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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, July 28, 2016


                          I was the fortunate winner of Barbara's Giveaway ;))))

Just lovely fabrics: take at look:

a lovely rose with plenty of white background
which i love and is hard to find....


All these low volume  strip and charm babies--

And this stack of larger pieces

                               All of which cover the gamut of different quilting styles.
                                  (Sorry for the blur--have to charge up my camera battery!)
Doesn't this make my back feel better??? YUP!!

Sending out a big hug of thanks to you, Barbara...

Julierose, La Blageuse (doing my happy dance--slowly with my back--
not a good visual ----;000 lol)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DONE & done (for a bit)

And here's the reverse of Cassidy's going away to college quilt
with the binding showing--I ended up sewing the binding  on with Helga--
using a nice zigzag stitch...it is neat and sturdy
 (for dragging around a dorm LOL)

AND here is this:
                                    Just a bit of a Christmas whimsey feel--but not baby-ish
AND this:

                                                        A holiday Pointsietta   .....

 here is the front side that gave me such heart (-burn, -aches, -stopping) trouble!!
And you say--WHY???
This looks really easy, Right?  What is wrong with her??

Well, gals, try using white 1.5" strips (a purchased honeybun) that are cut unevenly--
all wavey and  and (aaaaaargh!!)
 and ravel at the touch....{SIGH}
and even everything out --hopefully--while you attempt to sew the blocks together
 (and you get a lot of hair pulling and various words that
should NOT pass my lips...);0000 {BIG SIGH}:

                    The binding doesn't show here--well, maybe a few smidgens here and there....

                                         Monsieur Tigre is watching over it all.....

This is hanging up in my closet next to her big brother Steven's
"A Piece of Pi" quilt both now awaiting their going away to college. I need to come up with a
meaningful title for Cassidy's opus....so far this has eluded me....any suggestions???


I will be taking a bit of a break from sewing after these two big projects and the
two big girl bed quilts for Willa and Fiona...lots of big ones...in a year...for me....

I will be re-organizing my stash --which is in TOTAL TOTAL disarray--;00000; and
deciding what I REALLY REALLY want to make next.
(I also have the twins 2  college bound quilts to figure out and
make for their getaways--but that is a few years ahead yet--thank heavens!!)

"In the Meantime, in Between Time -----  Ain't We Got Fun... In the mornin',
in the evenin', ....." :.

I have my Circles of My Life hand project and my knitting presents to keep me occupied
while I watch my Red Sox try to win games (SIGH) on tv at night (:000 not doing at all well this year, but a true fan am I!!)--

I need to rest the BRAIN--it's been drained...ya think????

Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, July 24, 2016


                                       SUNDAY slow stitching 

Hand work on the deck with my morning coffee....a few little cooling breezes
for a while anyway...
Stitching another block for "Circle of My Life"--
 a different take on 365 circles.....

circling.....through memories.....
the navy squares are very old sun prints I made....they belong in a memory
piece, I thought....

I used ferns, hearts, and doilies to print with.....
becoming a SLOW MOON of stitches....

Meantime... my binding for Cassidy's quilt....is ready to go on.....
Perhaps my back will allow it tomorrow...
I decided to have it showing on the Christmas side and so, 
used a lot of leftover
green and red,  and just green fabric scraps.....

It is S L O W progress....and that is ok.

Hugs to all--hope you quilters with bad backs heal quickly....

Julierose, La Blageuse (hand stitching-euse) 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

BACK & BACK (!!)

BACK TO MY CIRCLES...they fall just a teeney bit short of fitting on 
each side of my Grief Cloth--

(you can see the little rectangle I added on the top right to make that row fit...)

I will be doing that on all sides....I am enjoying some hand stitching in between icing my back--(more about that issue below) ;000
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 we are BACK from our lovely getaway to Newburyport, MA, that the kids gave us for our 50th Wedding Anniversary last year.  (we had to postpone it
because of Thom's medical issues ). 

It is a lovely town on the Merrimac River with brick walkways and benches all over; loaded with shops, restaurants and vendors.... we truly enjoyed our stay at the Essex Inn --a lovely old-world room....
As it turned out--

 I awakened Thursday morning,  and sat up--ready to pack up and go to my son's house on our way home..... and --my back went totally out! 

I literally had to just about crawl around. The innkeeper gave me a bag of ice and I wrapped it in a towel to rest my back on in the car....

 Poor Thom had to pack everything up, load up the car, and drive us home--I was supposed to be the one driving as his leg was very painful.. and we decided we had to just get straight home--

I have no idea what caused this--but I am icing and doing PT exercises--cautiously.  I feel about 90!!  

At any rate, it is a bit less painful this afternoon; I just have to be very careful and move slowly....("Slow down, you move too fast.....") 

And so it goes...I hope you are staying cool if it is as hot where you are
as it is here--
75 degrees at 7 am....ugh

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (icing-euse)

Friday, July 22, 2016



Total Joyous dancing  at 4 years old 

Hugs Julierose
La blageuse {Proud Grand-mere-euse ;;--))))}

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Helga has been very busy this morning.....

She had to take a break though--only five more rows to quilt....
hopefully this afternoon.....
her back needs a cuppa tea...and a massage.....

Julierose, La Blageuse (quilting-euse)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


TA DAH!!! Here is Cassidy's quilt (to be named later) ; it is quilted to the batting.

                   I love how the border frames these blocks--the colors worked out just fine....
Here is how the back looks right now--
I'll be tying the backing on soon

I've ironed all seams open and trimmed off extra batting at intersections....

NOW to add this to the back--the Christmas back that I always make for my grandkids'

AND...they are almost an exact match in size--just enough extra for "take up" 
as I tie it on....
They are now resting on my dining table and I am done (in!!  lol) for today...

Last evening the sky was so pretty right before sunset....

Lovely pinks, lavenders and palest of blues--just a whisper of gray....
against the darkness
settling in.....

Julierose, La Blageuse  (doing my happy dance-euse)

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Aren't they lovely???

Well, read on.............mes amies

These  (Above) are all "before" the deer came through and

 this is AFTER ;000

Totally eaten...totally cut down....deer dessert!!;;000000

And so I am going to have to dig them up and either Winter them over inside in my backroom fridge or try them elsewhere....

On the quilt front....

I have begun quilting the top and bottom borders now--
HELGA does a nice job..;)))

Here's a closer looksee...Helga's walking foot edge was my measuring stick, so to speak lol

that's one down and one to go...then the side borders...

And that's a Saturday here; we walked on the CT River this morning and we will be having
BLT's with homemade oven french fries for dinner (I, will only be having a
BLT Salad...waaaah....still trying to whittle down my poundage....it is tough...

hugs to you all, (Go Sox, Red, that is!!)
Julierose, La Blageuse (quilting-euse)

Thursday, July 7, 2016


                                         HURRAH! HUZZAH! yay!!
                              (This display from the 4th off of our deck...)

this is what i am celebrating this afternoon:

The first half of the center is quilted--nothing fancy--just straight lines--
but DONE: ;)))

            Just two double  (semi  ;000) straight lines around each block....

Now for part DEUX...after some tea and a back break--perhaps later on 

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (celebrante-euse)

Monday, July 4, 2016


Remember my Grief cloth that I began after Mom died???? It is all hand embroidered now and
I wasn't able to "see" how I could set it--

I have decided to set my "Circles of My Life" around it,,,
a "moving on" piece...
this idea came to me early this morning as I was just awakening
from a deep sleep....
this will be my Medallion hand piece for the summertime
this year....

I have many more circles left and perhaps will add more rounds of my own
sun  dyed cloth squares that i made years ago...and more appliqued hearts
Somehow this just "feels" right to me....rounds of life continuing
after mourning....flying out into the future, piecing my life back together..

Julierose, La Blageuse (the next phase-euse)

Friday, July 1, 2016


I am so happy that I took these pictures yesterday--
as of this morning the

deer have E A T E N all my lilies..even the buds have been chewed off....

This beautifully colored tigerlily hadn't even opened all the way    

thank heavens they don't like my Santolina--it is bursting with blooms...
it is very fragrant so perhaps that keeps them away...G O O D !!!!!

they also have given my basil a miss
I have pinched off the tops and
am drying the leaves inside--hopefully this will make the plants bushier...

As I haven't finished ANY quilts in June  :0, 
but rather  have been wrestling with 
Cassidy's quilt in progress...

(I have both long strips of 10 blocks each sewn together-
finally!!  And I also cut the batting and am ready to pin 
baste so that I can machine
Quilt As You Go those two sections.... 
And we have company coming this weekend, so I will have to wait
until I can use my dining table to do this first step....)

Today, I just thought I'd at least show you my 
flower "memories"...

I will be scrapbooking these pictures in my 2016
 Garden Journal.. 
I did some work  on that Tigerlily photo 
on a 12 x 12 page this afternoon....I had it enlarged to 5x7 and
I love how my new lens totally blurred the background...

I hope you will be having a wonderful Fourth of July weekend....

Julierose, La blageuse ( sans fleurs-euse)