Monday, February 2, 2015
This quilt came about because I ended up with a good handful of patchwork squares leftover from my original Miss Kate bundle. This is the 4th quilt I made from that bundle plus I made 3 pillows and 2 doll quilt sets and I still have a pretty good stack of scraps leftover!!!
I was in the mood for some Valentine's love and this pattern goes together so quickly I knew it would be ideal for all my patchwork pieces.
The last time I did this quilt pattern the heart wasn't as easy to see from the background so this time I decided to make the heart obvious by using white for the background.
This is a baby quilt size and it finished up at 36 inches square. I used 3 inch patchwork squares for the heart. I really like how fun and bright this one turned out.
For the binding I used a red with white polka dots print. It wasn't part of the Miss Kate collection but I had it on hand. I don't remember where it came from.
I really went to town with the quilting on this one. I crisscrossed the patchwork pieces and then did those dense straight lines zig zagging around the heart. For the border I did long straight lines that crisscrossed at the corners.
I like the way it turned out but boy it took a long time. I am a quick finish gal. I have found over the years that if a project takes too long then I get bored and distracted. That much quilting was about as much as I can handle. Anyone else the same way?
Anyways, this one is available in my etsy shop just in time for Valentine's Day or it would be perfect for a baby shower gift too.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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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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.
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~ Gold Shoe Girl ~