Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Mar022015

Blue Ridge Block

At the beginning of the year, I joined together with a few of my quilting friends and we started a modern quilting guild in my hometown of Wilkesboro, NC. It's been so fun to meet up with locals who are as enthusiastic as I am about sewing (even though I'm a newbie to this whole quilting thing).

Every month at our meetings we have a sit-n-sew and work on a block together. I'm putting together a block for next month and I went with something that was reminiscent of our name and geographic location, the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a simple block that uses a gradient of green/blues. I turned mine into a pillow and added very subtle embroidery stitching.

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