Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + designer living in North Carolina




Entries in fabric (74)


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?).


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.


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.


Liberty Flying Geese

When I still had a line of bridesmaid and garden party dresses, Liberty of London was my favorite fabric to use. There is nothing like it! I was often sent swatches of the latest fabrics and held on to them because they were just too pretty to part with. I recently made the decision to do something with all those swatches and just started making flying geese..with no plan! But I'm loving what's happening...

I'm leaning towards a queen size quilt at the moment but we'll see how it evolves. It's nice to have a project on the back-burner that develops as you sew!


Tulip Pinafore Top

I purchased this pattern from Too Sweets etsy shop well before my daugther was born and only recently whipped up something out of it! That's very much not like me, but I'm glad I finally made something just in time for this summer heat. I made it out of Gentle Vines by Elizabeth Olwen. Here's a photo of the back..

I'm already scheming of ways I'd like to personalize the pattern a bit -- thinking of a making the back sweep with a scallop? Hmm..


Triangle + Mint Voile Sundress

I picked up a yard of voile in Triangle Tokens by April Rhodes and could not wait to whip something up. I love the mint color with small touches of metallic and you just can't go wrong with the softeness of voile fabric. I decided to adjust the geranium dress pattern so the bodice slopes downward from front to back. It's the perfect little sundress for my little one.


Mama Tops

Although I love to sew for my daughter, I enjoy making things for myself from time to time. As I'm gearing up for our second child and my belly continues to grow, I've making been myself tunic-like tops that will transition easily between maternity (right now) to my real-size wardrobe later on. 

Love, love, love this tunic pattern I've been testing out. I've made it in a cotton/linen navy herringbone as well as in a 100% silk green fabric. You just may see this piece again in (a possible) etsy shop I'm opening up in a few weeks! 

And this flowly bamboo knit stripey top that I find myself wearing nearly every other day! I used Vogue Pattern V8952 for this one.


Baby Quilts

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this photo of my tiny blocks. I'm finishing up a seris of baby quilts and could not be more excited to share. My workspace is in the back of my mom's quilting/sewing store and I often get the itch to piece fabrics together when I'm not busy sewing silk dresses. Before this new baby debuts in late August, I can already feel its going to be a summer of sewing...