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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.

Friday, August 31, 2018


                            Here is my collection of Maverick Stars....so far--

I've decided to use up my 2.5" squares from my 3-years-ago (!!) swap...
at  "The Curious Quilter" 's blog...............
(she no longer is doing this world wide swap...;((( )

I have a lot of Autumnal golds so every other row will have gold squares until they run out...
After I put together each one, I set up the next and decide on star points fabric...most of the points are 2.5" metallic squares cut diagonally in half...
(see tree, blue door, and wheat sheaves blocks above) 
so...because the triangles are so small they become  far away stars--with little 
twinkling points....
                              "...far away over the stellar sea..."..
AND...the centers are all cut from a scenic country cotton....that I have fussy cut...

I (as you who have followed me know) don't do triangles...so this is such fun for me to just
use the folded corners method.  This will be another long term ongoing project for
fun sewing...
along with my Ojos Di Dios strip blocks...

On these Ojos, I am running out of deep maroon scraps so, I've emptied my pink 
leftover strips to move the colors to lighter blocks...we'll see how they look...I'll make a couple to try them out...today I was able to take 15 minutes and cut more 6" bases
for these--but decided no more cutting for another while...to let my shoulders rest
up really well....
hugs for a wonderful upcoming weekend with cooler temps (YAY)
Julierose La Blageuse (starry-eyed-euse)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


                Here is where my Log Cabin Loonies  project stands so far...

Next round for JulieK's project will be darks...I hope to add these this week...
Drop in for a visit to see everyone's lovely interpretation ....

[Our AC is acting up (oh no--in a heat wave, of course!!) --it works for a while and then doesn't
come on...maybe it's tired? I wouldn't be surprised as I think it has been on continuously all Summer
long..so a "HELP" call will be going in to our guy....]

................................anyway, there are 20 of these little gems in progress..

this little block looks like a snowstorm to me....
.I am hoping that this WIP and this one below:

                       will begin to deplete my stash of blue and dark red/maroon strips...
                          But it seems the more I use, the more show up overnight.  ;000

AND THEN...there's this kerfoffle to work on:

                         Fabric fabric everywhere, and how my shelves did shrink...lol
  {to misquote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner into the Rime of the Ancient Sewist....}

What a total mess...at one time all fabrics were folded neatly and arranged by hot and cold
colors...not so much anymore, ya think?

If my "Ancient" limbs will allow I need to get down in there and re-sort and re-
arrange...so far, I look at it, and then close the doors...(bad girl). 

Stay cool,
Hugs from
Julierose, La blageuse (fanning herself-euse)

Monday, August 27, 2018


                                                        "JE ME SOUVIENS, MAMA"
                                             Everyone called her Cherie......

                              Still missing you; never to be forgotten....

                               The marshes you loved are turning russet in the 
                                  fading light.....
                                    and another Summer is
                                              leaving us.....

                                         hugs, "Ta petite chouette"

Friday, August 24, 2018


                   ISF AND ISR ('Ive Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain) Round Deux ;)))

Playing catch-up with these 20 little log cabin blocks.  Linking with Julie K
and the "Loonies" doing this tiny log cabin block.

I am using the Mary Ellen Hopkins' strip method to put these together...laying each finished
round on pre-cut 1" strips and then trimming...

I am loving how the little snow covered Japanese houses and hills are looking fussy cut....
and the little Japanese Irises in the rain....

The next  2 rounds will be darks....
And here they are:

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (working round and round and round-euse)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


                            Just look at what Jacky (no blog yet;}}} ) sent me today..

I had sent her some fabric for her projects for the Autumn Craft Fairs coming up and she made these two lovely bookmarks for me...
                    Thanks so much Jacky--you are so sweet to think of me

As a huge fan of reading (I usually have at least 2 books on the go!) I am
always tearing off corners of this and that for bookmarks.. ;0000
.Now I have these...;)))
Just Perfect...they are lovely............

              And when I am not quilting or reading...I am coloring and trying to learn to layer
...this is my B I G project following Color and Chat with Sammie on Youtube..
.       I find this soooo relaxing...
                                         Some Yertle the Turtle Summer Fun time....;)))lol

Hugs on this hot and humid (AGAIN!) day in SE CT
Julierose, La Blageuse (grateful-euse)

P.S.  Still Loonie Log Cabin-ing and Ojo-ing and Maverick Star-ing away guys)

Sunday, August 19, 2018


                       Step One on my Log Cabin Loonies....( a new squirrel for me!).
It is named:                             "I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain"

                                  This was the brain child of  Julie K (click to visit ;))  )
                               I really think...they are certainly are the "looniest" tiny ones...;)))

STAY TUNED HERE for my "little" efforts (fingers & toes crossed).

The next step  will be the 1.5"  light round....
(going "widdershins" : counter clockwise--have to keep my balance--these are
dizzying) *)))

hugs Julierose, La Blageuse (in miniature-euse) 

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Working my scrappy blocks with the maroons leftover from "Free the Wild Horses";
and blues from my "Stars" wall hanging.....

You can see my orts from those two quilts laid out here by color......................

Here is my salute to Autumn --
all from 2.5" squares and scraps; 
and  I am using one fabric
of Summer's Bounty for the centers...

I've been wanting to try out this "Maverick Star"  block for a long time....
This will be a long term leader-ender project...

I love this red door.............
Pumpkins ripening....


Look at this lovely mug rug that DAWN sent me--a surprise happy mailing....
thank you Dawn, you are so thoughtful...I love it!
And the reverse:
Really really cute...

*******************************************AND******************** (G A S P E R S!!)
                         [File under "Squirrel" ...yup, totally enchanted....]

I am cutting 1" centers and strips to join in with the "Log Cabin Loonies" making this 4" finished (;ooo) log cabin block 
(I must have lost my mind somewhere today--but I will give it a whirl...)
                                    Another Julie ;))) 's blog...(click to find her)

go and check out her "teeney" tiny gorgeous piece....

(As you can see I am still using the same colors that are more orts from my Ojo di Dios
works above...)  
AND, (sighing here) I am a little (well, actually, a lot!) concerned about the seam allowance thing...I figure it will be a "near thing--so I cut out extra centers 
(for my friend "Just-in-Case)hahaha

(Wish me luck, fingers crossed, feet first, jumping in at the deep end...etc etc 😓 )
Julierose, La Blageuse  ( stripping along-euse)

Sunday, August 12, 2018


                                                    A quiet Sunday afternoon; 
watching the Red Sox, 
and stitching on Pomegranates...
Hooking up with kathy's quilts for some Slow Sunday quilting...
hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (needling-euse)

Monday, August 6, 2018


                                MY  HYDRANGEA LIKED THE SATURDAY RAINS.....

                                                   and....WE SO NEEDED THIS RAIN...


These will turn a pink-ey bronze at the Fall arrives--I hope to dry them for Winter...

And on the "Use It Up" front:

Here are the leftover blocks from my Paris wall hanging...
this will be a 
table topper...
I have decided not to put these away--(leftovers) ---but just keep on 
making blocks until these strings are gone or there are  not enough big 
pieces to make these 6" blocks below............

The dark blue in the basket and the lights in the little empty Upton Tea box
are the only blue and light strings I have on hand....

I spent most of Saturday sorting out the other colors and bagging them up..
Enough already--no more storage...

The little container on the top right holds really small pieces that I cannot use
on these blocks...I hope to sew some "made" fabric with them and thus not have 
anything leftover...no orts, sports ;))))
Severe humidity today feels like 109 here...unheard of...
hurray for AC..!!!

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (still stripping)