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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, April 30, 2013

THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, MISSIE

HEADLINE:  CLEMATIS SURVIVIES LONG, BRUTAL WINTER....

How exciting is this, Missie?  The clematis sprigs you sent me are coming up  and spreading.  And another smaller one, too!


I am afraid to move them yet; I read that they like their "feet" in the shade and their "heads" in the sun; but, this is full sun all day long--what do you think?

Let them go a bit longer and then move them?



I covered their little "feet" with pottery shards and as it's still kinda coolish (the wind is downright cold off the ocean) here, I think I'll let them stay for a bit until they get a little more root system established.

Thank you so much for sending them to me--who knew they'd take hold so well!  Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse "garden-euse"...Will keep you posted..Mmmmwah  ;---))))

Friday, April 26, 2013

GO! BABY GREEN HEXIES & MORE....



I am working on finishing the back of my Pansies Tabletopper and will be bordering it with RSC13 greens! I used my Go! Baby cutter to cut all those greens and more purple pansies to finish up the back. 

The green row is the outside border and all the purple pansies will inhabit the inner sections--







One side of this small project contains 360 hexagons!! So, this side will add another 360--yowsers!!  720 (right??) and also 360 little batting hexagons ---hmmmm--I really am using that hexie die to death!! 
I plan to quilt it by machine (deep breath....a first for me!!)





There is a little peek up there at my next project--which will have to remain a secret...for now. Nothing like my usual work--very modern looking!  

And here are some little bits and pieces in a log-cabin-style setting that I fooled around with a bit--just for fun...

my greens are disappearing....

and so is April...soon the Merry Month of May will be dancin' in...I wonder what color will be next????








Thom and I walked on the river today and saw ducks, hawks and ospreys...just lovely...but the wind off the water is still C O L D!

Have a spectacularly wonderful weekend..
Hugs pour toutes mes amies....Julierose, La Blageuse

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TUESDAY BLUES AND TUESDAY JOYS


Today, I made the reverse for my Christmas Cactus wall hanging from these three blocks I made quite a while ago.  I really like how they came out ;--))).






Here's the very last bit of my favorite "Dancin' Crow" that I used for Fiona's play quilt...



AND....

This really old Mr. Man in the Moon print...and, and....



This Spring-ey Tulip print that I so wish I had more of.....









AND...


WHooooo 
is that peeking out???

So you can mix modern prints and oldies I guess

or at least...

I like it!!

The border is sooo vintage that lovely soft blue with the vines...

{After a tough visit to my Mom today, I needed to perk myself up---}                 and....
This did it for sure...I may even like this side better than the medallion......and....
it's just little bits and pieces and leftovers all scrapped together..
What.fun on a cold, wet, blustery, gray afternoon here in SE CT...see ya,
 hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse


Monday, April 22, 2013

DORA, DORA :Some Progress (Counted Cross Stitch Post) & HEXAGON-ORAMA


Here is the outlining border of my Sampler -- I know it doesn't look like much--BUT:  This took me 1 1/2 weeks to set up, measure and stitch (if you click on pix, you can see just how teeny-weeny those little crosses are!)

And Here is my first alphabet letter: "a" done in that yummy red--just dark enough, and not too orange-y!


Trying to find "WHERE" to begin the letter took two nights of poking, counting and putting it down and coming back!!  When I used to do needlepoint, we pre-marked our penelope canvas to aid counting; here those tiny cross threads remain blank--aaargh!

I AM enjoying the stitching a whole lot.  It is a nice change from quilting.
  
                                                   AND:

I have cut more hexies (addict, that I am!!) and am making a backer for my hexie table topper the exact same size as the original; then, I will put my pre-cut hexie batting pieces on the back of the front (LOL) and quilt the whole thang together!! (YAY for my GO! BABY cutter which cut through the batting like butter!) .  I will post pix next time--able to use some of my RSC13 scraps of green on these, too.  

My B-day is coming up and DH suggested that I get a few more dies for the GO as his gift to me.  I am ordering today!  (I am not one to shilly-shally on that offer!!). 

C'est Tout, pour aujourdhui mes amies...Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

MORE GREEN THINGS....

A small tabletopper:

I'm calling it: Kitties in the Garden:

AND The finished top of the Christmas Cactus wall quilt:



Along with: these little green hexies:




All nestled in my little hexie carry along container:


****Note to all who sent me so much info on their machine likes/dislikes/suggestions etc; I took myself to the LQS where I bought "Helga" and put my troubles before them.  They sat me down and had me go through all the steps I was doing--AND then showed me how I was actually foiling the computerized presets (sigh!!) .  When I originally  purchased the machine the store was going into new owners and I never got lessons. 
 After about 3/4 hour of being shown "how- to's" etc.  I left feeling a lot better.  I still can't use the auto needle threader-- (sighing!!)BUT, I can sew a 1/4" seam--a lot better.  I am still looking around and trying straight stitch machines and thinking of keeping "Helga" for any fancy work....Thank you all again...Julierose, La Blageuse

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.....AND a Sweetie Pie


I received this counted cross stitch sampler in the mail a few days ago.  I happened upon "The Scarlet Letter" site, saw these fantastically lovely samplers and decided to give counted cross stitch a try...

Beautiful even-weave linen, floss and inside a huge chart.  This is a real challenge for me; I have done needlepoint, stamped cross and embroidery, and crewel for many years--but never counted cross stitch.  This will be a 
L O N G  T E R M  project.  So far I have about 3/4ths of the border done--and I am finding it very relaxing and calming work.

Yesterday, we went to visit this sweetie pie:

(Sorry for the blur--she is almost always in motion!!)

I brought her a new "Dolly" .....

Mommy put a new "piggy tail" in her hair and we all had a lovely lunch together--it was her first time trying hot dogs--(Ummm...no they're not too hot; and --oh--they're not doggies"  Funny.)


Here we are snacking on Cheddar rice crackers--those we really like!!

We are just so blessed to have little Fiona in our family...

Hugs to all after a wonderful getaway day yesterday....Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, April 14, 2013

THANK YOU ALL! (MACHINE WOES EDITION)


A HUMUNGOUS thank you hug goes out to all my quilty friends in blogland who sent comments, emails and information and, in some cases, pictures even (!), about their sewing machines and what they like and don't like about them!  

This has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for me. It just goes to show how attached we all are to our machines--most of us even name them--they provide the means to express ourselves, after all. 

Feeling at loose ends last night, I went down in my basement storage area and pulled out my 1996 Pfaff Variamatic 6091 thinking maybe there was hope for it.. but--.nope!!  It jams and clunks and the thread jumps off the discs just like it did 2 years ago.  This was WHY I got a new machine after all--but: hope springs eternal, doesn't it? (I had brought it back twice to be repaired and spent $160 on it with no results!) (hmmmmpfh!) 

So, tomorrow I will start my journey--literally and mentally--my search for  a machine that "fits" me and my needs.  

There are just so many options out there--it is very confusing--and so, I will take my time and not "jump" into anything....I will keep you in the loop...
In the meantime/in between time....I remain your "test-driver"

 Julierose, La Blageuse  :---)))

Friday, April 12, 2013

I WANT A NEW MACHINE! I NEED A NEW MACHINE!!

Hello, everyone--I bought a new machine 1 1/2 years ago--(I named her Helga--and she and I canNOT get along)!!

I had an older model Pfaff before which I wore down --they just couldn't fix the timing for me...and I went with another company--
H U G E    M I S T A K E!!!!

My present machine just isn't reliable sewing a straight line seam!!  I pin, stop and re-align, make sure the presser foot is down etc ad nauseum.  I've had my good friend, a wonderful seamstress, try it--and she agrees--not good.  

If you have any suggestions for a machine that is a good piecer and small- quilt straight line quilter, I would appreciate any and all suggestions...

H E L P!! I cannot wrestle with this anymore....

 Julierose, La Blageuse  P.S.  (I cannot afford thousands of $$$$). 
 (DUH!!) ;---))))


GREEN DAYS


I call this my "Christmas Cactus":  This is ONE block:  waaay too many pieces for me.  As you can well see, too many points will be cut off when I add borders.  (The original plan was to make a whole lap quilt--some 144 of those little flowers--hah!) That plan exploded!!! Now it is to be a Christmas Medallion wallhanging for my entryway.  







Here is the next phase--more green--borders......




AND: then:

I felt it was too dark--so added these little bands of white with green

AND: Now it languishes on my wall...like this:


I added the rest of those string blocks plus little scraps of red from those points (well, they WERE points to begin with anyway) and am rearranging, trimming, and measuring....and so it stands for now. (Not yet sewn together just pinned there--waiting...)

In the meantime (in between time...ain't we got fun???):  TA-DAH....
A new "Snakey was born with the rest of those green scraps; scissor cut as I really did my arm/shoulder in with rotary cutting...that will have to be addressed  in the future I think; I am resorting to tearing fabric for strips (and snipping the resultant strings--peeling them away--and perhaps going back to measuring, tracing lines with a pencil and then sewing--like the old pre-rotary days!!).

And next to it  a pink one I made for a month I missed for RSC13....

And that's where I stand for now....later, Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, April 6, 2013

BLOGLOVIN' BLOG, TOO!


Well, I have jumped in, too--I can be followed at Bloglovin (see button on my sidebar)...BUT:  I remain really mad at Google Reader!! (hmmmpfh!!)  

Have a wonderful weekend...Julierose, La Blageuse 

Friday, April 5, 2013

O! What a Tangled (Green) Web We Weave


My tabletop of green scraps awaits a spark--an idea--what to make next???


Let's try some of these...green reminds me of my Christmas Cactus (which, by the way, badly needs re-potting)...maybe some paper pieced strips is a start....


Oh--how wonderful--an actual cactus print!  Hah! (Grinning away while I sew...) 

EUREAKA!  a little germ of an idea is forming :

I really like these--what if?  What if I cut them in half?  They could be the fronds of cacti...hmmmm













And so it goes...looking, choosing, waking up @ 3 am to go and look again in the moonlight filtering in on the wall....in the quiet of night.....

I am very glad that the RSC13 for April is GREEN!! 
Happy Spring...Julierose, La Blageuse