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Thread: Quilting and Wrestling, YES!!!

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    Quilting and Wrestling, YES!!!

    First let me say, I HATE giving up my Sunday sewing to go anywhere! But my grands are more than worth it. We spent all day Sunday an hour from home so we could watch my DGD and DGS wrestle. This is how it works. You find a seat in a very large room, overflowing with people huddled around a big ole mat that has 12 pairs of sweatty kids of all ages working up a sweat. Did I say it STINKS in there!!! Anyway, after you find a seat you watch out in this big crowd for "your" child. Fortunately, my DD wears a very bright pink hoodie to all the meets. Then you try to figure out what mat that child will be on. Then, to your horror, you are on the wrong side of the room and most of the match is just the other side of that group of people standing there yelling for their child to "pin him" or her. DONE!, yes, I said done. Til his next bout which could be an hour or so. So back to the lunch room, where it smells better and is a much more comfortable temperature. Here is where it gets very interesting!!
    I'm sitting thre eating a sandwich when what do my wandering eyes see? SOMEONE QUILTING!!! Well, you know us quilters. I HAD to go introduce myself and see what she was making. She had taken a bunch of squares from over the years and made them into a sampler quilt. All different patterns, all different colors, all different memories!! She was putting the quilt in a hoop that must have been 18 inches accross and was spending her time hand quilting the blanket. We talked until it was time for another bout of wrestling and discovered we are "almost" neighbors. We know many of the same people and shop at some of the same LQS. I gave her my pphone and email so we could keep in touch. Funniest part was when I started to tell her about our retreat at Camp Cavell in November, she said one of the men she works with was telling her about this group of ladies that come to camp and quilt. And EAT! That was us. I hope I have found a new quilting buddy.
    Did I say, the wrestling match wasn't so bad? Oh, and my DGS will be wrestling at State finals in 2 weeks. he took second place in his weight class. YeeeeeHaaaaa! Sew on!!
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    sounds like a good time for all! sorry you weren't closer to see though.
    my hubby used to drive from one school for miles to another to see all his sons compete. Needless to say, he went over the speed limit at times! but he got there.

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    That is wonderful that you made a new quilting friend! Should make the meets more interesting. Girls wrestling? Yikes. Things sure have changed.
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    You got to support the grands and make a new quilt buddy. Can it get any better?
    What a wonderful weekend!
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    From your first paragraphs to the last, what a different spin quilting puts on things!! Glad your day was "salvaged" by a new buddy!

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    I never think of the day as being wasted, just think I would like to condense the "fun". LOL I hope I have made a new quilting buddy. I really don't have anyone right now to quilt with. Our group that meets for a couple of hours on Saturdays just is not enough for me. LOL
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    Good for you! I hope the two of you can get together and quilt from time to time ~ or just have lunch! Congrats to your DGS!!

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    OH, I remember thoose days. My DS was a wrestler. I spent many years in a gym waiting for those 6 minutes to come.

    Quote Originally Posted by buslady View Post
    First let me say, I HATE giving up my Sunday sewing to go anywhere! But my grands are more than worth it. We spent all day Sunday an hour from home so we could watch my DGD and DGS wrestle. This is how it works. You find a seat in a very large room, overflowing with people huddled around a big ole mat that has 12 pairs of sweatty kids of all ages working up a sweat. Did I say it STINKS in there!!! Anyway, after you find a seat you watch out in this big crowd for "your" child. Fortunately, my DD wears a very bright pink hoodie to all the meets. Then you try to figure out what mat that child will be on. Then, to your horror, you are on the wrong side of the room and most of the match is just the other side of that group of people standing there yelling for their child to "pin him" or her. DONE!, yes, I said done. Til his next bout which could be an hour or so. So back to the lunch room, where it smells better and is a much more comfortable temperature. Here is where it gets very interesting!!
    I'm sitting thre eating a sandwich when what do my wandering eyes see? SOMEONE QUILTING!!! Well, you know us quilters. I HAD to go introduce myself and see what she was making. She had taken a bunch of squares from over the years and made them into a sampler quilt. All different patterns, all different colors, all different memories!! She was putting the quilt in a hoop that must have been 18 inches accross and was spending her time hand quilting the blanket. We talked until it was time for another bout of wrestling and discovered we are "almost" neighbors. We know many of the same people and shop at some of the same LQS. I gave her my pphone and email so we could keep in touch. Funniest part was when I started to tell her about our retreat at Camp Cavell in November, she said one of the men she works with was telling her about this group of ladies that come to camp and quilt. And EAT! That was us. I hope I have found a new quilting buddy.
    Did I say, the wrestling match wasn't so bad? Oh, and my DGS will be wrestling at State finals in 2 weeks. he took second place in his weight class. YeeeeeHaaaaa! Sew on!!

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    Oh, I learned something. I really didn't even know it was 6 minutes. LOL
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    never cared for that sport but it's all about the kids!

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    Oh my....Believe it or not, you will one day miss those long days. My son wrestled. Long long Saturday's spent is horrid smelly gyms. Long Northern Mi rides on bad country roads (because when you live in the country schools are far apart, driving 3 or 4 hours was normal) with bags full of teen age sweat soaked clothes....Too cold to drive with the windows open.
    Yes, I quilted on those long Saturdays. I would take my quilts for hand binding and stitch away while waiting for my son's turn to come up. I also knitted. I was a very nervous wrestling mom at first and had to keep my hands busy, I had a skein of red yarn that was knitted and taken apart so many times......During the holidays I often did various hand crafts, ornaments and such. I remember one year, was making snowman ornaments. I would have the wrestlers waiting for their turn stuffing little white yoyos for me. (by this time I wasn't so nervous and the guys were kinda afraid of me). By my son's senior year I was the mom screaming and demanding he do his best or don't bother..... I also bossed the other guys around.....they learned to stand still during the National Anthem....They learned to be there when the team mates were on the mat, not off goofing around. I was that mom.
    Yes, he went to states and got me that medal. Even at state competitions at the Palace, I had hand sewing with me. Have to say though, Saturday's hand binding a quilt was always my favorite.
    That stinky wrestler went on to wrestle for the Marine corp..... He is still a Marine but now does MMA. If you think wrestling is rough to watch, just wait. When ever I bind a quilt, knit a stitch or do some hand sewing, I think of stinky Saturdays in gyms.

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    Wow, that sounds soooo familiar. I never liked wrestling in the beginning, either. But I had a different beginning. I was a bus driver. I took about 2 wrestling trips before I said "no more". Spitting in cups to loose weight made me want to puke!! They don't do that any more, thank goodness. Then a couple years later I took one and quite enjoyed it. A couple of the girls sat with me and explained some of what was going on, and I always took sewing to do. I cross stitched myself a sweatshirt one week and wore it the next. Some of the boys noticed. I was impressed. I also worked stuffing papers for a weekly in town. We would stuff papers all night, and they did it in the back half of the bus garage where our buses were parked. So at 6:00 in the morning, I just walked up front and took the bus. Then when I got whereever the match was, I would crawl back and lay accross the isle on 2 seats and sleep. Not comfortable, but it worked. LOL I would wake up in time to go watch the finals and we always stopped to eat on the way home. I thought I had the best deal in town!!!! LOL Of course it always makes a difference when your kids are particcipating. My youngest daughter was a distance runner. Never thought I would enjoy watching that. I got a LOT of excercise watching those meets. LOL And yes, I am THAT mom, too! I always blame it on being a bus driver. You had so many kids to keep in line, it was hard to turn that off. I have repremanded many a strangers child in my day, and I have cheered them on as well.
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    LOL I had to laugh, I guess I am that mom too. Although my son didn't wrestle, he was in marching band. Many cold, rainy Friday nights sitting through a football game just for those few minutes of half time! Didn't help that our football was losing most of the time. But I wouldn't trade a second of those nights. I didn't usually take sewing because it was usually too dark (and frequently raining or snowing), but I did do a lot of knitting.
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