Three new Quilts

Yesterday I posted the picture of my new Tardis Lap Quilt.

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Nicole did an amazing job designing the sprite.  I love the way it turned out.  I am going to splay with the pattern a bit and may make some changes.  I can even use the glow in the dark fabric for the white.  Speaking of glow in the dark, tomorrow I am posting my new Iron Man quilt.

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His eyes and reactor glow in the dark.  I also like the way he turned out.  There are a few small things I may change about him the next time I make him, but overall the sprite is good.  On Friday I am going to post Hulk.

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Just like the Thor, he makes me want to squeal and pinch his cheeks.I can’t think of anything I want to change about him.

All three of these quilt will be at Baltimore Comic Con in 2 weeks.  So if you are in the area and want to see these first hand, swing by and say hi!  As the convention gets closer I will post a map on how to find us.

Commissions

  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – Top Done
  • Lap Sized Green Lantern – Need to get fabric
  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Working on Pattern
  • Double sized Olaf
  • Baby Quilt

Wish List

  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Tottoro
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Tardis (double) – Started

Conventions for 2016

I am currently working on my Convention schedule for next year and have decided on a few:

Wizard World New Orleans 01/08-01/10 New Orleans, LA
Magfest 02/18-02/21 National Harbour, MD
C2E2 03/18-03/20 Chicago, IL
Wizard World St Louis 04/01-04/03 St Louis, MO
Anime North 05/27-05/29 Toronto, ON
Wizard World Philadelphia 06/02-06/05 Philadelphia, PA
Awesome Con DC 06/03-06/05 Washington, DC
Con Bravo 07/29-07/31 Hamilton, ON
GenCon 08/04-08/07 Indianapolis, IN

I have not yet been approved for Magfest, Anime North, Con Bravo, or Gen Con.  The others are confirmed and I have applied and paid for them.  You will notice that Wizard World Philadelphia and Awesome Con fall on the same weekend.  Nicole and I have decided to split conventions for the first time ever!  One of us will be at Wizard World Philadelphia and the other will be at Awesome Con.  We are deciding within the next few weeks who is doing which convention.  If you would like to see wither Nicole or myself at either convention, please let me know!  We can take that into consideration when we decide.

I have given myself a small break between the Forest City Comic Con in October and New Orleans in January.  I may decide to do the Christmas Show here in London, but other than that I am taking a small break.  It seems like the moment I finish a show I am immediately packing for another one.  This time will also allow me to catch up on commissions and create new quilts for the shows next year.  Because of this I am still available for commissions with a guarantee delivery before Christmas.  I will be closing commissions soon, so if you were thinking of getting something before Christmas, contact me soon.

Commissions

  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – Have Fabric
  • Lap Sized Green Lantern – Need to get fabric
  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Working on Pattern

Wish List

  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Tottoro
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Tardis (double) – Started

Meet the Hackers: Wizard World Chicago

I did it!  Well, I almost did it and I am pretty proud with my progress.  I didn’t get to all of the quilts I wanted, but I knew it would be a long shot.  I did finish 7 pieced quilts and 4 panel quilts.  Now to get to the pillows!  Oh.  Well, I ran out of time to make pillows so I am doing something I haven’t done before, sew at the show!  I am bringing all of my materials and sewing machine and making pillows in Chicago.  Speaking of Chicago:

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We can be found at booth F14 in Hall A in the Artist Alley.  So if you are planning on coming to Chicago swing by our table and watch me frantically make pillows!

Chicago WW 2 week list

  • Batman Lap – Done!
  • Tardis Lap – Done!
  • Tetris Lap – Done!
  • Superman Lap – Done!
  • Iron Man Lap – Done!
  • Hulk Lap – Done!
  • Professor Layton Lap – Done!

Commissions

  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – Ordered Fabric
  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Working on Pattern
  • Lap Sized Green Lantern – If this is you, please email me!

Wish List

  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Tottoro
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Superman – Done!
  • Thor
  • Batman – Done!
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Tardis (double)
  • Lap Tardis – Done!
  • Lap Tetris – Done!
  • Iron Man Lap – Done!
  • Hulk Lap – Done!

For Love of Seam Rippers

Everyone knows that quilting is my passion and that passion propelled me to start my own quilting business.  The more I quilt, the more I learn and the faster I become at creating my quilts.  It doesn’t matter how much I learn or how fast I go, I will always make mistakes.  There are habits I put into place to prevent mistakes (double checking the layout as I start to assemble is one) but when I make a new quilt it is hard to apply those habits especially if I am trying to rush.  This is what happened with Iron Man on Sunday.

I am in the middle of my 2 week challenge and had made some major progress on Saturday so was pumped to get the Iron Man quilt finished in one day.  I think I rushed way too much though because I made quite a few major mistakes.  Of course I didn’t catch them until I started assembling the rows.  The first thing that clued me in that I had made mistakes was this dangling little black piece.  As you can see from the pattern it isn’t supposed to be there.

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After fixing that mistake the next few rows showed that I had black all the way at the end of a row and that was definitely wrong.  You can see from the pattern that there should be no black on the ends of rows.  Unlike the previous mistake where I had only one piece to flip, this entire row was assembled wrong.

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So I lost about 2-3 hours ripping apart (with my wonderful seam ripper) my rows and reassembling them.  It is very very important to have a good seam ripper.  If you need to use the seam ripper you are already frustrated. You don’t want a bad seam ripper to add to the frustration.  I didn’t get the Iron Man quilt finished Sunday, but got back to work on Monday and finished him.  I love how he turned out.  I used glow in the dark fabric for his eyes and reactor so can’t want to see how he looks quilted and bound.

Now back to the challenge and finishing Superman today!

Chicago WW 2 week list

  • Batman Lap – Pinned
  • Tardis Lap – Pinned
  • Tetris Lap – Top Done
  • Spiderman Lap
  • Superman Lap – Working on Rows
  • Iron Man Lap – Top Done
  • Hulk Lap – Making Pattern
  • Professor Layton Lap
  • Get a Life Lap
  • Kirby Lap

Commissions

  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – Ordered Fabric
  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Working on Pattern

Wish List

  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom) – 2 week challenge
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Tottoro
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman – 2 week challenge
  • Green Lantern
  • Superman – 2 week challenge
  • Thor
  • Batman – 2 week challenge
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Tardis – Started
  • Lap Tardis – 2 week challenge
  • Lap Tetris – 2 week challenge
  • Iron Man Lap – 2 week challenge
  • Hulk Lap – 2 week challenge

Gen Con Wrap Up

First of all, if you are Patrick and commissioned a quilt from me on Saturday please email me!  The initial email address I wrote down doesn’t work and Square won’t give me you email.  You can reach me at tnitnetny@yahoo.com.  Now on to the show summary.

I had a very interesting thing happen.  I almost sold out of all of my quilts.  Normally I would be VERY excited about this, but I have Wizard World Chicago in just two weeks!  So, yeah.  I will be spending the next two weeks making as many quilts as I can and cramming it into that small little space.  I have updated my tracker below with everything I need to make on my wish list but I am going to have a special 2 week tracker with pictures I am going to update everyday including the weekend.  The day after I get back from Wizard World Chicago I am going to start on the Man’s quilt and then the rest after New York Comic Con.

So can I do the mini list in just two weeks?  If I do, it will be a record for me!  So keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter.  The more encouragement I get the more I hope I am not burned out.  Also, don’t forget I am doing the love draw for the Child’s Play Charity quilt this Saturday!  So if you haven’t bought your tickets, go do it!  www.raffleriver.com/app/raffle…

Chicago WW 2 week list

  • Batman Lap
  • Tardis Lap
  • Tetris Lap
  • Spiderman Lap
  • Superman Lap
  • Iron Man Lap
  • Hulk Lap
  • Professor Layton Lap
  • Get a Life Lap
  • Kirby Lap

Commissions

  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – Ordered Fabric
  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Working on Pattern

Wish List

  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Tottoro
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Tardis – Started
  • Lap Tardis
  • Lap Tetris
  • Iron Man Lap
  • Hulk Lap

Meet the Hackers: Gen Con

Tomorrow is the start of GenCon in Indianapolis, IN.  This is the second year that Craft Hackers will be there with Quiltoni, Rice Hat Samurai, and Craftigurumi.  You can find us here at Booth 1653:

ExhibHall Map with Links

In addition to bringing our Crafty Wares, we will be holding a Crafty Thinking panel.  It will take place Friday at 2:00pm in Crowne Plaza: Conrail room.  If you are thinking of starting your own business, or own one and want to grow your business, this is the panel for you.  This panel will feature David Lee Pancake and Rubiee Hayes.  There are only a few tickets left! https://www.gencon.com/events/73996  We will also be streaming it live.  If you are not able to attend Gen Con or the tickets are all gone, you can watch it through Hang With.  Subscribe to our channel and you will get a notification when we start streaming.

Speaking of Streaming, we will be streaming all weekend long again!  When we see something we just have to share, we will stream it on Hang With and then after we are finished streaming I will share it on our Craft Hacker Facebook page.  I am sure I will share a lot of awesome things including new interviews!

-Toni

Meet the Hackers: Con Bravo

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Friday is the start of Con Bravo in Hamilton, ON.  This will be my third time at Con Bravo and I can’t wait!  Craft Hackers will be there with Rice Hat Samurai, Absynthetika, Colorworld Books and Geek at Heart.  Geek at heart will be with me (Quiltoni) at the Craft Hackers booth.  You can find us here:

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In addition to bringing our Crafty Wares, we will be holding a Crafty Thinking panel.  It will take place Friday at 9:30pm in Albion B (panel room B).  If you are thinking of starting your own business, or own one and want to grow your business, this is the panel for you.  We will also be streaming it live.  If you are not able to attend Con Bravo you can watch it through Hang With.  Subscribe to our channel and you will get a notification when we start streaming.

Speaking of Streaming, we will be streaming all weekend long again!  When we see something we just have to share, we will stream it on Hang With and then after we are finished streaming I will share it on our Craft Hacker Facebook page.  I am sure I will share a lot of awesome things including new interviews!

Commissions

  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – Ordered Fabric
  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Working on Pattern

Wish List

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

Sprite Stitch Child’s Play Charity Quilt

It is that time of year when I do something with the second quilt I made that benefits Child’s Play.

Child's Play 2014-2

Members of the Sprite Stitch community spent an entire year cross stitching their favorite video game scenes. These cross stitches were combined into two quilts. The first quilt was auctioned at the Penny Arcade dinner auction November of 2014. You have the opportunity to win the second quilt, a one of a kind creation valued at over $5,000. This is the fourth year these quilts have been created. No two squares will ever be alike from year to year. All proceeds from this raffle will go to Child’s Play.

The raffle will be held Saturday August 8th at 5pm. I will hold the random draw live through Hang With. If you would like to watch the drawing live log in to the Craft Hacker channel at https://www.hangwith.com/user/crafthackers. Or to be notified when Craft Hackers streams live make sure to follow us.

Raffle tickets are only $3 a piece or $5 for 3 tickets.  To buy your own raffle tickets or to view each of the squares close up look at the raffle here.

 

Cathedral Window Quilts

I was finishing up the Magus and Tanooki commissions yesterday and was trying to think about what I could talk about on the blog today and I realized I hadn’t discussed the Cathedral Window Quilt I am making.  I have made a Cathedral Window Quilt before for a friend’s wedding present with the help of my mother using a machine method I found online.

It ended up being queen sized.  Obviously she is an Eagles fan and he is a Ravens fan.  I thought it would be a cute way to combine both of their loves.  There is no hand piecing in that quilt at all, it was all made using the machine.  It still took both of us three months to make.  I am a speed quilter and even my most complicated quilts only take me a month to make, but this took me three.  I swore off all Cathedral Window quilts after that (this was three years ago).

So fast forward to a few months ago.  I was trying to decide what to do at conventions while I was standing there waiting for people to talk to about Craft Hackers or Quiltoni.  I can street pass on my 3ds, but I don’t like to play games because I need to be aware of people walking by and make eye contact.  I used to cross stitch at conventions, but half the time I would have to be looking down at a pattern.  Out of curiosity I looked up hand quilting on line.  I ran across the Cathedral Window and took a look at it.  The hand made Cathedral Window is much much more time intensive, but it was exactly what I was looking for.  Even though I swore it off, I changed my mind to start working on it.

Cathedral Window quilts are beautiful and unique to the person that makes them.  The basic structure is the same, but the colors chosen can drastically change the look between quilts.  For example the traditional quilts have the interior blocks all different colors like Rocky Lopez’s quilt I found on Tumblr:

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You could even have interesting patterns that work within your quilt   I found this inspiring one by Gini Bellettini on Pintrest.

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I have decided to start simple for my first hand pieced quilt and am using an off white Kona for the background.  I purchased a bunch of Asian inspired fabrics for the middle, but am not sure how I am going to arrange it yet.  I am in love with my project now.  They are simple stitches that don’t take a lot of thought so I am able to sew while standing and chatting with people as they walk by.  Many people have approached me and asked what I was making.  I even bring it to places where I will sit for a few hours and won’t be able to quilt.  As I progress with my hand quilting I will share the steps and work that will go into it.  I believe this will actually take me a few years to finish, but I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – Finished!
  • Twin Sized Tanooki/Question Mark block – Finished
  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – All fabric ordered

Wish List

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

Too Many Games Wrap Up

I just got home from Too Many Games where I really enjoyed myself.  It is a different and unique convention where all types of gamers convene to find a rare video game, a new tabletop game, or just talk about their love and passion of games with others.  It was the first time I was able to be at a convention with Geek Mythology Crafts as a Craft Hacker member and I think that is what made my weekend really enjoyable.

Nicole and I also did a cool interview with Geekade.

If you are a gamer as well you should check out their Facebook and Twitter pages (as well as their You Tube) for lots of cool stuff.  I should be able to get the video of our Crafty Thinking panel at Too Many Games up this week.  It was interesting because it was the first time Nicole and I did it by ourselves.  You can really see how our business partnership works well by how we are able to let down our guards and have some honest conversations with the panel attendees.  The video will be made available here when it is up, but until then don’t forget you can see all of our live streaming as it happens or when it is finished over at Hang With.

Now I have a 3 week breather before Con Bravo and GenCon happen on back to back weekends.  Time to get to work.

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – Pinned
  • Twin Sized Tanooki/Question Mark block – Pinned (needs embroidery)
  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – All fabric ordered

Wish List

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