Guest Book Quilt 

The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by. It seems like 2 weeks ago that my best friend got married! However, it's been almost a year now. She's joined the Air Force, finished basic training, and job training, and I still haven't started her wedding gift; a guest book quilt! This is now my top priority, because according to the Internet, wedding gifts are supposed to be received by the first wedding anniversary. My deadline is coming up very quickly!

We cut out many rectangular pieces of muslin, and then set up an area at the reception for guests to sign the fabric, or share some advice. I will definitely be doing something similar at my own wedding next Fall. This is definitely a more useful way to display and enjoy your guest book. The only thing I would change, is to make it more clear that guests should not write within a 1/4" of the edge of the fabric. I'll be cutting off some writing when I sew these blocks together!

Have you seen these wedding quilts on Pinterest? Have you made one, or are you planning to make one?

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Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:03:00 AM Categories: Ideas Works in Progress

gadget gal 

I have completed my blouse, and I am so thrilled with how it's come out! I've already told you about the Hong Kong finishes, so let's talk about the other gadgets i used.

Meet the "sew ez finger thing"! $9.95/each

This is a multi-purpose tool that you can use for whatever you find use for. When I was working with my Hong Kong finishes, I found this guy very handy when it came to pressing down the binding. It saved my fingers from multiple burns because it kept my finger at a safe enough distance from the hot, hot, hot steam coming from the iron!


Never misplace another buttonhole again, with the simflex expanding guage! $19.00/each

(also pictured, pattern weights $15.29/set of 4, clover tailor's chalk $2.50)

Simply pull the gauge to the distances you want your buttonholes to be apart, and then mark them!

Some of the Bernina machines have an on-screen button measuring device. all you do, is hold up your button, and tell the machine how big it is. Then, it automatically adjusts the size of the buttonhole, so you end up with a perfectly perfect result!

See that yellow circle on the right, on the bottom? You just put your button on screen, and adjust the yellow circle around it!

I love Bernina buttonholes, because unlike most things in my life, I only have to tell it what I want once, HA! Once you tell the machine what size you're looking for, it just keeps making them that exact same size until you tell it to stop.

The next tool that I adore is the buttonhole cutter ($29.99). How many times have you sliced through your buttonhole with a seam ripper or scissors? They just aren't the right tool for the job!

This sharp, chisel edge cuts clean and easy through the center of your buttonhole, and nowhere else. The wooden block is included with the cutter, and protects your work area from scratches and slices.

I was very disappointed that I had chosen buttons that I had to hand-sew on, considering how much I love the #18 foot!

And here is my #bathroomselfie of the finished top! Cindylee taught us how to bead in the last wearables club, so I added some pearl beads to the collar. I am planning to wear this to the upcoming Wearables Club, on July 19th, so stop by and check it out in person!

My next project will be the Albion Jacket, made with some laminated Riley Blake fabric that just arrived.

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:27:00 PM Categories: Challenges Completed Projects Gadgets Pattern Review

hong kong finish - tutorial 

Are you following along with We All Sew's Indie Pattern Tour? They are on Week 2!

I am currently working on a Colette Pattern called 'Hawthorn'. It's a very easy to fit and put together. I've decided to make the peplum, and to make it sleeveless. For my wardrobe in this weather, I'm either inside (too cold), or outside (comfortable). Therefore, the sleeveless option makes the most sense for me. Having no cardigan outside, I am comfortable, but when I do enter the AC, I don't have sleeves to fight with under my cardigan. I'm not quite done with my blouse yet. I went wedding dress shopping with my mother this weekend, so I didn't get any sewing done. So, let me tell you about one of the techniques I'm using on my Hawthorn top!

I did Hong Kong finishes on all of my inside seams. They look fabulous and neat and expensive!

Hong Kong Finish ~ Tutorial

First, cut yourself 1 1/4" strips from whatever fabric you're going to use as binding. These Hong Kong finishes are designed for straight seams, so no need to cut bias strips.


Press your seam open.

...Then stitch the right side of your binding to each side of the seam.

Remember, we're only working with the seam, not the garment itself. Do not stitch anything to the garment, only the seam allowances.

Hello again, #37D!

Press away from the seam from the wrong side.

Press the binding down to the top of the rough edge, and then over your seam.

Once you've pressed the binding, throw a few pins in just to hold it all in place.

Now, from the top of the seam, topstitch a 1/4" from the clean edge of the binding. It should be perfectly stitched on top, and very neatly stitched on the back.

What's great about the Hong Kong finish is that it dresses up unlined items. As you can see this looks amazing with a contrasting fabric.

For my Hawthorne, I used beautiful black voile by Free Spirit, and then I used a black and white pindot for the finishes. It's just a little bit of something for the inside. I've finished my buttonholes, so now I need a hem on the bottom, I need to finish the binding around one of the armholes, and I need to sew on buttons. Almost there!

What are you working on? Share in the comments, or post on our Facebook!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:21:00 PM Categories: Challenges Ideas Tutorial
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