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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, April 28, 2021

WEDNESDAY WONDERING

 
Seeing as any rotary work
will be on hold for a while
until my shoulder blade
recovers (!!!)......

I began to set up an
applique basket
using a Jan Patek pattern
[from "Say It With Flowers"],
and 
I am using some of her
 latest fabrics...

The basket and the stem fabrics
are from my own older stashed fabrics.

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I have all the pattern pieces traced
(they show white in this picture 
with the tentatively chosen
fabrics mocked up near them);

and I will hopefully set up
the flowers tomorrow; 
leaving the leaves and Mr. Bird 
[still not sure of what fabric for him]
until the next day...

I am thinking that instead of those 
circle berries over on the left
facing stem, I may do
little yo-yos instead...
I love how vintage they look...
and perhaps a bit of darker orange 
for a couple of them to pick
up that stripe in my basket fabric..

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I am really new to applique and was going to try
to do needleturn once more, but
chickened out πŸ˜΅πŸ™ˆ
and instead--
I am preparing
my pieces before I applique them...

I hope this mid-week finds you all well, 
Hugs, Julierose
La blageuse 
(pondering-euse)

Sunday, April 25, 2021

OLD ITALIAN BLOCKS

 
My "trial-making" of some 
(new-to-me)
Old Italian blocks...

During my room/stash 
reorganization
I came across these 
sort of Repro fabrics
and
decided to give these a try...
they are really a fun block
to make.

I would also like to try them
in my newly sorted
batiks...

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Here is what I am
currently reading;
the latest
"Peculiar Crimes Unit"
entry.
I find this series fascinating
if a little strange....
but they do keep my interest
all the way to the end....

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I also un-earthed these blocks
from a while ago...

I recall that I said I didn't like
them very much at that time.

Now, they have grown on me 
while they were stashed away
(marinating?)

So, another project to be finished
has surfaced...😡

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It is a Rainy Sunday here
so, a good hand work day...

Will take out my 
hexagons and
work on them...
hugs,
Julierose, 
La blageuse
(cleaning-out-euse)





Thursday, April 22, 2021

THURSDAY SMALL SEWING

 
Front and reverse of
my table topper 
to be...

Using my hand dyed
center flower
along with 
a small piece of Asian
fabric on
either side and
leftover low volume
floral;

and, here, 
using my mini charms again 
along with that
leftover Asian fabric
and a small cut of the 
darker gray
↴↴↴↴↴

I don't know now which
I like better;)))

But...I am
Using up small pieces 
for
EARTH DAY
πŸ‘΅πŸ˜
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Tomorrow I will
layer and then
pin for hand
quilting...

Hugs underneath the falling snow
(yes, S N O W )
πŸ‘Ή
Julierose,
La Blageuse
(using it up-euse)







Wednesday, April 21, 2021

MID-WEEK

 
One more row to
pin and sew
:)))

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Start of a hand-dyed
project...

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Middle of Girl With Braids...
Isn't she pretty??
I am really enjoying 
the practice of 
using my multi-placer 
(more than one diamond at a time)
on her...
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And look what my son, Jeff, brought me 
last Sunday
when he and his family 
visited for the first time since
 the pandemic began
They are so pretty;
Situated right near my seat
in our tv room

I love this one with the
small green stripe...

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Here is what the grandgirls were
doing that day

Fiona--
working it:)))

Gosh they grew so much since
we last saw them...
Fiona will be 10 this coming October
Double digits already!!

We had a lovely visit--so 
wonderful to sit and catch up...

Fi and Willa 
We love you
πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
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Today I will be doing the weekly food
run to the Big Y;

Tonight will be "breakfast for supper"
so easy-peasy...

Hugs mid-week
Julierose, La Blageuse
(grateful-euse)












Thursday, April 15, 2021

HOUSE BLOCKS, et al

 
My 2nd house block try.....
This must be an "older"
house as the 
window has warped ;0000

But I do like the door and window 
in the same fabric...

Neighbors can be
so different!! 

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Here are two of my Crazy Quilt
blocks that I had
begun embellishing
a couple years ago... 
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I had made 6 of these 
into this wall hanging
below
which now graces my 
small front hallway.


Here are some of the ladies
that grace this one:


I am planning on working on 
the last  6 over
this coming Summer...
they will be my new hand project...

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Raining and cold and windy
here today....

I did my weekly grocery 
shopping early this
morning...
AND...
Tonight we will have a lighter type
dinner=
Stuffed clams and
a salad...
Sooo,
Maybe someone I know 
will make us popcorn for
a tv snack this evening--
one can only hope...πŸ‘§

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I hope your upcoming weekend will
be a productive one...
I will be sewing red/white
squares together..
Hugs,
Julierose, La Blageuse
(working on my housing estate-euse)
















Tuesday, April 13, 2021

PINNING, PINNING--MATCHING and AARGH

 
The first two
rows of four patches are
sewn together
↧↧↧↧
I am marking their 
position so when
I sew the long rows 
together they will stay in
this order...

And so on....
I am managing to do one double row 
per sewing session...

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On the house 
maintenance front:
We have two workers
doing our upkeep
this year....

Here you can barely
see the outline of 
a painter working
on our entryway 
today...
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Kinda like pinning and
matching....
ONLY....
they are scraping and
painting...πŸ˜‚
And our new fence is being
stained also...

Sprucing up for Summertime...

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NOW FOR THE UGH!!!
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I gave this house block
a try--

BUT

I see that there is not
enough contrast...
Everything looks
kinda "mushy" 
and the roof looks "wintery"
while the house itself
looks "summery".
S I G H...

These fabrics are from
a Jolly Bar called
Fairy Tale...which
I love but somehow
I didn't choose very well...

AND

Also, my cutting must be off..
the left side will
lose its roof point
when I sew it together..

Well, ever have days like that?
Aaargh....😞It's not 
"what did I do wrong?"
Its rather--
I did EVERYTHING
WRONG...

Well, that'll keep 
me humbled--
won't it????

Hugs from my house(s)
to yours,
Julierose
La Blageuse
(movin' on-euse)







Sunday, April 11, 2021

RED AND WHITE SQUARED...

 
All except 2 of my red mini charms
pinned and ready to be sewn in rows...
(10 four patches by seven).
I love how they move into different
configurations when you view 
this one:)))

Here are some favorites:
↓↓↓↓


and
and
and
 and
and
This  one looks so vintage .
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This morning I gave hubby a haircut;
did some laundry
and will be resting; 
and 
watching Red Sox 
this afternoon..
An easy and
slow day --
enmeshed in this 
foggy landscape
 outside my windows.

Hugs for a safe and happy 
Sunday afternoon..
Julierose, 
La Blageuse
(taking-it-easy-euse)
😷😷😷








 




Thursday, April 8, 2021

PRESTO--CHANGE-O

 
I am working on using up all my mini charms;

Here are 7 long rows of 9-patches
with all the blues with
whites and creams;

AND
15 Gray 4-patches

AND
24 pink and green combo
4-patches

AND
Various two-sies

Here is my work table set up with
colors in various stages 
⇊⇊⇊
These will all be put in my 
"New Parts Dept."  
for use as needed...

I had collected SO MANY 
mini charms that have been just
sitting in a drawer...

SO--

While trying to get my Mojo back,
I decided to just do some 
mindless square
sewing..

From mini charms into 
useable
parts.
[Presto-Change-o];)))

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FYI:
This has been a rather
difficult time for us
here as I had
to take Tom to the ER late Easter
 Sunday evening;
and then he was taken
by ambulance onto the 
Hospital for a few
days...

He is home now and
feeling a lot better.
(as am I--this house
is way too quiet with
him gone!!).

So,
 this little bout of 
mini charms sewing
has helped to sustain 
me very well.

Stay well, and stay safe
😷😷😷😷

Hugs, 
Julierose, La blageuse
(mini-charm-sewing-euse)












Friday, April 2, 2021

MY LITTLE EASTER BASKET, et al

 
Watching the Red Sox 
Game Day Opener
and hand 
Stitching 
my hexagons...

↧↧↧↧
I am enjoying working
on these --

prepping a few at a time...

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Trying to get my Mojo back...


 I am working on using up my pre-cuts:
Starting with my mini charms...

blue and white 
mini charms sewn into 
 seven strips here; 

and

Reds and whites
ready to be cut
apart and ironed out
into two-sies...

I sewed these 
onto white jelly 
roll strips...

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All these will go into my new 
Parts Department
for future use.  

Easy sewing to coax my Mojo into 
coming back...;)))

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I want to send good wishes 
to you all for both
Easter and
Passover.
;)))

Hugs, Julierose,
La Blageuse
(sewing-squares-euse)