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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, January 30, 2019

ATHENE BLOOMING AWAY, ET AL

                    Athene, which came from the grocery store, is STILL blooming away  ;)))

                    what a treat this is to see during these grey days..

My phone didn't capture the snow outside here, 
Athene, though, is
 leaning out trying to capture any  light...

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Latest Snowball:


      Peaches and strawberries....
the corners are happening as they fall....
what a fun project this one is....

  Here is the latest grouping of blocks...
not in any particular setting order....

I feel as if I still need some more colors....
perhaps some darker ones...

  some warm gray and turquoise...to throw into the mix....
Stay warm and safe on this frigid
windy night...

hugs,Julierose, La blageuse (hunkered down-euse)


Sunday, January 27, 2019

IS IT SOUP YET?

                                                         Six bowls sewn and simmering

                                                       .....and

                                             Six more to stir up...........
                          and Slowly develop the flavors.............

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AND.........

                               Two more snowball blocks...with corners
                                                 changed up....
[I've discovered that I can trim with my scissors 
and avoid rotary cutting burn out...];))))

Basically this has been my week's sewing out put ; 
along with two days' of complete rest.......

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse 
(lil' ole soup & snowball-maker-euse)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

RAINING SNOWBALLS

          Pondering new combos here....and ,
                                     solid or not, I want a scrappy look...
                                            thinking more black right now.....

                                All lined up to do flippies...only 2 at a go
                                   so when i am ready to 

                                iron the corners and

                                    then trim them up 

                           I won't hurt my hands with the rotary work....
[These are not really pink as they appear, but 
a purple sort of mottled  -- not truly a solid, 
but I don't have many solids on hand so, make do, use it up
RIGHT?]

                      Here they look like purple-y grape they are...yum;)) 

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                               On the Stone Soup recipe......

                      I am getting those ingredients mixed together...........
And..........
According to the rules I will need to add some kind of trim to my 
soup bowls...something to ponder..........
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And last but not least--my Sunflower progress....


What appear to be white dots are the sparkley bits...I am really loving the
warmth of this one...maybe 2/3rd done...

          when my hands get too sore from rotary work or hand sewing
 [and not to mention-- my falling down the grandstand over the 
          weekend at my grandson's B-Ball game right on my 
                    "good hand" and wrist, knee and back!!],                                          
                                                            {s i g h },😢
I move over to diamond painting work...
I love seeing how the image 
emerges with each added row...
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I worked in 20 minute sessions on the sewing and ironing and cutting after coming home from my early morning weekly shopping--
I wanted to get my errands done before the B I G   R A I N S  
hit this afternoon....
We have been having  weird weather this year so far....
Frigid temps to balmy 40's and 50's  and back again..
a see-saw of conditions........

Hugs, Julierose (snowball-euse)  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SNOWBALLS & SOUP



Even though we just got rain here, I am throwing
 SNOWBALLS...LOL

[I am not feeling these color combos--something doesn't strike me right...
will have to reassess--I think solids are difficult]

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STONE SOUP 

ALL THE INGREDIENTS ARE DICED
Just need to ladle into the bowls...;))))

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (flippin' and slicin' -euse)


Thursday, January 17, 2019

IS IT SOUP YET?

                               From these ingredients...


                                        Emerged these                 
                                  BUT............it's not Suppe yet...
                                         still simmering...

             ["Julierose is makin' stone soup;
              Dicing the veggies she got from the group;
              Are you all wonderin' what will be in her pot?
                                  WELL......
             You'll just have to stay tuned 
             To see what she's wrought."]

               This is only step one...........;)))

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On the reading front a new series to me...an absolutely hilarious and
charming read...I highly recommend this book.....


                       Look at this lovely bookmark that Jacky made
                            for me....
                                            love it, Jacky...💓💜
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My latest Diamond Painting --also simmering...
a cheery Sunflower for these cold, gray days....



I slept in this morning until 8:45--thanks to staying up with a sinus drip cough
until 2:00 a.m. ;000

 Eventually, I gave in and took an Allegra and then
 I actually fell asleep in my chair reading...and so to bed....
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Off to do some errands today before the snow begins..........
it is quite chilly and windy outside today and looks like
tomorrow will be a snow-out...or icey rain-out
 ...dicey (hahaha get it??) weather, anyway....
hugs, 
Julierose, La Blageuse (lil' ole soup-maker moi-euse)


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"SOUP-ER INGREDIENTS"

                         Jacky (no blog) sent me these purples for my Stone soup..
A lovely made star and a beautiful range of purple shades....

accompanied by this funny note:
And, since I am using purples for this batch of soup--I think that one
really is perfect for me...mostly my points don't er...well....exactly
                                             MATCH!! ;000

Now COLETTE sent me these lovelies....
                    Deep, rich colors , and tone on tone purples....
And, if you recall............
I have these from SHARON and DAWN











Shaon's huge mailing....






AND

                              Dawn's lovely 16-patch and cute buttons..and some little bees....
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N O W --I am instructed to put these together in some fashion and make
                                                          S T O N E  S O U P
                                     A quilt of some sort....

Right now, ladies, i am letting these ingredients simmer a bit
until I decide what kind of SOUP they will look best in....

Garden                  Beet soup                 Mountains
Easter                    Shades of night           ocean scene
Purple people eater....              mwehahaha ;000000

And on and on...not to mention how to set them:
repeating blocks, crazy quilt, applique, made fabric...

Etc.             Etc ............. ETc         ET.....[sigh] CETERA.....????


Stay tuned.....for the total mystery quilt with NO PATTERN GIVEN...
Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse (in a purple quandry-euse)


Sunday, January 13, 2019

SILENT SCRAPPY SUNDAY

                                          { LEFTOVER CHARMS= 9-PATCHES }
   
                                                      HUGS, Julierose, La blageuse

Saturday, January 12, 2019

STONE SOUP ET AL

                       Here's my mailing from DAWN................
                              she MADE a block for me...thanks Dawn...
                                     and I love the old buttons...
and..................... the second squishy package came too: 
                                             
                                             from SHARON 

(Uhhh i thought one or two "little" pieces there gal lol--)

                                 Just gaze at this wealth of PURPLES!!
                                         thank you for your generous
                                            ingredients, Sharon...

Well, my "soup" HAS BEGUN simmering....looking for a new recipe....
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   And.................... these blocks just are looking "B L A H" to me...
Well, perhaps they are reflecting my state of mind right now--
                         Y I K E S !! Not good, huh???

I mean.............................They are so spare-looking..
perhaps like  our outside view this Winter....????

Indecisiveness abounds.... 😮

But I am trudging onward...
perhaps a  serendipitous block will be the spark I need to continue...

(This is a labor-intensive block with all those "flippin" (haha) corners)

BUT...being resolute....
(altho' I didn't make any New Year's ones lol)

I will not abandon these until the pieces I've already cut ahead 
are all used up ...
THEN I will re-assess...after all.......

my drawer of deep-sixed projects is overflowing already....

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Here is a cheery look at my ever-flowering amaryllis beauties....
        I just am amazed at how prolific a bloomer this one is...but she needs
to be supported with her long stem......
and.................a little digression here...... 
Speaking of long stems--hahaha, I had my mid-back length hair cut
off on Thursday...to this:

and so far, even after two nights' sleeping on it, 
I still like it...now
to do it myself...hah  aye, matey: 
                                                 "...there's the rub" ....

And here is Red Surprise close to breaking into bloom:

I love the subtle variation of the reds, oranges--
even shades or tints of purple, yellows white and greens...
all fading in and out of each other...even some maroon-ey hues...

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I am finally coming out of "migraine-city"--
where I have been residing on and off
all week long...

my eyes are still adjusting to the light...

Maybe tonight I can sleep through....hopefully....

Enough of my moan/groan/venting here.....

                                         "I vant to be alone"
                                           in ze darkness.....

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (undecisive-euse)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

ATHENE & SNOWBALLS

                         WOW--this Athene amaryllis is:
                                             Pure white with yellow and dark green interior ..

                                            Much longer stemmed than my Red Surprise one

                                                               
And here is the second stem on Red Surprise:


                            Looking like F I V E  M O R E  flowers to come...;}}}}}}
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On the quilting front..................

Here is a view of my latest trial block....
When I spied these on  Monday Making at Love, Laugh Quilt and
                                        I   totally.
                                                         absolutely,
                                                                               fell in love with these

                                                        AMISH SNOWBALLS...

                     (I MOVED TO:SQUIRREL "CITY",
                                    DROPPED  EVERYTHING AND
                                                       HAD TO MAKE THIS ONE.)
Know what I mean...???

I have a load of solids ............................
(don't ask me why I even bought them as I've NEVER used them
in any project...--well, need I say more about buying fabrics??
I THOUGHT NOT lol)

And I thought--well, this is definitely a good way to finally try out solids...

                 [Every time I look at my block, I search for a print...hahaha]

Here is the 2nd block set up...they are really fun to make...and non-stressful....

I am using my Accuquilt 3.5" die to cut the squares...so that makes it easy on my
shoulders and arms and hands...and my triangle die for the flippy corners....

I do have to iron the heck out of the fabrics since they've been folded for
SO    L O N G 
and are very creased ....
so am trying hard 
to let THE IRON  do the work and not 
pressing down so hard that I
 strain myself...
trying is the operative word here...;0000
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On the Pomegranate front...
I am only allowing myself to hand quilt on Sundays now...so it is:

S L O W S U N D A Y  stitching with Kathy.....

Hugs, on
Another gray, rainy, raw day here....
 Julierose, La Blageuse (throwing snowballs-euse)


Sunday, January 6, 2019

PIN-IT SUNDAY

                                                         Ready For quilting
Here is the reverse:
                                             LOVE this fabric 💜

And .
                                    Terri's butterfly also pinned up...
and the opposite side--a few mini string blocks...in a Springtime setting....

I used leftover fabrics from this reverse side side for the butterfly rounds....

Check these off my "To-Do" list for today.....
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On the home front...
Thom and I plan a walk on our Boardwalk later on this morning; we are hoping it'll be a
bit warmer (33 is cold and it will be windswept down there);
the day started with bright sun, but as usual it has clouded over
and I am sure by 3 pm it will feel like nighttime...so sick of this grayness...

Thom is recuperating nicely from his leg surgery on Friday and MD told him he could
walk today--so,
we are hoping that it will go well;
there are many benches along our route so
if he needs to rest it should be the best place for him to see
how the leg is doing...

and, oooohhh yes..this too ;)))
the Grinder Shop doesn't open til 11:30 .

Our main meal today at noon  will be Genoa Salami Grinders
(affectionately known in our household as "Jennies")
with potato chips...easy delicious meal...
Which we will have earned with our walk (at least that's what I say..hahaha)
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                                        POMEGRANATES IN THE RAIN...
                                                          PROGRESS

I have MADE IT  to the first of the four corner blocks...line by S L O W line...
this will be my first finish for 2019 I  HOPE
...fingers and toes crossed ..;)))
I love this piece and look forward to binding it...
Linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching today for the 1st time in a while
YAY
Hugs,
Julierose, La blageuse (forging ahead-euse in 2019)