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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.

Sunday, September 30, 2018


This is where I left off in...................OMG:  in JULY --๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž
see there, I'm out on our deck,
quilting away...meantime................in between time...........

my poor Pomegranates have languished in my tote bag
since then.  YUP, nada quilting.....

I guess I just lost my M O J O for this project. :<((( 

I visited Kathy's quilts this morning for her Slow Sunday Stitching 
posting and  immediately thought about Poms...
they are resting underneath a side table that
I face in our tv room...all the time...
and I have AVERTED my
                                                  ๐Ÿ‘€ (eyes)

up until this morning. 

Kathy stated it well...we do get discouraged (or at
least I have) once in a while...
even though this is one of my favorite quilts...

So, today I am (seriously) going to pick it up 
(I can see the excitement shaking the tote bag over there 
as I write this lol) 
and just tell myself--
one row just one row.;}}}}
and see what happens.  While I watch the Patriots Game in here....

Thanks so much, Kathy for airing out this frequent quilting problem that
seems to  arise now and then...for me, at least....and cheering us on....
Sunday dinner tonight will be Thom's (aka hubby, hubster, Dear One, 
Mr. Wonderful) marinara sauce and spaghetti noodles...so nice and light...
and a day off cooking for me YAY!!!
 (yesterday I made Bean soup for our dinner--which is a recipe with many
He claims his back (which he threw out last Tuesday night)
needs for him to move around and he has a "taste" for
marinara today...Right now he's on the heating pad and doing his computer
stuff--something about plane spotting and ADSB ...urgh!!๐Ÿ‘ด

So you see, no excuses, I just need to get to that hand quilting...
RIGHT???......(stay tuned to see wha' hoppen ;}}} )

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (slurping noodles-euse) ;)))

*Edited to add:*

2:00 p.m.:
Got a few rows done, anyway before my hands began hurting...
My little scissors magnet kept me company. About 1/3rd of little side triangle...

[Patriots ahead so far....;)))] 

Friday, September 28, 2018


Here is the start of my side strips for my Ojos; I have decided to go with the softer "rain" strips using this stash:

All leftovers from my ISF and ISR and the Ojos...(on the top is the other muslin strip)..
I want to build these on muslin as the Ojos are on muslin...to keep
the layers even.....

A little test picture to see how they will play--they will interrupt the diamonds
of rain and fire...just enough, I think, without being too busy...
Y E S!!  Always fun when ideas you dream about look good to you...
isn't it?

This is such another fun way to sew...slapping strips down and ironing →
and repeat....⇶..

And now for my latest stars....
A doorway into Autumn with this orange.....pumpkins, Halloween, 

And this one leading onto 
A scent of pine in the air presaging Winter's arrival--not too soon,
 I hope--will be going out to get our favorite McCoun apples tomorrow...

I only got 2 stars finished  this week as both hubster and I were 
under the weather   ☔ --  it was raining inside and out here!! 

But we are feeling better--at least I am--his back is still O U T ! ;(((
poor guy๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฌ...
This noontime we are treating ourselves to Genoa Salami Grinders--our
favorite...for our big meal at lunchtime...along with a few 
Cape Cod chips...

So, mes amies...
That's the news from chez Julierose today ;*}}}

Hugs to you all, 
Julierose, La Blageuse (chomping happily-euse)

Thursday, September 27, 2018


                            My latest Diamond Painting canvas (DP) "Green Eye"--

This is a smaller piece and I am  moving along pretty quickly. 
I love doing these. smaller ones...
I plan to frame this and hang it over my
sewing room worktable..
                                                         ("I'm keeping my eye on you!" lol).

I think what I like best about doing these, is seeing the picture emerge as you add the 
diamonds...and the fact that it is so sparkle-ey...and such a quiet craft--I was up, 
unable to sleep tonight; and so , I inished the next to last section 
with my cuppa "Joe" and .........................................
                                                             S I L E N C E

That lovely hush in the middle of the night that feels like velvet...
away from the hustle
and bustle of daily living and noises.....


Sometimes, I can hear a whisper of the ocean waves washing our shoreline....
and the lonely whistle of a night train streaming by........

C A L M.....

Hugs to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse (toute seule-euse)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


I decided to SEW THESE IN ONE LONG STRIP  with the 20 little blocks grouped
 in 4-sies... and I chose the "fire" setting (ISF and ISR) . 
Now I need to figure out what I WANT to USE THEM FOR.....;???)))..

SO..........This is resting and simmering until I get another brainstorm....hopefully soon.

In the meantime visit JULIEK to see how the rest of us Log Cabin Loonies are doing...

To the right of these are my strippy blocks: "Ojos",
 with both fire and rain settings

Teeming, pouring rain here today--so making some more Stars and diamond painting...
and sewing Ojos into rows....A quiet, sleepy afternoon....

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse, (inside-euse)

Friday, September 21, 2018








                                                         Here is Friday's Autumnal Star

I am making one star per day; do you have a "routine" that you set up for
repeat blocks?  
I really enjoyed figuring out how I wanted to set up the steps
in making these stars....somehow knowing that by heart now, gives me a great
deal of satisfaction and pleasure...
no fiddling about,  no wondering  "what next". 

Just picking the squares, and the center, and deciding the star point colors;
then row by row, always ironing the seams open...and VOILA!! ๐Ÿ˜ป Instant
happiness and gratification...
I am a person who likes repetition...
I think this must come from my piano background 
when I would go over and over a section to get it
just right....maybe??? And never got sick of doing it that way....

My Ojos strip blocks and even log cabins fall right into this method....
In thinking back on my quilt making processes, I see that my choices of blocks
and strips fall on this method of a "routine"; and  maybe that is why I've 
never made any quilts with all different blocks...
I do think they are beautiful--- like especially:

 LORI'S   (click to see this beauty ) "Sweet Liberty" quilt.  
I am so drawn to this.....
but have never gone down that road...
the closest I've come are the very few applique
pieces I've made . 

Soooo, What is your favorite quilt making method (s)?? 
I hope this wonderful refreshing, cooler weather has come to your home....
hugs for a super weekend....
Julierose, La blageuse (routinely -euse)

Thursday, September 20, 2018


                     Here is my progress on my Lighthouse Diamond Painting so far....
I have a few small areas still left to fill as yet, across the mid-and bottom sections....

I began this 35c x 45c picture on September 1st.
The back story to my beginning this new craft adventure, is that I have always wanted to learn counted cross stitch; but I just cannot see well enough (or seemingly COUNT 
well enough !) to do it--I have a few messed up pieces stashed away that prove my point...

AND, so...while I was
surfing through Youtube,
looking (well, drooling over lol) cross stitchery that many are doing, and wishing I
could do it too......

I  came across  Stitcherista's channel-- where she does cross stitch--- 
and what was this?
something called diamond painting--what is this, I asked?? 

Lovely pictures that when finished are all sparkle-ey and
look like cross stitch or mosaic pieces...be still my ๐Ÿ’“....

And so my journey began....
I am so enjoying this craft --maybe because I used to love to do
paint by number as a child...it is similar...and 
you have to work S L O W L Y to place
all the little diamond bits correctly...which I find very relaxing...

I will frame this canvas when it is finished--oh--and I have a few more
waiting in the wings--ya think?  
Julierose, La Blageuse (enthralled-euse)

Sunday, September 16, 2018


                                                        FIRE SETTING OF "isf and isr"
I decided to use the "Fire" (dark center) setting of 
                                          "I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain" ...
I've had to really trim down a LOT :(((--and so it goes....

And now I am deciding what to use as a border....it needs to simmer a bit....

                    My Ojos are set up with alternating Fire and Rain centers...
These need coin borders I've decided....

(you can see that the leftovers from this piece inspired my ISF and ISR 
loony log cabin piece...at JULIEK'S BLOG --
 hop on over for
a visit to see all the little log cabins for her sew-a-long...)

And my Maverick Stars --re-named "Star Eyes" have gotten to this point....
                  I don't know about the setting as yet; just enjoying the Star flight for now.....

And here are Fiona and Willa after their soccer games.....

                                   Big sister on the deck giving little sister a hug...and...................

Don't you just love this one....they are so sweet....love you girls....๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Sunday dinner is leftover pot roast from Friday's meal: 

Thom will have the works-- gravy and all, while
I will have a nice sandwich with lettuce and tomato and potato puffs--
which, by the way, we have just re-discovered after years
of not finding any....they are super good (lips smacking herelol)
We are definitely potato fanatics....;)))) yummy....

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (sitting on the deck-euse and reading)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


                                Here is the 1st idea......the Rain setting
                     the 2nd...  the fire setting...
there would be one left over if I used either of these as --for
some reason I made 21...

Still pondering  .....linking with JULIEK  and the rest of us loonies ;))))
hugs, Julierose , La blageuse (wondering-euse...)

Sunday, September 9, 2018


While going through my quilting library--I came across my old favorite....
One of the very first quilting books i purchased....
(and of course, you know I am stopping to re-read favorite parts during this
re shelving ;))) event)

And then, after a cup of tea and a sit down while looking at my messy
side table heaped with strips and strings ....

this happened......

Since I am in a log cabin frame of mind after finishing my Log Cabin Loonies,
I began sorting strings scattered all over my side table..and just came across these few
fabric strips  left of some of my favorite fabrics...they kinda just fell together....๐Ÿ˜‚

                                     Don't these make cute little scenes----

I think I will title it:         "Winter by the Sea"--

definitely after a storm....
with ocean waves crashing ashore...
 and gusty winds blowing.........
Perhaps  my listening to the Shipping Forecast on Youtube to calm myself while
shelving those heavy books, and feeling kinda blue....missing Mom a bit...
after watching the Weather and all about the upcoming hurricanes
influenced my eyes ---matching these fabrics together out of the
mish-mashed heap that resides on my side table...
my mind jumped ship--so to speak--
these were born...

This sky fabric reminds me of winter skies after blizzards...
Also, we hear that as of tomorrow this little respite of cooler temps will
fade in the onslaught of a new heat and humidity wave --and so I'm dreaming of
cooler temps....

Who knew?  Quien Sabe? Huh???

And so, you never know when serendipity will hit, right? ( I even used my 
scissors to trim up the little bits I needed)
And...I really don't know
what this may turn out to be....
but am enjoying this improv moment..

a rare "Time Out Of Mind" moment...
Do you ever have something HIT you like this--naturally you have to 
"go with the flow" immediately (no, I can't come to the phone!!") and
get it together while the Angel of Inspiration is visiting you....;}}}

and so, this is my little tale for THIS quiet Sunday...
Today's menu will be Tacos and Refried Beans at noon and
"catch as catch can" for supper....


Hugs to you all,
Julierose, La Blageuse (inspired-euse)

Saturday, September 8, 2018


Look at what lovely DAWN sent me when I posted that my maroon fabrics were
getting low for my Ojos..isn't that great?  
She is really a doll...
don't you just
love using someone else's stash finds?  
Somehow it's more fun!! ;)))

                                                ๐Ÿ’Thank you so much Dawn ๐Ÿ’–

AND  JULIEK, (click on our chicadee)
our sweet Log Cabin Loonies Leader par excellance ;)) told me
I was the winner this week !! (YAY)

(Hop on over to see the lovely petite Log Cabins everyone is making...what fun!!).
Look what I got.............

                      This beautiful packet of Fat Quarters in an Autumnal mood...

                                                   Aren't they beautiful?  
 fabrics ;))))))))))))))๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’

Thank you so much JulieK --these are so inspiring...that........
I will be continuing on my log cabin journey with
using the gold print for the center--I think --perhaps a Courthouse Steps
And hoping to finish my ISF and ISR log cabin loonies this weekend...and decide on
the setting...and what to use them for...

Julierose, La Blageuse (doubly thankful-euse) ;)))

Friday, September 7, 2018


                         My Maverick Star went a bit too "maverick " here.....
                                 off the rails , so to speak...;0000

How much of a "fudge factor" do you allow???? Discerning quilters
want to know ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ˜‡ 
("Hello, is this the sewing police??" lol).

And so...(SIGH):
I took her apart and redid her...
Now I absolutely HATE un-sewing...
but I cannot use my usual Fudge Factor here--it's way too mis-aligned....
This is better ;)))  don't you think?? 
(patting myself on the back here) hahaha

I am moving along
slowly with these stars...doing them in sections....

                   I love choosing the centers from my fussy cut print; 
                  and then deciding what color of 2.5" squares for the surround; 
then making the star points; 
and finally sewing rows together --
ironing the seams open to help with bulky crossings.....;}}}}}

I  am beginning to get the hang of working with scissors; and as my squares are 
already pre-cut,  it's easy to just use my small Friskars scissors to trim up........

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (scissors hands-euse) 

Thursday, September 6, 2018


                       HERE IS WHAT I AM DOING WHEN I CANNOT SEW
                       OR ROTARY CUT.....(I mean a gal has to keep busy, right??)

                                                              DIAMOND PAINTING...
                                                                    MY NEW LOVE....

This is a corner of my sewing area where I can work on my new craft--
which I am thoroughly enjoying....;))))

                     My 1st picture is a lighthouse by the ocean;

hubster LOVES lighthouses and  their history...
so I thought this would be a great first painting...
(The darker areas in this picture are full of diamond pieces...
aka "drills")

The canvas comes full of sticky-ness and you place the drills on each square according to the schematic...on the right...and the beads come packaged
separately and numbered.

I love how the drills (small round pieces in this case) sparkle...

The darker areas have been "painted" with those little sparklers...;)))

This is so relaxing; I bought a light table to help illuminate the
canvas from underneath ...( Oh  Ye of the Ancient Eyes....)

and am so loving this craft....
                           Here you can see the legend for the beads that are included in the kit....

If you go to YouTube and put in Diamond Painting you can see crafters painting
their canvases...the results are so beautiful...

I have ordered a few more (ya think? ) kits from China at Ali Express...
one is a sunflower, one an owl, and one a landscape...
so they may take a while to get here...
because I want to have some ahead 
who knows what will happen with our new
(crazee) tariffs in place...๐Ÿ‘บ
Tomorrow I hope to make another Maverick Star using scissors...to trim;
at least I have the 2.5" squares all cut; so only the corners need to be trimmed...

We'll see how this goes...I mean, our Grand- and Great-Grand-mere's only used
scissors.  (I hope to "kit up" a lot of things ahead so that cutting will not become
an issue as I keep on quilting...
And aging...aaargh!) 
I hope for a long time still......;*)))

Right now we are having H U G E thunder boomers and heavy rains...
we really need the rain...our lawn is like hay and even my prostrate junipers
have turned brown at their edges...!!! I've never seen this happen before...
I think our former 4 Season year is whittling done to TWO
HOT and COLD  ...Hope not, though...
Autumn where oh where are you???

hugs, To you all 
Julierose, La Blageuse (Diamond' Lil' -euse)


                My goal for this Autumnal Season is to try to finish up quilting on my
                                                POMEGRANATES IN THE RAIN

I have two more side triangles and four corners to quilt.....is this do-able given the state of
my arm/shoulder problem???๐Ÿ’ญ

Well, a few lines each day is how I am going to roll with this.

I really love how this is coming out and want to see it finished. 

Wish me luck...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Hugs Julierose, La Blageuse (from the usually non-goal-setting-euse) ;}}}

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


                               Linking up  with JulieK and the Log Cabin Loonies gals...
Go and see the lovely Log cabins in progress....this is such a fun Sew Along...
(and here I never thought i could make such small cabins!!)
(I actually have 21 made --dropped 3 on the floor--but gasp--thankfully I found them)

Next up another will be light round...I will be using a "sky" fabric on all of these....
hoping to get that done today...

I will be cutting with scissors as Rotary work has really been bothering me lately.
Hopefully, I can maintain the good edges....

I've been thinking about how i want to put these together...so many options....so far,
all whites together appeals to me...
As I referred to above, I will have to be switching over to scissor work; my arms and shoulders
just get SO SORE when i rotary cut...and I do have a new blade--guess I should be doing some
strengthening exercises,,,;000.

hugs from SE CT on another hot, humid day...will it never end talk about "FIRE" but no
Julierose, La Blageuse (scissor-hands-euse)