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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, August 31, 2019

SATURDAY SNOWBALLS

                                              Remember me from last April?

                   I am getting a backing together for this one...
                         finally...

           So far,
                     these are the fabrics I will be using...
                                bicycles, cupcakes, kitties...
                                      and one other fabric to be chosen...
                                        measuring as I go....

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I made Chinese Chicken Hoisin for  our dinner tonight...over rice...
really yummy...a long time ago I had ordered a real Chinese Wok
from Chinatown in San Francisco...it is amazing to cook in...
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Hoping you are out of the path of Dorian this weekend....

Hugs, Julierose (backing-euse)




Friday, August 30, 2019

FRIDAY SMILE

                 We sent this onto my daughter...Cassidy left last week for college far away.....
                                       As grandparents we have the same reactions.....
                                       Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (time moves on-euse)

Thursday, August 29, 2019

I LIKE NO. 18


I like these "inchies" from Raspberry Rabbit's site...aren't they just the neatest thing?  She has been doing these for a year --one a day-- called "Within an Inch of my Life"...I sent for some precut little woolen hexies and plan to start on this one...just a wonderful little everyday embroidery project...
I originally saw them on "Quilting is Blissful"'s blog....
(Hello Madame Squirrel hahaha)

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I also like these blocks from "Canadian Needle Nana's" site....
what a fabulous scrap project....(now on my list for sure...)

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And FINALLY (!!) I love that the large fabric pieces are all organized...
PHEW what a job..now for the large bin of scraps and pieces that
I didn't know where to put.....
talk about "Quiltus Interruptus"...;000

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I am feeling so fortunate to be able to read all the grateful
postings that  Lee Anna's blog : Not Afraid of Color.....hosts...

It feels like Fall is in the air here...rainy days and cooler temps for this
past week--BUT:
humidity is rearing it's ugly head once more...

Hugs Julierose, La Blageuse  (still sorting-euse)

Monday, August 26, 2019

FIRST ROUND DONE

                           Now I can't find anything!! lol ;000

I still have scraps and cutoffs , solids, pre-cuts,
batting cutoffs and Holiday boxes 
(top shelf) to go through; 
but the larger pieces are all done...

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Diamond painting progress...

                           Aurowla is coming together...I am working
                              this time from left to right across the
                                  canvas as the sides are almost all
                                       dark...

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (a bit stymied-euse)


Saturday, August 24, 2019

FABRIC FOLD-A-THON

I folded my entire collection of: Blues (R) and Aquas (L)--not that many, huh?

They were in a bin and I thought I had tons...who knew?? I am
also finding that they are almost ALL dense prints..and on the dark side...

This below↡↡↡ is why I am doing the re-folding:
                                 See--- what I mean?
I cannot find anything-- anytime-- anyway-- anyhow!! 
YIKES and I don't really know what I have on hand...

SO.......................
I am taking on Julie's  (click) method....

I am re-folding them over a 6 x 24" ruler so that they
fit my shelving unit... 
(at least anything that isn't a scrap)

Today I am tackling yellows and oranges...

Enough with the stuffing of fabric into bins...
I need to SEE what I have and what I need!

Already I can see that I buy the exact same types of fabrics all
the time...                   **S I G H **

THEN, of course I have to decide what color grouping each
fabric belongs in...

which is much more difficult than it sounds............
especially since all my prints are practically all multi-colored...

I have tried to really go with the backgrounds 
as the color family to put them in....
We'll see how that works...

So, no more sewing (as I have boxes, bins & baskets scattered on
every surface in my sewing space...) until the re-fold-a-thon
has been finished...

After the entire shebang is done I will make a list of what I need to 
enhance my collection...

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After Saturday morning fol-a-thon
Some progress has been made...

My room is a total shambles:





The floor of my stash closet...










And:
Well, I need say no more...that will be all I can do for today...
                                               !!P H E W!!

I have a ton of "Novelty" prints and I am thinking--
will they  need a stack of their own? 

And should ALL batiks go into a separate pile and/or 
 then by color?

these are the day's burning questions.....;000

[This doesn't even include those chunky, uneven leftovers -- but
**WHOA NELLIE*
one thing at a time...foldable pieces for now...]

Any suggestions?  Out there?  Anyone??

Hugs, Julierose La blageuse (in & out of the closet-euse lol)

Friday, August 23, 2019

CUTTING EDGE et al

I have spent 1 hour + cutting this morning --
before the fibers got to me ! I did take an allergy pill, too.. but those ripped
lengths I used before the accurate die cutting got to me..

              Above are the strips using the solids I have on hand...

   AND using some of the remainders, I cut these↓↓↓                                          
I love my little 1 and 1/2" Accuquilt die.; 
it cuts a block of 9 squares with one pass...
there is no way I could do all these using my rotary cutter 
OR, for that matter, my scissors--at least not in what's left of my
lifetime hahaha...

AND
Here are the 3" squares also I die cut --all in the semi low volume range:
            I will most likely need some more, but this is
                   enough to get started on my
                               semi-low volume piece...
                                    my next project ,,,, 
                                                     some batiks
                                                             and some not:)))

This idea is still kind of percolating..
no pattern-- just some pix I saw 
on blogs and the internet and my new book 
"Unconventional and Unexpected" (or is it the other way around? 
anyway THAT one...)

I won't be able to judge what colors for those strips and squares until
I start putting this together...
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BUT (isn't there always a but??)

I need to sew these into blocks first: I am done using up all but two little
leftover batik triangles--phew--pretty good, I think ;)))💖💖 
Eight-One little snowballs..
And, I loved making them, every one...




I am still pondering how to set them....
keep them as is 
or play that switch and shuffle game?? 

They are pinned up there just as I finished them at the
moment........
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And this poor pineapple is languishing,,,,,,,,,,,kept warm by the
legos on one side and the snowballs on t'other...


                Until I decide on some kind of border or borders or 
                     even use it as a center in a a bigger medallion piece? 
A la Gwen Marston....hmmmmm

It looks all squished-in there doesn't it?  Poor baby.....;000 lol

And that plus the 3 finished legos rows comprise my design wall
this rainy Friday...

I have some thinking to do and some playing....

Hugs, Julierose La Blageuse (asking-euse)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I LIKE NO 17

This little box my daughter gifted to me...I always put small candies in it 
as a little treat  for the grandgirls when they are coming to visit...;)))

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I like how my Cathedral window piece echoes the greens of my 
Sea Glass collection...a lot of these pieces were collected by my Mom
on her annual trip to Florida in the Winters...

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I really like Beth's "take on this quilt....She posted this on her
latest "Monday Making" post...
I find it very charming and I am such
a lover of squares and rectangles 
that I may give this a try myself...

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Here are my prolific hydrangeas reaching up through our deck balustrades...
Our deck is 7 steps above ground, so they are really high.  I had cut this
baby almost to the ground last Fall and it just shot right back up...
the only drawback is that it attracts too many bees! 

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Every year I say I am going to make Mr. Turkey-Lurky--as
I think he is just adorable...
but....
 it hasn't happened as yet and T-Day is fast approaching.....;000

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Lastly, 
I like that I am on my final legos row working on the middle
VERY RED block...just 2 purple ones after this....my nighttime 
tv-watching handwork...I will have to fetch another project and ready it
for handwork...
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It is a gray and muggy day here and thick with cloud cover....
S I G H ....
I am linking to Lee Anna's site this morning, joining in the gratitude fest
that abounds there...thanks LA for hosting us all...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse ("O Autumn, wherefore art thou-euse"??)




Saturday, August 17, 2019

SATURDAY STORIES

First off: my legos quilting is forging ahead...three strips done and
two to go....
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Secondly:

Three days ago, my computer went "wack-a-doodle" (that's a secret
computer lingo term) and I couldn't even get to Google or to my 
gmail or
anywhere...;((( Sooo frustrating....

We figured a new computer ($$$) was going to have to be bought)--
We tried everything...nothing seemed to work....

BUT.........my computer genius of a husband, worked tirelessly for the
past two days almost 24/7 trying to figure out: 

what happened
and how to fix it......
and this afternoon he got it working again..Hurrah!!!!

[and he also backed up all my stuff on his computer so that if it should
happen again (praying not!!) I won't have lost everything...]

I baked him some french bread as a thank you (and yes, I had a piece too.)
He and my daughter and son are all computer whizzes...

ME, not so much.. 
so sad tale/happy ending--so far at least...phew...

!!!!!!!!!!!
EDITED at 8:22 p.m.:  the dang thing went down once again!!So
will need a good replacement...;((((

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Third on the list:

Here is my a picture new diamond painting 
                                                                 Isn't she gorgeous???

this is as far as I've gotten:
                      Lots of dark background to be filled as she is obviously a night owl--hahaha
just
like us lately...

I finished Nefertiti two days ago...and am deciding how to frame her or hang her
or what....she is a "big" gal.....

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Last on my list today:

Still sewing a few snowballs:

                            And that is about it for this rainy Saturday (the last weather reporter
 said:
"Don't cancel your plans, it won't be a washout"--
right-- and it's been pouring here
all day long...
but I don't mind as we really need it....

hugs from Julierose, La blageuse (grateful-euse)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

I LIKE NO. 16

                                                    I Like this quilt from the 
                                      "U & U" book which is on its
                                         way to me from Amazon...
Can't wait to read it and look at the quilts....................

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I am liking how these first two rows of my Legos are looking...
All crinkly and soft.....
Every evening while watching the Red Sox,
I do a bit of hand quilting on a row; I am on the
two outer green and central blue row now (Row 3).....
                                                                  
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This week has seen many issues of a familial nature, so just a few
pictures were taken...
I am also in a blue funk--my Mom's and Dad's birthdays
were both in August--so lots of thinking about them is going on...

Plus my granddaughter is now at her college faraway from home for
the first time for her
freshman year....

Being a mother and Grand-mere is always about letting-go--
isn't it?

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Longing for cooler temps and pure, white snows.....a bit enervated
with all this heat and humidity....
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A little respite and some reading...This new to me series is really
entertaining...
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Join our little "I like " group at Lee Anna's Not Afraid of Color blog

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (pondering-euse)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

WONKY FLOWERING PINEAPPLE

                        Welcome to my scrap bags....yellows, greens and 
                     neutrals....and the really old border fabric...

Since there was no pattern for this one, I tried to fly by the seat of
my pants...which is why the leaves aren't wide enough at the base;
but, hey, this is my own flowering prim style...;))))

I have been dithering (driving myself crazee really) trying to figure out
how to piece this block:↓↓↓

And finally said: 
(well, I won't repeat what I really said!! lol)
And 
I will  free draw my own leafy top..
and machine applique it on....
SO THERE!!!
I'm happy, hubster's happy ;0000
We "is" all happy....

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My little Vera Bradley pouch came out last night
It holds:

All my hand quilting necessities...
AND
I worked on the pink legos blocks
while watching the Red Sox game...

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Saturday supper will be bb-qued
cheeseburgers with
onions
and french fries...
Le Chef Thom 
is in charge...;))))

I hope your weather is as glorious as ours is right now..
70's and low humidity...
Ahhhhhhhhh
a deck day....

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (pineapple flimsey-euse)



Friday, August 9, 2019

FRIDAY FROLICS

                                                    Here's Looking At You...

I am making progress on Nefertiti; I have about 1/4 left on the bottom


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I am back to hand quilting--as my finger has healed --thankfully--
enough for me to stitch; 
Last evening I flicked between Red Sox and Patriots games while 
hand quilting my legos...


I have two of those little rubbery thimbles; and one went over my sore
finger just in case...the green center vertical quilting is finished; and
I have set up the horizontal first middle row for the two
surrounding pink blocks for tonight...

So great to be able to do this once again...
AND
maybe Helga will be allowed
out of her "time out" this weekend..much chastened, I think (lol)!!

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On my pineapple quest, I've received many wonderful 
sources from you fabulous readers--thanks so much...

My first attempt at a free-form pineapple a la Lori's "Sweet Land of Liberty" (from Cheri Payne's unavailable pattern) is this set up of scrappy 
strips --all gleaned from my sorting this week: 


It was meant to be a Prim style piece I think, 
  BUT......
I am more of a flower-ey type gal;
So, I am making a Hawaiian 
Flowering pineapple...lol

{thanks Jacky (no blog)for that description of my choices}

I have yet to figure out the top green shoots....

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And speaking of flowering
Look what is still going strong...

I've been hand watering her most mornings as it has been 
mostly dry here..
a bit of rain day before yesterday, but still very dry everywhere...

I love love LOVE this deep rose/peach/cheddar/green combo on the petals...


Just cannot seem to get enough of it...  
            especially with that
                                       ruffle-ey edge...💕💕💕💖

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This morning is much much cooler with low humidity so I will be retiring
 to our back deck to relax and 
perhaps stitch on my legos a bit more...;))) or just maybe look at
the skies and wool-gather about that pineapple topping..
Hmmmmmm.... (Makes me think of my Grand-mere's Pineapple Upside Down Cake--so sugary and yummy with real whipped cream on top
..funny how the mind hops here and there, huh?)

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Friday night supper will be leftover sirloin steak sliced over a big green
salad...yum [while hubs will put his steak sliced into gravy over some
kind of carb --he never gains an ounce--not fair, is it??]
BUT....
No cooking pour moi...;)))))))))).

I hope you all have a terrific weekend...
hugs, Julierose (back to stitching-euse)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

I LIKE NO 15


I have been doing a lot of this

since Helga's wayward needle did this↡↡↡
Sorting all the scraps I could find in various boxes, bags etc.--
I like that at least I was able to get something done!! 

But I have put HELGA in the corner for a "time out"!!! ;000
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I love this little pineapple block from Lori's  (Humble Quilts
sew a long last year.



                               I'd like to try to make one (w/o stars);

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And speaking of pineapples--here is another one from Audrey at
Quilty Folk--I really love that bottom swag-type u-shape....

for some reason I am wanting to make some kind of pineapple--

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Not much going on here this week, but I am surely grateful for our
AC...hot and very muggy once again...
I am doing my rain dance;000 hoping to get that moisture that
used to fall readily from our skies....

Joining Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color for her weekly party of
"Likes"...

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (healing-euse)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

TIME OFF? YA THINK?

Guess what?  
the sewing machine needle is faster than the hsnd-- D U H !!!
Later, Julieroze 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

MORPHING

            Summer Snowballs decided to become Christmas Snowballs...
                [this pink border is washed out in the bright sun
                        it's actually a rosier pink more like the
                                mauve colors in the snowballs]

When I was rifling searching through my scrap baskets to make the
Tulip yesterday, I found these two strips of old Christmas birdhouses
and I thought: Well, why not--use it up...;))) so I sewed the strips 
on with raw edge applique and the change-up is complete...
                                    A FLIMSY--yay;)))













COLORS  APPEAR BETTER
         IN THE SHADE....










                       It fits my dining table nicely...48" x 25".........

And now I will pin muslin onto it--for hand quilting; and then 
I will tie on a Christmas backing fabric... 

And.............this goes into the "to be hand quilted pile.."

This was my sewing for this Sunday morning.. it is still 
                                    HOT HOT HOT
                                with a high dewpoint--

What happened to the "cool-down
weekend we were predicted?? 
We are in AC still 👀↓↓
                 [ohmygosh!!! our bill will be enormous$$$$]

I hope you are staying cool and having a joyful Sunday

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (making-do-euse)