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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, January 27, 2015

SEWING UP A STORM


"THE SNOW IS SNOWING..............................


THE WIND IS BLOWING........................


BUT I CAN WEATHER THE STORM.................WHAT DO I CARE HOW MUCH IT MAY STORM........"

Here's what I did today....


A little Blizzard wall hanging  to finish off my blues for January RSC15...
(And this is truly the LAST Blocks!) .  

Had just a small piece of that lovely Japanese print and strips of blues--and so they
somehow came together.  This piece will always recall to my mind the Blizzard of 2015.

We've made it through without any power failure here so far.....25" of snow....drifting all over the place.  Our front windows are covered...but other spots are swept almost clean.
So far, no Town snow plows have come through, but DH has snow blown the driveway and front
walk for us.....

I hope all of you made it through as well as we did....hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse from snowy CT


Monday, January 26, 2015

JANUARY DECISIONS & STORMY WEATHER


Here are the three blocks I have decided to work on for my year of RSC ; the Scrappy Split Rails , the White Crosses, and Eye of God.  

I tried two other blocks: Cat Head's and Blue Crosses, but have decided to put those away for another year
.  
I most enjoy working on these--especially those White Crosses--I am on a 2.5" square "jag" lately.  Ever since I made Sleigh Bells Ring (which still needs binding!) I have fallen in love with mini squares.  

I still am in a quandry about those white crosses--whether to make them in each month's colors or continue just in blue and whites.  Of course that is always the decision: put away til next time around for all blue, or add different colors for rainbows.
  
I can definitely see Eye of God in a rainbow and even the Scrappy Rails--decisions, decisions...

I wonder what the February color will be....hmmmmm

I am posting this afternoon in the beginning stages of what is supposed to be a snow event of historic proportions here.  Forecast : 24" - 36" blowing snow in up to 60mph winds here in Coastal SE CT.  

We are "INSIDE" for the duration.  We have a generator and 25 gals of gas on hand; plenty of food (including that necessary chocolate lol) and water (our water company may not be able to get to us to change the batteries on our pumping station if the power goes out and lasts for more than 3 days! )  

And I may not be able to post for a while.....

I just love how these are turning out....  see those windswept chapels and the boats on big sea swells! These will surely bring back memories of this weeks' storms.......


These  little blocks on " phone book paper"-- 5"  squares--- (hip to be square, I guess lol) are such fun to make...using up those bits and bobs,  leftovers, and  orts of fabrics!! I love how they look so wonky,,,,

Off to make a cuppa and to watch the fine snow starting to mount up and blow--15 mph winds already!!  

Hugs to all, stay safe and warm,
Julierose, La blageuse




Saturday, January 24, 2015

FINAL RSC BLUE BLOCK


i HAD THESE LITTLE MINI CHARMS LEFTOVERS --ALL PRETTY BLUES, SO i THOUGHT WELL, WHY NOT?  ONE MORE LITTLE BLOCK TO START A RAINBOW PIECE.....
You can see on that bottom row that my last two pieces of that very old Hoffman (I think) woodblock print are a bit shy of full size, but I put them in anyway...just love that print...wish I had gotten yds of it!  and how often do you find yourself saying that, too??? ;--(((


To me it has a "lacey" texture that I just adore!  those Japanese Irises are the only thing that reminds me of Spring today.  We got a good 4" of very wet snow --followed by cold rain and now it's drizzley...ugh! 

I am unable to do any handwork for a few days--wrenched that thumb somehow again.  It awakened me at 4:30 this morning--but----
 I got to turn on our security light and watch the snowflakes falling
--------so pretty.  

I hope you are snug and warm on this frigid Saturday.  I am linking up with Rainbow Scrap Challenge hop on over to see all the other great projects.

hugs Julierose La Blageuse Bleu--euse....

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE


Last year I had made these butterflies and pinned them to background fabrics....thinking 
I would hand applique them.  Well, with my hand problems, that is not going to happen!

So, I was looking at a book on Machine Applique and happened across "William Morris in Applique"  by Michele Hill and was blown away by this book.  Being so taken with it I looked her  up and found her blog to see her work.  totally amazing! 

I left her a comment asking if she thought that zig-zag stitching would be good for her patterns mentioning my machine (which I thought didn't have a blind stitch) didn't do blind stitches--I received a reply that pointed me to a  stitch (not labeled as such in my manual) that I could use. 

 She had taken the time to look up my machine and figure out the stitch that I could use.  How's that for being kind and generous?  thank you Michele, so much!  You have opened up a WHOLE NEW WORLD for me....

 I have her book on order and in the meantime have spent the past few days fiddling with Helga and using these butterflies for practice.  

The first few were quite wonky--but I am leaving them as is; and these two  below are a lot better as I get used to maneuvering around and foot pressure settings, etc.



Here is a close up of the stitching--I am so thrilled --I will be able to applique--I still need a lot of practice, but it is DO-ABLE!!! [Doing a happy dance]



All the butterflies are batiks --( Can you see on this one that I wasn't close enough to the edge with my stitches??)

Originally I had thought that this would be a memory quilt of our Summer  trip to Venice which is the print on this block...but I ran out of fabric and added some other low volume prints.  

And.... some of the lighter colored butterflies fade into the background a bit--perhaps a bit of black embroidery may help this--it is going to take some thinking....

I have quite a few more to work on--loving Helga (after all my complaining!! ); she came with a nice open toe foot and an embroidery needle in her kit and caboodle.  ;--)))

Tomorrow I plan to hit JoAnne's (after my much-needed haircut)  and get some good Rayon top stitching/embroidery thread--Michele recommends 40 wt, and others I've read about recommend 50 wt.  I'll try both.  

It is amazing what you can learn just by asking--quilters are such wonderful people!

Hugs to all, Julierose, La Blageuse Joyeuse....

Sunday, January 18, 2015

STASH IS CACHED


Before my bins and bags of scrambled fabrics.....on the floor, and on all surfaces in my room!

AFTER:

HERE:  is the left half of my shelves all folded and labeled --the bigger question was how to
determine what the main color was ...(see how that red pile is so little? And on the middle shelf the first three stacks are ALL PINKS!!!!! And dark blues/light blues--very few mediums...
One thing I learned is what I don't have and what I don't collect--NO DOTS< STRIPES (MAYBE 2 OR 3)<GEOMETRICS.....

AND THE RIGHT SIDE:


THE BIN HOLDS ALL MY PRECUTS....NOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE BATTINGS????

Upper Left shelf in bins: for projects, new fabrics not yet sorted;

AND
RIGHT SIDE SHELF.
  (A few of you asked to see my before and afters--so after much gnashing of teeth and also my DH deciding yesterday morning that we NEEDED to re-arrange our bedroom and spare room --meaning empty a bookcase, decide which to donate, and re-shelve...)

 I have called it done-- finally finished for now in my room.

Golly, everything's so neat--I hate to disturb it...??? Whaaaa???

hope you are all staying warm inside on this cold freezing rainy day and enjoying your
sewing,

 slow or other

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (PHEW-euse!!) ;---000



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SCRAPPY BLUES


These are the RSC15 blocks I have been working on this month. 

The Scrappy Rail Fences represent all the strips I could eke out of these scraps; the bottom crosses will be part of a rainbow smallish quilt--3 each in the color of the month;

And....I added the cute cat heads -- I will be making 2 each month;

and the little really (!!)  crumbley  strips (4 each month.) with leftovers from that month's colors--how they will be used is still a mystery to me, but hate to toss those little baby pieces...;--))) 
(note that one block is turned the wrong way!! ) 

The cat pattern is from a free online tutorial from: 
 Elizabeth Hartman's blog  which she posted a while back.  These will also be a rainbow piece.

Kitties  make me smile and this will be a homage to my dear kitty Schumee who passed away after 19 (yes, NINETEEN) happy years with us.  

Hugs to you all, Julierose, La Blageuse 

P.S.  i am taking a few days off from posting to try to once again RE-ORGANIZE MY ROOM.... need to re-fold fabrics to FIT on my shelves so that I can thumb through them and see what I have...since I will Only be using
the fabric  ;---00000
in my stash  this year, I feel I HAVE to do this...so far, no purchases...and it's almost 1/2 way through January--some kind of record for moi!  ;---))

Monday, January 12, 2015

RAINY DAY IN HEXAGONIA & POTATO LOVE


HERE'S MY LITTLE SHELF RIGHT OPPOSITE WHERE I SIT TO WATCH TV.  PHONE, CUPPA AND HEXAGON KIT--RIGHT AT HAND.  I AM WORKING AT THE LONG ROWS I HAVE SET UP FOR WATERLILIES. (Apropos in this rain, I thought lol)

SO FAR TODAY, WE HAVE ONLY HAD RAIN, BUT THE TEMPS ARE FALLING AND SOON I THINK IT WILL FREEZE.  UGH!

FOR ALL OF YOU WHO INQUIRED ABOUT MY FLU BUG AND SENT ME GET WELL WISHES I THANK YOU.  I AM FEELING A LOT BETTER TODAY.


In between sewing  on Monet's City (resting that hand), I am reading my latest quilt book--I just love THIS sampler quilt--and I am not a huge fan of samplers as a rule. (Although there are a whole lot of lovely ones out there)

But somehow, this has caught my attention. (Could it be that I love BUSY quilts [heart]!!

Elizabeth Hartman, author of one of my other books "Modern Patchwork" (I bought this hoping to find patterns for my modern fabrics) really makes a wonderful presentation of her methods; although the blocks look complicated, somehow her instructions make them look do-able (even for me!!).

She states upfront that this is to be a long-term project--not a fast quilt.  This appeals to me.  Working on one block and taking my time...I was SOOOOO tempted to rush out and get more modern fabrics, but decided that I should USE UP what I have...AND I already had Melody Miller's Faces fabric right in my stash!!  (Fabric diet and all ...still holding ) YAY!

Rainy Monday's dinner will be leftover roast chicken, served with leftover gravy, stuffing and my own oven fries.  (potato recipe to follow)..............

I make these by peeling fresh potatoes and cutting them into wedges (not too thin); then putting them into the fridge in a bowl of ice and water;

then, about 45 minutes before dinner, drain, dry in a towel and sprinkle with good Virgin Olive Oil (also spread a bit of oil on the sheet);
 place on cookie sheet and bake at 375-400 degrees until they crisp up on the outside. (In my oven, usually 45-60 minutes)

 They will still be chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.  (And, of course, you HAVE to test for doneness--hopefully, there will be SOME left for dinner LOL--spoken by a true dyed-in-the-wool potato lover who has not eaten them in over a YEAR!!!!!)

hugs to you all, Julierose, La Blageuse



Friday, January 9, 2015

RSC15 SO FAR IN JANUARY

SCRAPPY SPLIT RAILS
(if you look on the lower left--you can see I've begun a quilt for a special little somebody...shhhh)


THIS BLOCK IS #10 FROM THE TULA PINK CITY BOOK....

I have been hit by a sinus/head cold, so this is as far as I have gotten
on --(and I have the...) January Blues (alright!) ! ;--000

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse, 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CHRISTMAS ALL OVER AGAIN!!


And what to my wondering eyes should appear???

A whole package of goodies on my doorstep from DAWN ; THANK YOU SO MUCH ;--)))

I had mentioned in a previous post that I was low on middle-of-the-road blues and Dawn sent me this big stack of fabrics------:all big pieces, too.   (See her pretty card with Roses on it (she knows how much I love roses!!)
 AND:her homemade rose petal jelly--(yum), a cute kitty mug rug that Dunkin and Phoebe sewed up for me while Dawn slept..[.they snuck into her sewing room and made this--she has some amazing helpers!! ]
A cute Christmas list memo pad, AND crayons for the little girl in me to use when Willa Rose and Fiona come to visit.  Oh and also a leaf shaped pot holder which is in my kitchen drawer...

How's this for a pkg of FUN???!  I can see how she makes up her beautiful gift baskets--pretty awesome...
This morning I starched and ironed all those fabrics and you will see some of them in my RSC15 blocks...

It is SO  much fun to play with some else's stash...we all have such individual tastes and to be able
to mix it all up has to add a lot to a quilt.






Here's that rose petal jelly...
I've never had it before--
it is bodacious!!  Ummmmm.





thank you Dunkin and Phoebe--I will think of you each time I have a cuppa....

Hugsx2 out to Dawn--for such a generous gift...
Julierose, La Blageuse xxxx

Monday, January 5, 2015

A BOXED SURPRISE FROM LONG AGO


So I'm looking through my storage closet at old boxes of sewing stuff I really have never unpacked since our move some....er.... 10 years ago!!  (No comments, please lol)
AND..................You know, Life is Funny...

I come across one  BIG CARDBOARD ONE marked "Sewing Stuff".  I take it down, open it to find my Mom's crafts, some old needlepoint hanks of wool, a few partially made plastic needled coasters and.......

What is THIS in the bottom?  A cute plastic bin??? What had I stashed in there....my brain being the fuzzy thing it is today after sitting for 3 hours in the waiting room while my DH had a procedure (he's fine, by the way)  anyhow.............

I snap it open and there, Right before my eyes are a ga-zillion little freezer paper hexagons at 1/2" per side all stapled in batches that I had evidently cut up long ago--WHAAAAA.....????? One was labeled --hexie  pattern!! Made out of sandpaper--I used that stuff a whole lot when I began quilting.  
  Hoo--eeee
I guess I had begun a project with them because there also were these:


some little samples--ohhh, that's right--I do  recall sending for a bunch of samples from Keepsake Quilting---ohmygosh--that WAS  around 1986--or so, I'll bet. 
Being the frugal moi,  I must have thought --now what can I do with these (As you well know, I hate to throw any fabric out at all--)

Some were plain, some ready to baste and a bunch ready to be whipped together.  Darned if I can recall what I had in mind though...

I put a penny on top so you can see just how small they are.  So, I immediately got out my labeller and labelled that box !!  Also, I noticed that thee allowances are scant on two sides--well, no matter, I saw a lot basted, so I must have managed....


And right now, just  since Christmas, I have been  thinking of making my next hexie project in 1/2" size, but I was hesitant.......................

because I didn't know if my hands would be okay with such small pieces. 

I  had to whip a few together--(while DH slept on the couch) --they do go fast...and NOW
I think I need some graph paper and some research into patterns. 

BECAUSE: so far so good with my hands....actually, I find that  the tiny ones are easier to hold...

I would dearly love to make a "La Passion"--this  has set my mind awhirl with possibilities.... for fabrics...right in my stash (but of course mes amies--le diet fabique)....

I now have begun a small project with these  for a good buddy  (shhh it's a secret, can't show it yet--darn the blankey heck!!) . But it will be cute as the dickens....

Nothing like a little serendipitous JOY to make your day...
Hugs, 
Julierose , La Blageuse-Joyeuse...






Sunday, January 4, 2015

FIRST SNOW



We had our first snow yesterday afternoon into the evening--followed by sleet and then rain.
So it's all gone now, but it was so pretty when falling.  

DH helped me put up this very old wall hanging that I made when I first began quilting. (Eons ago it feels--I had forgotten all about this one...)

The opposite side is an Autumn--into Winter design....(this coming Fall I will turn it over and disclose that side).  At the time, I couldn't bear to cut into this gorgeous fabric--so evocative and charming.  so i just used the small piece I had and quilted freely...

And here it is on the wall over my wine chest in our dining room...



(Ooops--photo Crooked--but hangs straight) The bands on the top and bottom are a Japanese 
print--they are  asymmetrical a la style Japanese; it is all hand quilted....I loved working on this little hanging...

Have a wonderful Sewing Sunday

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (in the Winter Mode)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

TURNING THE CORNER IN MONET'S CITY


I have finally set out my Water Lilies for Monet's City...I still am shuffling and re-shuffling rosettes and partial rosettes and strips and singles Ack!!  

Here is a closeup shot  of of the dark side water lilies



If you look closely you can see that the rosettes nest and therefore (because I had no graphed out plan--NOTE to SELF: make a plan!!) there are full, and partial ones...with places to be
filled in.  
And so.........

I have resorted to taking closeup pictures with my phone of each one--pulling it out a bit and pinning it so that I can remember how it goes together to fit in!!  

and here are the lilies in the sunlight


they all have the script centers.....

As far as the other two sides--I am still pondering (hahaha no pun there--"pond"ing!!) 
what to do--I'd like to add some kind of tree lines..we shall see...

I sewed three darkside rosette forms this afternoon and then my poor brain refused to do anymore (that is ahem! after unsewing a few mistakes:  those frogs in the pond make that sound you know only too well ,  lol: rip-it, rip-it, rip-it!!) .  

So that's where I am wandering around Monet's City while outside we are having our first taste of snow, sleet, rain etc.  

P.S.  I got my little 1/2" hexagon  paper pieces in the mail today for my next project--
oh, well thought readers--YES  I am a "hex-a-maniac" for sure" .

 (NOTE: The hexies in  my MC measure 1" per side--so these new ones are teeny- tiny, itsy bitsy...)

hugs to you all, stay warm and enjoy your weekend sewing, 
Julierose, La Blageuse in Hexagonia

RSC15 FIRST BLOCK


Here is the first block for RSC15 January Blues: It is called :"Scrappy Split Rail"
I feel it's kind of mushed colorwise; but I was able to cannibalize some old UFO's for a couple
more mid-blue strips...[Be unafraid--rip those seams!!;--))) ]



Even Mr. Moon is peering over his shoulder at those strange blue lip kisses....these are all Batik leftovers .....{I am quilter, see me roar}.....

Hope you are all having fun in the blues this first Saturday.  
Linking with RSC15...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse