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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.

Thursday, February 20, 2020


                 I HAVE finished the forest on my main Santa block  
               and worked a bit
                      more on the surrounding blocks...
The angel, two crescent moons, and a star are complete...

I am finding machine buttonhole applique hard on my eyes despite my
excellent lighting...perhaps, because it's so new to me---maybe 
I tense up while I am sewing?  ??? ;00

Next I will work on other trees and houses.....perhaps next week...
Here is my new applique foot↓↓↓↓
                                   Now I can SEE what's going on...

I need to make hubster a new lap quilt--his is 20 years old--and 
starting to fray....
I made it for him upon his retirement...has it been 20 yrs already???
Time does fly away from us....
Perhaps a log cabin in blues and whites...we'll see

AND----FYI: on our home front:
Hubster had MOHS surgery this last Monday-- 
and I have had my Nurse's Cap on ever since...

The area  was on the side of his nose, and much deeper 
than expected--so the surgery was quite extensive; and 
he has both internal and external stitches the whole
length of his nose.. 
(not fun!!)
but, the good news is that  they were able to excise it all...;)))

As a result....
he has been pretty sore, generally uncomfortable, and wiped out...
But, today he is starting to feel better....:)))
stitches will come out next Monday--


So limited blogging, sewing etc...going on here...

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (nursing-euse)

Saturday, February 15, 2020


                                 My first fused and machine appliqued piece in the works.....
                                                      { I love those little boots;)) }

                                                   Mary Anne at Magpie's Mumblings
Sent me the nicest gmail setting out her method of using lightweight fusible for
applique...She was just SO encouraging when I told her about my sad adventure in
trying to turn the seam allowances on these tiny pieces...I was about ready to
throw this out--[as a matter of fact, I had folded it away...]
Turns out:
I had some heat n' bond light hidden away in my drawer and I discovered:
That my Viking DOES have a buttonhole stitch...who knew????

I just never connected their icon for it with a buttonhole stitch
and always just passed it by...(duh!!)
So much for knowing all the stitches you have on your ten year old machine....
What can I say...;000000


Anyway.. I decided to re-visit my Santa...and am so happy that I did...
I spent two fun hours re-doing some parts and leaving other raw edged and
kind of fuzzy, but...........
This is just my practice piece, and  I am seeing how I could really enjoy working
like this...
Helga sews away like a dream...a nice little neat buttonhole stitch...love it!!

I feel like a new door has opened...💖💖
Don't you just love it when that happens...??

thanks again Mary Anne ;)))

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (appliqueing away-euse)


                                                                    Orange star

                                                                Flying Oranges

                                                            Ojos Oranjas

  These three Orange minis make a total of 5 finishes----so far ;
                             They are all layered up and ready to be hand quilted...

Right now I am working on "H-Improv":

                                          Mostly in the evenings while watching tv....

                         I've been working on these for the RSC linky party this month.....

                                          And, I  have whittled down my oranges considerably...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (one stitch at a time-euse)

Thursday, February 13, 2020


              Thank you for coming along on my quilting journeys....

Hugs-x-all, Julierose, La blageuse (heartfelt-euse)



Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (gonna do it-euse)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


                                                  My First Blockheads [Book One]
                                                 Block-- No. 02
and look👀👀👀↧↧↧↧↧↧↧--just for laughs;)))

I first had it sewn together like this↡↡↡↡:
                                    A "Flying" Ohio Star..ahahahaha

So I played leapfrog-- 
and de-stitched....and re-sewed.....
                                   It is still not perfect, but it's done....

Dawn at Relaxing Robin had suggested, last Wednesday,
that we grab a quilting book, any one we'd like, 
and choose "No 24-- 2 or 4" any block with those numbers
involved-- she's very flexible ;))))--- so no stressing out--
and make a block in a week for her SAL....

Since I am TRYing to learn how to improve my piecing...I chose
the Moda Blockheads Book for my SAL book-- 
it has been languishing on my bookshelf for quite a while now...
               ("Who's Afraid of the big bad BOOK?")

I have been practicing making hourglasses for "RSC February"

                                This little 4.5" one came out better....

Go and visit Dawn and see what block she chose and how she did....

hugs, Julierose La blageuse (I was never good at geometry-euse)

Friday, February 7, 2020


                                                     Itty Bitty orange sections.....

                                                          This little star block is 4.5" -- and 
                                         I wanted to use that pretty gift fabric from 
                                             DAWN who is having a little SAL on her site...
                                                 go visit to see what it's all about....
You will see bits and scraps of that fabric throughout.....
thanks Dawn...
                                                        Hourglass minis......plus the start
                                                           of a long coping strip of squares
                                                             and some squares within squares...


                                                                          OJOS Oranja

These incorporate the failed string tulip--I tried to make 
I just cut 'er up and used the strings on these Ojos...
Sooo, I used scraps of scraps  hahaha..


                                                             Some Crumb blocks.....


A few bigger
for a center???


                                                And larger squares within a squares......

                                           And (phew) if you read this far--Congrats!!;)))

   Here is my wall right now.....(sorry for the darkish photo--no sun AGAIN!!)  
                                          a total hodge-podge of blocks....


I have a few more crumb blocks started and a few more minis....
but for the most part
the scraps are diminishing rapidly....YES!!!

It is truly amazing how many 
orange scraps I had on hand...
I had no idea....

The only other time 
I used orange was in Steven's quilt...
which was a spider web orange...that I made 4 years ago--
this bag of scraps 
hasn't been touched since then.

I have begun quilting my "H"Improv in the evenings while tv watching.

And my big "Orange Circle-ish" is ready to be quilted as a separate piece...

                         A little tabletopper using up the rest of Dawn's fabric gift, 

I will be linking up with Angela at Superscrappy along with all the other 
February "oranger sewists" for Rainbow Scrap Challenge...[RSC] .

Tomorrow we are having company so I am writing this Friday; we are experiencing
really heavy winds and hoping the power doesn't go off!!;0000

I hope your weekend will be a wonderful one....
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (getting every drop of orange-juice-euse)