Monday, February 2, 2015

A Lovely Finish


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

Milk, Sugar & Flower Doll Quilt


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

Two for Friday


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 ~
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