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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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

OASIS IN THE RAIN ET AL

Oasis is a flimsy; it no longer fits on my design wall with Star Rise..so
my "helper" is holding it for me...(measuring 41" wide and 49"+/- long).

It is resting on my dining table right now until I decide whether or not to border it and what to use for the backing...

This morning I finally found an ironing board--just an inexpensive,
 plain, old simple, but metal--
(you know my track record with plastic lol) board from Target.

("Tar-zhay" as Mom always called it ). 

Here is my very favorite  block (they are all nice patterns, but I love this trailing flower viney thing):
I think it is a succulent [something "beads??]--yummy anyway....

And on the Dresden front:
I have hand quilted the first one...using white regular quilting thread for the spokes and perle cotton (Valdani) for the background...


















I will need to add more of the perle cotton quilting, but am waiting until I square up all the blocks; for now, three rows of echo quilting...
This is my evening tv project...

And Star Rise is coming along (pray tell, and how did I end up working on
THREE quilts all at the same time?? I think they got together and snuck up on me lol);000



Here is my working area to the right of my machine...
All these strips are leftovers {and a lovely selection from Dawn--thanks hon
;))) }
Here are some of my favorites...
Those Winter-ey branches with silver sparks, clouds, and stylized flowers--
AND



the Asian waves, deep blue roses and batik leaf shadows....

I am trying to take it slowly and enjoy these processes...
Hugs from "mizzling" CT
Julierose, La Blageuse (triple playing-euse)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

OASIS QUILT

        A partial picture of my Oasis quilt for someone special....;)))))

(It's too large for me to get the whole thing from my design wall in my small room
into one photo)
Can you see the lattice work pattern that emerges?

I have set it 5 across and 6 down...
Here is a different view--closer...I really like this pattern and it is so easy...

I had thought perhaps I should add some little type of applique in those big snowballs  like this:
But now, I really don't know if I'd like that or just a quilted pattern
 like a heart maybe...
What do you think?
  
Now to sew these in rows of 5 each and then quilt to backing in 
Quilt As you Go method...

I have a lot of this Oasis layer cake and some charms left over --probably enough to make another smaller table topper...I do love these fabrics 
a lot; they say Spring/Summer to me--

hugs (on this Rainy Thursday) from
Julierose, La Blageuse (snowball-euse)


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SECOND GIFT QUILT STARTED & EASTER VISIT


Here's the start of my Snowball Four-Patch quilt that I will be gifting to a special
someone....(Shhhh)
I just love this line of fabric--- "Oasis";)))
the "snowballs are a very pale blue and I haven't decided whether to just quilt them or add some applique flowers...

All the 4-patches are made and I am "snowballing" the blues...the blocks measure 8 1/2" each.  

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Our Easter was wonderful here; all my children and grandchildren came for dinner.

these decided to bloom and also
these lovelies...

Just in time to greet:

My son, Jeff, his wife Lindsay, and the two girls: Fiona (green dress) and
Willa in pink...

And here are my daughter's four children--my, they are growing up fast!!
they are all taller than their Grand-mere (admittedly not hard to do lol):

(L to R) Steven (17 and college bound this Fall), Connor and Greg ( 14--the twins),
and darling Cassidy...(16 ).

We had such a special day--Thom and I were so happy they all could come and we could spend this Easter together--who knows where we will all be in the next few years....
As you can see we were able to be outside on the deck for a while--until the cold breeze off the ocean sent us back in....

I am thankful for the blessing of such a terrific family...;)))

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On my quilt scene.....
The Dresden Plates are coming along well, 5 more to applique before I begin to big stitch
them separately, block by block..
I used Warm and Natural batting squares to ready them for Quilt As You Go


Here are the 1st three all appliqued; I had to take  them down to make room for the Snowball
 4-patches...
My design wall seems to be ever-changing lately...
I am enjoying the simple applique on these--it is good practice for an applique-challenged
Grand-mere...as..........

I would like to make  two seasonal wall pieces depicting Summer and Spring
to alternate with my Fall and Winter ones in my dining room using applique. 

Thinking about some Dresden flower pots (a la Jenny at MSQ)
as I really enjoy this pattern...for Spring --

and, for Summer--perhaps an ocean landscape--I've always wanted to 
make a landscape piece...

Today and tomorrow will be errand days for us; so, probably not much quilting,
although I can most likely sneak in some more applique while watching the Red Sox tonight...(they should be called "Baseball Plates" ROTFLOL!!)

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (happy that Spring has sprung-euse)



Saturday, April 15, 2017

HAPPY EASTER



                                      HAPPY EASTER AND PASSOVER HOLIDAYS

HUGS,
JULIEROSE, LA BLAGEUSE


Sunday, April 9, 2017

BREAK TIME

Time to be making some more of these for my granddaughters. Willa and
Fiona...and getting ready for the family dinner here on Easter Sunday.
AND:
Also, I have really strained my RIGHT shoulder blade from too
much rotary cutting, and
then, too much ironing a lot of blocks in a row.  aaargh.. ;0000
AND:
I should have known better...
SO..............................
Time to rest up, get the house clean, shop, and did I mention REST???
;000 (I can just barely type tonight....)

I did manage to applique one Plate BEFORE this happened...
I love how it came out, so I hope to be able to continue working on the blocks soon....
In the meantime,

I hope you all who are celebrating Easter or Passover have a wonderful
holiday(s).

hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse --

{Will I become Julierose--Scissor-Hands???}



Friday, April 7, 2017

BACKING FOUND



I scoured my stash all day yesterday-(my sore back and calves from squatting to reach those lower shelves attest to that! )
and as a last resort looked in my Oriental pile..thinking...
now just how desperate am I to find the right backing???
 
It surely couldn't be anything in here................ and, and

AND, lo and behold!! Wowzers!  Look at this!! 

YUP--"The Emperor's Garden" by Maywood--a very old
2 yard piece (and I never buy 2 yds--or almost never--of anything!! lol) 
of this yummy fabric...

My gift recipient likes neutrals, nothing raucous or loud...

And so, this is my idea of perfection...Not too busy but with a little 
something going on in the background, and a bit of richness to it...

I had just enough, with maybe a small 2" piece left over,  
to cut (12) fifteen inch squares--
which I will trim and cut down after I hand applique them..AND

then I will add the batting behind and do big stitch in an echo pattern...

PHEW--I was really thinking last night--(getting frantic, actually)
why did I opt to use this charm pack--

NOTHING but nothing goes with it and it is not available ANYMORE!!!

                    Here's a closer look at this pretty fabric

...a really nice cocoa color that blends with all
those hues in my plates...
Can I tell you just how happy this makes me? 

{time out for yet another "Happy Dance Fest!! LOL}

Isn't it funny how you just KNOW when you've discovered the "RIGHT" fabric?
And how it's a true gift to find it in YOUR OWN STASH, calling your name
"Here I am, over here, underneath all these "Oooff" get offa me--
 others that are NOT RIGHT!!"
 
As my hubster said: "It doesn't take
much to make you happy!" He has NO IDEA!!!;))))

Hugs from your happy
Julierose, La Blageuse (lucky-euse)





Thursday, April 6, 2017

EARLY APRIL GARDEN, et al


HYACINTHS emerging...

Lavender made it through the winter...


Daffodils coming up....


these are those little short tulips (forget what they are..) poking up through my Blue rug Junipers that are spreading like crazy...


finally, my hydrangea is budding out..a bit, too....
too early for my lilies or mums and even my iris is slow...

It has been so windswept and cold here...

I am hoping this rain will push things along....
We are in need of some warmth and sunshine...

On the quilt scene: I have finished the 12 Dresdens and tried putting them up on the backing I had chosen--
                                            N O T gonna happen, 

that tan color just makes them die...so, I am looking for a fabric that will make them shine...not so easy with these muted colors on white....

I pulled a reddish, cranberry one, but I think it will overpower them...

And so, this project has come to a screeching halt; 
I will have to take bits of all the fabrics with me to my fabric place 
and see what I can find....I don't even like the centers I had chosen..

I find that this seems to happen to me all the time....does it to you???

In the meanwhile, I began my 2nd surprise gift lap quilt as a leader ender to
the Star Rise {which has moved to the first place from leader-ender ;)))} ...
and more on this subject.....

My friend Dawn sent me a whole BOX of deep, rich blues to 
enchance my paltry stash...thank you Dawn, that was so sweet and generous...
can't wait to incorporate them...I am petting them now...;)))

My grandson just left JFK on his European trip with his High School Jazz Band
this afternoon; I will admit that I  am a bit nervous about it all,
fingers crossed all will go well for them...our world is an unsettling
place these days....

hugs from rainy, gray gray gray CT
Julierose, La Blageuse (Star Rise-euse-ing) 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SERVICE FOR 12


All 12 plates are done...I'll need to re-arrange them, of course, but my shoulders would not allow me to reach up to do it this morning..;000.
Now I can remove them and work on cutting the backing squares and centers....

In the meantime, my leader-ender Star is coming along too;)))
   
                    They are just rising and you can see swathes of pinks from the sunsetting..

All of these fabrics are LEFTOVERS...strips and strings, bits and bobs...I have separated them into two baskets and am
cutting as I go...
I think you can see the star points in this smaller picture....so loving this type of sewing...
                     ("String along with me, I'm on my way to the Stars...") .
{File under Songs for All Occasions....}lol

Rain, rain and more rain here; our chimney is leaking a little onto my little bookcase that houses all my "STUFF" in our tv room...we will have to call our guy to come and re-caulk it...not too bad though, and nothing damaged as I was up early and able to put out a bowl to catch the drips...
But, it's always something, right?? could be worse....;))))

Hugs to all of you,
Julierose, La Blageuse (Star shine-euse)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

BELLES DAMES

Remember me? From Last Year???? 
These Nouveau Ladies are hanging in my entrance hall welcoming guests...



Mom's basket-- crammed full of my fancies...
(she lined it all and painted it for me to use....) and what could be inside
this time??



Here is next group of crazy-quilt blocks waiting for a sunny Spring afternoon's sewing on our
deck.........aaaaah Spring...where are you hiding???

(or for now, evenings by the tv and fireside as it is still awfully cold and windy out there!!)
AND:
This is the latest block I am embellishing --she is looking to the future....moving on....


I am linking up with slow Sunday stitching and Kathy's friends--
all slow stitching away on this windy, cold April (??really) Sunday:


Here are the last 5 --that I had sewn in the Autumn last year...
            all awaiting their turn to be "fancified;))) 

hugs to all you hand workers out there
Julierose, La Blageuse (Belles Dames-euse)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

TEMPUS MEANDEROUS


                                    Seven done--- 5 to go... a few centers done, too....

Taking my time on this one as I am enjoying the process; but....
holey moley--

wait a "gol'darned" second, Thelma!!...;0000

Is that the Merry Month of May I spy on our horizon--the month I turn----
G A S P ...
74 ????

already? 
how did that happen....???

I guess it really is T E M P U S  F U G I T after all...

and with that in mind --I've re-thought Bonnie Hunter's leader-ender method.
I have never really felt that I HAD to make two quilts at one time....but with my 
L  O  N  G  list of quilts I want to make and my

S  H  O  R  T  amount of years in my future, I have decided to jump on that
bandwagon...{wait for me!!};0000

And so, my new leader-ender is a string star quilt that I spied on Angie's site
yesterday when I was reading posts...it just hit me that I NEEDED to MAKE this one right now, for me  ...hard enough did I get hit that...
I went immediately and pulled out
my blue strips and fat 1/4's stash...yikes--not many in there..
WHAAAA????

Oh, yeah, blue being my favorite color, I've used most of those 
deep blues up...



I made one more Dresden using my 6" muslin blocks and the 
leader-ender method to sew these two up:



                            Aren't they pretty?? 

Oh my gosh, I am super excited, silly old Grand-mere that I am....6 more to make in blue and then some blue and white and some all white.....

[shamelessly copying Angie's quilt that I am;
 shall I call her an enabler instead???? ROTFLOL????]

 Hi Angie ..

 I hope that I have enough of these deep blues to finish...
or else, OH NOOOOO...I'll have to visit Jenny hahaha

Here's my new iron and set up (remember the sad cracked ironing board saga?)

Am using my June Taylor (veryvery old and stained) cut n' press board....




















Here's the next Plate set up, a mix of 
leftovers on this one...








And just because I think it's so cute, I had to show you my under the harp pin cushion...;)))

So, on this extremely windy and rain-soaked day... gray, gray gray...

I am making this for dinner:{ after all, hubster had surgery Thursday...
so and he is doing really well for those of you who 
wanted to know ;))) }

meatloaf [hub's favorite], mashed potatoes, and string beans....

Hugs
Julierose, La Blageuse (Stringing along-euse)




Sunday, March 26, 2017

SUNDAY DINNER


The "place setting" so far.... this rainy and still cold really, Sunday; I have been working on my Dresden Plates.  

I need to cut more wedges now....but the old shoulder issue has reared its
ugly head again...so I will be using the Corn Bag that the amazing  Colette so kindly made for me to soothe it....;))) it works so well...
thanks again Colette....

AND..... reading, or rather, re-reading, (I do that a lot as I cannot
seem to find many good books lately) a P.D. James book: 
"Death of an Expert Witness". I love her Adam Dalgleish series....

I have also been browsing Missouri Star video tutorials for the 2nd secret
lap quilt I plan on making...I like the "Snowball Four Patch" the best so far and
the "Periwinkle" quilt (but,  this Periwinkle has tons of little pieces...hmmm)

I will be making pork fried rice for my hubby for his dinner with some leftover pork chops...I will be having a S A L A D yet  AGAIN!!  ;((((, 
BUT............ I have lost 3.5 lbs this past week, 
so onward and 
"DOWN"ward I hope..... LOL

Hugs, 
Julierose, La Blageuse (Dresden-euse)




Sunday, March 19, 2017

WINDY SUNDAY = FUN!


A New project (I know, I said finishes first--but see above: 
"Sunday=Fun")

I've had this charm pack of Bramblewood (I think it was called that) for a long time and had set up a Plus quilt with the charms, but didn't like it at ALL--
soooo.........................

I want to make a surprise quilt for a sweetheart that I know....I LOVE Dresden
Plates and thought that these would be a lovely set of dishes...for someone special...

I have no idea what color 14.5" squares I will use for a background or the centers as yet....just improvising along.  
(As in "No worries, just having fun") 

This plate takes 20 little wedges 5" long; so, I can get 2 
wedges from each square...
and the resultant dish is 12" give or take....I want to do a big stitch by hand on this one...make it really special....

I will need it for later on this year...just sayin' Shhhhhh...........
Each plate will feature 2-3 of each pattern and color in the set.


Here are the rest of the colors in this lovely, low volume charm pack...
(Ya think this board is old??? yikes--) gorgeous lavenders, turquoises, corals and pinks...all flecked with bits of gold--kind of like those gold-rimmed plates 
I would love to have...

And so on this windy and cold Sunday I find myself excited about quilting 
again-;))))

-out of my funk of not liking anything; 
I was cleaning out my stash when I came across this stack and

Shazaaam!!!!!

 It hit me---this  would be a perfect set of Dresden Dishes--

MAKES ME REMEMBER.....

My Mom and I made a Dresden quilt for my cousin, Jeannette, when she found out she had cancer (since sadly departed from my life--she was like a sister to me) and we gifted it to her calling it "Chez Nous" meaning At Home [or really you are always welcome in our house.]  

Because that is how she was--"Oh come on over, stay for dinner with us" Always so happy to see the family...I truly miss her still --she passed way too many
years ago now and way too young....

So, 
I think this one will be named Chez Nous " also.......in her honor....

{I am thinking of her as I make my Sunday Dinner "Chez Nous", of pot roast, mashed potatoes and a nice tossed salad...she was the crock pot queen, too; as I have become ......
if you're up there Jeannette-- ma cousine,
I hope you are smiling down at us and enjoying 
seeing my new set of "Dishes" coming together...}

Hugs, 
Julierose, La Blageuse-Dresden-euse

Friday, March 17, 2017

FRIDAY FINISH

the reverse of Christmas on Pipere's Farm table topper --finally got this together...

And the Bossy side LOL

And here are a few close ups...



































And


with this, I have finished what I am going to make from the Farm Girl Vintage set of blocks....

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Here is my wish for Winter to be O V E R ...


A Summer Breeze for the back of my Spring Pansies in progress...(I am not a fan of hourglass
sewing--again with the triangle challenged-brain...) .but I love these fabrics--;))))
 (Here insert:
"If I could save time in a bottle....la la-la-laaaah, la la laaaah...")
SO:
I have come to a complete STOP: ..................with my sewing...and handworks, and paper crafting, embroidery etc...

I am debating whether to make another spider web (I have a lot of papers leftover...)
or wait for my teeny periwinkle tool and papers from MSQC to come in the mail...
so adorable... from Jennie, the enabler...;))))................
OR a log cabin piece....

BUT********I cannot seem to come to any kind of decision**************

which usually means for me, that it is time to take stock, rest and see where I want to go....
nothing jumps out at me....cabin fever strikes again...;0000

hugs and TGIF to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse      ( Spring Fevered-euse)