tied with a ribbon's yule christmas tree skirt 

a charming tree skirt, great to update your holiday decor, or give as a gift!

Tied with a Ribbon's Yule Christmas Tree Skirt

How sweet and charming is this tree skirt!? One of the fun things about being in a new place, is that we get to decorate for the Holidays! I found this pattern, by Tied with a Ribbon, on Etsy a couple of weeks ago. She's got quite a few whimsical, adorable, droolworthy patterns available. I've completed the tree skirt, and I'm working on the applique for the tree skit. I've got all the pieces stuck on with heat'n'bond, just need to get them stitched. I'm using the triple straight stitch for applique, it has a charming hand embroidered look to it.

I used Superior Razzle Dazzle couching thread and bobbin work for the star detail and the fairy lights. It adds just enough sparkle.

I used lovely Kaufman linen for the main fabric. I thought it added a really nice modern edge to this project. I'm planning on using the orangey-pink of that one house for the binding fabric. The directions don't call for lining this, but I definitely want to hide all of my stitching on the back.

What are you working on for the Holidays? Are you making gifts, or making home decor? Share your projects here in the comments, or on my facebook page!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Saturday, November 15, 2014 11:14:00 AM Categories: Completed Projects Ideas Pattern Review Works in Progress

iron maiden 

broken iron iron maiden daley by the yard

SO THIS HAPPENED. My poor iron is currently being held together by washi tape. Which really isn't the safest idea, but I had a project to finish. The only upside, is that now I get to get a new iron!

Some of you have heard a few of my horror stories about this iron. We have an Oliso here in the shop, with little legs that lift it up off the ironing board. I got used to the little legs. But my iron at home has no legs. Irons generally can't be left face down on the board. OOPS.

But now that I'm faced with the decision of purchasing a new iron, I want to know all of my options. I figured we've all been here, are here, or will be here, so this will be a great reference.


 

Oliso

The Micro Fine Smart ~ The TG1050 may be the most standard of the Olisio irons but make no mistake, it is no average steam iron. It boasts a soleplate 3.7 times thicker than the industry standard. Why does this matter? The sheer weight of the soleplate retains more heat and creates pressure so you don't have to. Worried about the weight? Don't be, with Oliso iTouch technology you never have to lift up the iron! 2 year warranty available directly from Oliso.com ($129.99, available at Daley By The Yard) *This is the one we use in the classroom!

The Ultra Precision Smart ~ Have a wrinkle-free ironing experience with the micro fine smart iron! With effortless glide, the ultra-premium soleplate with beadblast chromium finish delivers scratch resistance and durability, and has a pointed detailer for pressing close stitches. Continuous horizontal or vertical blasts of powerful steam are provided by the Tripleplay Xtremesteam function, with an anti-drip system to prevent spitting and leaking while the iron is hot. Deep, penetrating heat allows for quicker pressing times, while iTouch technology allows the iron to stay horizontal and raise or lower with a touch of your hand - no more repetitive lifting, and less risk of burns! Includes an extra large side-loading water tank for easy access, quad auto shut-off, a 10'8" cord with 360-degree pivot. 2 year warranty available directly from Oliso.com ($179.99, available at Daley by the Yard)

The Pro Zone Smart ~ Features include: premium stainless steel soleplate with large pressing surface; premium bead blast finish; optimized iTouch technology with extra-wide scorch guards for maximum stability; pro-level extended safety auto-shut off; auto-lift. 1800 watts with 12 ft. long cord. 2 year warranty available directly from Oliso.com ($199.99, available at Daley By The Yard)


 

Rowenta

First Class Travel ~ Remember this little bugger from our grand opening? This compact iron is a high performance iron that performs traditional ironing tasks with ease. It is ideal for crafting, quilting, and travel. Features include: A Microsteam Stainless Steel Soleplate that allows for superior glide and temperature distribution; Burst of Steam: provides a powerful burst that is both vertical & constant at a steady rate; True Dual Voltage:two heating elements ensure the iron is as powerful at 120 volts as it is at 240 volts; Full range thermostat; Water tank capacity 2.4 oz; A handle that folds flat for storage; Includes a travel pouch. All consumer product concerns should be handled with Rowenta directly. ($50.00, available at Daley By The Yard)

Pro Master ~ The DW8090 Pro Master is the newest generation of the professional iron with a dramatic new European design and updated features. The new Microsteam stainless steel soleplate with precision tip offers advanced steam distribution and professional results. The increased variable steam and burst of steam performance simply melts wrinkles away. All consumer product concerns should be handled with Rowenta directly. ($125.00, available at Daley By The Yard)

Eco Intelligence ~ A revolutionary energy saving iron that reduces the energy consumption of an iron, while maintaining professional and efficient quality. Exclusive steam optimization system offering 3 settings: Dry, Eco, and Boost. Integrated anti-scale system removes impurities for long lasting, clean steam. With a soft grip handle and a large soft-touch rear that provides extra stability when iron is on its heel. ($150.00, available at Daley by the Yard)

Pressure Iron and Steamer ~ The Rowenta DG5030 Pressure Iron & Steamer saves time and money and you still get professional results. This is an ironing system that provides all the efficency of a commercial ironing system. Unrivalled steam performance for profesional quality results. Pressure steam on demand is delivered via a 6' steam cord, and the compact base and 12' power cord provide convenience. The large 33 oz water tank for up to 1 1/2 hours of ironing autonomy, combined with the stainless-steel soleplate reduces ironing time. ($215.00, available at Daley by the Yard)


Well, I can tell you right off the bat what my decision will be. I just got a notice from National Grid informing me that energy bills will be up 33% November 1st-April 1st. But I do the bulk of my sewing in the winter!! I've got my eye on that Eco Intelligence from Rowenta. As much as I love the little legs of the Oliso, I can enjoy them when I'm here at the shop. All of these irons are great. Oliso and Rowenta are both superb companies. There's something for everyone in this mix. I know Jan Bickford uses the Pressure Iron and Steamer from Rowenta. I'm sure you've seen it if you've taken her classes!

Which iron do you use? What features do you enjoy, and which features do you wish you had? Share your story here in the comments, or on our facebook page!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:13:00 PM Categories: Gadgets

a 'well-composed' question 

Anna Maria Horner's new patterns finally arrived here at the shop. I took one look at the 'well-composed' blouse, and I had to have it. In every color. We sold out of this pattern after I posted this photo on Facebook, but I should be restocked at some point on Friday!

erin daley daley by the yard well composed blouse

My weekend is Sunday and Monday. My fiance also has Sunday off, so usually not much sewing gets done. Monday, however, is my day. Joseph goes off to work, and I have the house to myself. My last couple Mondays have been all about unpacking boxes, putting things away, cleaning, and all that boring stuff. Now that we're all moved in, I can get back to normal. My goal was to make 3 of these blouses. I've got 2 complete, and one is just cut out. The well-composed blouse is effortless. It's got an easy fit, great with a cami underneath and a cardigan over it. It's absolutely perfect for fall's in-between temperatures.

Featured Fabrics:

lotta jansdotter for windham fabrics, $10.70/yard

wee gallery for dear stella, $10.70/yard

Needless to say, i love this blouse. it's comfortable, and it's easy. Putting it together was a snap. There are literally 3 seams. i used bias tape to finish the neckline, cuffs, and bottom hem. My tip for bias tape on clothing? Do it backwards.

well composed blouse daley by the yard binding

Stitch the right side of the binding onto the wrong side of the garment. Then, fold the tape over the right side. Then, use an edgestitch foot with your needle position a few ticks to the right to stitch the tape on the right side of the garment. With this technique, you have more control over the visible stitching.

well composed blouse daley by the yard binding

This way, you have neat (not perfect) stitching on the inside of your garment, and perfect stitching on the outside. In this one case, it's what's on the outside that matters!

 well composed bloue daley by the yard binding

My "well-composed" question is: why aren't we using "quilting" fabric for making garments? Fabric designers are imagining their fabrics in all sorts of projects; ranging from curtains, dresses, quilts, napkins, pillows, table runners, etc. We need to recognize these fabulous, high quality, high thread count fabrics for their full potential - everything.

rashida coleman hale tsuru quilt market

Check out Rashida Coleman-Hale's quilt market display for her Tsuru line. Bags, dresses, chair, ottoman, and lampshade. I don't see any quilts at all! After seeing a few look books for quilt markets this year, this is the trend. And why not? Woven cotton drapes nicely, it's comfortable, it's inexpensive, it's easy to work with.

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:12:00 PM Categories: Challenges Completed Projects Ideas Pattern Review Tutorial
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