Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Dec182014

Handmade Stockings

I started making these stockings (from this pattern) over two years ago! You know me, I like to take a pattern and make it my own, so I ended up using the pinwheels and chevron just along the top of the stockings and finishing off the bottom in a linen upholstry fabric. I trimmed them out with satin and grosgrain ribbon. Just need real stocking hangers now instead of just tape!

Tuesday
Dec162014

Christmas Cards 2014

I teamed up with Minted again this year for my Christmas cards. My family went through so much this year with my newborn daugther's heart surgery that I wanted a card that would allow us to share a little more than normal and give us space to express our gratitude. Minted had these booklette cards that did the trick! They gave me the space to share photos of my girls and give thanks, especially since we didn't get around to sending out a birth announcement.

And I just couldn't help myself with the heart theme because of my little heart baby :)


Thursday
Dec112014

Gem Tunic 

You know how I love to add sleeves to most of my patterns, right? Had to do it with this one as well! I made this blouse twice this past summer for my daugther (here and here) and this time around I went with a cotton lawn fabric (Gems Truly Outrageous from Cotton + Steel) and contrasting coral buttons. I love how this one turned out..now I'll have to add a few more to my sewing queue.

Monday
Dec082014

Christmas Tree Skirt

I took a quilting class this summer to make a christmas tree skirt and I just finished it! Thank goodness I started on it many months ago, right? Anywho, I went with solid fabrics in red, white, and green and a chicken wire binding. I LOVE how it turned out -- Charlie Brown reminiscent, yes?

I loaded it on the longarm quilting machine which required a LOT of basting since it was circular. Once on, I quilted in the white and and darker green areas. 

Tuesday
Dec022014

Baby Chicken Hats (Beanie or Toboggan)

Where I am from, we call it a toboggan -- but no matter how you say it, this is probably the cutest baby hat ever. Covered in my signature chicken print, this knit hat is perfect for keeping tiny heads warm! Just listed in my etsy shop for babies 0-6 months. 

Monday
Dec012014

Cyber Monday - Fabric Sale

I've got great news! It's Cyber Monday and fabric in my Mom's etsy shop is 15% off! All types of patterns, styles, colors, etc. I hope you enjoy -- get to sewing! And if you need more yardage than what you see listed, just send a convo and she'll try to get you fixed right up!

Discount Code: happyholidays

You'll be able to find several fabrics I've used for things I've made for my daughter (examples below) all of which are now searchable at the top of the page under the tab "clothing gallery"!

Wednesday
Nov262014

Giving Thanks

Oh what a year it has been. I've experienced some of my happiest moments this year and some of my saddest -- and nearly everything in between. I've relinquished control during difficult times and have learned how amazingly kind people can be during hardship. I'm incredibly grateful for so much this year, but also look forward to a new chapter of life in the new year. I also thank you all for stopping by my little space here and following along..

photos from my instagram

Monday
Nov242014

Herringbone Quilt Kit

My mom's fabric store carries fabric from the Cotton + Steel line and I love working with a mix of patterns from their collections. I recently put together this herringbone quilt top featuring three prints and a solid. It's a simple and fun quilt to make so I decided to package the appropriate yardage and directions together in a kit, which can be purchased here. I prefer to make the half square triangles (HST) using the "magic 8" method -- meaning you can get 8 HST from just two pieces of fabric. Now on to figuring out how I'd like to quilt and bind it...

Oh, and can you believe how golden this photograph is? It's just screaming fall in the background with the leaves and wind!

And here's a close-up -- I love how the white just brings it all together!