Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + designer living in North Carolina

 

 

 

Wednesday
Aug202014

Quilting + The Longarm

If you follow me on instagram (or even here on my blog), it's no secret that I've been bit by the quilting bug. After working so passionately on my spring collection of wedding dresses, I believe I've been yearning for an opportunity to experiment with color, pattern, and cotton. 

Even though I've been involved with my mom's sewing shop for a few years now, the idea of quilting never really interested me. But when I stumbled across a few unique quilts on pinterest, something sparked up inside of me. So here I am, almost 10 quilts later, intrigued by this creative world and wanting to learn more. 

I'm fortunate that my mom's shop offers longarm services and I have started dabbling a bit with the machine. It's an intimidating piece of equipment (her's can load up to a king size quilt) but to be able to have the control and ease of quilting on my own is really exciting. So I'm learning -- and it's so fun!

I'm working on figuring out my "quilting style" so to speak and have been trying to get a handle on using the machine as well as figure out stitching patterns and techniques that interest me. I'm very excited for the endless creative possibilities! And as you can see below, I have a helper who is obessesed with sewing and pinning (yes, that sounded dangerous -- but she now has her own pin cushion and carefully places pins into it...start young, yes?).

Monday
Aug182014

Persimmon Quilt Top

My mom just received a large selection of layer cakes and charm packs for her sewing store so I decided to take on two Persimmon charm packs and make this lap quilt. This collection has a nice color palette and I love it against the white base..now on to figuring out how to quilt it and finish it up...

Have I mentioned that I've been experimenting with long-arm quilitng? Oh yeah.

Thursday
Aug142014

Hello Honey Trunk Show: Aug 15 - 22

My collection of wedding dresses will be making a stop in Cookeville, TN for a trunk at Hello Honey! If you are in the area be sure to make an appointment.

Photo below from the Smitten Magazine feature -- Image by Alissa Saylor Photography

Wednesday
Aug132014

Sailboat Top

This is the second nautical themed garment I've made for my daugther which is actually pretty out of character for me. We didn't have the opportunity to vacation near the water this summer so maybe it was a subconscious decision on my part. Anywho! I went with this Oliver + S pattern in the shirt version with Sarah Jane Sail Away fabric. After I finished sewing it, I immediately questioned my decision to go with an all white fabric (even though it's super adorable) -- we're just in the middle of toddlerhood where everything ends up on her clothing..oh well :)

Monday
Aug112014

Nursery #2

My second daugther is due in just a few short weeks so we've been in the process of converting our guest bedroom/office into a second nursery. Although I love daydreaming about a beautifully decorated room for the bundle, I've found myself repurposing so many things that I already owned to create a simple, sweet little space. There are still a few things that need to be finished but I thought I shared a few photos of the progress..

Friday
Aug082014

Now Available: Aqua Triangle Baby Quilt

I recently added this triangle baby quilt to my etsy shop and I just love the colors in this one! It's a random half-triangle pattern with horizontal quilting lines and hand sewn binding. (update: SOLD!)

Wednesday
Aug062014

Mercer Tunic Sale!

This lovely tunic is on sale, friends...snatch it up! Sizes XS-L available.

Monday
Aug042014

Botanical Button-Up Tank

One of my pet peeves with children's shirts is when they creep up -- so when I make anything for my daugther I tend to add length to avoid constant belly exposure! I stumbled across this pattern in my stash and made this simple button-up tank with ruffle hem using Bonnie Christine's Sprouts of Joy fabric. I ended up adding about 2.5" to the length on this tank. Pattern is Butterick 3825.