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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, November 28, 2020


I finished binding and
labelling my 
Christmas wall hanging...
"Angels We Have Heard on High"
one of my favorite Christmas carols.

This was part of a Jan Patek pattern
that I machine appliqued...
and hand quilted
I love that my little angel
is made from Tom's Pj's ;)))
I don't have many fabrics that
are usually used in "Prim" pieces;
so he's one pair down--- hahaha.

I also have been making a secret gift for 
someone special

here is a sneak peek at the back
I just fell in love
with this Vintage fabric...
Isn't it neat???
So evocative of happy times....

And staying with the Christmas theme today
I began making some little Christmas trees
I am using Amy Smart's
(Diary of a Quilter)

These are such fun to make..
she's right, you can't
just make one...;)))

I have also picked up my next butterfly
[now that my "to be mailed"
gifts are done]
and am working on it slowly...

I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend,
getting some sewing in, and 
staying safe

Hugs from afar,
Julierose, La Blageuse
(getting in the "spirit-euse")

Wednesday, November 25, 2020


Tom cored the apples

and I

Peeled them
Put the pie together to bake

Our little Holiday Eve
fun together....


Hugs from afar,

Stay safe, distanced
and masked

Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, November 22, 2020


Hand Quilting finished on this one


This one, too...

So, tomorrow I can begin machine quilting 
the holding stitches on the 
 long border rows along
the Snow Geese strips 
and the borders...

I just quilted around each butterfly
and then the Snow Geese centers
by hand using DMC #8
Perle Cotton threads.

We are about to watch the final segment of
"Roadkill" on 
Masterpiece Mystery...

I hope you all had a wonderful

Hugs from afar,
Julierose, La Blageuse

Thursday, November 19, 2020



I did enjoy working on this
small canvas....
And now I am moving
onto a much larger
 a vintage Christmas illustration one....


It uses 39 different diamond
colors which I sorted
and numbered and put 
into my little square bead boxes 
this afternoon.
I am excited to be working on this one...
the diamonds are Square---
So,  this feels a bit different from
the round ones I was using
on Fairy Lights.

But the process is the same...
only I find that I have to place them
MUCH more slowly to get them
straight in their little boxes!!👀

And since it is still November for at
least a few more days,
 I include a picture of

my Starry-Eyed Jack 
in place in my living room...

He resides on the end of my 
Grand-mere's old bureau...
Held with my little tiffany lamp and 
the little picture of my
Godfather, Uncle Julian,
(my Mom's brother)
with his beloved dog, Briney...

We awakened this morning to 20 degree weather
and breezy conditions...
C O L D !
I hope you are staying warm and safe...

Julierose, La Blageuse 😷
(slowly hand-stitching geese-euse)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020



Early Morning Light

View from my window 
while sipping frothed coffee...

[FYI : you can see our new fence 
blocking out that old blue bus and
junk all over neighbor's yard...;)))]

I love how the bare trees
lace across the morning skies...

Sunrise on another day....

Look what I found at early morning grocery shopping

A lovely red/mauve Christmas Cactus
to add to my meager collection...
Today I hope to begin hand quilting
Fiona's Purple Butterfly...

Hugs from afar,
La Blageuse
(grateful for another day-euse)

Sunday, November 15, 2020


GG's dolly quilts are now
layered up and
ready to pin.

has binding sewn on front and
pinned over to the back..
is ready to be 
sewn down...
I will be using black thread
doing a zig zag machine finish...

On my journaling front
here are a few prepped pages...

I call this one my 
as I am using an old 
Hobonichi Weeks
and ignoring the
planner page set up.
I glue in images, stickers
watercolor these pages.

Here are two Junk Journals
I've begun putting together:
they include fabrics sewn 
on papers
and random pages to be
bound in ....

I managed, with Tom's help to
lift and pour the big bag of soil
for me,
to finally finally
re-pot my two
Christmas Cacti...
My Mom made this mosaic tray and
the woven Christmas cloth
is one we bought on our
trip to Germany in 
(Omgosh-31 years ago now!!;000)

I will be turning this cloth over in
December as it reverses
to deep red with white figures...

So far today, it is partly sunny
but very chilly only 49 degrees (F)
at 11 a.m.
The rest of my day will be
R E S T I N G ...

Julierose, La Blageuse

(It's as important as ever to wear your masks, my friends)

Friday, November 13, 2020


The two dolly mini quilts
are now officially

I will be winding bobbins this afternoon
and resting my arms after
yesterday's contortions
at my yrly mammo 

And another gray, rainy day here...
and only in the low 40's..

Tonight's dinner will be:

Pan fried pork chops 
with onions,
twice baked potatoes,
(in the oven now for the first baking)
and tossed salads. 
AND (sigh):

Various household chores
to be finished...
That's my day here ;()

Hugs from afar, 
Julierose, La Blageuse
(in my bubble-euse)


Thursday, November 12, 2020


Here are the bases
of the two Butterfly 
mini quilts...
Willa's (L) 
is into "blue"
Fiona's (R) 
is into "Purple".

You will notice (I am sure) that there
are a couple little "baby" geese...
flying behind the adults....;)))

My embroidered butterflies 
were just shy of 8.5" and 
so I had to improvise...

I am hoping that the 
white fabric surrounding each
butterfly will "quilt out" from
being pulled up with
my stitching...
perhaps that's just the wind
helping them  soar...
I want to make these dolly 
quilts rectangular..
So I will be searching for some
appropriate fabrics to
make a narrow "stop" border on the sides,
and deeper top and bottom 

Right now they measure 15.5" ;
not quite big enough to cover 
an American Girl doll..
Plus I prefer rectangular

That is what I accomplished 
yesterday and today...

Hugs to all on this dark, 
rain-filled and
gloomy day...
Julierose, La Blageuse
(happy to be able to sew-euse)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020



I've been sewing blue 
Snow Geese
to go with the blue butterfly
for Willa's
American Dolly quilt.
(I just need to sew it all together...)

This will be part
of her Christmas present...
I finished the geese strips 
this morning...

I have Fiona's 
Purple Butterfly and 
Snow Geese
Christmas Dolly quilt 
all ready to be sewn tomorrow.
I think this is a good use of my
Butterfly embroideries...

The Butterfly blocks were an almost 
perfect 8.5" square;
I used the same pattern format 
that was in my Starry-eyed Jack 
to feature the embroideries...

I hope they will like them...;)))

Hugs, Julierose,
La blageuse

Sunday, November 8, 2020


I am working on the 
Black outlining of
my next butterfly...
I am mostly using the 
half-stitch method...
crossing on the way back...
We interrupt this post 
for the following important

My husband cut 2"
 off my hair this morning!!
He did a great job;))
[And tell me,
why have I been spending $50+
for a haircut????]

I have not gone to a hair salon since
the shut down...
I am not ready to go yet...
Especially with cases on
the uptick now...

Plus .......
I had been searching for a new
hairdresser for over 6 months
before Covid hit--
since my old and trusted
one--who knew my
hair's foibles---
 moved away

I don't want to go to an 

I am thankful and 
lucky, too,
that my DH
can and will do this
for me;)))))

And so, 
back to regularly scheduled 

here is what my 
"Stress Sewing"

All the EXTRA
2.5" squares from
a swap 3 years ago...
made into 
strips of six each...
I may try to 
"Waffle, Waffle"
I have made quite a bit of progress
on my 
"Fairy Lights Tree"
Diamond Painting...
just those lower rows
to be finished...

I hope your are all feeling a wonderful
sense of relief and joy today...
I know I am...

Julierose, La Blageuse
(So Thankful-euse)

Saturday, November 7, 2020



                                          BIDEN IS OUR NEW PRESIDENT ELECT.....


                                                           Hugs, Julierose
                                                                La Blageuse


Thursday, November 5, 2020


I started my new glue book this morning...
These are the first two spreads...↑↑↑

I am reverting back to my first

I cull magazines 
for random,
but meaningful 

(click to read)
then I will add more images
I see that it
expresses what I am feeling
at that moment.

Today I worked on my dining table...
I find this kind of "play"
just so relaxing;
and it helps me to de-stress
during these unstable times...

Hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, November 1, 2020


I've  begun hand quilting
Starry-eyed Jack...

After much deliberation I decided
to use black DMC #12 thread..
to out line my geese...

I got 8 of the 20 done before
my hands began to hurt...
Not bad....

On the reverse side,
The geese will be circling 
around the Full Blue Moon

Can you see the stitched geese 
heading up there?
[click to enlarge]

the quilting is harder to see on this side
but it is a subtly toned side anyway
so, I am happy with it...

Some of the quilting will not go all the way
 through to the reverse. 
But enough to hold it together securely...
i am thoroughly enjoying quilting 
"Jack"  by hand...

For those of you Diamond Painting enthusiasts
Here is a picture of my next project:
"Fairy Lights Tree"
The only picture that I have of it is this thumbnail
print on the side of the canvas...
{click to enlarge}--

and here is a closer look at the top left portion
There is a ton of  "confetti"
(aka lots of color changes)
Slow Going....
I am anxious to get to that 
lower turquoise portion..

Sunday Supper is:

Pot Roast in the Slo-Cooker
with gravy and potatoes; 
and butternut squash spirals 
with maple syrup...
It is very chilly and gray for our first Sunday 
of the change back to EST 
so darker than usual early on

Enjoy your Sunday
don't forget to V O T E 

and wear your mask--for 
It IS NOT over...!!!

Hugs, Julierose,
La Blageuse
(hand quilting-euse)