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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 19, 2017

BLOGGING BREAK

I will not be posting this week as we are in the midst of dealing with a family/medical issue.

I am fine {if a bit edgey;)) }. Trips back and forth to a medical center out of state and all....

I should be back next weekend....in the meantime, I am still sewing when I can and
keeping my fingers crossed for a good outcome...

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SLABS / IMPROV

I received these two lovely neutral slab blocks from Dawn today!
Just what I wanted, love them, thank you Dawn...
(and two of them also ;}}} )

I can envision my slab runner taking shape...lovely....
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AND now for (lack of) progress on Improv....(so to speak).
I am going to entitle this:

                       "BUSY-NESS"

The 4 stars:


My usual busy style; I like to think of it as texture, but
maybe not....they just look so different above--- than on my wall.

Hmmmmm the left two look like they belong together and not with the right two...ya think????

AND:

Then there's this:
Also busy....in three colorways from blocks I used in 
stars above...


AND also this:


           Another strippy in purples and the block-ey slabs...
Uhhhh... (If you look closely you will see that I got 
an "F" for this effort!! lol)


                     N O W   W H A T???

I tried placing these elements together every which way
but obviously, I need some quiet spaces... 

uhh, nothing I tried even looked passably good....

what to leave in, what to remove, what to add..some kind of form
somewhere, somehow...

I am letting it simmer for a while....Maybe more of that cocoa 
solid...............
but what shape or form???
Again I keep saying, I just don't know...????
                
                (no directions provided-- hah!!)

And so it goes....or not....

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (confused-euse)



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WHAAA???

Now..... I really have no idea what I am doing...; 
just know that I want those four star blocks, 
and coins and strips....

and I have only limited amounts of some fabrics--so making do....
Here's the other side of what is on the wall...yikes....total disarray....
(this looks like the day : feels hot --is that what is propelling me this hot,
 humid weather with all that R E D ????and my peonies peeking out? (Which
by the way is the very limited fabric!) 



I sewed 3" blocks together and then free cut them in half =/- or so
and
These are the first strips...that emerged (above)
...sewn to that mottle-y fabric...


and these, the second group (above)...sewn to the limited strip fabric--
(I had used this fabric mostly up in "Georgie Peorgie"  which is now in our back 'throne' room ;)))) lol)

I like this smaller strip set better..so I have two more set up  for tomorrow's edification/
or not!! ;(((

Here they are next to
Helga
awaiting
their fate......

Another colorway
from two of the other
stars....




















Here is the mess that hopefully turn into something?
So, this is my start....such as it is....

I feel like the little girl in "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" (by Stephen King)
LOST in the deep dark woods, feeling my way ....seeing all manner of strange things...
Feeling like my brain is on overdrive even when I'm doing something else, it is churning
away at this....

;0000 stay tuned.....

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And, just to keep my head  from going totally wack-o, 
I sewed two plain, straight rows on my Star Rise--and now,
it looks so different to me--very regularly spaced (even though it has its moments of off centeredness)...

Could it be the 90 degrees and 71% dewpoint working its hoo-doo
on me??

Hugs from the AC --thank heavens....
Julierose, La Blageuse (improv-ing-euse)


Monday, June 12, 2017

SLAB-A-THON

Here is the first neutral slab I received from (Dawn's slab-a thon group)
--from Jacky--isn't it just a PERFECT low volume neutral--just what I hoped for......I love it!
  
This will just be amazing with my 2.5" neutral postage stamp squares
that I  am sewing for a table runner...
thank you so much Jacky...(no blog--
 ;(((),..) for the lovely block....


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Here are a few shots of my hexagon Snow Flowers that I un-earthed from my closet of shame today...

 I worked on this a long,long time  ago...
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time to get it together...ya think???

I plan to put blue borders on it .....after sewing it to the snow "white on
white background"....

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And 

Look at this:        Beautiful Peonies............

Here is one  about to bloom...

Aren't they just gorgeous?? 

Will be posting the other slabs as I receive them..
What fun!! To get squishey mail....I am so thrilled.....
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Note to self--this Improv thing is really hard for me.....harder than I thought
it would be....you gals doing this stuff are amazing....
I sewed and cut a couple strippies today...but just don't know yet--
hmmmmm, stay tuned....


hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse... (elated-euse)


Saturday, June 10, 2017

IT'S A LAZY AFTERNOON...

Lunch on our deck, shrimp and avocados and chai tea....aaaaaaaaaaahhhh
at last a beautifully warm and sunny day...

We began this morning with our coffee in hand, stretched out on our lawn chairs...
a nice quiet, slow start to our day.
Then: 
We went for a short walk by the sea on the Niantic Boardwalk 
and then 
resumed "The position" ;}}} at our table....we live out here every day we
are able...we have woods all around and privacy (except for: see below) and
quiet..........

I am working on my Pansies:

Slowly stitching and wool-gathering while watching those big puffy white clouds sail by........

AND....
Re-reading this book by Sherri Lynn Wood --I have been wanting to move 
my quilting in this direction for a long time, and now that the College Quilts are done I can:
and ...looking back at my quilts, over the years, I see that I never really followed the patterns that I used exactly as written
...I always veered off in another direction--even if only a little bit...

So, because I am hesitant to just start from a "void", I will be using these four star blocks as my base and improv-ing around them -- somehow, some way--
I really don't know..I've pinned them up and need to stare at them for a bit...
pondering..........can this work even...???
Right now, I am thinking of comet tails, stars shifting across the 
summertime night sky
hot stars...hmmmm, 

I had originally cut a ga-zillion 3.5" squares for the centers and points in reds and yellows--(thinking of the usual 12 or so blocks sewn against each other in rows...... which is just fine, BUT....)

but now I am moving toward cutting these pieces into other pieces and then into small coin strips (?? )

Or something?? Quien sabe???

I really like that one old, mottled fabric strip in the middle and I think I shall incorporate it along with my own coffee/tea dyed strips--but I am not sure how as yet...
somewhere...somehow...oh gosh, who knows???

Strange way to work...That is why I am beginning with my good, old standby ruler-measured and straight-edged cut blocks...sort of a home base 
before stepping into that void....this sounds very dramatic, I know,
but inside I feel that this is a real departure and challenge for me....

The new pieces will be free cut strips of some sort...(Sherri style) --
and we shall see how  that goes!!  

Basically,
I come from a background of knitting (repetitive patterns and motions) and embroidery--which in my Crazy Quilt blocks did wander off into fancifulness...
At least a bit of free form work....
Can you tell that I am not sure??? how many times did I write that here???

And now for something entirely different...;))) 
Neighbors and such....and only seeing your own view...ahem...
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Here is where we sit for summer meals....over looking the dingle between our next door neighbors and us...which is all fine, right?? Greenery, trees, space...

WELL:

Since our neighbors decided to park an old and painted bright blue school bus right in our line of sight sitting here on our deck (! I cannot tell you how annoying this is!!)-- without a thought to our view-- (they can't see it, of course :((( )...
Thom  (brilliant guy that he is!!) went and ordered this 
barrier-- usually used around pool fences ---and installed it
so that when we are seated--NO BUS is visible!! YAY!!

We, unfortunately can see it inside our tv room which is on the same side of 
our house--a room with nine windows, a sunroom.  That is just something we will have to live with I guess...
I even invited my neighbor to come and have coffee in our sunroom so that looking out our windows she HAD TO SEE the BUS! You cannot miss the huge old thing (darn it!!).
Do you think she either made any comment or had it moved...or anything???
Of   course  not.....silly moi to think she would even notice, right?? RIGHT!!

And so it goes....

hugs to you all on this glorious Saturday
Julierose La Blageuse (chatterbox-euse)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

C'EST FINI

                                                CHEZ NOUS is done--finished, complete--
                                                                              "Fini" ..

Here is the reverse:

                       (I've left the label out of the picture as this is to be a surprise gift...)

The quilting on the backing is minimal which makes for a very soft look....and feel...

I was able to use up some old paisley red for the binding...which turned out to be
 just perfect....

Ahhhh, don't you just feel a sigh of relief when the label is on and your quilt is truly DONE??
But, of course, along with that, as I have lived with this for so long, is a little bit of
sadness that it is over....and so, now what???

I do so love the "process" --even though, I must admit, that at times it gets tedious and
I often wonder why I ever began ...;0000

So, as of today, in the past year and one-half I have thought out, sewed together
 and made 8 fairly good size quilts...
AND:   that is a lot...for me, anyway...;*))))

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And now for something entirely different (to quote Monty Python...):

TAH_DAH:  
                                       SLAB FEST: news report:
             
I have begun working on Dawn's Slab sew along swap--

we have a small group of four right now;
( anyone is welcome to join in--
just contact Dawn who is our "High Priestess of Slab")

we all will be making one slab in each of the recipient's choice of color (s) and size and exchanging them....

Take a trip to her blog (above) and see what she has begun...

Oooh to get that "squishey" mailing envelope enclosing a slab of your choice 
will be exciting...
my color choice is neutral--
sounds blah, you say?? 
Not so, "me hearties...." (aaaarrrrhhh...what am i a pirate???);000

We have : browns of all hues, prints and solids, cocoas, off whites, cream-ey wonders,
and maybe maybe a few novelties to spice it up...

I cannot wait to see what will arrive at my doorstep.;))) ...
In preparation I have begun making strips of
2.5" neutral squares to enclose my slabs for a nice summer
 tablerunner {or tablecloth if I get carried away--do I ever?  ah--hahahaha #)))) }.

My slabs are a lot like "log- cabin - rounds" sewing...but they can take any form 
really...and I find them so freeing--

just grab yourself a couple pieces of fabric and sew that seam--and keep on adding bits and pieces--whatever you have or whatever floats your boat...;*))) --such fun!!

We are supposed to have a warm and sunny weekend..looking forward to doing
more Pansy sewing on our deck.....

Hugs, from SUNNY (yes sunny--but still chilly, CT) 

Julierose, La Blageuse (glad-euse and sad-euse)


Sunday, June 4, 2017

MISSING PANSIES

                          Not even one pansy showed up in my front garden this year; 

I usually can count on at least a few volunteers that have managed to winter over...
but none did this cold and wet Spring....

SO...............
I took out my Pansy Garden piece (since I've  finished hand quilting my Dresdans) 
and am hand stitching  it while watching tv in the evenings...
mostly during Red Sox games

                I am working the lavender bits with a nice, dark purple  perle cotton....


and may be adding some beadwork to those print centers....

I have not added any backing yet as these blocks were made on muslin squares--one of
my all-time favorite methods of working...and I can sew with the muslin backing to support the stitches;
(and, of course, while I'm doing this, I have in mind another piece with an
 Autumn flavor to it...   see "Ease Off" below)

This afternoon there is a 1:35 game, so I will be deciding what beads to add....and perhaps even some lace-ey bits...almost like my Victorian Crazy quilt ....
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Speaking of having things in mind and: (after being awakened by a virulent smell of skunk at 3:30 a.m., and putting AC on to clear it out, and therefore finding myself hopelessly AWAKE for the day!!;0000) ....(ACK!!)
when I peered into my sewing room on the way by, I spied this little gem, uh...
lovenote (hahaha) from my hubby on my design wall:

                                                 I tend to get a bit intense (ya think??) 

                 --as in cracking my ironing board by pressing a bit too vigorously-- ;0000

and just this past week.................

pulling muscles in my right side (which laid me up for 3 whole days!!)
from rotary cutting!! (OUCH!!)          
                                                    *****S I G H****** 

(I have since installed  a new blade and am trying to let the cutter do the work..)

It all stems from getting so "involved" in my process....trying to hold onto ideas
and not let them just disappear--poof!! Thinking too far ahead of what I am 
actually doing that very moment...

SO.......
I have begun keeping an idea notebook to
just jot things down...a list of projects I really would like to make--
drawings--sketches, really;  as my art skills leave a lot to be desired...
page #'s from quilt books so I can FIND them again....
and not have to rifle through my entire library wondering....
Now, 
where in the heck I SAW that thing I HAVE to make--right now!!

AND so, that sign from someone who knows me all too well  ;}}}}
A good aide memoire for me....

hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (hand stitching-euse)





Thursday, June 1, 2017

CHEZ NOUS

                                    It's a flimsey--I have quilted it onto the batting, so
                                    just the backing will be needed....all the Dinner
                                    Plates have been hand quilted...then sewn into strips on Helga...

TAH DAH: The reveal....

Looks a bit washed out in the bright sunshine...but is really just low volume pastels...

Here's a better idea of the colors...still more muted though than in person.......

Here's a close up of the ("chez nous=at home in French") doorways' strips leading into the home....
Love that fabric...seemed just right in colors and in content...

I have chosen the backing; now need to trim it up and sew on a few inches for width as the 2 yards is fine for the length...getting excited--at the finish line....;}}}}}

I don't know if the front needs borders, but now am thinking "not"....
letting it rest (and my shoulders, too...But, I do like making a quilt using this method... with my walking foot....)

I am hoping that this "home-ey", old-fashioned quilt will warm the heart of someone special
that it's going to.....shhhhh it's a surprise.....
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Need to quilt the two I Spy quilts next....and am still sewing Star Rise rows together...
along with the red/gold stars and butterflies--I have been flitting (ah--hahaha ;}}}}) from project to project and NOW:
DAWN has suggested a slab quilt swap...oooohhh  just my sort of thing....my brain says, "No, No, Juli-ette" ;{{{{---but my heart says "You go, girl, just jump right in..."
Can you guess what I'll do?  Hmmmm????

hugs from S U N N Y (yes it's still up there in the sky evidently YAY!!) CT
Julierose, La Blageuse (sewing together-euse)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

IRIS IN THE RAIN, et al

                                                            ISN'T SHE LOVELY?

this iris has three to four buds and as this one fades another one will bloom...
this beauty  also smells like grapes...amazing...





 My son and daughter-in-law gifted me with this lovely geranium for my birthday/Mother's Day...

It sits on my front steps....such a pretty color in these Ivy geraniums...
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Now, something feels wrong to me about this piece....It would be (in this form)
about 60 x 60 and                  
is a whole lot of blue and white...AND............
it has just begun  to not "feel right" to me....

Star Rise is lifting over my front garden (in my mind anyway)--and so I feel that I need
a garden of some sort at the bottom...I need to move it  around and see how I can add
deep, dark greens to indicate the garden areas...and what form they should take...

Why can I never seem to just follow a picture/pattern as is?  I don't know why...really...
after staring at this for many days now, it just doesn't "do it" for me--
as lovely as this pattern is...for me, it needs ..............

something a "je ne sais quois" bit...something more....


Here is the bottom section...uhhh....the same as the top...so I am in the throes of
changing it all up...to what and how it will turn out, I have no idea--well, a few, but they are really just amorphous right now--just a glimmer of an idea...

And so, on this very cool Tuesday, while I am pinning the 2nd "I Spy" quilt on my dining room table, my mind is imagining blocks....imagining in green,....
Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (in wondering-euse)

Monday, May 22, 2017

STAR STRUCK

A trial star..using my 3.5" leftover squares....and another star quilt is born...this is the rough trial..
using the fabric from my "Georgie Porgey" quilt....


AND....I SPY...this one (another in the wings)...



Getting ready to pin baste for someone special :  I will be making a little "I SPY" booklet to go with this ...


                                              Just love (hah) this border fabric--

AND


"Poor butterfly, 'neath the blossoms waiting..." waiting for me to add to the group....


AND, lookie here:
a misty morning visitor...chomping clover...(as long as it's not my lettuces lol)..
He/she (??) quickly did the "bunny hop" as soon as I neared...("You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out... lalalala...lalalaaaa..."

I spent the better part of the weekend cutting --GO!BABY was awesome--lots of 
2" squares and strips and three and one half inch squares....while fighting off a persistent bug that tried to lay me low....ack!! 

hugs, 
Julierose, La Blageuse (la slice-euse)



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

STAR RISE EXPANSION +

These will be the 2nd row of stars..closer to the earth --
rising over the flowers in my garden...

DAWN sent me the blue/yellow and blue/green florals and I just love how they lighten up the lower
stars...thank you Dawn so much--;))))

Does this ever happen to you???
When I first saw them I thought: now how will these fit into my "Scheme"...but dipping into my blue scraps basket this afternoon I thought  AHA--lower=closer to the earth--stars rising over my garden flowers...and off I went....

Here's a closer look at those lovelies....nice old-fashioned florals--they hold a special place in my heart....



They stand out just enough....almost as if the moon is shining on them...

[And (I've just realized) that this will be a H U G E piece--
I should have started with smaller squares than 6" ones--
but so it goes...]

I am so comfortable and relaxed while making this type of quilt...and I love how when I put the blocks up on the wall there are surprises; and  how they change the whole piece...I haven't really re-arranged anything..just going with the flow...

All my favorite things: ocean waves breaking, trees, blue roses, garden pots, 
snowflakes,,,,
and that's just the blues....

I spent some time cutting more muslin squares for tomorrow's work;
 I have been doing two at a time using one as a leader-ender 
for the other...not really thinking hard about choosing what lies 
next to what--as long as it is different from what is already on the block--
so no repeats within each block...
What a free-for-all...very liberating...;)))
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A N  D....
Look who came to visit for my birthday and Mother's Day:


My 3-year old Willa with her Dad on Saturday..(need I point out that she always
gets chocolate from Grand-mere? hahaha) 

My daughter-in-law stayed home with Fiona and their dog, Kota 
(who is recuperating from an ACL operation poor baby doggie..), 
pretty tough...
so Mom and Dad have to split their times away from home as Kota 
cannot be left alone as yet...



We did a lot of this:  "See my dancing moves, Grand-mere"
and this, too

My little perpetual motion machine...love her....
She's getting so big so fast...time sure flies by....one going to college in the Fall 
and one 3 yr old--what a lucky Grand-mere I am ....

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (making stars-euse)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SCRAPPY STAR RISE



                                                  SCRAPPY STAR RISE SO FAR.....
                                             This definitely will be a long-term adventure....

I am building this one on 6" muslin squares and totally enjoying
string sewing once again....(and I will not be putting any other batting between front and back--)

I am using all small strings and triangles and bits and bobs to fill
the bill for these in deep dark blues and pale white/blue/pinks.
AND............

here are my baskets of culled pieces I've been pawing through....
Set to the right of my sewing machine and near my makeshift ironing spot....



                                and I am still plugging away by hand on these every evening....
I have 7 done--five to go....

I can finish about 1/3rd to 1/2 of a circle each evening depending on the state of
my wrist/thumb issues; but, I am totally enjoying this big stitching....

Hugs, Julierose, 
La Blageuse (stripping-euse) lol ;)))