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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, October 17, 2017

"I SPY" NO. 1 DONE

                                                           Willa's "I Spy"


                            Here is the reverse "Fairy" Fabric wtih doggie borders...

                                 I just love this little fabric....roses AND fairies...

And here are a few close up shots of the items for search....

Peony









kitty on a chair, fireworks


pink looped ribbons and cherries..










AND...

                                                                             








                                       Red Polka Dots,




                                       Mr. Moon, pink roses and



                                           green leaves.....





                                Funny green striped tiger....funny faces, green flowers,

[Willa is only 4 so, her booklet will have the search items by color blocks...like "Find
Mr. Green striped tiger in the green squares" etc.  ]

Now to finish up Fiona's "I Spy", I have it all ready to bind.
Then labels, and D O N E for Christmas giving....;))))

These two quilts have been a year long project for me....enjoyed putting them together...
SQUARE BY SQUARE, by square, by square etc.........;000.

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On the knitting front:

I had to frog (rip-it, rip-it) my slouchey hat!  There definitely was something wrong in the pattern and I am not that much in love with it to figure out what.

So, will be looking for another alternate project to my HAPpy Shawl on which I've just finished row 81 out of 270 rows of plain garter stitching...great for watching the baseball playoffs....;)))) in the evenings....mindless wool-gathering at its very best....i need to order the rest of the yarns for the lace borders.

Hugs to all, from "..and now what'll I do next with my fabrics??"
Julierose La Blageuse --"pondereuse"







                                                         

Friday, October 6, 2017

LITTLE THINGS

                                                  My  Japanese Garden

And, here are the four Geishas strolling through my garden.........





























                                           I had just a few little snippets of that fabric left.....;)))
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and here is:

The start of "Plum Pudding"


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I was able to sew the Japanese Garden borders  (above) this afternoon....
and then arrange my next little piece on design wall...

BUT, I am now restraining myself....just this little bit and no more....;000..

Arm/shoulder/hand is better, but not taking any chances....
hugs for a wonderful weekend...
Julierose, La Blageuse (on the "DL"-euse for you baseball fans....)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A SCREECHING HALT!!

Sooo, yesterday I sewed on the two "fairyland" bindings on both of my I Spy quilts and .....
my whole left side: arm, shoulder, neck, and hand is terribly sore...couldn't sleep last night as I
was unable to find a place to put the aching arm that was comfortable (Boo-hoo girl!!
Hello Aleve!!)
And so the above title  ..;(((( no more sewing or knitting or yarn winding off for a couple days....

But I love how this binding will look..so old fashioned and girly:

Here are a couple close ups of the leftover fabrics I had on hand...
A few little green flower fairies...and

And some magenta woodland fairies...amid the green and white hydrangea blooms....
My two grandgirls are really into "Fairies" right now...and the backs are fairy prints also...

I am chafing at the bit to get them sewn down and labels done...
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AND....
On the knitting agenda:

Madame Smiley Row Counter shows 66 rows done...out of 270--like I said before, a long
term project and this is just the center square which is to be be bordered with knitted lacework...

It is just plain garter stitch, but the Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn is so lovely and delicate to work on
that I am totally enjoying it...

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Does anyone recognize this plant?? When I was waiting for Thom to emerge from  his cataract op, a fellow waitee..and plant enthusiast brought me a slip of this (wasn't that nice??;)))
We talked plants during the long waiting periods....


I've forgotten the name --see the orange flowers below

And they fade out into these pretty white "fluff" balls...it just blooms like crazy in my living room's Northern exposure...anyone know it???
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And these two are running around my design wall waiting to be harnessed into something...
AND:

You can just see, peeking from the left side my other project that has been sitting around and that I hope to finish up...
My Japanese Garden --(Eye of God design) little 3.5" scrappy blocks sewn on telephone papers..
(4 together make up the pattern). I love making these and would like to make a Christmassy one
next...
The center yellow print has the remainders of my lovely Japanese Geishas strolling through my Garden.
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So, I have all these projects (along with my Pomegranate hand quilting which is another long project to finish, but I love it!!) on the go...
BUT, will have to wait for my poor body to catch up.....
And so it goes...
Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (quilt-knit-euse in waiting...)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MINIMAL QUILTING LATELY

I have been wave-y quilting on the 2 "I Spy" quilts this week in my free moments, and have both of the centers done as
of this afternoon...

Nothing fancy--- just enough to hold them together so that they can be hauled around the floor while
the two grandgirls play the "I Spy" game with them...
they are intended for gifts for THIS Christmas;
and all I have left on both
are the border finishings, labels, and little booklets with games to play...

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse --( longing for cool Autumnal weather-euse)





Monday, September 18, 2017

SEASONAL KNITTING

Here is a picture of my cold weather knitting project: "Quill" by Brooklyn Tweed
                              (available on Ravelry : my name is pyanorose there)

                  It is a "HAP" shawl--tradionally knitted by  Shetland Islands' women...




And in here....







we have.....

this adorable ditty bag which is holding...................................

                                          The main color yarn for this project

It is "Loft" (from Brooklyn Tweed also) and called appropriately enough:
                                            "Storm Cloud"
We have been and are going through many kinds of stormy weathers lately --
and I expect Jose to be only one type of storm to weather...lol;)))

Here is how far I have gotten:

The (new to me) provisional cast on in waste yarn (turquoise--so that I can pick up live stitches later on) and 6 rows of 135 sts each done.  I have to knit slowly--a few rows at a time-- as my thumb issue rears its ugly head if I don't...but the repititon of the knitting 
motion really calms my mind--(it is the first craft I learned at my Grand-mere's knee...
I made a lumpy-bumpy red scarf and wore it til it literally fell apart........;)) and, I felt so accomplished...).
AND...........
Here is my cute little row- count -keeper smiling at me:

                                                   Isn't she cute?? 

And she has a cord so that I can hang her around my neck and just click off
the rows as finished...

I will need 270 rows for the first section--so "clicka-clicka-clicka" ;}}}}
 for quite a long while--ya think???

Definitely a long term project.  A nice change from my Pomegranate quilting....
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On the home front, hubby is progressing nicely--we took a short stroll today before 
the storm clouds (see above hahaha) from Jose come our way tomorrow....

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (tricoter-euse {knitting a la Francais})

Saturday, September 16, 2017

REBOUNDING

We are finally back from our journey; and this is what has kept me
calm....my Pomegranate piece....

Here is the lovely batik leaf-ey block before quilting
which I really love...

Isn't that just splendid? ;))))

BUT then........................

Just look what happens when it has been quilted...be still my heart...
Gosh I love how it emerges and morphs .

It has such a wonderful texture and looks so impressionistic...
I have 4 more to do and then the smaller triangles along the sides also

                               ...Here is the whole piece--

isn't it strange how some quilts you put together
just "feel" right?  This has to be one of my all time favorite ones...and I am  sure that I will be quilting light--to neutral batiks a whole lot by hand in
the future...they have captured my heart....
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Look what Jacky (no blog) sent me from our orange slab fest...

this adorable little Halloween piece...Jacky, this came to cheer me at my
lowest moments this past week...and it surely did ;)))) thank you so much for your thoughtfulness....
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For those of you not in the know, my husband had surgery this past week and I
got him home yesterday to recuperate. 

We had to  travel 1.5 hours (one way) to an out of State hospital where they could perform the needed surgery....this involved my driving alone (of which I am not fond ;{{{ on long trips...) but needs must...and it got better as I repeated the trek...

He is resting but pretty sore and very tired--as am I, tired that is ;}}}
....but I have him home with what we were told are good results....thank goodness....it has been a very stressful time and I want to thank those of you 
who knew, for your kind thoughts, support and prayers..
they really helped me...

So, I will be posting intermittently for the next few weeks, when I take off my Nurse's cap (lol);)))

I am staying close to home and only going out to stock up on the food he is able to tolerate....at least over the weekend...

My knitting in hospital (I will post some pictures of my work  later on) waiting rooms and my quilting have really sustained me...I am sure you all know what i mean....
"busy hands, calm hearts' "....is so true....for me, at least....that and watching some very inspiring youtube knitting videos during my long nights alone here
(See: "The Gentle Knitter" and "Kommebaria" [in Swedish, but with subtitles]
allowed me to stop over thinking this whole deal). 
Au revoir mes amies....

hugs to you all
I am gratefully 
Julierose, La Blageuse (quilting/knitting-euse)



Monday, September 11, 2017

A LITTLE RESPITE

                                             LA BLAGEUSE  IS TAKING A SHORT BREAK....

Back soon, ;)))) hugs,
Julierose,  aka: La Blageuse


Saturday, September 9, 2017

BACK TO BACK "BOO-VILLE"

                                 The reverse side  for: "Skullduggery"
                                           
                                          ( which is the little Halloween Dresden)

I was able to use up a lot of my 2.5" squares leftover from that Postage Swap
hanging around....(Ignore those skulls lurking across the top, they belong to
Monsta Mash, they keep on popping up everywhere--oooouuuu...)




AND:

The 2nd reverse : I only made a few of those hourglasses--not my favorite thing to make
too many seams crossing.....lumpy and bumpy is my name for these....

This will be the reverse side 
                                          FOR the "Monsta Mash" (Ghastlies)

I hope to layer these two tomorrow ready for quilting...just maybe this year i will have something to put out for Halloween (love the fabrics though);)))

(if I don't give them away....there's always that in the back of my mind, as I am not a huge Halloween fan {x-cept for the candy of course lol}

and my two grandgirls LOVE it at ages 5  ("...almost 6 Grand-mere!" reminds Fiona) and 4 yr old Willa ("I'm a BIG girl now, Grand-mere, I go to pre-school and everything!!").....
 hmmmmm, 

hugs, Julierose
La Blageuse ("It was a dark and stormy night-euse")





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ORANGE SLABFEST ENTRIES...

                                                                      "Monsta Mash #2"
 I cannot wait to hand quilt this one...loving Dresdens as I do....
Right now I am working on a backing for it...below.............................


All oranges and blacks and cheddars...4-patch fun...still using up those 2.5" squares from my postage swap of a few years ago....

AND...

                               "Monsta Mash: # 1 will have some hourglasses for the backing...
Why, you say?

Knowing I find these very fiddley to work on--no kidding, ;{{{{ but loving how they look....

[As most of you know, I am triangle- challenged...and the only reason I am even trying
to make these is that I have the  Accuquilt die..which cuts them so well...and...
again a lot of oranges, blacks and novelties leftover....]

Actually, I am not a big fan of Halloween--too creepy for me, but the orange slabfest got me into it this year..AND
.(DAWN, the enabler, saw to that  hahaha--) She is such a sweetheart, how could I not join in the fun....;}}}}

Last year we maybe had 4 trick n' treaters in our neighborhood....so, of course, I ended up eating  ALL that leftover candy...;-{{{{ my favorite is Heath Bars...(just in case you want to send some to me hahaha)
So, I am doing just a few minutes sewing at a time, letting my back rest up...and my right side...
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (Boo-euse)






Friday, September 1, 2017

FREAKY FRIDAY

                                                    IT'S THE GHASTLIES...
                                              Doing the "Monsta Mash"

                                  This is my first little piece for the Orange Slab fest over at  Dawn's
                                                  ....I've just begun making this table topper....and
                   I decided to have the two rows face opposite directions so wherever you sit you can
                                                       shiver along with them....lol

                             I am working on borders right now and am thinking of this choice:
                            I like the black and white option as there are a lot of colors going on in that
                                                                        "Parlor of Horrors...".
                                                       "Don't you just love the classy candelabras???"

Last year I began this little Halloween Dresden and it will reside on the
                                        back of "Monsta Mash.." 
            (Is that tune now bopping through your brain? heh heh heh)


I don't know if you can tell, but some of those little background white circles are little itty bitty skulls...I almost used up the whole charm pack and will use the rest for border pieces--maybe some tiny 1" squares....

I hope to get this finished and off my wall so that I can put together more of this Ghastlie Group....I have a lot more blocks--perhaps some place mats for
Willa and Fiona?  We'll see....
Hugs from Halloween-ville
Julierose, La Blageuse, (Boo-euse)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CORRALLED

                        These horses won't run away now; they are corralled...

The strange story is:
that I've had this long string of little rectangles hanging
around for eons--since the 1990's, in fact...and kept thinking now what'll I ever
use these for---???
BUT, I couldn't bear to throw them away...

I had used these fabrics in the first hexagon quilt I made (all by hand)
which is now hanging in our living room.



Here they appear in some of the hexies:






Which goes to show --wonderful fabrics and designs never go out of style...



Here's a closer look at them...now, I ask you,

 how could I EVER have just thrown them away??? the horse background and
that lighter leaf just go perfectly....

The pink waves is an old Jinny Beyer print, and I cannot recall who designed the silvery leaves; they are two of my favorite prints of all times...;)))

And here they are--popping up to surround my appliqued horses....who knew????
I obviously "ran out" of that leafy one when I originally  sewed them together on my old
Pfaff Varimatic and used this Asian fan in place of the leaves;

you know, I must have had some kind of project in mind that never happened....
and they just languished in my "drawer of shame" lol
And....I still have quite a few left over..
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                                          How's that for serendipity??;)))

Because I used a different machine and seam allowance there are some variances in points
 match-ups and sizes...but I'll work it out.

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Meanwhile, Pink and Green didn't like ANY of the border selections I made--worked all morning
trying out different ones....N O P E...it won't be the back of my 52 x 52 scrap piece after all....
it went off to visit some new friends in my closet (:*))).
hugs,
Julierose, La blageuse (happy-dancing-euse)


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SUNRISE SPECTACULAR




























               
                                                        FROM MY BACK DECK

THANKFUL, AS ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY BEGINS.....
HUGS,
Julierose, La Blageuse