We had so much fun at Con Bravo. I love seeing people I haven’t seen for awhile and I love meeting new people and I did both this weekend. I loved talking to everyone about Craft Hackers and of course about my quilts. The charity auction was also a success. They raised almost $1500 for Child’s Play! I am super happy and want to thank everyone that bought something on Sunday for charity.
Gen Con is only 3 weeks away! I can’t wait to go because this will be the first time I am going to visit Indianapolis. I get to see a new group of people and make some new friends. We are also bringing the Crafty Thinking panel to Gen Con as well. So mark your calendars for Friday at 6pm. It is a free panel so if you have ever thought of starting your own business or want to grow your existing business, you should definitely come. I am in the process of solidifying my line up of guests so look for those announcements soon.
You will also see a new quilt on my commissions I am really excited about, Kefka. This is going to be the classic pixel Kefka in a 4 panel style Queen sized quilt. There will be 2 Kefka sprites used with an alternating pattern. I can’t wait to get started on it, but first is the Sprite Stitch swap quilt. When will I find time?!! I will probably just end up making a Tardis for Gen Con. Unless of course if someone is going to the convention and would like to see a different one let me know!
The blog is a day late (and almost didn’t happen) because I am still scrambling for Con Bravo. I think this is the first time I am still not finished with what I need to get done. It looks like I will be up most of the night with last minute preparations! I am also talking to a couple of people about commissions so need to make some patterns as well. All of this on top of Craft Hackers and I am one busy busy woman!
I am super excited that Nicole is on her way up to London for the first time to attend Con Bravo with me. She has made it through the border and has her temporary work permit. So if you are coming to the convention this weekend you can see her work up close. If you haven’t had a chance to see her dolls and are coming to Con Bravo then you are in for a treat. I loved this convention last year and can’t wait until tomorrow.
I am also helping out with the Charity Auction that will benefit Child’s Play. If you have something you would like to donate to the auction and will be coming to the convention, feel free to drop it by my table Friday or Saturday. I welcome any and all donations.
Next up is Gen Con, but let’s get through this weekend first.
So it seems my post last week somehow was lost in world of the internet! I don’t even have a draft of it! Too bad I can’t remember what it was about. I am sure it was about Con Bravo next weekend so that is what I am going to talk about again since it is fantastic convention that I can’t wait to be a part of.
Con Bravo is an annual convention of everything geeky. http://conbravo.com/. I had a fantastic time last year and can’t wait to do it again! I will be in the artist alley again this year under the Craft Hackers table at G05. I am not sure where that will be yet because the map isn’t quite up, but hopefully it will be up next week. If not, just grab a map when you get to Con Bravo! There are tons of great panels, events, and things to do so try to make time to come by next weekend!
Unfortunately I missed the email (not sure how!) and lost my chance to have the crafty thinking panel at the convention. So instead I am going to give you the chance to pick my brain personally and not in a panel setting. If you wanted to learn more about how you can start your own business by doing what you love or take your existing business to the next level and are going to be in the Hamilton area next weekend (you don’t even have to attend the convention) I will be holding an after party! More details about where and when (after 8pm because that is when the Marketplace closes) will happen in next weeks post, but make sure to mark it on your calendar. This will be a free event. I am going to have it at a bar/restaurant so I can eat and drink while we sit back, have a good time, and talk about you. See you next weekend!
If you missed it, here is a post I put up a few days ago on Craft Hackers. If you don’t read Craft Hackers on a daily basis, why not?! It has fantastic artists that create crafty things, DIY tutorials, and crafty awesomeness including craft contests where you can win real prizes! The current contest is ending soon and the next ones starts in a week, so get crafting!
Learn to Quilt Tutorial
Many people don’t know I offer one on one quilting lessons through Skype to help design quilts, learn new quilting techniques, or help to finish off a quilt. But most people don’t want to pay for private quilting lessons to just learn the basics of learning to quilt. So I send them off to the internet to learn the basics first, then I help them refine those basics and learn more intermediate skills. If you have ever been interested in quilting, then here are some of the videos and sites I recommend that have some great easy and basic patterns with step by step tutorials.
And then there is my favorite, favorite place for super easy to follow beginner patterns, quilt in a day. This site and series of videos and books are fantastic to learn a lot of beginner techniques like which way to iron your seams.
I had a great time on Saturday at the Dundas Street Festival. I brought along Craft Hacker member Yurtle to sell her cards and Scrapbooking products and she did amazing! I am sure she had a great time as well. I met a lot of new people and stayed busy the entire day! It was my first art/craft show that was not video game or comic book related and it was my first time at an outdoor event. Even though I was a little worried I really shouldn’t have been because it was amazing! I can’t wait to sign up for my next craft show.
My next event will be Con Bravo. I had a great time last year and am looking forward to it this year. One change from last year is they have invited me to help with the charity auction. So just like the DC Comic Con I am asking for some help. If there is anything at all you would like to donate please let me know! I can take hand made things, gift certificates, or anything hanging around the house. I need to know as soon as possible if you can help out and appreciate anything you can do.
This weekend I will be at the Dundas Street Festival in London, Ontario. It is a Fringe event festival with and I am excited to be part of it. The London Community News wrote the following about it:
The street festival will feature free family activities, street performers, artist vendors and live music. The activity will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and wrap up at 5 p.m.
Nuit Blanche runs that evening from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. and will feature over 20 different artist installations/sites that will be open for exploration, interaction and discovery.
In between, 39 theatre groups are participating in the Fringe, presenting comedies, dramas, historically based productions, musicals, dance shows – practically everything a theatre fan could imagine. The full lineup is available online at www.londonfringe.ca.
I will be taking part in the outdoor street festival portion from 10am-4pm with quilts, pillows, iron on patches, chalk mason jars, and cross stitch kits. Fellow Craft Hacker member Yurtle will be with me with her hand made cards. So if you are anywhere near the London area (from Detroit to Buffalo to Toronto), then come by on Saturday and say hi!
I definitely need some more patches to bring to this outdoor show next weekend. I decided to make some patches in addition to the geeky ones I offer. So next week I will post some of my new designs that you will be able to see. I also offer all of my iron on patches on line to anyone that would like to buy one.
I am also going to make some more panel quilts. I bought a few nice ones that will appeal to different people and plan on working on those this weekend. So there may not be many progress shots over the next couple weeks, just finished projects! That is always exciting when I can say that.
My commission list is nice and low which is great this time of year so I can focus on showcasing more of my products at conventions. It also means I am still open and haven’t cut off commissions in time for Christmas. That may change soon if I get some more, but for now, you can still commission a quilt and have it delivered in time for a Christmas gift. Back to making more patches!
I have met many of you through the conventions and shows that I do. The one thing all of the shows and conventions have in common is the geekiness of them. I specialize in geeky themed quilts but I also do some traditional quilting and crafting. Because of my new business Craft Hackers, I want to try to branch out and reach out to the entire crafting community and not just the geeky ones. This brings me to my first craft show.
Coincidentally, this is the first year for the Dundas Street Festival. It isn’t just a craft show, it is an arts festival and I am excited to be a part of it. Saturday June 14th (one day after my birthday) I will be participating in not just my first arts show, but my first outdoor show! The Dundas street festival will be held here in London, Ontario and features street performers, live music, fitness and yoga classes, and even a skateboarding area. So it will be an exciting event with something for everyone.
This brings me my first craft show challenge, what to have? I will of course bring all of my quilts and pillows I normally bring, but I want to do something extra that will appeal to everyone. I am going to make chalk painted mason jars. These are mason jars that have been hand painted with chalk paint allowing you to write on them with chalk and chalk markers. I will post some progress shows over the next few weeks and can’t wait to get started on them. I would also like to make some general iron on patches, but am unsure what to make. Any ideas?
Wishlist for ConBravo! (yes, I just found out I am in)
I am slowly making progress with the Secret of Mana quilt. I update my facebook and twitter when I have progress pictures. I knew this quilt would take a long time because it has very tiny squares and a LOT of different colors. It isn’t like the Tetris quilt which has 5 different colors per block because these colors are all distinct and don’t blend into each other. Today I am working on rows 7-12. I really like the way it is turning out, but I can’t wait until I start attaching the strips to each other. That is when I can start seeing the quilt take shape and I start getting excited about the finished product.
My hope is to get the quilt completely finished (including quilting and binding) by the end of May because the contest for Sprite Stitch for the month of May is Dragons! So this quilt would definitely be eligible with Flammie in the middle of it. It is a lot of work (about 2 months of it) crammed into only another week and a half but I think I can do it. I can’t wait to finish and unveil this quilt! As I said before I have waited years to make a compilation quilt and I get to make two of them! Now back to quilting.
Wishlist for ConBravo! (yes, I just found out I am in)
I have told the story quite a few times to people about how I got started in quilting. I had gone through a divorce and found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I was looking for a hobby to keep me busy and saw a Mario quilt on line and that was it for me. What I haven’t mentioned yet is when I was trying to find a new hobby and was deciding between quilting, crocheting, or knitting, I asked my mother if she would like to do one with me. My mother said she already knew how to knit and crochet, but she would like to learn to quilt. It was at this point I found the Mario quilt and decided it was meant to be.
Over the next few years my mother took quilt classes, helped me pick fabric, helped me finalize patterns. She was there for me every time I needed her. I don’t know if I would be the quilter today without her helping and supporting me every step of the way. So thank you for being there for me mom. Thanks for your support and understanding and making me who I am today. Happy Mothers Day.