Tuesday, September 9, 2014

August Projects

What a month! I am so ready for a break with my ongoing health issues. This month I spent three days in the hospital. Niels and I celebrated our 7th anniversary with a dinner date at Panera. I had a triple berry scone for dessert and wouldn't you know, Panera adds watermelon extract to its triple berry scone. That would be fine except for the little fact that I am allergic to watermelon. My tongue swelled up and I started coughing up a lung. I spent the next few days coughing so hard that I was throwing up. That led to bronchitis, which led to pneumonia. So...I had to spent a few days in the hospital to get everything settled down again. Some anniversary, huh?

In better news, I did get a few things done. I finished my first quilt in a while. The family I lived with before Niels and I got married were moving out of state. I wanted to make a quick quilt for them before they left. Here in Ohio, nothing epitomizes our state like Ohio State football, so I made a quilt based on the trademark Ohio State helmet.

I am so happy with how the label turned out. I finally figured out how to cut fabric with my Silhouette Cameo!!!

I made another flag shirt for a sweet girl born in Ethiopia. I couldn't find a white tee in her size so I improvised. 

Our family has continued to near-nightly tradition of playing Settlers of Catan after dinner. I finally did something I've been wanting to do for over a decade: I spray painted the brown pieces purple. And for fun, I added glitter spray. 

We keep our pieces in these fishing lure trays. They are awesome and fit all the pieces for the expansion games, as well.

D liked mine so much, he asked for his blue pieces to sparkle, too.

In anticipation for our new international guest, I added a frame to our guest room door.

Eugene, from Moldova, stayed with us for a week before starting classes at a local university. (Also, our son learned how to use a knife!)

Of course, I had t make a Moldovan flag shirt for D. 

D and I made one of Eugen's favorite meals, pelmeni. We were all fans of these meat-stuffed dumplings and I will be making them again!

Speaking of favorite meals, I posted about one of my favorite go-to recipes: oven-baked chicken with veggies. 

I took pictures, but haven't posted recipes yet for two other favorite meals. 

Our housekeeper uses a Swiffer, but I wasn't a fan of all those disposable pads. I knew I could make reusable pads, so I experimented to see which worked best, then made a big stack of them. (For the record, terry cloth and bar towels worked the best).

I roadside-rescused an old crib and repurposed one side into a rack for D's summer toys. 

I used another side to help our soon-to-be kindergartner plan his uniform choices each day. (I used a third side of the crib as a magazine rack in my craft room)

Speaking of preparing for school, I also made a dry erase card for D's daily notes. 

I also updated his morning checklist.

And then the big day arrived! After wiping my tears, I wrote him a letter

With all my newly-found free time, I got back to my craft room to get acquainted with my friend Pfiona (on the right). I wasn't planning to upgrade until Christmas, but I was ahead with my saving plan, and because I have the best hubby in the world, he encouraged me to take advantage of the big sale at the quilt show I attended in Pittsburgh.

It was a very good day!

I started with a little hanky for D, using the alphabet stitch.

And pieced together a new block based on a quilt I saw at the show. 

Then I made a snack bag for D. 

Feeling confident, I turned my attention to the quilt tops I finished for a sibling set. 

Verdict: Pfiona is dreamy!

 And finally, like thousands of others, I took the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Whew! What a month! I'm looking forward to a more low-key month in September.

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  1. I would love to make a ohio state quilt like you made. Do you know what measurements you used for it?

  2. I absolutely love the Ohio state quilt you made! I'm going to make one for my husband for our anniversary, do you mind sharing the dimensions you used for each color? Thank you so much for your time!

  3. Thank you both! I'm not sure because I can't find my notes, but I think the red stripe is 10", the whites are 5", the blacks are 2.5" and the grays are 20". (Add .5" to each when cutting for seam allowance). Total of 65" finished width and 80" length.


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