This has been so relaxing that I find myself looking forward to sitting and stitching at night. After Christmas I plan on beginning the machine quilting and then the hand quilting of Jonathan's scrappy pineapple. Thanks to Hanne, Tonya, and Sylvia for all their help. After reading their blogs on utility stitching I e-mailed each one and received back great information and help. Again, thank you for a solution to big quilting dilemma!
I need to answer a few of your questions.
Tracy: USMAPS=United States Military Academy Prep School. The USMA=United States Military Academy or better known as West Point is the US Army military college. It is very difficult to get into and equally difficult to graduate from. Our 3rd son is in the prep school this year and doing well. It has been a challenge for him, but one that he was more than ready for. All our sons were homeschooled, and I was shocked when Mark decided to try for West Point. We are so proud of the effort, diligence and focus he has demonstrated in order to make this dream a reality.
I did a quick search on USMA and found the information on Wikipedia very interesting and well put:
The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, or simply USMA (or Army, for NCAA purposes), is a United States Army fort and military academy. Established in 1802, it is the oldest military academy in the United States. Students are referred to as cadets. Collectively, graduates are known as "The Long Gray Line" because of the color of cadet uniforms and the unbroken line of West Point graduates.
The Academy is located at West Point, New York, on a scenic overlook of the Hudson River, about 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. (41°23′38″N, 73°57′16″W). Consequently, it is often referred to as "Hudson High". Occupying over 16,000 acres (65 km²), it is one of the largest school campuses in the world. (By comparison, the United States Naval Academy is 338 acres / 1.37 km² and ONT>United States Air Force Academy is 18,000 acres / 73 km².) Its unique combination of facilities includes a ski slope and artillery range, in addition to the academic buildings and sports facilities found on a typical university campus. The post itself was first occupied in 1778, and it is thus the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States.
The mission of the Academy is "to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army."
Graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and most are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Foreign cadets are commissioned into the armed forces of their native countries. Since 1959, cadets have also been able to "cross-commission" into the Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps, provided they meet the necessary eligibility standards. Each year, a small number of graduates does this, usually in a one-for-one "trade" with similarly inclined cadets or midshipmen at the other service academies.
All must serve a minimum of five years on active duty followed by three years in the reserves. Cadets do not have any service obligation if they withdraw from the Academy before the beginning of their third academic (or "cow") year. Cadets separated, voluntarily or involuntarily, after that date must serve on active duty in the enlisted ranks for a period of time, usually between two and four years.
Toni: the basket on my cupboard is not a buttocks basket. It is a large basket for bringing in cut flowers. I'm sure it has a proper name, I just don't know what it is. The angle of basket in the photo made it look differently.
*Tonya, Sylvia & Hanne & utility stitching
*a cozy bathrobe
*dh who loves to cook