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, January 15, 2013

~Stitching Update and a Surprise Gift for JoJo~


The front of my A Gardener's Journal




I'm still working on A Gardener's Journal as part of Stitch-a-long hosted by the gorgeous Chookyblue 
 I have done a pieced back with some of the fabrics used in the quilt...
I'm very happy with it and hope to get this sandwiched real soon...

Thanks so much to Chooky for running this fabulous quilt in Stitch-a-long and to all the gals who drop by and leave comments of encouragement!!!!!!!!
~I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey~


Meanwhile over Christmas JoJo received a surprise gift from Lynn who was my partner in 2011 in Chooky's Christmas Swap


The card



The message to JoJo


and.....a lovely bright pillowcase
Thank you so much Lynn......JoJo just absolutely loved it and is looking forward to seeing it again and using it in July when we celebrate 'Christmas in July'


Meanwhile my New Year's project is this 'Welcome Home Door Stop' by yep, you guessed it, my favourite Designer Anni Downes of Hatched and Patched


The fabrics are from Anni's 'Some Kind of Wonderful' range
I bought this as part of a kit and now ready to get into it!!!

I'm very excited also as I have just joined an on-line swap group (Friends-in-Stitching) and a lot of the gals I have met last year at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair so this will challenge me in a lovely way to get more stitching done......and I'm a bit nervous about it as well

Sending Love and Prayers to everybody affected by the devastating bushfires around the countryside and to all those brave firefighters out there
and especially to our own Chooky who is in amongst the most frightening time out there
Stay Safe.........Dzintra

29 comments:

shez said...

congrats on your quilt Dzintra,its gorgeous.How beautiful of Lynn to send JoJo a gift,what special people bloggers are.Love your next project and have fun with your online group.xx

Nat Palaskas said...

Your gardener's journal quilt looks fabulous Dzintra. You are getting to the back, that is impressive - Enjoy to the last stitch - Hugs Nat

Susan said...

Well done with your GJ, and the pieced back is fabulous. Now to get it quilted for winter. Lynn is so thoughtful, I bet Jojo was thrilled to get her own parcel (as we all are with SSCS). You know I love Anni's designs too, I'm sure we will both be using lots of her patterns in FiS swaps.

Palomasea said...

Oh my goodness, dear Dzintra, that is a scary situation...
Prayers from us as well...unfortunately, these are fairly common occurrences for us as well, during our Summers...

How wonderful for JoJo to receive this lovely gift!
And I just love the coloring in the sweet door stop...adorable...
Your quilt is gorgeous of course...you have nothing to be nervous about, you are so talented!! :)
Again, prayers and safety for all...
Love to you, dear friend...
- Irina

Jeni said...

Your gardener's journal quilt looks fabulous just beautiful ...i must say as i am doing this comment a email from you has just arrived .....

Astrid said...

Love your Gardener's Journal, it's gorgeous! How sweet of Lynn to send a gift to Jojo, bet she is thrilled with it!
Have a wonderful day!

Fiona said...

lovely quilt.. the backing is looking good too... love your new header picture... how nice for Jojo to get a gift too....
enjoy your doorstop making...
Hugz

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Well done Dzintra ..the top looks fantastic....and what a lovely gift for Jo JO

Jo in TAS said...

I' m so happy you've joined FIS, the pool of talent within this group is amazing!

De said...

Your Gardener's Journal is going to be fabulous. What a lovely surprise present for JoJo from Lynn. And its great to have you in FIS

a good yarn said...

I haven't seen the quilt for a while and it's absolutely lovely! So sweet and thoughtful of Lynn to send JoJo such a gift.

Cathy said...

Drum roll snd Fanfare..your Gardener's Journal is almost complete!! Well Done you.
what a lovely thought and gift for JoJo, bet she was excited!!xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING BEAUTIFUL! What a kind gift for JoJo! I bet she was just thrilled to receive her OWN blog gift!

You are busy as can be creating such beautiful and thoughtful gifts my dear. I so love your world.

RED KIDNEY BEAN PATTIES? Now that sounds so good! We love beans and my next adventure will be a cabbage and white bean soup. We need soup around here for it is a gastly cold winter so far and anything HOT is welcomed!

Have a magnificent day! Anita

Lynn said...

Your GJ quilt top is so pretty! The fabrics you've used to piece it are perfect. Cute doorstop!

Simone de Klerk said...

Congratualtions on the lovely top finish. Love the backing too!
How very sweet of Lynn to make JoJo the beautiful gift. Very special.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your Gardeners Journal quilt top is so wonderful!! How exciting to see it there on the bed. The pieced backing is really fun too. Such a lovely gift for JoJo!!

Chookyblue...... said...

your GJ is great........goodluck sandwiching it.........lovely of Lynn to send something to Jo Jo......
All ok for now but a worrying few days ahead..........

RitaGri said...

Sega ir izdevusies lieliska! Un jauka dāvaniņa Jo-Jo!
Lai veicas ar jauno darbiņu!

Terry said...

Great to see all the goings on. The gardners quilt is so pretty and I do like pieced backs. Jojo's pillow case is too cute for words. Will she really let you but it away till next Christmas?
Enjoy the warm

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious friends!

YES, I had heard about your heat wave and I am glad to know that you are on the coast and are not experiencing TOO MUCH of the heat, but for the other souls inland who are having to deal with the fires, my heart goes out to all. What a strange weather pattern we are ALL experiencing. Stay well precious one, and OH, that recipe idea you shared really has piqued my interest! LOVE! Anita

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Your Gardeners Journal is gorgeous and the pillowcase for Jojo is such a lovely thought :)

Mrs. DishPanHands said...

visiting from Rhonda's blog.
Your sewing is BEAUTIFUL! Well done! :)
Have a lovely weekend.
- Kristin

Tatkis said...

Wow, you've almost finished your quilt! Good luck!
Pillow for JoJo is adorable!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Kylie said...

Your Gardeners Journal is fabulous - I still haven't finished mine but it is on my to do list for this year. Xxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon precious sister!

Thank you my dear for waking up to come to my side of the world...oh how I wish we had all the time and money in the world to travel and seek the wonders there in; but I suppose my own slice of the world has enough, so I best become more observant and write, write, write away!

Much love, Anita

Palomasea said...

Right near our dear Anita...yippee!
Dzintra, dearest, I pray you are keeping cool and staying hydrated.
We are thinking of you....hope very much you will see some relief soon.
That really sounds unbearably hot. Is it humid as well, or is it a dry heat? I would imagine you have air conditioning at your home.
On our side of the world, it feels like the North Pole, I kid you not...
On Monday it will be negative 20 Celsius....
We are both at extremes!
Be well, dear friend...
Sending you a cool and crisp breeze and lots of love,
- Irina

Palomasea said...

Once it gets into the negatives, it all rather feels the same :)
Sending another cooling breeze to you and a big hug, dear friend...
Love from MN,
- Irina

DAWNIE said...

Oh your gardeners journal is just fabulous dzintra. Well done

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello, Dzintra
I love your choice of fabrics for the Gardeners Journal. I have been remiss to visit your blog! Winter got away from us so quickly and here it is past the middle of January already!
Hope you are having a lovely beginning for the New Year!
Smiles from California
Teresa
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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