Thursday, April 24, 2014

Another Powder Room Redo

Yes, I need to redo this powder room too.  I can hardly believe that after just completing the powder room at the old house that this is the first room I am getting to at our new house.

But I have good reasons for starting with this room.  Let's start with a picture.

The powder room is located off the living room and the kitchen.  At first glance it seems okay.  Small, but fine.  But then you take a closer look...

This is the other corner of the bathroom.  Cramped.  The towel bar doesn't really give you room to hang the towels not to mention that the one side is pulling out from the wall.  The clasping things holding up the mirror are rusted and although you can't see it the light fixture is also starting to show wear and rust.

But, let's get even closer shall we...

Hmmm...that is the floor and the baseboard.  It looks as if there was a water leak or something else bad.  Well, it was not like that during our home inspection but by our walk-through it was but somehow we missed it (probably because during the walk through we had the kids with us, I was trying to get an estimate from the Merry Maids, we had 10 minutes to get to the closing and our seller's "friend" who let us in the house was telling us all about all the virtues of the house and our new town).

Anyways, we did notice it that first night and then a few days later we realized the source.  Apparently, the 20-year-old faucet was leaking.  We wondered why the cold water was so hard to turn on - well now we are guessing that the seller's just left it off and were not using it.   Well, my kids used it and then we had water dripping in the basement.  When we tried to shut off the water under the sink that valve was not working either.  So after a nice set of new valves and a few choice words we realized how the baseboard and shoe molding got all damaged.  

You can also see that something else left a nice yellow stain on the vinyl floor and that the sink is being leveled with a little plastic shim.  There's also some scratching type damage on the baseboard next to the door.  The previous owner's had dogs and I am guessing that maybe a dog that was left in the bathroom caused the damage.  I am also guessing that maybe the dog was the reason for the 3 air fresheners left in there by the old owners:).

So in anticipation of having to remove and paint the molding I decided I would take advantage and replace the floor too.  And as long as we were doing the floor I might as well paint the walls and replace the mirror and the accessories.  Yes, my husband really loves me.

Here's my jumping off point.

The art print on the left is by Janet Hill.  I ordered it from her etsy shop and it just makes me happy looking at it.  I love the bright colors and the little sail boat and even the tiny turtle on the dock.  I think it will make a nice piece for the bathroom.

The floor will be done in the hexagon dot tile.  Our new house was built in 1859 and the tile will help tie the powder room into the rest of the house.  The tile is from Lowe's and I am not doing that part myself - I did consider it, but I am opposed to divorce.

I am still wavering on the paint color.  Originally, I was going to do BM Revere Pewter to stay neutral, but then my family thought that was too boring so I thought maybe BM Wedgewood Gray, but now I am leaning towards SW Sea Salt. 

The paint color really doesn't matter until I get all that wallpaper down which I started yesterday and now seems like it could take a while.  It doesn't help that the ceilings are 10 feet high in there, and that the room is only 5 feet wide so it is nearly impossible to get a ladder in and around the toilet and the sink.  Not to mention that they must have used industrial strength glue because the wallpaper is coming off in teeny tiny pieces.  Oh and here's a little tip:  Make sure the toilet lid is closed before you start ripping off wallpaper willy nilly otherwise you end up with a whole other mess. 

Go ahead laugh.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday

Just a quick stop in here to share a little Wednesday work. 

This is a small pinwheel quilt for a nice lady who uses the quilts as window treatments.  Last year I made her curtains and a valance in pink and this time she picked these bright sunny yellow prints.

As soon as she approves the layout I will finish sewing and quilting these up for her.

I am also busy working on my first new house project (aside from all the unpacking and arranging furniture and finding places for things to go and ordering things we need which is really quite an ongoing project) which I will post about tomorrow.  I'm working in the smallest room of the house and so far it's been an awful lot of work for such a small space.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Friday, April 18, 2014

How to Make the Quickest Cutest Baby Quilt Ever

As promised here is my tutorial for a quick and easy baby quilt - perfect for beginners or sewists who don't like to quilt since there's no piecing or quilting involved.  

This is a lengthy post with tons of pictures.  I learn best when I have as many pictures of each step as possible.  So I wanted to make sure my tutorial had enough pictures that someone who never did this could understand the directions from the pictures.

This baby quilt really comes down to 3 simple steps - cut fabric to size desired, make a binding, and then attach the binding.  Voila! You are done.  It may take you longer to decide which fabrics to use for the quilt and binding then it does to sew it up.

Anyways, on to the nitty gritty...

Materials Needed:

  • 1-1/4 yards double-sided quilted fabric
  • 3/8 yard cotton quilting fabric for binding
  • matching thread

Tools Needed:

  • sewing pins
  • scissors/rotary cutter
  • sewing machine
  • iron

Double-sided quilted fabric or double-face quilted fabric is just 2 pieces of fabric and a layer of batting that have been quilted at the factory for you.  It typically runs about $17-$20 a yard - that may seem pricey but when regular quilting fabric is usually at least $10 a yard and you would need 2 pieces plus a piece of batting and then you would have to quilt it yourself you can see that the double-sided stuff is actually a bit of a bargain.  

You can find similar fabric at Joann's or or I bought mine from

After you gather up your materials we need to prepare your fabric.

Step One:  When the fabric comes from the store the cuts on the ends are usually not straight or square.  You'll need to cut a straight edge on the first side.  I used my rotary cutter and a ruler but you could also do this by marking a straight line with a ruler and a pen and then cutting with your scissors.

Step Two:  After you have squared up on one side you can measure the fabric to your desired length and cut off the excess.  I wanted my quilt to be approximately square so since the width of the fabric was about 42 inches I cut the length to the same 42 inches.

Step Three:  Cut off the selvages .  The selvages are the prefinished edges that keep the fabric from unraveling.  Since we are finishing the edge with a binding we don't want or need these.  Do this on both sides of your quilt.

Now we are going to make your binding.  

Step Four:  Fold your binding fabric in half so the selvage edges are touching.  You may need to iron if your fabric has a lot of creases or is wrinkled.  Then measure and cut 5 strips each 2-1/2 inches wide.  

Step Five:  Cut off those selvages on each end of your strips.

Step Six:  Match up the short ends of the strips right side together and then sew them all together so you have one long strip.  Make sure that the seams all face the same way.  I used white thread because it was already in my machine, I always have a ton of it on hand, and these seams won't show anyways.  For stitch length I just go with a small 2.2 which is the default length when I turn on my machine.

Step Seven:  Now take your really long strip over to the ironing board.  Fold it in half lengthwise and press it in place.

Now that your binding is done we are going to attach it to the quilt.

Step Eight:  Starting in the middle of one side of the quilt you are going to pin the raw or cut edge of the binding along the cut outside edge of your quilt.  I pin about every 5-6 inches but you can put in more or less pins to your liking.  When you start your binding leave about 3-4 inches extra length flapping at the top.

Step Nine:  The corners are the trickiest part of the binding but once you do it a few times it becomes second nature.  As you get to the corner you lay the fabric all the way down the length of the side till it is hanging off.  Then you fold it to the right make a 90 degree angle.  Use your fingernail to make a nice crease on the angle.

Step Ten:  Put one finger at the top of the little triangle you just made and then fold the binding back over itself.  You will end up with a little triangle-shaped flap of fabric kind of hiding under the binding.  

Step Eleven:  Now pin down that little flap and keep pinning the binding all the way around the quilt doing the little flap at each corner.

Step Twelve:  When you get back around to the first side of your quilt your are going to leave a few inches of extra length on your binding.  You want the binding to overlap itself about 6 inches or so for now.  

Step Thirteen:  You are going to start sewing the binding to the quilt about 3-4 inches down from the end.  You want a scant 1/4 inch seam.  Again I used white thread to do this because this seam is not going to show at all.

Step Fourteen:  When you get close to your corner you want to remove the pin holding down your flap and fold the flap back.

Step Fifteen:  Now keep sewing stopping where the crease for the 90 degree line is located.  Lock your stitches and pull the quilt out from the needle.  You can either cut the thread or not.

Step Sixteen:  Turn your quilt 90 degrees so your first seam is now perpendicular to the machine.  Now fold the flap up and start sewing the next side.  Do this at each corner.

Step Seventeen:  Finish sewing all the way around the quilt leaving a gap of about 6-8 inches where the binding is not attached to the quilt.

Step Eighteen:  You want to make the ends of the binding meet as if they were already sewn together.  Make a crease with your fingernail where the seam should go.  Then pin the 2 ends together exactly as they were in place.

Step Nineteen:  Pull the pinned binding over to your needle and sew a seam on the crease you just made.  I like to go back and forth on the seam to make sure it is nice and secure.

Step Twenty:  After you test that your binding fits perfectly along the side of the quilt - no bulges, not too loose, just perfect like the seam was always there perfect - then you cut off the excess binding.  You may see on other tutorials that different people join the ends together different ways.  I don't think any is right or wrong just use the method you find best.

Step Twenty One:  Now finish sewing your seam starting where you left off at the top and continuing to where you first began.

Step Twenty Two:  Press the binding from the top side of the quilt out - by top side I mean the side that you sewed the binding onto.  Do this all the way around the quilt getting as close as you can to the corners but not actually pressing the corners yet.

Step Twenty Three:  Now turn your quilt over and press the binding into place on the bottom.  You want to make sure that your binding is covering up the seam that you made when sewing it to the top of the quilt.  This time you are going to press the corners.  Do the corner in 2 steps - first it will just be like in the picture above, then when you fold over the adjacent side it will make a nice mitered corner.  

Step Twenty Four:  Flip your quilt back over to the top side and pin if needed to make sure the binding stays in place while you sew the top stitching.  I always pin at least my corners and usually a couple of places along the sides just to make sure I am covering up that initial stitch line.  You are going to sew in the ditch or right next to where the binding meets the quilt.  This is where you are going to want to have a matching thread - I used white on the top and green in my bobbin.  You could use white for both or green for both but if your stitching is not perfect than contrasting thread really stands out.  I also like to lengthen my stitches for this top stitching to match the length of the quilting stitches.  It just makes the stitching blend in that much better.  On my machine I use a length of 3.5.  Sew your seam all the way around your quilt pivoting at each corner.

TaDa!!!  Your cutest quickest ever quilt is done!!!  These make the nicest handmade baby gift.  Especially if you can match your fabrics to the baby mama's theme or colors.  You could even make matching burp cloths or bibs out of the same materials just by cutting the fabric to shape.  

If anyone has any questions or tips please feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll try to address them as quickly as possible.

I'd love to see your projects if anyone makes a quilt using this tutorial.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baby Quilts Galore

After making a number of custom orders lately I felt the need to do some quick quilts to stock up my etsy shop.  And just when I was finishing up the binding on my last patchwork quilt one of my favorite online fabric shops, Hawthorne Threads, got in a set of the new Riley Blake double-sided quilted fabrics.  I had seen the double-sided fabrics before but I had never liked the prints.  These Riley Blake prints are so cute I couldn't help myself.   

As soon as they arrived, I started cutting and sewing and I couldn't believe how fast things were going.  All I kept thinking was that these fabrics make it so easy to make up a quilt.  They would be great for a beginner or if you needed a gift at the last minute.  

So before I got done with the last quilt I resolved to make all my beginner friends a quick tutorial.  As I made that last one I took tons of pictures and I spent yesterday editing and labeling and writing.  Trust me, it took far longer to do that than to make 6 of these quilts.  Find the full tutorial here.

In the meantime, for all of you that would prefer to not diy, you can find these baby quilts in my etsy shop.

I should also mention that this is not a sponsored post.  No one compensated me in any way to promote their shop or products (I wish they had - that would be cool).  These are just my own positive non-paid, not influenced by money or swag, opinions on things.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Heirloom Quilt

This wonderful quilt was done for a lovely customer who ordered a custom quilt from my etsy shop to give her daughter as a graduation gift.  She requested something timeless but made up in her daughter's favorite colors - aqua, red and pink - and she wanted it to become something her daughter could pass on to her daughter.   

I have to say that this may be one of my favorite all time finishes.  I love the pattern, the colors and the quilting.  

My new sewing room came with this quilt hanging rod and hooks all set up.  The only thing is that it is not in very good spot for taking pictures.  It's a fairly dark corner and a little awkward to get the right angle.  I'll use it for now because it is better than laying my quilts on the floor and standing on a chair to get a full view shot.  But, I have to say, the quilt is way more beautiful in person than in that view above.

We used over 20 different fabrics in the little patchwork squares.  We tried to choose prints that would be classic and not trendy.

The back of the quilt is a single print by Dena Fishbein called Daisy in Aqua.  It totally captures the vintage heirloom vibe we were going for.  

The binding was machine sewn on and is Tanya Whelan's Paisley Rose in Teal.  It's just perfect.

I machine quilted it like usual in diagonal lines across each patchwork square which created that wonderful diamond pattern on the back.  The quilting really looks great in the white background squares.

This quilt was hard to send on its way because I just love the style and aesthetic of it so much.  And then washing it just made it that much harder because it puckered up so perfectly.  It was very tempting to cuddle up under it myself this weekend - but I resisted - just barely:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~ 

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