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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, February 28, 2021

GRAY SUNDAY

 
My Sunday Journal page
to be 
finished 
later....

Is anyone else feeling 
blue, 
low, 
cut off, 
redundant?

Missing
HUGS?

It is coming up on one full year of 
isolation at Chez Holleran...
and at everyone else's, too..

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Meanwhile, 
[to counteract
this bit of wallowing
in rock-bottom-ness]

S O R R Y
about that;)))
πŸ‘΅
I am still spider-webbing
and quilting geese
and taking quick visits
to hexagonia...

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As my Mom always 
told me:
"This, too, 
Shall
Pass"

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I hope this Sunday 
will be a bright spot
in your week.
Hugs to you all
Julierose
La Blageuse
(climbing out of this valley-euse)
😷😷😷
😌 



Sunday, February 21, 2021

WIP-ing

 

I have the left 9 blocks sewn 
together 
(but not in rows yet as
I will be re-arranging them)
And have begun on the next 
group of 9
If you click on the image
you can see that I am using
MSQco papers for stringing...
AND
strangely enough
it doesn't look like my scrappy
strings have diminished
at all!!
πŸ‘€πŸ˜§
Go figure!!

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This WIP 
is coming along,
but I am taking a
rest as my hands 
flared up from hand quilting...

It is coming along...
S L O W L Y 
but,
I knew this would be a long
term project when I began
and I am okay with that...
It is a pleasure to quilt these
lovely fabrics...

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Here is my 2nd fabric for my 
Hexagons
Project WIP
another long term one...
but such fun...
πŸ‘΅πŸ’—
An all-time favorite ;))

I have decided to USE
my special fabrics-
I mean What in the World
am I saving them for??
😦
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The sun has actually deigned to come out this Sunday..
With the snow on the ground 
it is quite cold still..
not up to even freezing as yet...
I hope you are all safe and staying warm
and having a sew-wonderful
Day.

Hugs, Julierose
La Blageuse
(WIP-ing-euse)
😷😷😷😷











 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

SNOWY UPDATE & A THANK YOU

 
I got this cool surprise gift from 
Dawn ...
such an adorable little pouch
With a RED zipper..
AND
Hubby grabbed this part of the 
two part gift
↓↓↓
You can see he's
putting it to good use
;)))
A cute Boston Red Sox
mug rug...

So we are all decked out for
watching
the 
Spring Training
Red Sox games...

THANK YOU SO MUCH DAWN...;)))
We love these...

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I have begun a new diamond painting
for those of you who inquired:

This lovely girl....

And here is where I am
A lot of "confetti"
in this one
but
Very enjoyable--I love
the colors...

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AND...
I have been plugging along on my
"Wild Garden" 
spiderweb quilt...

[sorry for the dark photo--
it is snowing like
crazy outside
and a dark gray day]
I am planning on keeping going
until most of the strips are used up...
So this may turn into two pieces..
We'll see..πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€

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So far we have had 4"+ of snow
more than was predicted,
actually...
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Tonight I have made a 
Shepherd's Pie 
for our dinner...
I used frozen corn
for the veggie in this one..
and i added a bit of tomato paste
to the meat and onion mix...
I often change this one up.
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Stay safe and warm...
Hugs, Julierose
La Blageuse
😷😷😷










Saturday, February 13, 2021

WILD GARDEN

 
I have been collecting all the
"flowery" strings from making
my granddaughters'
(3 of them) quilts 
and 
started this spider web quilt...

Ummmm... 

{I thought I was straightening
out all my flowered strings 
but instead
this happened;))) }
↧↧↧↧

Pinks, purples yellows, and greens
with pink centers...
AND SO
πŸ’—
"Wild Garden" 
was born
;)))
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I began pinning it up on my wall
yesterday
↡↡↡↡
I do love to see these flowery
webs appear like
magic...

It is a very "wild" space with flamingoes,
and
hidden kitties, 
and a few bluebirds
flying by...

I really enjoy this kind of 
semi-scrappy sewing...

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For those of you who have asked
My recurrent cold is a bit better
today..
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Saturday's supper 
will be:
leftover pot roast, 
potatoes with 
gravy and
a string bean salad...

Stay safe and warm 
during these cold Wintery days
Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse
(Stringing along-euse)









Thursday, February 11, 2021

HEXAGONIA-- HERE I COME

 
I began working on my
new hexagon hand project 
this morning ...
along with my coffee;)))
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[But first, I---
Dusted (on hands and knees to get those
pesky baseboards that hold all those
dust bunnies--ooof!!) 
and swept up my sewing room. ]

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I first saw these hexagons on a
Missouri Star Quilt Co. 
youtube video--
And I was just charmed by the fact that
your piece is finished in
a single sewing..

{Also, my blogging friend,
DEB  (click to see)
is making these for part
of her RSC project
this year. Hop on over and
take a look at her take
on these;))) }

The batting is layered inside and
the little folded binding holds
all 3 layers together...

I have prepped 
5 more:
I wanted to finish using the rest
of this French text fabric so that
it was really readable--
and this is the perfect 
setting for it, don't
you think? :)))

Here is the backing I will be using
for all the ones I make
↓↓↓↓
Definitely wishing for
Springtime to come...

Here is my little basket with all the
"necessaries"
so I can tote my project around the house

(I mean where else do I 
go these days, S I G H )

πŸ’˜All ready πŸ’˜
πŸ‘΅

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I want to thank all of you
who sent me such encouraging
comments and ideas for my
Log Cabin dilemma....

I truly appreciate all of your
super kind comments...
πŸ‘„πŸ‘„πŸ‘„

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I have a Roast beef 
(bottom round) cooking
in my Slo cooker;
and have peeled my
potatoes
for dinner tonight.

I will make my gravy 
right in the crock pot, so
it is almost one pan cooking..

I will add steamed string beans 
with almonds
as our side veg.

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We had another 3" of snow overnight
but everything seems to be melting
in our weak sunshine...

And so has my day begun....

I hope you are all well
staying safe and
😷-ed

Hugs, Julierose
La Blageuse
(visiting Hexagonia-euse)









Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A FUNKIFIED FLIMSY--FINALLY

 
Log Cabins are now corralled
into a 
FLIMSY
πŸ’ƒ
Whoever said that log cabins
are a snap
WAS 
SO WRONG!!
Whoa, Mama!!
πŸ‘΅πŸ˜’

I used all scraps and chunks
of fabrics in my stash for
this one and cut the logs
with my Accuquilt cutter--
BUT...
Uhhhh
I neglected to check
which way the 
BIAS
ran!

So a lot of the logs are bowed....
Plus, for some reason,
I didn't notice this until I began sewing
all the blocks together...

UGH

Then 
I had to trim all the edges
BUT......

this still left the insides
"bowing and scraping"!

And so it stays--
for
no way
will I
take this
apart and fix it...
(Nope, nada, 
no way Jose!)

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This will be a utility cover-up
quilt for our cool
evening tv watching...
(emphasis on utility!!)
πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

And so it goes...
sometimes you win and 
sometimes....
not....
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Despite it all, I did enjoy making
this one and I do like the colors...

So, when you enlarge this one, 
people,
judge me not 
before you
make a cornerstone log cabin
yourselves ;))))

Hugs, 
Julierose,
La Blageuse
(warts and all-euse) 


Sunday, February 7, 2021

GEESE IN THE SNOW

 
THE FIVE CENTER ROWS
of Night Flight
are done..
There are
six more rows;
3 on either side left 
to quilt...
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Here is the snow off of our deck...

So pretty on our cedars...
So far we've gotten about 6"

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Early Sunday dinner
was roast chicken with
all the fixin's 
πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
And
Tom is doing the clean up
for me...
πŸ’•πŸ‘΄πŸ˜‡ 

I am starting to feel better
this afternoon...
my cold seems to be going away

Still taking it easy though...

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Tonight we will be watching the
Superbowl
(Did you know that
Tom Brady is 18 yrs older
than Patrick Mahones?) 
Should be interesting....

I hope you are all safe and warm
Hugs, Julierose
La Blageuse
😷😷




 



Wednesday, February 3, 2021

MIGRATION MARINATION

 
"Night Flight" blocks--
30 of them
are up on my wall
waiting to be moved about
into their final places 
and sewn together...

They are in what I like to call
"Marination".

I will be looking at them
a lot as I sit and sew
(they are right above Helga),
and as I take fleeting glances
walking by my sewing room.
Usually this will spark
an idea for final 
placements...

AND
ALSO....
I want to decide on border(s).

I am thinking right now
that they need a small 
"Stop Border"
(perhaps echoing the
red in the centers to
bring them out a bit..

I stopped at the 8.5" 
measurement;
mostly because I totally
ran out of dark navy blues and
those blue-grays...
and also because, 
frankly,
I got SO tired of adding those
little squares to
the logs!! 
;0000
But on the whole,
 I have really
really enjoyed
this piecing
journey.

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I still have 30 other 
red and cream hourglass
centers awaiting
a new colorway
choice.
πŸ’
I may just make them 
into a courthouse steps
sans the cornerstones...

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Here is a picture of my granddaughter
out by their firepit enjoying
the snow
[I couldn't figure out how to 
load the entire video he sent me...]
But you get the idea--
Some of us, evidently, look
at snowfall differently
;))))



Stay safe, stay warm and stay home
if you can
Hugs, Julierose
La Blageuse 
😷😷😷