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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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WARMING UP

                      June 13 - 18:Temperatures a.m.---  60-71-61-68-59-70

On the whole, we are warming up; although this morning was cooler than yesterday 
(the last little hexette on the right--so back to yellows--I am running out of prepared ones 
and will have to make up some more...).
I am linking to Sarah Did It stop over to see everyone's latest temps--looks like Sarah is hotter than we are here for sure.  Our humidity is up there, though, so it FEELS
hot hot hot!! 
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Otherwise, it's getting those 2"   two-& four-sies together by machine...I am determined to
rid my room of them all ;000.
....I am ironing all the seams open (ok, as I love ironing;}}} )--
to try to keep them flat as possible as they vary in sizes...
I still am debating what to do withthem; 
as a lot are the same but many aren't. 
So I have tried to use color families as much as possible....

Hugs to all
Julierose, La Blageuse (vacationing in Hexagonia-euse) 




Friday, June 15, 2018

POMEGRANATE PROGRESS

I've finally finished hand quilting the batik squares; this is a S L O W 
project, but a satisfying one....I feel this has an old-timey flavor which I like...

                               this Pomegranate flower has my favorite center fabric...

Now for the side triangles.......................

To continue,  I will quilt more "Raindrops" on the outer triangles stopping about 1/2" or so
from the edges....

This is my longterm Summer project for those lovely deck days....

I really love those leafy batiks....Now to decide on threads...should I continue with the
ecru or use other colors that coordinate with the leaves......

For the Pomegranate "flowers" I used my Go!Baby accuquilt die, cutting the shapes
out of freezer papers; ironing them onto the fabrics, and turning the edges for a prepared
applique process... I do not do well with needleturn--so this is my method of choice...

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Today is yet another gray day...lawnmowers whining in the distance and chilly temps...
so I will most likely be at my machine sewing my 2-sies and 4-sies...
Hugs,
Julierose, La blageuse (in Pom Land-euse)


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2ND WEEK TEMPS

                                And here is Week Two of my "Morning Has broken" temp
                                     hexagons....I am loving working with these little
                                            elongated pieces--just a few stitches and
                                                     they are together....

I will be hooking up with sarahdidit who posts every Wednesday on our progress...
                                        June 7 - 12th: degrees farenheit: 51-61-61-62-52-64...
I am so excited about this project--am loving it...;)))Thanks Sarah!!

My temperatures are every 10 degree changes this time ...50's = bright green
and 60's = this golden yellow print...

Here was Week One:

So you can see that things are warming up little by little.....
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (hexagonia-euse)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

MORNING HAS BROKEN

                                                              EARLY SUNRISE

                       The first week of June: Temperature hexagons for June 1-6
                                                  62-64-57-51-52-56 degrees F
I will be calling this piece "Morning Has Broken" as I always record the temps when I get up in
the morning in my written journal.
(I know I said I would not start this project until the Solstice, but I couldn't wait to begin--
so June 1st it is!;}}} )

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And see what I found awaiting me in my front garden....

                                                                  MY FIRST PEONY
The fragrance is totally amazing...and she is sitting here in our living room..........

On my extra hexagon table topper... in that perfect -sized- for -one peony bloom  vase...
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TODAY
I will be sitting out on our deck today working on this little piece
(since it is just too beautiful to be sitting inside machine sewing 4-patches)

                            Adding a few more hexettes to the ends and then adding borders....
                              it is so much easier to stitch these little
                                      baby hexettes during daylight hours in the outside bright light....

I wish you all a wonderful weekend...
P.S.  Joining in to slow sunday stitching working on making long rows to border my hexettes

hugs, Julierose La Blageuse (Exploring Hexagonia-euse)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

HEXAGONIA SOLSTICE

                            I have chosen my fabrics for my Summer Solstice Hexagon
                            Temperature work....
I am using Sarah's list of colors with a few changes....Go on over to her site to see what is going on in the world of hexagons....;}}}

I am committing to a start on June 21st (Solstice ) to the Autumnal Equinox--I will see how that
goes for a start before I try for a whole year's worth...(my past record shows me as a "drop out on every day projects;{{{ ).
And, starting on the 21st gives me a chance to finish up my 2" squares (a-ga-zillion of these!)
and my baskets.....
So far in preparation,
I have cut a strip of each color and placed them in their own temp range baggies...
I still want to cut the pieces to size  and prep the hexies before I begin, so that I can just grab one to sew (or glue--haven't decided on that as yet) and join them week by week.

My temps from Weather Underground do not really match my actual temperatures here; so,
I am taking our temp at Noon each day...we are usually found watching the local news at that time...

some of my fabrics are batik, some not--just what I  had on hand...and another small stash work
is born....

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And here are some of the 4-patches I've finished
and here

and here are the ones to be finished...lots of seams to be ironed open ;ooo

I pin each intersection to try to get matching seams--these are the leftovers (STILL) from my postage swap....also I had cut many more than I needed for the swap so there are duple-and triple-etc of many squares, like all those turquoise ones!!  I have no idea what they will become, but they will be in my parts drawer ....ready to go....

hugs to all
Julierose, La Blageuse (Hexagonia , here I come-euse)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A TISKET A TASKET # 4

                                The beginning of my 4th basket quilt--
                                    in my "use it up" basket series

I used the leftover handle fabric from #3 for the baskets on this one
and the background is pieces leftover from the flower cutouts of #3.

The handles are from older stash and the Poinsettias from a relatively new Christmas
 print.  
                              I will have a lot of that Poinsettia fabric left...
SOooo............................................
maybe they would make nice baskets for a 5th one...

I am going basket CRAZEE.... it seems....

Funny how some blocks just "grab you" and you can't make
enough of them....I have been sewing squares and strips for SO LONG now this
is a wonderful change for me....
AND
These are such fun blocks to make..... 
and........ I am getting better at sewing those pesky bias strip handles....
using a lot of
sharp little pins....ouch!!
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The sun has deigned to come out this morning here, though we still have
a really chilly wind whipping around....and showers
predicted for this afternoon.:(((
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Dinner will be Chili con Carne with garlic bread; our house smells so good...
hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (handbasketing-euse) 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

HEXA-LETTES

                                      I found this little project from about 14 years ago--
                                               little 1/2" on a side hexa-lettes...

I used to take this with me when I was bringing my Mom
to all her doctor appointments when she got so sick...it was very calming working 
on them....

They are made from a set of fabric samples I had gotten all those years ago and before I
really had a stash with any variety.  So, I wanted to use them....

I will be working on finishing this up while tv watching....

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend
Hugs, Julieros, La Blageuse (Back in Hexagonia-euse)