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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, March 19, 2017

WINDY SUNDAY = FUN!


A New project (I know, I said finishes first--but see above: 
"Sunday=Fun")

I've had this charm pack of Bramblewood (I think it was called that) for a long time and had set up a Plus quilt with the charms, but didn't like it at ALL--
soooo.........................

I want to make a surprise quilt for a sweetheart that I know....I LOVE Dresden
Plates and thought that these would be a lovely set of dishes...for someone special...

I have no idea what color 14.5" squares I will use for a background or the centers as yet....just improvising along.  
(As in "No worries, just having fun") 

This plate takes 20 little wedges 5" long; so, I can get 2 
wedges from each square...
and the resultant dish is 12" give or take....I want to do a big stitch by hand on this one...make it really special....

I will need it for later on this year...just sayin' Shhhhhh...........
Each plate will feature 2-3 of each pattern and color in the set.


Here are the rest of the colors in this lovely, low volume charm pack...
(Ya think this board is old??? yikes--) gorgeous lavenders, turquoises, corals and pinks...all flecked with bits of gold--kind of like those gold-rimmed plates 
I would love to have...

And so on this windy and cold Sunday I find myself excited about quilting 
again-;))))

-out of my funk of not liking anything; 
I was cleaning out my stash when I came across this stack and

Shazaaam!!!!!

 It hit me---this  would be a perfect set of Dresden Dishes--

MAKES ME REMEMBER.....

My Mom and I made a Dresden quilt for my cousin, Jeannette, when she found out she had cancer (since sadly departed from my life--she was like a sister to me) and we gifted it to her calling it "Chez Nous" meaning At Home [or really you are always welcome in our house.]  

Because that is how she was--"Oh come on over, stay for dinner with us" Always so happy to see the family...I truly miss her still --she passed way too many
years ago now and way too young....

So, 
I think this one will be named Chez Nous " also.......in her honor....

{I am thinking of her as I make my Sunday Dinner "Chez Nous", of pot roast, mashed potatoes and a nice tossed salad...she was the crock pot queen, too; as I have become ......
if you're up there Jeannette-- ma cousine,
I hope you are smiling down at us and enjoying 
seeing my new set of "Dishes" coming together...}

Hugs, 
Julierose, La Blageuse-Dresden-euse

Friday, March 17, 2017

FRIDAY FINISH

the reverse of Christmas on Pipere's Farm table topper --finally got this together...

And the Bossy side LOL

And here are a few close ups...



































And


with this, I have finished what I am going to make from the Farm Girl Vintage set of blocks....

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Here is my wish for Winter to be O V E R ...


A Summer Breeze for the back of my Spring Pansies in progress...(I am not a fan of hourglass
sewing--again with the triangle challenged-brain...) .but I love these fabrics--;))))
 (Here insert:
"If I could save time in a bottle....la la-la-laaaah, la la laaaah...")
SO:
I have come to a complete STOP: ..................with my sewing...and handworks, and paper crafting, embroidery etc...

I am debating whether to make another spider web (I have a lot of papers leftover...)
or wait for my teeny periwinkle tool and papers from MSQC to come in the mail...
so adorable... from Jennie, the enabler...;))))................
OR a log cabin piece....

BUT********I cannot seem to come to any kind of decision**************

which usually means for me, that it is time to take stock, rest and see where I want to go....
nothing jumps out at me....cabin fever strikes again...;0000

hugs and TGIF to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse      ( Spring Fevered-euse)



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HEXAGONIAN GARDENS
















Four of these
and.....







          Four of these and....


only two of these....
and then this one



Butterflies visiting the pansies...

{I wish I had more of the purple pansy fabrics, but this is it; so we shall see if I can add in other flowers for my pathways....}

These have been my late evening (unable to sleep) project for the past few weeks...they are leftovers...so I really don't know how I will put them together
or in what form....I hate to see leftover hexies....for now, I will put them in my UFO drawer and find another hand work project....for late evening watching of
Hercule Poirot mysteries...

We were lucky in yesterday's snowstorm--we did have about 5" then it all turned to rain...so we had slush, but not the heavy amounts that were predicted. I think we were the only part of CT (here right on the Coastline)
 that got away with it; most schools are still closed while clean ups are in progress--18"-24" most areas!! Yikes!! I can do without that!! I have Spring Fever as it is...;0000
hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (leaving Hexagonia-euse)






Sunday, March 12, 2017

RIP

Here is my ironing board--did I press too hard or ...wait, NOoooo, wait wait... it's
                                                                        PLASTIC:00000
No darn wonder....I kept thinking that the board was metal (it came with cover on and , yup, I didn't
check--) and that it had warped from my PRESSING too hard..yikes!!


any suggestions out there for a new board--brand? Type? that doesn't cost
an arm and a leg??? I would be willing to go up to $100....to be sure that it would last --at age 73 I don't need one to last too long, after all hahaha....

so now I am using my Mother's tabletop ironing board--on top of my cutting table...good thing I finished up the 4 big quilts for my grands....
Maybe the Luck O' the Irish --being 3/4's French and 1/4 Irish....hmmmm
Begorra and all that jazz!

Hugs, 
Julierose, La Blageuse..(boardless-euse ;(((  )

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

LEFTOVERS

















                  Do you remember this reversible hexagon tabletopper from a few years ago?

Well, it turns out that I have a whole lot of extra prepped hexies from it...
Actually all the flower bits...

So, between those and my Monet's garden orts [;)))] I have begun making this little one:


and....since I threw my back out 3 days ago and cannot sit at my machine, I have been reading and sewing hexagons....:00000!!






I love that water-ey blue batik and the pansy fabrics ;(I seem to be on such a pansy kick lately) and have three started
--so my paths are strewn with flowers instead of the other way around...
just for a change--
we'll see how this develops...



The black centers are from Monet's garden;

so, ladies, I am "on the road in Hexagonia" once again, 
enjoying the trip...and
reading--- in between icing my back and moving s l o w l y....
through my days...

{today we are fogbound, gray and rainy....}

hugs to all,
Julierose, La Blageuse (From Hexagonia)
P.S.  linking up with BETH


Thursday, February 23, 2017

MONET'S GARDEN FLIMSY

                                                              A FLIMSY--FINALLY

I finished cutting the sides this morning and pulling off the last of the 
papers and all the threads...(phew!!);))) BUT--done-zo!!

Then came the riffling through the stash to try out borders....
I tried a lot of prints of all sizes, but they were all just too busy 
and then an 
"AHA"
moment...this turquoise linen/cotton blend has been languishing in my
stash along with my meager amounts of solids...

I love the way it blends with the other water-ey prints...
the text is En Francais...




In my mind's eye:

Night is coming on--- little by little (left side); 
and tiny reflections are mirrored across the pond...
along with a few specks of the rising moon....on the still waters...

"C'est toute" today...
hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (wishing she were in France-euse)
Linking with Hibiscus Stitches

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

STALLED


This is how far I got on my Monet's Garden...and got stuck.  Just didn't know where i wanted to go with it....so, into the closet about a year ago or more...

I took it out last night, laid it out here, and then re-folded it and put it back....
Hmmm, then this morning I re-considered and now am adding some more of the white text fabric on the two opposite sides...

Something like this...I will need to cut and baste some half-hexagons for the sides, too.  
I have it next to my seat in our tv room ready to be worked on in the evenings...

AND: 

 here is the 2nd hexagon project that has been languishing for about 6 years!!!
                                     "Snow Flowers"...

this one has to be appliqued onto the all white background--and then
I will figure out what appliques should be added around the edges....

That one is in the wings...they are both on my 2017 list of WIPS...


Look what emerged today??? spring must be coming for sure....
and finally .....

Christmas on the Farm update:  my canning jars--I wish I had made those
covers darker (I may end up darkening them with a fabric pen), but I like the fruits inside--good for Christmas pies....

("Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy boy, Billy boy, 
can she bake a cherry pie, charming Billy")

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse  ( back in Hexagonia-euse)