Sunday, March 11, 2012

What a Week!

   This has been a wild and crazy week here in Mt. Pleasant. Our high school boys basketball team played in the state tournament. We've made it there the last three years. The first year we got 4th place, not bad. The second year we got 3rd, that's better. This year we thought it would be a "building" year, because all the starting players graduated last year. We had 3 players from last year, now seniors to place our hopes on, all the rest had been on JV last year. Where there is a will, there is a way! This is such an outstanding group of young men, hard-working, determined, unselfish, and ready and willing to be coached. They only lost one game this season when they played a 4A team to challenge their abilities. We are 3A. We won the opening game on Wednesday pretty handily and the game the next night was a little more challenging. Last night we played against West Dubuque for the championship and won in double overtime 66-62. It was a squeaker and nerve-wracking, to say the least. I'm sure my blood pressure was pretty high during most of the second half. The boys won as graciously as they had played all year. I couldn't be more proud of them if they were my own sons. a "welcome home" celebration was held in the high school gym this afternoon with a huge crowd in attendance. I should have mentioned that the last time Mt. Pleasant won the state championship was back to back wins in 1917 and 1918! We also brought home the Good Sportsmanship trophy and $1000 prize for the 3rd year in a row, which has never been done before. You can imagine how thrilling this is for the whole town.

Here's the Champs...
  After driving 2 hours each way 3 times this week and getting home at 1 AM twice, and then daylight savings time robbing us of another hour's sleep, we're all pretty tired and have been running on pure adrenaline. I'm sure I'll sleep good tonight. Tomorrow at school should be interesting. The students and staff will find it difficult to get back to normal and settle into the daily routine, but we'll manage.

  I did find time to finish quilting the Reap the Whirlwind sample quilt this week when I wasn't at work or at the tournament. Here are a few shots of it. I hope the traces of blue marking that are still evident don't show. I have to hit them with a damp cloth again for the third time!

And a closeup...
I'm starting to quilt the Winds of War sample now. I hope to get a lot more quilting time in this week!

  I haven't given any Civil War facts to you lately. Did you know that this past week in 1862 that naval warfare was introduced to the Civil War? The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) attacked the US fleet at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March 8. The next day, the ironclad  USS Monitor arrived at Hampton Roads to join the fight. This first battle of  the ironclads resulted in a draw, but Naval warfare was forever changed.

 I hope you have a great week ahead and keep stitching.


  1. Your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

  2. Love your Reap the Whirlwind quilt, and your handquilting is beautiful - you did a great job with this!!!!

  3. I am not familiar with The Winds of War quilt. Is this something new?