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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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Spent 3 hours cutting 100 (!) Christmas fabric blocks for the reverse of "Hello Dolly" and setting them up on the design wall--after removing the 100 from yesterday and organizing them into labeled rows.

This "monsta" is too big to photograph in its alltogether!!  
Here is a look at the fabrics:

This is definitely 'Kota playing in the snow....

Here's Santa....

                                                                           And Angels caroling....

 And Frosty, of course.....

Tomorrow, I hope to cut the 100 (! sigh) 5.5" pieces of light batting to put in between.  

THEN.....(apologies to Raymond Chandler...) "The Looong Sew"....

Ooops, time to put in the ham...see ya all  Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, February 23, 2013


We visited Fiona (oh, & Jeff and Lin & 'Kota, too haha)  --anyhoo....she has really grown a lot!!  So much so, that I discovered that she will be going into a DOUBLE BED!!  I made enough blocks for a twin size...uh-oooh...Remember me "Hello Dolly"???  I've been expanded--

Here's what I've done:  this is a teeny portion of the 100 x 100 blocks for only the front of the quilt--it will be 60" x 60" +/- and a Rag quilt with a Christmas back.  I have yet to cut those 100 Santas and the 100 flannel  fillers..each block is 6.5 x 6.5 (I happened to have a ruler just that size....)                    (click on pix---;---)))
I have them up on my design wall and I love that pinky/lilac solid all around those Dolly blocks!  

Here's what my DH made for me after I cut and pinned them up all afternoon:

"I'll Take Manhattan.." la la la lala....

I got to put Fiona in for her nap Thursday--bundled under my 1st Rag quilt for her in the rocking chair, I read her 3 books and then she just looked at me.."Where's the songs, Grand'mere?"  So I lullabyed her to sleep...What a sweet girl...A wonderful day....
Julierose, La Blageuse (Grand'mere)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Up on my wall right now:  this bunch of leftover HST'S I found tucked away in a baggie from eons ago!!  They are kinda uneven (duh); they were my first attempt at HST work.  Guess I gave up and put them away--but I am pressing (hah) on with them for fun!  It took me about three days to figure out how to sew them together (rip-it, rip-it, 3x's--all 86 of them!  Yikes!!) 

That navy&brown leafy print was one of my very favorites. I don't plan to makeup any more HST's -- just use what's on hand...fun--but a little frustrating, too..

 Here is our "cedar monster" after the "big snow" we had.  The weight of all that icey snow finally broke it in half!  I hate to lose cedars--they are so pretty...

As you can see, I haven't gotten much further with my Houses 2 little scene.  I am having a really hard time figuring out how to border it --or not--so "up on the wall" pinning and un-pinning various fabrics and then just looking.....

I finally made my binding for Blues-ey yesterday and after all our errands today, hope to true-up the quilt and sew the binding on it...and so it goes, baby steps for right now....hugs from Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, February 14, 2013


                                                   HAPPY VALENTINE'S
 Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


                                                                 (click on picture)

GHOUL-A-THON:  After much fabric trial and error, I finished up my Ghastlies wallhanging--
All these strange and weird creatures just fired up my imagination:

TO This:        

                                                     AND This Strange bedfellow...yipes   

AND these lovely  ladies:  

AND eek-ville witchey-poos:

It took the longest time to pick out the final border; but I think it looks nightmarish enough to contain all its unearthly population....

And now for something entirely different......
PART DEUX: on my wall:

Here's a change--right???I was dreaming of Spring yesterday and was ironing all these light fabrics  and just sat down and free-pieced--for fun....I have NO idea exactly what to DO with it, but perhaps some idea will hit me.

PART THREE:  Remember me???? I have been calling Julierose--has she forgotten meeeee????

                                                       click on me, too.....

I am all done by hand; I am languishing here...whaaaaaah....

We are hunkering down in preparation for Storm Charlotte this Friday--some forecasts predict over 1' - 2' of snow and 30 - 50 mph winds.  Did our food shopping this morning (got all those snack foods--did you all know that it's okay to eat junk food during a storm???ROTFLOL)...
That's all for today...Julierose, La Blageuse 

Monday, February 4, 2013


I decided to" treat" (ha-ha) myself this morning with 15 minutes of play a la Victoria: 

 I just adore this fabric and it's been sitting on my shelf for way too long now- And....this batik  (you can really see those great colors if you click on the pix) is ages old--YIKES! from the 70's--I've NEVER even used it!!  See, here's my reasoning (read: rationalization) :--)))
  I've been soooo goood ironing scraps, re-arranging fabrics & just working on my ufq's (unfinished quilts) since Jan. 1st that I had to perform a "trick" or two on my design wall--I hate that empty whiteness!!  

Anyhoo...here is the start of my --at last--Halloween wallhanging...I don't do orange somehow--at least not much--so this fabric really called my name.

Windy but clearing here--just a spritz of snow last night--cold tho'.  
Mom not doing too well, she has pneumonia--so I guess I needed something to help me along in the "smile"--keep calm and carry on--department.  

Back to "good girl" tying for now...Je vous aime, toutes mes belles amies, 
A bientot, Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, February 3, 2013


I've decided I am going to "enjoy" tying my "Blues-ey" quilt & just take my time.  Slowly....admiring all those old fabrics that recall my other quilts..(.the backing I've turned over is an all-time favorite, just a little bit left now....)...bits and pieces of the past....shards of memories tiling in my thoughts......

Can you "decide" to enjoy ???  I think so...making carefully tied taut knots; ; ; snipping the ends carefully...humming ...an old song running through my mind that my father used to play so beautifully on the piano....hearing my Mom singing along....in my young days...falling asleep to those wonderful, comforting sounds of home. 

What do you think?  Can you decide to enjoy??? 

Au Revoir, Julierose, La Blageuse..

Saturday, February 2, 2013


SEE THIS FAMILY....my son, Jeff, his wife, Lindsay ...and TA-DA...my sweetie Fiona...WELL....

This coming August I will have aNOTHER grandchild--yup!  Lin is expecting the end of Aug--@ the 22nd!  We are just all so elated 

Here's Jeff telling 'Kota the news--he had to break it to her gently--she is, after all the Original "Bebe" .  

Here is Kota whispering her news to a delighted Fiona! "The 3 of us can all play together"--and Kota thinks:  more food dropped on the floor for me, too (heheheh).....such fun times.

AND HERE is the 2nd surprise:

STEVEN, my oldest grandson, auditioned for the Jazz Band in the High School for next year (ohmygosh--he's in high school already???) and he MADE IT!!  Here he is playing his big solo in his Middle  School Winter Concert .
We are all so thrilled!! 

And.....Here ends my Family Notes for today....
Best to all  Julierose, La Blageuse