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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, October 26, 2011

Rainy Day thoughts: And so, I ask myself "Why"? Do you?

No Pix/ just thoughts that have been whirling in my brain....

After finishing the quilting on my "Wonky Crows, Cats & Crosses", I cannot even hold a glass without dropping it! (Never mind practicing my piano)... Talk about sore hands; and so...inevitably I  have asked myself why am I making these thick, big, difficult to handle quilt tops....and for whom? 
Actually:

I love the process:  choosing the fabrics, actually sewing the blocks, and watching the whole come together... even basting...but my arthritic  hands are telling me to find an alternative...and so, "What" now comes into play...and so..after all, life is change...

I have enrolled in an online class to learn a different way to use up my fabrics and put them together for an easier-to-manage outcome.  I will post when I have some  finished products...and for the next few days: rest, read. cook, walk and think some more...

Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Slow Sunday--Ahhhhh.....

I spent yesterday sorting, re-containering (word??) my fabric and half-made, test pieces...and I came upon my stash of 70's hand dyed fabrics and sun prints that I did for about 1 year and then packed away...life intruded, as ever, and I had really forgotten about them..

Decided to use them in hand sewn, slow works..here is the start of one that will be a gift for a cherished friend of many years: (all fabrics but the little sliver of blue/white lined piece are my own hand dyed)(Thank you Jude for your marvelous site--you have inspired me to follow my forgotten path...)


Journal Entry Thoughts: 
I am thinking about the two sides of my life:  my own personal duality:  The outward-facing woman, tightly held together--able to cope.  Then the inner "girl-child-woman" who is hole-y as in Swiss Cheese inside; (Where is the poem I once wrote about that??)  My cloth that I am now working on....should reflect that two-sided reality of my being......perfection/imperfection.  Neatly pieced copied pattern vs. frayed, torn, shredded, fiery inner soul.....

Here is one of the fragments of a "just testing" Flying Geese" that coincidentally (amazingly!!) is just the same length as my working cloth above:

All for now...back to practicing my piano...hands not too sore today.....Julierose, La Blageuse....



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Finish-- does almost count????

Well, here is the birth announcement I stitched for my new ganddaughter--




I did it all in redwork, even though this is a sampler from Charlotte Lyons  (note the baby's middle name--isn't that serendipitous) at housewren studio--I LUV her stuff--sooo outrageously cute!!  And, I think it also translates into redwork really well....


LUV little mousie in the corner.....
I entered my granddog's name on the doggie " 'Kota" and all I have left to stitch is the EXACT time of the birth...going up today to see my new little sweetie and will find that out.....

Still need to decide if I want to border it or just frame it.  10 x 10 is not a usual frame size--so will have to figure this out....anyone have suggestions....??

Besotted with ma nouvelle petite fille--Julierose, La Blageuse..

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Welcome granddaughter, Fiona Charlotte

I just became a grandmother again--number Five--my second granddaughter-- my son's first child-- arrived on Saturday at 9:53 am.  We are so excited. 

 Will post pix as soon as I get them.....now -- quick-like-a -bunny--to finish up that birth record  (from House Wren Studio} .

La Heurese Blageuse  Julierose

Friday, October 14, 2011

Big Stitch--Sore Hands--Any Hints???

Short post today...am attempting to "Big Stitch" my Wonky C's quilt by hand using DMC Perle 5 cotton in a lovely pale aqua color: 


Using straight lines, except when I meet those dancin' crows I  am outlining them...




The only problem I find is:   it is really hard to pull this thread through all the layers --especially the knots--any suggestions out there???  I had a nice comment from  Mary .  I love to hear from anyone out there in our quilting world.  Thank you....

On a non-quilting note:  my Mom, has finished her Rehab after hip surgery in only 2 weeks!!  At 92--Phew--she is a really determined trooper.  Also, had houseguests, all musicians that both my husband and I knew and he worked with when we were dating--in the "Ice Age"--hahha....great fun, super talk...so now back to my projects....

Bonjour, Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oldies and Newbies

Here is a wall hanging I did a few years back: 

Loved that geisha  ladies fabric--



And here are a few free form pieces that I have yet to figure out how to put together--



And




Sort of Wonky log cabin flowers--got the idea from Rodale's "Favorite Techniques From Experts".


Now have two quilts and one wall hanging that are in process of being quilted; using "big stitch" and DMC perle cotton--and this is how it all begins to mount up....my fingers are sore from quilting already!

Have a great day
Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, October 7, 2011

Full Stop: A Head-ache-head cold-sneeze-attack

Just got laid low yesterday with a GI-normous head cold; mostly think the stress of the past two weeks with Mom's broken hip and her troubles with rehab have lowered my resistance--and so....a few days' break here....(sneeze-gargle-blow-sneeze etc etc  S I G H ...)

 but will have a new little wonky project started  for you to see as soon as I have 2 seconds not wheezing, sneezing....see you later  Achoo!!  Julierose, La Sneezeuse

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

You "GO BABY"-Girl

Yup--here it is:  my own lil Go Baby with 6x12 cutting mat and the set of 3 square dies:  I am excited!!  Isn't Thom a sweetie?  I can't wait to get started;( spent both yesterday and today at my Mom's Nursing & Rehab Center with meetings and trying to get her spirits uplifted)  am pretty well spent with all this trauma for her.  So this is a sweetheart of a surprise. 

Well, gals, at any rate--here are some pixs of one of my first free-form quilts based loosely on log cabins:  I think this must be about 20 yrs ago...it's called "Red River Long Ago" after a painting that I saw on exhibit....




My blocks were full of "wonkiness even way back then...I just put together fabrics I loved and sewed on !! 

A bientot mes amies

Julierose, La Blageuse


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Secret Santa

Here is my finished Old World Santa ready to be framed:


And here are those pesky baskets all put together--haven't the right border as yet, though...

 (Cannot seem to get my pix straight today--sorry!!). 

Tomorrow:   Will show you the surprise that was waiting for me when I got home from visiting Mom doing her rehab today.....am soooo excited--my hubby bought it for me....what a doll!!

C'est tout,   bon soir--Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I AM a Messy Girl

Time to try to capture my "Liberated Baskets"--they have been exchanging places behind my back at night under cover of darkness..well, we WILL get them semi-lined up..

. Thanks  Tonya at Unruly Quilts for  your suggestions about other fabrics--I totally agree--mucho "toile" at this point--needs something to break it up...



After all, they are "free baskets, these girls of mine"...

Here is my messy room--strangely enough, I am considered to be obsessively neat in all other areas of my life (such commentators shall remain annonymous, but you know who you are)...but in my quilting nook...well...see for yourself...

AND, so on...

Here above is my front walk and view--so I can see the UPS man with his armloads of fabric and Quilting books struggle to my door!!

A little note to Rosemary--I cannot seem to leave a comment on your blog...probably moi...just so you know, I appreciate and read ALL comments....

AND, (big sigh)... here is one of my other Kitty quilts --I made about 6 of these and gave most to friends...




I know this post is waaaay too long...but here is the final shot of my kitty quilt --she looks like my "Schumee"...


Have to go and start aNOTher quilt...oh no....legos are invading my room....will they jump into those frisky baskets???

Avec amities to all
Julierose, La Blageuse...