Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Million Things

I have been busy doing a million things but apparently blogging was not one of them ;)
The weather has been nice here with moderate temps in the lower to mid-80s F, rain, and low humidity for the most part.  I've been working outside on the garden and on various maintenance projects. All those fun chores--reglazing windows, washing windows, priming exterior trim and porch posts, buying paint, etc. etc.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Nancy, Near Philadelphia for the wonderfully fantabulous mug rug and sewing goodies that I won on her 1600 Post Giveaway.  Nancy's blog was one of the very first quilting blogs that I started reading lo these many moons ago. This mug rug just makes me smile and it will have a treasured place in my sewing room.  You bet these great purple fabrics are going to be featured in a quilt or two and those adorable embroidery scissors are going straight into my on-the-go sewing kit.

There has been some sewing going on here at Chez Stella Bella.   I finally decided to cut into my stash of Flea Market Fancy and Hope Valley fabric that I've been hoarding.  I am pairing it with my favorite Zen Gray Moda Bella Solid.  Here is a sneak peek of a new quilt I'm working on. 

After missing the past two Another Year of Schnibbles projects.  I'm starting this month's right away.  I dug through my stash of charm packs and found an early Fig Tree line called "A Day in the Country."  The blocks are cut out and I'll be working on those this week. Photos to follow.

How could I not include an update on the cats?  They are all fine and sprawled around the house in their favorite spots.  Isn't this the cutest photo of Remy?!?!? (of course I think he is the cutest all the time).  Remy loves playing in paper bags and I try to have one out for him to play in.  Paper bags don't last very long because he likes to run into them at top speed so he runs right through the bottom or he rolls around and rips them to shreds.  

Remy's "green" motto:  Reuse, play, shred and recycle. 

Remy loves paper bags from Whole Foods
  

4 comments:

Michele said...

The fabrics you used are so fresh and fun :-) Like Remy, I'm a fan of the paper bags from Whole Foods too, but not for the same reasons LOL!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi Gretchen! Oh my word, the kitty embroidery scissors are beyond cute, LOL, and purple being my favorite color, well, of course I love those fabrics too. AND, the fabrics you cut into at long last from your "hoard" stash, they are wonderful. I have never done one of the year of Schnibbles, but I had planned to get to work on this years, however, I just had too many projects in the fire and didn't get started on them. I have the first two patterns, but I have for the first time since 2009, the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery quilt coming in the next few days...well, the first block and finishing kit and I'm really hoping to keep up with this one. My 2009 one is still in the project box...only the first block done, but "life" (and surgeries) got in the way and then I just didn't get back to it. So my plan is (I hope, LOL) to pull it out, and do a block from that one along with a block from this years new one. Along with Jenny of Elefantz wonderful DaisyDays BOM, a stitchery quilt and just beautiful and fun. I've started stitching the first block, MonDaisy and I'm loving every stitch, though I'm slow, I have a very long time to work on that one (thanks to the way Jenny has it set up). I'll not be doing this years BOM at my LQS, just not wanting to get in too deep, but I think that the Scnibbles this year are lost to me now. But we never know when we will get that burst of energy and 'run right through the bottom of the bag' do we? *wink*. I'm looking forward to seeing your Schnibbles and other projects and thank you so much for sharing that way to cute picture of you way to cute for his own good, sweet Remy. It is one of the most adorable pictures yet Gretchen. Okay, I've rambled far too long, Big Hugs coming to you along with scratches for all the furry babes (and of course an extra one for one of the loves of my life, Remy) :o)...

Karin said...

I ambad about maintenance and most other things!!!! I sure do miss you. i ran away for 2 days and now the boys are hanging Really close.

a good yarn said...

Remy is so environmentally conscious. Those blocks look amazing! What size is the finished block?