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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, May 31, 2018

A-TISKET-A -TASKET #3, et al

                                                     A-- Tisket--A Tasket No. 3...
                                                             Christmas Baskets
                                                              a beginning...

I have really have enjoyed making these Gwen Marston's Liberated Baskets blocks....
                                                  for my little wall hangings...


The first one I made I donated to the Facility where my Mom was housed her last years for auction  to benefit the Arts and Crafts Group that Mom liked to work in at the nursing home...
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The 2nd  one is this one,
 which now hangs over my wine chest in our dining room,



I am going to use the leftovers from #3 (above) to make another Christmas themed one; 
that is the fun part of these, the pieces you cut off make new baskets
you can then use to make another piece...

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On the home front :
Our refrigerator died last night......
we had not the first idea that there was even a problem;
 and by the time we noticed it
(when I was getting a glass of milk before bed at 11 last night)
all the food and freezer items had spoiled...
So, we spent about 2 hours emptying and heaving out food....
AND...........

Today we went on an epic journey to find a new fridge...
In our area there are big box stores 
(Lowes and Home Depot and Best Buy) and 
only one small "Mom and Pop" appliance store...
We needed a counter depth fridge to fit our 
small space....
AND to top everything off...
We were told by all the big box stores that no delivery was available
until June 20th!! 
 No way was that going to work for us...;0000!!!
SOOOO
After going back and forth all morning and half the 
afternoon...
we finally found that one remaining small store that even
carried counter depth fridges to fit our small
space...
We did find a replacement on sale and
they will deliver tomorrow...
thank heavens for small businesses...
So I guess all's well that ends well...

I am glad that we purchased this before these crazy tariffs
have gone into effect...
Nuff said...;ooo

Hugs to everyone.
Julierose, La blageuse (waiting to re-stock-euse-- $$$$)




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

IRIS WEATHER

                          On this foggy morning my favorite iris just glowed .......

And.....even more blooms are emerging...they appear fluorescent in the morning light...

and right next to them are these Japanese iris .....

Violet iris grow on the side of my garage off of our tv room...along with the 
white that just appeared for the first time this year.....

such a glorious pure white...so sparkling in the early morning light....
I am hoping to acquire more iris this year to add to this flowering heaven.....

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and our little blue spruce is showing new growth this year, too...
I guess spring is really come at long last....

hugs Julierose, La Blageuse 
(relaxing in my garden-euse)


Sunday, May 27, 2018

JUST SO YOU KNOW

None of anyone's comments are making it to my email; I will have to answer you on the blog for now--I am not ignoring your comments to me. 
BLOGGER will fix this soon I hope....
IF IT ISN'T ONE THING IT'S ANOTHER.....very frustrating...

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (upset-euse)


Saturday, May 26, 2018

IRIS LEMONADE

This beauty just came out today and smells like lemonade...I have no memory of
planting it...it wasn't around last year...a wonderful mystery...;))))

AND, another one it appears...

These I planted a couple years ago...

and they are ready to emerge--THEY smell like grapes...sooo lovely...
these are on the same side as the Lemonade ones and below


these iris are in my front garden spot ...


Still too cold for my peonies to come out...but I am so looking forward to their
blooming....

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I finished my May Baskets wall hanging and put it up over my wine chest in our
dining area....the reverse (which I will save for another post--stay tuned ;}}} ) 
is a summer hanging...( as you can see on the top border I RAN OUT of
the border fabric--yikes--but so be it....)
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And, none of these is exactly like the other..............


More of my leftover 2" (+/-) squares; I am making 9-patches and really have no idea
what they will become...but am enjoying the sewing...
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I hope that you are all enjoying this long Memorial Day Weekend...
It's a quiet one for us here...and tomorrow we are expecting downpours--but
Thom made his yellow whole pea soup and that along with my homemade croutons
should keep us warm .....
hugs to you all
Julierose, La Blageuse  (slowing-down-euse)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

LEFTOVERS

This container is full of leftover 2" squares from a swap I entered years ago....(in case you are interested it was on "The Curious Quilter"'s blog)
ANYHOO....
Not all of these are the same--as the saying goes...
some a smidgen smaller and small a bit bigger..soooo..
                                               2" plus or minus...😄
(PLUS, I have a lot of duple-and triplicates of the same fabrics...
Quite a puzzle....)

Makes for interesting sewing...
AND...I am not about to go and trim up all of these...
So far I've made:









 This nine patch










and...


this one

And this last one so far...

as I put them up on the
design wall..............

I began humming:

"It's Beginning to look a lot like
CHRISTMAS..."















And so this little runner is being born....

I've had this old fabric Forever and a Day...I like how it plays Christmas Carols for me....
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My next colors will be in this range....

You can see how uneven those (supposedly) 2"-ers are....;ooooo

But seeing that perfection is not the goal her, but rather some little fun runners
 and mug rugs and such.....and "using it up"
I'm just

                                          "BREEZING ALONG WITH THE BREEZE..."

Hugs on a partly sunny (for a while anyway) Tuesday...
Hope your day is a good one
Hugs, Julierose (humming away-euse)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

RAINING POMEGRANATES

                                                          POMEGRANATES IN THE RAIN

This is well-named--we have had rain all week as I bring out my pieces that took a
backseat while I finished all the family lap quilts....

Today I am stitching my allotted 3 lines of quilting so my hand/arm will not side-
line me..

Joining in with Kathy at SLOW SUNDAY STITCHING..

You can see how far I've gotten on this last full square...the other "rainy spots" for quilting
are triangles along all the sides--so this will be my Summer baseball-watching, deck-sitting
project by hand...

hugs to all you S l o w S u n d a y stitchers,
Julierose, La Blageuse (stitching in the rain-euse)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

TIED,QUILTED AND GIFTED

                                                                      VENETZIA
Ready for binding....

                                 A Memory quilt of our Trip to Italy,,,

                                          Here is the back --I just love this fabric...
                                           So evocative.....


And
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          An early birthday present from my DDH (dear darling hubster);)))
A Magnolia tree....

Aren't the flowers just beautiful??  I have always wanted one...and this is a hybrid
that is a late bloomer to avoid the frost--uh...good thing as our Winters
are getting longer and longer it seems....

And while we are on the birthday front....
How lucky am I....
Look what came in the mail...........
these goodies from my 




sweet friend, DAWNIE


One of them is all nice and
"Squishy"....hmmmm



Can I really wait til Saturday to open them....?????

NO WAY JOSE!!

OH LOOK....
                   A sewing machine mat with pockets across the front--how wonderful is that...

And a lovely set of notecards....
Aren't they pretty???

                                                      THANK YOU SO MUCH DAWN--
                                                               you really made my day

And I will leave you with this (disturbing?? maybe--no funny) visual
Her card....


                                                                STILL  GETTIN' DOWN
                                                             AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!!
                                                                            ;}}}}}}}
                                                             [GOTTA LOVE THOSE SHOES]

HUGS, Julierose, La blageuse (jiving-euse)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SPRING IS HERE

Our trees are sending out buds at long last....

golden buds, red buds, pale green ones.........

Our last old apple tree budding out still another year......

We have reached 80 degrees at 1:30 p.m..........even with the sea breezes.....aaahhh....

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And
VENETZIA is all tied --

Now, I just want to do a little machine seam quilting to hold it more securely along the edges... then binding...
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And........
We are off to visit our friends and see their new condo this evening....they just sold up
this past November and tell us they really love condo living....

I am bringing the dinner salad and a bottle of champagne and the "Free the Wild Horses"
tabletopper for them in their new digs...hope they like it....

Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (crumb-piecing-euse)