Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Some Weekend Sewing

So we spent this past weekend in Vegas.  We didn't fly, so it was a long drive.  Especially when you have 2 small kiddos.  To me, Road trip = Hand sewing!  So here's what I worked on....

A new pillow for our bedroom. 
These small squares were all English Paper Pieced.  Yes, hand sewn!  It's also hand quilted too.  Lots of hand sewing on this puppy!  Crazy, I know, but the end result is always great.

My husband was kinda bummed that I gave away this pillow.  He didn't realize I made it for a swap.  So this pillow has almost the same prints as the other one.  Just a little different. Nonetheless, he approves.

Here it is playng nicely with my Habitat Pillows. 

I also managed to hand quilt most of my Christmas Tree Skirt.  I'll be showing that to you very soon!


Our Thanksgiving Weekend!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving!  I hope I wasn't the only one who put on a few more pounds this weekend...  To make mattters worse, we spent the rest of the weekend in Las Vegas!

Our generous friend Jae, hooked us up with an amazing room at the Palazzo.  All I can say is WOW!  What a beautiful place.  We all had some more great food and a wonderful wonderful time! 

Taylor & her Uncle Jae

Taylor at the Wynn

You're probably wondering where the photos of my son are....  He would not pose for a photo!!  He never wants to take a picture!  Hopefully, next time.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

My husband, Howard and I got married back in September 2003.  We bought a house in August 2004.  That year we hosted Thanksgiving and now we host every year.  I love cooking Thanksgiving food!  It's one of the few times a year we get to indulge and just enjoy a great meal with family and friends.  

This year, I'm making:

Turkey - Sage & Butter
Mashed Potatoes
Bacon & Sausage Stuffing
Cream Corn
Green Bean Casserole
Potatoes Au Gratin
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies
Pecan Tartlets

Oh, I'm so excited!  I'm going to do a little bit of shopping today and Wednesday.  I especially love using all my pyrex and my County Fair Table Runner.

Are you cooking?  If so, what are you making?


My First Flannel Quilt

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

As promised, I managed to sew this puppy up last night.  I used AHM Folksy Flannel and a Valori Wells Sole print that I've had for years.  This came togoether very quickly because I wanted to only use squares with no piecing. 

 Finished size will be 48" x 48".  Just big enough for me and my kids to hide in.  :)
As you can guess, this one is a 'keeper".  The back should be done tonight.  More photos to follow soon!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

A New Quilt!

"My name is Jennifer Chon and I'm a certified fabric hoarder". Yes, I admit it. My stash is ridiculous! I cannot resist a good sale so my stash has grown exponentially through the last few years. Maybe I'll have the courage to show it to you one day. Maybe...

Anyway, I'm trying something new. I recently purchased some AMH Folksy Flannel from (My supplier!).  I've never made a quilt with flannel before so, I'm excited to start!

I already washed it, pressed it and even cut it!

I'll be sewing it tonight!  Yippee!  More photos to follow soon!  :)


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies, originally uploaded by sunnyauh.
I finally got around to making Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies. These are my 2 absolute favorite desserts in the whole wide world. Why, you ask? Because you don't need utensils to eat either of these. You pick it up, take a big bite and then it makes you happy! Seriously!!

My daughter, Taylor celebrated her 6th birthday last Monday. She was absent from school that day. I'll explain why in a future post.

I didn't make cupcakes this year for her class. I ended up making these and they were definitely a hit with the kids. I did half semi sweet chips and half white chocolate chips. So they were perfect in every way!

Did I make you hungry?!?! Did I plant a seed in your head? Go make some!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

LAMQG Habitat Challenge!

My guild hosted another challenge. We got 8 Fat Eights of Jay McCarroll's line Habitat. We were told not to take any if we did not plan on using them. I never turn down a chance to work with free fabric!  :)   So here's what I came up with... 3 Pillows!  My goal was to use every last piece and I did!  The solid print that I used in every pillow is Kona Coal.  My new favortite!  :)

Pillow #1 are HST's (Half Square Triangles). I made it so I could get more comfortable with doing them. I'm still not crazy about HSTs but I'm even more not crazy about the free motion quilting I used here.  I really hate how it looks and that's because it's my first time with it. I need more practice....


Pillow #2 was inspired by Denyse Schmidt's Hop, Skip & Jump pattern. I've been wanting to make a quilt out of that pattern so I thought this would be a great test drive.  I love this pattern alot! The pebble quilting was cool too, but some parts are an absolute abomination.  Again, I need more practice.....

Pillow #3 is my favorite! It's a Spiderweb Block - My Way.  Tutorial is coming so you guys can make one too. Aren't they fun?!?!  I wanted to echo the web, so I thought hand quilting it would really make it pop!  I think it did the trick.  :)

So here they are all happy together! 

These are definitely a great addition to my couch! :)

Overall, I think pillows are great because they are so quick to put together.  It's a great way to test out a quilt pattern that you might be on the fence about. 

Now, go forth and make some pillows!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Spiderwebs... My way

I love Spiderwebs blocks.  They're use up a tons of scraps and the end result is always stunning.

So, here's your classic spiderweb block.

(Bee Block for Tricia)

Here's what they look like all together.
Stunning, huh?

(Baby Quilt for a friend's baby girl, Rilee)

A different color way will give it a new look. 
Neat, huh?

(Linda's Seams Perfect Bee Blocks)

So I wanted to make a block that looked like this. 

I couldn't find any patterns on-line, so I made my own.
 Here's what I came up with. 

Here's one in orange and blue.

(For Jodi)

Red & Aqua.
(For Karen)

These came out a little "boxier" than I wanted...

I'll post a tutorial for this block, but I still need to do a couple tweaks here and there to get rid of the "boxiness". (Is that even a word?!?!) 

So please come back soon!  :)


NO More Naked Tree

I know it's early Novmber, but Christmas ALWAYS seems to creep up on me.  Shortly after Halloween, we celebrate my birthday, my daughter's birthday & then Thanksgiving. 
This year, I'd like to have my home decorated on black Friday.  It's a new goal of mine! 
Hopefully, I can turn it into a tradition. 

So a couple weeks ago, I cut up some red and green strips.....

And turned it into this!!!

It's ready to be quilted! 

Can you tell, I'm excited about decorating my home this year?!?!

More photos to follow when I'm all done.