Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina

 

 

 

Monday
Apr272015

Flying Geese Improv Quilt

A couple of months ago I taught a quilting class at my mom's store that focused on the flying geese block. It's one of my favorite quilting blocks and I typically prefer the method of sewing four at a time, making them super speedy. For the class, I decided to have no plan for the quilt I was going to make with the exception of the fabric choices. I wanted to do something for my daugther since she was outgrowing her baby quilt. 

I just can't get enough of this mustard color these days so I used it as the base and just went to town piecing the quilt together. After the flying geese blocks were made I just started adding in scraps to make the quilt a bigger size. For the back I also carried over fabric yardage I had left over, just continuing to piece randomly.

I got the chance to quilt it on the longarm quilting machine and went with a random assortment of loops and squares. 

Check out a few of my other flying geese quilts here:
Liberty Quilt
Rows of Flying Geese
Flying Geese Baby Quilt 

Thursday
Apr232015

Glea Dress in Floral Silk

I'm working away on the Glea Dress sewing pattern. It takes so much testing to get a pattern ready and I'm sewing and drafting in between naps ;) I just completed the dress in this silk fabric that I designed and just couldn't wait to share.

Remember my sketchbook doodles? I've taken a few of my watercolor paintings and had them printed on fabric from Spoonflower. This particular fabric is a silk faille, it's a little on the heavy side for my taste but very comfortable as well as machine washable (plus!). Since the Glea Dress isn't super fitted, I belted this version to make it more form fitting. 

Now on to more testing!

Tuesday
Apr212015

Dressed for summer!

We made it! We got through that incredibly cold and snowy winter -- I just still can't believe we're right around the corner from bare legs and sunshine every single day. On a recent warm day, I broke out the bloomers and paired them with a tee..love it.

Thursday
Apr162015

So Biased

When I'm sewing up something that requires bias binding, I always roll my eyes. For some reason it's one of my least favorite things to make and often times use. I found the solution to my melodramatic issue -- pre-made, awesomely cute bindings! I need to go ahead and just stock up on a few these cuties from So Biased

Wednesday
Apr152015

Sketchbook Explorations

I keep several idea/sketchbooks. Some weeks I'm working in one every single day, and then other weeks they just sit on my desk unopened. I have one for quilting ideas, one for apparel, and one for mixed media (painting..drawing..etc..). Organized chaos, maybe? I find it necessary to my creative process to just put something on paper, even if most of the time I don't have a plan. I'm never sure if what I sketch will turn into anything but it's just a place to start, to play, and to fail. Do you keep a sketchbook or have another way of flexing your creative muscle?

Monday
Apr132015

Little Minis

I received just the sweetest bundle in the mail last week -- this adorable chambray romper from Little Minis for my daugther. Behind this little romper is a children's fashion line that is eco-friendly, fashionable, and function. The best part of the brand is that they use vintage dead-stock fabric for the garments. I love that!

I also love a garment that is well made and has small yet thoughtful details. The gold buttons on the pant cuff are the perfect touch. I paired the romper with gold Saltwater Sandals and a Hello, Shiso crackled hair clip.

And let's just all jump and shout for the beautiful spring weather we're experiencing here in the southeast -- perfect weather for a little romper :)

Wednesday
Apr082015

Glea Dress in Natural Linen

Remember this silk number from Selfish Sewing Week? I'm in the process of testing the pattern and went with a natural linen this go around. The linen makes it super comfy especially with the loose fit through the waist and hips. I'm getting closer to the release of this lady -- it sews up fairly quickly and I'm in the process of deciding whether or not to include side seam pockets, who doesn't love to have a dress with pockets?!

Monday
Apr062015

Insta-Lately

Hello, spring. Hello, April. From my feed...

- I taught a flying geese class at my mom's shop this winter and I am so close to finishing mine! I made it for my daugther and all I lack is actually quilting it...along with so many other un-quilted projects :) soon enough!

- Mercer is growing like a weed.

- Very close to finishing up the Glea Dress sewing pattern. Just in time for spring and warmer weather! I'll have a sneak peek of it in linen later this week.

- Fabric, as usual.

- Visiting our new hens.

- When I get stuck, I switch mediums! I've always enjoyed painting, it's like therapy..am I right?