Sunday, August 23, 2015

Awesome Needlepoint

This isn't my own work but it is so amazing I had to post it.  This is a needlepoint canvas done by my friend Joan who I made the wedding chuppah for.  I knew it was Renoir when I saw it but didn't recognize the painting. It's called "On the Terrace." In addition to the beauty of the piece, I'm in awe of  how much work and dedication this took.  I have done small needlepoint pieces in the past but I never could have sustained motivation for a piece of this size and detail.  Bravo Joan!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Knitting for Colton

Last week I went to the Lion Brand Yarn Outlet near The Meadowlands and bought yarn to start making things for Colton.  Here he is wearing the hat from a free Lion Brand pattern for a cute hat and sweater set.  The baby clothes knit up so quickly that I get the rush of finishing way before I get bored with the project.  I'm even knitting in August which I never do. I usually only get the knitting bug when the weather turns cold and it gets dark early.  The only down side of making things for little kids is they grow so fast they can only wear the stuff for a short amount of time.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Colton's Quilt

This is Colton's finished baby quilt called "The Family Dogs." It includes representative blocks of all dogs past and present.  From oldest to newest they are chocolate Lab Lance, Weimeraner Ed, red dachshund Frank, black and tan dachshund Sammy, Great Dane Boomer, Borzoi Wolfie and Scottish Deerhound MacDonwald. Colton can learn their names, count how many there are of each dog and count the dog bones quilted into the border.  I hope he doesn't spit up on it too much!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Baby Colton has Arrived!

Colton James Kiess, born on July 20th at 7lbs., 1 oz.  Grandma and Grandpa Brady are very proud and excited.  After two daughters, my husband finally gets to do little boy things.  I wonder how long it will take for Kelly to sit him on a horse's back.  I better get busy quilting his dog block quilt!

Chuppah Used Again

I was comissioned a few years ago by a former colleague of mine to make this chuppah for her niece's wedding.  Her nephew was recently married under it too. I feel really proud and happy that something I designed and made will be used as a family heirloom, hopefuly for generations to come.  My friend Joan has two sons who will also be using it when their special day comes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower

This is the diaper cake I made for Kelly's baby shower this past Sunday.  You gotta love Pinterest for party ideas.  The big day isn't far away.  Countdown to becoming a Grandma begins!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dog Block Layout

16 dog blocks done!  This is the layout for the center of the quilt.  Next comes the 35 border blocks.