Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Finished Quilt and a Work in Progress

Here is the 2nd finished baby quilt I promised yesterday.  Again, I used the last of my Lecien and this time added in a blue patch as well.

I like how the blue patch pulls out the blue in the floral patches.

I used a single fabric for the binding on this one.  Just a yellow with white dots.

And I quilted it in my favorite straight lines diagonally across the patches.  

Now here is what is keeping me from folding laundry I've been working on the last few days.

Cutting these...

...and sewing them into these... make???  Stay tuned:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Linking up...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Patchwork Baby Girl Quilt

This is my most recent finish.  I had started quilting my granny square quilt but it was frustrating me so I set it aside and did this instead.

I used up the very last of my Lecien florals fat quarters and added in a solid yellow and white and some dots from Holly Holderman's Penelope collections.

Of course the back is my favorite Kona white.  I quilted across the squares which made a really nice diamond pattern on the back.

I did a scrappy binding and sewed it on by machine.

I also finished another baby quilt with the same set of fabrics but added a blue dot fabric to bring out the blue in the floral pieces.  I'll show you that one tomorrow (click the link above).

For now I am moving on to a crib/toddler quilt using Tasha Noel's Simple Life, but I am also getting a little antsy to paint either the dining room or a couple of dressers.  Unfortunately, it's still too cold to even paint in the garage let alone open a window in the house for some ventilation.  I am hoping again for an early spring.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Link ups...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quick Picture Frame Update

This is gonna be a quick post for a quick project.  I found a set of 3 matching framed prints at Goodwill last week which is unusual.  Usually one of a set will be missing or really damaged or the style will be so ugly that not even spray paint can save them.  Another plus was that the mats were a neutral color and in great shape.  I wasn't sold on the pear prints initially but I knew I could always swap out for new art.   At $4 each I was willing to take a chance.

I have been on the hunt for artwork for awhile now.  I'm one of those people that prefers blank walls over hanging up just anything just to not have a blank wall.   I like to find the perfect piece for each situation much to the dismay of my husband who has the hang whatever so the wall is not blank and change it later philosophy.  So I knew this set of 3 would not only work in our dining room but also help out our blank wall decorating dilemma.

The only thing was that the frames were clearly fake gold.  As in fake faux sponge painted plastic ugliness.  Luckily I was headed to the hardware store right after I left Goodwill.  I picked up a can of spray paint and then taped and painted the frames in the garage.

I thought about changing out the pears but after looking at them in our dining room I decided that the pears coordinated nicely with the rest of the decor.  You can check out the custom curtains I made here, see how I recovered the chairs here, and peek at the new chandelier here.

So here's the repainted set all hung up.  The white paint totally disguises the faux wood frames and makes them seem nicer and more expensive looking.

They fill up that wall nicely and it all cost me less than $15.

So does anyone else live with blank walls in search of the perfect item for years or is it just me?

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Monday, January 14, 2013

...and the Winner is...

...Amy who said...

That little birdie is so sweet and smart! Your embroidery workmanship is excellent, and the fabrics you put with the designs are charming to set off the center just right!


~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Granny Square Quilt Top

I thought you might be interested in seeing what created all those scraps for my recent pillow binge.

This is my granny square quilt top.  I finished it before Christmas but I held off quilting it because I was hoping Santa was bringing me a new sewing machine.   Well, Santa came through so now I pulled this out of the closet and I'm gonna get busy quilting it up.

If you love this fabric - which is Lecien Antique Flowers - be sure to enter my pillow giveaway here.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Joining up at....

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Monday, January 7, 2013

A Little Birdie Told Me..

...that y'all might like to win something!!!

So how about a one of a kind hand embroidered patchwork pillow cover!!!  

I was so blown away by the positive response to the kitten pillow that I whipped up something special just for you guys.

The bird was embroidered using a pattern from the internet.  Just google vintage embroidery patterns and you will find a ton of freebies.  

Again the patchwork was made from my Lecien ancestral flowers stash and the white is Kona cotton.  It also has a cute pink with white polka dots trim machine sewn on above and below the embroidery.  The pillow cover fits a 12 x 16 insert which is not included.  

These pillows are so fast and fun to put together.  I even started another one last night during Downton Abbey.  


So if you'd like to win this beautiful blue bird pillow here's how you do it...

1.  One entry just for leaving a comment.
2.  An additional entry for leaving a comment telling me you're a subscriber or follower.
3.  And another entry for leaving a comment letting me know you pinned a picture or shared this post on facebook.

That's 3 chances to win!!!  I'll use a random number generator to pick the winning comment next Monday.  I'll email the winner so make sure I can find your email.  Giveaway is open to my international friends but you are responsible for customs or whatever hoohah that entails.  

Good Luck!!!!!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Linking up...
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cutest Pillow Ever

Yep.  I love it.

Using up more of my Lecien Antique Flowers scraps.

I found the pattern for the kittens on a blog called doe c doe.  It doesn't look like she's posted in quite a while but you can still find a lot of neat vintage embroidery patterns there.

My embroidery skills are not the greatest but I think it still turned out fantastically adorable.  I picked floss from my stash that coordinated with the fabric.

I added the lace trim at the last minute and I think it was the perfect touch.

I mean what more could you want kittens, mittens, patchwork, and lace trim.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

If you loved this pillow check out my giveaway for a birdie pillow cover here.
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