Sunday, June 29, 2014

Making Progress

In avoidance of numerous other quilt projects that need attention, I managed to finally find some fabric and get borders on this quilt top.  It has been languishing in my quilt studio for a while now.  I still need to make the binding and the backing, but now I have to go back to the projects that I've been avoiding!

When finished, this will go to a local facility for seriously ill and/or fragile children.

Just for fun

These Halloween strings were done just for fun. Black centre on a square 10" foundation. I was gifted with quite a few Halloween scraps and thought that some youngster would probably like this. It has been donated to my local outreach group the Scrapbag Quilters. I remember my son years ago being distressed because his class got orange for colour day and "no one has anything orange to wear" His teacher brought orange ties for all the boys. She was a wonderful teacher. Piecefully, Joanne

Monday, June 23, 2014

3 Fractured Diamonds

I was motivated to sew this past week and pumped out 3 fractured diamond quilt tops. More info can be found on my blog.
All strips are from my stash which now has a dent in the pile.
When quilted these quilt little quilts (36" sq) will be given to my helping hands group. 
I'll be machine quilting each one on my Janome.
I hope everyone enjoys their week. It's raining here in central Texas which is very unusual in June but we are not complaining one little bit!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


My pieced-on-paper strings and strips are morphing into this...the blocks are 18" (4 with two-sided borders--then sewn together in pairs and pairs again).  I have enough to do 3 more blocks and will need to "string-up"                                      { (;--))) }
enough for two more after this.

A closer looksee at all those scrappy strings and strippies.....can you find "Santa Claus" up there--
It has turned out to be a sort of "I Spy" String quilt because of all the novelty fabrics.

Here are the next two laid out on my cutting table ..................hmmmm no beach today!!

As I close my sewing room door I take a last glimpse from the side,,,, more on my   blog
Yes, I think I like them like this...hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Scrappy quilt by Katell

Note: I am posting this on behalf of Katell.

I am about to quilt a big quilt, well not really a string quilt since all pieces are cut 2 1/2 x 4 1/2. Yet it is a genuine scrappy top with many Japanese fabrics. I found my inspiration in this book :

I began to cut and piece :

​Well, d'accord, let's go on !
​I showed the top to my Bee Amies last Friday. It will be a bedspread (200 x 240 cm)
I have to quilt it now : I will offer it to my sister​ by the end of the month for her 40th birthday.
So it will not be on my blog before because I want her to be surprised!

Katell, France

Monday, June 2, 2014


Hello fellow strip piecing lovers out there--I have gotten my blocks together (I had strip pieced them on telephone book paper which I cut into 8 1/2 " x 2 12" strips to use up a lot of scraps and strings I had leftover) and I am now auditioning fabrics for my borders. 

This has been such a fun project; I started it after seeing Bonnie Hunter's video on using up scraps this way.  I also have about 27 dark colored strip pieced blocks for the reverse--it will be a lap quilt for me; my own lap quilt is really wearing thin. 
What do you think about the colors for the borders? 
 i also auditioned two other colors here:

But they just didn't seem to fit as well --altho' there are a lot of these colors in the blocks also....

Here is a closer look at the blocks and the two colors--I especially like that purpley blue...I will  post when I get the back the meantime, in between time
you can see more about this on my blog...see ya'll hugs to you all  Julierose, La blageuse

Autumn Strings

It has been forever since I've posted anything here! I just finished this top though, and had to share. :- )

This began as an effort to use up some of the older batiks in my stash. At the same time, I needed a project to sew that wouldn't require a lot of mental effort. I chose to use the layer and cut and shuffle technique to create the 9" blocks. Both Karla Alexander and Gwen Marston talk about this technique in their books. Karla has devoted whole books to it!

Here's a detail shot:

You can read the full story on my blog if you like.

Magpie Sue