Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Week 2

As I reflect back on the second week of the new year I can say with joy that it was a great week!
I've documented this week with my Instagram photos. Some are good, some are grainy...but you'll get the idea of what happened.

I feel like I got a lot accomplished, but the highlight of the week was attending two special openings for The Ranch, the restaurant my son has been working so diligently to bring to fruition. Evan is the Executive Chef d' Cuisine at this restaurant. He works crazy long hours and is an amazing chef.

This photo welcomes everyone as they enter the restaurant!
On Wednesday, we were invited to the friends and family dinner where we tasted everything on the menu. We definitely were in a food coma afterwards, but there are worse things to have to live through.
We had told so many of our friends that we were going to be able to invite them and when it came down to it, we were only able to invite 2 friends each night. So we threw all our friends names in a hat and drew  two names for Wednesday night and two for Thursday night's parties.
The Beef Carpaccio appetizer was amazing

They are already known for the delicious popovers and homemade jams

Proud parents and little brother
The second night was more casual and really fun. Mr. R got to meet one of his baseball heroes, Charlie Hough who was there with Tommy Lasorda, the former manager of the Los Angeles Dodger baseball team. They were both very friendly and graciously allowed people to pose for photos with them.

This was one of the best berry desserts I have every tasted. It was a blueberry crostada. Too bad I forgot to take a photo before I finished it off.

I started a new quilt. This is a kit I bought last summer using Strawberry Fields fabric by Joanna Figueroa for Moda. It will make a nice picnic quilt for a friend. I need to get this one sewn, quilted and bound this month.
I jumped on board my first ever English Paper Piecing project. The Rose Star Block Party on Flickr.
Here is my first block all cut out. I began basting it last night and hope to finish it tonight while I watch the Golden Globe Awards.

 Yesterday, while sewing, I had an audience of two little cuties, my granddaughters. They were very interested to watch and ask questions.  Makenzie is almost 10 years old, I think it's time I start allowing her to learn to sew on my machine.
I really got a lot of sewing done this week but have no real finishes to show. I am working on so many projects at once. I guess I will have a lot of finishes to show in a few weeks.
 I love how these Swoon blocks are coming together. They are so fun and go together so easily, once all the cutting is done.
 And a little more progress on my + and x blocks for Sarah's swap on Flickr.
I finally got my Rockin Robin quilt back from the long arm quilter. Have you ever been disappointed with a quilting job once it was finished? I chose black thread and I think it detracts from the piecing. But, I'll let you all decide after I get it bound...which probably won't be until next month.

I'm excited to shop this week at The Intrepid Thread. Julie has already told me that Malka Dubrawsky's new fabric, A Stitch in Color, will arrive in her shop this week. I love the bright colors and fun prints.
I hope you all have a great week.

Thanks for stopping by,



Leanne said...

Sounds like a great week, the food sounds amazing. You need to start teaching those girls to sew, they look totally ready to me, and very cute too.

Geri said...

Di I love the new quilt blocks - hard to pick a favorite but that Rose Star one may be it! I like Instagram, but do all the pictures automatically post on a website or can you just keep them on your camera. I don't know what I'll have when we go to the Ranch - looks like I'll have to save all my WW points for that day!

Susan Snooks said...

Beef carpaccio! Yum! Your rose and Star AND Swoon are going to be lovely! Great fabric choice!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Your week seems particularly awesome - I bet the Rockin Robin will look great in the end xxx

Dianne Neale said...

Good luck to your son and colleagues in their new venture. Hope it is successful. And good luck teaching your grand daughter. I think it's wonderful that we have a skill to pass on to the next generation. I don't suppose your boys were interested!
Love the two blocks

Canadian Abroad said...

I'm still stuck drooling over the food photos! What a fabulous week. And lots of new projects. You are going to be busy!!

Karen said...

Congrats to your son for achieving his dream! I wish we lived closer - that food looks amazing!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

Oh the fun dinner night sounds great. Congrats to Evan!
All of your projects are coming along so well. I am quite impressed my friend! But never really imagined anything less. :)

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Hi Di,
it's scary how much you manage to get done in a week!!
Good luck to your son -wow that food looked good. my son is moving towards the time when he'll have to make some career choices....I think chef my be at the top of my list for him!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh I can see it was very tough having to go to that restaurant and force all that food down your throats, especially that desert... ;o) Sure it's going to be a fabulous success :o)

Looking forward to seeing all your quilty makes once you've finished digesting!

Ruth said...

Your Swoon block looks amazing, as does the Rose Star! I've joined in on the Swoon-Along too, but I'm still deciding on fabrics....

Valerie said...

Hi! I'm visiting today for Jennifer's blog and so happy I did! Looks like we are in a couple of groups together- the x and + swap and swoon a long. I love how your swoon block with the Dewberry fabrics turned out! And congrats to your son, what an accomplishment to start a restaurant!

Kirsten said...

I really love your Heirloom Swoon block!

sweet diesel designs said...

Visiting from Quilt Story...I LOVE your swoon block! I joined in on the swoon-a-long and just finished my first block today!! I'm fairly new to quilting and it wasn't too you said once you get past the cutting! :) I also check you out from Ellison Lane Quilts blog...glad to have read a little bit more about you over the weekend. :)

Svetlana said...

Your blocks look amazing!

Kate S. said...

That is so impressive that your son is a chef! Sounds like a great restaurant.

All your quilty projects look great - love that swoon too, and the +/x blocks :)