Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christmas in July Ornaments

I am in process of making at least 100 of these quilted Christmas tree ornaments.  I think I first saw one on pinterest  a while back.  I googled how to make it, watched a youtube video and decided I would give it a go.  Well, after the first one I was hooked.  They are simple but a little time consuming but not so time consuming that you dread it if you know what I mean.

Anyways, they turned out to be the perfect thing for me to do while we drive back and forth to our cottage this year.  I prepare all my little piles of squares in advance and then load them and my pins, styrofoam balls and a thimble in a backpack.  I haven't timed myself but I'm guessing it takes just less than an hour to finish one - not counting the time to hot glue the ribbon on at the end - you can't do that part in the car.

The top picture shows one half completed at 2 inches and this bottom picture is of a couple that are 3 inches.  They really do turn out quite pretty.  I used a few different metallic glittery fabrics and I can't wait to see them hanging from a lit up tree.

Once I get a few sets done I'll list them in my etsy shop.  And if they don't sell then I guess I already have my Christmas gifts done this year:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Spectacular Star Quilt

This is a baby quilt that was inspired by my pinterest pins.  I had pinned a few different examples of HST star quilts and then when I bought this fabric a few weeks ago it just seemed to be asking me to make it up in this pattern.  

The fabric is Toybox IV by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill fabrics.  It works really well against a white background.  I bought the fabric at my local quilt store and they had it done up in an Irish Chain which looked really cute too.

I did the most dense straight line quilting I've ever done so far on this quilt.  It looks really fabulous on the back.

I used White Kona for the back because I knew I was going to quilt the heck out of it and I wanted it to really show it off.

This turned out so pretty I was tempted to keep it for myself but then I would have to get a baby to use it on and that seemed really unlikely to happen anytime soon:).  So that being the case this adorable little baby quilt is available in my etsy shop.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pinwheel Progress

This is going to be a super quick post because we are headed out the door tomorrow and I still have a load of stuff to get done.

I actually already finished a baby quilt using these same fabrics and I'll post that later but as long as I had them out I decided to finish cutting up the fat quarter bundle and whip up a pinwheel lap quilt.  

The fabrics are the florals from Sara Morgan's Toybox IV line.  They have that 1930's vibe and I really love how they look when paired with a white background.  The colors are just so vibrant and pretty.

I managed to get all the HSTs done but then got stalled making the pinwheel blocks because of a little flooding in the basement courtesy of this crazy rainy tornado crap weather that is going on out here this summer.  Luckily we haven't had anything catastrophic but still I am not happy to be mopping up water and installing extra drainspouts and having the waterproofer guys out here all the time.

When I get back from vacation I have a little Christmas project I've been working on that should be ready to share.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~ 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our New House

Finally.  The long awaited new house pictures.  Well, at least some pics of the outside.

Our new house was built in 1866 and belonged to our city's post master.  Hence the plaque you see in the pic below.

Many of the houses in our neighborhood have these plaques and they tell who the "famous" person was and their occupation.  It's fun for the kids to read them when we go on walks.

The house was originally located across the street and was being used by the church.  About 20 years ago the house was moved to its present location by a local woman who wanted to save the home from demolition.  She not only saved the house but was the person who put in all the beautiful gardens around the house.  

We have been doing our best to keep up with all the maintenance.  It's a crazy amount of work.  

After the unpacking was done (or at least mostly done) one of the first changes I made was to paint the front door.  I love red front doors.  It adds such a nice bold focal point to the front of the house.  The door has a mail slot in it which is just awesome.  There's nothing like the sound of the mail when it drops on the floor inside your front door.  

This little path is on the side of the house.

The previous home owner must have been very deliberate about her plantings because something different is always blooming.  The small tree shrub things here flowered in the spring along with some tulips and daffodils and as you can see the hydrangeas are going to be lovely soon.

One of our favorite things about this house is the little balcony off the 3rd floor.  We put out a bistro set and can sit up there with a tasty beverage while we watch the kids play in the backyard.

Here's the patio off the back of the garage.  It's now our basketball court.  We are lucky to have so much foliage along the back and sides of the property which gives us a lot of privacy.

This is the back of the house.  The door on the right leads to the mud room and the one on the left goes to the basement.  All those big huge windows bring in lots of sunshine in the morning.

And here's one last look at the front of the house.  On nice evenings you can find us in our rockers enjoying a glass of wine on the porch while our kids run around screaming and driving the neighbors nuts:).  

Hope you liked the tour.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cute Posy Quilt

Another recent finish.  I bought this fabric at a local quilt shop I found while looking for something to do while my boys were at lacrosse practice.  The quilt shop (Stitiching on State) is in an old home that has been converted into a 2-story store.  It's really neat as they have kept some of the old house charm including the huge wrap-around porch.

The fabric is an older line called Posy by Aneela Hoey.  It was so adorable I couldn't wait to cut into it so I had at it the other day.

I fussy cut the print with the little girls.  Here's one with her chicken.  

Here's another one writing in her journal.

And at the bottom of this picture you can see the little blonde reading her favorite book.  

This is the print I used for the back and the binding.  It feels so fresh and summery to me.

Here's one last look...

Like usual this adorable baby girl quilt is available in my etsy shop if you're interested.

I wish I could say I've gotten more done over the last few weeks but between a vacation at our cottage and driving kids back and forth to camp it's been tough to get much done.  Oh and my other new job...head gardener.  While I love all the beautiful landscaping here at the new house it is way labor intensive to keep it looking nice.  Especially this summer with all the weed inviting rain.  Everything is looking really great now so I'll be sharing some pics soon.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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