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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.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Finished this    quilting on:  "I've Never Been To Paris" (INBTP).....

                      I love how the reverse came out, too:

           The front squares' quilting shows up beautifully on this fabric....

Now I will fold over the border from the back to the front...
to finish
her up....
I also have a square table topper using the same blue leftover squares and sidebars....but a different reverse side...
Using them up....

90 degrees on our deck with 73 percent humidity! yikes...AC for us...

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (one down; one to go-euse)

Thursday, June 27, 2019


The sound of the rain refreshing all my ferns......

Sitting out on our deck with my Yankee candle burning before dinner.....
going over the day with my hubby.....remembering our younger

My four wonderful grandchildren, now moving into adulthood...

Days like this; early mornings on our deck; sipping coffee..
a slow greeting to our day....

I am grateful this week for a general "lifting of my spirits"; 
it is so strange and yet so
wonderful when this happens...especially when you
emerge from a long, dark night of the soul.....πŸ’™πŸ’™


I am joining LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for our weekly 
thanks you LA for hosting us each Thursday --

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (grateful-euse)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


                                        The un-curving.........................

NO HUGS, GRRRRR....................;0000
Julierose, La blageuse...[un-curving-euse]

Monday, June 24, 2019


                        I finished my "ROSES" diamond painting (dp) this morning...

It is a large square canvas "15 and 7/8ths by 15 and 7/8s"...

it took me a long time to finish, 
but I enjoyed every line of the  whole journey...

I find placing the little drills, one at a time (they have multi-placers
that you can use, but I prefer the one-at-a-time method)
really is calming...

If sleep deserts me during the night--I just sit and place in the 
hush and quiet...
and this eventually calms my beating heart.....

                                  See how sparkle-ey it is....;)))

On the whole, these drills (little diamond squares) were really good
and the canvas was really sticky although 
there was one spot where they missed gluing--!! -- ack!!

But, I just used my Tombo Mono glue (from my scrapbooking
days) to attach about 8 little drills;  and they are fine...

As you can see from the enlarged photos--there are a few 
little gap areas that appear;
(some of the drills may have
been ever so slightly smaller than the rest)
but I know that when framed and viewed 
from a distance they will just
blend in....

I have discovered that, contrary to what I thought when I began this,
I really enjoy the square diamonds as much or maybe more 
than the round ones.  They give a satisfying little "snap" when you nestle 
them together...

When you use the rounds, a tiny part of the 
pre-colored canvas is left to show a bit--but again, once framed and
viewed from afar, this just merges with the drills...

And so I have "kitted up" my next painting; it is much smaller, but
just as lovely....

[Hey Barbara, I hope your kit arrives soon..]πŸ’•πŸ’“πŸ’“

Hugs to all on this steamy Monday--but the S U N is out YAY!!!
Julierose, La Blageuse (Paint with me-euse)

Sunday, June 23, 2019


                                     Three seams sewn --

               I think that straight edge which is now on the bottom will
               be on the left hand side; and the top right needs to be
                          trimmed off diagonally also..

How to end these curves gracefully is a conundrum....?????
     and I need a solid arc shape 
                                      on  the right-- near that 
                                                        little curved section.

So a lot of work and thought still to go....
perhaps some bias strips to outline??? 

My thought, right now, is to get this totally sewn together into one
piece;  and then to applique it onto leftovers of perhaps the peach
or lavender fabrics?  Still pondering...;)))))

Dreaming about this "shell like shape" rolling through
the ocean...........

This afternoon, a little libation is in order 
after all this juggling around...
Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (still shuffling-euse)

Friday, June 21, 2019

CURVE WORK (cont'd)

                             I actually SEWED the first curved seam this morning....
                                             πŸ’™πŸ’™ YAYπŸ’“πŸ’“

I finally have a general I D E A of what I want direction I want to take .

 [The other curves are just pinned in place for now....
and I think that last piece on the 2nd curve, the green and print, has
to be taken off]

I sewed a basting line on the lavender one first;  and then I pressed under
1/4"  right on the basting line before sewing it to the peach curved seam.....

          I used both sides of the printed fabric for some variety....

That's my progress so far.....that's enough excitement for today.....

I need to sit down and have a cuppa tea...;))))

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (curvey-liscious-euse)


                                        Friday morning coffee hour.....

S L O W L Y hand stitching on my piece....one stitch at a time...

                                Re-visiting my favorite fabrics 

                    This is called "I've Never Been to Paris"

            [Though, my hubby has been 4 times--while in the Service--
                               but that was "BJ" {before Julierose} ;))))]

                The center block is almost totally stitched...except for the 
                                    very right top corner....
                 Not in a hurry, just enjoying the journey.........

Here is the reverse (hence the title):

                  I love this kind of slow sewing....so relaxing AND.....
this is such...................
A wonderful change from my wayward curves who are--I swear!--
moving around (snake-like) on my design wall 
weaving and bobbing
all night long...


generally making me Dizzy and

I hear them....doin' the
Holly -Golly, the Boo-ga-loo, 
I think the
TWIST is their favorite....;)))

I mean, really, who can even sleep
they fill my dreams..... 


Some of them even

the wall!!!!;0000 (Pins scattered all over
the floor)...now how DID they do that????

Do you ever wonder WHY you started something? Why in the world???
What WERE you thinking???

NOW that----
                    is the great unanswerable question of my day.....

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (watching and waiting-euse)

Thursday, June 20, 2019


                                            I like these cute little S&P shakers...
                           Mom got them at a flea market, years ago....
                           I think of our fun outings whenever I use them.

                              I FINALLY finished my old 
                                Cathedral Window piece....all by hand....
I use it here....
                Under my sea glass and shells collection on an old pink
                     depression ware cake stand that 
                         comes down to me from my Grand-mereπŸ’–πŸ’œ

               This picture of the two of us with our darling Granddaughter 
                  just after her High School Graduation ceremony...
                    (don't you love the sneaker pile on the right??);)))

                OMYGOSH--we ALL loved this for sure--
                                  inside was a lovely marble cake.....


And finally.....
          I love my own little view outside my sewing room window..
                  I can see the mailman coming 
                            (with my fabrics, of course ;}}}} )

Thank you LeeAnna for hosting us all once again...

Drop in to see all the wonderful, positive
likes for this week at Not Afraid of Color....

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (glass half-full-euse)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


EVERY Where a Curve Curve...
Just pinned up there...
Not sewn 

Frankly, I don't know what I am doing ..(obviously)


here is another one...

Perhaps I need to make more???
Or remove some???
Or make 3 projects???

this is how it is going

Hugs, Julierose
La Blageuse


Saturday, June 15, 2019


                                                 "O WHAT HAVE I WROUGHT??"
                                         [SHE ASKED HERSELF]

                             AND HOW SHALL I BEGIN...........?πŸ’«πŸ’«
I've used up all the pre-cut wedges;
       All these fabrics are from left over pieces:
                         from just under a 1/4 yd to 
                              leftover pieces of fat 1/4's 
                                 to just orts....

Most pieces range from 4"-6" long with some pieces
sewn together to make that length as needed--
                                                the width varies....

I didn't plan for 4 groups to emerge; they just sort of did.....
The gold one
The deep purple one
The mostly solid one and
the batik one..........
there was no way I could just go with solids...

                Even here on my 1st piece I HAD to add a bit of pattern...

Now, I need  to sit and look at them
                                                      before I commit....

                             My whole wall is in motion.......
                                       A whirling dervish of parts.....


The only thought I have right now is that I'd like to begin with
darkness in the middle or center.....growing lighter outward  

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (pondering-euse)

Thursday, June 13, 2019


                  This old fashioned wall paper in my main bath--
                     it could be a quilt, don't you think?

This quilt I made for my Granddaughter's 
High School Graduation--
[her "Going Away to College Quilt"]

And that happens today--

Already?? How did that happen so soon??
Titled:  "It's A Jungle Out There"

And here is the reverse side...
Holiday inspired...

Hope she'll like it...
Made in 2016...
I like this setting for Ojos I saw online 
[sorry don't recall where]
My new coffee "frother"
Makes my decaf
taste like heaven
Now, doesn't that 
just lookπŸ‘€πŸ‘€


Hugs from Rainy SE CT 
Joining in with LEE ANNA
At Not Afraid of Color

Visit her blog for
more positive weekly fun
Julierose, La blageuse (sipping-euse!)

Monday, June 10, 2019


                         I found this lovely gray/silvery fabric in my Holiday
                                          Stash box for backing

                   I had just enough for 6 of my Christmas Rosettes...
                              this one is appliqued and.........

this one also, and.....

                                     Finally this one.....
             I have 3 left to pull papers off,  and then sew down....

I am thinking of alternating them with plain dark gray blocks to make
the length I need for a long dining room table runner...[This time
I will leave the center block unadorned to put holiday flowers on,
leaving the others in view]


      Here are the 4 larger pink/mauve string blocks, and one each of:

                              and purples, 
                                                all from leftover strings.

This is beginning to look like the start of a  
rainbow  string quilt in progress...

I hadn't had this in mind, but I think
after sewing them together into blocks,
I will box them and go for it as I amass other missing colors...

The Desert Ojos here:  ↓↓↓

                                {Sewn together into blocks (top left)}
                                   are the smaller size Ojos and will be
                                       used for still another project...

I will admit (confession time!!) I STILL have strings left to use up--
I frankly got tired of making them for a bit, but have plenty of 
smaller sizes to make more yellow blocks....
aiming for four of each colorway...


                  Here are the last four (of 8 in total) Maverick Stars 
                                  set up to be sewn.

Today is a rest day for my shoulders etc...
so, I am reading on my Kindle 
and doing various household chores...

"Mud, Muck and Dead Things" by Ann Granger is the book 
holding my interest right now;she is one of my favorite authors...

Hugs on this gray Monday-- with rain approaching once again...

Julierose, La blageuse (wedging-euse )