Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Windows for Wednesday

Finally.  Some more pictures of the inside of my house.  Well, sorta.  Today I am working on some quick curtain panels for a few of the windows in our new home.

We are lucky to have 3 large beautiful picture windows topped with stained glass panels.  Everything about them is gorgeous; the woodwork, the light that comes in and the colors and designs of the stained glass.  However, they leave us a little exposed.  Especially now that the leaves have fallen off the trees and we are turning the lights on very early in the evening.

The window in the first picture is in our foyer and looks out onto our wraparound front porch.  I consider it the least worrisome in terms of exposing ourselves but the easiest for any old person (nosy doorbell ringer, antsy delivery guy, neighborhood pervert, etc) to peek in from the porch. 

So I ordered myself some samples and then decided on this really pretty lace fabric from Waverly called Jammu Lace Snow.  I think it will provide just enough privacy and it is elegant but not old ladyish.  I love when they send your fabric on the big tube bolt.  It makes you feel all like a professional decorator in a magazine (I know.  I am a total dork.).

I am going to do 2 simple panels for each window and hang them with a tension rod.  I am using the tension rods because my husband actually hates that I am putting up any sort of curtain and ruining his view out the windows.  I tried to tell him that I am also ruining the view of any Tom, Dick and Harry that may also be looking in the window at his young daughter and his beautiful bride, but he didn't seem convinced.  Anyways, I sort of half agreed that once the trees bloom again in the spring that we can take the curtains down.  We'll see.  

This window is in my husband's home office.  You'll have to excuse the over-exposed smartphone pics.  It's really hard to get pics with the bright light from the window.  

The last window is right above the foyer window and is on the front stairway landing.  Right now the foliage on the 2 trees provide some privacy but once that falls anyone driving or walking by outside can see up into our 2nd floor hallway and into the master bedroom.  I prefer that people don't see us all in our pjs every night or first thing in the morning when I am running around trying to get little bodies dressed for school.

I'll show you the finished curtains when I'm done and you can let me know if I'm crazy or not.

In other news, I also thought I'd share a picture of the quilt I am making for our living room.  I finished the top and now just need to baste and quilt and bind.

I have a few other works in progress going on but they are not picture worthy yet.  If you want more daily updates follow me on Instagram.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Grinch Quilt

Here's my latest finish.  This cool grinch patchwork quilt.  I made this in a lap/throw size so it's ideal for cuddling and story reading.

I actually bought the fabric last year but didn't get around to making stuff out of it until this year.  Ce la vie.

I fussy cut quite a few of the prints to make sure that I featured these super cute characters.  

For the back I used this green dot print.  It's just perfect.  It ties in all the colors from the front and gives you a little peace for your eyes.  

I quilted it on each side of the patchwork squares.  Nice and simple so not to take away from all the grinchy action in the prints.  

These fabrics are from Robert Kaufmann and they're very nice.  The best part was I bought some yardage of the fabric with nice big scenes from the story.  I fussy cut out the best ones and made them into a couple of pillow covers.

Again, the colors in the fabric are just so spectacular.  That blue is just lovely.

And, of course, I had to do something with my scraps.

This is an adorable little quilted patchwork pillow cover.  The red piping is the perfect finishing touch.

I did make this Grinch collection with the purpose of selling them in my etsy shop so if you're interested be sure to check them out!

Also, my Christmas Tree ornaments are now 20% off so don't miss out on those either.  

I've been busy with a few other behind the scenes types of things including a custom quilt order (I didn't share pics because she ordered the exact same quilt as the Iris quilt) and coming up with some gift packaging ideas for my baby quilts and doll quilt sets.  

If you check out my instagram feed you'll see the quilt that I'm working on for my living room.  I figured as a present to my family we finally ought to have a quilt to cuddle with ourselves while we watch our favorite holiday shows.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Deck The Halls

This summer I made a number of these quilted holiday ornaments to occupy myself during our long drives from Illinois to NY.  They turned out so beautiful that I decided to make some extras to offer in my etsy shop.

I have listed them and wanted to let you all know that they will be on sale from now until Thanksgiving.  I have a number of different fabric sets and 2 different sizes available.

I just love these red ones with the gold ric rac.  The fabrics on most of my ornaments have metallic prints or glittery accents so they reflect the tree lights just beautifully.

These ornaments are completely handmade by me and make the perfect one-of-a-kind gift and with that in mind I am also offering a gift box option.

It has been such a fun new experience for me trying to think of all the things you need to run a successful at home business and I think I am finally hitting my stride.  I'm really starting to find the right balance between making things I love and making things that I think will sell and provide my family with a little extra income.  Hopefully these ornaments are the perfect combination of both.

Anyways, if you're interested they are now available in my shop and use code DECKTHEHALLS10OFF when you check out to get 10% off everything in my shop until Thanksgiving!!!  That's right - everything is 10% off - so if you've been eyeing up one of my quilts now is the time to get it too!  Also, I only made a limited number of these ornaments --- so when they're gone, they're gone until next year!

Thanks for all your support!!!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Denim Quilt

This quilt was a really neat project for me.  My customer had started making it following a pattern from purlbee.  She asked me if I would be interested in finishing up the blocks for her and I offered to finish it all.  She sent me everything she had completed, the backing fabric and I went from there. 

You can see some in progress pics in this post.  The biggest challenge with the blocks was trying to come up with as many original combinations as possible.  The cool thing about the blocks is that you are using both the right and wrong side of the fabrics.  That's what gives it such nice depth and contrast.

It took me a bit to get all the blocks exactly how I wanted them but then the top went together nice and quick.  We decided to quilt it in the ditch.  There's so much texture with these fabrics that I thought any other quilting would just take away from that.

After it was done being quilted I made the binding.  Here's the icing on the cake part of this - the binding is the reverse side of the backing fabric cut on the bias.  So the stripes in the binding are diagonal against the vertical stripes of the backing and the horizontal and vertical stripes in the top.

I don't know if you can tell or not but my customer wanted to hand sew the binding to the back so I just machine stitched it to the front for her.  I apologize for the pictures - they don't do this quilt any justice at all.  It really has incredible depth and contrast and texture.

Because the denim is such a heavy-weight fabric this quilt is much more substantial feeling than my usual cotton quilts.  It will be just the thing for a cold fall afternoon.  I'm so glad I did this project because it is so different from my usual quilts.  It gave me some great ideas to use down the road.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Twinkle Twinkle Ticking & Toile

A quick panel quilt.  It's not often that I find a panel that I like so when I spotted this one I clicked it into my cart right away.

I bought it from and it's called Nursery Rhyme Toile.  They had it in this soft brown and a pink too.

The panels are nice because they go together so quickly.  If you're in need of a quick gift or just feel like finishing something in an afternoon than this is for you.

I did the quilting in a loopy free motion pattern all over the toile part and then straight lines around the borders.  The toile features little children at play.  The verse in the border is twinkle twinkle little star.

The outer border is a terrific ticking stripe pattern.  The back and the binding are from a matching brown polka dots on a cream colored background.  

It turned out really lovely.  A nice departure from the brights and whites I've been working with lately.

And it is available in my etsy shop.  It's just perfect for a shower gift.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Denim Quilt In Progress

Today I'm working on finishing up a denim quilt for a customer.  She started the quilt but is now pregnant and super tired and asked for my assistance.  The project was too cool to pass up.

The pattern is from the  They offer a ton of ideas and free patterns for quilts and knitting and crafts in addition to selling materials and kits and such.

I'm trying to get my arms around what to do next.  She had already done a few of the blocks so I need to decide which comes next.  

In the meanwhile, I'm still working on my mudroom floor.  I'm trying to undercut the door moldings so I can just slip the tiles underneath.  I'm doing it with a special handsaw because I'm too cheap to buy the power tool.  Needless to say it is taking me a while to get it done.  Only 2 more spots and then finally I'll be ready to lay tile.  

But I did get the cushion for the bench done!  It looks great although a little puffy.  I think it will calm down in time.

Originally I had wanted to do a cushion with piping but then quite honestly I got lazy.  I didn't want to make my own piping and the premade from the store was just too black.  So instead I took the easy breezy route and did her with one simple seam and 3 button tufts.  

Although I have to say the tufting was not as easy as I thought it would be - there may or may not be a few drops of my blood on that cushion:).  The fabric is Waverly Nassau Vine Toile Onyx.  I really do love it so I bought a few more yards for a matching project in the pantry.  I'll share more details on that in a bit.

Just a quick note on the cost for the cushion.  I was tempted to just get a premade cushion, however, it would have required a custom size and the cost would have been astronomical.  The standard size cushions from places like Pottery Barn, Ballard, and even Amazon were at least $100.  I spent $35 on the fabric, $10 for the stuffing and I had the buttons but let's say they were $2.  So that brings me to a total of $47.  The sewing was super easy straight line stitching.  Just something to keep in mind for those of you who might be inclined to diy.  This is a great project for diy.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

A Quilt For Iris

So my sister is having her second baby.  Her little girl is due in December and as soon as we found out it was a girl we picked out some fabrics and got sewing.  Her room is going to feature navy blue so we picked the Miss Kate fabrics since they had a ton of variety and the required navy blue component.

My sister wanted her quilt done up in a larger crib size so it measures about 40 x 60.  There are 35 pinwheels and each is a made from a different fabric from the collection.

The backing and the binding are done in the navy dot print.  Plus we added the navy ric rac at the top and the bottom just for fun and something a little special.

I quilted it following the seams of the pinwheels and then straight lines in the borders.

I purposely quilted all the seams so it would get all nice and crinkly.  

The first picture also shows the pillow that I made to go along with the quilt.  Nice and simple but cute.

Now my sister is going to have to wait just a bit before I ship this to her because I am going to whip up a surprise for baby's older brother too.  I'm not quite sure what the surprise will be but checking out my recent pins on pinterest may give you a clue to what I'm thinking.

If you've been following my blog then you also know that while I was making this quilt I also did 2 other baby quilts in the Miss Kate fabrics.  The first quilt was done to feature the florals and the second one was done without any florals.  It's neat to see how different each quilt turned out just by changing the selection of the fabrics even within the same collection.  Now I promise no more pinwheels or Miss Kate for a while - well, maybe not too long -  I do have half of the bundle still left.  How about something other than pinwheels - I think I can keep that promise for a bit:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mudroom Progress

We made some significant progress in our mudroom this weekend.  Finished the painting.  Put up the new light fixture.  Put back the coat hooks.  Changed out the light switches.  Whew.

I am head over heels for the new lantern.  It replaced a basic white glass flush mount bug collector type:).

We were able to hang it so from outside it seems perfectly centered in the top half of the window.

This is a close up of the top piece of the lantern.  The glass here and in the bottom have the little air bubbles also called seeded glass and the glass is also wavy.   At night when the bulbs are on it throws a cool pattern on the walls and ceiling.

We bought it on for a very reasonable price - especially compared to places like Pottery Barn.  I think it makes a huge impact for a small investment.

You can see from the pictures that the trim and wall paint is finally done.  I just have to clean up the window and fix a few oops spots.  The coat hooks are the originals.  They are an antique brass, heavy duty, and still in good shape so I saw no reason to spend money to replace them.  

Now we are on moving on to the floor!!!!

You can see how beat up it is in the corner of this picture.  That is ground-in, 20-year-old yucky mucky shoe and pet dirt.  I can't wait to get the new floor in place.  It's a click-lock type that we are going to diy.  Hopefully it will be quick and easy like the website says.

Wish us luck!!!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fast Friday Finish

Pulled this one out at the last minute for a fast Friday finish. I wasn't planning on binding this today but then something exciting happened.

My first set of official professional looking labels arrived.  So, of course, I had to use at least one.

My husband was impressed with the front of the label but thinks the back is too mushy.  Next time I might change the back to say "handcrafted in 2014" because it would be nice to document the year I made the quilt too.  

The labels are from tagtopia another seller on etsy.  She was wonderful to work with and super fast.  Plus her prices were reasonable even for small quantities.

So with label in hand, I whipped out a binding and got my second Miss Kate quilt finished up.

For this Miss Kate version I used only the solids and the geometrics from the collection.  It gives it such a different feeling from my first Miss Kate baby quilt.  Removing the florals makes this perfect for either a boy or a girl and gives it a much more modern feeling even with the pinwheels.

I thought you might want to see the back of this one.

I quilted it much more sparingly than any other pinwheel I've done before.  I like the simplicity of it - especially if it is being used for a boy.

The pillow cover I made earlier in the week goes perfectly with it.

All 3 of these Miss Kate items are available in my etsy shop if you're interested.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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