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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.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

THE FIRE IS SO DELIGHTFUL....

SLOWLY STITCHING ON A SATURDAY...............................
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse relax-euse......

Friday, December 19, 2014

WELCOME, WINTER SOLSTICE !

                                                                    

                                           SLEIGH BELLS RING!

I started quilting this afternoon...got 1st half of width done before my shoulder began
complaining...I am straight (well, sort of lol) line quilting on every other row across and then the same on the length.  ;--)))

HELGA is a fantastic quilting machine!!! I cannot say enough at how smoothly and evenly
she quilts.  (Red thread on squares side and variegated green on back....yummy!!)  I am excited!!

My Monet's City is moving outward to include  suburbia-- lol--the waterways and lilies and trees:



I have it set up on my living room floor on my old sweater blocking board--trying this and that...

So far:      I first need to sew those white french writing strips on and then the rosettes...
I took photos so I can remember how it'll go together....
Now it is Tea Time....
Hugs on this last weekend of Fall...take a deep breath.....relax.....
hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse Quilteuse


Thursday, December 18, 2014

SHE'S MAKIN' A LIST......


EVERYONE IS MAKING THEIR 2015 LISTS AND HERE IS MINE SO FAR (OPEN TO REVISION I'M SURE, AGAIN AND AGAIN...LOL):

ONE & TOP PRIORITY:  GET MY LEFT ARM/WRIST/HAND IN SHAPE TO BE ABLE TO PRACTICE MY PIANO EVERY DAY. 
 AS A PIANIST I AM SO MISSING MY PRACTICE TIME.

TWO: MAKE A BIG GIRL QUILT FOR WILLA--WHO BY NEXT CHRISTMAS WILL SURELY BE IN A BIG BED. I ALREADY HAVE THE FABRIC, BUT I  CANNOT SHOW IT TO YOU AS SOMEONE (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE...LOL) READS MY BLOG...

THREE; MY LIST OF WANT-TO-MAKE QUILTS; 

A. LOW VOLUME LOG CABIN

B. TULA PINK SAMPLER FROM HER "CITY QUILTS" --ESPECIALLY THE 15 CROSSES......
(i HAVE NEVER MADE A SAMPLER QUILT AND WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO COORDINATE COLORS IN MY NEVER-ENDING EFFORT TO GET SOME COLOR SENSE.) (Perhaps in conjunction with RSC2015???)

C. ANOTHER SEW ON PAPER SCRAPPY STRING QUILT WITH WHAT I CALL-- AND FIND HARD TO USE-- "MODERN FABRICS" (I have joined a modern fabric club for the year (Fabric Shoppe on Etsy)  and am not planning on any--repeat A N Y other fabric purchases--(YUP--enough is waaaaay tooooo much!) I have so many fabrics crying out to be used.  we'll see how long I can hold out hah!

D.  ANOTHER POSTAGE STAMP QUILT---THIS ONE WAS SO MUCH FUN--LOVED IT...(I ordered an off-market 1/4" piecing foot that I hope will fit Helga (fingers crossed)--and that should end that conversation...lol

E.  A LIL' TWISTER QUILT....

There are about a-gazillion MORE quilts that I want to try, but these are so far the biggies....are you totally bored to death yet???  

FOUR: TO BE FINISHED STUFF--
AND HERE I HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THE PIECES I'VE MADE "DESERVE" TO BE FINISHED ...OR NOT...(DO YOU HAVE ISSUES LIKE THAT?)

A.  SCRAPPY BLOCKS WITH GOLD SASHINGS -- CAN'T DECIDE IF I LIKE IT...
  



B.   NOVEAU LADIES NEEDS BORDERS AND FINISHING
     



    C.  APPLIQUE BUTTERFLIES

D. ALL MY HEXAGON PROJECTS, OF COURSE.....BUT THEY ARE CONTINUING AND LONG TERM.....

E. SOME KIND OF CAT QUILT.....MAYBE D. ZIMMERMAN'S "FAT CATS"

AND THEN (sigh): VARIOUS KITS I HAVE ORDERED AND ARE SITTING IN MY FILING CABINET LIKE A BEAUTIFUL JAN PATEK BASKET QUILT....AMONG OTHER PATTERNS....

AND, (OH YES, MORE....)
I WANT TO DO SOME EMBROIDERY AND CROCHETING.....

THIS YEAR I FINISHED THREE (WELL, AM QUILTING TWO RIGHT NOW; SLEIGH BELLS AND GEORGIE PEORGIE) GOOD SIZED QUILTS AND A COUPLE TABLE RUNNERS AND MUG RUGS.
  
IT SEEMS TO TAKE ME A LONG TIME TO DO THINGS THESE DAYS.  BACK ISSUES AND HAND/WRIST ISSUES TAKE THEIR TOLL I GUESS.  

I hope you are finding time to relax and do some stitching these last few hectic days before Christmas.....chat soon...this whole list is just for my records--skip it if you are not interested....it's okay...;---)))

And what, pray tell is on your list for the NEW YEAR???
HUGS, 
Julierose, La Blageuse (puzzle-euse)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

RING THOSE SLEIGH BELLS, SANTA!


Here is the backside of Sleigh Bells Ring!  I had these Santa's leftover from way back when (A Debbie Mumm print) and this Jinny Beyer Roses border (julieROSE lol) and the green flowery  background that just seemed to all hang together....

I just have always loved these old world Santas--better than today's more modern versions. 
I was SAVING them--and have decided to finally use them...

(Sorry for the blur...my camera battery is blinking "low") but there will be two rows of Santa across the backing.
Tomorrow I will sew the Red Roses borders on and then both front and back will be ready to put together...
Sunday stitching, a little gift wrapping, boiling down turkey for soup, and my darling DH is taking me out for dinner at a Pub where some of our musician friends have a gig...fun day Sunday!!

Hugs to you all--Julierose, La Blageuse .

Friday, December 12, 2014

FOR ALL MY STRESSED OUT READERS

                         "Are you havin' any fun?
                                              Whatcha gettin' outta livin'?
                                                 What good is what you've got?
                                    If you're not havin' any fun?

                                       Are you havin' any laughs?
                                                      Are you gettin' any lovin'?
                                                      If other people do so can you--
                                                      Have a little fun!

                                                       You better have some fun
                                                         You ain't gonna live forever
                                                          Before you're old and gray, still okay
                                                             Have your little fun"

                                               Why do you work and slave?
                                                Life is full of ifs and buts
                                             You know, the squirrels save 
                                               and save  And what have they
                                                got.....
                                                 Nuts!!!!

                                              You'd better have some fun
                                               You ain't gonna live forever
                                                Before you're old and gray
                                                 Have your little fun!!  

My new mantra song...;--)))

I worked on a small piece for a gift--so I cannot show you it as the giftee reads my blog!!  
But let me tell you the good news--really?? yep!

HELGA quilts like a dream--what a pleasure with her walking (out) foot on and her seam guide she is a treat to use.  
hugs and best Holiday wishes to you all  
Julierose, La Blageuse...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ALMOST A FLIMSEY


Here's the bottom half AND.....
the TOP half...
ONE MORE ROW TO PIN AND SEW!!!!
My back from leaning over and pinning each and every row of blocks together 
exactly (ahhh..does the word fudging ring a bell??? lol) and then throwing the rows over my left shoulder (I also got a pin caught in my earring doing this and nearly pulled my ear lobe off!!  ACK...oh the trials and tribulations!!)
and trying to match the edge to the new little sewing sticky ridge that I added  (what I think is...;--)) a scant 1/4" from my needle..... and with the regular foot in place--guiding it through Helga.  She is a recalcitrant gal...BUT I think it went pretty well--I am not going to use that wobbly plastic foot anymore! (Did I tell you that I cancelled my 1/4" foot order after talking to the "Sewingpartsonline" company and their telling me they have NO IDEA when or IF they will get one???Enough of this AGITA!) I will make what I have WORK--
and I promise no more 1/4" whining!!  Honest--or I hope so!! 

hugs to all of you in this busy Holiday Season--I hope you are finding the time to get some (relaxing???? Huh, relax, who moi???) sewing in...Julierose, La Blaguese (almost done-euse)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

EDGINESS


Sleigh Bells Ring has grown up a bit since I last posted.  I now have four rows of 6x6 blocks (3 across and four down) sewed horizontally and I've added the off whites in a double row on each long side. 

My whole week has been about edges (more about this further on....)


Monsieur "Partridge in his Pear Tree"  ;--))


I love this rose square ;--)))

Well, folks----this journey has been an eye-opener; I have collected mini charm squares the past year and cut some with my GO!BABY (go!! lol) and each company's 2.5" square is sized differently!  Who knew?!  Pas Moi!! 

So this is an exercise in matching up for sure (especially as I am --oh no, not this AGAIN??--so 1/4" challenged--and for those of you still interested [anyone??] my 1/4" foot has STILL not arrived!! I ordered it from "sewforless" on October 6th!!!!--it should be sew-less!! humpfff!).  


Hey Dawn--see your fabrics that you so (sew) kindly gifted me?  The Dancin' snowmen and my favorite angels--a part of you will be in my quilt...thanks again...hugs....

And now for a different kind of "EDGINESS":


It doesn't look like much, but I added all those black hexies over Thanksgiving (and I am thankful for finishing those! 3 sides to fit in each)
 and also on this side:


those aqua-ish ones on the left--my piece now has two sides ziggy-zaggy and two sides with 1/2 hexagon holes in it! 

My next step is to make Monsieur Monet's Water Lilies floating and to add  the French Writing....and another puzzle to be solved is born...I do like the city buildings though...

Today I hope to sew more squares on 1/4" challenged Helga--oops--sorry--I won't go down that road rant again! 
But........... I have to rest my hand from hexagon stitching as it is sore...

I hope you have a sew-full weekend...

hugs, Julierose, La Blageus (Edgi-euse)