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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, March 27, 2014

SHE'S BAAACK!

Crochet Update (Hi MaryAnn):

I am crocheting the blocks together in rows horizontally now; 4 rows done, three
to go--I am doing one row/day; next time though, I would butt the wrong sides together and have the slightly ridged rows on the FRONT...but this is how you learn, n'est pas???

AND HERE IS MY BACK TO QUILTING PROJECT FOR ALL OF YOU WHO WERE WONDERING IF I WAS EVER COMING BACK TO QUILTING:
(and no, it's not an old unfinished one....big surprise...haha!)


Here is the pattern I downloaded from my internet search BUT
I have to thank Cathy for her inspiring posts of her re-make of her Grandmother's old butterfly quilt.  AND my longing for Spring weather...and don't butterflies really mean SPRING???  
And also you may notice that this is an APPLIQUE pattern.  And I am notoriously lacking in applique skills...on which topic I have lamented to you repeatedly!

BUT--I got a new book--by Tonye Belinda Phillips called: "Hand Appliqued Quilts" Beautiful Designs and Simple Techniques" that just told me in no uncertain terms that "You CAN do it!" Her easy, no-nonsense approach and free-form patterns I just am LOVING.

Here are my freezer paper/starch/prepared butterflies:















AND here are my new "best friends" in the applique world:
My Dritz mini iron, my sharp scissors and my stiletto to help me turn these seams over and just a little to the right a snippet of my spray starch....
AND her are the first results
My little work station and the first turned butterflies--oh--I am so excited!  It really works!  I did try glue stick first and needleturn--but they just do not give me the same results.  I know this may be Old News to you applique mavens out there...but this is the first real success I have had with those "pesky" outer curves that have stymied me for so long....


And here is my favorite butterfly so far--they are all batiks and I have no idea how I will set them--but that will be the fun part!  

I guess being a stubborn Taurus has its benefits--as a May birthday gal I just get onto something and stick to it--not always good, but in this case--merveilleux!!

Hugs to all, Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SUNDAY "STAR FLOWER" CROCHET


Here's my progress on the crochet  "Star Flower" afghan........................
I decided to border it with all the white squares and so...
had to go back to the yarn store and get more white and more mauve.........

When I first chose all the yarn colors I just thought I'd not like the off white at all;
it turns out that it is my favorite ....I really really like the contrast it provides.




I have three blocks more to go...then it's off to the internet to see how to sew
them together....I'd really like it to be flat and without a raised seam on the reverse....hmmmm....
I intend to border it with the multi color (center star flower"Monet") and that border will have to be another step to learn.  
So far, so good --no hand or wrist or shoulder problems while crocheting...
Have a great week and hope that the S N O W will miss us!
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SUNNY SUNDAY READING...

i AM SENDING YOU ALL, MY BLOGGY FRIENDS,  THIS QUOTE FROM MY LATEST FAVORITE BOOK:

"Around the House and Garden:A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement" by Dominique Browning:

"...My grandmother in Kentucky used to make dresses for all her grandchildren.  I remember she would lie me down on the floor, perfectly still, on brown paper--grocery bags cut open and flattened--so that she could trace a pattern around my little body.  I would watch over her shoulder as she transferred the pattern to fabric; the scraps would go into a quilting bag.  Nothing would be thrown out; that would be unthinkable.  My boys and I, and my sisters and brother and cousins, sleep under quilts patched together over the years by my grandmother, and her mother, and then her daughters.  Sometimes I finger the tiny squares and imagine the dress or shirt someone wore, someone I knew and loved.  So it is, looking out over our gardens.  Not a seed wasted.  Not a plant without a memory." pps:140-141

I highly recommend this book as a heart-warming read on these last (and I sincerely I hope) cold Winter days....
Enjoy--hugs, Julierose, La blageuse...still crocheteuse..
.P.S. (I am not blogging a lot lately as my Mom fell and fractured her hip and in still in hospital--we have been running up there every day cheering her on--at 94 it cannot be easy...) 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NOT SO TACIT THURSDAY (Memories Edition)

Start with an old B&W picture::
AND DO THIS:


With paint dauber, scissors stamps & ink, tearing papers and gluing paper flowers....a cloudy day
what can we do with the kids...they are so bored...let's take them out for a walk in the woods and let them run it off....McCook Point, Niantic.  and that  old tree is now gone....ah youth!!

THEN: take another picture and
And remember that little girl in the tree above--she  is now in her wedding dress...time marches on....

and here, in the Autumn of the year she starts her journey to her new life.....
Proud and joyous Mom n' Dad ...
Sizzix cut out branches, leaf clear stickers, stamping, etc.....

I had such fun remembering these times while putting my pages together. I think that is what I most enjoy about scrapbooking...it calls to my mind all our happiest moments....this will go into my Project Life Memories album for March....every month I try to add old pictures along with the latest doings.

I hope you are all de-icing, de-frosting and de-snowing....
Hugs to all

Julierose, La blageuse Scrapeuse

Sunday, March 2, 2014

OLE FOR CROCHET


Here's what ' as I've been up to on these bitterly cold, windy, snow-filled days...
I am calling this  my "Star Flower" project. I am so into "naming things!! (hah)

I ran out of the Noro yarn for the afghan I had begun (see last posting)--so I took this Red Heart "Monet" yarn which I've had for eons (!) and began to make a granny afghan--
I have always loved this simple yet SO effective pattern.  A youtube video from "The Crochet Crowd"
made my learning curve a lot easier than any written directions....yay!!

Here are the other two colorways I chose besides that cream above :

AND....

 and below is the color that I used to border them all ....


It is a "bubblegum-pink-like" color--the same as what I used to put the final paths on my hexagon
quilt which hangs in my living room.  I hope to add this to my decor --if that is what I can call my eclectic mix in there!!.

I visited my Local Yarn Shop (LYS) last Thursday morning in hopes of joining a knit/crochet group that meets there to stitch and chat--but no one showed up--geeze lou-eeze--maybe because it was
FREEZING in there--my hands finally sent me flying home to my warm sofa.  Perhaps when temps moderate, it'll be warm enough so that my finicky-arthritis hands don't seize up!

that's all the news from here this week...hugs to you all...
Julierose, La Blageuse - Crocheteuse