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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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I found this very old Batik in my pile and pulled it out today just because it was brown, but I think I really like it:

What do you think? Kind of "garden-looking" for my flowers....

I like ithe way it gathers all the shades of brown and lets the flowers pop out even more....

Like here --- and

here...I really tried all different colors and was really frustrated and  not finding anything that looked good.  I think this leafy batik makes me very happy.  I tend to buy fabric not for specific projects, but because they "speak" to me....how about you?

Now, I am going to handquilt this one--and I promise -- no more "Diamonds Are Forever" until it is totally done....Julierose, La Blageuse

 P.S.  have you been following the brouhaha about fabric designers?  Astounding, disappointing and unbelievable, I feel.  Especially for "scrappy" quilters.....

Monday, March 26, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012


Sewing the last row together--one long row takes 1 1/2 hours  (5 rows later.....sigh) --I think that after this sojourn into "Hexagonia", I will try something else for a while (ya think???):

Here is what's happenin' around my house while I stitch and b****--It is soooo warm, soooo early:

I am "daffy" myself--

I set my goal this week to FINISH the whole interior of my "Diamonds Are Forever" tabletopper (glad I didn't go for a bed-sized quilt (oh my), and am stitching away today....between little stitches and pulling out papers....my "get up and go" has "gotten up and gone"....Have a wonderful weekend....Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, March 19, 2012


The latest entry in the fabulously cutest picture YET of my new granddaughter, Fiona:  That's my son Jeff, holding her, pictured in the mirror!! (And her Mom, Lindsay is manning the camera)--- I love it!! Just couldn't resist sharing this with you all...have a great evening...

Bon Soir, Julierose, La (Grand'mere) Blageuse

MUTE MONDAY...(muffled frustration)

(mmmm-aaaargh!) Julierose, La Blageuse (aka, La Frog-euse --[rip-it,rip-it]  )

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Pin-up/& Rant--Aaaargh

In the midst of pinning my spiderweb for quilting;

I haven't decided whether to hand or machine quilt (in the ditch)--AS

 ( ACK!! DANGER, DANGER:  RANT AHEAD:)     Drove to my LQS this morning to buy a foot for quilting after having read online that they opened at 9 am,BUT:  found, when I got there, that they've changed it to 10 am!! And just posted it on the building and not changed it anywhere else..... It was only 9:25....just a weensie bit annoyed as you can imagine--and it's not just next door to me either.  Soooooo....this is WHY I get most, if not all, of my quilting supplies ONLINE  (where do you guys get most of your stuff???)--
-AND this has happened before at the same place.  Finis pour moi.....


Look what decided to bloom for me ...isn't it lovely?  And it's loaded with buds....I {heart} Christmas Cacti.  Every year I buy another to add to the "big pot" and, I think that this year I'll have to get a bigger pot.....Our local Ocean State Job Lot just got in a ga-zillion, so tomorrow I may run out and get one.....(Notice how I am changing the subject above???  ). I have been absent here as have been going to rehab with Mom for her hip...she is doing better now....

Have a fun weekend all--enjoy this Springlike weather....Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, March 8, 2012


I am attempting to put these diamonds together---

They are pinned (those little yellow dots) to my design wall--I need to add at least one more and then a gazillion more hexies and half-hexies....

The Red Sox are on tv now, and being a huge (or as Jerry Remy would say "uuge") fan, I can see a lot of this work going on in the Spring and Summer evenings to come.....

I do like that "bubblegum pink" outlining color--these diamonds are about 15 years old--fabric tastes do change, but I just cannot stand to have them calling me from the close every time I walk by to: "finish us, finish us up"...and so...mes amies....

On we go--and I guess it is true that "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend".....

Enjoy this lovely weather,
Julierose, La Blageuse....

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Twist and Shout = Orange Crush

Decided on single border for my Twist-a-Long work--so many choices:

Here's a closer look at the border fabric: I actually got it out of my "Chinese" stash...

I think it makes the orangey-peach tones pop a bit--still don't know if I really like this.... ambivalency, thy name is

Julierose, La Blageuse