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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.

Friday, September 27, 2013

"FLU- SHOT- ARM" EDITION


WELL, they're all sashed and up on my wall--BUT: yesterday the hubster and I got our annual flu shots....my left arm is useless for now.  Last night I could not get comfortable at all so was
up at 1, 2:30, 3:15, etc...aaargh!!  Of course, hubby had no reaction....and so it goes....

Anyhoo....that is my excuse for its not being together....okay...here is how two of my favorite blocks came out:


I just love that fussy cut little sailboat--perfect for Sea Glass--you can also see the sort of tie-dyed sashing I finally chose ....

And another block I like is this one:

That little sea flower poking through....this is really a different type quilt--very low value and scrappy  from a distance despite some of the brighter spots....I am hoping that the final borders will be able to pull it together better--right now it seems kind of "blah" to me....

Or, too busy or just....something off...I hope to be able to sew these blocks together tomorrow--if my arm allows me to work (just trying to lift it is quite painful...poor baby...[lol])
Perhaps some little "sea themed" appliques at the sashing junctions?? So far no ideas seem to work...maybe I need to not "LOOK AT IT" so much...really, sometimes I just get so intense about things....{sigh}....

I will hook up tomorrow with RSC13 light blue as I think the sashings do contain a very pastelly (is that a word??) type of blue.
  
For now I am your Julierose, La Blageuse  


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

WONDER WOMAN WOVEN WALL (RSC13, also)


REMEMBER ME??? Well, finally!  All those handwoven-torn-strip blocks are together and I have added some in stampings and some raw-edge applique flowery hats:

(Sorry for the blur--my camera just wouldn't cooperate this morning).  the Stamps are from my collection that I used when scrapbooking and the flowers are
fussy cut from scraps....Here is a Wonder Woman....

I WAS going to sew it on the machine as it is huge--but I am going, instead, to try out some kantha-like stitching--as this top is applied to a light backing already, I am only adding a backing--no extra batting so it should be very easy to needle through....
Here it is laid out on my dining room table...I am still in a quandry as to the finishing binding or edging--but I will ponder that as I stitch underneath in the coming cold Winter weather.....








Now onto basting....not my favorite thing as I find it hard on my back!

Now you can see where all my pastel blues went...since it is really all tron up scraps, I am posting this on RSC13 tomorrow as my week's entry also (this is not cheating, right?????(LOL)....

Hopefully, I will get this one off the table before Thanksgiving comes--yikes!!  

Hugs to you all
Julierose, La Blageuse


Monday, September 16, 2013

WHAT'S IN THE BOX???


                                A Pretty Round Box--there used to be
                                 Chocolates in there--(but we won't ask
                                    what happened to them--will we!)

My latest hexagon project resides inside, with my fave scissors and thimble....

I've been making some progress while watching the Red Sox  do
what no one predicted....WIN and win some more---yayayah!

Here's a close up of the little sections..no name as yet.pondering as I stitch......

Have a serene rainy Monday everyone,

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A "BOO"-TIFUL, BOUNTIFUL GIFT


I received all these wonderful HALLOWEEN fabrics in the mail today from Stephanie--
A gift out of the blue...such a generous and wonderful gesture....she saw my "Boo Night" post and decided I had to have more of these fabrics....isn't she amazing?  
You should visit her blog "Kwiltzbystephanie"  and see the work she does; absolutely fantastic....;
MEANWHILE--LOOKY here.....
THESE:  and


These cuties and, wait, wait for it ...................still more --


   Thank you so much Stephanie;

 I can't wait to make some other cute wall hangings for my grandchildren.  Or wait.....maybe a Halloween lap quilt...or....well....my mind is whirling.....
Hugs Julierose, La Blageuse 


Friday, September 13, 2013

PASTEL BLUES....NOT SO MUCH....


Strippy scrapping along here...these are the extent of my pastel blues--see those little pieces?? 







I'm not kidding, this is it....











And these few...just a couple more strippies will contain some bits and bobs....

My September RSC13 is a little paltry, huh?  But, with so little to work with I figured I might as well get busy on my "Sea Glass" piece.  So far, 31 blocks, and yesterday I made 11 more strips to piece together.

I am excited to  have been invited to post on  Stringthingalong .....   so, I am re-energized to finish this piece.  If you visit that site, you can see amazing string works....

MISSIE:  This is for you  ma dear....merci, merci look at this....
Here are the pix of the clematis you sent me--still not in bloom, but sprouting away:







It has really grown out over my plant holder and wind chimes................










AND, I think those are little flower buds--I can't wait to see it bloom; last night we had thunder boomers, lightening and rain and today more rain...so perhaps this weekend I will have flowers! I can't thank you enough for your generous gift.....((((((hugs))))
 Missie can be found at Hallbrook Designs  check her out--great stuff.

I hope you all have a great weekend...

P.S.  I am off with my wonderful friend, MaryAnn, to Colchester Mill Fabrics today--uuunh, didn't I say I was on a fabric diet????  Wellll, I really really DO NEED to get some white with blacks for a new hexie pathways project; I mean it is really NECESSARY (right ROTFLOL) ; and I have to re-stash those blues, don't you think I mean after seeing those puny little pieces....yup.  I will post my goodies next time,.,...hugs to all
Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OUR 48th TODAY...& 9/11 ....Memories


Our 48th Wedding Anniversary today brings: TWO DOZEN RED ROSES .........and a dinner out......
Just think ---  only two more years left for my children to plan our big PARTAY (ROTFLOL)--actually...I've been leaving pretty obvious hints...hahaha...



Here is the grieving quilt I made when my Dad passed away--I think of him each time I sit down to practice and play....

he always wore his crisp white shirts, and blue ties to work, hence my color choices;

 he was a super precise accountant so I chose those neat little squares--the whites fade out to grey shirtings as I am not as precise as he was...

and we both loved the white birches loaded with snowfall...the left border...

I pinned his years' pins from his company on the back label which reads : "Je me souviens..cher Papa" ( I will never forget you dear Dad).

On this, our anniversary, thoughts whirl into my head of those halcyon days...I had just graduated from Hartt College of Music and was due to play my senior recital in May--when...I caught two of my left hand finger tips in our paneled garage door--so I had to postpone the recital until September ---about 8 days BEFORE our wedding was scheduled!!  What a time that was.....

I took out the pieces I played 48 yrs ago this morning and played them again....
without all that pressure...Ravel, Prokofiev, Bach, and Scarlatti....each one brought back that day in sharp relief for me....the nerves, the relief when it was over...

Today it was was just sheer pleasure....

Hugs to you all on this 9/11:  I have many memories in addition to those of everyone else, (and certainly not to diminish those, either)...... but not less important, I feel....Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, September 8, 2013

TA-DAAAH: AND THE WINNER IS....

                    !!!! And our winner for the drawing is DAWN !!!!

DAWN at "Sewyouquilt2" if you would email me and let me know your mailing address, I will get this box out to you ASAP...ENJOY!! 

Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, September 7, 2013

BOO NIGHT ---WITH BONE BUTTON HAIR

BOO NIGHT11


i've added borders and some bone buttons for her hair....eek!!


Our All Soul's Day, Dia de los muertos and Halloween all rolled into one!!

Now to add borders to 
this Christmas Star & this will be the reverse side of the little wall hanging...
(I hope the recipients don't think it's too scarey)

Hugs and enjoy your weekends
Julierose, La Blageuse 


Friday, September 6, 2013

CAN'T SLEEP? UP AT 5 AM??


Here's what I made @ 5 am this morning--couldn't sleep....



It is from at tutorial at Riel's blog .: also known as :The Q and U Quilter. Selvage fun....

Getting ready for that upcoming "Boo Night"....
Have a boo-tiful weekend..
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

AU REVOIR, MA CHERE TANTE MILDRED

1921 - Labor Day-2013
MA TANTE MILDRED
IN MEMORIAM

My darling Godmother, my mother's baby sister, passed away on this Labor Day evening in her Assisted Living Home with her family surrounding her.  We are so sad at her passing; but, it was a blessing as she was very ill and in a lot of pain.

The above is a scrapbook page I made a few years ago of her with a little story on the sidebar about her life.  She never met a person she didn't like and befriended all.  I can still see her sitting at the piano with my father playing four-handed piano and singing those old songs they so loved.  We were blessed to have her as part of our family.

Here are a few more of my scrapbook pages:  One of my Dad who passed away in 1997:
And here is an oldie of my Mom as a young girl on the brink of marrying Dad:

This year has held four deaths of close family members for both my husband and I.....
How did we become the OLDER GENERATION?

And here is a picture of Mom quite a few years ago:


I went and visited her this morning to tell her our sad news; we shed some tears together, but mostly recalled all the good times we all had together.

(I have been a scrapbooker for years now and have just not figured out how to scan them onto my computer to share with you.  Hopefully in the future I can share some "Happy Times" pictures.)
Je me Souviens toujours, Ma Tante...(I will remember you always Ma Tante)

Julierose, La Blageuse

Monday, September 2, 2013

BIND THY TIME...Labors of Love for Labor Day



Got this Christmas WH bound today 
AND...this one, too



Here's a look at that foggy binding...



I always drag my feet when the quilt is done and just the binding has to be sewn on; 
I think that I am afraid to "mess it up"......or something.....
At any rate....they just have to be sewn down by hand

Here is the back of the Christmas one


The mosaic sample blocks sewn together......

I also was able to spend 45 minutes practicing my Chopin Nocturne (Op 25 No 1) and getting an "AHA" moment on how to work it out....
What a terrific Labor Day.
These things are "labors of love"...

Hugs to you all
Julierose, La Blageuse