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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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020


                      This is my last entry for RSC February's oranges....
I hope to be able to find scraps for each month to be made into a 
Zig-Zag little quilt..I began with 5" squares that were leftovers from
various charm packs...I consider these scraps of a sort...;)) 

I am linking up with ANGELA at (click) for the  last day of February
and will be moving on to a new color for March...can't wait to see 
what it will be.....

This also served as a "prototype" for a large "SECRET" project that
I am making for the the remaining family member who has not as
yet gotten a lap quilt....????

I have most of the front Chevrons (aka zig zags) set up on my design
they begin with 10" layer cake squares....
and I have learned a few things:
if I sew the blocks in a two layered block: (2 from top and two below) 
they match so much better than sewing a long single row....

[Also that the contrast has to be high to get that effect (see center of
Orange Zig-Zag--see, not enough contrast there....]

And if I press all the seams open the joining is much neater....
since i LOVE 💓💓💓 ironing this is no problem for me
Pandora singing in the background;
opening seams and pressing them flat------
flat flat..so rewarding...
funny huh??? how I like doing this--
as a child growing up i used to plead to do the ironing--so
There You Go!!;)))

I haven't decided on how to quilt this or what the backing will be--
perhaps some leftover layer cake squares ;;;

[Wha??? You say???? A large quilt?? but, I thought you said
"No more big quilts, definitely!!" 
Well....in the realm of "Never say Never":-000]

A squirrel visited me from MSQ Co.----------------------
with the tutorial that looked so do-able...
and I was in a quandry anyway................
as to what to make that went together 
easily and was more modern looking....

that I caved...plus I HAD the layer cakes right here...
sitting on my shelf...It was :
Kismet, Fated, Meant to be.....
Had to be....

More on this later...much later as this will be a surprise
Christmas present...I should have time enough to make and
quilt this one--maybe in quilt-as-you-Go mode...we shall see...

A blogging friend recently  asked me about my last year's Amaryllises....
Oopsey!! I forgot them in the dark recesses of my front hall
they were so dessicated looking when I retrieved them 
a couple days ago, but l👀👀k ⇊⇊⇊⇊⇊⇊:

I watered them and they are sprouting...whether they will deign to flower
after my shoddy treatment remains to be seen.....

this one bloomed a

brilliant deep red; 

and I really didn't believe that this one could be saved--but can you see
that little bit of green emerging?  Fingers crossed.....;)))) this was a
luscious white and pale green one...hoping, hoping, hoping....

The mosaic tray they are on is one that my Mother made...
she was so precise and neat, ;))))💖
never in a hurry or slap dash in any crafting project she made.

I am trying this year to "take a page from her book" and slow down
and enjoy the process...💕 I miss her a lot....

She and i would get down on the living room floor and spread out
my quilts together, smoothing them; and then pinning them;
 and we would have a "Tying Tea Party" with snacks---
around the big dining table that I use to this day....
good memories....

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

Sunday, February 23, 2020


         Angel..........................................& S A N T A 




go with:↡↡↡↡     


My color choices just didn't make it.....way too dark for my liking....

But I got some good buttonhole stitch applique practice....and reversing templates,
as a few of these needed to be reversed-- (ask me, go ahead, how I found that out!!)

And I learned that  I am not overly fond of having to keep on changing
threads and bobbins....;000

 I think I will put some borders on Santa and then back it with Angel.......
And call it a practice run.....
On the Orange Front:

   I hand stitched the whole center during the Red Sox game (they won-- yay)
today, I will while away the afternoon finishing the blades...I just love Dresden
this one is Improv, free form and "almost" a circle ;))) such fun...
I think I will be making an Improv Dresden in each color for RSC--if my
scraps allow--I may even have to make a tiny one...;)))


I hope your Sunday is as pretty a day as ours is--sun shining--a bit nippy;
 but the wind is dying down so .............
not at all bad out there....

hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (rooting-for-the-home-team-euse)


Saturday, February 22, 2020


                                    I've been hand quilting my Orange Slice 
                                in the evenings while watching tv....
                                           Slow and easy big stitching...

Here is my latest little piece for Angela's RSC 2020 (click to see
all the juicy goodness going on)
thanks for hosting
us all again this year, Angela...;)))

My latest little mini is all layered up and ready to quilt↡↡↡
                                     More orange sweetness....;)))

On the home front...Thom is a lot better this morning...I was able to see
the external stitches=20 of them...wowsers!!  The swellings have also
abated a lot...Monday will be "take out stitches" day....[OUCH]

Today I am making Thom's favorite Chicken and Rice casserole--
have to keep the spirits up, right??; 

and we will be watching the first Red Sox pre-season game 
to see who's left on the team this year!!  😕😞 
(good-bye "Mookie"  and "Brock" we hate to see you go....)

I love that baseball season is back as I do a lot of hand quilting
during the games...and relaxation is high on my list this week..
As far as my Orange shoebox of orange scraps--it's still pretty full...
I made a few coin strips and may try a stained glass mosaic piece
if i can get more time to sew this coming week...

Gosh--only ONE more Saturday left people!!
     And we'll be saying "ta-ta" to the month of February....

And we still have not had any snow to amount to more than a little
spritz...strange, warm Winter here....
In family notes:
Our grandson, Connor, the basketball honcho (lol) is in a 
100-free-throw fundraiser this morning--We will be donating
$1.00/basket made--which doesn't sound like a lot--but then, you
don't know Connor hahaha...amazing shooter...what are we 
thinking?  😰😱🙏 
Too bad we can't be there, but my daughter
will let us know how he fares....

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend....
hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (from no snowland-euse)

Thursday, February 20, 2020


                 I HAVE finished the forest on my main Santa block  
               and worked a bit
                      more on the surrounding blocks...
The angel, two crescent moons, and a star are complete...

I am finding machine buttonhole applique hard on my eyes despite my
excellent lighting...perhaps, because it's so new to me---maybe 
I tense up while I am sewing?  ??? ;00

Next I will work on other trees and houses.....perhaps next week...
Here is my new applique foot↓↓↓↓
                                   Now I can SEE what's going on...

I need to make hubster a new lap quilt--his is 20 years old--and 
starting to fray....
I made it for him upon his retirement...has it been 20 yrs already???
Time does fly away from us....
Perhaps a log cabin in blues and whites...we'll see

AND----FYI: on our home front:
Hubster had MOHS surgery this last Monday-- 
and I have had my Nurse's Cap on ever since...

The area  was on the side of his nose, and much deeper 
than expected--so the surgery was quite extensive; and 
he has both internal and external stitches the whole
length of his nose.. 
(not fun!!)
but, the good news is that  they were able to excise it all...;)))

As a result....
he has been pretty sore, generally uncomfortable, and wiped out...
But, today he is starting to feel better....:)))
stitches will come out next Monday--


So limited blogging, sewing etc...going on here...

Hugs, Julierose, La blageuse (nursing-euse)

Saturday, February 15, 2020


                                 My first fused and machine appliqued piece in the works.....
                                                      { I love those little boots;)) }

                                                   Mary Anne at Magpie's Mumblings
Sent me the nicest gmail setting out her method of using lightweight fusible for
applique...She was just SO encouraging when I told her about my sad adventure in
trying to turn the seam allowances on these tiny pieces...I was about ready to
throw this out--[as a matter of fact, I had folded it away...]
Turns out:
I had some heat n' bond light hidden away in my drawer and I discovered:
That my Viking DOES have a buttonhole stitch...who knew????

I just never connected their icon for it with a buttonhole stitch
and always just passed it by...(duh!!)
So much for knowing all the stitches you have on your ten year old machine....
What can I say...;000000


Anyway.. I decided to re-visit my Santa...and am so happy that I did...
I spent two fun hours re-doing some parts and leaving other raw edged and
kind of fuzzy, but...........
This is just my practice piece, and  I am seeing how I could really enjoy working
like this...
Helga sews away like a dream...a nice little neat buttonhole stitch...love it!!

I feel like a new door has opened...💖💖
Don't you just love it when that happens...??

thanks again Mary Anne ;)))

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (appliqueing away-euse)


                                                                    Orange star

                                                                Flying Oranges

                                                            Ojos Oranjas

  These three Orange minis make a total of 5 finishes----so far ;
                             They are all layered up and ready to be hand quilted...

Right now I am working on "H-Improv":

                                          Mostly in the evenings while watching tv....

                         I've been working on these for the RSC linky party this month.....

                                          And, I  have whittled down my oranges considerably...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (one stitch at a time-euse)

Thursday, February 13, 2020


              Thank you for coming along on my quilting journeys....

Hugs-x-all, Julierose, La blageuse (heartfelt-euse)



Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (gonna do it-euse)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


                                                  My First Blockheads [Book One]
                                                 Block-- No. 02
and look👀👀👀↧↧↧↧↧↧↧--just for laughs;)))

I first had it sewn together like this↡↡↡↡:
                                    A "Flying" Ohio Star..ahahahaha

So I played leapfrog-- 
and de-stitched....and re-sewed.....
                                   It is still not perfect, but it's done....

Dawn at Relaxing Robin had suggested, last Wednesday,
that we grab a quilting book, any one we'd like, 
and choose "No 24-- 2 or 4" any block with those numbers
involved-- she's very flexible ;))))--- so no stressing out--
and make a block in a week for her SAL....

Since I am TRYing to learn how to improve my piecing...I chose
the Moda Blockheads Book for my SAL book-- 
it has been languishing on my bookshelf for quite a while now...
               ("Who's Afraid of the big bad BOOK?")

I have been practicing making hourglasses for "RSC February"

                                This little 4.5" one came out better....

Go and visit Dawn and see what block she chose and how she did....

hugs, Julierose La blageuse (I was never good at geometry-euse)

Friday, February 7, 2020


                                                     Itty Bitty orange sections.....

                                                          This little star block is 4.5" -- and 
                                         I wanted to use that pretty gift fabric from 
                                             DAWN who is having a little SAL on her site...
                                                 go visit to see what it's all about....
You will see bits and scraps of that fabric throughout.....
thanks Dawn...
                                                        Hourglass minis......plus the start
                                                           of a long coping strip of squares
                                                             and some squares within squares...


                                                                          OJOS Oranja

These incorporate the failed string tulip--I tried to make 
I just cut 'er up and used the strings on these Ojos...
Sooo, I used scraps of scraps  hahaha..


                                                             Some Crumb blocks.....


A few bigger
for a center???


                                                And larger squares within a squares......

                                           And (phew) if you read this far--Congrats!!;)))

   Here is my wall right now.....(sorry for the darkish photo--no sun AGAIN!!)  
                                          a total hodge-podge of blocks....


I have a few more crumb blocks started and a few more minis....
but for the most part
the scraps are diminishing rapidly....YES!!!

It is truly amazing how many 
orange scraps I had on hand...
I had no idea....

The only other time 
I used orange was in Steven's quilt...
which was a spider web orange...that I made 4 years ago--
this bag of scraps 
hasn't been touched since then.

I have begun quilting my "H"Improv in the evenings while tv watching.

And my big "Orange Circle-ish" is ready to be quilted as a separate piece...

                         A little tabletopper using up the rest of Dawn's fabric gift, 

I will be linking up with Angela at Superscrappy along with all the other 
February "oranger sewists" for Rainbow Scrap Challenge...[RSC] .

Tomorrow we are having company so I am writing this Friday; we are experiencing
really heavy winds and hoping the power doesn't go off!!;0000

I hope your weekend will be a wonderful one....
Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse (getting every drop of orange-juice-euse)

Monday, February 3, 2020


                              A little "H"-Improv piece...as part of my 
                                     RSC Feb. Oranges' sewing...
                                        I am leaving this one as is and calling this a
                                                        "mini" and done...;)))

            I used up EVERY bit of that orange cross-hatched fabric from 
             my grandson Steven's going away to college quilt; every smidgen that
                  was big enough to hold a seam...hence the improv curved pieces...

&&&&&&&&&&&And &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Those centers are tiny cut-offs that could just about hold an 
1/8th inch seam allowance......;000
I am very proud of Helga that she is not "eating" all these tiny pieces...
she is
a good stitcher...;)

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse 
(My sewing is shrinking like "Alice in Wonderland"-euse)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

TEMPUS FUGIT (RSC for orange feb)

                                                    "Time does fly" = hourglass blocks
                                                                big and teeney little ones...
                                                                    I guess =maybe...
                                                                     Hours and Minutes ;)))

                   [The "minute" ones I  free cut diagonally twice from 2 1/2" squares ......]


I am using this years' RSC to try out blocks that are new to me and
to try to get a handle on better techniques for myself....I know most
of you have been sewing these for ages, but I haven't--being triangle

In January I made a few of these hour glasses (bigger sized) 
and kept on turning them so that I ended up sewing them 
the wrong way round!!! 

So, for February I decided that I would work on a system so that I would
be able to orient them correctly...and it works for me...YAY I feel
confident now making them from all this practicing...;)))

        And here are some of my crumb blocks using tiny 
cut offs :

Below I added petite 1/2 sq triangles..
                                 Come and Visit with Angela at Super Scrappy to see what all we
                                                         scrappy quilters are up to.............

                                          I got a [little] head start this month ;)))
  Hope you are having a fun time sewing this Saturday...
Linking on Sunday to Cynthia at (click) Quilting is More fun than housework blog.

hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse ( squeezing-oranges-euse)