Monday, May 2, 2016

Borders

Borders, what would we do without them?  As we were loading up cows on Saturday to bring them from the dry lot back to the farm where they will calve, I was thankful for borders.  Those fence borders made it much easier to contain those crazy kick up your heels kind of cows!

As it often does, my mind began to wander, thinking about how borders affect our lives.  Can we live without borders?  Sometime we should -- Love with out borders, spread joy without borders, and be kind without borders.  However, some borders are good -- it curbs our overeating, keeps us from spending more than we make, and keeps us from over extending our calendar.

What does this have to do with quilts, you might ask?  Well, Saturday was full of borders.  The fence kind and the quilt kind.  I finished up the border on my Smith Mountain Morning Quilt.  You can see my post about the Bonnie Hunter class I attended here.  I am so pleased with how it went together.  Now off to my long arm quilter it will go.  Next I tackled the t-shirt quilt I have been working on this past week.  I cut what fabric I had, thinking it was enough, but alas!  I was 20" short!  The shop where I purchased the fabric was already closed and is also closed on Mondays.  So I had to put it aside until I can pick up the extra fabric and then off to the quilter it will go.



I have found that I prefer quilts which have a smaller solid fabric framing the center of the quilt before the larger border is added.  I have also found that a quilt looks better if my border width is about 1/2 to 2/3 the size of the block in my quilt.  Any smaller and it looks puny next to the quilt.  Any larger and the center is dwarfed by the border.  As with anything in life, balance is the key.

And now I am going to leave you with a few more pictures from life on the farm.


Bandit, can't wait to herd those cows!


The senior farmer getting the trailer ready to load cows.

The farmer and son #2 corralling them into the trailer.
This morning went swimmingly well.  Sometimes it's a real rodeo!

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