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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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NOVEAU LADIES DEUX


Noveau Dame Avec Chapeau...this Lady has a headdress and ; I think she may need a few other things, but for right now I am adding her to my design wall and thinking about her...

My good friend MaryHam (LOL) gave me a whole slew of buttons from her past sewing days and here I have used the purples....

Perhaps some falling blossoms scattered about ..but just not really sure what else to add....

Today I also did some CUTTING for my next endeavor:

Four and 1/2" blocks for the nine patches, 3 and 1/2" squares (using my accuquilt die for these) and some 9 1/2" blocks ....

a WHOLE LOT pf these babies to be sewn...
LOTS and Lots.....1/2 dark and 1/2 lighter....to make the mirror image 9-patch blocks using "Fun With Barb"'s technique.....I am liking it.  BUT

Tell me, could it be my eyes (older than dirt as they are!!), my cutting--but I am very careful, my ruler, my 1/4" seam allowance (or what passes for it on Helga)--they sometimes come out perfect and other times.....not so much...aaargh!

Well, hangin' in with them--have 14 little 9 patches made so far--a long way to go.....
Hugs to all, Julierose, La blageuse (not enjoying this incoming humidity!!)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FIRST NOUVEAU BELLE DAME

La belle dame sans Merci--the 1st block of my "Nouveau Ladies" is embroidered.

she is buttoned and be-ribboned and has some lacey things...I am really just learning a lot of these stitches--even though I have embroidered for many years...

a fan

For 

Hot

Summer

Nights

with a ribbon streamer











and here is a lovely piece of lace with french knottings....

I can hear a lute strumming in the distance....

I am working VERY SLOWLY on these for relaxation,,,,,

Now for La belle Dame Deux...picking out threads, ribbons, colors,,,

Today we brought our Libby back to her family--I loved having her here----but
she was a LOT more active than I ever recall doggies being--could that be being in my 70's (yikes :--000)

at any rate...hugs, and hope you are enjoying your weekend...I will be tying Sea glass and looking for a geranium in bloom and lavender...and simply enjoying the quiet.....

Hugs Julierose, La blageuse Embroideuse


Friday, July 18, 2014

COULD THIS BE THE START OF A NEW PROJECT??


 I am trying to learn to "love" machine quilting.  Perhaps drawing on cut out pieces that I have free-drawn-cut with scissors will help me to like these lines....I want to use my own hand-dyed fabrics and make something "FREE"..SOMETHING freed-up, looser, more in keeping with my Wonder Women Woven piece...these are my own hand drawn AND THEN FREE CUT WITHOUT TRACING geranium leaves.I have been trying to sketch a bit these days...


NOW FOR SOME  OF THE FLOWERS>>>>

STAY TUNED>>>>>>>
Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WHAT DO i WANT TO MAKE ??? Just Wondering



Well, first a totALLY "SHAMELESS"  copy (but smaller) of "Fun With Barb"'s George quilt--; then a Cross-- plus quilt and then...probably a crocheted shawl from Mikey's Canadian site "The Crochet Crowd.

And another log cabin--easy quilt...I am finding that as I get older (NO??? Really?) I am not into machine quilting--but I like to tie my quilts with half-hitches that I used to make doing macrame years ago! then perhaps another "Eye of God" strippy on muslin...heartstrings maybe from Mary's site??

I keep on seeing these glorious quilts on blogs and online...but, I need to follow my own path and make ones tha "Say" something to me.
More later, hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse  Here's Fiona doing a Sewing card...
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HWXAGON PANSIES, SEA GLASS, & WONDER WOMEN

Here's my Pansies ready to bloom in the Spring table runner--I machine sewed the edges as my quilting foot was already set up on Helga and she cooperated! (LOL)
and here is the reverse side of Pansies with Summer Pinks:
I just fits my living room coffee table like this


Or even for our cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on a Summer's eve on our back deck:


AND--this baby is on my dining table being tied after some straight line quilting lines to hold it together...Sea Glass...

and remember me--Wonder Woman Woven Wall--WELL, she finally got me all tied!! Now if she can figure out my binding...hmmmm...
(My quilts sometimes talk to me lol)

and so, my Summer of finishes continues along, bit by little bit, I am getting them done.  Pulling myself along...why is it so hard to F I N I S H ?????

Hugs to you all, Julierose, La Blageuse Finisheuse

Saturday, July 12, 2014

ON THE HOOK, DOGS, AND FABRICS

Just four more to go!  I have 31 finished...loving my Swing Hook a lot...

So for me, it is Christmas in July -- crocheting with the AC on and in the evening watching the Red Sox--but am afraid that..........that ship has sailed!!

Here is what is keeping DH and me busy and a bit tired:

Dog sitting for Libby aka the Liebster! She loves to play in the medium area DH fenced in temporarily for her.  

Isn't she a sweetie?  how lucky are we...we also dog sat for 'Kota last Saturday...

Being a little older she understands that we retired folks aka the old fogies (LOL)
need to sit and rest a bit....

And despite my Fabric diet here are a few that I HAD to have ........hahaha














AND..............this baby!!  LOVE it!!



















and (did I post these before??? just thought of that...hmmmm

I just got them because I like them....along with others--talk about a "Binge"....
Hope you are staying cool and having a super Saturday....
Hugs Julierose La Blageuse

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

THIS IS WHAT 'KOTA & TOMMY DID SATURDAY

WE DOG SAT OVER THE 4TH... THIS IS WHERE WE HAVE OUR MORNING COFFEEE

'KOTA LOVES OUR BREEZY DECK....

CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW MUCH FIONA HAS GROWN??? SHE IS TOTALLY ENRAPT IN HER DORA VIDEO HERE.....

We are so lucky to have this wonderful family....
hugs, Julierose, La blageuse....