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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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

...And Now For...... Something Completely Different

We are again fogbound at the top of our hill--it's rolling in --in clouds...

And so:  here is another project I am working on...


I love redwork; I find it soothing; it's one of the first embroidery arts my Grand'mere taught me.  This will be a present for someone...shhhhh;I will border it with some Christmas fabric and then frame it. 

 TA-DA:   Here blooms my hibiscus that I brought in last week from the deck...it seems to like it in that corner spot...no yellowing leaves as yet.  A beautiful morning surprise....

My daughter and my four grandchildren are coming today ( aka "Candice & Co").  They had hoped to go to the beach--hopefully the fog will burn off.  I made an apple pie, too...


 and my husband brewed up a batch of his family-famous spaghetti sauce.  Happy days....

Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Tisket, A Tasket....I've Got These Weird-Sized Baskets....


Well, as you can see, my "liberated baskets"  really flew into many shapes and sizes...

I do like the way they turned out and I like this method of free cutting and piecing (Gwen Marston style)  B U T ..now I have to puzzle out how to fit them together.  Last night I measured them all

FUN:  11 1/2 x 5 1/8 , 6 1/4 x 5 1/8  etc etc... and labeled them in 3 rows of five each....

I only have a limited amount of the toile left--soooo, I guess it will be "cutting and pasting" fabric style--if only I could learn to do that on my blog I could get some buttons onto my blog, too--

I think the F O G  here on the CT shore has invaded my brain...
I HAVE actually finished a lot of projects in past years and
Here are a few shots of a wallhanging I made in honor of my cat "Clara Schumann--aka Schumee" who passed into kitty heaven a few hears ago.


 




Thank you for coming to ma maison-- P.S.  Mom is bearing up pretty well, I figure if she is irritated, she must be feeling a bit better anyway....
Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Back to What Passes For Normal

My Mom came through her hip replacement operation really well and is back at the Nursing Home. (Three day turnaround!)  At 92 that is really amazing....don't you think???  I am thankful she is doing so well.

I did purchase "The New Applique Sampler: Learn To Applique the Piece O'Cake Way" by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins--am spending my waiting time reading through it.  After which, although right now, I don't really need aNOther project, I am DEFinitely going to try to set up a block to work on.....

More about my learning adventures in the next blog--w/pix....

 Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, September 22, 2011

File Under: You Never Know....

Today was going to be a quiet quilting day:  instead I received a call at 9 am from my 92 yr-old mother's nursing home that she had fallen and broken her hip.  I won't go into all the details, but we waited at a clinic for 5 hours with her :
UNTIL:
the fire alarm went off and they evacuated the whole place out onto the helipad to await ambulances.  It was a scene from "Mash" for sure....
Needless to say, I may not be posting for a few days until I get my breath back  (and have a little glass of wine tonight)  and see how Mom does.... do plan on bringing my hand quilting for the time I will be waiting and visiting....
Amities,
Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, September 19, 2011

Are My Flowers Dying On The Vine???

Mary from Molly Flanders kindly commented on my Grandmother's flower Garden quilt-in-"trouble".  She is my first commentator--how exciting is this!!  Merci.....and, I think,  mercy is what this quilt needs, I guess.  I always seem to go about my works the hard way. 




In every row that I add, it seems that I have to add one more rosette--(is that visible?)--first row had four, in order to fit, the next has five and shifts over by one----and so on aaargh----; it's like a garden growing weedier by the minute! 

At any rate, I am persevering--and who knows what huuu-mun-gous "Garden" will appear.

I think I will pin it up on my design board and try some options.....





Am thinking that perhaps I could border it with all those little hexies I've prepared and not just more rosettes?  Any thoughts???? [ Can you hear my brain whirring away--it did at 2 am this morning...] Maybe it's the moon....

A Bientot
Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, September 18, 2011

So, You Might Ask And Where are the Wonky Crosses?

Oops!  Forgot to snap a picture of the second side of my quilt--it's reversible, you see:

They ARE very WONKY--

And so, les crows wish you goodbye....



The funny crow fabric was the only new-ish one; all the others are scraps--orange and yellow being a fave of my grandsons....

La Blageuse, Julierose

Saturday, September 17, 2011

WIPS For today--Warning!! Picture heavy post)

Here are a few pix of "Wonky Crosses, Cats and Crows"

This is one of the blocks:




Here's most of the quilt front (sorry for the blurry picture--took them at 2 am--must be the moon--couldn't sleep!!)


Liberated Baskets:  for background I used my Toile--which I haven't been able to allow myself to cut until now!! ( Just luv that toile!!)


And finally:  here is that Grandmother's Flower Garden mish-mash:  I really enjoyed hand-piecing those hexagons, but getting it to fit in together is still bugging me.




I used white-on-white for the "paths" and scraps from other quilts I've made for hexies--all while watching The Red Sox get ahead --oops--and then lose again....c'est la vie.....




I used the English Paper Piecing method--with freezer paper--so far have cut and used and re-used about 500 templates!!  (My husband thinks I've lost my mind!!).

Au revoir--La Blageuse  Julierose

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hello (and all that jazz)

Let me introduce my "quilts-in-progress":  First, my "Wonky crosses, cats and crows" which is all pin basted and ready for quilting on my just-purchased Viking 835;

 second, my hand-pieced "Grandmother's Flower Garden Hexagon" which is still languishing near my tv seat waiting for me to figure out just how to put all those flowers together--I have this jagged edged piece about 1/3rd sewn--any ideas out there?

 and, third, my Gwen Marston liberated basket which I am machine piecing and just having so much fun with. 
As a new blogger, I am still working out how to put pictures onsite.   Will try to do so on my next post.   
Julierose