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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.

Friday, October 19, 2018


                                    I have very few blue scrap strips left ;
A few more in my pinks stash...very old pieces that i want to use
up also--(they may find their way as a backing for my Log Cabin Looney 
So these were the last four to be sewn today....

Here they are:
                 All set out ready to be sewn on either side and ends of
                                 my ISF and ISR Ojos piece...
I have laid them out on my dining room table and will 
transport them a few at
a time (all pinned) to my machine.  

                                           Here is how the sides will look...

When I first began to sew the pink variation, I didn't think I'd like them set up against
the darker centered ones; but, then I realized that if I continued the blues they
might just merge together well....Since the dark centers are so dark and vibrant
I think that the lighter pinks soften the main center very well.....
And being the scrap maven that I am, I love the variety of fabrics in 
this piece..πŸ’“πŸ’•πŸ’—πŸ’œ

Our Friday night supper will be homemade bean soup with slices of  
sourdough boule.  Simple and filling....πŸ™ŒπŸ˜Ί

hugs for a wonderful weekend...
Julierose, La Blageuse (Ojos-outed-euse)

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Here reside: the tiniest little pieces of favorites from yesterday and today...
As you can see the pickings to make these Ojos are getting smaller and
the variety is getting low; but I am determined to "use them up".
And give me a lap quilt where i can wool-gather and look back; each fabric reminds me of my younger days...everything is so connected.............

Some Mom picked out and some my friend MaryAnn gave me (we used to 
get together and trade 1/4-1/2 yds for variety.....

I have used the leftover sky fabrics deliberately through out this project
as it seems to bring back memories....now why and how do certain fabrics
do this?  This is one of the things I love about using scraps and strings and
bits and bobs...;))) πŸ’“πŸ’”πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’—

(singing "Sunrise, sunset, quickly go the days....")




and bobs
and cutoff




I haven't as yet had to actually sew
some together to lengthen strips--but that is in my future....

and here is how the pink/blues look against my ISF and ISR darker
blocks.....I think it looks so much better than the long strips---
but I just πŸ’ŸπŸ’žπŸ’ those strips--they will be another project....probably a 
coins type....

so many years collecting fabrics...and these are just pinks, wine shades,
and blues....and I have whole lot of stacks of uncut left......a whole
wealth of heart-rending fabrics...and even if some are more loved
than others--when you use cut-offs, they all merge into a new whole
And a TAH--DAH----here:

               Yes,  I finished Fiona's Sugar Plum Fairy Diamond Painting--
you cannot see the sparkle in this photo, but it just glimmers 
and shines...

Both granddaughters play in their outside Fairy Garden a lot--so this will
be for those long winter "inside" days to remind them of Summer Days
to come...

I have set up and begun Willa's canvas....hers tends to use
lighter colors--more of a pastel re-creation....
I am really enjoying diamond painting...I find it so calming....
Chilly as it is today, Big Thom will be bbq-ing cheeseburgers and I will
fry up (don't you just love fry-ups???) green peppers and onions 
in x-tra virgin olive oil to top them.....
and we will simply have baked beans to go
with on nice Water rolls....(mouth watering hereπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹)....

Hugs from chilly CT,
Julierose, La Blageuse (Remembering times past-euse) 

Thursday, October 11, 2018


The start of my softer-hued OJOS using the rest of my leftover blues and my 
pink strips...along with a few lilacs that had snuck (;}}}) into the pink baggie..and a few
of the darker hues.

My thought is to try to somehow incorporate these along with the 
ISF and ISR Ojos that I had made earlier:

[I decided that I didn't like the long strips on either side--so they are now residing in my drawer of "I don't know what to do with these now"..I love how they finished, but not with
the Ojos...maybe in a coin column piece in the future...]

I was thinking that I could add the new ones on-- because the blue Ojos would
 just morph together and lead into the pinks on the top and bottom....
we'll see if that works out...
My stars are still not sewn together as I am still not sure how to set them....
As I am having a flu shot reaction and Mr. Wonderful is not --he stepped up to the 
plate (or oven, really lol) and made us a wonderful tuna noodle casserole for dinner
tonight...it was so good...the noodles just went down well for my tummy.....

I have finished the 1st Sugar Plum Fairy and have set-up the 2nd one--
separating and labeling all the drills into little bead containers; it has much
lighter colorways (which should go well in Willa's Blue Bedroom...
whereas the stronger hued 1st one will go in Fiona's pink bedroom).

And that is the news from rainy CT tonight..

Hugs and prayers for all the hurricane victims....
Julierose, La Blageuse...( resting-euse)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


I've been working on my first Fairy diamond painting for a "special girl" for
                                                        "Sugar Plum Fairy"

I am almost done with this one...the colors are really very soft and pastel
in real life. 

This is so much fun...I have a second one waiting in the wings for my other
"special girl", too. 

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (diamond painting-euse)

Monday, October 8, 2018


I cannot believe that my little granddaughter will be seven years already on the 15th; yesterday
we traveled up to my son's to see her and bring a pre-birthday cake and presents...

.Yes, it's for you ;)))))))FIONA

 chocolate with vanilla frosting
now, how did Grand-mere know that's
what you wanted???? Just Magical, right?

Question to Mommy the day before: 
Fiona: Grand-mere and Grand-pere are coming tomorrow,
Mommy: Yes they are...

Fiona: do you think they remember that my birthday's coming?
Mommy:  Maybe....if you're really lucky..;))))

Don't forget to Make a wish while you cut now.....
                  Don't forget to light the "7" Grand-pere...;))) 

                                                 Proud Mom and Dad snapping pictures

And here is Willa --
"I love cake, too, can I have TWO pieces?"

                                      The two sisters are just so sweet together..
.(ahem, Mommy here:  "Sometimes...hahaha)
                        We had a wonderful bbq for luncheon and a good "catch-up"  oh and
                         Fi says:   "I beat Grand-mere twice in rummy..tee hee"
On the Starise front:

Three more stars in my firmament: I made one last week 

and two this morning

Two more to a total of 28....
they are such fun to make--I am on a roll.....

hugs, from gray and cloudy CT -- Julierose --La Blageuse (heart-warmed-euse)

Sunday, September 30, 2018


This is where I left off in...................OMG:  in JULY --πŸ˜“πŸ˜•πŸ˜’πŸ˜žπŸ˜ž
see there, I'm out on our deck,
quilting away...meantime................in between time...........

my poor Pomegranates have languished in my tote bag
since then.  YUP, nada quilting.....

I guess I just lost my M O J O for this project. :<((( 

I visited Kathy's quilts this morning for her Slow Sunday Stitching 
posting and  immediately thought about Poms...
they are resting underneath a side table that
I face in our tv room...all the time...
and I have AVERTED my
                                                  πŸ‘€ (eyes)

up until this morning. 

Kathy stated it well...we do get discouraged (or at
least I have) once in a while...
even though this is one of my favorite quilts...

So, today I am (seriously) going to pick it up 
(I can see the excitement shaking the tote bag over there 
as I write this lol) 
and just tell myself--
one row just one row.;}}}}
and see what happens.  While I watch the Patriots Game in here....

Thanks so much, Kathy for airing out this frequent quilting problem that
seems to  arise now and then...for me, at least....and cheering us on....
Sunday dinner tonight will be Thom's (aka hubby, hubster, Dear One, 
Mr. Wonderful) marinara sauce and spaghetti noodles...so nice and light...
and a day off cooking for me YAY!!!
 (yesterday I made Bean soup for our dinner--which is a recipe with many
He claims his back (which he threw out last Tuesday night)
needs for him to move around and he has a "taste" for
marinara today...Right now he's on the heating pad and doing his computer
stuff--something about plane spotting and ADSB ...urgh!!πŸ‘΄

So you see, no excuses, I just need to get to that hand quilting...
RIGHT???......(stay tuned to see wha' hoppen ;}}} )

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (slurping noodles-euse) ;)))

*Edited to add:*

2:00 p.m.:
Got a few rows done, anyway before my hands began hurting...
My little scissors magnet kept me company. About 1/3rd of little side triangle...

[Patriots ahead so far....;)))] 

Friday, September 28, 2018


Here is the start of my side strips for my Ojos; I have decided to go with the softer "rain" strips using this stash:

All leftovers from my ISF and ISR and the Ojos...(on the top is the other muslin strip)..
I want to build these on muslin as the Ojos are on muslin...to keep
the layers even.....

A little test picture to see how they will play--they will interrupt the diamonds
of rain and fire...just enough, I think, without being too busy...
Y E S!!  Always fun when ideas you dream about look good to you...
isn't it?

This is such another fun way to sew...slapping strips down and ironing →
and repeat....⇶..

And now for my latest stars....
A doorway into Autumn with this orange.....pumpkins, Halloween, 

And this one leading onto 
A scent of pine in the air presaging Winter's arrival--not too soon,
 I hope--will be going out to get our favorite McCoun apples tomorrow...

I only got 2 stars finished  this week as both hubster and I were 
under the weather   ☔ --  it was raining inside and out here!! 

But we are feeling better--at least I am--his back is still O U T ! ;(((
poor guy😱😭😬...
This noontime we are treating ourselves to Genoa Salami Grinders--our
favorite...for our big meal at lunchtime...along with a few 
Cape Cod chips...

So, mes amies...
That's the news from chez Julierose today ;*}}}

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