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Shoreline, CT, United States
I would love for you to join me (a retired senior)in my zany crafting adventures with quilting (waaaaay too much fabric); scrapbooking (will I ever catch up?); redwork; counted cross stitch; crossword puzzles; reading; and cooking.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Old yucky carpeting in dining/fireplace room....but here's what is going to be new....

Yeah--rip it out and have original real hardwood floor refinished...

Today is our 49th Wedding Anniversary (yes [sigh] I know 9/11!!) and
my DH just started ripping up the carpeting--I said "What are you DOING?"
(Hear that tone of voice..heh heh I am sure you do...)

He says," It's gone, NOW! Happy Anniversary--we will have this floor re-done and get some nice area rugs for under dining table and in front of fireplace"..
(BIG HUGS  ... fade out....!!!)

What a guy!!  AND he's doing all the ripping, prying, removing of those dang staples...bit by bit we will move furniture and get it off there.  Room is 33' x 14' so no little job.  My SUPERHERO for sure...49 years --can you see why....

And in the fabric line--I know, no new fabric--BUT I could NOT resist 1/2 yd of  each of these two beauties to add to my batik stash....
Aren't they just delicious...I love the fact that they are understated--nothing jumping out at you--more tone-on-tone type.  I think they will make nice blenders.  
AND, tonight we are going out to dinner--so NO COOKING either!!  Be still my heart...

On my diet news front:  I have begun coming off Atkins strenuous plan and adding more foods--a few pounds have found their nasty way back, but I also enrolled in a Gentle Yoga (the gentle part is DEFINITELY in the eye of much younger ladies!) two times a week Tues and Fri.  I went this past Tuesday for the first time and worked very hard:   shaking muscles, falling over, sweating (oh, pardonnez -moi--glowing!!) --I kid you not!! I am hoping that this 75 minutes twice a week will offset that poundage and make me more flexible and strengthen my arms and shoulders.  
Also I have a Deep Relaxation class that is available to me on the day I visit Mom--perfect after tough visits...

This is the week of washing REDS (interesting--not many of these--one of the pluses of doing this is to see what you have and need); 

AND I tore off pieces of all my pre-washed orientals for my lozenges quilt.....I am wordy today...and busy...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse 

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Here is my "Beach Houses Long Ago" finally put together, bound and labeled--[sorry for crooked pix--just too humid and hot to go outside--89 degrees and the dew point is 79!....phew!.....]

  Well this Winter when I am freezing and the snow is snowing and the wind is blowing I can look up at this one and remember these Summer days....

this one is reversible showing the last rays of the sun setting over the waters as the moon rises....I used my GO!Baby die cutter for the ocean blocks....loving that machine!!

And here is my little label...

DH wants to hang this one in our bedroom--I think he likes it.  He asked if this was a folk art one, too;
I didn't know what to say as all these little house are made, by the "seat of my pants" so to speak, no measuring and lotsa scraps --I guess it is artsy and folksy...

You can see all the summery scraps--some are from very long ago..
and  even a little Fourth of July flag waves on this one...I am happy with it.  AND HAPPY it's DONE!! LOL And very liberated.....

I hope you are staying cool on this super hot.humid day...hugs and thanks for following me through this month of finishes...I am done (except for one--I mean, you HAVE to have at least one in process
doncha think?? haha)
hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, September 5, 2014


Well, sweet readers, since I cannot hand sew--I am marking all these 2" squares in preparation for making Bonnie Hunter's Leader-Ender Lozenges project.  I ordered the Accuquilt largest rectangle die for my GO!BABY as rotary cutting is difficult these days...and so, while I am "Marking Time"
I am marking all those little diagonal lines....

I had precut, with my 2" die these scraps into squares--and here I am actually going to use them!

So far, I have this stack done.; since each lozenge uses four--I have quite a few more to die cut and mark.  I haven't as yet decided if this will be totally scrappy rectangles or semi controlled eg: civil war fabrics, novelties, flowers...we'll see what strikes my fancy....

And that's where I am today:  after my haircut, errands and prepping for dinner I'll be marking, marking and ......marking more...Hugs, oh and my hand is feeling better; thank you for all your good wishes
Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, September 4, 2014


"I am done and airing out on the line--it feels so good to stretch out in the
 breeze " (Quilt Quote ;--)))

this quilt was totally hand sewn except for the binding application--which I did on my Helga...I took an online class from Jude Hill at Spirit Cloth; all the fabrics are pre-washed and hand torn--not cut.  I stamped these little ladies--oh pardonnez-moi--women(LOL) and then appliqued their flower hats and leaves.

And you can see I hand tied this with bamboo/cotton crochet thread and left the ties long....

I like all my women, but this one is a favorite...peeking out....

Here is the back--more fabric I couldn't seem to cut into..
Even though it is called modern--I felt that it looked antique ...

The raw edge applique and strip sewing is done to make this look old and tattered
and I L O V E this look in a quilt. 
I have to tell you that this class of Jude's was fabulous--no deadlines, work at your own pace, lots of examples and videos and superb explanations...I would highly recommend her classes....thanks so much Jude ...

And so, with my little teapot label (oops, sorry, don't know how to rotate it)  I end my first adventure with a torn, strip, woven by hand quilt.  But it will not be my last.  It was fun and freeing...
Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse....another one D O N E --WHEE!!!

Monday, September 1, 2014


My very first applique piece [warts and all]!  I am calling it "Home is Where the Heart Is".
this is from a Jan Patek kit; and I am in L O V E with her fabrics.  (I want them ALL!!)

 ;--ooo more $$$

I had to end up machine quilting (or attempting to..lol) as my hand is on hold for now...
The music stand is where my DH stands to practice-- underneath a picture (from a jigsaw, if you can blieve that!) that my Father made and glued and framed.  It stands just opposite my Baldwin grand so I can see it when I practice.  We have a VERY musical household and family...DH plays Alto and Tenor Sax, Clarinet and Flute..my son, Jeff, played Trombone in H.S and now plays Guitar --especially for his two girls Willa and Fiona; my daughter, Candice, played Flute in H.S. and now plays.....computer mostly (lol)--just kidding hon.

As you can see I completely machine sewed my binding on--this darn ol' arthritissey thumb joint !  But
but, but---I was really pleasantly surprised at how much I like this simple zig-zag on the borders...very simple and I feel it goes with that Folksey look...

This is my Labor Day presentation.  My thumb is better and I am wearing my brace (good girl, Julierose, sit, stay--do not pick up any handwork--grrrrrr!!).
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and


Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (Julierose is SOOOO proud!! ;--)))

Sunday, August 31, 2014



My daughter, Candice  --our family's computer expert--(thanks honey) sent me this link DMARC which sort of explains what is happening when we try to answer email commenting and getting refused delivery.

 I guess YAHOO and AOL have had major issues with spam (they call it computerbot) and have put this security in place--I don't know if any of you can authorize our re;lies...but I thought I'd post this follow-up for you. ( Sorry for typos--posting with only RH--LH in a thumb/wrist brace.  )

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse-

Friday, August 29, 2014


I am being bound--FINALLY! Hopefully, I will become finished this weekend. 
 I have been bundled onto a hanger in a dark spare room closet  (not at all comfortable, let me say!) for Waaay too long.  I have lost my voice calling out to "You Know Who"  to come and finish me, so I can stretch out on her bed this Winter.  
The light was so bright today when she finally took me out that it took me a while to behave normally so that she (who wields Helga) could put on my binding.  AND  she almost ran out of binding and --shhh-don't tell anyone, but she had to ADD two pieces in the middle!! Hah--that serves her right for not measuring me--I mean really!!) 
She doesn't even know enough to put in a new bobbin--well, beggars can't be choosers I guess and now I am all ironed, pinned and ready and ..................
waiting--AGAIN--something about sore shoulders...hmmpfh!!  

Hopefully yours in waiting : WONDER WOMAN WALL QUILT...