This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......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 to have coffee...sip a glass of a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

~Au Revoir~

Time is quickly ticking away here
So many things to do 
I think this packing thing is a bit stressful
and dealing with 4 different weathers
Never mind it's nearly time to just shut the cases and stop thinking

Paris and Latvia here I come
It's still like a Dream and all very surreal!!!!!!

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all your good Bon Voyage wishes for this very, very special trip that my DS is taking me on

I will try for internet on my travels and will call in when I can and update but I'm guessing it will be more on Instagram as it is very quick

P A R I S   and   L A T V I J A   here we come!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Making of a Quilt...Forty Years of Light and OPAM (One Project A Month)

5 years on and off in the planning and how to execute this quilt
for my Son's birthday
I even thought perhaps I'll make a Log Cabin one 

Who else to ask for advice but my dear Friend Geo (no blog)
This required a few hours drive and a couple of overnight stays
We arrived and not too long afterwards Geo got into the drawing of The Triangle

I was assigned the ironing in preparation for The Rainbow

Sewing away with a smile lol

Step 1 Rainbow done!!!!!!

Precision work here

Meanwhile Mr Armchair entertains JoJo

As does Geo's DH Lloyd

And loookeeee it's coming together

And wow a Quilt Top in 2 days
We were all sooooooo happy and excited

Geo assigned JoJo the task of decorating the Christmas Tree
She was so happy to do this
I reckon she would do this for a living if she could lol

I'm pretty new to quilting and this was a precise job being very straight angles and lines
Everything had to be exact

Quilting away
Whoever thought I would love this
I need to learn more about it especially free motion and hand quilting

Another day and still quilting

All done and time for a photo shoot
For this one I thought I would choose a bush setting as DS loves the bush and practically 
grew up in it
So we headed off the the Gold Rush Colony home of our Melodramas

All rolled up

The back is black with gold musical notes

The day before we  handed it over
I thought we had to do a photo shoot here in our yard and on the beach our extended front yard

Mr Armchair quite liked the seaside daisies here

We came across this sweet little Love Heart

Then I thought I had to have a bag to put Forty Years of Light into

And it's all done!!!!!

So happy with it all

Thank you so much to Mr Armchair for helping out with the Mathematics of it all
Geo for The Triangle and lots of patchworky advice
Lloyd for entertaining JoJo and keeping the meals up to us all
JoJo for keeping us on our toes

And to both of you Geo and Lloyd for being such wonderful hosts
We had a fabulous weekend
Mmmmmm what will we make next???


The quilt and the bag are my OPAM for this month
Thank you so much Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting again this year

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler...9 Patch

My 6th block for this quilt......6 blocks in 6 weeks is pretty good I think!  As I suspected time to call it quits for now as Paris and Latvija the home of my Ancestors is taking over!
Mr Armchair is doing well with JoJo's programmes and her day-to-day life and learning the routines for while I'm away!!!

Block 6......Nine Patch

And here are all 6 together

Looking see more blocks hop on over to Fiona at

Holey Dooley 1 week and 2 days till I leave......still like a Dream!!!

A happy Weekend to you all......Dzintra 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Monet's Garden

Oh My Goodness so excited....have just purchased my ticket for Monet's Garden!!!!!

2 weeks and 3 days to go.....

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler

Here is the little box I am keeping my blocks in complete with 'French' labels

Well so far so good with keeping up with my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks
the aim was for one a week and so far I have kept up
One to do this week still

I've joined in with Fiona over here so pop on over and see how she is doing along with a few others
Her blocks are starting to look so much like a quilt
All made out of lovely reproduction fabrics

Chimneys and Cornerstones

Bright Hopes

Chinese Coin

Ribbon Star

Children's Delight

Don't know how much more I will be able to keep up with them
but that's okay I allowed for that.

My trip is looming closer and my time is filled at the moment with lots of incidental details, caring for JoJo and Mr Armchair retiring, JoJo's birthday, DS's birthday
Lots of appointments at the moment also

Packing, unpacking, refining
Hopefully this weekend I will be able to properly sort all the clothes out

I haven't been able to get around much to comment on all my favourite blogs but I make sure I visit when I can

19 days to go
I still can't believe it

PARIS and Latvia here we come!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

~OPAM...One Project A Month, July 2015

Two small items for OPAM this month
One is a headband from Patons Jet Yarn
saw this yarn a year or so ago and just had to have it due to the lovely soft smoky colours

Two nights and it's all knitted up

Must be headband month
This one is a fat quarter from French General fabric
Gotta love my  headbands!!!

Thank you so much Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM this month
So love participating in this!!!

And a special Get Well to Sweet Peg!!!

Happy Sewing

Love Dzintra xo

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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 ...)

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