Time with Family

I haven’t made a lot of progress on quilting this week.  I managed to finish the third part of my queen sized commission, but haven’t had a chance to pin the second set I made of them.  My goal is to get them pinned and quilted before Awesome Con and unveil them there.  I am really happy with how the new patterns for Link and Zelda turned out.

I also had a lot of fun Saturday for International Tabletop day.  My family and I visited all of the participating stores in London where we live.  Then we spent the remainder of the day playing Pathfinders.  It was a fantastic day.

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I encourage everyone to take time for your family.  No matter how busy I get with Quiltoni and Craft Hackers, we always make time for family game night (or game day on Saturday).  They make all of the hard work I do in my life worth it.

Commissions

  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – Finished all 3 parts, needs assembling
  • Double Sized Magus

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – Top done
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – picked fabric
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce

International Table Top Day

I have almost finished the pieces for the Link and Zelda commission.  Because she chose basic fabric I decided to make two of each part and will turn the extras into lap quilts.  I reworked my classic Link to the Past sprites and really like the way they turned out.  I hope to have them finished for display at C2E2.

I am also excited for this Saturday, International Tabletop Day.  London is celebrating it with a game crawl all over the city.  Jord and I are definitely doing it.  This means I will probably miss the Caps last game of the regular season against the Rangers, but being able to participate in a game crawl only happens once a year.  If you are in the London area and want more information check it out here: http://londongamecrawl.com/.  If you are doing something, let me know and I may see you along the way!  Or if you want to see if there are any events near you, the list can be found here.: http://tabletopday.com/.

I have almost finished the pillows for C2E2 and of course a whole new batch of fabric is released so of course I had to have it.  I bought new panels including Avengers, Olaf, and Nightmare before Christmas.  I also bought some amazing new character fabric for pillows including Marvel, Nightmare before Christmas, and Superman.  I can’t wait to start creating with them.

Commissions

  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – Working on part 3
  • Double Sized Magus

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – Top done
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce

April Fool’s Day

Today is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I know April Fool’s Day isn’t really a “holiday”, but it I consider it one.  I haven’t been too successful pulling jokes on people, but I love reading about jokes others have done.  This is why I want to share some of the links I wrote about on today’s Craft Hacker blog.

First up is food.  Kid’s cooking Activities has some great recipes kids can help cook including this cake that is really a meatloaf.  All Recipes has a great selection of recipes you can make for your family including these Cereal Treats that look like Sushi.  Now for the pranks!  April Fool Zone has some classic pranks you can do (most are even crafty) including this “pickled head”.  Lastly Molly Schmitt on Pintrest gives us 34 wonderful April Fool’s Day pins including this great prank using soap.

Have fun with these ideas and please share any pranks you do or find!  I am starting a thread over on the Craft Hacker forums to share any jokes or pranks I find today.  If you find any, please share them!

If you look at my quilt wish list each week it doesn’t look like I have accomplished much.  This is because for the last two weeks I have been working non stop on pillows.  I only have a one week break between C2E2 and Wizard World Philly and then a two week break until Awesome Con.    I want to be able to work on quilts during this time so am trying to stock up on pillows now.  Hopefully I can get working on quilts soon!

Commissions

  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – 2 of 3 parts made

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – Top done
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce

C2E2

C2E2 and the New York Comic Con are two conventions that only allow traditional artists and no 3d artists in their artist alleys.  In the past I couldn’t justify the cost of getting a vendor booth for my quilts.  I have run into this with a lot of 3d artists which is one of the reasons I started Craft Hackers.

One of the benefits of membership is the ability to share a space under one studio name (Craft Hackers).  This allows me to have an area at C2E2 this year!  I will have more information about where we are (I got to pick the space and LOVE it) on April 22 the week of the convention.  So if you are one of the MANY people that have been requesting me to go to C2E2 make sure you swing by and say hi.

I have also been working on a few commissions.  Even though I am not quilting as much because I have been making pillows and working with Craft Hackers doesn’t mean I am not taking and making commissions.  Quilting has become my passion and my love again.  The biggest obstacle with turning your hobby into a business is not having a hobby anymore.  I haven’t made a quilt for myself or a loved one in over two years.  I am changing that and have decided to make a few fun quilts again when I have time.

First up is another cathedral window quilt.  I know I have said numerous times I would never make one again.  This time I am making it slowly and won’t burn myself out with all of those little pieces of fabric.  I am also hand making it instead of using the machine.  This will allow me to take it wherever I go and work on squares when I have free time.  When I start to have some progress I will post some pictures.

Commissions

  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – 2 of 3 parts made

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – Top done
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce

Tardis Fabric!

Joann’s now carries Tardis fabric!  I was very excited to hear about the new line of fabrics now available while I was at the Indiana Comic Con.

Carol and I spent the whole ride back to Canada Monday hunting down as much as we could!  So I will have some awesome new pillows with this fabric at C2E2.  :D  I am also having Megan (the corset lady I featured on Craft Hackers) make me a few corsets with the awesome fabric I was able to track down.  I can’t wait to show off my new convention wardrobe!

Commissions

  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – Part 2 of 3 finished

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – Top done
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce

Meet the Hackers: Indiana Comic Con

This weekend is the Indiana Comic Con in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The convention has all sorts of awesome guests like Carrie Fisher and Jenna Coleman.  I will be the only Craft Hacker at the Craft Hacker booth which means I am bringing all of my quilts and pillows to show off.  Everything I have in stock is coming with me.  If you have been wanting to see any of my quilts in person this will be a great chance to do it.

The Craft Hacker booth will be at Booth 908 in the Vendor Area.

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We will also be having a Crafty Thinking panel Friday night at 8:30 in Room 136.  Even though I am going to be the only Craft Hacker doesn’t mean the panel isn’t going to have awesome people.  I am going to feature:

I hope to see you there this weekend.  Make sure you stop by the Craft Hacker booth and say hi!

 

 

Future of Quilting

While talking with some friends the last week I was asked the same question on four separate occasions, “Are you still going to be quilting?”  The reason this question kept coming up is because I have been focusing a lot more of Craft Hackers than Quiltoni.  The simple answer is yes and no.

I have been extremely blessed that Craft Hackers has taken off as much as it has.  It has only been 10 months since it launched and has completely changed in just that period of time.  The blog itself has gone from just Nicole and I trying to post when we can to a team of four that post on set days while coordinating the content so the readers are always reading something new.  The membership has gone from three people that believed in my vision to a group of sixteen members that collectively help each other and don’t just rely on my opinions.  Craft Hacker members have become a family to me and I can’t wait to grow that family even more.

Which brings me back to the question of “am I still quilting”.  I have been making a ton of pillows because they are easy to transport, display, and ship.  Creating and selling pillows is allowing me to expand my convention list and not have to worry about paying for them.  I am still quilting in a small capacity though.  My first love (other than my family) is quilting so I will always quilt.  I am still taking commissions.  Other than commissions I may make a quilt here and there to display and sell.  So if you visit me at a convention I may or may not have quilts with me.  I will always have at least 2 examples of quilts to show for commissions though.

I am not stopping Quiltoni and my quilt business.  I will continue to blog on Wednesdays about what I am doing and working on, but you may see more about conventions and Craft Hackers.

Commissions

  • Smile Pillow – Finished!
  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – Part 1 of 3 finished

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce

Panels

I LOVE doing panels at conventions.  There is something about the interactions with a group of people that just makes my day.  Being involved in a panel always just seems to put me in a better mood.  Capricon was the first time I was involved in a panel that didn’t involve Craft Hackers and it was great.  I loved talking about my fandoms and learned even more about myself.

The Crafty Thinking panel went REALLY well.  Capricon puts together their panels themselves so I was able to work with three business owners that I didn’t know before the panel.  Deb is a fantastic entrepreneur and suggested that we have a hand out with some of the great resources available to business owners and I completely agreed.  With her help I now have a great resource to share with people that attend my panels at future conventions.

I plan on video taping all of the Crafty Thinking panels I have in the future for two reasons.  First, those that attended the panel can look at it again if they couldn’t remember some of the answers and second, those that weren’t able to attend the panel can still watch it.  Here is the video from the panel at Capricon:

The video can also be found here: http://youtu.be/tqptjgz1tR8.

If you haven’t started following Craft Hackers on You Tube, PLEASE follow us!  Once we reach 100 subscribers then I can create a custom web address for our You Tube channel. I really want to do this, so even if you don’t watch a lot of You Tube if you make an account and help us out I would really appreciate it.

Commissions

  • Smile Pillow – Pieces finished, needs assembling
  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – Part 1 of 3 started

Working On

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Link with Triforce

Science Fiction Conventions

This past weekend I was in Illinois at my very first Science Fiction and Fantasy convention.  Nicole volunteers for Balticon so she has told me many times that these conventions are a little different than what I am used to.  I saw what she means first hand.  First, it is a much smaller convention.  Being smaller isn’t a bad thing though.  Everyone there was super nice and welcoming including the convention attendees.  They had free food and drinks for everyone, and some fantastic things to do.  Overall it felt like I had entered a small town and left the big city.  I really enjoyed it and will try to get back there again next year.

I am headed to Maryland this weekend to work with my parents for two weeks so am spending this week catching up and preparing.  I am taking inventory of my pillows to fill all of the gaps.  I am also deciding which quilts I want to make next.  This way I can bring all of the materials with me and work on them while I am in Maryland.  I am leaning towards making a superhero or two since I don’t have any made right now.  I like the idea of making Spiderman or some of the Avengers with the announcements and new movies coming up from Marvel.  No matter what I decide I will definitely keep myself busy.

I have also been having the urge to make a traditional quilt.  I haven’t made one in almost two years.  I really want to make a Bargello quilt.  It is a quilt made up of tiny squares that seems to move and flow with color.  I have also even considered a cathedral window quilt.  I know I swore them off, but the squares are small enough I could carry them with me and work on them while I am at conventions.  Either way, I still have a lot to do this week.

Commissions

  • Smile Pillow – Working on now
  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November)

Working On

  • Red Mage
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Link with Triforce

Meet the Hackers: Capricon

Capricon in Wheeling, Illinois starts today.  Capricon is a general science fiction and fantasy convention that dabbles in gaming and pop culture.  It is a four day convention with a ton of great programming.

Speaking of programming, I will be there and will be on two panels:

SQUEE!!! – Thursday, 02-12-2015 – 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm – Ravinia A
We all periodically say “SQUEE!” at something from the SF/F genre, otherwise we wouldn’t be here at Capricon. We also have non-genre things that make us “SQUEE!” What gets your geek going?

Crafty Thinking: Creating a Business from Your Hobby – Friday, 02-13-2015 – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Ravinia A
Interested in making a business out of that hobby you love? Come join our diverse panel of small business owners to talk about the joys and headaches of the homemade business.

They have a lot of great guests including Margaret Weis.

They haven’t published the floor map yet, so I don’t know where the Craft Hackers booth will be located, but I am sure if you come into the vendor/artist area you will be able to find me!

If you are in the Illinois area, make sure you come by this weekend.  I am really excited for my first convention in the area.