Now for Something a Little Different

Today I am going to veer a little off course and talk about something I am very excited about, Con Man.  I was one of the many many people that backed this project on Indiegogo.  For those that haven’t heard of Con Man, Alan Tudyk decided to create a new show based around his life at conventions after Firefly with his friend Nathan Fillion.  As someone who has started to live a Con Life with Quiltoni and Craft Hackers this really really appealed to me.  If you haven’t seen their introduction video watch it here:

One of the reasons I am excited about this show (other than Alan and Nathan) is it will show a side of conventions I have grown to love that most people don’t see.  Behind the scenes of conventions there is an entire world of people that make their living off of your fandom (of course I am one of them).  Just like any other job these people work hard but they also love what they do.  The best part about the conventions is the attendees.  I have made so many friends just by talking to everyone that stops by.  Nicole and I look forward to certain conventions because of our “regulars” that make it even better.

I find myself recounting stories of the con when I return home so in the spirit of Con Man I want to start sharing those stories with you.  You may find some of them boring but they are all amazing to me and make the con life worthwhile so I am going to start sharing them.  At the Indiana Comic Con this Starlord did something that almost made me cry:

Not the Harlem Shake, but as he walked by my table a little boy dressed as a Starlord saw him and his eyes lit up.  This Starlord ran over all excited to see the kid and started talking to him from one Starlord to another.  The parents asked for a picture and he handed the boy his orb saying “you have to hold on to this, it is important” and took the picture.  After the picture he took the orb back and danced off into the sunset.

So each week I may share more stories.  I leave you with another Starlord serenading attendees at the same convention.


Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – pattern finished

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce
  • Tardis

Wizard World Wrap Up

I had such a great time at Wizard World.  Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations because I had heard such different things from people.  I had a wonderful time though.  I sold out of almost all of my pillows and a lot of quilts  including both of my Tardis quilts I had in stock!  This means I am working hard to replenish all of my stock for Awesome Con.

I received some sad news last week that the Queen Sized Link and Zelda commission had to cancel.  I didn’t get far enough where I was at the point of no return, but I was really looking forward to that finished quilt.  I did finish the three parts though, so I am turning each into lap quilts.  My goal is to quilt and finish them off before Awesome Con so I can unveil them.

The reason I keep mentioning Awesome Con is I am super excited for it this year.  Not only are Nicole and I returning with a Crafty Thinking panel, but we have so many of our Craft Hacker members and we are all in one area together!  I will talk more about Craft Hacker alley in two weeks, but it will be a lot of fun.  Now back to creating as many pillows and quilts as I can in just two weeks.

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – working on pattern

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – finished!
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce
  • Tardis

Meet the Hackers: Wizard World Philadelphia

Today is the start of Wizard World Philadelphia.  This is another first time convention for Craft Hackers and we are super excited to be there.  I will be the only person there with my quilts and pillows, but you can always swing by and chat about Craft Hackers anytime.

WW Philly

The booth will be located at G45.  That is all the way at the back left corner of the artist alley.  You know what else is back there and who I will have a direct line of sight too?

So look for the David Tennant and Billie Piper signing area and you will find us!  In addition to having a booth there we will also be having a Crafty Thinking panel.

DAY: SATURDAY

TIME: 2:00 – 2:45PM

 ROOM: 107

Crafty Thinking: Make money doing what you love
Do you own or want to own a business doing what you love?  Are you a crafter, artist, or entrepreneur and have questions on how to start or grow a business?  Join our panel of small business owners for a Q & A session to answer those questions.
If you are planning on going to Wizard World stop by and say hi and make sure you swing by our panel.

C2E2 Wrap Up

I had a great time at C2E2.  People have been asking me for years to bring quilts to Chicago and I am glad I did.  I talked to so many people about both my quilts and Craft Hackers.  I was so busy talking to everyone I never had a chance to do any shopping myself!  It was a great weekend and I am very happy I went.

I only have one week until I need to leave for Wizard World: Philadelphia.  This is also another new convention for me.  I am very excited to see more new faces and bring the Crafty Thinking panel to Wizard World.  I am making pillows like crazy this week so I can restock everything to show you all of my available pillows and quilts.  Next week’s post will have all of the information for Wizard World so keep a look out.

My plan for the Magus quilt is to get it started and at least the top finished between Awesome Con and Too Many Games.  I will make sure to post progression pillows as I work on it.

Commissions

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

Wish List

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

Meet the Hackers: C2E2

Friday is the start of C2E2, Chicago’s Pop Culture Event. I am very excited here at Craft Hackers as this is the first time I have had a presence at this convention! Yay! The Craft Hacker group will be located at Booth 1357, near the center.

c2e2

 

When visiting our booth you will see handmade goods from three different artist this weekend. I of course will have Quiltoni with my custom made quilts and pillows.  Nicole -from Craftigurumi- is bringing her dolls, plush, and -of course- her always fun hackesac pokeballs. Our third artist is a new member, Special Edition Soaps, who will be displaying her beautiful and aromatic soap creations.  We will of course have plenty of information on Craft Hackers with us as well. ;)

There won’t be a Crafty Thinking panel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask us questions about growing your own business! I will be around most of the convention to answer any questions that you may have wanted to ask at one of our panels. Feel free to come on over and chat!

Oh and yesterday was the one year anniversary for Craft Hackers!  If you didn’t see our Anniversary post you can find it here: http://www.crafthackers.com/?p=1674.

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