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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, February 28, 2012

LET'S TWIST AGAIN....

My sweetie is off traveling to a gig today and so....this is what I did:


I sewed my blocks and then put the whole" shebang" together.  I am ambivalent about the results and the process ( I am such a "process" person being a pianist and teacher).  Perhaps it's the colorways....I just don't know.  Maybe a border or two or:    using it as a Medallion might make me like it better. 

Here is a little bit of a closer look....it's kinda "mooshie" the twisters go in and out and are not defined all over...we'll see.....Julierose, La Blageuse.... 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spiderwebs (in my jardin) Spotted Saturday Special

I got the black and white spotted fabric borders sewn on this afternoon.  The black makes those spiders really pop out, I think....My spiderwebs  are pretty wonky...(anyone else have trouble with all those crossing seam allowances???--yikes--pretty thick to sew over--I will say my Viking tore right through them--even when I graded them a little they were t-r-o-u-b-l-e!!) AND:  presser feet:  my 1/4 foot doesn't really hold that well--VERY disappointing.  And I tense up.  And get a sore neck.  (*%$$***).

I think I will "tie" this one--the thought of hand quilting over all those seams or trying to machine over them doesn't sound right to me.  I also want to "try out" mosaic piecing for a strip across the back...

FOR NOW:   from snowy, windy country:

The wonky crow fabric is waving bye-bye--all gone....I really have used up all but a few crumbs--it is one of my all-time favorite fabrics--so funny and cute and bright. 

(Note to Twist-a-long {see my sidebar}folks:  I starched both sides of my layout!  Hopefully, the dire prognostications about those pesky "bias edges" won't come true.... or my Twist and Shout will be pretty loud!!)

Did y'all let the "good times roll" on Fat Tuesday???  Moi, une rhume--sniff, sniff....here's to Les Bons Temps for you and yours....Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, February 20, 2012

TWIST AND SHOUT for PRESIDENT'S DAY

I added the roses tone-on-tone border to my Twister Quilt-a-long: 


I like the way it blends with  and makes the the overall peach-to-tangerine colors pop out:


I really, REALLY  LOVE that fabric; it's so subtle and soft toned. 

Today we walked our neighborhood:= Hills, hills and more hills (OOOff-dah!!)

BUT:    I cannot find any fabric to border my Seaflowers hexagon piece--nothing seems to strike me.  Maybe I should just hang it on the design wall and something will come to me. (Hopefully)

I keep on seeing OTHER quilts I want to make--my list is already waaaay toooo loooong.....

1. Dresden Plate
2. Mosaic of some sort
3.  Crosses Plus
4.  Halloween wall quilt for my daughter
5.  Pillow for Mom (with funny Dr. Seuss fabric 
6.  Christmas smallish reversible quilt for Fiona (with Moon and Stars on the Back)
7. Cheddar Bow Tie Medallion
8. Bonnie Hunter's Blue Ridge Medallion (I have been using these as "leaders and enders" and have a lot done already  --waiting in the wings --so to speak.....)

This, doesn't even mention the hexagon project I am doing now....

Well, you can be sure I am never bored!!  I am sad that Downton Abbey is finished for this season....am now reading (in honor of Regency England and all) "Austenland" by Shannon Hale and so far, it's pretty funny.  (I just cannot read "Pride and Prejudice" one more time again....every summer, I take it to the beach--)
Hugs all 'round--(more on the "Spiders" later.....)

Julierose, La Blageuse (VERY Blaguey today, it seems)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

SUNDAY SPECIAL:Fabulous Portrait by Fellow Blogger

I just happened upon Linda's blog (http://quiltaholic-linda.blogspot.com) and saw the most fabulous quilt portrait.  Spectacular work Linda ! 



 Here is her quilt portrait above here:  isn't this aMAZing work??? I am so glad that I dropped over to her blog.....hop on over to see how she did it.....:-) 

AND:
My sweetie and I went for a stroll at our State Park this noontime--it was crowded with dogwalkers, people picnic-ing, sunbathers--and this is Feb 19th!!  As you looked across the ocean, you could just make out the storm clouds on the horizon--5 miles more this way and it would be snowing to "beat the band"!  We are soooo lucky....

Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Success

I was able to post my "Lil Twister" pix to Flickr Group---yay!!!! My first try on that!!

Here is that picture of Week One:  All sewn together (Ahem:  alert--it seems (seams??? you can groan here) that I have a little trouble matching seams and sewing straight lines....yikes--this new machine is really different from my old Pfaff--which had that great built-in walking foot--No-thing moved under that one....well, guess I'll get used to my Viking (they came down from the North, slashing their way: this way and that--and unfortunately, THAT'S how my fabric is going!!)  Sigh.....well, most of the corners are really matched up ...

Here is a little view of what I may use for a border--being SUCH a texture freak...


This is an older Robyn Pandolphe  (sp???)fabric that I love....tone on tone--and bien sur:  Roses. Again.  I can almost smell them.....ahhhhh Summer:   Gotta love 'em....

And:

I have to love the potato soup which I am making in my crock pot for dinner (see, in our world, if you have a light soup dinner, you can then have a "snack" while watching tv--yup that's our rule)....that and walking 5 out of 7 days...(now, I admit, that one is tough to do...we can but try...)  Love and hugs to all of you--have a great President's Holiday weekend  Mmmmmwah....  Julierose, La Blageuse



Friday, February 17, 2012

TWIST & SHOUT

Needing a "Small project" with all these gi-normous ones going on--(-a little respite) I came across this quilt-along on Rosemary's (thanks RO) blog and decided to do it!!


Here is my 5" charm lay out for the Lil Twister Quilt-a-long from http://craizeecorner.blogspot.com

 It's a grouping  5"charm pack from Moda "Curio" by Basic Grey....I hope to catch up by sewing these together this weekend and then choosing a border...hmmmm...this is fun but not so easy to picture how it will look--kind of a  mysteriously intuitive process ---doncha think???  Once they are sewn together I will attempt to put them on the flicker group (never done that before either....fingers crossed) I remain as always.....

Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND....

Look at what came in the mail for me today: I am soooo excited!!!!


All the way from England!



 LOOK:  she sent a sample, too! If you want to see spectacular hexagon work look inside this book.  You can order it through www.patchworktemplates.com. (I ordered mine through Amazon UK)

I am re-inspired to do hexagons, Jackie, a big thanks is winging its way over the sea to you.
Here's her card...(sorry for the blurry shots). P.S.  She also makes gorgeous vests......

AND:  here are some of my old rosettes that I have made into diamonds:

They are all pretty scrappy and are made from really old Jinny Beyer fabric that I really loved:  I recall taking these to the beach and sewing on them while the kids romped in the ocean....ahhhh the smell of Coppertone and salt air......



The half-hexagons are from an old QNM (March '92, p. 16)  magazine by Aloyse Yorko and well worth looking up.  She actually made a Jinny Beyer "Inner City" pattern, but I adopted her method and used it to make shorter work of hexagons, as the color bands are "two-for-one".  These have been lying around in a box, recently uncovered when I re-did my sewing room.  So portable and such fun to do by hand.   

This is where I am today-- reading this book and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the directions and pix.  You can find Jaxcompany videos also by Jackie online. 

Au Revoir--enjoying this Springlike weather....
Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, February 13, 2012

Food, Glorious food!!

Here's my new Granddaughter, Fiona, sampling cereal for the first time!



Does she like it?
Not sooo much???? 

Isn't she cute?  I love that open-face look babies give you.....mmmmwhah!! 

Julierose La Blageuse Grand'mere

HEXED by Sea Flowers

Here are those pesky hexagons sewn together:

As you can see, the sides are not even--this is the best I could do w/o unsewing (sigh!!) which I have done about ten times, it seems.  It'll be a table topper, and so, who will notice???? I love the hexagon work, but need to get a "PLAN" for putting them together. 

Here are some of my favorite rosettes:





This one shows how the first two rows are made up of two-fabric hexies.  I have a lot of rosettes left over and will be making another small quilt from those.  But, in future I think strip piecing will be my method. 

Also, here are all the Spider blocks all sewn up.  I need to re-size so that they are even and then decide whether to sash or not or how to border them. 


(Sorry for the bad picture, am having trouble with my computer sending these all over the **** and gone!!)
Do you like the spiders in their multi-colored setting or should I do color familys (eg blue-purple, red-orange, green-turquoise)???? I just don't know. 

FILE UNDER:  JUST A THOUGHT:

Do you ever finish sewing up what you thought all along would be a spectacular quilt and then.....you put it up on the wall and go "Yeah, so....?????"  That is where I am right now.  Maybe a little sewn-out.....Anyhoo.......Have a happy Valentine's Day all.....................

Julierose, La Blageuse


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Superquilt Saturday

Bonjour, Here is what I have done this week...

Purple Spider


Turquoise Spider

Yellow Spider

AND:


A couple of these using English Paper Piecing and no glue

SEE, just freezer paper ironed on...it is hard for me to press the seams and stitch with my left hand, but a few at a time seems manageable...

I had planned on using Teresa's method on "Fabric Therapy", but made such a mess of the glue, that I fell back on my usual method of EPP (English Paper Piecing)...

I have a question :  WHAT will I do with all of these triangles leftover from my Spiders dans Le Jardin ?????

Four per block= 36 of these lil' babies--AND I just LOVE this fabric--it has such cute sayings all over it along with garden implements: (like: Gardening is good for your soul", Happiness is in your garden", "my heart is in the garden" etc).  So I do not want to waste it. (A la Bonnie Hunter and "using all of your scraps")( which really cost $9 and up per yd--what a disgrace!!  REALLY--end of rant) Maybe cut into strips along with the different colored strips from the spiders?????  Any thoughts???


AND look what I found for my travels in the car or over short day trips (note:  My Tommy LIKES to drive, so I can sit and sew--yay!!)  :

This Vera Bradley Small Travel Hanging Organizer (I saw one on someone else's blog and cannot recall where --not trying to steal anyone else's idea--if you read this let me know and I will give you credit for this super idea) It is just right to put everything in that you'll need for small blocks AND I found one online at the Vera Bradley Site (I have no affiliation with that CO.  just love her stuff) and it was reduced and sooooooo  of course I got it!!

It even has a cute all round zip and handle --out the door and ready to go n' sew:


And so, with this (phew!!) I and my four wonderful grandchildren bid you adieu-
-Hugs  Julierose, La Blageuse


Thursday, February 2, 2012

EARTH TO JULIEROSE......

DAYTIME AND......



I am still doing some machine spider blocks--2 1/2 more to go for my lap quilt size.....BUT...my hand is a slow responder; at least it is responding though....I will be back soon to show you some little baskets for applique I have been doing, just a lil' bit at a time.....in the meantime, in between time.....

NIGHTTIME.....



Julierose, La Blageuse