This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our daughter who has a disability)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

~Canberra Craft & Quilt Show......and a handy little Quilt Chart


A couple of weeks ago I went up to the Canberra Craft and Quilt Show 
Here are 2 of the quilts that caught my eye

Through the Garden Gate, Rose Lewis
224 x 227.5cm

This quilt depicts Rose’s front garden, as it is in spring. She has heavily trapuntoed all the applique and most of the quilting; all sewing have been done on a domestic machine. Look for snails, wrens, ladybirds, spider webs…


They were just stunning!!!
For exhibition prizes and results go over here


And of course a little shopping
Above is a little round place mat


Bits and pieces including the quilt everything is sitting on.
Canberra Quilters always have a great Trading Table

Canberra Quilters Inc is the oldest patchwork group in Australia. Founded in 1976 by
Margaret Rolfe, it began life as ‘The Patchwork Group’. This fledgling group, which met in members’ homes, has grown steadily and now enjoys a membership of several hundred and its own premises at Cook Community Hub.


Here is the back of the quilt
Quite unusual fabric and colours so I just had to bring it home with me!!!
A great day especially since Mr Armchair had the day off to care for JoJo so I could have a day out!!!


I saw this little  Quilt Size Chart and thought how handy so had to blog it!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

~OPAM (One Project A Month) August 2014~ My Sing Bag


My finished project for this month's OPAM is my Sing Bag
And I'm so happy with it


All the little squares coming together




And ta-da......
All done and hanging and waiting for the right time to wear it!!!


the back


And just one more time


I bought the Fabric Pack from Hatched and Patched
Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched from her booklet The Simple Life

Thank you Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM
It's wonderful to be able to finish a Project A Month


And a little funny I couldn't resist!!!
Happy Sewing everyone......Dzintra

Sunday, August 31, 2014

~Movie......The Hundred Foot Journey~


I have just seen the most Delicious movie (twice)
After the second time I straight away went and bought the book written by Richard C. Morais


There was a brochure available at the screening which had some recipes in it




including this one for Beef Bourgignon a las Hassan created by Chef Floyd Cardoz


The Hundred Foot Journey
Starring Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory
Om Puri as Papa
Manish Dayal as Hassan Haji
Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Produced by Steven Spielberg
Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake

Filmed in France in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val
and then The Netherlands and Paris

I just had to blog this movie as I know I will come back here and check out the links again
and don't be surprised if I see it again.

I guarantee you will walk away wanting a delicious meal after seeing it
I might have to go to our local Indian Restaurant one of these times!!!

Bon Appetit.......Dzintra



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~Wrapped in Paisley~ A New Quilt


Last week I saw on the Fat Quarter site a Tutorial for a Jelly Roll Jam II Quilt-
Shortcut Quilt Series
I was intrigued and went had a look and decided there and then 'I'll do that'!
This is my second Jelly Roll that I have ever used and I got really keen

The Jelly Roll I used was Wrapped in Paisley by Kansas Trouble Quilters
Beautiful rich, dark, warm colours


I printed the pattern out
Looked at the Tutorial
Pattern here


Organized my strips


Sewed them together


Blocks all stitched together


Sorting out the backing strips
The backing is the rest of the strips sewn together
Can't get much easier than that!!!



Last night the backing and quilt top together


The back is together

So happy with this!!!
There are instructions on the pattern for larger sized quilts
So you never know, another day I might just do it again!!!

Thanks so much Fat Quarter Shop and Kimberly for a great Tutorial and Pattern
I'm sure to come back for more!!!

Post Script......I emailed Kimberly and showed her my quilt top and she came back with the following
Hi Dzintra,
Thank you so much for sharing this.  Your quilt is beautiful and I am so happy you made the quilt!  You have definitely made my day!!!

Kimberly Jolly
Fat Quarter Shop
www.FatQuarterShop.com

How exciting......thank you Kimberly

Friday, August 22, 2014

~Diamonds at Large Delivered......A Family Affair~


Here is the label for my Diamonds at Large Quilt finally delivered to my Brother


What a surprise he received and showed it off as soon as he opened it


We then headed outside and did some posing with it







I hope this quilt will give him some warmth when needed
I put a whole lot of love in it so hopefully it will come out!!!


I had one of those quilts from Homespun magazine and thought I would give it to my Sister Brigita


she was tickled pink!!!


Caught up with my Niece Hailey
Who said our hair can't be the same colour LOL!!!


 My Nephew/Godson Brendan was at home this weekend (mostly)


And I got some cuddles from my cute little Great Nephew Connor as well!!!
A great family weekend!!!
Hope we can all catch up again!!!


Welcome To My World

Hello, my name is Dzintra Ingrid ... have been known as Ingrid and since our Sea Change I have started to use Dzintra ... pronounced without the D ... (but still known as Ingrid, I know, it's confusing ...)

Welcome to my world ... a journal of our Sea Change ... Mum to three wonderful children ... bringing up a daughter with a disability and seeing life through her eyes ... being a new Nanna ... photos ... inspiring quotes ... taking on a cookery course ... the odd recipe ... and trying to get some stitching done amongst all this ...