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.