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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.

Friday, April 27, 2012


It's been one of THOSE weeks:  electricians in and out --a lil' mousie, it seems, ate through one of our wires and threw out the whole bedroom & bath area of the house.  (Sigh); so somewhere in our bedroom wall a "crispy critter" is lying.....ugh!!

OK: enough whining...this is what I am doing with Spiders in the Jardin:

Hand quilting--don't look TOO closely--the stitches are not all that even or small--BUT--it is getting easier--coming back to me a little.  I {heart} doing this at night, so soothing.....( I machined the big seams and tied the corners--so it'll be a 3-way quilt--  :--))

See what I mean, well, I guess if we are defined by what we do, this truly shows that I am not totally OCD....as it is "what it is" and will stay that way..

Here is the signature block I hand sewed together from scraps for the back--since it's a "garden" quilt I thought those veggies would be cute..no????; and it will be a gift for a very close gardening maven- friend.....

And so, mes amies, that is where I am--my leftside:  neck/shoulder/arm/hand etc (aaargh) is/are very sore--sooooo, baby, baby steps...(and why do grocery clerks have to fill our bags soooo full I want to know--do we look like weight lifters, I mean really ...oops--forgot--no more whining allowed..) I think a lil' sippy of wine is in order tonight!!

'Til we meet again..I am as ever, Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Iris Edition at Home Sweet Home

LOOK what the rains brought.....

AND:  more to come:

Our updated house colors--yay! No More yellow!! 

Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday "Blues-ey" , et al

Well, Blues-ey----Together--at last--

It's a little crooked (Babe's arms were gettin' tired--off-dah!!)

THERE--a little better...This is the first quilt I've attempted with SOOOOO many little pieces--AND--I know I turned some of the blocks the WRONG WAY (aaargh!!) BUT....since it's just for my little cover-up--I decided to leave them (actually I didn't even see it until I took these pix!!  LOL); it's supposed to be diamond shapes --oh well...c'est la vie. 

I have a question for you readers:  When you use templates (acrylic or other) do you personally trace around them and then cut with scissors or rotary cut?

 I got these templates from Katy at "I'm A Ginger Monkey" a few weeks ago as I L-O-V-E-D this pattern--hexagons, you say--no, really (duh!!  ROTFLOL):

AND I plan to hand-piece it--hubby thinks I've finally, irretrievably and utterly "Lost It" big time
 :--}} (he has a moustache--that's him guffawing away....)
 this is why he N E V E R enters my quilting space:
 and HE has NO idea just how much fabric is in there---but I digress...anyhooo...
Here's a pix of it "Spring Carnival":

Isn't it just yummy??? 

We are still awaiting that Nor'Easter that is supposed to bring us our much-needed rain. I keep humming..."Soon it's gonna rain, I can feeeel it, soon it's gonna rain, rain like h***"--uh, a few little lyric changes there...
Adieu mes amies--have a super Sunday--Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sailing Onward: Love you guys....

Just a thought:  I really appreciate the Award that I received from my friend, Rosemary; BUT.....
It took me 3 1/2 hours to do all of its parts.  I found it stressful to say the least--AND blogger doesn't help--I couldn't leave a comment on bsmodernquilting as the comment would not post--after 10 tries, I gave it up...
This blog is just for fun and whoever wants to stop by and take a peek at my stuff....the big REWARD for me is all of the positive comments you all leave for me.  I don't need anymore than that.....

Here's a picture of the imaginary  blogworld I visited this morning....(pillar to post ) .(P.S.--Doesn't that look like me? Tommy thinks so--It's not---howdah like that one????heheheheh)
Have a great weekend--we are still doing our raindance here but that ol' Sun is poking out again....
Sincerely, Julierose, La Blageuse


I want to thank Rosemary at The Knitting Quilter for awarding me the "LIEBSTER" blog award; I appreciate the consideration and hope to keep my blog fun and interesting for you all. 
(I would paste it in here, but for some reason, I cannot seem to do it this morning--so just imagine.....
                                                    LIEBSTER AWARD {HEART}

I'd like to award five other blogs that I visit and enjoy with this award:
  1. Pam at library gal quilts:  she has the cutest projects all the time;
  2. Kelly at kellygirlquilts  : just love all her colorful and original quilts
  3. Phoebe at pixiecupindustries  : her modern takes on quilting are amazing
  4. Kate at empty-field : she does am-MAZ-ing embroidery as well as quilts
  5. Barbara at bsmodernquilting  : paper piecing, quilt projects--she does it all.
(I really feel kind of "lame" that I cannot copy and paste, but it just won't work for me....)
Here are the Lebster rules :

1.  Thank the award presenter on your blog and leave it linked for people to visit;
2. Copy and Paste award (you can see how well I did this one--aaargh!);
3. Present the LIEBSTER to five other blogs with less than 200 members; and
4. Let the "awardees" know by leaving a comment on their blogs......

Adieu mes amis for today Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, April 20, 2012

This is where I've been....100 pix later!!

We are now 6 months old; eating Grand'mere's minestrone soup (pureed, of course) and sitting right up...

Mommy and me are playing every day....and I don't like ANY-ONE else to hold me right now....(isn't my Mommy beautiful??)

I love to play on the quilt that Grand'mere made me....and I am teething....and my eyes are staying BLUER than blue...yay.....

{Tommy and I went on an unexpected two-day trip to Kittery, Portsmith, ME, and my son's in MA and did some shopping on the way, eating out (YUM--the Weathervane has the B-E-S-T stuffed shrimp ever!!) and I did do some more hexagons too--..}   .More on quilts next time..

Julierose, La Blageuse-aka/La Grand'mere

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mother Nature's Spectacular Rainbow of Colors

Strange weather here....this is a view out from our back deck tonight....

About 1 minute--then pouf--gone.  The trees look surrealistic, don't they??? 

(Just a note-----  I got Bonnie Hunter's newest book "Scraps & Shirttails II" today in the mail.  Instant gratification peeps; I want to make ALL of these quilts....so scrappy and such great instructionals.  )

Julierose, La Blageuse (Weather watcher edition)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Here's the top 1/2 of my "Blue-sy" quilt which I sewed totally as a "Leader & Ender" project:

(Here's a little tip: File Under" DO NOT START A QUILT WITH ONE MACHINE AND THEN.......
SWITCH TO ANOTHER PART WAY THROUGH!!)  BUT, ever the optimist, I am following Mary Ellen Hopkins' advice:  just center the smaller square on top of the larger one and stitch away--it'll all come out in the end....ROTFLOL...let's hope anyway:

A very scrappy, old fabric look here....like my "at home" look (heh heh);

And here is my new little project as Leader&Ender --they are little babies...I {heart} them:

"Bebe's got a new Bowtie":  yummy cheddar prints and dark flower & fruit prints...got lotsa these babes out in sets. 

Am happily  quilting away on my "Diamonds are Forever" hexie--I think I've forgotten how to hand quilt tho'--it's been so long..

Time to do my "Rain Dance" (not a good visual-- LOL)--it is soooo dry here--we are in a constant "Red Fire Alert" here in SE CT.....  see y'all later...Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Wha's Up With Blogger????

SORRY folks, I wasn't aware that anyone couldn't view my blog--I "think"  I have addressed that problem...let me know Rosemary if you can read this and comment....Thanks  Julierose, La Blageuse, (definitely not a techno-Grand'mere!!)

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Fiona sends her happy, Hoppy Easter Bunny to your house from ours.....
Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blues-ey Tuesday Design Wall

This is only one possible setting--it kinda fades in and out:  from Bonnie Hunter's "Blue Ridge Beauty" pattern in her "Leaders and Enders Book; (I sewed this entirely during other projects using that method.)  I may shift the blocks around again--it is a tricky setting....

Here is my sewing station:  All set to sew more hst's and 4-patch pieces together.....tryin' to keep busy after a difficult visit with my Mom today in the Nursing Home....

AND  tonight I will be hand quilting my hexagons while watching tv with Tommy...(and perhaps a lil' glass of vino will be in order--ya think?).

Julierose, La Blageuse