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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, June 30, 2014

MONDAY'S OLD "BITS AND PIECES"

Remember me????
Ya know all those old fabrics that you once really loved?? And now, they are stashed in the depths of your fabric closet???
Well here's what I did today--not paper piecing BUT..............
Piecing on paper--precuts of old phone book pages on the above quilt-- the strips are 8 1/2"  x 2 1/2"  and I also had some little 3 1/2" squares that I cut from the page leftovers (Waste not, want not huh??) anyway..............

they kinda look awful here: 

and below




BUT Look what happens when you trim them up....



Gotta love these little babies and...........



and also


Even cutey crow is doin' a happy dance!!  

Scrappy, mis-matched and kinda like my brain these days--and then when you put it all together you get:


A cornucopia of colors that I call "Where in the World is Tommy?? 

It makes me happy anyway..

Hugs to you all on this humid afternoon
Julierose, La blageuse

Friday, June 27, 2014

THANKS STEPHANIE!


Stephanie, sent me this lovely assortment of scraps.
Purples.....
Turquoises.....

and Blues!  
I have had two horrendous days dealing with various matters relating to my mother's continuing care and this package really made my day!

Here are two projects (UFO's) that I will add these colorways to to finish them up:

Formerly Strips and Scraps but now entitled "Where in the world is Tommy?"
(More on this later)

And this old bow tie sew along that I began from the Bonnie Hunter video cam....
Perfect additions for both of these....

Hugs and thanks Stephanie for your generous gift....

hugs all, and happy weekend-- Julierose, La Blageuse

P.S.  Quiltesse Interruptess until my darling DH fixes my chair to the right height so that I won't have this sore neck and back issue anymore.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

It's one of those nights. ........Ever have those?  When my children were younger I usually dropped like a rock into sleep every night (unless someone was sick)......not so much as I age....(Moi???) ;--ooo

It's now 12:45 a.m.  usually in bed by 10 or so.......

SO:
Finished the grey round on my Christmas crocheted afghan blocks; stacked them in another bag together;

Wound up the variegated (red, white and green with silver flecks) yarn for the next round yarn  from the humongous skein of Red Heart--five balls from this one!! 

Had two cups of tea so far, with 1/2 & 1/2--figuring that the milk product might make me sleepy--NOPE

Ate a Nonnie's Biscotti--(not on my diet, but had the munchies)...and STILL no yawns in sight

All the while watching the Red Sox lose (AGAIN Arrrgh!)  to Oakland 4 - 2....but got to hear that cute Dennis Eckersley do the color...(plus he's informative--right? and funny...hmmmmm--life in the old gal yet !)

Wrote a journal entry in my Franklin--trying to find what's on my mind--lotsa family losses and issues, Mom's fading and shrinking each time I see her she seems smaller to me....and I always found her to be bigger than life.....

--like my friend MA says".... It builds up....you can't ignore it...it WILL eventually rise to the surface and keep you awake nights".  Yup--right on MA.....

Well, I'm still sitting here...waiting to get sleepy....don't want to eat/cheat anything else......

I guess I'll turn on a video and hope to get drowsy...perhaps Poirot will make me drowsy..
.OR NOT!!!

Goodnight gals, from your sleepless Julierose, La Blageuse



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TUESDAY'S DESIGN WALL


Here are my strips n' strings that I pieced on 81/2" x 2 1/2" pieces of telephone book papers.  They all decided to get together this week and play nicely.

;--)))

I saw the pattern for "Dancing Nine Patches" and decided that I would use my UFO (unfinished opus) to make huge 18" blocks...Four together make one huge block.  I have enough left to make 3 more and will need to sew more scraps and strings (YAY!!) on papers to make 2 more after that....gettin' rid of those scraps!!

Bonnie Hunter had a video about this method and I loved it right away--hmmm
perhaps because seam allowances for piecing don't matter.....and you all are, I am sure, tired hearing about my shenanagans with that nasty 1/4" thingey.

ANYHOO................


Can you find Santa---can you find a sailboat, can you find a butterfly??????

I guess this has turned into an "I SPY" string quilt.....
What fun!!

Go to this blog to see a lot of neat string projects!  

Hugs and stay cool--man is it HUMID!!, Julierose, LA Blageuse

Saturday, June 14, 2014

SATURDAY ---SNIPPIN' AND STITCHIN'

A lot of you have shown an interest in my "Noveau Ladies" that I put up again on my design wall last post.  I had stopped doing the hand embroidery as the heavier decorator and velvet etc. fabrics were too hard to sew through and hurt my hands...
BUT:  voila!! A solution I thought.....



And:    Since it got SO very hot and humid this afternoon and I couldn't really crochet with "Christmas" wool--I mean REALLY!!-- I did this!

I had pieced all of these gals on muslin foundations when I joined the CQJP2014 group online. (I've since dropped out as I thought there was no way I could finish these...and that made me very sad). BUT WAIT A SEC!!!....hmmmmm

SO, gals: I snipped out the centers,  leaving a small +/- 1/4" border around the seam lines for stability.  I hope that this will work out as I want to do  this project for hot summer days to come.....

I do so love to embroider--it takes me back to sitting with my Grand'mere; and her teaching me ga-zillions of stitches while sipping iced tea on her porch and trying to catch a cool breeze on hot summer afternoons.  I do miss her "jolly" nature and willingness to patiently teach me so much....
hugs to you all--hope you're staying cool 
Hugs Julierose, La Blageuse Embroideuse




Friday, June 13, 2014

RAINY FRIDAY

On this rainy rainy Friday I took out my strippy blocks (dark ones) and began adding sashings......I used my "Go! Baby" strip cutter as I cannot rotary cut because of some issues (I'll only say "beware of underwire bras!!)

A Peek into my box.....

Kitty likes this one!!

I ALSO TOOK OUT PROJECTS READY TO BE QUILTED AND .....

Brought out my ladies and put them back up on my Design wall....


I cannot work on my Sea glass (which is ready to be basted together) with my issues (see above) and so have to do smaller projects.  AND I have a whole lot of those to do.....

I ordered a new die from Accuquilt--Alex Anderson's "Broken Dishes" that finish at 4"--hoping to do a quilt with Square in a Square also.....

No walk today--hot, humid, rainy...

I actually ate a total chicken dinner with potatoes and gravy--first time since last September!!  
It was W O N D E R FUL 

We'll see what Mr. Scale says tomorrow morning...;---000

Hope you have a wonderful weekend...
Hugs to you all

Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, June 8, 2014

SUNDAY BOUQUET


Here are my peonies finally deciding to bloom--wanted to get some pix BEFORE the deer eat them for their dessert! 

What a lovely shell pink...and on the same bush this bloomed:

Strange.....looks like pure white...and more are to come:
























And I put this outside for the summertime--my favorite B I G Spider plant,,,right by our front door...

I hope you are all having a wonderful restful Sunday..
Hugs from Julierose, La Blageuse--Jardin-euse

Monday, June 2, 2014

SEA GLASS REVISITED-- BORDER AAUDITIONS


Remember my Sea Glass flimsy??  I am auditioning borders on my dining table for it.

I had these two pretty colored solids--I never seem to use solids and with that busy-ness in my blocks, I thought a couple of plain colored borders might set it off and quiet it down at the same time.  What do you think of these colors?

I also tried these, but didn't like them quite as much:
a sandy brownish and a brighter aqua....am still debating....

I set up my machine with a table on the left side and our card table in behind to allow me to sew without the darn thing falling on the floor every two seconds!  

I also put my 1/4" footsie on and tried a few little seams S L O W L Y!  It seems okay--I think when I get sewing I go way too fast and with my poor eyesight my seams wobble and are not a"True" 1/4".  You'd think after SO many years of sewing I'd have been able to master the 1/4" seam allowance.  I am awfully "lame" that way.  
At any rate, I am back in sewing mode:  my own lap quilt is wearing really thin and this Sea Glass will be for me!1  

I have more strip pieced blocks (27) in really dark colored prints for the back which have yet to be sewn together--I just rotary-ed (is that a word??) them into 8"--they were all askew--that darn ol' 1/4" strikes again....

I will post how I put them together next...hugs to you all and thanks for staying with me on my various forays into scrapbooking and crocheting....
hugs Julierose, La Blageuse