Cheat to Win

23 07 2009

I confess, I’m a cheater!  At this point my sister would gleefully tell you I’ve been cheating since I was fairly young.  So before I get to the current day cheating let me beat her to the punch and tell you the story.

For some inexplicable reason several members of my family love to play Rook.  I do not happen to be one of them, however I have played my share of games.  My sister has had a life long love of the game.  She takes it very seriously.  When she was a kid she would play with the dog if no one else was available.


Sheila & Pepi playing Rook

I have no idea how old we were, but I’m pretty sure I was less than 10.  Saturday night after sundown was almost always  fun night.  This particular Saturday night we were playing Rook.  The only three people I know for sure were playing were my Grandma, my sister and me.  Most likely my dad as well.  In Rook you are required to follow suit if you have the color that was led.  If you don’t have the correct color you can use trump cards or slough junk.  I was very slyly playing out of suit.  (That was before my sister memorized what everyone was playing and counted cards.)  I must have gotten caught and my Grandma exclaimed, “Cheaters Never Prosper.” 

I looked her straight in the eye and replied, “Well, I’ve been  prospering all night!”  (corrected per Sheila’s memory)

Now on to the modern day cheating.  I’m having an extremely difficult time working on customer quilts when what I really want to do is work on finishing more of mine.  To motivate myself I make up games or rewards.  Do this much on the customer quilt and I can do (fill in the blank).  This week I loaded a customer quilt on one machine and my quilt on another.  The deal was use up one bobbin on the customer quilt and then a bobbin on my quilt.  I regret to say I started cheating.  Pretty soon it was change colors on the customer quilt and do a bobbin on mine.  Then it was advance the customer quilt and do a bobbin on mine.  Eventually I think it got to where I was doing two bobbins on mine for whatever excuse I could come up with.  I did finish mine first.  I’ll show a picture after it is bound.  I finished Barb’s Winter Wonderland quilt today and it was on the machine way longer than it should have been because of my cheating.

Barb's Winter Wonderland

Barb's Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Quilting View

Winter Wonderland Quilting View

There you have the extent of how I cheat these days.  Sorry to disappoint if you were expecting something more devious.

By the way the title of this post came home with Guy from the Shooting Range.  Apparently if you are in a gun fight, it is OK to cheat in order to win.



4 responses

24 07 2009
Sheila Kellogg, the sister

I remember the comment as “Well, I’ve been prospering all night.” I’m sitting here while camping denying that I take Rook seriously and Londa looked at me and said “you take Rook seriously…but you do have fun.”

24 07 2009

LOL – I thought I was the only one that did that!

25 07 2009

Ha! I love it! I find myself cheating like that all too often.:)

2 08 2009

Hi Sonya,
I just picked up this pattern (Winter Wonderland) myself, and your quilting on this one is just lovely! I have a question. Did you quilt over the handstitched embroider, or go around it?

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