Friday, January 23, 2015
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the wonderful Elea Lutz who asked me if I would be willing to make a doll quilt out of her new fabric line Milk, Sugar & Flower. Ummm YES!!! I couldn't type my reply fast enough. Her beautiful line of fabrics is produced by Penny Rose Fabrics which is the sister company to Riley Blake. I was so honored that she asked me to work with her and so excited because I had already been looking forward to this line.
Elea asked me to make one of my patchwork doll quilts and I gladly agreed.
I have to say that these fabrics are even cuter in person than in the pictures.
Everyone always notices the adorable bunnies and kittens, but I think the strawberries in the stripe are so incredibly sweet.
Originally, we were going to do the back in white but once the fabrics arrived I knew we had to use the large rose print.
This print just quilts up so nice. I think this print would make a wonderful backing for any size quilt.
The colors are gorgeous. I love the combination of the yellow and reds with the light blue highlight.
I couldn't help taking another close up.
Milk, Sugar and Flower is coming out this month. I can't wait to get my hands on the whole line. If you want to see some other cute inspiration projects from this line check out nanaCompany's blog and Tied with a Ribbon's website.
If you're interested in purchasing your own sweet doll quilt check out my etsy shop.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish It Up Friday
Friday, January 16, 2015
Since I have been absent from my blog for a short time I thought I would share 2 recent finishes here today. I've been busy with a few things - holidays, custom orders and a special project I hope I can share soon.
Anyways, the first quilt up today is the softest quilt I have ever made.
This was the first time I have used flannel to make a quilt. I kept seeing other bloggers using it and then the other day while at Joann's I saw this adorable retro-looking baby flannel and I couldn't resist.
The print features scenes from favorite nursery rhymes. It is really so sweet and perfectly done in just the simple shades of blue.
For the back and binding I used a baby blue gingham flannel. I free motion quilted it in swirls and loops which seemed to work just right for the flannel.
I was a little worried about shrinkage and curious to see how it would crinkle up so I washed it and it just made it softer and sweeter. I have a feeling I will be trying out more flannel in the future.
This baby boy quilt is available in my etsy shop if you're interested.
I also recently finished this sweet little owl quilt.
This one didn't require a lot of piecing - just the top and bottom striped borders - which I love. Originally, I was going to use the striped fabric for the back but I am not great at getting the front and back to line up perfectly and I hate when the pattern looks all wonky compared to the squareness of the quilt.
So instead I used this pretty pink print for the back.
I also like how it is little tree branches - like that's where the owls on the front perch. It's silly but it felt like it was meant to be - well, at least to me - I know - I am a little weird at times.
For this one I quilted the middle in loops and swirls using pink thread. Then for the borders I did straight lines following the stripes. The binding was done by machine and is a precious pink print with tiny white circles.
The photos make the colors a little more bold than they seem to me in real life. In real life they are a little more pale or shades of pastels than bold colors.
And just like the baby boy quilt, this baby girl owl quilt is available in my etsy shop for sale.
I have been posting more regularly on instagram so I'd love if you follow me over there too.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Finally. Some more pictures of the inside of my house. Well, sorta. Today I am working on some quick curtain panels for a few of the windows in our new home.
We are lucky to have 3 large beautiful picture windows topped with stained glass panels. Everything about them is gorgeous; the woodwork, the light that comes in and the colors and designs of the stained glass. However, they leave us a little exposed. Especially now that the leaves have fallen off the trees and we are turning the lights on very early in the evening.
The window in the first picture is in our foyer and looks out onto our wraparound front porch. I consider it the least worrisome in terms of exposing ourselves but the easiest for any old person (nosy doorbell ringer, antsy delivery guy, neighborhood pervert, etc) to peek in from the porch.
So I ordered myself some samples and then decided on this really pretty lace fabric from Waverly called Jammu Lace Snow. I think it will provide just enough privacy and it is elegant but not old ladyish. I love when they send your fabric on the big tube bolt. It makes you feel all like a professional decorator in a magazine (I know. I am a total dork.).
I am going to do 2 simple panels for each window and hang them with a tension rod. I am using the tension rods because my husband actually hates that I am putting up any sort of curtain and ruining his view out the windows. I tried to tell him that I am also ruining the view of any Tom, Dick and Harry that may also be looking in the window at his young daughter and his beautiful bride, but he didn't seem convinced. Anyways, I sort of half agreed that once the trees bloom again in the spring that we can take the curtains down. We'll see.
This window is in my husband's home office. You'll have to excuse the over-exposed smartphone pics. It's really hard to get pics with the bright light from the window.
The last window is right above the foyer window and is on the front stairway landing. Right now the foliage on the 2 trees provide some privacy but once that falls anyone driving or walking by outside can see up into our 2nd floor hallway and into the master bedroom. I prefer that people don't see us all in our pjs every night or first thing in the morning when I am running around trying to get little bodies dressed for school.
I'll show you the finished curtains when I'm done and you can let me know if I'm crazy or not.
In other news, I also thought I'd share a picture of the quilt I am making for our living room. I finished the top and now just need to baste and quilt and bind.
I have a few other works in progress going on but they are not picture worthy yet. If you want more daily updates follow me on Instagram.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Here's my latest finish. This cool grinch patchwork quilt. I made this in a lap/throw size so it's ideal for cuddling and story reading.
I actually bought the fabric last year but didn't get around to making stuff out of it until this year. Ce la vie.
I fussy cut quite a few of the prints to make sure that I featured these super cute characters.
For the back I used this green dot print. It's just perfect. It ties in all the colors from the front and gives you a little peace for your eyes.
I quilted it on each side of the patchwork squares. Nice and simple so not to take away from all the grinchy action in the prints.
These fabrics are from Robert Kaufmann and they're very nice. The best part was I bought some yardage of the fabric with nice big scenes from the story. I fussy cut out the best ones and made them into a couple of pillow covers.
Again, the colors in the fabric are just so spectacular. That blue is just lovely.
And, of course, I had to do something with my scraps.
This is an adorable little quilted patchwork pillow cover. The red piping is the perfect finishing touch.
I did make this Grinch collection with the purpose of selling them in my etsy shop so if you're interested be sure to check them out!
Also, my Christmas Tree ornaments are now 20% off so don't miss out on those either.
I've been busy with a few other behind the scenes types of things including a custom quilt order (I didn't share pics because she ordered the exact same quilt as the Iris quilt) and coming up with some gift packaging ideas for my baby quilts and doll quilt sets.
If you check out my instagram feed you'll see the quilt that I'm working on for my living room. I figured as a present to my family we finally ought to have a quilt to cuddle with ourselves while we watch our favorite holiday shows.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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crazymomquilts finish it friday party
Monday, November 3, 2014
This summer I made a number of these quilted holiday ornaments to occupy myself during our long drives from Illinois to NY. They turned out so beautiful that I decided to make some extras to offer in my etsy shop.
I have listed them and wanted to let you all know that they will be on sale from now until Thanksgiving. I have a number of different fabric sets and 2 different sizes available.
I just love these red ones with the gold ric rac. The fabrics on most of my ornaments have metallic prints or glittery accents so they reflect the tree lights just beautifully.
These ornaments are completely handmade by me and make the perfect one-of-a-kind gift and with that in mind I am also offering a gift box option.
It has been such a fun new experience for me trying to think of all the things you need to run a successful at home business and I think I am finally hitting my stride. I'm really starting to find the right balance between making things I love and making things that I think will sell and provide my family with a little extra income. Hopefully these ornaments are the perfect combination of both.
Anyways, if you're interested they are now available in my shop and use code DECKTHEHALLS10OFF when you check out to get 10% off everything in my shop until Thanksgiving!!! That's right - everything is 10% off - so if you've been eyeing up one of my quilts now is the time to get it too! Also, I only made a limited number of these ornaments --- so when they're gone, they're gone until next year!
Thanks for all your support!!!
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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