Monday, January 17, 2011

A Scout is BUSY!

I recently learned that only about 15 members of our quilt guild entered quilts in the quilt show last year. I am determined to encourage more people to enter quilts. As I was wondering who else could I cajole into submitting a quilt, it came to me - my Cub Scout den!! One of our activites that we need to complete is to create an original piece of artwork, and a quilt certainly qualifies. Plus, we can tie the quilt, and get lots of practice tying our square knots. So most of my (absurdly minimal) free time lately has been dedicated to prepping this project.

  • Coming up with an idea - a crayon-colored quilt that highlights some of the fun things we do in Cub Scouts.
  • Buying the fabric (see last blog entry).
  • Cutting the fabric into squares and ironing it onto Freezer Paper to stabilize it
  • Sketching and printing out images to put under the fabric for the students to trace and color
  • Making a sample block - my block is CAMPING, obviously

This project is going to have to be fast-tracked because we are coloring our blocks one week, then tying the quilt the next week so that we can display it at our annual Blue and Gold Ceremony the following weekend. I've already indicated how I work well with deadlines, right? Well, I'm going to be putting that theory to the test, big time.

Readers who've been with me for a while probably remember that last year, our Cub Scout den sang the National Anthem prior to one of my husband's basketball games. Well, we were invited back this year. So this past Sunday, we sang again. I don't know how the kids feel about this, but singing in public is NERVE-RACKING for me. We got through it, received a huge round of applause and then settled down to watch the game.

I gave the scouts each a stat sheet for a player, and they kept track of their points and fouls. Then, after the game (which we won, yay!) we lined up to give the team high-fives (OK, low fives - the boys are only 8, after all) as the players retreated to their locker room. As per previous arrangement, my husband sent the players right back up and the scouts collected autographs from and photos with the players they had been tracking.
Here's Donald with the team captain on the right
And Jason followed two players, the shortest guy on the team (5'9")

And the TALLEST (6'10")
Being a Den Leader takes up a lot of time, but it sure is FUN!


Judi said...

I think those children learn to say busy from their Momma. I love Taylor he says hi to me every day he's in the library.

Janet said...

Yup you are one busy lady. Can't wait to see the Scout quilt!

Becky said...

I think the scout quilt is a great idea....but you are a glutton for punishment with your deadlines!!!! lol I can't wait to see it!

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

I can't wait to see the scout quilt..sounds like a lot of fun to work on too... My little granddaughter colored some blocks for me but I still need to get them into a quilt...I think you have inspired me to look for them and get the quilt finished.

Julie Fukuda said...

I got a big "ahah" when I saw this post. It should be fun for the boys. My daughter had her first grade class make a quilt for a baby that was expected by one of the class mothers. The kids brought in the fabric and did the sewing. My daughter just straightened the blocks and sewed them together. It turned out great but have you ever tried to explain how to miter bias binding over the phone??
Sunday I taught 11 Bears how to whittle. They made cute neckerchief slides and the results were fantastic.

Nancy said...

I figured you'd been doing something besides just working during this, your most favorite time of the year at your office! The quilt sounds like a great idea - is the event that it has to be ready for the thing that is happening while we are having our Bonnie Hunter workshop? Have you decided what you are going to do for that - scrappy or one or two colors?

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