Awesome Con in 2 days!!

This is it.  Right after I finish this blog I will be getting in the car and traveling to Washington DC for Awesome Con this weekend.  I have been talking about it for months now and I am so excited.  I am going to be launching a brand new site that will be helping fellow crafters start or grow their own business!  If you come by my Quiltoni table I can give you a preview and talk to you about all of the benefits.  If you aren’t able to come to the convention then I will have all of the details with the website for you in next Wednesday’s blog.

Information for this weekend:

Where will you and Nicole be?

This is a great question since the convention is so huge this year.  We won’t be in Artist alley actually.  We have a large area with the vendors (even though we are still listed as artists).  Here is the map for the convention: http://awesomecondc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/20x24_ExpoHall_Map2.png.  We are in booth 537 in the lower left area of the vendors.

Where is the charity auction you talked about?

The charity auction will take place only on Saturday.  It is a one day silent auction from 10 am until 6pm where you will need to pick up and pay for your item at 6pm (the convention closes at 7pm).  It will be in room 203B.  I won’t be there during the auction (I will be at the Quiltoni booth) but will be there at 6pm to congratulate all of the winners.  ALL winners will be able to write off their winning bids as a tax donation to Child’s Play.

What about that Charity Quilt?

The current bid for the charity quilt is at $275.  That means the starting bid on Saturday will be $300.

What is this panel thing you are doing?

I am so glad you asked.  I am very excited to be on a panel with some other fantastic crafty ladies to talk about how we started our businesses, the problems we have run into, and advice for other crafters.  I will also be talking about the new site I mentioned above!  I will be video taping the panel and posting it on my new site so if you aren’t able to go to the convention you can still see all of the awesomeness.

Are you going to tweet or post updates on Facebook this weekend?

I am definitely going to try. If you went to the convention last year you may have seen how crazy it was.   If I see some awesomeness I have to share, then I will.  I will also try to send you pictures of my booth and anyone cool I run into.

See you in DC!!

Wishlist for GenCon

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Yoshi
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows
  • Triforce Pillows

Commissions

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Charity Quilt still going

The Charity quilt is doing well.  So far the bid is up to $200.  You can see the current bid on my home page at www.quiltoni.com.  Remember that you can send in a silent bid to my email at toni@quiltoni.com only until Tuesday April 15.  Then the quilt will be displayed at Awesome Con that weekend for the main silent auction.  The highest bid through email will be the starting bid in person.  If you are not outbid then the quilt is yours!

I am so excited for Awesome Con!  I am now in the Vendor area this year with Nicole instead of Artist Alley (although I am still listed as an artist on the program, not a vendor).  I can’t wait to play with my new set up for my booth as well as display some of the awesome panel quilts.  Starting tomorrow there will be a picture every day until the convention of all of the new quilts you will be able to see (as well as the commissions I have finished up).  So keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter.

Speaking of Facebook, if you haven’t seen their new policy, only a small percentage of people that like my page will see my posts unless I pay them money to show them to you.  I decided this is something I won’t do.  I feel if you like a page, then you should be able to see the posts!  If you would like to make sure you see the pictures and posts I put up (only once a day unless I am at a convention and want to share cool stuff) then follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Make sure you are at a computer (because it doesn’t work on mobile) and find the “Liked” button. (Thank you for clicking “Like” in the first place!

Step 2: Hover or click that button until a drop-down appears.

Step 3: The very first listing on that drop-down should be “Get Notifications”. Click that!

Now you should be notified in your notification section (where the globe is in the upper right of FB) every time I post. So you’ll never miss out!

Next week I will talk about all of the exciting stuff that will happen at Awesome Con as well as give you the map to where you will be able to find me.  I hope to see many of you there!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce – pinned
  • Yoshi
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario – pinned
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows
  • Triforce Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt – pinned
  • Cham Quilt – pinned

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Want to bid on the Child’s Play Charity Quilt?

As I promised a few weeks ago, here is your chance!

Charity2013-2

This quilt created by Sprite Stitch members is being auctioned off for Child’s Play at AwesomeCon in Washington DC on April 19th.  Can’t get to Washington DC but would love to place a bid?  I am accepting silent bids through my email at toni@quiltoni.com starting April 2.  The email silent auction will end on Tuesday April 15 at 5:00pm.  Each square is created by cross stitch to depict a scene from a videogame that is meaningful to the creator.  The squares are then sewn together and quilted using high quality fabric and Kona cotton for the backing.  It comes with s certificate of authenticity with the name of each contributor and the video game depicted.  All proceeds benefit Child’s Play.

I will respond to all emails and let you know if you are the current high bidder or if you have been outbid.  There is a space on the main page of my website at www.quiltoni.com that will show the current high bid.  It will be updated at least once each day.  The highest bid through this process will be the starting bid at the convention.  If no one outbids you at the convention, the quilt is yours!  Bids are in USD and are accepted from anywhere in the world.  You are responsible for shipping.  If you would like to calculate the cost, it will be sent from N5V 1J2 in Canada.  The weight is 5lbs.

If you do plan on attending Awesome Con, please come by the silent auction room and take a look at the quilt in person.  There are also other amazing one of a kind things that have been donated.  Nicole is making a special doll just for the auction, you could bid on a guest appearance in Hell, Inc, or Cuddles & Rage will make a sculpture of your animal and then feature it in their comic!  There are tons of other amazing things you will definitely want to see and it is all for charity!!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce – started
  • Yoshi
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario – Top done
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows
  • Triforce Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt – pinned
  • Cham Quilt – pinned

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Final Push For Awesome Con

I am now entering my final push for Awesome Con.  That means I am frantically finishing up the quilts I wanted to get done for the convention and finishing up the commissions that were promised before the convention.  I decided I have to get some Links and Marios finished since everyone always wants to see those.  My final pinning day is next Friday so if I can get the quilts I have pinned finished and those done then I will make either Yoshis or Tottorros.  If you are going to the convention which would you like to see?

I am also working on my new website for my new venture this week.  Everything seems to be falling into place.  I will give you a few tidbits next week about it.  The new venture will be based on the phrase “get your craft on”.  So if you are a crafter of any kind, or enjoy the hard work of others on crafts, this site will definitely be for you!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce – started
  • Yoshi
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario – Top done
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows
  • Triforce Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt – pinned
  • Cham Quilt – pinned

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Awesome Con

I am so excited for Awesome Con (the DC Comic Con).  This year is going to be so amazing.  I talked a few weeks ago about the guests (there are some amazing ones!) and you know I will of course be there, but there are two more exciting reasons to check it out.  I can’t talk about one of them yet, but once things are completely in place, I will!  The second reason is I am going to be on a panel with some amazing people talking about crafting!

We are still finalizing exactly what we will be discussing, but I have put together some amazing women that have done some awesome things with crafts.  We will all be talking about running our own businesses with crafting and how we got started.  Then we will have a Q&A.  If you have always thought about getting into crafting, or just starting your own business, you definitely want to come check out our panel.

Panelists with me include:Nicole, my partner in crime at conventions http://coliescutecrafts.deviantart.com/, Dana from Creatively Tinkering http://www.etsy.com/shop/creativelytinkering, Donna from Continuously Dreaming, and Liz from Cuddle and Rage http://cuddlesandrage.com/!  It is an amazing group and I can’t wait!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce
  • Yoshi
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt – piecing together
  • Cham Quilt – started

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Ganon!

I squeed a little when I finished Ganon.  I actually took him to a friends house yesterday when I went to pin some quilts and forgot my camera!  So he will have to wait until Friday to get his picture taken.  I absolutely love when I finally make that quilt I have always wanted to do and it just comes together.  From finding that right fabric to everything lining up properly, it is just so much fun to do!

One week left to left me know if you want to donate anything for the silent auction at Awesome Con.  I need to know how much space to let the organizers know I will need.  All of the money raised will go to Child’s Play, so it is an excellent cause.  If you are in Canada, you could ship to me here and if you are in the states you could ship to my parents in Maryland.  Or if you have a weekend pass and will be attending the convention Friday, you can bring it to me there!  The auction will take place only on Saturday.  So make sure if you attend the convention you make time to check out the awesome stuff donated.

I am slowly making my way through commissions.  I will also be doing some panel quilts for Awesome Con.  I haven’t listed them here because I want them to be a surprise, but pictures will be coming soon for some of them!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce
  • Yoshi
  • Ghostbusters – Done!
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Gannon Large Lap – Done!
  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt – laid out
  • Cham Quilt – started

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Awesome Con Charity

There are some amazing things that will be happening in the next couple of months.  The first is the work I will be doing at Awesome Con (the DC Comic Con).  One of the things that was missing from the con last year was a charity presence.  I brought this up to Ben (the fantastic guy that runs it) and he responded with, “well, do you want to take care of that?”  I of course responded with a YES!  So we will start out this first time with just a simple silent charity auction.  The beneficiary of this auction will be Child’s Play.

The first thing I am looking for is donations.  If you have something cool lying around your house that you don’t want and think it would be a great silent auction thing, let me know.  I am not picky and am looking for all types of things.  If you would like to make something for the auction, that would be even better!  Let me know as soon as you can if you are able to donate anything.

The second thing I would like to share is about this: http://quiltoni.deviantart.com/art/Sprite-Stitch-Charity-Quilt-2-2013-410874306.  If you follow my blog on a regular basis you know that is the second quilt that Sprite Stitch members made for charity.  I didn’t say what happened to it because it was saved for Awesome Con.  If you can’t make it to the convention you still have a chance to bid on this awesome (pun intended) quilt.  On April 2nd I will open it up for silent bids through email.  I will keep the current bid of the quilt updated on my facebook as well as my twitter page.  Bidding will be closed two weeks later on April 16.  The highest amount that the quilt has will be the starting amount at the convention in DC.  If no one outbids that internet amount, the quilt will be yours!

So very exciting news!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce
  • Yoshi
  • Ghostbusters – quilted
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Gannon Large Lap – quilted
  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt – panels cut out
  • Cham Quilt

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Ganon

I love creating new and exciting quilts and sharing the process.  For the past week I have been working on Ganon, a quilt I have always wanted to make.  I have been sharing the progress photos on Facebook and Twitter and have been loving every step.  I should get it pinned, quilted, and finished by the end of next week and can share the finished photo.  I find that a lot of people are interested in the villains, side kicks, and love interests, but most people still want the main characters.  This means that sometimes they don’t sell as quickly.  So while I really want to make more villains, side kicks, and love interests, I won’t unless they are commissioned.

I have some exciting news to share next week about Awesome Con, the DC Comic Con.  If you have been following the convention web site you may have seen that Billie Piper is going to be a guest!  This is exciting because it will be her first east coast appearance.  There are so many exciting things about this year and I can’t wait to talk about it next week.  Needless to say, you REALLY want to be in the DC area for Easter this year.  Not only will I be there with some friends (yes, Nicole will be there) but there are going to be some cool things I am involved in.  So tune in next week!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce
  • Yoshi
  • Ghostbusters – started
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Gannon Large Lap – top finished
  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt
  • Cham Quilt

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

Title and Sprite Quilts

I am so excited to get to work on some new commissions I have taken this week.  I have talked to quite a few people over the years about doing a larger quilt with the title of the game and a few characters below the name.  Both the Secret of Mana and the Final Fantasy quilts do exactly this!  It is hard for me to describe how a new design of a quilt will look to people.  I have a lot of quilts mapped out in my head (ask me about my king size Tetris one day) that I would LOVE to make.  Until someone is interested in one, I don’t make a pattern for it so sometimes it becomes a catch 22.

But now two people have asked me to make these awesome new quilts!  I am so excited to get started.  The Secret of Mana quilt takes 4 sprites directly from the game.  The Final Fantasy quilt will use 3 characters from both 6 and 7.  These sprites can’t be directly turned into a pixelated image (way too many pixels in the original).  So I needed to get a little creative and turn them into 32 bit sprites.  I am pretty happy with how they turned out and so is the person that commissioned it.  I can’t wait to share the finished product!

So the next month I will spend finishing off the Ganon, Queen/King Tshirt, and Cham quilts.  The faster I get these finished, the sooner I can concentrate on quilts for DC Comic Con.  I have plans on what I would like to get finished, but you know how plans work out.  On another note, if you are going to Awesome Con (the DC Comic Con) and would like to see a certain iron on patch there, let me know and I will make sure I have them made.

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce
  • Yoshi
  • Ghostbusters
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Gannon Large Lap – Working on Now
  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt
  • Cham Quilt

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt
  • King Final Fantasy
  • Queen Secret of Mana

World Wide Quilt Service

I was very excited yesterday when I mailed my first quilt out to someone not in the United States or Canada!  The Chrono Trigger quilt was actually for a lady in Japan.  I met her at Magfest where she was visiting the area.  She saw the Chrono Trigger I had made for a commission that wasn’t picked up yet and she wanted it.  Luckily I knew how much it weighed so was able to tell her the cost to ship it and it is now on its’ way!

The amazing thing was it didn’t cost that much to ship it.  It is just a simple lap quilt that weighed about 4 pounds.  It cost me about $17 to ship it so it was really reasonable, almost the same amount as it would cost me to ship it to the States.  The big difference is I don’t have any tracking on it (where to the States I would).  So I am a little nervous that her quilt is out there in limbo somewhere without the ability to see where it is.  It will also take about 2-3 weeks to get to her where it would take 3-4 days to send a quilt to someone in the States.  She is very understanding about my nervousness though so told me that she would let me know the moment the quilt arrives.  That makes me feel a little better.

I am always taking new commissions on quilts, but I am talking to a couple of people that have large quilts they would like made.  This means that the commissions may take longer.  As of today I am talking to 4 new people about quilts and the next one to put a deposit down would get their quilt started in June.  So basically what I am saying is if you were thinking of a Christmas gift for someone, you better book it now!

Wishlist for Awesome Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • 3 color Tetris player 2
  • Link w/ Triforce
  • Yoshi
  • Ghostbusters
  • Tottoro
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Mario
  • Tardis pillows
  • Enterprise Pillows

Commissions to do before Awesome Con:

  • Chrono Trigger Lap – Finished
  • Gannon Large Lap – Fabric picked out
  • Queen/King Tshirt Quilt
  • Cham Quilt

Commissions after Awesome Con

  • Twin Size Ghostbusters quilt 
  • Twin Size Ghostbusters 2 quilt