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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, May 22, 2018

LEFTOVERS

This container is full of leftover 2" squares from a swap I entered years ago....(in case you are interested it was on "The Curious Quilter"'s blog)
ANYHOO....
Not all of these are the same--as the saying goes...
some a smidgen smaller and small a bit bigger..soooo..
                                               2" plus or minus...😄
(PLUS, I have a lot of duple-and triplicates of the same fabrics...
Quite a puzzle....)

Makes for interesting sewing...
AND...I am not about to go and trim up all of these...
So far I've made:









 This nine patch










and...


this one

And this last one so far...

as I put them up on the
design wall..............

I began humming:

"It's Beginning to look a lot like
CHRISTMAS..."















And so this little runner is being born....

I've had this old fabric Forever and a Day...I like how it plays Christmas Carols for me....
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My next colors will be in this range....

You can see how uneven those (supposedly) 2"-ers are....;ooooo

But seeing that perfection is not the goal her, but rather some little fun runners
 and mug rugs and such.....and "using it up"
I'm just

                                          "BREEZING ALONG WITH THE BREEZE..."

Hugs on a partly sunny (for a while anyway) Tuesday...
Hope your day is a good one
Hugs, Julierose (humming away-euse)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

RAINING POMEGRANATES

                                                          POMEGRANATES IN THE RAIN

This is well-named--we have had rain all week as I bring out my pieces that took a
backseat while I finished all the family lap quilts....

Today I am stitching my allotted 3 lines of quilting so my hand/arm will not side-
line me..

Joining in with Kathy at SLOW SUNDAY STITCHING..

You can see how far I've gotten on this last full square...the other "rainy spots" for quilting
are triangles along all the sides--so this will be my Summer baseball-watching, deck-sitting
project by hand...

hugs to all you S l o w S u n d a y stitchers,
Julierose, La Blageuse (stitching in the rain-euse)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

TIED,QUILTED AND GIFTED

                                                                      VENETZIA
Ready for binding....

                                 A Memory quilt of our Trip to Italy,,,

                                          Here is the back --I just love this fabric...
                                           So evocative.....


And
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          An early birthday present from my DDH (dear darling hubster);)))
A Magnolia tree....

Aren't the flowers just beautiful??  I have always wanted one...and this is a hybrid
that is a late bloomer to avoid the frost--uh...good thing as our Winters
are getting longer and longer it seems....

And while we are on the birthday front....
How lucky am I....
Look what came in the mail...........
these goodies from my 




sweet friend, DAWNIE


One of them is all nice and
"Squishy"....hmmmm



Can I really wait til Saturday to open them....?????

NO WAY JOSE!!

OH LOOK....
                   A sewing machine mat with pockets across the front--how wonderful is that...

And a lovely set of notecards....
Aren't they pretty???

                                                      THANK YOU SO MUCH DAWN--
                                                               you really made my day

And I will leave you with this (disturbing?? maybe--no funny) visual
Her card....


                                                                STILL  GETTIN' DOWN
                                                             AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!!
                                                                            ;}}}}}}}
                                                             [GOTTA LOVE THOSE SHOES]

HUGS, Julierose, La blageuse (jiving-euse)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SPRING IS HERE

Our trees are sending out buds at long last....

golden buds, red buds, pale green ones.........

Our last old apple tree budding out still another year......

We have reached 80 degrees at 1:30 p.m..........even with the sea breezes.....aaahhh....

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And
VENETZIA is all tied --

Now, I just want to do a little machine seam quilting to hold it more securely along the edges... then binding...
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And........
We are off to visit our friends and see their new condo this evening....they just sold up
this past November and tell us they really love condo living....

I am bringing the dinner salad and a bottle of champagne and the "Free the Wild Horses"
tabletopper for them in their new digs...hope they like it....

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (crumb-piecing-euse)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

GRAY AND CRUMBY SUNDAY

Even my daffodils, it seems are sad with this continuing gray weather....

I love this variety....
and


This IS lovely too.....

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I have embarked on a "Crumby" adventure--my scraps are overtaking my storage
...so


Here are the beginnings of my journey...in blues, yellows and oranges...
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And here is my little liberated basket piece I am trying to get to go together...

I have a few extra snippets that I machine appliqued on...









an Apple a day............








little leaf







                                                                     A Lovely pear













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                               and this gal flew by to take a look...still tying away
                                                          on "VENETZIA"
                        using different colored ties on the butterflies and ecru on the quilt .....

*AND.................                                  *********************
Sunday supper is leftover Chicken and Rice casserole from yesterday....

The usual round of laundry, stretches and walking finishes my Sunday round--and
a Red Sox game later on....
Happy Sunday
Julierose, La Blageuse 


Thursday, April 26, 2018

HEXAGONIA HERE I COME

Since I won't be able to hand sew hexagons anymore, I have decided to use all my
rosettes as as appliques for some table runners...(added: joining with Sarah
on her hexagon linky)

These fabrics are from 1989!!  I used to work on these when we would spend
 long Summer afternoons at Harkness State Park relaxing and taking in the
lovely ocean views and cooling breezes...

I have a lot of rosettes with varying numbers of rounds left over from 
a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt I had planned..


these three





all have a white 






surround





































And I used Helga to applique them



As it is white on white fabric I thought this stitching with pure white thread would
look good....

I am trying to figure out how to utilize all those stitches on my machine as I can no
longer hand quilt either...my hand problems just won't allow it...

Everything comes and goes in cycles in life........

and I am really surprisingly thrilled {;-))}
at how nicely this stitching came out...

So, I will be reading up on machine applique and trying to refine my almost
 non-existent skills...
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The sun is trying to break through these low, gray clouds here today and our daffodils
are finally emerging...Spring has finally sprung here----I think???!!

Hugs to you all
Julierose, La Blageuse (in the meantime also tying Venetzia-euse )


Sunday, April 22, 2018

FLYING FREE FINISH

                                                   RUNNING FREE...................

                                              RUNNING IN THE WIND....

                                            "SAVE OUR WILD HORSES"

This is my first "small project" for 2018; Since it is a tabletopper, just minimal quilting -- don't want
to corral those horses do we??? ;))))
AND....

                       Here is the reverse--the woodsey landscape for them to frolic in....


            All labeled and ready to be gifted to our very dear friends...in their new home....

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AND THIS MORNING:
I peeked into my "closet of shame" and
                                                           SURPRISE!!

guess what I found all pinned and ready to be
tied... my project depicting our last big trip to Italy....

                                                              "VENETZIA"

these butterflies are ready to fly free, too...so it's all laid out on my dining table for
some slow tying...

                                 this project has no time restraints, so easy does it...
I had honestly forgotten all about this one...talk about a "Senior Moment"!!;-000
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We are finally enjoying a mild and sunny day here...we went for a mile walk this morning, did some
errands and  Thom did a bit of yard pick up.
 I decided it was a MEATLOAF day for our Sunday supper...with
 boiled potatoes and french fried onion rings--oh yum....

There is nothing like a FINISH--big or small it doesn't matter...you just get such a great
feeling, don't you??

hugs to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse (flying fee-euse)