Charity Quilts started

I mentioned two weeks ago that I am getting ready to start the charity quilts.  I have finished washing and drying all of the squares and will start cutting them tonight.  When I lay out the Robin quilt for pinning I will lay the charity squares out and then take pictures of the arrangement for the Sprite Stitch members to choose their favorite.  I will also let them pick the fabric I use for the sashing and borders.

So that means a trip to Port Huron tomorrow to Joanns!  I always love fabric shopping so any excuse I get to go buy more fabric makes me happy.  I will try to pick fabrics that are different than previous years.  We have been trying to make each year unique.  I am also filming each step of the process and will post the finished video when the quilts are finished.  So if you ever wondered how I make them, now you can see for yourself!

My wishlist is steadily growing because I just haven’t had enough time to make quilts.  I hope I find a few days soon that I can replenish my stock.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • Lap Sized Robin – top done
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts – washed and ironed
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric Purchased
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Meet the Hackers: Forest City Comic Con

This Sunday is the Forest City Comic Con here in London, Ontario.  It is the first year for the convention and only one day but I am very excited for it.  We have 4 Craft Hackers for you to come visit too!  First, we can be found on the first floor of Centennial hall at booth 10.

The Craft Hackers attending will be myself of course (www.quiltoni.com), Rice Hat Samurai (http://thericehatsamurai.deviantart.com), Lindsay (http://craftylindsay.com/ ), and Geek @ <3 (http://geekatheart.deviantart.com).  So you get 4 of us in just one convention!  Unfortunately Nicole couldn’t make the trip up from Maryland for a one day convention, but the members from Toronto are trekking down to London.

Marc and I will also be having a Crafty Thinking panel from 11-12 in room B.  We may have a third with us from another artist or it may just be the two of us, you will just have to come by and find out!  As always I will be available for any questions about starting your own business or Craft Hackers at my table after the panel.

In addition to us, there are many awesome things to do and see so plan your day and check out the website at http://www.forestcitycomicon.ca/.

 

Almost time for the Charity Quilts

I am making some good progress in my commission list and will be starting the Charity quilts shortly.  This year I am planning something a little special and will be taping myself as I make the quilts.  So you will be able to watch me create those special quilts!  Before I can get started on them I still have the Robin quilt to make as well as a few more bags for the Forest City Comic Con.

If you live anywhere near the London area a week from Sunday will be the Forest City Comic Con.  This is the first year for the convention and has a lot to offer including some nice panels and some great vendors.  I am bringing a Craft Hacker team that will be offering all sorts of fantastic products.  So it is a convention you will not want to miss.  I will post next Wednesday with more information.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – Finished!!
  • Queen Sized Kefka – Finished!!
  • Lap Sized Robin – started
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric Purchased
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Meet the Hackers: Awesome Con Indy Edition

As you may have heard, the wonderful folks at Awesome Conventions are bringing their awesome convention flair to Indianapolis! Nicole and I loved our time in Indianapolis back in August, and we’re so excited to come back with such a great con!

If you’d like to come and see us, we’ll be at tables E2 & E3 in the artist alley.

And if you’ve been thinking about becoming a member, or just want to talk in person about tips for helping to get your own home run business started, then please come see us at our Crafty Thinking panel! It will be held in room 112 on Sunday, October 5th at 2:15pm.

Looking forward to a great weekend and if you’re in the area we hope to see you there! ^_^

Awesome Con – Indianapolis

Next weekend Nicole and I will be at Awesome Con in Indianapolis.  ”Wait” you say, “isn’t Awesome Con in Washington, DC?”  Yes!  But now Awesome Con has expanded to include Indianapolis and Milwaukee.  We are not able to attend Milwaukee, but we will be at Indianapolis next weekend and will bring our Crafty Thinking panel as well.

The guest list is unbelievable.  You can see Adam West, Alan Tudyk, Bryan Tillman, Bryan Turner, Burt Ward, Kevin Sorbo, Mark Sheppard, and so many many more.  I am so excited that they are bringing Super Art Fight to Indianapolis!  If you haven’t seen super art fight, you REALLY need to.

I will have all of the details with where we will be and when our panel is in next week’s blog.  In the meantime, I finished both the swap quilt and the Kefka commission so am very excited to be on track with the commissions.

Today I am finishing up the bags I am making for Awesome Con and tomorrow I plan on working on block 2 for the Craft Hackers Quilt a long (just in case there is a problem with the pattern again).  Friday I am taking pictures of the quilts I just finished before sending them out and starting the Robin quilt.  So I am a very busy woman and can’t wait to head back to Indianapolis next weekend!

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – done!!
  • Queen Sized Kefka – done!!
  • Lap Sized Robin – pattern made
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts
  • Queen Sized Imperial – fabric ordered
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Working through Commissions

As I said last week I have officially closed commissions that are guaranteed by Christmas.  I am still taking commissions for after Christmas, but remember I do them in the order that I accept the deposits.  So if I talk to you and give you a general idea of time and someone else places a deposit before you, that will push back the time frame of your quilt.

That being said, I am pinning the swap quilt and the Kefka quilt on Friday.  I should be able to get them quilted and finished off this weekend for shipment next week.  I am also working on some more quilted bags and pillows for Awesome Con Indianapolis.  My goal is to have everything finished for the convention by next weekend and then I can get started on the Robin quilt.  I am excited to finally do a Robin to compliment the Batman quilt I created.  It won’t be the same style, but even cooler with Robin in an action pose.

I then plan on working on the Charity quilts.  These are the cross stitched squares that members of Sprite Stitch members created depicting some of their favorite video game scenes.  I will turn them into quilts and send one to the Penny Arcade dinner auction and auction the second one at one of the conventions I will attend next year.  This year I am going to video myself making them to share how they are created for the Craft Hackers site.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – top finished
  • Queen Sized Kefka – top finished
  • Lap Sized Robin – pattern made
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Awesome Con (in Indianapolis)

I am so excited to be going back to Indianapolis already for Awesome Con.  Expanding out to two more cities Awesome Con will bring all of the awesome guests, panels, events, and excitement it had in DC this year and I am so excited to be a part of it.

The only problem I am running into is finding booth slaves!  I have 2 extra passes to the convention but can’t seem to find anyone that will be available that weekend to help out.  So if you know of anyone please let me know!

I have now officially closed commissions for Christmas.  If you haven’t already talked to me about making a quilt then it will be too late to receive it in time for Christmas this year.  In addition to conventions and existing commissions I am also a manager at Michaels and we are starting to ramp up for the busy season so I may not have a lot of time to quilt.  I don’t believe in taking orders if they can not be 100% fulfilled.  BUT I can still take commissions, I just can’t guarantee them by Christmass.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – top finished
  • Queen Sized Kefka – half finished
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts

Secret Swap Quilt

I have finished the top for the Sprite Stitch secret swap and am very happy with how it turned out.  When my person receives the quilt I will share the progress shots I have been posting on my facebook along with the final picture of how it turned out.  I tried something I haven’t done before and can’t wait to do it again.

Next up is Kefka.  The person that commissioned it wanted the classic Kefka sprite but a queen sized quilt.  I took 2 sprites that she loved and alternated them in a panel style quilt.  I think the pattern she decided on looks fantastic and am excited to get started.  I am almost finished cutting the fabric up and will post a picture tomorrow.

I also started the first square of the Craft Hackers Quilt a long.  I learned the hard way if I am going to do a quilt a long I need to make the square before I posted it.  There was a problem with one of the measurements and I had to start over.  Luckily I figured out the problem and no one else had started the square.  So future squares will be tested out before posting them to find any problems.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – top finished
  • Queen Sized Kefka – started
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made

Commissions

I am officially closing commissions on Monday for Guaranteed Christmas delivery.  If you have been on the fence about a quilt for someone for Christmas Monday is the last day I can accept a deposit.  I am planning my last few conventions of the year and need to figure out if I will be able to make anything for them or not.

I did take two more commissions at Awesome Con and can’t wait to get started on them.  I am about halfway through the Secret Swap quilt (I have been posting some pictures on Facebook and Twitter) and can’t wait to be able to talk about it.  I am doing something I have never done before by twisting an old and beloved character with something unique.  I can’t lie and say I did see someone else do this concept but I have adapted it in my own way.

The next quilt up is the Kefka quilt.  This is a cool pattern that takes the original Kefka and has four panels showing different sides of Kefka.  I am so glad they want the really good quality fabrics that allow me to use a much better palette of colors that will make him pop.  I will definitely be updating my facebook and twitter with a lot of different patterns.

So right now I am only going to concentrate on commissions.  This means I will probably not have anything new for Awesome Con and the London Comic Con.  So I have updated my wishlist to reflect what I want to make for Magfest.  I will still have all of my regular quilts, pillows, and bags to show for you at Awesome Con though!

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – Half done
  • Queen Sized Kefka – Pattern Made
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made

Gen Con Wrap Up

This was my first time in Indianapolis and it was absolutely amazing.  We had such an amazing time and met so many wonderful people.  We set up our table on Wednesday and were ready to go on Thursday!

The hall was GIGANTIC!  I know it took a lot of people a while to find us tucked into that corner.  This was the view of the hall from around the corner.

And that is just one tiny part of it! The best part was the entire city got into the Gen Con spirit.

    

The Craft Hacker panel went amazing and we had some great questions about starting your own business.  MANY thanks to Ben from Awesome Con for joining us!

Speaking of Awesome Con, Craft Hackers is coming back to Indianapolis in October for the first Awesome Con here!  I am so excited for the fantastic guests that will be there!!

We had such an amazing time at GenCon that we have already booked for next year.  I can’t wait to come back to this city in two months!

Wishlist for Awesome Con /Forest City Comic Con

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – Pattern Made
  • Queen Sized Kefka – Pattern Made
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial