Friday, October 11, 2013

3...2...1...Blast Off!!!


I made some more things with the remainder of my Atomic Bots fabric.  You can check out my other Atomic Bots baby quilt here.

First up is a cute toddler quilt.  This was my first time using a panel and I think it turned out really nice.



I did a patchwork border and then highlighted it with navy blue straight line quilting just inside the seams.  Then lots more straight line quilting down the white borders.


Check out those wonderful soft puckers.  One of my favorite parts of quilting is finishing it all up so I can run it to the washer.  Somehow all my quilts just seem so much better after that first wash and dry.

The back is a nice crisp white kona and then I used the outer space print for the binding.


My fat quarter bundle came with a piece of borders and there wasn't enough to include it in a quilt but it worked out nicely on this pillow.


The color scheme in this fabric is just so great for a little boy.  I did lightly quilt this pillow cover in diagonal lines across the patchwork and then straight lines across the border piece.


This cover was done just to use up all my extra patchwork squares.  I did fussy cut the robot head for the very middle piece to give it some character.  I decided not to quilt this one out just so it was a more smooth finish.

All of these plus a few other cute quilts and some table runners are available in my etsy shop and just for being loyal blog followers you can use code GSGBLOG10 to get 10% off any ready-made order from now until 10/25.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Stuff I've Been Doing

Sometimes I  can't believe how long I go between blog posts.  Sometimes I can't believe that I find time to post at all.

Since I last posted everyone is back to school which you would think would free up my time but not so much.  Somehow I feel busier than ever.  I'm pretty sure I've done more school "work" than my kids so far.  Plus it doesn't help that we've had 2 emergency days for high temperatures.

Anyways, here are a few things that I've managed to get done over the last few weeks.


This quilt I made following Vintage Modern's sample.  She used a free Moda pattern but I couldn't get my hands on the pattern so I figured out my own dimensions on some graph paper adding an additional row of blocks to make mine twin sized.  I quilted it using straight lines on the borders and criss-crossing each of the blocks.  I also stitched in the ditch around the sashing pieces.  It turned out nicely but I'm not sure I would do another in all solids - I like using prints too much.


I also made a load of table runners to put in my etsy shop.  I found this fabric at Joann's and it was just too cute to resist.  It totally reminded me of something you'd see at Pottery Barn kids.


This fabric came from Joann's too.   Who doesn't love a little gobble til you wobble?


I thought this fabric said autumn without being too over the top or too cutesy.

I also finished up our upstairs bathroom and I'll share that soon.  Next on the agenda is redoing our main floor powder room.  Plus I am determined to stock up my etsy shop for holiday gift shoppers.  What is everyone else up to this fall?

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spaceships and Robots


You may have thought that I was carried off by a spaceship these past few weeks but alas no I have just been on vacation and busy with life.

I did manage right before we left to start this little boy quilt.  I haven't used any boy themed prints since doing a quilt for my nephew over a year ago now so I thought it was time. 


I used Silvia Dekker's Atomic Bots collection to make up this quick patchwork baby quilt.


Something about those robots just appealed to me.  


I fussy cut around the spaceships and robots to maximize the best parts of those prints.

The backing is made from the white outer space scene print and I also used that for the binding.


I wanted to get this one done quickly so I used my go to quilting up and down the seams method.  It worked well with these prints to highlight the fussy cut parts and not be too heavy.

The quilt ended up at 40 x 40 inches and is available in my etsy shop (along with a few new doll quilt sets) if you're interested.

Now I am on to a custom quilt ordered by a lovely customer all the way out in San Diego.  It's my first all solids quilt so I am excited to get started.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Friday, July 26, 2013

Finished Cupcakes


As promised here are my finished cupcake items.  First up is the pillow which is very similar to the purple version I did awhile back.  This one uses fabrics from Lecien's Durham Anew collection.  Nice petite precious pale pinks for baby.



Each cupcake applique has some kind of special embellishment.  This one has a little felt flower, the middle cupcake has little french knots and the one way to the right has a perfect little applique heart on top.



I hand embroidered "sweet as a cupcake" using 2 strands of a pink floss.  I used the Little Days font as my template.



The burp cloths are gerber 6-ply cloth diapers that I top with the fabric and applique.  It takes just a few minutes to make such an ordinary thing fancy.



Here they are all folded, wrapped in a sweet ribbon and ready to go out to my lovely mom-to-be.

Today, I'm hopefully finishing up a couple more doll quilt sets.  I say hopefully because around here things tend to interrupt my progress.  Things like a gallon of lemonade leaking all over the inside of the fridge, an old cat who now thinks our office carpet is his litter box, oh and 3 bored children who just have to go to the pool or they will shrivel up.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Burp Cloths, Cowboys and Weddings

I know.  Kind of an odd collection of things but they are all my current works in progress.

The burp cloths are for a customer.   I also made her a pillow with the same cupcake appliques.  They are all so cute.  The fabrics are Lecien's Durham Anew by Brenda Riddle.  The tiny prints are just perfect for precious baby girl things.



This stack of fabric came in the mail yesterday.  I have plans for a baby boy quilt.  I haven't made a boy quilt since doing the one for my nephew over a year ago.



The fabrics are Sasparilla by October Afternoon for Riley Blake.  I adore the old-fashioned letter print.

Next up is my long-term car ride project.  We are driving back and forth from our Chicago area home to our western NY cottage and 4 times this summer.  That's about 40 hours in the car.  So this cross-stitch project is my effort to not waste all that time just staring at the interstate.



The pattern is from A Rainbow of Stitches and is the wedding monogram.  I'm using a white aida cloth with a dark almost navy embroidery floss.  I had decided to make for friends of ours who just got married this year but it is taking me so long and turning out so pretty that I may just slip our own initials on there instead.

So that's what's on the table today.  I'll share my cupcake pillow finish later in the week.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Serenata Quilt Finish

So the last time I left you I was just about to baste and quilt my Serenata quilt.  It took me a good full day (with the usual stops to feed the children, break up fights, etc) but I did it.

I was literally down to the last minute as my husband was packing our minivan for our vacation the next day.  So I threw it in the washer at 9pm and then in the dryer at 10pm.  Thankfully when I awoke at 5am it was dry and ready to be packed and sent off to my customer.  Unfortunately, I didn't have time or light for any great photos.  I apologize for the crappy pics but I still wanted to show you all the finish.


This was a full size  (80 x 90 inches) quilt but me and my machine were able to handle it just fine.  You can barely see it, but I quilted it diagonally across the squares.


The binding was made from the Riley Blake Serenata main floral peacock fabric that we also used on the back.

It turned out wonderfully and my customer just loves it.  She's going to use it for picnics and cuddling on the couch.  Perfect.

Well, while I was on vacation 3 more items from my shop sold and I took another custom order.  This time my lovely customer is asking for a duplicate of my cupcake pillow except in pink.  She also wants a couple burp cloths to match.  As soon as I get further along on those I'll post some pictures for you all.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Newest Custom Order

Literally hours after my beachy quilt sold a really nice lady contacted me wondering if it was still available.  Bummer.  But wait.  I offered to make her another just like it in her choice of fabrics.  She said yes!!! 

So here's a few quick pics of how her quilt is coming along.

I already had a set of Riley Blake's Serenata fabric on hand.  She loved some of them and we added some solids and another print to balance things out.


She picked this print for the back.  I love all the colors and the peacocks.


Then after the cutting and laying out we agreed that everything was looking great so I started sewing all 288 squares together.


And here we are today all sewn together waiting to be basted together.


I was going to do straight line quilting following the seams but now I think diagonal criss-cross might be the better option.   In any event it's going to be a long night of quilting because I want to finish this up before we leave for vacation on Wednesday.  I feel a lot of diet pepsi is in my future.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cute Clementine Baby Quilt


I know it's been a while since my last post but I have been super busy working on a few custom orders from my etsy shop.  

This was a quick baby/toddler quilt that I just whipped up in between orders.  At first I wasn't sure about the fabrics - I was worried they were a little too bright but once they were all cut up and placed inside the white borders I really liked them.



My favorite is the sweet little butterflies.  Although the tiny birdhouses are a close second.



The fabrics are Clementine by Dear Stella.  I bought the fat quarter collection from fatquartershop.com so I still have the orange colorway left.  I think I may do that up in a similar fashion.  Anyways, I did the back in a solid cut of the butterfly print.


As usual I machine stitched on the binding which was made from the butterfly print.  I like how the butterflies sort of peek around to the top of the quilt.  The quilting was simple criss-cross on the center and I did a little zigzag on the print border.  Then I stitched in the ditch around each of the borders just to create some more puckers when it was washed.

After I finish my current custom order I may go back and use my scraps to create a reverse applique or raw edge applique pillow inspired by those butterflies.  


If you're interested I just listed this quilt in my etsy shop.

Also just a quick reminder that google reader is kaput on July 1st.  So to keep getting my posts I suggest either bloglovin Follow on Bloglovin or  Subscribe to Gold Shoe Girl by Email - click the button or the link above or additional subscription options are also available on the sidebar to the right.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cute Little Pins and A Window Treatment

I've been busy.  Here in the midwest we are winding down the school year which means lots of school activities and sports tournaments and birthday parties.  


Well, this weekend we are having my daughter's party and as part of the favor bag I whipped up these cute little pins.  They came from an American Girl kit that I bought at my local Meijer for less than $5.  It came with everything I needed:  embroidery floss, needle, the felt cut outs, little embroidered patches, flower shaped sequins and adhesive pins.  


I could not have made all these pins myself for the price.  Sometimes these little kits are a real bargain.  And they turned out so cute.


Originally, I thought my daughter would help me put them together but this past week has been our first really nice warm sunny weather so she has been out playing from the minute she gets home from school until bath and bed.  I guess I can't blame her.  So anyways, it probably took me less than 2 hours to whip them all up.  I am sure the little girls will love them.


Meanwhile, I was also working on a custom quilt order.  My lovely customer asked for a quilt with a rod pocket so she could use it as a window treatment.  Well, it turned out fantastic and she just ordered another one.


That's my oldest holding up the finished product.  I didn't take a lot of pictures because I was in a hurry to get it shipped out but you can get the jist of it.


It's a basic HST pinwheel pattern measuring out to 40 inches square.  The customer and I worked together to pick out the fabrics which are all from Tanya Whelan - some petal and some from her other collections.


I quilted along the seams the width of my walking foot - down and across and then diagonal.  I am always amazed at how cool it looks on the back when you get done quilting it this way.

We did the back and the binding in white since she is using them as window treatments and the back will be facing the outside.


I think that green paisley fabric was my favorite.

Now I am off to a Kindergarten picnic, a dentist appointment and then an all day lacrosse tournament on Saturday.  Oh and then that special person's party on Sunday afternoon!!!  Busy weekend here.  What are you all up to?

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beachy Pillows & Reader Special


So you knew I wouldn't be able to stop at just one pillow.  As long as I have scraps I have to use them up.  I ended up making 3 cute pillow covers in all.

You can see the adorable seahorse above.  I made it using leftover strips of fabric.  I sewed them all together and then cut them out into the seahorse shape and then used Wonderunder to attach it to the pillow front.  I top-stitched it using a bright blue thread.



I just love his little button eye.



Then I used some leftover patchwork squares to whip out a little 9-patch pillow cover.  Nice and simple but still cute.



I did quilt the pillow front up and down the seams.  Nothing fancy but just enough to make it feel cozy.

And here's the last pillow cover.



I still need some practice getting my satin stitching done just right but from a distance it looks nice.  Up close a good seamstress would be able to see my mistakes.  I still think it's really cute.

Anyways, I thought I would offer my loyal blog readers a special in my etsy shop.  If one of my readers purchases my beachy quilt I will throw in the beach pillow cover above for free.  Just click here to go to my etsy shop, purchase the quilt and in the notes to seller section let me know you are a blog reader.



This set would look so cute in your 3-season room, draped across a wicker chair or laid out on the lawn for summer concerts.  I hope one of you can take advantage of this great deal.

Now I am on to a custom pinwheel quilt for a special customer!!!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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