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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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I changed the large squares so that Mr. George could stop and smell the roses lol!  
I am trying out different large blocks to surround His Excellency!

 I'd like to fancy that his wife must have had a rose garden and that he took the time to stop and enjoy the attar of roses.....

I think I like these as well as the black with red roses blocks; I will use both in my quilt but I somehow think that this will be the center of it....
I need to cut out more large blocks and {sigh} more nine patch squares.....

Here's a closer look at those prints.....

I have made up a little list of "Things I'd Like To Make" over these next many months....

1) Georgie Peorgie ;

2) Lozenges;

3) Kitty Kats; (I haven't as yet decided on fabrics for these....)

4) Some kind of Log Cabin As-You-Go...to learn the process; and

5) Are you ready for this one?? A Christmas themed Postage Stamp Quilt--using up all those mini charm packs I have collected. I will be using 2.5" squares--

Now this ought to keep me busy and yet not bored....and hopefully won't freeze me up....am I being too ambitious?  Perhaps......

AND...I haven't forgotten this one up on my design wall either:

I have to decide if I should use sashing or not, this is the one I have to leave up and try to figure out what I want/need to do to it....I want to use it as a wall hanging over our wine cabinet in our re-done dining room.  I think the colors will be right in there....we'll see.  

Hugs to all, Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Remember how I told you I LOVED  fun with Barb's "King George" quilt?  Well, I found some George fabric and am going to try to make a smaller (a lot smaller!! )
 version for a lap quilt.  I am titling mine: "Georgie Peorgie" 
 Here is the start up on my design wall.  I have been putting 9-patches together and cutting a bit at a time. It may not end up just like this, but I wanted to get an idea of how my fabric choices would play together...

I seriously love this fabric grouping with the pieces of flags and edges of cherries ("Did you Chop Down that Cherry Tree?" lol

And I wish I had bought MORE of this lovely...yum!!

This will be my big work in progress for a while. 

Here is the next block laid out....

AND--finally, our floors are D O N E ...furniture back in and dishes back in buffet.  
PHEW--not a ride I want to take again!!  But I love the results...
Here's a snippet of the floor, old oriental from DH's Mom and my Mom's China closet....
love, love, love!!

And here is my latest quilt library addition...want to make a log cabin using this method--perhaps bash that pink stash...this is a wonderful book...really enjoying Jera's methods...
great explanations and fun quilts....
Health update: aaargh--will not bore you with anything more after today, suffice it to say that my back is so-so--still icing
my thumb is a toughie to heal--so it'll be a while, 
and my poor lil finger cut is healing....
RX: short times at machine and standing to cut...more fabric washing--next batch will be black and whites....and so 

I leave you with

Fall by the shore...captured on the way to see Mom...

Hugs to you all and many thanks for your patient commiserations....
Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Now, I have sliced the top of my forefinger with my micro scissors while clipping corners as I washed my "pinks".  Well, if you believe that bad things occur in 3's  this should finish up my run of bad luck for a while!  Let's hope so.

My DH has forbidden me to handle any "sharp" tools for a while.  I just couldn't move that finger away in time as the whole hand is sore from the yoga incident!!  

Here are some lovely shots of my backyard trees now turning ..
Who said that red and pink don't blend--certainly not Mother Nature!

I need to make another fall quilt after seeing this display...red and organe and green and blues--just spectacular!!

i have a lot of PINKS  
WHo even knew.....or remembered??  
As i wash all my fabrics I find out just how much fabric I won (whoops--own!)...YIKERS!!

I love that mAUVE -EY PINK--OOPS SORRY my finger isn't working....

Lots of fabrics from the 80's and 90's...
Roses; doggies and roses; and more roses.....

I hope to rest up tonight while my DH has his gig and watch Miss Marple in the Caribbean...a little hot chocolate, no dieting tonight...my finger is throbbing--boo hoo--poor me...

Hugs to you all--stay alert when using sharp scissors and rotary cutters and needles...Julierose, La balgeuse hurteuse...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Here's our old dirty carpet..we could no longer even clean it!!

And here is the old floor underneath it which was never even waxed, so the floor guys tell us..but then, you've heard all about them, right??? har har....

But..... here is the finished (almost--isn't there always something else??) product. they did do a wonderful job on re-finishing...

A lovely satin finish with our red oak really is shining through here.  We can now traverse it in stockinged feet.  yay!!

Here is where we have been eating our meals...
All the furniture is in the living room--just enough space to squeeze into the chairs...the buffet contents strewn onto the sofa...but, we can begin to see an end to it!! 
On the sewing front:

 here are the little 9-patches I have been working on.... for this...

when I saw "Fun With Barb"'s finished quilt --go and see her gorgeous quilt--I knew that I had to make this one.  Mine won't be as huge as hers, perhaps more of a lap quilt--remember, Julierose, you said no more B I G quilts!!

I have no idea how many 9-patches --unfinished 3.5" -- I will need.  I have 9 Georgie Porgie blocks cut out and some more 3.5" plain squares and some 9.5 patches too. Isn't it strange how something just "grabs" you and you know you HAVE to make it!!

in the meantime, in between times--my back went OUT after my 4th yoga class..ouchy...and my thumb from bearing my weight at yoga has begun to complain again too...so..this has been a ride I will not take again! So, I  guess that i will not be doing anymore yoga--my 71-yr old body has spoken!!

But--was able to drive and go to see Mom this morning..then took to my bed to rest the back!  Geeze--I sound 90!!
DH has a gig tonight and has taken on the load of just about everything while I am indisposed!  He is such a sweetheart!! ;--)))

Hugs to you all, Julierose, La Blageuse (hurteuse--)

Monday, September 22, 2014


We are in the midst of having our floor in our dining/fireplace room re-finished.  Ack!
What was supposed to be a 3-day job has been going on for over 1 1/2 wks now.

So far the excuses for lateness and "no-shows" have ranged from

1) engine on car seizing up;

2) transformer in front of floor guy's house blowing up and


3) bipolar cousin freaking out.

Yep==Today I am awaiting the phone call to see just how CREATIVE they can
get with today's excuse..let's face it--what can be left??

In the meanwhile, I just snuck over to where I had forgotten my computer in the back room--we are not supposed to walk on the floor separating us from the back tv room which is still tacky--but at this point I am a bit frazzled and figured--SO WHAT??? I need my computer....and DH is a bit cross to say the least. ( I stayed out of the area when he called the contractor this morning. ) Supposedly the guys will be here in one hour---at this point, I am almost hoping for a call just to hear the latest excuse....;--000

All of our furniture is piled higgledy-piggledy in the living room which is virtually unusable and we are relagated pretty much to the bedroom and spareroom

I am trying to stay relaxed--so how's that working for ya?? :--(((

 I have made a couple 9-patches but discovered that when you are "upset" your 1/4" seams are even worse than usual...ya think???

Well, this too shall pass--eventually...
hugs to all  Julierose, La blageuse 

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