Friday, April 15, 2016

Vintage Picnic Throw Quilt


My latest finish.  I wanted to do something a little different than patchwork squares so I came up with a block that used 4 patches and half-square triangles.  I'm sure it's not an original block (I don't think any design with HST or 4 patches or any basic building block can be these days) but I figured out the math and overall pattern on my own.  I think next time I'm going to size down the block - these were large 12 inch blocks.   


I made it up in Bonnie & Camille's popular Vintage Picnic collection.  I choose 26 of the prints for the front and used the navy blue cherry print for the back.


It finished up at 70 x 70.  Nice generous size for a throw.  I hadn't intended on doing it this big but once I was arranging the blocks I could tell it needed another row to make the overall pattern more symmetrical and pleasing to the eye.


Like usual I machine stitched the binding which is also the navy blue cherry print.


I really like the little bird print from this line and I have a few yards that I'm going to use for a baby quilt that is in process.  It's my first triangle quilt so I'm taking my time with it to make sure I like the layout and the way the prints go together.


This wonderful bright quilt is available in my etsy shop.  

Now I have 2 custom orders in the works.  One is a wedding signature quilt - the bride is having me make up half-square triangles that are one side in a print and the other side in a light colored solid.  I'm going to send them to her for a display at her reception which will instruct her guests to sign the solid side.  Then she's going to send them back and we'll put together a large throw quilt.  Her fabrics arrived yesterday so I'll be in HST production for a few days.

My other order is from a sweet woman who wants a Guess How Much I Love You quilt made for her mother.  It was their book when she was young and she wants a queen-sized quilt for her mom to cuddle under.  Still waiting on a few fabrics for that one as we had to order from multiple sellers in multiple countries to get ahold of anything in this out-of-print collection.

And of course, if you've been following me on Instagram you know I'm about to do a little master bedroom redo.  Like on Monday while my husband is away on business for 2 days because he can't stand all my diy project mess.  It's a little crazy timing-wise, but I'm excited to finally get a color I like up on my bedroom walls.  Hopefully all my plans work out although I have a feeling it might be an all-nighter on Tuesday.  Wish me luck.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Red & White Patchwork Quilt


I've been hiding this one for a few weeks.  Trying to decide if I was keeping it or adding it to my etsy shop.  Well, practicality (and perhaps the guilt of a small purchase of a new bed and mattress for the master bedroom - yeah me!) won the day.



You may have seen this picture from Instagram.  I love how the sunlight sneaks through the stair railing at the bottom of the quilt.  The quilt finished up at 56 x 70 inches - perfect throw size!



I felt like crisscross quilting was ideal for this since the patchwork and the color scheme are so traditional.  The backing is Riley Blake's red on white Swiss dots.  I really really liked the scale of this print and I can see using it in different colors on lots of quilts.  Something about polka dots that ties together all kinds of crazy prints.



There are 20+ prints in this quilt.  I just kept digging through my stash and adding whatever I could find.



With all those prints and the polka dot back I thought the solid red binding was the way to go.

If you're interested you can find this beautiful quilt in my etsy shop.  Don't wait too long though my last red and white one sold quickly.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Charming Strawberry Fields Toddler Quilt


This was a custom order for a precious little girl.  Her mom wanted something long enough to cover her little toes.  She liked my Throw size Strawberry Fields quilt so we did this one up in the same fabrics but in the pattern I had designed for my Fly a Kit Quilt.  This is the second time I've had a custom request for this pattern - I guess I should start making this more often for my etsy shop.


All the fabrics are from Fig Tree's Strawberry Fields Revisited collection for Moda Fabrics.  She choose to use the pink strawberry print for the back and binding.


Crisscross quilting on the middle section of patchwork squares.


And more crisscross on the border.  Simple but gives it a really nice effect on the back.


I love how it turned out.  The fabrics and the pattern went perfectly together.  If you're interested in designing your own custom quilt just click here for more information.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Modern Metro Living Baby Quilt


This is a new favorite.  After doing a few quilts in muted and soft colors it's nice to use these bright vivid prints.



Another good use for half-square triangles.  



I think this is great for baby boys but it also would work well in a gender-neutral nursery.  The fabrics are from the Metro Living collection by Robert Kaufman.



I quilted it in straight lines around the outside of each color group.  I had intended to only stitch in the ditch but I wasn't paying attention and I did an extra row around one of the colors.  Since I hate ripping out more than doing extra quilting each color got 3 rows of stitching.  In the end I think it worked out perfectly and the back looks pretty cool too.



The back is the same white as the front and the binding is a solid navy blue.  I love how it looks against that white.



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

Meanwhile I am finishing up a custom toddler quilt using more Strawberry Fields Revisited and starting to pick/order fabrics for a custom wedding signature quilt.  Check out my Instagram account for more frequent updates.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Two Quick Quilts


Now that I'm into my 4th year of quilting I am finding myself finishing things much quicker.  It's like all of a sudden everything is on the fast setting - cutting, piecing and quilting - all going so fast.  The basting not so much - still hate that part.

So anyways, I have 2 baby quilts to share from this week.  First is this one made from 3 Sisters for Moda's  Whitewashed Cottage collection.



This was made using the cheater print for the front and the pale pink floral for the back.  I wanted to point out to any new quilters or sewers that a cheater print like this one makes a great starting project.  The print looks like a patchwork so all you have to do is put together the cheater, some batting and a backing and quilt away.  A cheater print is also great if you need a quick gift since you don't have to do all the fabric choosing, cutting and piecing that normally would go into a quilt.



I decided to quilt this in a diamond crosshatch pattern.  At first I started quilting around all the faux squares but it became extremely tedious very quickly so I soon deserted that idea and went with the crosshatching instead.  



The binding is the same print as the backing.



My 2nd quilt finished this week is for a baby boy.  Or I suppose it could be gender neutral but I think it leans towards boy.



I used my Daysail by Bonnie and Camille stash for this one but I choose only the geometrics, stripes, dots and script prints - no florals or anything girly in this one.



It's a traditional pattern but the fabrics give it a very modern feel.   The background is a tone on tone white - I like the depth it gives versus my usual plain white backgrounds.  I also used the same print for the back.

I quilted it up and down and side to side across each square.  I think it gives it a nice clean line in keeping with the fabrics.



The binding is scrappy made from all the different colors of the script print which says all kinds of cute nautical words.

This quilt was also very quick because it was just simple HSTs and then regular squares.  I use the non-traditional way of making them so I get 4 at a time.  I pieced them together into bowtie blocks and then put together my rows.  Easy breezy.  Another great beginner quilt.

Also, another good beginner tip I wish I had known - keep the width of your baby quilts to less than 40 inches.  Most of mine end up between 36 and 40 inches.  This way you don't have to piece the back and you can just use a standard yard of fabric for the back.  This makes your quilts go a lot faster and easier.

The floral baby girl quilt and the nautical baby boy quilt are both listed in my etsy shop for sale.  

By the way, if you want to see the things I am working on a daily basis including some behind the scenes pics then be sure to follow me on Instagram too.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Preppy Baby Girl Quilt


Well today's post is going to be short and sweet thanks to some incredibly frustrating crappy internet service we've been having the last 2 days.  This seems to happen every few weeks.  We get a spurt of bad days where the internet in the house is so slow I actually have to use my phone's hot spot to get anything done.  UGH - Comcast - UGH!!!!

Anyways, I made up this quick and cute patchwork baby quilt the other day.  I had bought some of Tasha Noel's Countrygirls collection a while back and never got around to using it until I had a craving to make something in my favorite navy and green palate.  



I decided to go with the checkerboard look on this one because I really like the blues and greens and aquas to pop out.  I think sometimes a quilt can look all muddled if there's not enough white or low volume prints in the palate.



I quilted it criss-cross fashion.  Easily my go to choice for quilting patchworks like this.



The back is a piece of the main novelty fabric from the collection and has the most adorable little girls doing farmy stuff.



The binding is the floral navy print and like usual I machine stitched it on.  I got so lucky to have that little cutie end up sitting just perfect in the corner of the quilt.  

This was such a nice project for me to complete - easy and quick and turned out cute.  Plus it helped me use up some of my stash so I think I may be able to justify a few more purchases in the near future.  Anyone else indulging in Vintage Picnic?

If you're interested this sweet quilt is available in my etsy shop.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Sweet Strawberry Fields Throw Quilt


If you've been following me on Instagram you know that I finished this one a week ago.  I really, really, really love it.  It's one of those that you see it in your mind and then it turns out just how you envisioned it.  The fabrics and the pattern really work well together.



The pattern is Radiant by April Rosenthal.  I didn't really follow the pattern but used it as the design basis.  I wanted my quilt to finish larger and I didn't use charm packs to construct it.  I had bought a fat quarter bundle and some yardage of Fig Tree & Company's Strawberry Fields Revisited so I wanted to make use of it for this quilt.



It's a basic HST (half-square triangle) pattern.  And it just shows off the fabrics so nicely.  My version finished at approximately 62 x 62 - just right for a nice throw.  It took me a little bit of time to put together but only because I'm so fussy about not repeating fabrics and making sure that the same prints don't touch each other or are too close to each other.  I want it to look totally random even if I'm being all anal about it and it's really not random at all.



Each block has 16 HSTs so I used 16 different fabrics from the collection.  

I am so smitten (does anyone really say that or just in movies) with this fabric that I may have to buy another bundle.  I would really like to do the Strawberry Social pattern by The Pattern Basket in these fabrics.  And use the sweet strawberry print for the back.  I think it would turn out so awesome.  Maybe someone will get me a gc to the fabric store for Valentine's Day - hint, hint.  

For the back I used the red floral with the off-white background.  I also used an off-white Kona for the background on the front.  I quilted it in straight lines criss-crossing each HST block.  And of course, I machine stitched on the binding.  



It's just so pretty I almost can't bear to give it up - but I can't keep them all.  So this wonderful quilt is listed in my etsy shop if you're interested.

In the meantime I've finished 2 more baby quilts that I'll share soon.  One is from Tasha Noel's Country Girls collection and the other is from more of the Strawberry Fields Revisited.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snug As A Bug Toddler Quilt


This was a sweet little project that I finished recently.  It's my own design done to highlight the adorable creatures found in the Bugsy collection of fabrics by Kids Quilts for RJR Fabrics.  I thought the applique saying was kinda clever.


The top and bottom sections are done in patchwork squares - some fussy cut to highlight those wonderful butterflies.  The middle was raw edge applique.  


Each letter is a different print from the collection and the background for the applique section is also a print.  It's a swirly dotty floral print on a creamy background.

I quilted the patchwork squares crisscross and then did swirly loops around the applique.  


Of course it has a matching pink binding that I machine stitched on.  


Here's a close up of the prints in this line.  Cute little snails and caterpillars, flowers and butterflies.  It's definitely a girly quilt.

This sweet baby/toddler girl quilt is available in my etsy shop for sale.  The nice thing about making baby size quilts is that I am never really tempted to keep them.  I love just being creative and then passing them on to be enjoyed by others.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rustic Blush Throw Quilt


I've been on a sewing tear lately.  Maybe it helps that a few of my finishes were actually UFOs that I started this summer and just now got back on my radar.  This was exactly the case for this quilt.

It's made from Verna Mosquera's Rustic Blush collection.  I bought it late last spring, made piles of half-square triangle over the summer and just pieced it together last week.  Originally, I was going to just do all pinwheel blocks but then I thought I'd see how it turned out with a little twist so I did half pinwheels and half in these other arrangements.



I'm sure there's an official quilty name for those other blocks so I'd love if someone let me know.



 I used every last bit of the fat quarter bundle I purchased and this ended up at 52 x 52 inches - a decent sized throw quilt.

These fabrics are so pretty.  I imagine this would look fabulous draped on a chair in the corner of someone's sunroom just beckoning you to cozy up with a nice book.



I quilted this one all in the ditch - up and down all the squares and then diagonal along the pinwheels.  It makes for a nice clean and simple pattern on the back.

The back and the binding are made from the floral tan and white which is nice and neutral.



I had a few blocks left over so I turned them into a pillow.   Quilted on the front and smooth on the back.  Lately, I've only been making pillow covers not finished pillows, but this was finishing up at a size that doesn't fit a standard insert.  So instead of adding a border or such I just stuffed it full and topstitched the edge closed.  

Both the quilt and the pillow are available for sale in my etsy shop.

Now I've already started another throw quilt out of my brand new Strawberry Fields Revisited bundle.  This was the first bundle I had bought in forever and I knew I'd like it but now I like it so much I wish I had gotten more. I'm posting pictures almost daily over on my Instagram so check out my progress on my new projects there.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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