Sunday, April 18, 2010

This weekend was spent doing a variety of stuff around the house. Not one single stitch in a quilting or stitching project. I did get to knit a bit Saturday and my sweater is coming along. Late last weekend I finished this applique block for my $5 quilt. I'm enjoying the applique and I like the pieced background. Between the two it takes a lot of time though.
Earlier this week I also finished a page of my chart for Quakers and Quilts.
Today my parents and sister came up and we celebrated Chris's birthday. He wanted to cook his own birthday dinner. I bought a whole beef tenderloin from Costco and he trimmed it up and cut it into filets and grilled it. I have to say, was the BEST steak I've ever eaten. Much better than Morton or Ruths Chris. He also served roasted fresh asparagus wrapped in bacon, grilled sweet potatoes and corn. I made the birthday cake (which I had to make twice) and salad. I also neglected to take any photos. We had a great time and it was great to spend time with family.

I'm gearing up for a girls weekend! More on that later....for now let's just say I'm excited!

28 comments:

Nancy said...

Your quilt block and your stitching are both beautiful projects Jackie!

Beef tenderloin from Costco on the grill is my husband's favorite! Hope everyone enjoyed the birthday celebration!

nima said...

wow..lovely block...your blog is very inspiring...i need to come back often

Pat said...

That birthday dinner sounds wonderful. I like how your projects are looking, too. You do very good work!

Vicki said...

Your $5 blocks are great, I am not very patient with applique!! I love the sampler you are stitching. I need to get mine out again and work on it.

Simone de Klerk said...

Such a lovely block! I love the background. And your stitchery is coming on great. Impressive!
How lovely to see the picture of you and your dear friend! You both look very happy.

Margaret said...

Happy birthday to Chris! He must enjoy cooking if he wanted to cook his own birthday dinner! :D I love your applique block -- the pieced background just adds that special something! Is it machine applique again? Can't wait to hear about your girl's weekend!

Giovanna said...

Beautiful stitching on Q&Q! Lovely quilting too.

averyclaire.org said...

Just catching up on your blog. Love the applique block. Your blocks are all marvelous!! Great job. What a super deal $5 blocks. Love it. I like your three block color comparison as well...an interesting project and lovely as it turned out!!

randi---i have to say said...

lovely! the floral vines are just beautiful!

Lee said...

Your block looks great Jackie! And Q/Q is stunning. You're really moving along with it, too.

Chris' dinner had all of MY favorite foods. I my invitation just got lost in the mail. ;)

Zlaty said...

You are doing a fabulous job at your aplique blocks! Your sampler is coming along very nice too!

Happy sewing!

woolwoman said...

the Q&Q sampler looks great Jackie - glad Chris' birthday dinner went off well. I had a Morton's filet for my birthday and it was pretty dang good! Hope your trip this week is just marvelous! Mel

yarnjourney said...

Your appliqué block is amazing. So is your sampler. Your son is quite a chef. Happy Birthday to him too.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Beautiful applique block..I love the pieced background!

Berit said...

Looking good on Q&Q--also, dinner sounds as though it was delicious! :D

Deb said...

Your block looks great Jackie. Watching your progress on these $5 blocks is really giving me a hankering for some applique!!

And your sampler looks great too.

I think that Costco meat is better than you can get in any restaurant (and a lot cheaper too). My husband practically lives in that place on the weekends.

Irene said...

I love your block and it's unusual to see the applique over the piecing which really makes it special. You are doing a beautiful job on your blocks and your sampler.

Mary said...

Your projects are looking great! Sounds like it was a good birthday. You had to make the birthday cake twice? Sounds like there's a story behind this.

Siobhan said...

Wow. Beautiful block--the applique on the pieced background is soooo pretty. I like your stitching progress, too!

Happy birthday to Chris!

Lois said...

Jackie, what a lovely quilt block! Dinner sounded delicious!

Linda said...

That is a gorgeous block, Jackie! It's my favorite of the ones you've shared with us. Lots of work maybe, but you can be sure I think it's worth it.

I'll take your word about the beef thing. Beef is a meat I have completely lost my taste for; I'm not sure why. Glad you enjoyed it.

Carol said...

That birthday dinner sounds amazing (even at 8 AM!!)...

Great block, Jackie, and your stitching is so pretty.

Have a great girl's weekend with your friends :)

Kim D. said...

Beautiful Block, it a lovely combination with the pieced back and applique. The stitchery is lovely as well.

Kellie said...

Your quilt block is gorgeous! And you are making great progress on Q&Q.

Sounds like the birthday was lots of fun! :)

Barb said...

I just love your block, it is beautifl!!!

Mylene said...

wow! I love this block-looks beautifful.

The Q&Q sampler is coming along great too.

Suzanne said...

Both your quilt block and your stitching are looking great!

Cheryl said...

I Love this block ! The plaid in the flowers is what makes it so pretty !Good work !!!