Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Today is my birthday--and we start celebrating today and don't stop for a full two months--it's the beginning of the My-Birthday-Administrative-Professionals-Week-Mother's-Day-DH's-Birthday-DS's-Birthday-and-Father's-Day Celebration--which means all diets go to you know where in a hand basket but we don't care!

The celebration began yesterday with a surprise luncheon in my office. I was on my way out the door to meet the hubs for lunch when I was grabbed by a co-worker into our library and everyone sang, "Happy Birthday!" So we're continuing our celebration tonight with our youngest son, David, and his girlfriend, Emma, with dinner cooked by the hubs. No quilting today--but I'm so happy I have family here. Later in the week our oldest son, Jack, will have dinner with us and at some point in the hopefully not too distant future, we'll celebrate our son Ross' birthday--he lives in Memphis so we'll head up the road to continue that part of the celebration.

At the risk of sounding maudlin, the week leading up to my birthday I typically spend a lot of time reflecting on the previous year and the upcoming year--and this birthday is a milestone for me. Today I'm 55--my father died when he was 54, so I can't begin to tell you about the anxiety I have experienced counting down to this day. But as I've said in a previous post, I am going to live my life and dance like no one's watching.

I did get to spend some time in the Bottoms Up! Studio this past Sunday, and I hope to spend the entire weekend in it this coming weekend as a birthday present to myself--there's a lot I want to accomplish this month.

I can drive 55!

Happy quilting,
a primandnotsoproperquilter

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Bins

I think I need an acronym for The Bins. Like, "Busted Ideas Needing their Swan Song...", because I've always been a great starter but not so great finisher. I'm trying to turn that around. Easter Sunday I spent a blissful day in the Bottoms Up! Studio working on the contents of Bin #1--

Practice Trick or Treat Baskets - blocks trimmed, sewn together and basted, ready for hand quilting:

Flannel Crazy Cats project - no longer a pillow project, this will be a bed runner of sorts for our cats to sleep upon:

My down-and-dirty Civil War repro quilt - some adjustments necessary on this one:

I also picked out border fabric for the Barn Chicks quilt.

I have to say it was very satisfying to work on these projects! I hope at least two of them are finished by month's end.

Here's hoping it's finally Spring where you are--after a beautiful day at 70° yesterday we're back to the 40s and rain.

Happy quilting!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Waste Not, Want Not...

Before I left for my quilting retreat in February, there was a flurry of cutting going on--one must never run out of projects at a quilting retreat! Now that I'm in a semi-organizing mode, I'm trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers. How small is too small?

And when you decide what's not too small, how do you organize what you're keeping? Shoe boxes? Plastic bags? 55 gallon garbage sacks? I have a 30 gallon tub in the fabric cave that's overflowing with scraps and other miscellany. Not exactly user-friendly, and now I question whether I will ever do anything with them, mostly because I don't know what's in the tub! Please, don't let the little ones see this:

Oh, my...
So while pondering this dilemma, I remembered that I have some clear plastic bins that I have accumulated over the years. They are full, however, of UFOs. So why not exchange the scraps for the UFOs? I have a lofty goal of finishing 12 projects this year. Perhaps this will be my inspiration--a place to stash the scraps?

One bin is sitting on my sewing table; it's the one I took with me to the quilting retreat. There were 5 projects in it: the Barn Chicks quilt from my last post and its remnants, my practice blocks for the Trick or Treat quilt (I had planned to make a pillow with them), another Buggy Barn project--I used their Crazy Cats quilt pattern to make 3 flannel cat blocks to make into a pillow (hmmm....I'm beginning to see a pattern here), a Civil War reproduction quilt project, and the leftover blocks from our retreat quilts and leftover log cabin strips to make shams for the quilts:

There are 27 (yikes!) more bins.

Let's see what happens.

Happy quilting,