Monday, February 13, 2012

Design Wall Monday -- 02/13/2012

The center of my Jacob’s Ladder quilt is complete and now I am ready to consider whether or not to move forward with my original plan to add borders.  Sometimes, I prefer omitting them.  My collection of blue and neutral scraps is a lot lighter than it used to be.

We made a last minute decision to go to the ranch for two days last week.  When you spend time in the country, you expect to see wildlife.  Over the years we’ve seen exotic game from nearby ranches including a fallow deer.  Several years ago a pair of emus visited us before moving on.  It is quite common to spot raccoons, skunks, bobcats, feral hogs, and the native white tail deer. 

Last week we were visited by this group of goats that found a way through the fence that divides our property from a neighbor.  They are relatively tame and hung around the house for several hours.  We have been in conversation with the neighbor.  As the goats have access to food and water and apparently go back and forth easily, we are not under a lot of pressure to round them up immediately.  It will take some coordination to get them home before fence repairs can be made.

I didn’t have a project ready for the quilter so it was a perfect opportunity to continue going through the boxes of stored items we have not used since our move to Texas.  Several weeks ago we packed a pickup truck load of items for a charity garage sale.  At that time I discovered some boxes had water damage.  Fortunately, the boxes of photographs were okay and we moved them to what we think is a more protected area. 

Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday post at Patchwork Times is loaded with inspiration for quilters.  Be sure and check it out.


Eden said...

What a nice JL quilt. I love that layout and it is one of my favorite blocks, especially for scraps. I have made several charity quilts out of donated scraps with that pattern and they always turn out great. I should quilt the top I made myself some time ago soni can actually use it! Geat job, good luck on the decision about the borders.

marcella said...

Pretty quilt top. Doesn't it feel good to get the scrap piles smaller? Sometimes it seems like they don't shrink at all.

scraphappy said...

Jacob's Ladder is looking great. I don't think I've ever seen a blue and white quilt that I didn't love. Glad you are clearing out some scraps. Now you can make more room to move in some new fabric!

kwiltnkats said...

My decision to go with borders or not usually depends on the size of the project. It's hard for me to pass up a pieced border though. Enjoyed your goat picture. They sure do look curious about what you were doing... Sandi

Michelle said...

Wow !
Your Jacob's Ladder looks great.
Sometimes borders aren't needed.

Connie said...

Your Jacob's Ladder is beautiful without borders! Love the photo of the goats that has to be fun at the ranch!
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