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It's all about the amplitude...

It's all about the amplitude...

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It all starts this weekend.  Are you going to watch?

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(The photo is from The Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the UK.)

Are you going to sew while you watch?

We've been chatting about it here - who is going to watch, what events are our favorites, and of course, what are we going to be stitching while we watch.  Several of us are currently in a "planning mode".  Handwork is high on the list, followed by chain-piecing and strip-piecing - what a few of us like to call "mindless sewing" because the concentration level required is a little bit less than it would be for say... something like Dear Jane blocks.

What about you?  Do you have a television or "viewing device" available in your sewing room?

I don't have a television or tablet-computer in my sewing room and I prefer it that way.  But every four summers... I feel the need to re-adjust.

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It's not just the idea of swimming pools when it's 163 degrees outside.  In the shade.

Do you have a favorite event?  Do you ever imagine what the "Quilter Games" would look like?

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Hunger Games with rotary cutters and seam rippers?  The winner is awarded a Fat Quarter bundle of Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille.  THE bundle.

Every four summers, that's when I can get excited about Recurve Archery.  (A recurve bow is a bow with limbs that curve away from the archer when unstrung. A recurve bow stores more energy and delivers energy more efficiently than the equivalent straight-limbed bow, giving a greater amount of energy and speed to the arrow.) (Yes, I had to look that up.)

If you're wondering if you should watch, this might help.

CT-2012-London-Brady-Ellison-Recurve-ArcheryThis is Brady Ellison and this will be his third time at the Games.  He is the first recurve archer to win three World Cup Final titles but he's never won an individual medal at the big show.

The Equestrian events are the favored viewing of several ladies in the office.  This is Laura Graves of the United States.

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That's Verdades - nicknamed "Diddy".

Not surprisingly, most of us plan on watching the gymnastics.  This is Simone Biles, she's won 14 medals in world competitions, ten of them gold.  She one of the favorites to medal in Rio.

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The girl has amplitude.

In gymnastics, that refers to the height, distance and full extension in the execution of a particular skill.  I had to look that up years ago because while most of the commentators would admiringly say "ooooh, look at that amplitude!", not one ever explained what "amplitude" was in gymnastic terms.

While planning our stitching projects for the coming weeks, we started cutting this...

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The five colors on the white background are symbolic - every one of the countries participating in Pierre de Coubertin's sporting event has at least one of these colors in their national flag.

For us, the colors represent Desert Bloom by A Quilting Life - aka Sherri & Chelsi, Handmade by Bonnie & Camille, Freedom by Sweetwater, Acreage by Shannon Orr, Manderley by Franny & Jane and Modern Backgrounds Paper by Zen Chic.

What should we make with these fabrics?  Any ideas?

If you're wondering why we haven't called "the event" by it's official name, it's because the folks that run the show are rather protective of it's use.

Have a very happy Tuesday - I'm going to leave you with one of my favorite pictures from that every-four-summers event.  This is from Barcelona, circa 1994.

Fu Mingxia.  10-Meter Platform Diving.  She won the Gold Medal.

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I can do that.

On the floor.

With amplitude.

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