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Any tips or tricks to share on braided borders?  Strip sizes you prefer?  (One source said 2 1/2 x 7 1/2.)  Anything I should be aware of value-wise?  (Do I need to keep one side neutrals and the other med/dark or does it matter?)  Any help is appreciated.  

I've been awol on posting for awhile, although I read and comment on posts, so here's an update.  

In December, my 82 year old dad was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to the liver.  He opted to not seek treatment and just let things run its course.  His attitude has been incredible, and he is teaching us how to truly live well to the end.  He's held steady past the 4-months-left-to-live prognosis and is hanging in there, although his weight loss is considerable.  He still rides to help gather cattle, but someone else saddles his horse for him these days due to some loss of strength.  He roped at a couple of brandings this spring, and danced at a granddaughter's wedding last weekend.  He gets out and about every day, refusing to sit out his days in a rocking chair.  He knows the Lord as his Savior and has put his affairs in order.  Mom is holding steady as well, treasuring each day and also preparing for a time when she's on her own.  I admire them both.

In May, with our husbands both calving cows on their respective ranches and not able to get away, a friend and I took a week-long trip to Arizona to visit her mother for Mother's Day.  Her mother lives in a gated retirement complex and we took full advantage of the pool and hot tub, biking and walking within the community and taking day-trips to wherever struck our fancy.  It was relaxing and fun.  My favorite quote of the trip:  as we were lounging about pool-side working on a tan, my friend quipped, "This is great.  It's like a cruise - only without the cost, crowds...and norovirus..."  Old town Santa Fe was a favorite stop for me.  

We didn't hit any quilt shops, but we did crash a guild gathering in the clubhouse next to the pools.  There was a quilt in the frame for tying, some paper piecing, hand applique, binding, and piecing going on.  It was fun seeing all the projects - many for charity.  

Last week we kept The LIttle (2 1/2 yr old grandson) for a week.  He's an easy keeper.  He loves being outside with the men and can entertain himself with toy cars or an old pair of pliers he found.  We had a fun time together.  The last night he was here, his parents had come for a family wedding, and during the night he asked his momma for juice.  She said he could have water, but not juice.  He was very quiet for a time, then asked, "Where's Grandma?  Grandma get juice."  His folks are expecting boy #2 in October and we're looking forward to that new arrival.  

I made a minkie cuddle quilt this week and a couple of window valances for Mom.   Looking forward to working on some other projects in the works.  

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Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 13, 2016 at 4:14pm

PQ, Thank you for the update on your father.  I had been thinking about him now and then and wondering how he was getting along, but I hesitated to ask you.  Now I know, and I too admire his decisions.  Just like an old cowboy -- no fuss, no muss.

I've never done a braided border, but recognized it in Rebecca's and Peggy's posts.  I like the scrappy look.  I have done a piano key border using the fabrics in the quilt, and like it a lot.

Aw.. The Little ratted Grandma out at 2-1/2!  It's only the beginning, Grandma.

Comment by Kathy/WA on June 10, 2016 at 9:53pm

PQ my heart and prayers for you and family.  I admire your dads courage and his desire to be productive as long as possible.  All too soon they are gone from our lives. My daughter calls daily to check on me and how I'm doing.  She avoided telling me that Aiden wanted to know where I was, because DD knew how busy I have been with my moms house and family.  Yesterday was a really bad day for me and I told DD that I would be over in the morning to visit.  Nothing beats having a 3 year old come running to the door with hugs and kisses.  I'm not sure if that was because of me or because he knows I bring him a cookie when I visit.  Best medicine I could get for the day.

I won't get to post much but I do get on line and check up on what is posted so keep the stories coming.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 10, 2016 at 5:31pm

Thanks, Rebecca.  I'm sorry my request caused you to spend so much time trying to post a picture, but it is sincerely appreciated.  Gives me a much better "picture in my head" of how I want this border to turn out on the quilt I'm trying to design on the fly.  

Thanks to all for your kind words.  They are a balm to my soul.  

Jodi - I've said that same thing - I hope I can finish as well as the example they are setting.  

Comment by Jodi Cramer on June 10, 2016 at 4:43pm

I am so impressed with the stance your dad and mom have taken. What a lot of courage! I only hope I can finish as well. Blessings to your whole family from the Littles on up.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on June 10, 2016 at 3:35pm

I've been trying for over an hour to post this photo - apparently it wasn't my computer - it was my ISP - one more try! Wow - it's working - this is just a corner of the quilt to give you an idea of how it turned out - the quilt is a Queen size. 

Comment by Janet/MO on June 10, 2016 at 1:24pm

It is wonderful that your dad & mom are handling his diagnosis with such grace.  Some times I think older people handle it better because they know they have already lived a full life.

I can't add anything to the braided border as the others all said what I would have said.

I love your friend's comment about lounging around by the pool.  It is so hot here in Mid-MO today that we wish we still had a pool in our backyard. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on June 10, 2016 at 1:10pm

I'm glad you updated us. It sounds like your family is tough and loving and holding together. Blessings on all of you. The Little sounds like he has you trained up. I love the juice quest. It sounds like you and your friend had a justly deserved vacation. Great!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2016 at 12:58pm

I measured. My strips are 1 1/2" finished, 2" cut width. The whole border was 3" finished, or 3 1/2" cut width. I just sewed the strips together and then cut the border to size after. You just have to make sure your strips stick out beyond the cutting line. I measured 1 1/2" from halfway between the two points, or intersections (because they overlap).

Now that I'm on my computer, here's the photo:

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 10, 2016 at 11:34am

Thanks, Peggy - I like the scrappy look.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2016 at 11:26am
I did this one: http://api.ning.com/files/Uq7MwTgLlSvp*X0GSk9KiJ4d0hhQ*0NS7qPboWEHrcKaVJaZ*Yy3O9ZJPenHz0-yrTzjwVABtBTSHegy3SYc4wjHpEsWzAW9/MantleQuilt.JPG_I'll measure when I get home.

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