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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Friday, April 26, 2013

Beachy Picnic Quilt

My goal was to finish this quilt by Friday and I did it.  Of course, as soon as it was in the washer I started a little pillow to match and now that is not finished:)  Oh well.

I was alone when taking these pics so I can't give you a good full size picture of the quilt, but it is a great lap/beach/picnic/throw quilt that turned out approximately 52 x 70 inches.  

The patchwork squares are 5.5 inches finished.

The fabric is Seaside by October Afternoon for Riley Blake.  I bought it a while back and just got to it this week.  Although I think my timing is pretty good now that we are finally starting to see signs of spring around here it kinda makes you feel like going to the beach.

My favorite parts are that little girl in the sand and the too-cute red polka dot binding.  I machine quilted straight lines along the seams and did the binding with my machine too.

The back is a pale yellowish/off white color that matches the background of the prints just right.  

Here's the pillow front.

Sometimes I impress myself with my photos.  Most of the time not so much.  Anyways, the pillow is going to be 12 x 16 and as you can see I'm about to stitch around the letters with some blue thread.  I'm sure I'll share when I'm done.

In the meantime the quilt is for sale in my etsy shop.  I was really torn about selling it because as I was making it I started loving it - a lot - and it would look really cute at our cottage - especially with the little pillow to match -  so if you want it you better get it quick before I change my mind:)!!!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Status Updates

It's been busy around here the last couple of weeks - - - not getting a whole lot finished but making progress on a bunch of things.  I'll give you my lists and a few teaser pics to keep you on the edge of your seats:).

Upstairs bathroom project

what's done:
*walls painted
*new light installed
*frame around mirror installed
*hung hooks for bath towels
*hung new art above toilet

You can see the new light fixture, the new mirror frame and even a peek of the new artwork in this picture.  I'm still not sure I like the way the light is hanging.  I prefer it to hang down like this but I don't like that it hangs over the mirror so far.  We can switch it so the light faces up but then all the light will be going up towards the ceiling and since this room is windowless we really need all the light we can get.  My husband says it looks fine but I don't know - what do you all think?  

what still needs to be done:
*finish trim painting including both doors - UGH
*replace gold doorknobs with brushed nickel
*caulk and finish paint mirror frame
*reattach and caulk splash guards on sink

Sewing/Craft Room project -

what's done:
*wall paint
*restocked shelves
*hung clock, art, bins, spool holder, etc
*moved computer and stuff into room
*hung new chandelier

This is the new chandelier.  Much better than the old ugly light.

Just a little gratuitous picture of my fabric stacks.  All back on their shelves.

what still needs to be done:
*finish painting closet door
*finish painting window trim - another big UGH
*hang super cute pompom curtains
*come up with some system to hang quilts on wall so I can photograph them better

Other Works in Progress:

Beachy Quilt

I'm using Seaside by October Afternoon for this lap/picnic quilt.  I'm about halfway done with the quilting and then I'm gonna use that awesome red dot for the binding.  Hopefully, I'll finish by Friday.

A Custom Order Quilt

I am working on a custom pinwheel quilt order for a really nice lady who wants to use these fabrics from Tanya Whelan's Petal Collection.  We're waiting on a few other fabrics to arrive in the mail this week and then I'll get started cutting and sewing.

Things I Actually Finished:

Pink Preppy Baby Girl Quilt

This one turned out so cute and it crinkled up and got so soft after I washed it.  This is available in my etsy shop if anyone is interested.

Baby Quilt Set

I made this from the same fabrics as the baby quilt.  It sold in one day from my etsy shop.  I've sold 3 of these sets so far.  I started making these as a way to use up all the scraps but they seem popular so I guess I'll have to make some more.

So that's what I've been up to lately.  I'm trying to finish up as much as possible in the next 30 days because before I know it school will be out and then my daytime freedom will be gone.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sewing Room Progress

Over the weekend we got a lot done for my sewing room makeover.  Here are just a few teaser pics.  Now I am busy loading up the room and installing the finishing touches.  

Gone are the dark walls, icky carpet and ucky oaky trim.  It's so light and bright and lovely now.

I can't wait to show you the shelves all filled with lovely fabric.  I ordered a set of pompom curtains for the windows - normally I would have made curtains myself but the price was just too good.

Notice the new floor.  I love, love, love it and I love my husband for installing it:).

And just before we had to dismantle my sewing machine I finished off this cute little blanket.

It's Kate Spain Cuzco patchwork on the front and white minky dot on the reverse.  It's super snuggly.

The fabrics are bright and vibrant.

The cute peacocks are the best.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I {heart} this Quilt

 It's gonna sound corny but I am so in love with this quilt.  It may be one of my favorite finishes so far.  It was simple and quick and easy - 3 of the best things to be - well as far as quilts go:).

A few weeks ago I was perusing pinterest and came across a version of the pixelated heart from Blue Elephant Stitches.  I really liked the concept and so following her pattern I constructed my own.

I also used 3 inch squares but I picked a more subtle color palette.  I wanted to make the heart more hidden.  Plus I had just gotten a gorgeous fat quarter bundle of Kona pinks so it seemed like the thing to do.

I used Ana Davis' Animal Parade collection for the heart.  So I did the heart all prints and the area around the heart in the Kona solids.

Obviously this one is super girly.  I'd like to make a more gender neutral version but I'm not sure that even in blues it would appeal to boys.  Although I do think I'm gonna try it in yellow.  I think it would make for a really sweet throw quilt.

The binding is made from the scraps and I machine sewed it on as I am not patient enough for hand sewing.

Here's one last lovely picture:).

If you're interested it is for sale in my etsy shop.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Sewing and Craft Room Painting

Since we had a long weekend I decided to put it to good use and begin the sewing/craft room remodel project.  Just a few quick pictures today and then I'll give you the full nitty gritty as it comes together.   

This is how the room looked for most of the past 6 months.  The top half was a creamy yellowish color and the bottom is a burgandy.  There used to be a border between the two colors but it was of golf clubs and ugly so one day I just peeled it off.

After Santa brought my sewing machine my husband was nice enough to hang the shelves for me for my fabric and stuff.  Normally that big roll of batting is hidden in the corner but we had just moved so we could rearranging before tearing out the carpet.

The carpet was just awful.  At one point I'm sure it was nice and clean and actually white, but then we moved in.  And there was a time when this room was the playroom  - - enough said.  So now the carpet is gone, and I think I am going to lay down either a laminate wood floor or some vinyl tile.  I want something that is easily swept and that can withstand a rolling chair.

So far I have gotten a coat of paint on the walls and trim on one side of the room.  After this side is done I'll move my sewing table over and then take down the shelves and paint the other side of the room.

We're doing the walls in a Valspar color called Churchill Hotel Ecru.  Then the trim will be white like usual.  I wanted the room to be fairly neutral since I have all kinds of fabric and ribbons and such to provide visual interest. 

I already have curtain fabric and so I'll whip those up soon too.  Plus I want to get a new ceiling light.  Anyways there will be lots to show and share so stay tuned.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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