I'm trying to keep it low-key so that nobody gets stressed about it. So far, so good. Since testing only takes at most an hour a day (per boy) we have a lot of free time, and we're trying to have a special treat each day :D
We did reading (comprehension) tests on Monday using the McCall-Crabb assessment. Wyatt, grade 7, is reading at a 10.3 level. (Tenth grade, third month.) Tate, grade 5, scored 9.4, and Gunnar, grade 2, scored 8.3. Woo-hoo!
For the rest of the week we're working through the Stanford Achievement Test, which I have to send away to be scored. They're doing fine.
2. Quilting. Yes. I got up my nerve to cut. Agonizing before cutting is nothing new, but working with a "Layer Cake" took it to a new level for me - no room for error. Last Christmas I asked for - and received - some special Mary Engelbreit fabric.
It's a collection called The Caroler with a Christmas theme, though not all the fabrics are Christmassy. But - most helpful for me - all the pieces are coordinated. Dang that stuff is expensive!
What I have - a Layer Cake - is a stack of forty-two 10" squares and a couple of larger pieces (the red snowflake and the green snowflake.) Enough to make a nice big cozy couch blanket, but not a bed-size.
But what to do? Needs to be fairly simple, since many of the prints are kind of large, and it wouldn't look good cut in too small of pieces. But I hate to "waste" special fabric on something too ordinary (just squares). Thought about doing something simple, like this:
(Different fabric, similar color palette.)
But the part where eight corners comes together just gives me the shivers. I've practiced that with scraps and not so sure I have the skills to run with it just yet!
Therefore, the many late nights of searching quilt books and quilt blogs, and sketching on scratch paper. *ugh*
But now I have a plan. And it came from a 17 year old boy in Minnesota. Yah.
Christmassy. Simple. And will leave me a few scraps to make a coordinating table runner.
So here is a little, teeny tiny sneak peek.
And now, back to our regular programming.