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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, 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!!)
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!
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

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wha' Happened to my House?? (No quilt stuff)

Steven and Gregory busy at DSI's.

Connor (Greg's twin) reading

The three boys keeping busy--Cassidy on her FACE with friends at home who have generators.

And so another day dawns--another load or (five!!) of laundry...Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nor'Easter aftermath

 Having fun:  my four grandchildren and my daughter have been staying with us as they have no power...no time to post, sew, breathe:  instead:  a gazillion batches of laundry, card games, long walks to the beach, sleeping bags, baseball cards, drawings.... and visits to Mom in nursing home... etc....will be back soon...Julierose, La Blageuse