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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 22, 2019


                                                              R I P              KOTA

We lost our lovely "grand dog" yesterday--she was very ill and my son and DIL
had to make that difficult decision....

She was a "rescue dog"--the last one left
at the rescue center and no one wanted her...
that did it for my DIL, Lin,--she
would be their doggy...and their first "baby"...

Our granddaughters, Fiona and Willa have never known life without her and
they are just crushed...

We are all saddened...but know that she had a wonderful life...

Back soon,
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (broken-hearted-euseπŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019


                                                     I like this funny card that
                                    friends sent us to celebrate our
                                     54th Wedding anniversary 

We went out for lunch and I had lazy man's lobster and Thom had 
scallops--just a wonderful meal--quite a treat.....

                           I like that Aurowla is almost finished...
She is really beautiful, I think!!  It's been slow going on her as my shoulder
has been pretty sore...but bit by "fun bit" she is getting done..;)))

I like that my selection of Presencia threads came in --now I
can contemplate some more how to quilt my Snowballs piece......

                      I like this old photo of my Uncle Julian 
                                and his best doggy Briney...;))

          (I was named after him (he was my my mother's brother)
                        and my Great Grand-mere, Julie-- 
                               and also my Grand-mere, Rose)
And so Julierose.....

For an Anniversary present, Thom set up Pandora in my sewing room 
for me...where I can listen to my favorite Big Band music....
Sweet, huh???πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’•

I am joining in with Lee Anna this week and many others celebrating
our everyday lives, and the "little things" that make our
lives so pleasurable...Thanks Lee Anna..;)))

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (celebrating-euse)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


                                                   First  week's Inchie "Flower"

And This week so far............↓↓↓
Sunday: I worked on the pumpkin;
Monday I was up unable to sleep half the night ;
and this morning we went out for breakfast
(that is my version of an egg LOL);
after we had gone to JoAnnes
where I got Polyfil for a sewing pillow I am making and some fusibles...for a
new wool piece that I am awaiting in the mail...;)))

The sewing pillow will be  for placing on my lap when I do handworks..
 instead of having my arms suspended in air

More on that later  on...

hugs, julierose,  La blageuse  (Still inching along-euse)

Sunday, September 8, 2019


                                                Sunday's ........ I N C H I E
                                        [seeing as I worked on this]

I prepped the pumpkin block on my Turkey-Lurkey wall hanging....

           I added some simple, round, cut out flowers, prim style
                [not fancy just letting the fabric do the work]
                        using my squishy pumpkin
                                as a vase...
                                           I just thought this would
                                           fill up the top portion where, 
                                           on the pattern, there are stars and
                                            some writing....
                                                which wasn't
                                                     how I wanted to go....

Those bias stems were leftover from another project that I found 
when I was in the re-organization mode---
I stored them in an empty drawer for
some unknown future use...
and here they are...
perfect for my idea.....;))))

Tonight I plan on hand sewing this down while watching
the Patriots/Steelers opener... (Go Pats!!)

AND....earlier this morning

I did some eye surgery and 
beak enhancement on my Turkey

the whirling Mme...

                                and do-si-do-ing Mr.  

Here we are joining in on the dancing⇣⇣⇣⇣

                               Don't you just love our costumes?  lol
                     {See that foot work--just like my turkeys hahaha}

We had an early afternoon dinner of corned beef and cabbage with
boiled taters...I cooked the beef in the crock pot and then added
a ketchup/brown sugar/mustard sauce and popped 'er in the oven
for 40 minutes...it was so yummy and just spicey enough...

so mes amies, I hope your Sunday was as much fun as mine was...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (turkey-trotting-euse)

Saturday, September 7, 2019


                                         Let me present:  Monsieur Turkey-Lurkey...
                           Dancing in the barn...feathers all a-flutter
               (one foot is shorter because he's doing a do-si-do --hahaha)

And his partner:
                                              Madame Turkey Lurkey...........
                          (She is doing a left leg lift...as she whirls around on one foot)
                                                        For:  They are Dancin' Turkeys...

                          Yup, bet you didn't know turkeys could dance like that ;)))

I hand appliqued the tail feathers using Valdani No.10 gold thread and then machine zig-zagged
bodies and feet...
I still need to sew the "button eyes" on and the beaks...

What will be the center squishy pumpkin block is still in progress....

The original pattern is a horizontal table topper, but mine will be set vertically for
our dining room wall...

This is hanging there now...

The first applique piece I made--it is also a Jan Patek pattern ↓↓↓

So this has been a Sewing Saturday; and now I am resting before the Red Sox/Yankee game
comes on at 4 p.m....
I am re-reading Agatha Christie's "Nemisis" and having a cup of tea....

Hoping your day is going wellπŸ’

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (still doin' that "Turkey Trot"-euse)

Friday, September 6, 2019


                                                 First group of tail feathers.......

                                             2nd group ready to be pointed........

                                               Turkey parts awaiting assembly ;)))

                                                     [ Love those Gi-normous feet......]

                                                             and a funky pumpkin (L) lol

                                                         Aren't those circles super--
                                                             I used KK Buckley's plastic circles...
                                                                   they do work a treat...

Now,  to pick out three background squares to set up Mr. and Mrs.
Turkey-Lurky .....and their pumpkin friend.........
then these parts will be hand appliqued
those feet will be raw edge appliqued.  
[the "funkfied" toes made that decision!! ] ;000

It is much cooler here today; gray and cloudy with a stiff breeze....our thinned out
blood is not used to this chilly weather-- and so a little shirt jacket is needed--
I am certainly not complaining--it is soooo refreshing...

I hope to get my Turkey (hope it doesn't turn out to be one -- hahaha)
all ready to applique this weekend...I am really enjoying this process--
and that surprised me a lot...I expected at least some hair pulling!!

I think having all the steps laid out so
well and the right tools made it go easily....

I hope you all are having a good weekend; and best of luck to
those of you in that Dorian cone.....we are thinking of you all...
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (doin' the turkey-trot...)

Thursday, September 5, 2019


                                Today is a soup day; we like to scatter those in 
                                            bigger meal days..

                                     Soup de Jour is Minnestrone....

And:               these little baby bow ties will be added about one hour
                         before dinner...

In my seemingly never ending quest for an easy "do"
here are two more pix of possibilities...
                                             I like this look
                                     but will my hair do this?

AND: windblown-- same style.............

                    Layers are new to me--but I see a few in here...
                 AND (yep more things in my decision making left--)
S I G H.. 

When we walk, I ALWAYS wear a baseball cap to avoid headaches 
from the sun and also to shade my (olde) eyes...so that hat will 
undoubtedly crush anything poufy that I may want 
like bangs...I've always worn a fringe....


If I really get sick of it all:
                                                CHOP CHOP 
                                              a la Judi Dench
                                       Talk about spare....I love the look
                                         but I don't know....πŸ˜°πŸ‘§
                                 [this would be a scarey, H U G E 
                                    change from shoulder length locks....]

BUT:  I wouldn't have to worry about crushing my hair,
 as there would be almost none hahaha lol  YIKES!! ;0000
Well, I've bored you enough with my fence sitting here,
on my hair issues..

(by the way --hubster thanks you for not having to
listen to me --A G A I N!! on this subject)..;))))
I have finished pinning this: (finally something about
quilting, RIGHT??? 
And will be all ready to begin hand quilting as soon as I can figure
out how to quilt it....

Hugs, from Julierose, La blageuse (teeter-tottering-euse 
                                                    on all fronts)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


           We really liked this yummy peach cobbler...it looked like soup 
                          (shades of lasagna soup--oh noooo!!) 
                                  when it was baking --
I figured it would be a flop...

BUT:  it came out all  carmelized and just sooo good.... 

[this from "Smitten Kitchen"]--we are such FOODIES!!!;)))


I am still liking doing my inchies...No 4 is (supposed to be hahaha)
a car going to BJ's shopping...we did our monthly run this morning
before the rains hit us...

here is how I will begin to put them together
 a la Grandmother's Flower Garden style ↓↓↓
Each week, the first day will be the center and then clockwise 
around for the other 6 days...


And on my constant quest for a do-able

and easy hairstyle...

↢there's this one

                                            This one ↓↓ that caught my πŸ‘€ this week


I don't know though,,,once my longer hair is cut will it behave????
these are the burning questions....πŸ™


And last, but definitely not least...here are my latest fabric 

I feel that they will be good "mixers" and play well with some prints....
I actually got a polka dotted one...progress...

I am linking up with Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color blog
for her weekly thankfulness posts...
She is such a wonderful hostess....;))))
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (grateful-euse)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Thom and I went for a mid-morning walk on the Boardwalk
We had a lovely breeze on the way out but it died and it was 
scorching hot in that full sun on our way back...
BUT...our (trying for) daily walk was D O N E ;)))

[Humming: "Inching along toooo -gether"]

Just before that, I had gone to Big Y 
for a few items....
[Of course the real impetus was that our 1/2&1/2 
had run out--
Who can have their coffee without that? 
Well, not us for sure..]

[I noted that prices are up for sure ;(((]
{No comment!!}

Hiding-out inside of THAT GOLD folded fabric...
V O I L A ! ! ! 
Possible fabrics for dresden feathers...

I Will be using a Jan Patek & 
Jenny Doan Applique Pattern 

I am hoping to get it traced out onto freezer paper
this afternoon...
Isn't it just so cute??↓↓↓

[See Dawn, I AM going to do it ;)))]
Tonight will be meatloaf, with boiled potatoes, and 
yellow & white corn mixture
with a peach cobbler for dessert 
(Did I hear someone say 
"Gobble Gobble?") 
Hugs, from Julierose
La Blageuse
(doin' the turkey-trot-euse)

Monday, September 2, 2019


                                 Good bye until next year....beautiful Daylily...;(((

Here is my 2nd Inchie
commemorating this final flowering:

                                               Not exactly perfect,
                                         but enough to remind me of the Summer's
                                                                          fleeting. moments.............

Hugs to you all on this Labor Day...
I hope you are all staying safe wherever you may be...

Hugs, Julierose (Inching-Along-euse)

Sunday, September 1, 2019


                      SNOWBALLS:      All ready for pin basting this week; 
                  and here you thought I wouldn't be making anymore 
                                      BIG quilts, right? 
                   Well............never say never...and all that jazz;))

This one just grew like "topsy"; and once I sashed it
                  -- (I just love that print) --
I knew this would be my big hand quilting project for at least 
the rest of this year.
[It is 48x 53 +/- give or take...;)))] 
Now to decide how to quilt this one...

             The layering did me  in----and my back....oof-dah!!

I had some really thin Thermoweb batting 
that I had gotten on a Connecting Threads
sale earlier in the year...and decided to try it...

It should be interesting seeing how it
needles and holds up...

Today is heating up quickly, but our humidity so far is remaining
@ 60%  so not too bad...

We are keeping an eagle eye out on Dorian, not only for us
up here, but for our granddaughter at Clemson...her first year
away from home....
it's fraught enough without any hurricane...πŸ‘ΈπŸ˜¨
Oh,  and here is my super simple very 1st "Inchie"
Perhaps I should add the year?  Maybe....

Now, gals, that is supposed to be an apple for 
September's harvests....
(uh, use your imagination..this is all free handed 
sewing after all ;0000)

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and staying safe and 
Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (exhausted-euse)