The Rest Of My Break

17 Mar

I really had good intentions of posting every single day of my spring break.  But the last four days flew by in a whirlwind of activity!

Thursday concluded the Scholastic Bowl tournament.  At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, DJ (my son) was ON FIRE!  It’s a team sport but it’s really important to answer the toss up questions because then your team gets a chance at a 20 point bonus question where you can collaborate on the answers.  DJ was getting most of the toss ups.  He was quick and accurate.  I don’t know how he knows so much.  He retains everything he reads and just has such a wide berth of knowledge.  Anyway, they finished the tournament with a 4-2 record.  Going into the awards ceremony, we thought we had 4th place.  No trophy.  It turns out that the tournament wasn’t scored on your team record but on the total number of points you scored against all the other opponents collectively.  DJ’s team ended up with second place.  DJ also got an individual trophy for the most toss ups answered for his team and the second most among all players in the tournament.  What a pleasant surprise!

I finished my second Scrap Squad quilt on Friday.  Finished means pieced, quilted, bound AND photographed!  (Not labeled – I have 5 to label now!)  That feels good.  I only have the write up to do and that isn’t due until April 5th.  I may get around to it today if I have time and then the project can be marked off as completed.

I’m bouncing all around here on topics but another large part of the hectic-ness of the past four days involved Gianna.  She signed up to play in a basketball shootout this weekend.  Her school team was never that good during the season and having months off between playing together didn’t help.  Yesterday she had two games.  They lost both games.  Gianna scored only one basket in the first game (only two total were scored by her entire team so she had 1/2 the points! LOL).  Today she only has one game – at 4:30pm.  And that’s okay by me.  It frees up the day for other things.

I basted my log cabin quilt for hand quilting yesterday.  We watched two movies (Toy Story 3 and an episode of House of Cards).  I was able to get 3 quilt blocks quilted in that time.  I woke up this morning and timed myself quilting the 4th block.  It takes an hour for each block.  39 blocks and borders – I’m hoping I can get it quilted in two months.  Here is a picture of one of the quilted blocks so far.

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I love the plaids because there’s a built in quilting line.  🙂  No marking necessary on those.  I’m having trouble with the back wrinkling though.

????????Why does that happen?  Is that because I don’t have it basted well enough?  Or is it because I’m not hooping it?  I don’t hoop big stitch quilting because it just seemed easier not to.  I can’t imagine rocking with that huge needle.  I’m going to try to hoop the next block and see if it’s better.  Speaking of needles, I’d like to figure out what kind of needle to use for Perle Cotton #12.  If the eye is big enough for the thread and threader to fit through, the needle is like a small post.  I’ve got chenille needles (WAY too thick) and tapestry needles (blunt tips – don’t work).  I’m having some success with embroidery needles.

That’s all for today!

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2 Responses to “The Rest Of My Break”

  1. Sonia March 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM #

    looks good, keep up the good work.

  2. Becky in KCMO March 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM #

    Your quilting looks wonderful. As you quilt the near sections it will smooth out. Keep your hoop loose.

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