Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Another Star Baby Quilt

You may recognize this pattern.  I've used it a few times before, but this time I did it up in RJR Fabrics new collection called Everything But the Kitchen Sink by Yuko Hasegawa.  Plus I quilted it much different than I did in the past.

I started out with this fabric pull.  I needed 8 fabrics to make up the center star and these all seemed to go together so nicely.  These are 30's reproductions and they work really well in this traditional pattern.  The white background lets each of the prints stand out so you can see each of the colors.

You would think this would piece together quickly for me since it's just half-square triangles and squares but I am so particular about where the fabrics fall in the outside border that it takes me forever.  If you did this all scrappy it would go together super fast.  I may try that next time.

While I was putting together the front I decided I loved the green floral print so much that I made it the back too.

The green is so cheerful and while overall I think the quilt still reads girly the green keeps it from being too over the top frilly girly.

You can really see the quilting from the back.  I didn't plan it out but I like how the straight lines end up boxing in the loopy quilting.  The last time I did this I quilted all straight lines following the star but the loopy loops seem to highlight the prints really nicely.

I haven't washed this one yet but I know it is going to crinkle up all lovely.

I've been attaching my binding a little different lately.  If I am doing a quilt with a white front or white border then I am machine sewing it on from back to front.  I like doing it this way because I can make it all perfect on the back - so my stitching is exactly where I want it on the edge of the binding.  The only disadvantage to this method is that it is almost impossible to get it in the ditch on the front so your stitching line will show on the front.  But if it's white on white it's barely noticeable and blends right in with the rest of the quilting.

 Before I used to sew from front to back and catch the binding while stitching in the ditch on the front.   The front looks all perfect but the stitching line is not always perfectly spaced from the edge on the back of the binding - now I know there are some people out there that get that perfect too but I am just not that patient or that good at it.  This method works well when I don't want a stitching line to show on the front.  And really once you wash the quilt no one notices that the stitching on the binding is not exactly perfect.

Of course, if I was a patient person I would hand-stitch my bindings but I just cannot bring myself to spend hours doing what now takes me a few minutes.  It's the same personality flaw that causes me to lose interest in projects that take more than a few days to complete.  I love getting to the end quickly and being able to start something new.

And with that thought I'll end this post and leave you with one last gratuitous beauty shot of this quilt.

This beautiful baby quilt is now available for sale in my etsy shop.  Use the links or see the etsy section of my sidebar.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

And the Winner Is...

Using the very scientific and sophisticated random number drawing method known as ask-your-husband the winner is...

Congratulations FlourishingPalms!!!

Also, thank you to everyone else who left such nice comments.  I really appreciate all your kind thoughts.

Here's a sneak peek at the fabrics I'll be using in my next project.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mini Quilt Tutorial

I really enjoyed making this mini quilt using RJR Fabric's new line Everything But the Kitchen Sink by Yuko Hasegawa and I know you will too.  Here are my simple directions.

This mini is made up of 4 basic pieces; the dresden plate, the patchwork checkerboards, the background and the binding.  All my seams are sewn at 1/4 inch.

Let's start with the dresden plate.  You'll need a dresden ruler (I use Wrights 8829306 EZ Quilting Dresden Acrylic Tool, 1 to 8-Inch ) or you can print a template off of the internet.   The dresden ruler comes with great instructions on assembly so you can use those or follow my basic outline here.

Use the ruler to cut 20 petals at 5 inches.  I used 4 prints but obviously you can use as many different fabrics as you want.  To make each petal cut a strip of your fabric 5 inches wide -  the length of the strip depends on how many petals you need.  Then place your ruler on the strip and use your rotary cutter to cut the sides.  I like my ruler because it is clear and allowed me to easily fussy cut some of my prints so I could make sure I was centering the little bunnies or other fun elements in the middle of each petal.

To make the tips you just fold each petal in half right sides together and then stitch across the top.  You can chain piece these to make it go quicker.  Snip the corner and then turn them right side out.  You may want to use the tip of your embroidery scissors or such to make the point of your petal nice and crisp.  Now press each petal.

Next, sew all the petals together along the sides.  I like to plan out my plate first before sewing, but you can sew them all random if that's your thing too.

Once the outside of your plate is done you need to make a center.  Use your judgement on the size of the center.  I happened to have a little bowl handy that was the perfect size.  I traced around the bowl on a piece of cardboard then I cut a circle out of my fabric that was about a half inch larger than my cardboard template.  

Then with a needle and thread hand stitch around the outside of your fabric circle about 1/4 inch from edge.  When you get all the way around put your cardboard in the middle of the fabric and pull the thread so the fabric scrunches around the cardboard.  Tie off the thread - nice and snug.  

Now iron the circle so the raw edges are hidden underneath.  Next, carefully remove the cardboard from the center of the fabric.  Finally place the center on your plate and top stitch it in place.

Now let's get the background pieces cut out.

You can see from my fancy diagram that you need to cut 2 pieces that are 2.5 inches x 18.5 inches and 1 piece that is 14.5 inches x 18.5 inches for the middle.

After your middle is cut you need to fold it in half twice and press the folded piece.  Then unfold it and use the press marks to help center your dresden plate onto the background.  Pin it in place.

Now you want to topstitch your dresden plate to the background.  You can do this any which way you like.  I like to do it by stitching around the outside edge of the plate.  

Next make the checkerboards.  I did this the long way.  I cut each individual square out of each of my prints and then pieced them together.  You could do this faster if you strip piece the white and the print together first and then make your 1.5 inch cuts, but I wanted to fussy cut my pieces to show off the little bunnies.  

So that being said you need to cut 19 white pieces that are 1.5 inches square and you need to cut 19 print pieces that are also 1.5 inches square.

Now sew together your pieces into 4 rows of 19 squares following the diagram above.  Basically you are alternating white, print, white, print.  Press your seams toward the dark squares.  Then sew 2 rows together lengthwise to finish the checkerboard section.

Assemble your quilt top as shown in the pictures.  Sew a white boarder piece to a checkerboard section then sew those to the middle piece.

Once your top is done you are going to make your quilt sandwich like usual, then baste, quilt and finally bind.  When I quilted this, I did simple straight lines down the center of each petal of the dresden.  I've seen people leave their dresdens unquilted or done with fancy patterns inside each petal - it's really up to you.  I quilted straight lines the width of my presser foot in the white background spaces and then did diagonal crisscrosses on my patchwork squares.  

For the binding, I used a single fold 1.5 inch binding strip.  Since this is intended for a wall hanging and won't get the wear and tear of a regular quilt I didn't find it necessary to do a double-fold binding.

I hope you have fun completing this mini-quilt and I would love to see you post pictures to Instagram.  Don't forget to enter the fat quarter bundle giveaway  from RJR Fabrics - we draw a winner next week.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mini Quilt Finish & GIVEAWAY

This was a quick and fun project.  I like to stop and just do something pretty and creative every once in a while.

The kind folks at RJR Fabrics sent me a bit of their new collection from Yuko Hasegawa called Everything But the Kitchen Sink.  It's a really cute 30's retro collection that features adorable bunnies, circus elephants, some dots and geometrics and loads of florals.  

When the fabrics arrived I was immediately drawn to the black and whites.  After thinking on it for a few days I decided to use them to make a mini quilt featuring a dresden in the center.  I hadn't done a dresden in a while and I thought this would be the perfect project for one.

It went together really quickly and I just love the results.  All the black and whites really play well with one another.  Plus the little splashes of red and yellow give it some neat interest.  I think people shy away from 30's fabrics because they are perceived as too cutesy, but they came out really sophisticated in this piece.  Sometimes limiting the color palate can really make a difference in the tone of the project.  

Tomorrow, I will post a tutorial on how to make this mini quilt.  If you're looking to get in on the mini quilt party that seems to be taking over instagram and the internet then make sure you stop back - or even follow me on bloglovin by clicking the button Follow and get the tutorial as soon as it comes out!  

Today, however, RJR Fabrics is going to giveaway a fat quarter bundle of the 4 fabrics I used to make this project.  To enter just leave a comment telling us what you might make with these fantastic fabrics.  To get an extra entry leave another comment after you follow me or RJR Fabrics on Instagram!  I'll randomly pick a winner on August 26th. GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED - WINNER CHOSEN AND NOTIFIED - THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED. Make sure you leave your email in your comment if you are a no reply blogger.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Friday, June 12, 2015

Red and White Log Cabin

It's been a while since I last blogged.  Life gets busy and Instagram takes over.  I have been both sewing and doing house projects since I last posted over here.  One of my best customers kept me busy with a beautiful swoon quilt and then a bunch of baby quilts (check out my Instagram feed for quick pics of those projects).

While my husband was away on a business trip, I got all crazy and decided to redo the kids bathroom.  Since my husband hates all my project messes I knew I had to get it done before he got back.  The kids and I worked pretty hard and got most of the big stuff done - removed all the old 1980's hunter green fishy wallpaper, tore out the old shower doors, painted the walls, painted the tile grout, and took down the old light fixture.  We even installed new shutters on the window and made a curtain all in 3 days.  He was very surprised when he got back.  After helping us put in the last finishing touches - new light fixture and faucet we called it a success.

Then my husband asked if I would paint his little exercise room in our basement.  It is in a very dark corner and has 1970's paneling and was in desperate need of some brightening.  Of course I could paint that room, but while I was doing that room it only made sense to do the entire basement.  I mean why would we stop at just that little room?!?!?!  The whole basement needed refreshing.  So he agreed to let me paint all the rooms.  

Well, once I painted the stairway and front room and it looked all fresh and new we (really meaning just me) couldn't live with the crappy old carpet on the stairs so I ordered new carpet and had that installed.  Then the old gold brass door hardware on all 9 doors down there didn't really go with our new look so we needed new door knobs.  And really then how could we not get matching switch plates.

A week after that, I got the middle room all painted but I "accidentally" spilled a can of paint on the carpet in there so unfortunately we need to replace that carpet too.  Of course, that carpet is this horrible commercial stuff that is glued directly onto the cement floor so I have to have a professional in to take care of that mess.  Then the kids and I will be laying a new vinyl plank floor in the back 3 rooms.  And we still have to paint the basement bathroom (which really means new paint, new counters, new toilet and new faucet) and paint the guest room down there.  Meanwhile his poor exercise room - the thing that started this whole avalanche of basement freshening up - is still waiting for its final coat of paint.  And that my friends is the long story version of why I haven't had time to blog lately.

But I did finish this quilt recently and wanted to share it with y'all.  I had been wanting to make a red and white quilt for some time so I ordered a ton of prints not really knowing what I was going to do with them once they arrived.  Then I was browsing through pinterest and saw a log cabin quilt and thought it would be perfect starting point for my reds and whites.

So this is my version of a log cabin done in red and white prints.  I used 15 different prints - florals, plaids, dots, chevrons, herringbone, etc.  The center of each block is either solid white or solid red and then I alternated white strips with the prints.  I really like having white next to my prints so that you can see the prints better.

I quilted it using an idea I also found on pinterest which is doing a diagonal line from corner to corner on each log and winding around the block that way.  It was a little time consuming but I love the way the back turned out.

The binding is the same red solid as the center squares.  It gives a nice contrast to the solid white back.

I made this up in a lap/throw size with the intention of selling it in my etsy shop.  I have listed it here but I love it so much that if it doesn't sell I won't be sorry.

I do have a good bit of the red prints left so I will be making another red and white quilt soon.  I'm thinking Irish Chain but would love your input.  It has to be simple and fast.  I get too bored with complicated patterns.  I'm in the middle of a Cottonway Snippets quilt and that is just about as time consuming as I like to get.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Monday, February 2, 2015

A Lovely Finish

This quilt came about because I ended up with a good handful of patchwork squares leftover from my original Miss Kate bundle.  This is the 4th quilt I made from that bundle plus I made 3 pillows and 2 doll quilt sets and I still have a pretty good stack of scraps leftover!!!

I was in the mood for some Valentine's love and this pattern goes together so quickly I knew it would be ideal for all my patchwork pieces.

The last time I did this quilt pattern the heart wasn't as easy to see from the background so this time I decided to make the heart obvious by using white for the background.

This is a baby quilt size and it finished up at 36 inches square.  I used 3 inch patchwork squares for the heart.  I really like how fun and bright this one turned out.

For the binding I used a red with white polka dots print.  It wasn't part of the Miss Kate collection but I had it on hand.  I don't remember where it came from.

I really went to town with the quilting on this one.  I crisscrossed the patchwork pieces and then did those dense straight lines zig zagging around the heart.  For the border I did long straight lines that crisscrossed at the corners.  

I like the way it turned out but boy it took a long time.   I am a quick finish gal.  I have found over the years that if a project takes too long then I get bored and distracted.  That much quilting was about as much as I can handle.  Anyone else the same way?

Anyways, this one is available in my etsy shop just in time for Valentine's Day or it would be perfect for a baby shower gift too.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Friday, January 23, 2015

Milk, Sugar & Flower Doll Quilt

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the wonderful Elea Lutz who asked me if I would be willing to make a doll quilt out of her new fabric line Milk, Sugar & Flower.  Ummm YES!!!  I couldn't type my reply fast enough.  Her beautiful line of fabrics is produced by Penny Rose Fabrics which is the sister company to Riley Blake.  I was so honored that she asked me to work with her and so excited because I had already been looking forward to this line.

Elea asked me to make one of my patchwork doll quilts and I gladly agreed.  

I have to say that these fabrics are even cuter in person than in the pictures.

Everyone always notices the adorable bunnies and kittens, but I think the strawberries in the stripe are so incredibly sweet.

Originally, we were going to do the back in white but once the fabrics arrived I knew we had to use the large rose print.  

This print just quilts up so nice.  I think this print would make a wonderful backing for any size quilt.

The colors are gorgeous.  I love the combination of the yellow and reds with the light blue highlight.

I couldn't help taking another close up.

Milk, Sugar and Flower is coming out this month.  I can't wait to get my hands on the whole line.   If you want to see some other cute inspiration projects from this line check out nanaCompany's blog and Tied with a Ribbon's website.

If you're interested in purchasing your own sweet doll quilt check out my etsy shop.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Two for Friday

Since I have been absent from my blog for a short time I thought I would share 2 recent finishes here today.  I've been busy with a few things - holidays, custom orders and a special project I hope I can share soon.

Anyways, the first quilt up today is the softest quilt I have ever made.

This was the first time I have used flannel to make a quilt.  I kept seeing other bloggers using it and then the other day while at Joann's I saw this adorable retro-looking baby flannel and I couldn't resist.

The print features scenes from favorite nursery rhymes.  It is really so sweet and perfectly done in just the simple shades of blue.

For the back and binding I used a baby blue gingham flannel.  I free motion quilted it in swirls and loops which seemed to work just right for the flannel.

I was a little worried about shrinkage and curious to see how it would crinkle up so I washed it and it just made it softer and sweeter.  I have a feeling I will be trying out more flannel in the future.

This baby boy quilt is available in my etsy shop if you're interested.

I also recently finished this sweet little owl quilt.

This one didn't require a lot of piecing - just the top and bottom striped borders - which I love.  Originally, I was going to use the striped fabric for the back but I am not great at getting the front and back to line up perfectly and I hate when the pattern looks all wonky compared to the squareness of the quilt.

So instead I used this pretty pink print for the back.

I also like how it is little tree branches - like that's where the owls on the front perch.  It's silly but it felt like it was meant to be - well, at least to me - I know - I am a little weird at times.

For this one I quilted the middle in loops and swirls using pink thread.  Then for the borders I did straight lines following the stripes.  The binding was done by machine and is a precious pink print with tiny white circles.

The photos make the colors a little more bold than they seem to me in real life.  In real life they are a little more pale or shades of pastels than bold colors.

 And just like the baby boy quilt, this baby girl owl quilt is available in my etsy shop for sale.  

I have been posting more regularly on instagram so I'd love if you follow me over there too.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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