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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.

Monday, May 27, 2013


Here is the "Summer" side of my King-size reversible (yup--I pieced BOTH sides--but I was a lot younger & crazier then lol) ! It is just too big to get it all in one photo:
Here are a few shots of my label (click to enlarge):

"Dreamscape: A Quilt to:

Navigate the....

New Millenium"...

This took me TWO years...it is machine pieced and tied...

Am having my wonderful friend Mary Ann over for a chicken BBQ (Thom is Le Chef @ le grill!) this afternoon (sure hope my neighbor stops mowing his lawn!!!) anyhoo..potato salad, deviled eggs and she is providing dessert.  What a blessing to have a friend to celebrate with...

She is a quilter, knitter, sewer magnifique--sooo, we can sit and craft, snack and have a bit o' wine--but of course--all together....what fun!!  

I hope you are all enjoying friends and family for your celebration.

Ruby Begonia sends you her best:

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse..

Saturday, May 25, 2013


WIP :  Here is a little snapshot of the direction I am sailing in for my May project in blues.  I really haven't had a lot of time this week (working on that secret project for ...well, someone special..) and I am just beginning to set up this little wall hanging.  

Just pinned up there on the wall..my own private view of the ocean...this has been a fun project--I think I need a palm tree or a surfer dude in there somehow..and, I want to add some embellishments on this one..beads, shells.

I will be back later on this week for another dip into these waters...have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend all,
                                   Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, May 17, 2013

NO PIX FOR YOU (apologies to Seinfeld!)!

                                           FIRST MACHINE QUILTING

I went and got my walking foot at my LQS yesterday and nearly fainted dead away at the price--but DH said:  "You need it, don't you?  So, get it!" (What a guy!)...

Yesterday I pin basted and this morning I attached the foot (easy peasy!) re-adjusted the pressure -- and I just finished quilting all the long vertical lines along the ....oops, can't give it away now (heh heh)--at any rate 12 lines.  And, it went really well.  (As I posted before I followed Eliz. Hartman's guidelines in her book "Modern Patchwork"--I love this book! see her at http://ohfransson.com )

Quel  Supris!!

Am I doing my  happy dance?   You betcha! ...now to figure out how to quilt the rest....am looking at some options...

Have a happy weekend...hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse quilteuse  :--)))


My RSC13 May blues have turned out to be little beach huts....I have made 15 of them and plan to make....well, what I really don't know.  I have to figure out a setting for them as yet.  right now they are beckoning me from my design wall. The problem is that the Real Beach near our home is also calling me....it's so lovely here right now.  Outside is the place to be!

Here are two more:
I think this last one is one of my favorites. 

Today looks like a deck day for us...so I will most likely be working on more of these:

 Only four more rows to finish--yay!  Uh...that is actually 82 more hexies to be sewn--and I may have to cut some more...I am running our of purple pansies..
But, not to worry--I will search the stash and the scraps and eke out something....
Wishing you all a wonderful stitch-ey weekend...hugs, Julierose, La blageuse

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Here is a peek at my latest "big" project.  All pin-basted and ready to quilt--yay!!  
I cannot show you the whole thing....as a certain family member (you know who you are LOL) will be reading this post and I want this to be a surprise! 

I followed Elizabeth Hartman's ( Oh Fransson ) directions in her wonderful book "Modern Patchwork" for getting the layers together and basting.  Her methods are easy and give great results.  The back is even smooth....

Today I go to my LQS to get a walking foot, go food shopping, walk, try to eat less (hah) and generally get things done around here.  

this will be my first attempt at machine quilting on "Helga"--I have been a little hesitant to machine quilt a bigger project (other than mug rugs) on her.  So, I will practice on a few smaller projects I have--like the borders on this baby, which has been hanging around --

Most likely UPSIDE DOWN (lol)--IN MY DARK CLOSET......

That's it for today...Au Revoir, Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, May 13, 2013


May has "snaked" its way onto my design wall...

Using bits and bobs                                                       little pieces sewn to make those wedges .................................................
Little fishies, alphabets, all old, old fabric.....


Speaking of "OLD"

Yesterday was a "double-dipping" day for me; not only Mother's Day but also my 70th (yikers--how did that happen????) birthday. Altho' MAY is our "blue" month and even though I am in my 70's now...(sigh), how can a person be blue when: 

My wonderful friend of many years and musical partner, Mary Ann, brought me this:

It's quite a "highbrow" plant--all my others are whispering among themselves:      She's called "Portulacaria Africanis Variegata". 

And here's a close up of her calling card...isn't that just so serene....I love it!

My little cherub decided to alight and keep her company

Thank you--Mary Ann--for such a perfect gift--you DO know what I like :--)).

I hope you are enjoying some glorious weather..hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


HERE are the first "made fabrics" for the RSC13 month of May --sapphire blues...


You can see that some are not really sapphire--but my blues (I found out) are limited..

And I thought this little flower print kind of looked like little sea flowers..
most of my blues are sea-themed...

Here is how the big pieces look:  I sewed the bits and bobs together--what fun!!  I need a break from "seriousness"--seriously (LOL) right now.  

Bigger pieces to be cut into -- I don't know yet what shape(s) (blogger all of a sudden made my print very small!!  Ack!)
Yours, on a pea soup foggy day
Julierose, La blageuse

Friday, May 3, 2013


Spring has come on tippy-toes here; one warm day, the next windy and cold!  
Our new color for May in RSC13 is Blue--but Bright blues.  

I find it difficult to distinguish the brights in my scraps; maybe because they are mostly pieces of novelty prints and have lotsa colors and blue predominant? 

AND, I want to sew up some "made" fabric I think as these scraps are small--no biggies!  

I am still sorting..you'd think I'd have a lot of blues..but not so...will post more on this as I begin to sew....

AND now here is my latest work on my cross (emphasis on cross!) stitchery:

 I was working along (minding my business--when whap, slam, alacazam!) I mis-counted>  My (free spirited) bird is one little thread too low!  How did i do this?????I counted, re-counted, got a cup of tea and sipped some, took a deep breath and counted yet again...and 

I hear the distant peeps of many "frogs" chorusing up my street and coming for a visit!  Oh, no!  I have to UNDO it.  This is a lot of hours work....and so it goes mes amies...Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme...

I leave you with the vision of me undoing all those lil' stitches.  DH thinks I should leave it there--but I will always K N O W it's there..Hmmmpfh!
Hugs and sighs from:
Julierose, La Blageuse "Cross-euse"