called “segmented bars.” As I began choosing pieces for this quilt, I came more and more to think of it as a “man” quilt – rex/king, sun/son, Dad’s. And it has some issues with “own”-ing, possessing, controlling. And with “Rave”-ing, or story telling, or bragging.
I see the structure of this quilt as both top- and side-views of a firepit: the black squares are the stones containing the fire; the red squares are the fire, or the embers; the flames at the top are the progeny of the single flame at the bottom.
The Amish quilt I based this piece on, had nothing at the top (where the five yellow flames are), because, of course, on a real quilt that’s where the headboard is. So the topknot flames were added when the piece was nearly complete to give it balance. The “quilting pattern” of smoke and the bottom flame followed logically from the top flames – so the top flames, created the bottom flame? Confusing. Like father-son relationships sometimes are.

Table Of Contents:

   Heidelberg Beer, For Crisp, Full Flavor, Quality-Integrity, Made naturally from prime Northwest water, choice hops, yeast and grains, A 813 0 287 B 3&, 823103, 0 72720 03431 3, GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and my cause health problems. G. Heileman Brewing Co., P.O. Box 739, Milwaukee, WI, 53201, 12 fluid ounces.
   All Temperature XTRA Wash Color Safe Bleach Alternative Laundry Detergent, Value Priced Everyday! American’s Value Brand, 26 Washes-Loads, CAUTION: Keep Out Of Reach Of Children. Eye Irritant, USA Detergents Inc., 1 GALLON.
   All Temperature XTRA Wash Color Safe Bleach Alternative Laundry Detergent, $4.99 Suggested Retail Price, American’s Value Brand, 26 Washes-Loads, CAUTION: Keep Out Of Reach Of Children. Eye Irritant, USA Detergents Inc., 1 GALLON.
   Windex, SC Johnson, Commercial Line, Original Refill, Glass Cleaner with Ammonia-D, Powerized Fromula, 1.25 GAL.
   Texaco antifreeze container
   Medalist Antifreeze & Summer Coolant, Protects all metals including aluminum, WARNING: Harmful or fatal if swallowed or inhaled, 1 U.S. GALLON.
   TRESemmé, Used By Professionals, European Deep Cleaning Shampoo, Approximately 480 Applications, 1 GAL.
   TRESemmé, Salon Size, Used By Professionals, European Deep Cleaning Shampoo, All Hair Types, Removes Styling Build-Up, Extra Rich Concentrate, 72 FL. OZ.
   Improved Formula Purex, Whiter Whites, Brilliant Colors, Ultra Concentrated Detergent, CAUTION: Eye Irritant – May Be Harmful If Swallowed, 100 FL. OZ.
   New! Mountain Breeze Purex, Ultra Concentrated Detergent, Color Shield, Helps Protect Colors, 100 oz. = 128 oz., Same loads as 128 oz. Classic, CAUTION: May Be Harmful If Swallowed, 100 FL. OZ.
   April Fresh Downy Care, 40 FL. OZ.
   Fluffy Soft Ultra Downy, April Fresh Fabric Softener, 60 Loads, 60 FL. OZ.
   Ultra April Fresh Downy Care, 120 Loads Fabric Softener, Helps Keep Clothes Soft and Looking Like New, 120 FL. OZ.
   Lysol Disinfectant, Country Scent Cling, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Cleans & Deodorizes, Kills Germs, DANGER: Keep out of reach of children, 22 FL. OZ.
   Rave Shampoo, Normal, Cleansing for Beautiful, Healthy Hair, 15 FL. OZ.
   Rave Shampoo, Nourishing, Extra Care for Damaged, Permed or Color-treated Hair, 15 FL. OZ.
   Original Double Chocolate Chip Cookies made with M&Ms Mini Baking Bits (cookie tin lid)
   Popcorn tin
   Misc. lavender (tin)
   Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor, 24 FL. OZ., GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and my cause health problems. Recyclable Aluminum, 893 0286 B, 821941, 0 342171 6.
   Olympia, “It’s The Water,” Beer since 1896, Good Luck, Our famous brewing water, superior ingredients and unsurpassed skill as master brewers combine to bring you a beer with particularly satisfying taste, GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and my cause health problems. Union Made, A 8131026 B 3&, 813714, 0 227501 5, 12 FL. OZ.
   Safeway SELECT Premium Quality GRAPEFRUIT, Naturally Flavored Soda, 12 FL. OZ.
   DAD’S Old-Fashioned Root Beer, America’s Premium Root Beer, 12 FL. OZ.
   Sunkist Orange Soda with Other Natural Flavors, The Official Soft Drink of the AVP, 12 FL. OZ.
   Ultra DAWN, Special Care, Concentrated Dishwashing Detergent, Tough On Grease, Easy On Hands, 42.7 FL. OZ.
   Ultra DAWN, Special Care, Concentrated Dishwashing Detergent, Tough On Grease, Easy On Hands, 28 FL. OZ.
   7-Up cup
   Crystal CLOUT Automatic Dishwasher Liquid Gel, Kirkland Signature, Made in U.S.A., Cleans Tough Soil, Lemon Fresh Scent, Leaves Dishes Virtually Spot Free, CAUTION: Harmful If Swallowed. Eye Irritant. Keep Out Reach Of Children, 176 OZ.
   Pennzoil container
   Crystal White Octagon, Liquid Detergent, Great Everyday Value, Lemon Scent, Makes Dishes Sparkle, For Clean Dishes and Hand Washables, Do Not Mix With Chlorine Bleach, Do Not Use In Automatic Dishwashers, Good Housekeeping Promised A Limited Warranty To Consumers: Replacement Or Refund If Defective, 40 FL. OZ.
   SUNLIGHT with Real Lemon Juice, Hand Dishwashing Liquid, Cleans Tough Goods Easily! Support Plastic Recycling, 143-042-820f, 42 FL. OZ.
   No Shake! SUNLIGHT, Lemon Gel, Cleans Tough Foods Easily! Machine Dishwasher Detergent, CAUTION: Harmful If Swallowed. Skin And Eye Irritant. Keep Out Of Reach Of Children, 4 LBS. 1 OZ.

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