Friday, October 26, 2012

Hutch Before & After


I'm really excited to show you this before & after.  I bought this hutch on craigslist about 2 years ago for $80.  It was that typical muddy brown maple kinda color you see on these pieces from the 1940's on but it was in great shape and well made.  I always knew I would paint it but it got put on the back burner with moving and such. 

Here it is last year at Christmas time when I was trying to decorate it using paper to help disguise some of the brown.



I decided to use my new kitchen curtain fabric to help choose the paint color.  I didn't want to go white because the rest of the cabinets in the kitchen are white.  So I took a piece of my fabric to the paint store and matched the dark blue in the curtains to SW Rainstorm.  The clerk helped me settle on using their all surface enamel paint in a low sheen.



I love the way it looks against the wall color and how it ties back to the curtains.  It adds a nice focal point in the kitchen. Check out the curtains which I made myself in this post.

The knobs were bought at Hobby Lobby.  They are a little oversize but I think they add a nice vintage touch to the piece.



It's nice now when coming down the kitchen hallway to see the blue instead of the old boring brown.



I considered distressing the paint job but my husband is not a fan of that look and besides with my kids it will soon be naturally distressed.

I started styling the shelves and I am considering painting the back of the shelves white or adding some patterned paper to the back like I did last year.  I'm not sure yet.  I don't want it to get too busy.  I would love to start a collection of white milk glass for the shelves because then I think I wouldn't have to paint the back.  



What do you think?  Do you like the color choice?  Should I paint the back of the shelves a different color?  I'd love to get your feedback.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Pillow & A Table Runner


Okay, I swear this is the last fall pillow post.  This is the pillow I gave you a sneak peek of in my last post and I didn't want to leave you hanging.  I'm sure you were all waiting on the edge of your seat for this one.

This pillow is just a simple patchwork of 2.5" squares sewn in rows and then one row of plain fabric that I embroidered the saying onto.  The back is again another simple envelope close.  I didn't quilt any of the pillows because I didn't want them looking too country-ish.



Here's the whole collection all together.  I like that they coordinate but are all different from each other.

So now I have one fall pillow for each loveseat and the chair in our living room.  Our living room has two loveseats instead of a large couch because that's what fit in our old house.  I would really like to get a sectional for this house but I would also really like it to be free and you don't see too many sectionals that are free.  At least you don't see too many usable, not gross, not 1977, not slept on by a fraternity, etc that are free:).

While I still had the fall fabric out I decided to make one more item.  I thought a table runner would be nice way to use up just a bit more of my fabric.



Plus table runners are super easy to whip out in a few hours or less if you don't have 3 children and 2 of their friends and an old cranky dog interrupting you.

I made this one from strips of fabric sewn together and then sewed white muslin on the back as a lining.  Again, no quilting just a simple topstitch around the outside edge.  To figure out what size to make it I just looked up a table runner on pottery barn and used one of their standard dimensions.  This one is 13" wide by 72" long.  I knew I had 12 different fabrics so I used two 3.5" strips of each to make the pattern.  

This is a great example of something you can make yourself without having to spend money on a pattern or buying an expensive version from a store.  Using my dimensions above you would need about 2 yards of fabric which you can pick up with a coupon for less than $10.  The average table runner at pottery barn is $59!!!  



I put it on my kitchen island for the pictures but I think I am going to move it to the sofa table in my living room because it competes a little too much with the curtains in the kitchen.  By the way, you can see just a peek of the almost finished cabinets in the background.  Just a few more doors and then we're done.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~


Monday, October 15, 2012

Pillows Pillows Everywhere


I don't know what got into me but I've been making a passel of pillows lately.  I think it may be that I am so over my living room furniture and I thought some new pillows might make them more tolerable until I feel like spending some cash on new couches and chairs.  

Last week I made a dresden plate pillow for my neighbor and I also finished one for us too.  It's sitting behind the smaller appliqued gobble gobble one which I finished up over the weekend.



This is the first time I've done welting or piping on a pillow.  I love the effect but it was a little time consuming.  Not hard but it added a good 30 minutes to the completion time.  If you want to see how to do the applique part check out my how to applique post.



I made a sweater pillow a few weeks ago from an ivory cable knit I found at the goodwill for $4.  Let me tell you though it was not easy to find a sweater that was both large enough and a neutral color that would be good in a living room.  There were a lot of very bright neon colors and overly decorated sweaters that would just look strange in a living room or at least my living room.  Anyways, I am going to try back another time soon because my sister wants one too.  Maybe I'll try to get a cardigan and do some buttons down the middle.  This one turned out okay.  It's nothing splashy, but it looks nice and is a good neutral addition.



And here's a pillow that is a work in progress.  I am using same set of fabrics so that all the pillows while different will coordinate.  Also because I'm cheap.  I still have tons left from this fat quarter bundle and I don't feel like spending any additional money on new fall fabrics right now.



I think after this one I am moving on to another quilt and some Christmas pillows.  What are you up to right now?

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

An Unplanned Pinwheel Quilt


Better an unplanned pinwheel quilt than some other unplanned things I can think of:).

Anyways, I had intended to try an hourglass quilt with this fabric and I had read about a technique to make half-square triangles by sewing around the edges of the squares instead of diagonal down the center.  It seemed easier and quicker than marking the center line, sewing to each side and then cutting.   It was but then the finished HST don't make nice easy hourglasses.  They make wonderful HST or pinwheels so I just went with pinwheels again.  I'll save the hourglasses for another time.

Here are the blocks all laid out on the floor to arrange them.


The fabrics are Tea Garden by Dena Designs and then of course my favorite Kona White that I used in the blocks and the back.


I made this into a lap size.  Lap size seems to work great for using up a handful of fat quarters.


I did straight line quilting outlining the blocks.  I didn't do any diagonal stitching this time because I made the triangles smaller and it just didn't seem to need the extra quilting.  What a difference having the walking foot has made when I am quilting.  Seriously, you need one if you don't have one.


Of course, I made a pillow cover with the scraps.  The front is quilted and the back is the plain white with an envelope close.


I wanted to try out some prairie points so I thought a small pillow would be good place to start.  This pillow ended up at 18" square.


I used a leftover pinwheel block for the center and then just added some borders using scraps and made the prairie points from scraps.  I don't love the look of prairie points on the edge of the pillow like this but they are neat.  I will definitely be using them on something else in the future. 


Right now I am off to finish some kitchen painting and maybe start another fall project.  Just maybe not in that exact order:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Give Thanks Fall Pillow


This is just a quick post before the weekend.  My daughter and I are headed to NYC tomorrow to meet my new nephew so I have a lot of packing and getting ready to do.  

I made this pillow yesterday as a thank you present for my neighbor and I may or may not have wanted to try out my new Dresden ruler.

It turned out better than I expected and I hope to finish up one for our house soon.



You'll have to excuse the dark photos.  I was trying to get in a few quick shots before my daughter ran it next door.  She was so excited that I finished it last night she took it over in her pjs.  She loves our neighbors and loves giving presents so there was no way I could hold her back until I could get daylight for better pictures.

The Dresden plate fabrics are Autumn Bouquet by Denise Urban which I bought at fatquartershop.com and then the pillow backing is a canvasy-denim-twill material that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  It is nice stiff weight for pillows - something that won't wrinkle and can hold up to wear and tear.  I used an envelope close for the back so after fall the cover can be put away and the insert used for something else.



I hand-embroidered the center circle using floss I had on hand.  It's not perfect but from a distance it looks nice.



I like to make fall decorations that are not specific to either Halloween or Thanksgiving so that they can be left out longer.  More bang for my buck so to speak.  Although as the kids get older and get more into Halloween I find that we have a fair number of ghosts, spiders and bats hanging around here too.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fly A Kite Quilt


Well, the name for this quilt was kinda obvious to me.  I made it using October Afternoon for Riley Blake's Fly a Kite line.  I have to say that I think this is my favorite quilt finish so far.  It is my own design and I really like how the borders turned out especially since I had not done any until now.


I fussy cut the main fabric with the kids so that the pieces would highlight them flying kites and swinging.  I also fussy cut the border pieces to try to get the kite and the dog too.


The binding is machine stitched using one of the coordinating fabrics that I also used in the patchwork.  The quilting is very simple and sparse straight line around the seams.  Again I used the Kona white for the backing.  I really like how soft it is and how the white allows the fabrics to really stand out and keeps everything from getting too busy.  It is 45 x 60" which is just perfect for a toddler or crib quilt.  Now if I just had a toddler...


I always seem to make a little pillow too.  I hate to waste any scraps or extra pieces and it's just so easy to make a matching pillow to go with the quilt.  Plus I can usually get the pillows done in an afternoon so it is a nice instant gratification project.  


The kite in the pillow was made by sewing 1 inch strips together lengthwise and then I cut a kite shape out of the white and sewed the stripped piece in behind it.  I didn't turn the white under - I just stitched around the edge.  I am actually hoping for a little fraying to add some texture to it.  Then I embroidered the string for the tails and the wording in coordinating floss I already had on hand.  


The tails are pieces of scrap cut with pointed ends, topstitched around the edges and then tied into a little knot.  Then I just sewed them onto the embroidered tail string.


Honestly, I am going to have to start finding recipients for these little projects or open an etsy or something because I am running out of space to keep all these quilts.  I have another quilt done that I haven't even shown you yet and I am in the middle of another something special for fall.  Plus I went crazy at fatquarter.com the other day so there's likely to be a storm of sewing soon.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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