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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.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

SUNDAY MORNING CATCH UP

(HAVING ONE TATW CUT OUT................I NEEDED TO CATCH-UP ON JAN-MAR FOR RSC COLORS....)

Here are my blue, pink and yellow TATW so far....just pinned up, waiting to be sewn...






















BLUES




and here is my favorite  fabric
below












Really love this type of old print....it looks worn....

YELLOWS bring out the Geisha in me ;-))) lol:


She is surrounded by good luck crows eating the cherries from her trees....
I guess i cannot get away from all these novelty prints that call my name.....

and FINALLY................ PINKS block.....

Again the center is a VERY old print...just managed to get one 2.5" square out of it..

THINK THIS MAY BE THE VERY COLOR OF MY VEST THAT I AM KNITTING!!!



This morning GO!BABY and i had a  FUN cut-a-thon...;--)))

I am going to machine sew these in rows (I think) as my first foray into hand piecing these was not too encouraging--
the seam crossings and flip-flopping to check if seams are aligned made me frustrated--and my failing eyesight didn't help. 
 Then I thought --well maybe EPP--
but the seam allowances were too small for my FAT  (piano)  fingers--so HELGA TO THE RESCUE.....
                                     
                                                       LIVE AND LEARN

I am thinking white-on-white surround for the final rows--I will wait until our RSC year has finished to make that decision  ...

Sewing rows  postage stamp style will be my next trial.....

hugs, from 
Julierose, La Blaguese (square-euse) 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PURPLE JOURNEY

My first TAW (Trip Around the World) block is cut and set up for slow hand stitching
tomorrow.....(these are some leftover fabrics from a certain "surprise quilt" that I am now in process of machine quilting).  My sewing area is set up for machine quilting so I thought
I'd give hand piecing a try....


My little "Flower" friend wanted to come along for the trip....

Hugs on this sunny Saturday--to see more journeys hook up with SUPER SCRAPPY
Julierose, La blageuse Hand Piece-euse

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JOUZAI JOURNEY BEGINS


My design wall has been taken over by the Geishas; I have another batch of lozenges ("Jouzai") to be finished yet but I wanted to set some up to see how they would work----

I had first just put them up with no definite scheme, but moved my ladies to the center as a focal point. 
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Note:
 [ I had to remove my snakies as the ladies  got the "heebie-jeebies" hearing their hissing. ]


They are used to serenity......under the cherry blossoms amid  the soft bamboo.

Hugs from the Japanese Garden
Julierose, La blageuse (lozenge-euse) 
P.S.  Still machine quilting Le Surprise quilt--- but (sigh) hurt my back yesterday, so no quilting today.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SUNDAY SAMPLER


My Santolina and daffodils are finally blooming.....Spring has come at long last.


I love those two colors together...windy this afternoon and to see the daffs dancing with the blue/grey santolina is such a treat!

this is the herb bed that my darling DH dug for me this morning--

This is to the left of my front door as you walk in; right now I have some small azaleas which I transplanted in the Fall and six lilies just beginning to poke up.  I want to grow basil, French Tarragon, and Parsley--- and put a small border of some kind of low growing shrub along the grass edge. We just had the patio paved late last summer--so it is a work in progress.

here are a few shots of my roses (behind the long ledge rock where the daffs and santolina are...)


I hope this means that they will be happy here and take hold--they were moved (by DH again--what a job!) last Fall;

You can see that the canes are pretty old--but they are still throwing out some buds--i had
no idea if they would survive as they were pretty large when we moved them.  I pruned
them back hard and kept my fingers crossed.

can you just make out those little red points?  all on old hardwood, too...

love this 
My vest is coming along--I LOVE this pattern....kind of like a wishbone shape...

Measuring about 9.5" so far.  It is 14.5" to underarm when I have to divide and work each side separately....I am enjoying working on this while watching the Red Sox....

I had my piano tuned and am working on bringing this back into my fingers....one of my very favorite Chopin Nocturnes (op 32 no. 1).....just a few minutes a day...taking it slowly to keep from hurting my Left Hand again.....

I have also begun machine quilting Le Surprise quilt...did 3 rows today before my shoulder began
to complain.  More on that tomorrow......

I made my chicken and rice casserole for dinner tonight--so I'll just pop'er into the oven at 4 pm and I can sit and knit this afternoon...

Hope your Sunday is a good one....hugs,
Julierose La blageuse jardin-euse....

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PURPLE THANGS


This will definitely show you just how scant my purples are..... these are really the
final bitty bits

And here isssss a picture of my sssssnakiessss in this year's colors : cavorting on my desssssssssign wall:

                    (  I have a box of kleenex  handy to clean up from all that hisssssing....yuck!! )

Not a clue as to how they will all fit together--but then I have until December as the rest of this year's colors have to  be included.  (Phew!!) 

I am hooking up with So Scrappy this morning--so ssssskip on over and sssseee
jussst what everyone elsssse is making...lol
Hugs, Julierossssse, La Blageusssse.....(now they've got me doing it!!) :===000

Saturday, April 11, 2015

PURPLE FLIMSEY


So now you can see where all my purples are...my surprise quilt has become a
                                                  FLIMSEY!

Since April is purple month and I cannot show this surprise--I thought I'd just give a peek at the back.                                                    
                                                             ;--)))

I pressed ALL those SEAMS OPEN for a really flat look.  I am just so thrilled that it is
done--
Now for the backing and binding....

Hugs on this lovely weekend...from
Julierose La Blageuse (Flimsey-euse)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"A" IS FOR APRONS



















AREN'T THESE JUST THE CUTEST APRONS????










I won them in a giveaway from Martha at "Q is For Quilter" blog.
She has wonderful embroidery, redwork, and more and the cutest quilts--you should go visit her....

Here is my favorite print she used for the pockets:

What pretty and cheerful fabrics..so very Spring like--just what you need right now to cheer up this gloomy weather......
Aren't i the lucky gal?????
Thank you so much Martha for your generous gift.....

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse