Taking time to Smell the Roses!



Spring is a very busy time here on the ranch;  getting ready for foals,  lots and lots of yard work, and riding.  It’s hard to find time in my studio ( aka The Sweat Shop) to design and work on quilts since at the end of the day, I’m usually exhausted.  With all there is to do I forget to take time to enjoy the beauty of my gardens and the wild flowers that are so abundant here at Wild Oaks Ranch.  I have to promise myself to take at least 10 minutes a day to just sit and enjoy my  garden.  I love when my Zephririne  Drouhin (Cerise pink bloom left upper corner below) is blooming… just one bloom will fill the whole rose garden with the most intense rose smell.  I will take time to smell the roses today!



So Glad to be Home!


I’m finally home from Florida and all of the horses arrived safe and sound.  I have been crazy busy with all the catching up yard work to do and cleaning and organizing the barn.  I finally spent a couple of afternoons and evenings working on this month’s block challenge.  The block this month was our choice of the classic “sailboat” or “airplane”.

I played around with the airplane block on EQ7, but really didn’t like anything I came up with.  I first came up with doing 4 sailboats on the diagonal sailing around the north star and did that block, but after completion, I wasn’t satisfied with it.  What do you think?

Sailing by the north star

So back to the EQ7 drawing board!  Here are some ideas I came up with.

Thinking about the waves made me think of rough seas and then I thought about doing the waves as chevrons.  This is the block I decided to do for the Block challenge:

Sailing the Chevron Seas

I think this will go nicely with the other blocks for the ultimate quilt challenge.  Voting starts today!  Go to http://a.pgtb.me/MfCtTr/h5Cj1?w=36927840&e=123431568 .  Scroll down the page and click on the vote box of the block you like the most!