Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Windows for Wednesday

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 ~

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Grinch Quilt

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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Monday, November 3, 2014

Deck The Halls

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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Denim Quilt

This quilt was a really neat project for me.  My customer had started making it following a pattern from purlbee.  She asked me if I would be interested in finishing up the blocks for her and I offered to finish it all.  She sent me everything she had completed, the backing fabric and I went from there. 

You can see some in progress pics in this post.  The biggest challenge with the blocks was trying to come up with as many original combinations as possible.  The cool thing about the blocks is that you are using both the right and wrong side of the fabrics.  That's what gives it such nice depth and contrast.

It took me a bit to get all the blocks exactly how I wanted them but then the top went together nice and quick.  We decided to quilt it in the ditch.  There's so much texture with these fabrics that I thought any other quilting would just take away from that.

After it was done being quilted I made the binding.  Here's the icing on the cake part of this - the binding is the reverse side of the backing fabric cut on the bias.  So the stripes in the binding are diagonal against the vertical stripes of the backing and the horizontal and vertical stripes in the top.

I don't know if you can tell or not but my customer wanted to hand sew the binding to the back so I just machine stitched it to the front for her.  I apologize for the pictures - they don't do this quilt any justice at all.  It really has incredible depth and contrast and texture.

Because the denim is such a heavy-weight fabric this quilt is much more substantial feeling than my usual cotton quilts.  It will be just the thing for a cold fall afternoon.  I'm so glad I did this project because it is so different from my usual quilts.  It gave me some great ideas to use down the road.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Twinkle Twinkle Ticking & Toile

A quick panel quilt.  It's not often that I find a panel that I like so when I spotted this one I clicked it into my cart right away.

I bought it from and it's called Nursery Rhyme Toile.  They had it in this soft brown and a pink too.

The panels are nice because they go together so quickly.  If you're in need of a quick gift or just feel like finishing something in an afternoon than this is for you.

I did the quilting in a loopy free motion pattern all over the toile part and then straight lines around the borders.  The toile features little children at play.  The verse in the border is twinkle twinkle little star.

The outer border is a terrific ticking stripe pattern.  The back and the binding are from a matching brown polka dots on a cream colored background.  

It turned out really lovely.  A nice departure from the brights and whites I've been working with lately.

And it is available in my etsy shop.  It's just perfect for a shower gift.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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