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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.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAVE A "BOO"-TIFUL DAY


Here's my beautiful daughter, Candice, dressed for Halloween as a "Hippie"--love those bell bottoms and that fringed vest (Geeze--I used to wear stuff like this--seriously!!!!) AND the Peace sign--

And....here's Cassidy---her daughter( and my cutie-pie granddaughter) as SUPERWOMAN!!  GOTTA LOVE THOSE SNEAKERS !!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL MY LOYAL READERS: No candy for me this year--
Weight loss so far in 34 days:  14 lbs!!  Onward and "downwards"--hopefully....
Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MISSIE--LOOK AT THIS! (Respite Interruption)




Isn't she gorgeous????  Since we've had colder nights, MISS CLEMATIS has decided to put on a show!!


They have such a sweet aroma....................yummy!!  thank you so much again for sending
me the rootlings--
Hugs, Julierose. La Blageuse

Thursday, October 24, 2013

THE BLAHS ARE VISITING ME

see this grey, grayness........................................................

WELL..............I think that is my mind set right now.  
NOTHING looks right to me.  S I G H.....

Not one thing I'm working on excites me...........  those dreaded
B L A H S....have come to stay..............who know for how long?  And.........
will they every leave me????...........qien sabe? who knows....

I have been eating lo-carb for just under 4 weeks now and have lost 13 lbs---with much preparation and cooking for EVERY meal; I am very happy about the loss of
girth(!!) but am just a bit tired, I think.

It's time for a little blog break and time to read, walk, and CLEAN MY HOUSE for WINTER--like
the CELLAR--AAARRGGHH!!

So, mes amies, I will be:     AWOL for a bit....as ever, Julierose La Blageuse avec ennui.....

Saturday, October 19, 2013

FINALLY--A MOONSCAPE


Our moon was very bright last night here and inspired me  to work on my Moonscape;
As you can see, I really pared it down...compared to my last post--it just looked too busy.....SO---just two little black and white strips on the sides and then light grey-to -black border

I am hooking up with RSC13 this morning...am planning the reverse side now....
Have a wonderful Saturday..Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, October 18, 2013

MOONSCAPE --LATEST VERSION/ FI ONA IS TWO

As you can see I am still moving things around on my wall here.................
Trying to lighten up this piece a bit and still maintain the look of a Moonscape.  
I like that old batik on the bottom a lot, but I feel it still needs "something:....and I don't know about those dark blue blocks....sighhhhhh.....................


I like this left portion tho'......................................................... and ....
These are set up to become strip sets to be cut into to see if I can do better.....hooking up to RSC13 for tomorrow............

In the meantime here are a few shots of Fiona's 2nd birthday party---she doesn't need ANY tweaking at all (LOL):


(Daddy's helping)
Yummy!! I do like cake--


Ready, set, blow em' out........................................................................


But.....they are soooo pretty............................


Don't you love my piggy tails....oooh what's in here...maybe "Barbie"......

A terrific time was had by all and "Barbie & Ken" were the big hit in their jeep
 and pool---Man have times changed--I was certainly older when I had Barbies....

A final picture--I think 'Kota wanted my hubster to stay put....


A totally wonderful day...................hugs, Julierose, La blageuse

Thursday, October 17, 2013

MONET'S CITY

MONET'S CITY

This hexagon piece is beginning to come together.
I am sewing the long vertical rows keeping the colors in the same position.

The fabric on the left (blue watery print) inspired me to think of Monet's Water-Lilies and I will choose a background to surround this piece to continue that motif.

Busy week; not much sewing except for playing around with Moonscape on my design wall for RSC13--and kinda stymied there...
Toodles, Julierose, La Blageuse

Friday, October 11, 2013

A FIRST ON FRIDAY


Here is my first ever pillowcase with enclosed seams--the "burrito" method is amazing!  This will be for my grandson Steven (13) who plays alto sax with his high school jazz band and loves the color ORANGE!!!!

I have never done enclosed seams before or do I ever do much "utility" quilting.  I was so surprised at how easily this went for me....even Helga approves...the only problem was with the final end seam: to sew over the first enclosed seam was pretty bulky...maybe there's a trick to that, too...Dawn are you reading this????

I've had this music fabric for years and could never find a way to use it w/o cutting it all up!
It is super soft...don't even remember where or when (isn't that a song??? hahaha) I bought it.

I am just hoping that the grandson doesn't think it is kind of silly.....we'll see.....his birthday is coming up on Nov 23rd.....fingers crossed (cause if he likes it, then the other 3 will want some, too!!)


And here's that landscape-y border from another print that's eons old....I have SO much of this stuff.

This made my day--hugs, have a superior weekend, Julierose, La Blageuse (first-timer)

MOONSCAPE--RSC13 / October


These are the first blocks I made for this week's RSC13 Black/Grey month.

I drew out a little plan (gasp...don't fall over now!!):


This is where I'm heading for this month--I just can't seem to make a few blocks and
 then put them away, can I? 

Anyhoo, I free cut 5" squares in stacks of 4 together and then switched
the parts.  I didn't even pin them, just free-sewed them slowly matching curvy
 edges on my Helga with her 1/4" foot. 

 (Good girl, Helga ):Then trimmed them down to 3 1/2".


Here's the next batch ready to go....











Next week hoping to do the bottom cross blocks...I haven't done much curve work at all, and thought I'd be brave and give it a try.
I am not so sure that I like this darkness...but maybe like Dante I am finding myself off the path
and in a dark wood right now....

Hugs, to all Julierose La Blageuse

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

AUTUMN WINDS--A Favorite Quilt


My Autumn Winds quilt: made eons ago, after a trip with a good friend to a knitting retreat in Killington Mountain.  The trees were so vibrant that, when I came home, I immediately  began collecting leafy fabrics for about 6 months and used my own hand dyes for the leaf blocks.  This is one of my favorite quilts.
I thought the string pieced "Eye of God" blocks were apropos to the changing seasons....


This was the 1st time I had branched out and done a block other than a square...
I thought placed in this way, they looked like leaves on trees....



Here are some of the string pieced blocks...














and more..(windy--sorry for the crooked pix!)

I just loved that little red fabric with little black crows................

And here is the birches fabric for the sides...

It took about a year to make, as I recall, in fits and starts.............I didn't really have any plan..
(Added later as a thought...)
P.S.  As I look at this quilt, so rooted in memory, I am pondering as to why I choose to make the quilts that I do today......and feeling that perhaps, they should be rooted in memories also....

Why do you make the quilts you do????

Hoping you all have a wonderful week with the changing leaves....
hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Saturday, October 5, 2013

FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK/GREY!!!


RSC13 for October:  Black and grey scraps--this little pile is IT!! (Really no 50 shades here....) I have no idea what will come out of these...think maybe some free form sewing; mostly strips from bindings and borders.  Come to find out that I don't use a lot of black/grey in my quilts--huh....

          (Sorry about that wire--that's my wall lamp over my cutting station heh heh)

My Pigtail Girl Muse is looking pretty much like she doesn't believe that I can put these into any kind of finished product , doesn't she??

Well, we will see....for now, I am off to the garden center for potting soil and a hanging pot for my totally overgrown spider plant....have a super Saturday  hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, October 3, 2013

OH, AND NEED I SAY MORE.....:----)))))


                                      Our budding pianist.....Fiona & I....what fun .......
                                       "Grand'mere, play "Twinkle" again.......................

                                              Willa Rose......applauding us, of course!!

                                                  Julierose, La Blageuse-Grand'mere

HEX-IN-A-BOX & MOM

They are jumping out of the box!












I am in hex-a-gonia once again..........................


THIRTY-SIX OF THESE.....















TWENTY-FOUR OF THESE (So far....)






















JUST THREE OF THESE HYBRIDS ......AND............................
IN THE BOX--These few ready to be sewn.....(there's been a lot of playoff games on tv!!!LOL)

I pretty much only work these at night; hubster is intent on his DX-ing (shortwave radio stuff vocabulary!)
and we both are watching the playoff baseball games with great interest.  We are both avid Red Sox fans and want to see which team they will play Friday night!

As far as my "Monet's City" hexagon piece, I am looking through my stash (so un-organized am I) for
a similar landscape piece to surround these babies.

On a personal note: I went for my weekly visit to see Mom @ nursing home yesterday and found her needing a haircut; as she is unable to tell the resident visiting hairdresser just what she wants, I took her down and explained ---[she wants a weight line in the back (tapered through to the neckline), cut up over her ears in front and bangs.  She just always wore her hair very short and people don't believe that at 94 she still shuns any kind of "product" in her hair--comb n' go!]

  I felt it was a good visit--a lot of her abilities are waning, but her feistiness isn't one of them! (ROTFLOL) She is still a "pistol"--as the family always called her....I won't go into detail here, but it is very difficult to see your Mom fading....

And so, the hubster had vacuumed, dusted, done laundry by the time I came home---Phew!  What an absolute sweetheart.....I sat on our deck and looked at the view for quite a bit...thinking......

As always, Je suis: Julierose, La Blageuse