Monday, April 14, 2014

Heirloom Quilt

This wonderful quilt was done for a lovely customer who ordered a custom quilt from my etsy shop to give her daughter as a graduation gift.  She requested something timeless but made up in her daughter's favorite colors - aqua, red and pink - and she wanted it to become something her daughter could pass on to her daughter.   

I have to say that this may be one of my favorite all time finishes.  I love the pattern, the colors and the quilting.  

My new sewing room came with this quilt hanging rod and hooks all set up.  The only thing is that it is not in very good spot for taking pictures.  It's a fairly dark corner and a little awkward to get the right angle.  I'll use it for now because it is better than laying my quilts on the floor and standing on a chair to get a full view shot.  But, I have to say, the quilt is way more beautiful in person than in that view above.

We used over 20 different fabrics in the little patchwork squares.  We tried to choose prints that would be classic and not trendy.

The back of the quilt is a single print by Dena Fishbein called Daisy in Aqua.  It totally captures the vintage heirloom vibe we were going for.  

The binding was machine sewn on and is Tanya Whelan's Paisley Rose in Teal.  It's just perfect.

I machine quilted it like usual in diagonal lines across each patchwork square which created that wonderful diamond pattern on the back.  The quilting really looks great in the white background squares.

This quilt was hard to send on its way because I just love the style and aesthetic of it so much.  And then washing it just made it that much harder because it puckered up so perfectly.  It was very tempting to cuddle up under it myself this weekend - but I resisted - just barely:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~ 

Linking up (click on any of the links below to see some other great projects)...

Fresh Poppy Design

Not Just A Housewife

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Perfect Princess Quilt

I know it's been a long time since my last post and I owe you an update on our new house but first let me show you this adorable custom quilt I just finished for a customer.

This quilt was made for a little girl for her big girl bed.  Her mom wanted to capture everything that her daughter loves like princesses and tea parties and birds and bright colors.  

The scenes in our main princess fabric were fairly large scale so we decided to highlight them.

I forgot to take a picture of the back of the quilt but it is the same as the binding - Briar Rose floral print.

As you can see the quilting was done diagonally across each patchwork square which gave the back a wonderful diamond  pattern. 

We had a few scraps left so we decided to do a reversible pillow to match.  One side dragons this side princesses.

The set turned out so cute and I hope they'll love it for many years.

Now on to a few more orders and soon some house pictures:).

Also check out the sale going on in my etsy shop right now - all my doll quilt and pillow sets are on sale for Easter.  I only have 5 left and I don't think I'll get any more done before Easter so order now before they're gone.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Beginning, A Middle and an End

Lately my sister has been keeping me busy with all her baby shower gifts.  I'm trying to quickly get her requests done before I have to pack up everything for our move.

So I have 3 baby quilts to show you today.  

The first is at the beginning.  Fabrics picked.  

This is going to be a baby sized quilt for a little girl.  I'll be making it out of Ashbury Heights by Doohickey Designs for Riley Blake fabrics.  Because we are short on time I am just doing a simple patchwork for the top.  

Next up is the project I'm in the middle of completing.

This quilt is for a baby boy and we're doing it out of Sasparilla by October Afternoon for Riley Blake fabrics.  This little boy lives in Texas so we thought the cowboy theme was appropriate.  So far I've cut out and pieced the rows and I'm in the middle of sewing the rows together.  I fussy cut the main cowboy fabric to be a feature amongst the rest of the prints.  

My end or finish is an adorable little girl quilt.  Again also for my sister's shower needs.

This one is crib sized and I made it from Sidewalks by October Afternoon for Riley Blake fabrics.  Apparently I have a thing for Riley Blake fabrics.  

Anyways, this is actually the second time I made this pattern which is my own design.  It's just strips but I cut out the baby's name from the alphabet print and then appliqued it onto one of the strips.

I added some petite pink ric rac to that strip too.  It is a really cute way to personalize this quilt.

For the first time ever I did a little free motion quilting.  I did a simple loop pattern.  It turned out pretty well.  I like the way the quilt really crinkled up after washing.  It feels so nice and soft.

I did a scrappy binding which looked really neat against the solid piece of aqua floral print on the back.

Wish me luck on finishing all these before I have to pack away the sewing machine!!!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Marvelous Marmalade

Just a quick post to show off a quilt I finished in the last week...

I am calling this one Marvelous Marmalade.

It's made from Bonnie and Camille's Marmalade fabrics.  I bought the fabric last year and had been hoarding it for something special.  Well after staring at these beautiful fabrics for over 12 months I decided that I just needed to use it up.  Besides I ordered this huge box of Tasha Noel's Country Girl fabric so I needed the shelf space.

So I did a traditional irish chain pattern for the front and then a nice crisp clean solid piece of Kona white for the back.

The binding is scrappy to match the patchwork pieces.

I quilted in diagonal lines across the nine patch squares which gave it this interesting diamond and rectangle combination on the back.  I've already washed it once to bring out all the wonderful puckers.

This one was completed in a nice comfy lap quilt size of 50 x 70 inches by me on my machine.  

It's available in my etsy shop for those who might be interested.  There's just a few more days left on my 10% off special so if you love it you may want to take advantage of the sale.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Owl Quilts

For WIP (work in progress) Wednesday I thought I would show you my latest baby quilts.  One is done and one just needs me to finish sewing on the binding.

The finished one I did with a patchwork middle and added 2 borders.  

The owl fabric and the pink with white polka dots are from Joann's and the rest are from my stash.  Apparently I have a thing for fabrics with white polka dots because as I was trying to find fabrics to coordinate with the owls everything I picked had polka dots.

I used the same pink with white polka dots that's in the first border for the binding.  Machine stitched on of course.

You can see that owl print is my backing fabric too.

I quilted the patchwork pieces on this one in a grid pattern following the seams and I outlined the borders in the same way.  The little owls are just too cute.  This Owl Always Love You baby quilt is available now in my etsy shop if you're interested.  Use code LOVE10 to get 10% off all my ready-made quilts until February 14.

The next quilt was a spur of the moment just because I had extra squares leftover from the first owl quilt.  

It's all patchwork without borders and I added in a few more fabrics to fill it out.  This one is also a baby size and I quilted it by crisscrossing each patchwork square.  I did use the same owl print for the back and as you can see it's just waiting to have its binding finished up.

Next up is an Irish Chain quilt using some Bonnie and Camille Marmalade that I had stashed away - I'm actually going to do 2 at once - one for a friend and one to sell.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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