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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, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012


I am 1/2 done with this surprise  top--so now you can see that this will be a "rag" comfy little quilt--

You have to just love this fabric--the wings have sparkles on them, too!!

I numbered each left hand block row  (sorry for the blur here) eg: L1, L2 etc and then went very slowly sewing them together so that all the seams are exposed on only ONE side (sigh)...Four more rows to go.

And here is "Honey, Honey":--))---------- we had a super Thanksgiving at my daughter's :

All my wonderful grandchildren--aren't I lucky?  

Mmmwah to all  

Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, November 23, 2012


Sugar Plum Fairies Dancin' into town today...Fa-La-La-Laaaa-
La-La-La--Laaa.  I've been busy sewing these girls into rows today--what fun!!  
This is the "Shhhh" project I'm working on.  Also, making a mini-matching quilt for someone "special".  {Keep it under your hat}

Also, got my Mary Mandala mounted:

The background fabric was a gift from a close friend who got it for me when she visited China last year.  Now, I have to find a frame.....

Here's a closer look at the beading.. and...

here's a good shot of those hands--they are so evocative of my life, Tom's, Mom's and all my musician friends....

Tonight I made my Minestrone zuppa and we munched on garlic bread along with it--yummy. 

 It IS a wonderful life....Julierose, La Blageuse ["...Santa Claus is comin' to Town]

Thursday, November 22, 2012



Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Did you ever have a day where all your stuff looked "BLAH"--why am I making this?  The colors are awful--yuck!! My seams never seem (!) to match--my machine won't do what I want it to....... Etc, etc. aaaargh! (SIGH)

Wellllll, then appears the mailman: AN D this package appears---

I WON!!!  All this:

Stephanie had a give away of (what she calls) SCRAPS:

From Stephanie :  25 Fat quarter Novelty prints--none of which I own....now, that generous gift made my day....WOW--what a windfall!!


I see....... either a "cow" or Spider Web quilt "greening" before my eyes.  A --"For No Reason"--just for fun quilt--to make:  Just because......  Fun sewing--no deadlines....I am a grateful:
 Julierose, La Blageuse  

Sunday, November 18, 2012


I have finished the circle part of Mom's Christmas Mandala and now need to mount it--I am happy with the way it's turning out so far...actually, the colors are much more vibrant than this pix shows.  

AND  TA-DAAAAA:  here is the cutest new member of our family:  

LA BELLE MISS LIBERTY (AKA LIBBY)--my daughter's new adopted puppy:

Isn't she just the cutest darling pup?  She is calm, serene and sweet. 
She just loves her new "mommy" and new family... we are looking forward to seeing them all on this upcoming Thanksgiving Saturday, along with our son Jeff and his family &, of course, 'Kota (see pix on my sidebar).  

Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you all, mes amies  I am Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Here are my two blocks for the Sandy relief quilt.  And here is the website for Erin whose super idea to warm up all those people who were ravaged by "Sandy".  She has instructions for this super easy and fun block on her site...will you help too??? 
 Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Here's the start of my Christmas present for Mom.  It is my FIRST (! don't look too closely LOL!) attempt at beading --and I am loving it!!

I got this idea from my latest book purchase: "Beading For the Soul" by Deborah Cannarella.  The triangle's points are images that are meaningful to the person. The apex is a Holy Card  (laminated) from a close friend's death, the lower right are hands that symbolize all that both of us do with them (music, golf, housewifery things, soothing children etc.), and the lower left is an old button from my mother's mother's (my Grand'mere's) dress....I thought that would be a nice touch.

She resting on a modern mugrug I made with my "almost-blooming: Christmas Cactus-- with my little angel watching over her.  A very sentimental present, I know.

That is how I am feeling after my last visit in the wake of "Sandy"--we talked over old times together and cried a little at how fast time flies by us--without our even realizing it.  At 93, I don't know how many Holiday Seasons I will have with her...but this helps me to remember the "good times".  As ever, Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"I LOVE the SOUND of the GENERATOR in the MORNING"...

Here's a pix of the Amtrak tunnel leading out to our beach after "Sandy" came to visit!!

We are STILL without power and have just gotten tv, phone, cell and internet back late this afternoon.  Luckily, we have a generator which--my darling hubby has been handling so that we have heat and light and refrigeration.  

Let me tell you how DARK-- DARKNESS can be w/o power....talk about a reality check--and we are lucky compared to NY and NJ, I hear.  Our town looks like a bomb hit it; 4 ft of sand on all the roads leading to beaches, trees over wires, downed power lines etc etc.  

LADIES--if EVER there was a time to use your Accuquilt Cutter: TA---DAAAAA!!  Hexagon==mania took over.  Crank that handle--forget the storm raging and cut, cut cut.  Gotta love it!! I have a new "pansey Flower" hexagon thingey in the making.....

To the right of the house (near our beach, not our house) WAS a stairway....this WAS a sandy beach....

I cannot complain tho', our home is 60 feet above sea level and luckily none of our trees came down.  We have a lot of Cedars which were whipping to the ground, but bounced back.  

Today, we can get out of our street (downed trees and wires before now) and actually venture out. We even can use our Keurig Coffee Maker --it's really amazing how much a cup of coffee can mean.....

 I will return to blog about more quilt-related thingeys soon..
.no school until Mon or Tuesday here and there was no Halloween...I am just grateful for what we have......Julierose, La Blageuse