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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, October 18, 2014

SATURDAY MEMORIES & Updates on projects


Georgie came for a visit this morning; Next decision: what color border--or no border....(at least he's stopped that annoying muttering!).

Here are the 1st two blocks of Sleigh Bells Ring postage stamp up on my design wall:

The little white repeating blocks are snow drifts.....



AND

Here are the 1st two blocks of my Greylock Mts. piece.  When we were first married we lived in the Berkshires in Massachusetts at the foot of Greylock Mountain--- whose colors changed by the hour. 
 I thought that BH's Scrappy Mts. Majesty pattern would be a good vehicle for a memory quilt of when we lived in the mountains and when I had my first baby, a girl whom we named Candice.

 Something about this block just rang a recall bell in my head--and all those days came flooding back--
And so I have to make this one, too......  

I have never worked with long diagonals before and I find that they require a very delicate hand and slow sewing. .


I had two layer cakes in my stash-- one all grey dotted and spotted fabrics and the other flowers--(we often had huge thunderstorms and blackened skies--what wonderful storms--I used to find myself--- humming "Don't know why, there's no sun up in the sky, Stormy Weather..." as I was pushing Candice in her pram up North Street for her afternoon nap. She was safe and toasty deep in her big pram watching her little mobiles bounce along as I donned my rain slicker and floppy rain hat.  What wonderful days those were.  Ah, youth.....Happy Days...) 

I will leave you as we are going up to Candice's this evening to attend my Grandson Steven's (her first born) Jazz Band Concert in which he has TWO solos.  And so more memories are made....

Hugs to all--enjoy your weekends--happy sewing  Julierose, La blageuse


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SLEIGH BELLS RING...ALREADY??


Here's the start of my Christmas Postage Stamp piece.  I have the right to left  rows sewn together and now for the "matching up" part to sew  horizontally.  I have been collecting these 2.5" mini charm packs for a bit and notice that there are not a lot of greens in there--no hollies, no firs, no pines....lol

(Do ya think that one light green should be replaced?  It kinda sticks out, doesn't it? All the other greens are of that muted [sickey] greenish color...)
I'll just have to GO!Baby cut my own greens to go with all the reds I guess

 I have wanted to make a simple Christmassy quilt for a while and although this is straightforward sewing, all that matching will be a challenge for me.

And here's my favorite little charm:

The bubblegum pinky one---- love that color...

I wanted to join up with the postage stamp swap this year, but I have nowhere near enough to swap.  And also, I seem to get overwhelmed when I  'join" up for things...{sigh}. Trying to stay "REAL" here and not bite off more than I can chew.

MEANWHILE:
Ol' Georgie Peorgie is in the corner sulking while I try to figure out if I should re-do those durn little triple nine-patches (and of course that means taking it all apart !! AGAIN) as they didn't all come out right and I CAN SEE IT!!!! ACK!!!
 I can hear him muttering in that corner...he'll just have to be patient (and he does fib, he says " get on with it, so what if they're uneven".  I hope he holds it down so I can sleep at night!!  )

We have turned on the AC here--can you imagine October 15th and the dewpoint is up to 69!!  Hot hot hot!

Still working on lozenges slowly...
And that's all the news from my very own "Lake WoeBeGone" today..
.hugs to all
Julierose, La Blageuse





Sunday, October 12, 2014

TAA-DAA; AND THE WINNERS ARE....


In my George giveaway :  
the winner is:


From my very own Random Selector (notice the Bosox hat--that's how I got him to do it---- lol!)

                           CARLA-A Few of My Favorite things Wins

If you would send me your mailing address, Carla, I will get these out to you ASAP! 



                                                      and

AND for the second giveaway
The winner is:



DH;--)))    IS SO SWEET--TWO TIMES...

                                              KAREN in Breezy Point Wins

PLEASE SEND ME YOUR MAILING ADDRESS, Karen,  AND LOLLIPOPS WILL WING ITS WAY OFF TO YOU..

I want to thank you all for participating and I truly hope that you will enjoy your winnings....hugs to all
Julierose


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TWO GIVEAWAYS UNTIL OCTOBER 11--STILL OPEN

DON'T FORGET LADIES:


I HAVE TWO GIVEAWAYS  STILL OPEN FOR TAKERS AS LISTED HERE:

ONE:  LOLLIPOP TREES Pattern by Kim McClean with a promise of one completed block back to me...  : here:

AND : TWO:

Seven precut pieces of George Washington fabric here

I have had a few entries, but these will close at midnight October 11, 2014---

Free gals, I know the GW fabric is hard to find and many of you are making patriotic quilts and may want to use Georgie Peorgie as a backing to stay in that ALL-AMERICAN  mode


and What can I say about Kim McLean's lovely pattern except once you've seen it--you have to make it...I wish I could...



PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS ONLY ON THE ORIGINAL POSTINGS AS LINKED ABOVE---GOOD LUCK ALL.

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, October 4, 2014

RAINY SATURDAY LOZENGE BEGINNING


Here is the start of my Lozenge Quilt piece; I am using all Asian themed prints (of which I have way too many from long ago) and little black corners alternating with my tea-dyed white-on-white fabrics--I LOVE tea dying these--(tho' sometimes it's coffee with cinnamon sticks, too yummy.) [oh and please excuse that ugly lamp cord hanging in there--it's so dark out today--stormy and raining].
Inside that mauve plastic container are all of the 2.5" squares that I have collected for doing a postage stamp quilt....anxious to start on that, too--BUT--waiting until Georgie P. is done.



Here's my lovely geisha holding court ...I like her with black corners--we'll see how my tea colored ones look as I go along. As you can tell, my lozenge quilt will be horizontal instead of vertical--sigh.....I was able to use my GO!Baby cutter to precut all these pieces--YAY--no rotary cutting!  


and here, some gold edged Ginko leaves blowing in the breeze.....

I will be alternating between this pattern and finishing up Georgie Peorgie's borders.   Just so easily distracted am I?  Wellll, I HAD to see how these lozenges would look.  
Actually have 8 more sets of two started--these babies are time consuming but fun.  

I am so elated that we are finally getting a rainy day--my poor mums --a lovely, dark maroon color that I just love given to me by a friend last year--are drying up and not blooming very well.  I hope this cooling soft drink will revive them--- along with the last of my maroon and cheddar marigolds (now there's a good combo for a quilt!). 

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday and finding some time for a little sewing. 

Hugs to you all (don't forget my 2 giveaways on the last two posts before this) 
Julierose, La Blageuse...

Friday, October 3, 2014

APPLIQUE PATTERN GIVEAWAY WITH A PROMISE....


This pattern appeared all over the blog world a year ago or so and I sent for it--WELL
given the state of my hand/thumb/wrist I NOW REALIZE that I will never be able make it and I feel just so guilty having it sitting there looking at me ("Well, Julierose, when are you going to start me??" yes, my kits and patterns do talk/yell at me!) 

and so: 

I will open this up for you as a Giveaway with a Promise, my loyal and faithful applique followers. 

 All you have to do is leave a comment ON THIS POST ONLY and state that you will :

********* PROMISE ME JUST ONE BLOCK THAT YOU MAKE******

 in return for this un-opened and unfolded and uncut FREE  pristine pattern--

I want to make a medallion out of that block  as I am totally IN LOVE  with this pattern and know that I will never be able to make it given the state of my hands.  

Please make sure I can reach you by email; this is open to USA and Canadian quilt bloggers; 
no anonymous; and, please leave me your email contact .

THIS GIVEAWAY WITH A PROMISE IS OPEN FROM TODAY UNTIL OCTOBER 11th.

Hugs to you all and good luck
Julierose, La Blageuse



  

PATRIOTIC GIVEAWAY....


I have decided to make "Georgie Peorgie" a medallion WALL quilt--to be honest--I just couldn't stand making those triple nine-patch blocks!  I am NOW working on the first border with the leftovers....

And so...I have SEVEN of these 9.5" Georges leftover! 
And noticing that a whole lot of you are making Eagle and Patriotic Flag quilts I thought you might be interested in these blocks:

PATRIOTIC GIVEAWAY:


They  are precut as I said to 9.5" 

If you would like them, just leave a comment below ON THIS POST ONLY-- stating you are interested in my  PATRIOTIC GIVEAWAY.
  
Be sure that I can reach you--leave your email if you are not a blogger please;
 and no anonymous comments will be honored. 

This giveaway is open ONLY  to USA bloggers (for obvious reasons
 ;--)))  )

PATRIOTIC GIVEAWAY OPEN FROM TODAY UNTIL OCTOBER 11th 
I will pick a winner on the 12th.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL

HUGS,
Julierose, La Blageuse