Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina

 

 

 

Thursday
Feb262015

Triangle Denim Tunic

I've been in the mood to work on a summer wardrobe for me and my girls -- probably because I'm over cold weather and need something to look forward to. I've also been wanting to combine my love of "half square triangles" with a dress for my daugther. I used the old-faithful Geranium pattern to make a denim dress and put 4 triangles across the front using fabric from Carolyn Friedlander's Doe collection. So cute, right? I want one in my size now. 

Monday
Feb232015

Baby Bloomers PDF Sewing Pattern

The Baby Bloomers sewing pattern is now available in my etsy shop. This is a fun, quick, and simple project available in sizes 0-3T. I've been making bloomers like crazy! It's freezing in North Carolina right now and it's putting me in a warmer state of mind to make baby bloomers :) 

Below is a pair I made for my youngest daugther -- I used double gauze and they are just the softest!

I decided to piece together three shades of solid fabric to make this "ice cream" inspired pair for my oldest daugther. She is officially potty-trained so I've been making her a stash of bloomers to wear under her dresses this summer.

 

Ohhh summer...swing-dress + saltwaters

I hope you enjoy this darling pattern! I'm putting together an additional tutorial to easily lengthen the bloomers to transform them into knickers. So stay tuned!

Tuesday
Feb172015

Insta-Lately

It's already mid-February, yikes. Here are a few developments in my world since the new year (according to instagram)...

- I enlisted the help of my instagram followers for baby nap advice. This little nugget would not go down without a fight! So thankful for the suggestions and I actually ended up purchasing this book which clicked for us and expanded on what we were already doing. We're one week of happy naps so hopefully it continues!

- Lots of new bibs in the works! I'm hoping to stock the shop with new inventory within the next couple of weeks. Whenever I get a chance to work in between naps ;)

- We bought a house! Well, the one we have been living in for the last few years. It was time, so we did. 

- Short hair for this lady.  It was time, so I did.

- We're adding new chickens to our coop! We've had 5 laying hens (golden comets) but what's a few more? We got barred rocks and white rocks to add to the mix -- but that's a post for another day!

- I added a couple of new baby quilts to my etsy shop. I'm pretty obsessed with this mustard/white/mint combo.

Tuesday
Feb102015

Chevron Quilt Throw

Remember this persimmon quilt top I posted about a few months ago? I ended up quilting it with pebbles and lines and now that it has been washed several times, it's all soft and perfectly crinkled. 

I was asked several times to make a pattern for this quilt top, however, when I originally started making it I just started putting it together with no plan. Working backwards took some time to get the measurements and directions correct -- but I did it. I designed/drafted/and printed a quilt pattern....whew! Here is a photo of a quilt from someone who tested it for me..

It's a great quilt to make if you're interested in getting practice with half-square triangles and using charm packs. It is available here.

Sunday
Feb082015

Flickr Group

Now that I have three sewing patterns (with two more in the works) out in the world, I figured it was time to have a place for sharing projects! I'd love to see what people create with the patterns and so I have created a Flickr Group to do just that:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2802580@N23/

Can't wait to see!

Thursday
Feb052015

Baby Bloomers

I'm teaching a baby bloomers class this Saturday at my mom's store and it could not have come at a better time. I'm OVER cold weather and the idea of making things for my girls that allow for bare legs puts me in a good mood. I've been tweaking my knickers sewing pattern to make a shorter version with the hopes of releasing it as a download pattern (fingers crossed that happens!). So far I'm pretty happy with it because it's little yardage and doesn't take very long to whip up. Now I just need to get my test model to participate and see how well they hold up to a two-year-olds standards :)

Fabric found here.

Tuesday
Feb032015

Rows of Flying Geese

I was able to complete two quilts for christmas presents this past year with my mom's help. Below is a quilt we made for the younger of my two older brothers (did that make sense?). We decided on jumbo flying geese for the piecing and a color palette that we thought they might like. We had it quilted on the long-arm using a looped pattern. I think they were pretty happy with their gift :)

It's so hard to photograph large quilts -- I need to figure out a better way to do that.

And I'm pretty sure the back is just as good as the front. A minimalist block arrangement...

All fabrics available in my mom's etsy shop

Wednesday
Jan282015

This Little Light of Mine

As you may remember when my daugther Mercer was born, she came with an undiagonsed heart defect that sent our heads whirling. It was a terrifying time in our lives and we were extremely fortuante to have caught her defect in enough time. Her medical condition (coartcation of the aorta) opened up my eyes to the world of congential heart defects. It was something I had vaguely heard of but lumped it into the category of things that I didn't worry too much about because so much emphasis is placed on other (less common) defects and because I had a seemingly healthy 20 week anatomy ultrasound. But oh what I've learned since...

A few things about congentinal heart defects:
- CHD's are the most common birth defect 
- 1 in 110 babies are born with one
- About 40,000 babies are born each year with a CHD
- 25% of babies born with a CHD will have to have a life-saving surgery
(my Mercer was one of those!)
- There is no known prevention or cure 
- There are over 40 types of CHD
- Twice as many chidlren die from CHD than from all forms of childhood cancers combined 

So! With all that being said, February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week and in honor of that, I'm selling a children's t-shirt in my etsy shop -- the proceeds of which will go to the Mended Little Hearts organization. Mended Little Hearts reached out to us while we were in the hospital with Mercer and we deeply appreciated their support.

Big sisters have to get in on all the fun... T-Shirt sizes available: 2 through 5/6

And a little update on Miss Mercer: She is now 5 months old and doing well :) We still have routine cardiologist appointments every couple of months to see how her repair is doing. So far, so good. It's something we will have to keep a close eye on since she has so much growing to do. But if you didn't know any better...she is a happy, sweet, and silly baby! ..With a special little heart <3