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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, September 16, 2018


                                                        FIRE SETTING OF "isf and isr"
I decided to use the "Fire" (dark center) setting of 
                                          "I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain" ...
I've had to really trim down a LOT :(((--and so it goes....

And now I am deciding what to use as a border....it needs to simmer a bit....

                    My Ojos are set up with alternating Fire and Rain centers...
These need coin borders I've decided....

(you can see that the leftovers from this piece inspired my ISF and ISR 
loony log cabin piece...at JULIEK'S BLOG --
 hop on over for
a visit to see all the little log cabins for her sew-a-long...)

And my Maverick Stars --re-named "Star Eyes" have gotten to this point....
                  I don't know about the setting as yet; just enjoying the Star flight for now.....

And here are Fiona and Willa after their soccer games.....

                                   Big sister on the deck giving little sister a hug...and...................

Don't you just love this one....they are so sweet....love you girls....๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Sunday dinner is leftover pot roast from Friday's meal: 

Thom will have the works-- gravy and all, while
I will have a nice sandwich with lettuce and tomato and potato puffs--
which, by the way, we have just re-discovered after years
of not finding any....they are super good (lips smacking herelol)
We are definitely potato fanatics....;)))) yummy....

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (sitting on the deck-euse and reading)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


                                Here is the 1st idea......the Rain setting
                     the 2nd...  the fire setting...
there would be one left over if I used either of these as --for
some reason I made 21...

Still pondering  .....linking with JULIEK  and the rest of us loonies ;))))
hugs, Julierose , La blageuse (wondering-euse...)

Sunday, September 9, 2018


While going through my quilting library--I came across my old favorite....
One of the very first quilting books i purchased....
(and of course, you know I am stopping to re-read favorite parts during this
re shelving ;))) event)

And then, after a cup of tea and a sit down while looking at my messy
side table heaped with strips and strings ....

this happened......

Since I am in a log cabin frame of mind after finishing my Log Cabin Loonies,
I began sorting strings scattered all over my side table..and just came across these few
fabric strips  left of some of my favorite fabrics...they kinda just fell together....๐Ÿ˜‚

                                     Don't these make cute little scenes----

I think I will title it:         "Winter by the Sea"--

definitely after a storm....
with ocean waves crashing ashore...
 and gusty winds blowing.........
Perhaps  my listening to the Shipping Forecast on Youtube to calm myself while
shelving those heavy books, and feeling kinda blue....missing Mom a bit...
after watching the Weather and all about the upcoming hurricanes
influenced my eyes ---matching these fabrics together out of the
mish-mashed heap that resides on my side table...
my mind jumped ship--so to speak--
these were born...

This sky fabric reminds me of winter skies after blizzards...
Also, we hear that as of tomorrow this little respite of cooler temps will
fade in the onslaught of a new heat and humidity wave --and so I'm dreaming of
cooler temps....

Who knew?  Quien Sabe? Huh???

And so, you never know when serendipity will hit, right? ( I even used my 
scissors to trim up the little bits I needed)
And...I really don't know
what this may turn out to be....
but am enjoying this improv moment..

a rare "Time Out Of Mind" moment...
Do you ever have something HIT you like this--naturally you have to 
"go with the flow" immediately (no, I can't come to the phone!!") and
get it together while the Angel of Inspiration is visiting you....;}}}

and so, this is my little tale for THIS quiet Sunday...
Today's menu will be Tacos and Refried Beans at noon and
"catch as catch can" for supper....


Hugs to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse (inspired-euse)

Saturday, September 8, 2018


Look at what lovely DAWN sent me when I posted that my maroon fabrics were
getting low for my Ojos..isn't that great?  
She is really a doll...
don't you just
love using someone else's stash finds?  
Somehow it's more fun!! ;)))

                                                ๐Ÿ’Thank you so much Dawn ๐Ÿ’–

AND  JULIEK, (click on our chicadee)
our sweet Log Cabin Loonies Leader par excellance ;)) told me
I was the winner this week !! (YAY)

(Hop on over to see the lovely petite Log Cabins everyone is making...what fun!!).
Look what I got.............

                      This beautiful packet of Fat Quarters in an Autumnal mood...

                                                   Aren't they beautiful?  
 fabrics ;))))))))))))))๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’

Thank you so much JulieK --these are so inspiring...that........
I will be continuing on my log cabin journey with
using the gold print for the center--I think --perhaps a Courthouse Steps
And hoping to finish my ISF and ISR log cabin loonies this weekend...and decide on
the setting...and what to use them for...

Julierose, La Blageuse (doubly thankful-euse) ;)))

Friday, September 7, 2018


                         My Maverick Star went a bit too "maverick " here.....
                                 off the rails , so to speak...;0000

How much of a "fudge factor" do you allow???? Discerning quilters
want to know ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ˜‡ 
("Hello, is this the sewing police??" lol).

And so...(SIGH):
I took her apart and redid her...
Now I absolutely HATE un-sewing...
but I cannot use my usual Fudge Factor here--it's way too mis-aligned....
This is better ;)))  don't you think?? 
(patting myself on the back here) hahaha

I am moving along
slowly with these stars...doing them in sections....

                   I love choosing the centers from my fussy cut print; 
                  and then deciding what color of 2.5" squares for the surround; 
then making the star points; 
and finally sewing rows together --
ironing the seams open to help with bulky crossings.....;}}}}}

I  am beginning to get the hang of working with scissors; and as my squares are 
already pre-cut,  it's easy to just use my small Friskars scissors to trim up........

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (scissors hands-euse) 

Thursday, September 6, 2018


                       HERE IS WHAT I AM DOING WHEN I CANNOT SEW
                       OR ROTARY CUT.....(I mean a gal has to keep busy, right??)

                                                              DIAMOND PAINTING...
                                                                    MY NEW LOVE....

This is a corner of my sewing area where I can work on my new craft--
which I am thoroughly enjoying....;))))

                     My 1st picture is a lighthouse by the ocean;

hubster LOVES lighthouses and  their history...
so I thought this would be a great first painting...
(The darker areas in this picture are full of diamond pieces...
aka "drills")

The canvas comes full of sticky-ness and you place the drills on each square according to the schematic...on the right...and the beads come packaged
separately and numbered.

I love how the drills (small round pieces in this case) sparkle...

The darker areas have been "painted" with those little sparklers...;)))

This is so relaxing; I bought a light table to help illuminate the
canvas from underneath ...( Oh  Ye of the Ancient Eyes....)

and am so loving this craft....
                           Here you can see the legend for the beads that are included in the kit....

If you go to YouTube and put in Diamond Painting you can see crafters painting
their canvases...the results are so beautiful...

I have ordered a few more (ya think? ) kits from China at Ali Express...
one is a sunflower, one an owl, and one a landscape...
so they may take a while to get here...
because I want to have some ahead 
who knows what will happen with our new
(crazee) tariffs in place...๐Ÿ‘บ
Tomorrow I hope to make another Maverick Star using scissors...to trim;
at least I have the 2.5" squares all cut; so only the corners need to be trimmed...

We'll see how this goes...I mean, our Grand- and Great-Grand-mere's only used
scissors.  (I hope to "kit up" a lot of things ahead so that cutting will not become
an issue as I keep on quilting...
And aging...aaargh!) 
I hope for a long time still......;*)))

Right now we are having H U G E thunder boomers and heavy rains...
we really need the rain...our lawn is like hay and even my prostrate junipers
have turned brown at their edges...!!! I've never seen this happen before...
I think our former 4 Season year is whittling done to TWO
HOT and COLD  ...Hope not, though...
Autumn where oh where are you???

hugs, To you all 
Julierose, La Blageuse (Diamond' Lil' -euse)


                My goal for this Autumnal Season is to try to finish up quilting on my
                                                POMEGRANATES IN THE RAIN

I have two more side triangles and four corners to quilt.....is this do-able given the state of
my arm/shoulder problem???๐Ÿ’ญ

Well, a few lines each day is how I am going to roll with this.

I really love how this is coming out and want to see it finished. 

Wish me luck...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Hugs Julierose, La Blageuse (from the usually non-goal-setting-euse) ;}}}