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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, October 28, 2020

JACK'S BACK(ing)

 
Blue Moon
will be my backing for 
Starry-Eyed Jack
↴↴↴↴


In commemoration of this
Covid year's 
Halloween's
Full Blue Moon
And---
Since Starry-Eyed Jack is so busy--
(Halloween and all),
I thought a serene floating 
blue moon among the 
skeleton trees
would make a nice contrast...

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On my Butterfly
embroidery project
I have finished Purple Butterfly ;)))
I have three more to go...

My next color(s) will be
shades of brown..

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And the grandgirls'
Mini Dolly pieces are
all pinned and ready for
quilting...
I was waiting to get my Helga set up
for quilting so that I would have
a few pieces ready to go..

Next up will be setting up the
machine (Helga) with my walking foot
after I applique 
and then
quilt...

Hugs, Julierose, 
La Blageuse
(layering -euse)








Tuesday, October 27, 2020

JACK IS BACK

 
My Starry-Eyed Jack 
mini quilt  
is together..
(click to enlarge)

And
Actually, I am happy 
with how it looks--
with the "Geese" circling
Around...;)))
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And...
Now for the back--

("Slip out the back, Jack,
       make a new plan Stan...")

I am planning a Blue Moon to 
commemorate 
this Halloween's 
Full Moon...

Hugs, Julierose,
La Blageuse,
(planning-euse)





Monday, October 26, 2020

A TRICK-- NOT A TREAT

 

I finished sewing my Geese this morning..

AND

Here is the pattern rendering below here
↡↡↡↡
Can you SEE what I did??

I made those darned GEESE 
BACKWARDS..

[$#%&*@#$%^]

The wings should have been
all the lighter color....
πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΏπŸ’€πŸ‘»πŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ή
                                 
{Even in High School geometry class I had a lot of trouble
SEEING the shapes....
sort of a SHAPE DYSLEXIA
I guess...}

BOO!!
HISS!!
BOO!!

πŸ˜¨πŸ˜±πŸ˜²πŸ™€πŸ˜­πŸ˜­
πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

Well, I am NOT doing them over...
My geese, in honor of Halloween
will fly BACKWARDS....

S  I  G  H  !

[Trick or treat
smell my feet,
Give me 
something
good to eat..]

I think this calls for a nice piece of chocolate
What do you think???
πŸ‘΅πŸ’ƒπŸ˜·πŸ™
Hugs,
Julierose,
La blageuse,
(unable to follow a pattern
unless there are explicit instructions--
and even then....-euse)





Sunday, October 25, 2020

SUNDAY SET UP

 

Early morning sunrise here....

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I have begun setting up my A6 Hobonichi Planner
Which I will use as a Journal:

This is the title page....

"Look for the Silver Lining" (L)
"You Are my Sunshine" (R)
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[I will journal in the spaces]
"What'll I do when you are Faraway 
and I am Blue, 
what'll I do" (L)
"You're the cream in my coffee..."(R)
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"In My Solitude.." (L)
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (R)
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"Red Sails in the Sunset" (L)
"It's Twilight Time: (R)
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"It Must have been Moonglow.."(L)
"Blue Moon" (R)
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I can still hear my Father playing the piano accompaniment,
while my mother sang--
 as I lay in bed at night as a child.....

"Long Ago and Faraway"...
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A small Journal Memory book
to cherish

Hugs, Julierose,
La Blageuse
(Je me souviens..-euse)










Friday, October 23, 2020

GEESE IN FLIGHT

 

Here are my first two
sets of 
Flying Geese
For the borders

of ↧↧↧↧
My Starry-Eyed Jack  project...

I have the rest all marked and
ready to sew...
I am only doing two sets per day
to make sure my arm doesn't
get sore from
rotary trimming...

I will have to see how they all play together
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It is another gray, cloudy, and misty
day here...
on the warm side for late October:
60.3 degrees (F)

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Tonight we will be having "Breakfast for Supper":
Omelet, Bacon, homefries (from scratch)
and toast...

I hope you are all staying well, 
Wear your masks, 
Hugs, Julierose, 
La Blageuse 
(sewing-a bit-euse)







Thursday, October 22, 2020

WHERE I AM

 
Here are the girls' two
mini dolly quilts 
ready to be pinned before I quilt them...
I hope to begin them tomorrow...
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AND....
I am feeling a lot better;
 thank you-- 
all who have asked...
πŸ’–
I am working in little tiny bits of time
on everything
resting in between...
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BUTTERFLY:
{"Poor butterfly
'Neath the 
blossoms 
waiting..."}

Coming along
S L O W L Y 

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Tom put this up just outside
our living room window
yesterday...
Fun to watch during
our 4'0clock 
cocktail hour...
[They will eat us out of house and home
evidently!!]

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And I finished 
THE WAVE:
It is hanging just by the
entrance to my craft space...
(What looks like a mark is
only a reflection that I could not
get rid of)

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So things are moving, but very slowly....
I am able to walk for 10 minutes on our treadmill
now....which really feels good...

I hope you are all well and staying safe...
Hugs, Julierose,
La blageuse
(recovering-euse)









Saturday, October 17, 2020

DISGUISES

 
This fellow came into my sewing
room 
in disguise
↡↡↡↡↡
He was dressed up as
"Starry-Eyed Jack"
;)))))
WHO KNEW????

I originally saw this little mini quilt
on Lizzy's blog
"Gone 2 The Beach"
Her version is so adorable--
I know a "squirrel"
when I see one-- hahaha

This is such an adorable Jan Patek pattern.
I am not doing needleturn applique,
(all of you who follow me know that
I cannot do that type of applique)
Instead:
I fused Jack's face together first;
(OUCHie)
and then fused it down to 
my treed background...

NEXT
I will be attempting to make some Flying Geese 
(actually bats in disguise)
Which I have never made before....
;)))
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As a result, everything else is on
H O L D...
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And today I awoke to my 
shoulder/neck ache again 
so--------
I will be resting for the weekend...
[BOO]

Have a wonderful weekend...
Hugs, Julierose,
La Blageuse
(squirreling-euse)




Monday, October 12, 2020

DOLLY MINI QUILTS' PROGRESS, et al

 
Here are the two dolly minis 
in progress...

This will be WILLA's as I think
it looks like it's for a younger girl

AND
This is for FIONA 
who (I can't believe it!!)
will be 9 years old
on the 15th of this month...
and this one looks a bit more in keeping with her
"older sister" image...;)))

I plan on giving them these as part of their Christmas presents...
And I have
these two blocks to start the backs
↓↓↓↓
Such a cute SANTA print...

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I did a bit on my diamond painting
"The Wave"
this afternoon
Not too far to go...
My little llama "cover holder" shows the
section that is left to paint to the right....

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It has been a gray, rainy day today...
To perk us up I defrosted
the Overnight Lasagna I made
a couple weeks ago...
that and garlic bread will
be a very easy supper...YUMπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‹

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse
(able to sew a bit-euse)








Saturday, October 10, 2020

QUIET SATURDAY

 
I finally cut down my floppy headed
hydrangea blooms today;
and  then
tied them up and 
hung them up to dry
in my garage--
 by the attic stairs...

{Thanks Wanda for the drying tip;))).
Wanda blogs at 
"Exuberantcolor.blogspot.com"--
still cannot get 
linky to work right}

Anyway, I hope to be able to use 
them in winter decorations.

As a side note, I caught a group of 5 deer beginning to 
munch around the fallen-over mopheads
late yesterday afternoon; 
and I shooed them away
amidst much of their snorting and 
their looking at me as if
I were a crazy lady!! 

So, I decided it was time to cut them
 or have them eaten up!!


they are just so lush 
this year...

So, these will NOT be:
 
DESSERT

FOR

DEER!!!
 ;000
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I ordered my "Hobonichi Techo Weeks"
Planner for 2021 today;
I am still using up the 
extra plain pages in my 
2019 one; they should last
me until January...

I have been a journaler 
since I was old enough
to write, I think; and
I have many notebooks, journals and altered 
books that I will use off and on as the
spirit moves me...



This little 7 & 1/4" x 3.5" 
hard back book
is perfect for on-the-go
entries...
It fits easily in my pocketbook...
and
I LOVE 
their  Tomoe River paper..

I was able to order it on Amazon--
my go-to place since Covid 
descended upon us..

[NB: I am Not affiliated with Amazon
or Hobonichi in anyway]

here is the Jane Davenport 
traveler's notebook cover I use..
isn't she pretty???

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Enjoy your Saturday

It was warm enough to sit out a bit here;
in the Low 70's--
Probably the last of the deck-sitting days....;000

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse 
(still resting-euse)





Thursday, October 8, 2020

THE WAVE PROGRESS

 

I was able to do a bit of Diamond painting 
this morning...
So great to be able to do 
SOMETHING!!

There are two types of areas in this painting...
All one color pretty much

And
"Confetti"--meaning a lot of
color changes. 

I am learning how to use the "multi-placer" for the one color runs
and I use the single placer for the confetti...

The Wave is a good learning canvas...

I hope you are all staying safe, 
have voted or are going
to vote.

Hugs,
Julierose, La blageuse
(still pretty much resting-euse)






Monday, October 5, 2020

SMALL, SMALLER, SMALLEST

 
Dolly Quilt No 1..

I am making two little dolly quilts for 
my granddaughters, Willa and Fiona,
for them to play with their "stuffies"--
[teddy bears and stuffed animal collections]

And here is Dolly Quilt No 2↧↧↧↧
I had these leftover little hourglass triangles
cut out of scraps with my Go! Baby
die cutter and thought they would make
cute small pieces...

I especially love how the little girls
at teatime
just peek out
this one all hatted up, too..;)))

These will be the centers and I will border them 
log cabin style;
one in light blue and the other in lilac
the girls' favorite colors...
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Mean w h i l e....
Courthouse Steps is taking a bit of a rest;
as I have a very sore neck and shoulders
after sewing all but the last long row
together...

This will be a very 
L O N G  T E R M 
project.
I still have to decide if it needs borders;
and I have to make the backing...

I really appreciate all your input and comments
about this project...

Thanks to all of you who sent me encouraging
comments and emails...πŸ’ƒπŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’«

It is so wonderful to have such a fantastic resource 
in our blogging community...

Soooooooooo,

I have decided NOT to take it all apart
and to forge ahead...
Come what may....
Wish me luck....
{and who knew that heavier quilts make for better sleep?}

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File under Monday Baking:
Hmmm, what is cooling down
underneath this towel?
Gosh, it sure smells 
heavenly....
πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
A lovely, plump banana nut bread
just right for our afternoon teatime.
A Treat...
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That's the news from our house on the hill today

OH...
and

We've had 0.22 inches of lovely rain...

Hugs to you all, 
Julierose,
La Blageuse 
(Thankful-euse for all of you today)
;)))πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—











Sunday, October 4, 2020

THE END IS REALLY THE BEGINNING...

 

I had just one more row to sew
WHEN..

"This is SO HEAVY", I said to Tom

He hefts it up

"You should weigh it" he suggests

 
Already 2.4 lbs!!
And this is without backing or binding...;0000

Way (WEIGH) too heavy;
We would be all achey after a 
night under this....;000

                                                             I am re-folding it up....

                                                                                AND..

It is hanging in my closet
Until I can take it 

ALL

APART
(WAH)

and decide what
to do 
with these
BLOCKS.....

ALL 
80
EIGHTY
of them!!

And so the end is really only the 
beginning.....
S  I  G  H  ...
Hugs, Julierose
La blageuse
(weighing my options-euse)





Thursday, October 1, 2020

BUTTERFLY # 5, E et al

 

Purple Butterfly...(#5)
Begun

The circles are a dark purple
although the stitches look black
here....

Here is the Valdani 
thread I used...

I was able to sit out on the deck for an hour 
stitching right after noon
time as it got warmer than it has been.

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AND...
My hydrangea is turning rosey/beige.

I just love this color....

I will be trimming the hydrangea back again this
Fall as look at how it grew back!!↡↡↡↡

Like gangbusters!!;)))
Loving these floppy, mop heads...

Sooo pretty...
Dawn at "relaxingrobin.blogspot.com"
[I could not get the link to work!!] 
suggested that I make a
wreath with the flower heads...
She is SO crafty....;)))
I would love to try that...πŸ’•

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We are planning to have a fence installed 
to screen us from the neighbors' Big old, rusty Blue bus 
and
just a whole lot of junk left out
in their yard ...

We have a couple of fence installers coming
to give us an estimate today and
tomorrow...
We are aiming for 7 feet...

As you can see, their yard is RIGHT off of our tv room;
and during three seasons when those leaves come
down and the underbrush dies back, 
all we can see are old boxes, and trash...
Not a very inspiring view......

I hope we can get it installed before all that foliage
dies back...

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For this past week I have been experiencing 
"Quiltus Interruptus"

I got an SOS from my DIL that
Willa  and Fiona are in 
desperate NEED
of SNACK BAGS
for school...

So I made 5 for each...
[ I forgot to take photos before I wrapped and
sent them off this afternoon...];000

We had Cats & Sushi fabric, 
Telephones and cartoons,
Owlets and snow fabric
And Ghastlies with roses
(the last for Halloween time
or those days when they are feeling
super "Crabby" ) hahaha
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So that has been my week....

I am not that adept at making small items like these and
it took me quite a while to get going...
but, they got done;)))

I hope your week has gone well..
Tomorrow is
TGIF
Even though we are retired, we still
love Fridays...;)))πŸ‘΄πŸ‘΅

Hugs, 
Julierose, La Blageuse 
(back to Courthouse sewing-euse)