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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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR

I hope you all have a really Happy, Healthy and Sewing-Filled New Year!!
 
May 2012 be full of JOY for you all.

I thank all of you visitors and-- I especially  {heart}  those who left comments for me to enjoy. 

Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, December 30, 2011

No Pix-- Danger! Danger! Will Robinson:--V-E-N-T-I-N-G Post

Hi All:  I hated machine quilting!!  I don't like the look of the stitches; my neck and hands hurt and I got puckers!  I WILL post a pix when quilt is bound. (At least my twin grandsons will still like it 'cause Grand'mere made it for them..).  I am really grumpy (duh!!) as I love the pattern.

 I think I really prefer tying; or hand quilting even though it takes a LONG TIME--but then you get to "know" your quilt really well and lotsa stuff can be quilted out ( as my Grand'mere used to say; don't worry, don't hurry, just do it!!)  I will show you my mess after I go take a REALLY, REALLY  long walk...(S -I-G- H) and stare at the ocean for a while.....it's hard realizing that you just cannot do EVERYTHING you want to do well.....a little humility needed here.
.I have to re-think what I want to do.....for this next year. Also, I have another one to do yet.....

Julierose the (thou shalt not whine) Blageuse... 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

IT IS A WONDER-FILLED LIFE

Our family had our celebration yesterday filled with laughter, a few tears, memories, music  and much gratefulness for being all together again....and so blessed with our 2 1/2 month old granddaughter, Fiona..


Cassidy was our "santa" this year handing all the presents around....



Steven liked his presents


My daughter, Candice, held Fiona a lot.....she says, "been there, done that!" after her four... 


 Cassidy held Fiona, too--isn't that  a sweet  picture?

AND  Grand'mere gets her turn, too...



All over for another year....such a lovely day... I loved every minute...

Here is what I am working on now:  My Spider (in the Jardin) Web  --next comes bright blues:



This is why Mrs. Spider is "in the Jardin"--don't you just love this fabric??


I am making each block a bright scrap-filled primary color  and am using up my stash--such fun--AND:  am using   Bonnie's "Leaders and Enders" idea and making a whole batch of "twosies at the same time....ya gotta love that Bonnie.. 'til next time...

Julierose,   La Blageuse

Friday, December 23, 2011

PHEW!!!! (No pix post)

Bake, bake, bake, cut, cut, cut, sew, sew, sew, clean (well, a little), sew, iron, sew, iron, sew, iron, cut, cut cut....and so it goes, working up to the DAY......
Finally got the flannel out-doorsey prints in the mail and have the twins' lap LC's pinned and ready to machine quilt.  Fudge made , prepped to make Becky Higgins' chocolate candy popcorn for giving and well, those words from the old timey "Alice in Wonderland" film ,,,"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date, no time to say hello--goodbye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late..." keep running through my head....

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU WONDERFUL VISITORS...A BIG HUG AND A MERCI GOES OUT TO YOU ALL....MMMMMMWAH!!!

Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry Merry, Hurry Hurry





Here are the two LC's for my twin grandsons in progress--the top and bottom strips are leftovers from Superheros prints....




And here are pix of my tree and various ornaments



The caned rocking chair is my Great-Grandmother's and our Santa sits in it wearing the hat every year to distribute gifts!!



My Mom's ceramic "NOEL" and my reindeer on the mantle





My "Little Drummer Boy" needlepoint ornament in my needlepoint days.... and



My sweetie and I having a bit o' wine to celebrate putting the tree up....

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best to all

Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ack--organizational (???) Edition

QUESTION:  Have you been here????


Well, I really just moved one little thing around in my sewing room--AND  within about ten minutes I had a whole lotta "stuff--scrapbooking, bookbinding, old yarn balls and books, books & mags galore" on every available surface AND the floor.   Not to mention the stash which still didn't get re-organized. 



 
Now, why did I do this --I am in the midst of finishing up the twins' lap quilts  but: after all....who can figure  it out:  the enigma of being a quilter??? Perhaps this book

 which I just got in the mail and read last night edged into my "pea brain" overnight and made me shashay in there and begin....I know what my New Year's Resolution is going to be for sure....get some kind of "fabric order"--so I can FIND THINGS!!!!!
YIKEERS!!!


YA THINK???????



This is what it looks like now--STILL a glop of fabric in various crates, bins, under-the-bed storage units...and so A-C-K!! 

At any rate--here are the two quilts (blue sewn together) and red on the quilt wall...






I am happy how they are turning out--n-o-w--how to set them off into lap quilts.....


Well, I did re-organize my scanty thread stash into this little handy rolling cart--I guess that's a start???




And so, mes amies, my little buddy "Bebe" bear  waves adieu for today...Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Memories/aNOTHer project????


Received some disturbing news about Mom in the nursing home today--sooo, had to get my spirits lifted:  Here's what i did:


And this is how I felt the whoosh of time flying by:


I have a really hard time during the holidays--with my darling Dad gone and Mom fading, it is hard for me to get into the spirit--not to complain--I have sooo much to be grateful for:

Here is a pix of my needlepoint ornament (there were three, but I gave one to each of my children last year:



I am thrilled that my children are coming on Monday after Christmas day--which Tommy and I will spend with Mom:

These are a few of the tags I made in my scrapping days:


Time moves on...
Every year we chose a person to be "santa" and he/she sits in my great grandmother's rocking chair to distribute the goodies.....wearing, natch!  Le Chapeau....

and so, mes amies...here is my latest folly--yet another project-- that called to me-- i HAVE to do it...


the very start of my" Jardin Spider Web"....love love love this pattern....so much fun--it totally lifted my spirits this fogbound day here in SE CT....Have a great week...

Julierose, La Blaquese --Memories edition

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Pix-o-rama

Progress on my hand quilting effort--all basted and ready to be embroidered:


(I SO wish I could find some more of that gray birchtrees fabric on the left--this is the last of it--
all gone
BOO-HOO!!)

Next:




The twins' lap quilts are coming along--one more round I think....



Here is the very first log cabin I ever made--I always put it up at Christmastime....


I named it "The Crows' Christmas" because of the little crows on that mustard-ey fabric....


AND  a TA-DA--the finished Wonky--at last and in time for my Granddaughter's 1st Christmas..







flip side above and what is it with me and crows..?????

I love the way the big stitch looks like the crows have been walking all over the blocks. 

And so.. off to my daughter's to babysit and play a gazillion games of Rummy....

Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fa La La La LA---La La La LA!....Shhhhh

After spending a wonderful day at my son's house (eating myself out-of-my-clothes for sure--but Yuuuum, really!!)
and:
holding and feeding and cuddling my new granddaughter,  Fiona; today I went to work on what're gonna be two lap quilts for my twin grandsons: WIPS...

 Now.. Gregory likes blue

And  Connor likes red--

I am using up wintry, christmas-sey and celestial and animal prints for the holiday side and then a superheroes large print for each backside.  Hopefully, I will get them done IN TIME!!

Log Cabin work is one of my all-time favorites; I started out using Mary Ellen Hopkins' "A Log Cabin Notebook #5" in 1991 and have continued with her really stress-free method--more or less "not to worry"--if they are not all the same size...do not fret.  I LOVE all her books--she has a no-nonsense approach and a super sense of humor....

What are your favorite types of blocks to make?  Also, another question..(I AM chatty-cathy today...) do you have a drop-in sewing table?  I miss mine since my new Viking won't fit into my old table....am kind of looking out for one that doesn't cost "to Mars and back"-(-did you see the launch today???) 

Best to all in our holiday hoedown stitch to the finish countdown...Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to All

 Turkey -Lurkey Alert....

Who should stop by???  In our Front Yard this morning,  tippy-toe-ing along......and then


the rest of the bunch.....Aren't they funny???

I am thankful to all of you who have tippy-toed by and left your comments.....Julierose, La Blageuse
:-}}

Sunday, November 20, 2011

File Under: "Like I really need M O R E fabric???" or True Confessions

I just couldn't resist grabbing this "Daily Deal"  from the Missouri Star Quilting Co.'s newsletter--Cabbages and Roses by Moda: 



 I subscribe to their drool-fest--Yup: they have a deal online each morning.  Talk about your temptation!   This is a pre-cut Layer Cake (10' x 10" squares) --Yum-- the most lovely widely scattered prints.  I have trouble locating prints with a lot of white background and grab them when I can. ( I am trying very hard to put myself on a fabric diet--begone temptation, begone all you new fabrics out there calling my name..... Ha!   See how that's working for me?) 

 Also--more true confessions: ordered Kona Pepper after seeing OhFransson 's new "Aliens" quilt--soooo cute and has those lovely little squares I love doing, too....I have very few solids in my stash--so I really really HAD to...uh huh....

And so, you might well inquire--"And what do you plan to make with this, Julierose?"  Hmmmm.  well for now, I am just looking and feeling....I am definitely a fabric-floozy!!

And now for a :  TA-DA Moment:  

Here is the just-about finished "A-Tisket, A-Tasket Basket" wall hanging--I just have to hand- stitch the binding to the reverse side--and voila--done!!  And, phew--in time for the Holiday Fund raiser at my Mom's Nursing Home....for the Arts and Crafts Dept, too. 

(By the way:  Does anyone else hate to machine sew their binding on?  The quilt, slithers and slides and catches, and is just generally a pain in the butt!!  I throw it over my shoulder, grab it as it falls off the table.... Whoa, there quilty--

This is my least favorite part of the process.  I always also end up forgetting to check to see if the bobbin will run out--and it inevitably seems to....quel horreur!!  Aaaaargh....)

(Thanks to Timothy O'Houlihan [aka hubbykins]--hahaha--for holding it up for me!!) 

Well, enough moaning for one day, huh?  See ya  Julierose, La Blageuse Heurese.....

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Moon Madness

I haven't been able to post for a while--the cold turned into bronchitis--yuck!
Meanwhile....
I am thrilled to be taking my online course with Jude   (check out her fabulous offerings!!  ) and have been able to only hand sew a bit--actually in--the--bed sick!!
 
Here is one "beastie" in progress using many of my own hand dyes;


And here is a "moon cloth" using mostly my own hand dyed cloth--the bottom strip is the only commercial one--this is such fun!!

As I stress--WIPs  for sure...

And here is last night's moon shot:


Au revoir--Julierose, La Blageuse