Together, we can end the ocean plastic crisis

4ocean was born on a plastic-covered beach in Bali, Indonesia

Alex and Andrew, have been around the ocean their entire lives. They both grew up on the Florida coast, swimming, diving, fishing, and surfing. After becoming friends in college, they saved up their money for the surf trip of a lifetime to Bali. When they arrived, they found a beach that was completely covered in plastic, with trash-filled waves delivering more garbage with each break.

They asked a local why such a popular, and otherwise beautiful, shoreline wasn’t kept clean, and were told that the beaches had been cleaned just hours earlier. The trash they were wading through had only just washed ashore.

Their eyes were immediately opened to the magnitude of the ocean plastic crisis, and they vowed on the spot to try to do something about it.

So they created the 4ocean bracelet and pledged to pull a pound of trash from the ocean for each one purchased, using the profits to scale cleanup operations, make donations to ocean-related nonprofits, and build an organizational infrastructure to support future growth.

4ocean also has other single-use alternatives available on their website. Reusable shopping bags, YETI tumblers, collapsible travel straws, and totes

Shop 4ocean Now

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Efficient Twists for Foundation Paper Piecing

Mary Ann Sprague, of Mary Ann’s Makings


Foundation paper piecing always elicits strong reactions in quilters. Either you
love it or hate it. I’ve never met anyone on the fence. As I was learning to
quilt, I took several paper piecing classes, and enjoyed the idea of creating an
intricate design using only straight lines, without having to fuss with exact
measurements, angles or precise cutting. All I needed was a printed paper
template.

Of course, the technique also had its frustrations. I invariably cut fabric larger
than needed to avoid mistakes. Angled pieces were hard to visualize which
direction to flip, and it could be hard to ensure the seam allowance was covered. It was frustrating to make a mistake and rip out the seam, all the while hoping the template paper stayed together long enough to sew the seam again!

Eliminating the Guess Work Out of Paper Peicing

Over time, I became comfortable with paper piecing, but it was still a slow
process and wasted fabric that got trimmed off along the way. As I developed
my Falling Leaves patterns (MAM-120 and MAM-125), I looked at simplifying
the assembly process. I identified fabric sizes for each template piece, and
made a chart of fabric sizes to pre-cut before assembly.

To properly leverage all these pre-cut fabric pieces, I created assembly tables
for each block. Each template consisted of the familiar lettered and numbered
pieces, indicating assembly order. Next to each piece was the corresponding
fabric and size needed. With this table, it became as simple as picking up the
next fabric piece to be sewn, positioning it on the template paper, and sewing.

With the help of my co-author, Julia Deal of Sew Artistic, we further improved
the process, creating a cutting chart that simplified the cutting. By cutting the
indicated widths of fabric (WOFs), and then sub-cutting the WOFs into the
listed sizes, it became possible to pre-cut all needed fabric and accurately
predict yardage for a finished product, reducing fabric waste significantly.

The cutting chart and assembly table eliminated the guesswork for foundation
paper piecing. I could cut all the fabric for my pattern, and then chain stitch
multiple template pieces at one time, increasing the time savings even more.

Organizing Your Pre-Cut Fabric

All of this pre-cut fabric was sometimes difficult to distinguish specific sizes, so
I also added labels to help with organization. I found it handy to lay out the
fabric pieces and labels on a board or nearby table, in increasing size, as
shown below. Then, the next piece was in an identifiable place and within
reach.

All my foundation paper-pieced patterns use this cut ahead and block
assembly technique to maximize fabric and time. My most recent pattern, the
Twisted Table Runner (MAM-135 – https://www.quiltwoman.com/patterns/twisted-table-runner-pattern-mam-135/ ), goes a step further and provides charts to create five different table runner sizes.


This simple preparation and assembly technique takes a great deal of pain out
of foundation paper piecing and enables you to easily create intricate designs
more quickly than ever before. Check out my other patterns on
QuiltWoman.com, https://www.quiltwoman.com/mam-mary-ann-sprague/ .

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Give the gift of Handmade!

Local/Handmade/Artisan/Market/Gifts

Here at Farm & Fancy, we have carefully curated some of the best artisans from our area to provide unique, one of a kind handcrafted gifts for you and your loved ones. We offer greeting cards, prints, jewelry, home decor, furniture, bath & beauty, glassware, wall art, tote bags, clothing, kitchenware, pins, stationary and more. Check out our Cafe Corner for delicious delectable’s we have waiting for you such as farm fresh brown eggs, chocolate’s, honey, kombucha, CDB tea’s & coffee’s, fiz soda’s and baked goods. We keep a rotating assortment to tickle your fancy. 

Now carrying Special Touch Bakery Pies!

Each season offer’s something new for you to do at Farm & Fancy as we are such much more than just a store.

Make sure to check out our event calendar for upcoming classes, workshops, tastings, pairings, pop up shops and festivals! 

Creative Classes will be starting in January 2020!!!

Store Location

14877 Ridge Road West

Kent, NY 14477

585-283-5303

www.carpentersfarmandfancy.com

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A Great Place to Christmas Shop!

Handmade Decor by Ashley, Debbie, & Lisa

We re-purpose, design & add our personal touches to everything you see!

On Route 98 in Albion, NY is a very impressive gift shop especially for those who like the farmhouse decorating style. Many handmade gifts by 3 local artisans located in a historic downtown building that is a treat to see in itself. Below this shop is a huge consignment shop with so many different things to browse through. Both shops are within a block of Town & Country quilt shop.

Come visit and shop:

Red Check Rustic at 117C North Liberty Street Albion, NY 14411

Or check them out on Facebook

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Welcome to a New Designer

Hi, I am Charisma Horton over at Charisma’s Corner. I am a new pattern designer; however, I have been in the quilting business for the last 10 years as a longarm quilter. I own three longarms and I have been quilting for people all over the world. I love that I get to work from home. I was able to raise 6 children while quilting and to be there for all of them was a HUGE blessing. Now that 5 of them are on their own, I have more time to dedicate to this new adventure of pattern designing.

One night last summer I decided to submit a design to a magazine on a whim and it was accepted the next day. I was over the moon excited. I felt like that was a sign that I needed to start this business and keep going. So far, I have been picked up in 7+ publications. So, I started my business.

Due to the fact that I have several quilts come across my frames, I see many quilts from all styles, materials and techniques. I love all of them. I feel privileged that so many people trust me and I love each and every one. Because of what I see, I am inspired and that diversity is reflected my own design work.

I have modern, traditional, wool applique, Christian and embroidery designs in my shop. I like to mix mediums and styles. Most of my wool embroidery designs are brighter colors with a mix of embroidery stitches. You will see in most of my works that I tend to mix many designs whether it’s fabric choices, quilting designs, or embroidery stitches. One overall stitch or design doesn’t seem to hold my interest. I tease that I have no attention span so I have to shake things up!

Lately, I have finished this great monthly mini series called, A Gnomie Year.  I created 12 gnomes, one for each month using wool applique on cotton backgrounds. They are mini quilts that measure 29×31. These guys are so fun and a great way to reflect the changes in the seasons. They are sure to bring a smile!

Charisma Horton’s patterns are now available on QuiltWoman.com.

Visit our website today to see our full selection of patterns.


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Island Vibes

Linda J. Hahn here from Frog Hollow Designs in beautiful Palm Bay, Florida!!


I am super duper thrilled to share that I have a new (and my first) fabric collection called ISLAND VIBES coming to stores in March 2019!  This collection is by Banyan Batiks for Northcott.  There will also be a 5 spool collection of Aurifil 50 wt threads to match the fabrics!  


The fabric colors and textures are inspired by those found in the islands – beautiful teal seas, pastel homes, and hibiscus flowers!  The swatches can be downloaded directly into EQ from Northcott’s website….www.northcott.com. 


My best friend and business partner, Deborah Stanley, and I have come up with several pattern designs that feature the Island Vibes fabrics.  We put a lot of thought into the pattern names…..all are “island” themed!  The patterns are suitable for a confident beginner and are in full color (with the fabric swatches).

Check out…..Sea Salt, Castaway Cove, Sand in My Bikini, Rum Swizzle and Ocean Commotion, as well as Sea Breeze and the Islander Tote!

Click here to see our full selection of patterns by Linda Hahn.

Linda is most happy to visit with your guild to present a lecture and workshop!  Please contact her at Lawnquilt@aol.com.  You can visit her website at www.froghollowdesigns.com

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When A Quilt Nerd Met A Train Geek Online, A New Comic For The Crafty Inclined Was Created

I’m a life long hobby enthusiast… quilting, knitting, doll house miniatures: you name it, I am into it. But I never thought my love of hobbies would lead to not only a new romance but what is turning out to be a pretty funny new web comic that quilters and knitters are literally in stitches over.

“By the Yard” is a web comic that I created shortly after I met a model train geek on a quasi-reputable online dating site. At first it seemed we had little in common other than we were both tall. I was a talkative MIT-trained software engineering manager from Cambridge, he was quiet, laid back wood worker and landscaper from the South. But his accent was charming (and he was very cute) so we started dating. We quickly found out we were both hobby nerds to the extreme: he was into scratch-built model trains; I was – as I might have mentioned – into more crafts than you could shake a pair of knitting needles at. We spent many of our early dates driving to train shows and quilt shops. We found out we both hoarded craft supplies, bought WAY too much hobby stuff and were forever starting a new project before the prior one was even finished. No horizontal surface in either of our houses was safe from the spread of hobby stuff.

As a long time fan of comics, I had drawn many comic strips for VooDoo Magazine (the only intentionally funny publication at MIT) and had a self-syndicated comic strip called BizToons that ran for years in old-school newspapers, but I hadn’t picked up a pen in quite a while. I had stopped cartooning in order to earn an MBA and focus on my day job. Life with Train Guy proved to be far to entertaining (not to mention covered in sawdust and thread) to pass up a chance to start a new comic strip about a Quilt Nerd and a Train Guy who found love… “By the Yard”.

“By the Yard” has received overwhelmingly positive responses by tens of thousands of hobby fans each week on a variety of Facebook groups ranging from knitting and quilting to model trains. Other hobby geeks are enjoying seeing themselves in the comic, whether it be hoarding craft supplies before a snow storm or trying to hide their latest purchases from their significant others. I’m delighted with the positive reception “By the Yard” has received and am taking that as tacit approval to buy more fabric.

Moving Day

Four Yards

New Car

Snow Day

Not on My Cutting Table

Holding Hands

Taking Forever

Quilt Girl & Train Guy

More about the author…

Jen Lopez is also a pattern designer and owner of www.sewfun.com where she has designed and sold patterns since 2009.

More info: bytheyardcomics.com | Facebook | Instagram

View Jen’s patterns here.

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Creating Celtic Knots and Endless Weaves

 

Over and under, round and round. Don’t let the lines touch.

I used to doodle little spirals on the sides of my notes in school. Once I even filled an entire page with the little loops and twists that weren’t allowed to touch. It became a challenge to create a design with as many loops and twists as I could.

It’s no wonder that I was fascinated with the artwork of M. Escher and Celtic knots. Escher’s tessellated images shifting from one image into another or the misdirection of his three-dimensional images were wonderful to stare at.  Celtic knots in their own way wove endless paths.

When I started quilting thirty some years ago, I loved the appearance of a well-done attic window quilt and did several for my children, with fish or dinosaurs behind the “windows”. When I learned how to machine quilt with my mom’s Singer Featherweight, I naturally shifted to stipple quilting, or “doodling” as I call it. Adding the quilted design over a quilted top became another passion for me.

Then, two years ago, I joined with Julia Deal of SEW Artistic to start creating and testing patterns.  We each wrote patterns and tested each other’s. That’s when I got the idea to try a Celtic knot quilt. I wanted to emulate the three-dimensional appearance of the drawings I so admired, and searched for a way to add the shadows and depth to create that richness.  The only Celtic knots I’d found created the over-under effect using appliqué, binding tape, or using multiple colors for the weaves.

Paper-piecing provided the complexity and the simplicity that I was looking for. I have been able to show more depth with the introduction of shadow fabrics.  MAM-130 Celtic Weave Quilt pattern is the first of my paper-pieced Celtic weave quilts.

You can check out the quilt pattern here.

There are more Celtic blocks in the works that will be interchangeable with the ones in my Celtic Weave. I’ve also been experimenting with creating a more realistic three-dimensional appearance. Like the Celtic knots, my passion for Celtic knots is endless.

 

By Mary Ann Sprague

 

You can see our full selection of MAM patterns here.

 

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Boo!!!

Trick or Treat…. Smell my Feet…. Give me something good to eat…..

When I was a kid, we used to chant this as we went from house to house. I remember us all
running around the neighborhood in our costumes. One year I was a robot… I made my costume out of a refrigerator box wrapped in tin foil. I had a small slit cut to see out of and a ‘deposit candy here’ opening with a pillowcase hooked to the inside of the box to catch the candy. This was one of those costumes that in theory was awesome, but the practicality of it…. not so brilliant. I could barely navigate front steps. It was hilarious! I thought it looked like a robot, but I’m sure I just looked like a huge box wrapped in tin foil hobbling down the street. It turned out to be unseasonably warm that year… so I baked inside of my toasty box… I could have been a microwave!

Halloween last year, my sweetie and I.
We are supposed to be Ragnar and Lagertha, but
I’m afraid we look more like Hagar the Horrible and Helga…lol…

Bat Mats

So let’s get to some spooky fun! I can’t wait to show you some of the fun projects I have for
you! I made a bunch of Bat Mats… they are so stinkin cute and are a great way to use up leftover scraps of Halloween fabric.

Wrap a Bat Mat around a bottle of wine for an adorable hostess gift…

Stuff a Bat Mat in a mug with candy for your friends!

Make a bunch of Bat Mats and sew them onto some orange and white bakers twine for a batty garland to welcome the little zombies that visit this Halloween.

Jack-O-Lantern

I love that fall is right around the corner. I am looking forward to the cooler days and the sound of the leaves crunching under foot. I am already thinking about Halloween and have been having fun doodling… I came up with this mischievous Jack-O-Lantern that’s sure to make your trick or treaters giggle. I’ve put the design on a tea towel from Dunroven but this design would be wonderful on a 10-minute table runner, apron or made into a mini quilt.  I pulled some festive fabric from my fabric stash, this is a great project to use up some bits and pieces you may have in your sewing room.  Let’s get stitching! You will need a copy of the pattern… Jack-O-Lantern can be found on the QuiltWoman.com website… Fabrics in the following colors, orange, orange print, black, black print and gold. I used Heat-n-bond lite, and Lana Wool in black from Aurifil. For cutting my pieces out, my applique scissors from Olfa work wonderfully.

I’ve traced all my applique shapes onto the paper side of the heat n bond. grouping together pieces that will be cut out of the same color.

I have all my pieces cut out and ready to iron onto my tea towel.

Using the pattern placement sheet as a guide, place your pieces onto your towel. Remember to peel off the paper on the back.

Then using a buttonhole stitch on your machine, stitch along the edges.

To add a little extra detail, I ‘drew’ my star like I would as a kid. Sewing from point to opposite point.

Instead of using my regular thread, I used Lana Wool from Aurifil. This thread is a bit thicker and requires a bigger stitch size. I adjusted my machine stitches accordingly using a 3.5 width and 3. length. Play around on some scrap fabric and see what you prefer to use with your machine.

~ Jack-O-Lantern ~

Hope that you like Jack, I think he’s adorable! Now I’m off to find some pumpkin spice coffee and do a little sewing. I hope you have a great day and find some time to do some sewing. Both of these patterns can be found on my website.

Happy Quilting,

Cindy and Belvedere

Click here to purchase the Going Batty Mug Mat pattern

Click here to purchase the Jack-O-Lantern pattern.

Click here to see the full selection of Quilt Doodle Designs patterns.

 

 

 

 

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Jeanne’s Bags

I’m Jeanne Nivard of Jeanne’s Bags and have been a quilter for 20 years.  After making quilts for my HUGE extended family, I needed to come up with new gift ideas.  Quilted purses were getting very popular so I tried my hand designing my own bags.  My family and friends loved them!  I am in love with fabric and still enjoy making my free-motion quilted purses.  The finished products are available online on my Etsy and Amazon-Handmade shops  A few local shops carry my purses and I still enjoy participating in local craft shows around the Holidays.

Purses are a very individual thing. We all love certain colors or design. That’s why patterns are so handy. I started putting some of my designs to pattern a few years ago. You can choose the fabric you like in the purse style you like. The same style purse can have such a change in mood just by changing the fabric. Best of all, no one else will have your exact purse since you pick out your fabric design. I see purses not only as a functional thing, but as a piece of art – functional art! See Jeanne’s Bags patterns here.

 


JULIA – Cross-body satchel. Zips closed, front zip pocket. Pockets inside.

VERONICA – Shoulder bag with pockets inside and outside. Grommets hold the handles.

DIANA – Small shoulder bag that closes with a magnetic snap on the diagonal flap. Pockets inside.

 

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