Friday, September 28, 2012

A Quilt for My Girl

As soon as I finished the quilt for my new nephew my daughter wanted one of her own.  I was happy to oblige.  I bought some Dress Up Days by Riley Blake and decided to do squares to highlight the cute little girls.  I fussy cut the girls and did every other square either print or white outline with the opposite in the middle.  

This was the 3rd quilt I made and it was before I bought a walking foot.  I had some trouble with tucks and puckers but once I washed it and it got all crinkly you don't really notice the imperfections.  Well, at least my daughter doesn't and that's the one who matters in this case:).

I also made shams to match making sure at least one girl was in center of each pillow.  

I finished this a while ago but my daughter decided to use it right away before I could get any pictures.  Yesterday I had some time so I grabbed a few quick photos of it up on her bed.

The back is a solid piece of the floral pattern from Dress Up Days and the binding is also from the line.  I do like it when all the fabrics coordinate so nicely.

I love that the little girls are so cheerful and carefree.  


~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hallway Changes & Updates

I know a hallway is not especially exciting but this change was very exciting for us (well, really just me - I don't think anyone else noticed or cared but they all are happy for me in their own you're-kinda-crazy-mom-but-if-this-makes-you-happy-we'll-go-along-so-you'll-stop-talking-about-the-hallway-already-way).  

This hallway is downstairs off of the kitchen and where you enter from the garage.  Our powder room and my craft room are also off this hallway so it is frequently used.  

Before it was the same dull tan/beige color as the kitchen.  When we painted the kitchen I couldn't decide what color to do in the hallway so we just left it alone.  Well, a few weeks ago when we got going again on the cabinets I decided it needed to be the same color as the kitchen.  So I painted the trim white and the walls the same meander blue.  It turned out fabulous.  

What a difference a bright cheery color can make.  Plus we used a satin finish.  You can feel the difference of the satin versus the flat.  The light just bounces around the hallway now.

This little hallway is sorta strange in that it has a door to outside at the end of it.  Not sure why the original owners had that put in as it just leads to the deck and there is already a set of patio doors in the kitchen to the deck.  Anyways, we decided to do a little do-si-do with the two outside doors in this hallway.  Why?  Well, now the door to the garage has a window which is nice for a couple of reasons.  When the big outside garage door is open and the kids are out front I can just peek out the window and see what they are up to plus it lets in more light in the front of the hall.  Also it seems more friendly from the street instead of a big steel windowless door.  

Now the big plain steel no-window-door is at the back of the hallway which is fine for now because I can open it all day long and we have a nice full view storm door which lets in a lot of light back there.  In the winter it may not be as ideal because it gets a little dark back there when it is closed so we may end up replacing it with a window door or maybe just a regular window eventually.  Or maybe we'll expand the power room and get rid of the opening completely...hmmm.

This door originally had some dark heavy wood blinds on it which I replaced with this gauzy cotton curtain that took me all of 10 minutes to sew up.  We also painted the door white to match the rest of the trim.

As soon as the paint color was up and the trim was looking good I started to really, really hate the old light fixture and the brass door knobs.  So we replaced all the knobs and the light fixture with some inexpensive ORB ones from Lowes.

Here's the old light...

And here's the new one...

It's nothing spectacular but because it is flush to the ceiling it makes the hallway seem taller now.  And it's nice because the finish matches the new doorknobs and the fixtures in the rest of the downstairs.  And even better it was cheap:).

Now I have a little tip.  My oldest son found this clever so I thought I would share it.  The bathroom door opens onto the hallway.  It usually gets left open as soon as someone exits, however, it would not stay open all the way which blocked all the nice light from the door at the end and also looked kinda icky.  So to keep it fully open I just added a piece of adhesive velcro to the doorstop and the spot on the door where it hits the doorstop.  It is hidden when the door is open and when you're in the bathroom obviously you can't see it either.  It keeps the door open and hallway looking unobstructed.  Nice, easy, cheap solution.

Okay so this little hallway project didn't cost too much.  We already had the paint and the doors so I just spent a few dollars on the curtain material, the door knobs and the light fixture.  I would say less than $100 total.  It just mostly took time.  I'd say at least 5 hours to paint everything and switch the doors and fixtures.

And just because you all have been so patient here's a little peek at the kitchen progress...

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pinwheel Quilt

I know.  Another quilt.  You may ask what happened to the house projects?  And I will tell you that those are still going on too.  The thing that has sorta slipped is the blogging (and the laundry - no wait - that was always bad - oh well).  Ever since I made that first baby quilt for my sister I have been addicted to the quilting.  

It also didn't hurt that for the first time in 10 years I have had a designated spot for my sewing machine.  What a difference it makes when you can just leave your machine out all the time.  Before it was such a hassle to get out the machine, find all the notions, set everything up and then have a mess on the dining room table for a few weeks.  It was not very conducive to getting much more than a specific project done.  At some point I will show you my new craft/sewing/toy room but for now it is too much of a mess (you saw the toy part of the description, right?) to share.  And anyways today's post is about the most recent quilt I just finished.

I started this one while at our cottage and was able to cut and piece it together there.  I did the batting and quilting parts here because a big piece of batting is just too much to haul out to the cottage.  In any event, I finished it on Friday and took my pictures this morning.  

I just love it.  I love the fabrics.  The pinks and greens go so nice with the white.  I am really liking using white next to the prints to kinda show off each of the prints better.  I think it lets your eye really see each of the individual fabrics rather than becoming more of a blur when you have the prints all right next to each other.

The fabrics are Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey and then the white is just Kona cotton.  It finished up at about 42 x 60 which is nice small lap or larger baby quilt size.

I did straight line quilting following the seams both up and down and diagonally.  The back turned out perfectly with all the stitching lining up nicely.  Once I am more confident in my quilting I may try using colored thread on the back to highlight the quilting pattern even more.

This was my first time doing half square triangles (HST) and I like them although they are a little time consuming.  The cutting and the basting are definitely not my favorite parts of quilting.

I had a few left over HST after making all my pinwheel blocks so I made them into a little pillow you see in the picture above.  The pillow and the quilt make a really cute little set.  They would be perfect for a toddler girl bed or a reading chair.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them so for now they look all pretty hanging out in different spots in my house.  My husband and boys think I am crazy.  My daughter is just biding her time hoping I give in and let her have them even though she has no particular use in mind besides wrapping up her dolls in them.

For now I am on to another quilt and finishing up the kitchen painting.  I know you won't believe me but we had a painting surge last week and all that's left is the cabinet doors!!  The drawers and cabinet boxes are all done!!  I promise a great post on the finished kitchen soon.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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