I appreciate all of the Support

Many of you saw I launched my Indiegogo campaign last Friday.  I have gotten support from so many people in so many ways.  Over the weekend I had a few people point out little things that would make the campaign page and video even better.  I try to accept help and criticism in any way so embraced these suggestions.  I am very happy with the new video and flow of the campaign.

Something else happened that I didn’t even think about, businesses picking the Phoenix Down option!  Once I thought about it I realized what a genius move it was.  Here is a comic book store and a video game company that will have their business name embroidered on a quilt forever.  It will be displayed at all of the conventions I am at for an entire year, and the person that wins the quilt will have those companies staring them in the face every time they look at it, all for just $40.

I am very grateful for all of the love and shares I am getting for the campaign.  As of this moment it has been shared 320 times on Facebook.  That doesn’t count the number of times it has been emailed or tweeted.  That is a lot in just 5 days!  I already have a commission for a Queen Sized quilt that I can’t wait to get started on.  Every little thing people do helps.  Part of me last week worried that I wouldn’t have a successful campaign and I may have to stop going to conventions.  After such a great weekend I know I will be showing quilts for years to come.

If you have any ideas about additional rewards, ways to promote the campaign, or just wants to chat, feel free to message me on Facebook or email!  I am always around and always like to talk to people.

Indiegogo Campaign this Friday!

I am so excited to launch the campaign!  As long as there are no problems and Indiegogo likes what they see it will go live on Friday! I am so appreciative for everyone that helped me and those that will share my campaign.  So here is a sneak preview of some of the cool things you will find!

Phoenix

This will be a special one time only quilt where I will include the names of every person that chooses this reward.  After I finish the quilt, I will bring it to every convention I attend for an entire year.  So what happens to this quilt after the year?  It will randomly go to one of the people on the quilt!

NES Sampler Patterns

Making the NES Sampler Quilt and can’t wait 12 months to get all of the patterns?  For $50 you will not only receive all of the patterns in a PDF format, but you will also get a special iron on label showing your support with your thank you note.

Travel

This is my favorite reward.  If you choose the Where is North America is Toni I will travel to you and spend at least 2 days doing something fun.  I can give you private quilting lessons, teach classes, do charity work, or just hang out and play some cards.  I really hope I get to go places I have never been!

Convention

The Weekend Adventurer is the most requested reward.  If you choose this reward I will give you the VIP experience from our point of view at a convention.  Lodging, Food, and a pass to the convention will be provided. (Your travel is not covered).  You can hang out with us the entire weekend and see what it’s like to be an artist.  There are some conventions I am not able to get an extra pass to, so if you would like to check to see what convention options there are, just ask!

In addition to these rewards there are also Quilts, Pillows, and Dice Bags Oh My!  So watch my social media and website this Friday night to see when the campaign is launched.

 

Commissions

You may have noticed I don’t have the commission list anymore on my blog.  This is because I am still closed for commissions.  I have almost reached the point where I am caught up again on things for conventions, but I decided I will only be accepting commissions through my new Indiegogo campaign.

I have hinted at this campaign for the past two months since I started planning it.  I wanted a way to accept all of the generosity that everyone has shown me, but to give back to them as well.  It is almost finished and ready to launch next Friday!  So what does this mean for commissions?  It means that I will be making them in the order they are pledged through the campaign and will not be taking any additional ones.  I have made myself available for 65 commissions only.  That is a lot of quilting.  I am super prepared for it and have a plan on how to manage and update everyone on the status of the commissions after the campaign is over.

If you are interested in a commission for something new and would like to know if it is possible before you contribute to the campaign, just let me know!  With Nicole’s help we can see if the design and quilt are possible before you commit to the commission.  Remember they will be made in the order they are pledged, so if you would like your quilt before Christmas of 2017, make sure you get in early!  I will give you all the details on the reward levels next week.

On another note, I posted a tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman on Craft Hackers this past Saturday.  If you didn’t get a chance to look at it you can see it on the site here.

Wish List

  • Mario – top done
  • Capt America
  • Batman
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite – Up next after 2 final commission tops are done.

New Orleans Wrap Up

You may have noticed I haven’t really posted at all on my social media in the past week.  That is really really unusual for me.  I didn’t even take pictures of our set up at the convention.  Honestly, I was overwhelmed.  I was so stressed that I hadn’t done enough to prepare for the convention.  I kept feeling that I needed to do more and ran out of time.  When I got to New Orleans it was a mix of so many emotions that the acceptance and love of the city overwhelmed me.  I lived in the moment in true New Orleans fashion.  I realized at the end of each day that I had taken no pictures, hadn’t walked anywhere around the convention, and spent the entire time talking to you.

That was one of the best things that could have happened.  This was the first show since the theft.  The appreciation, love, and acceptance is what I think I needed.  I feel like I am myself again.  I am excited for conventions, my Indiegogo, and what the world throws at me!

Next up is the Indiegogo campaign.  Nicole and Phil have been helping me and working super hard to get it ready.  I can’t wait to see your reaction to some of the cool rewards I am offering.  The launch date is January 29!

As I write this I am still 6 1/2 hours from Maryland where I will leave my trailer for Magfest.  Then tomorrow I start the 10 hour drive home.  So I still have another 2 days of driving, and when I get home I have a ton of work to do!  Next week I should have the Craft Hacker Quilt A Long Quilt finished to show you and talk about the process of making the patterns and the quilt.

 

Wish List

  • Mario
  • Capt America
  • Batman
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite

Meet the Hackers: New Orleans

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Tomorrow is the start of Wizard World in New Orleans!!  This is my first appearance here and I am super excited.   Nicole, and Emily and I will all be there.  You can find us in the new Crafter’s Corner area of Artist Alley.

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We will also be holding a special panel “Business for Geeks: 101″ in room 296 on Sunday.

12:30 – 1:15PM BUSINESS FOR GEEKS 101: A Q&A (ROOM 296)
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. Presented by Craft Hackers.

Nicole and I will have two special guests for the panel: Mike Murray from I Love FX Makeup and Exotic Lenses and Kim Koltzau from SteamPunk Cellars.

We are also having a special promotion: Mystery Boxes!!  We have created special mystery boxes with products from all three of us.  They will only be available at New Orleans, so make sure you swing by!

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Have Fabric
  • King Size T-Shirt Quilt for Jackie – Waiting on 2 more shirts to replace ones that will not work

Wish List

  • Mario
  • Capt America
  • Batman
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite

Words of advice from Cheryl Sleboda

For those that know me, you know I try to be a pretty positive person.  I try to look at the lessons that life is teaching me instead of getting upset when something happens.  This is why I love people like Cheryl Sleboda.  She is also known as Muppin and has a wonderful site and blog at www.muppin.com.  I am going to share a post she wrote on December 16th that really struck me.  It is reposted with her permission.

What to do when your work is REJECTED.

By Muppin

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Like many others today, I received a rejection notice from QuiltCon 2016 that the two quilts I submitted will not be going.  This is not my first time being rejected.  This is my third rejection from QuiltCon.  I’m totally fine with it, but there were times when I was not okay with it.  Here’s what I have to say about rejections from shows:

-It’s Okay to be upset.  In fact, my first one I had a little cry, then a huge cry, then moped for days on end.  Everyone wants to be liked.  I know people who can’t survive without being liked.  It’s okay. This will pass.  Have your cry, eat your ice cream, mope in your jammies, or whatever you feel comfortable doing.

-This is NOT personal.  For QuiltCon, there were over 1800 entries.  My entries were 1809 and 1817, so there were lots of us.  With about 300 spots available, your odds were 1 out of 6 with entering one quilt.  Not everyone was going to get in.  You are among the majority!

-Try to be happy for your fellow quilters who got In.  I know, it stings.  It downright fucking blows.  How did they get in and I did not?  This. Is. Normal.  You are allowed to feel that.  But please, don’t let it get to you.  Be happy for them. And for goodness’ sake, do NOT talk smack about how you think this or that person’s work is crap and you can’t believe they got in, because THAT SHIT GETS BACK TO PEOPLE.  Trust me on this, you do NOT want to be that quilter.

-Show us your Reject! Last year when I was rejected I posted on Instgram with the hashtag #quiltconreject.  It stirred the pot with bloggers commenting on calling your quilt a reject, but I stand by calling my quilt a reject, because it was.  I’m posting my quilts this year with the hashtag, and it’s ok.  Let us see that big, beautiful work!   We can have a reject quilt con party online.

Betrachtung-sKeep entering your work in shows. I cannot stress this enough.  I will tell again the story of Betrachtung, the quilt above that was not only rejected for the show it was specifically made for, it was ALSO rejected for this QuiltCon.  Betrachtung has been to many shows, I know it’s a good quilt.  I took it with me to tape this episode of Quilting Arts TV.  See it there on the right?

Picture1If it was accepted, it would have not been with me at the taping.  Because of that episode, I was asked to do a DVD of the techniques in Betrachtung.  Because of that rejection, the work was freed up to go to other shows and it got me to many many new places.  So keep entering it into the millions of other shows out there.  Google “Fiber Art Calls For Entry.”  Your work WILL be accepted somewhere, I promise.

-Rejection notices are how you know you are an artist.  J.K. Rowling was rejected many times.  ALL the major artists have been.  Now you have joined their illustrious ranks!  YOU ARE AN ARTIST.  Enjoy your rejection, it’s part of the process.

Now, please be kind to yourself, and wear your rejection proudly, you amazing artist, you!

Cheryl is such a positive force in the quilting world.  I am blessed to know her.  If you haven’t looked at her site, she has a cool line of sewing skull merchandise including a car decal! Check out what she offers (including her instructional techniques).

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Have Fabric
  • King Size T-Shirt Quilt for Jackie – Waiting on 2 more shirts to replace ones that will not work

Wish List

  • Double Sized Tardis – Finished!
  • Megaman – Finished!
  • Mario
  • Capt America
  • Batman
  • Superman – Finished!
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite

NES Sample Quilt

For the past week I have been working on finishing up all of the squares for the NES Sampler Quilt.  Why?  Because I have decided to do three things: 1) Offer all of the patterns “unlocked” as one of my Indiegogo rewards and 2) Offer a special iron on patch for the back of the quilt for people that unlock all of the patterns.  The patterns would only unlock for people that pledge at that reward and they would receive the label in the mail. 3) Offer the sample I am making as one of the rewards.

This means I have to make sure all of the patterns are 100% correct. There isn’t anything more annoying than making a pattern and realizing there is a mistake in it.  So I not only need enough time to check the patterns, but need to have the quilt finished before the campaign goes live in January.  This is what the quilt will look like when it is finished:

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Over the next two weeks I will post my progress shots on the squares on my Quiltoni social media (Facebook, Twitter).  So if you are making the quilt with us over at Craft Hackers you can see the fabrics I chose.

Two more squares to go!

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Have Fabric
  • King Size T-Shirt Quilt for Jackie – Plan to have everything washed and cut out in the next week.

Wish List

  • Double Sized Tardis – Pinned
  • Megaman – Pinned
  • Mario
  • Capt America
  • Batman
  • Superman – Pinned
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite

London Friendship Quilters’ Guild

I did something last Thursday that I have been meaning to do for a long time, join a Quilt guild.  A good friend of mine here in London is a member of a quilt guild and has been asking me to come check it out.  I realized Thursday morning I was actually going to be in town for a meeting so decided to check it out.

The London Friendship Quilters’ Guild is located here in London, Ontario.  When I arrived at the meeting I was excited and couldn’t wait.  They were collecting donations for the My Sisters Place, a safe haven for women.  I wanted to participate so went shopping earlier for necessities to contribute.  Everyone made me feel at home and on four separate occasions someone approached me to find out who I was, what kind of quilting I enjoyed, and to see if I had any questions.  Many people realized I was the one that had the theft in October and expressed their sympathy and asked if there were any leads.

Even though it was my first visit I felt like part of the family and enjoyed every minute!  I immediately joined and can’t wait until the next meeting.

Guilds and Craft groups are a wonderful way to meet like minded people, learn new skills, and have a place to craft.  There are many groups like the one I joined across the world.  If you are a quilter like me, there are places you can search for quilt guilds like http://www.quiltguilds.com/ or http://www.americanquilter.com/quilt_world/guilds.php.  If you are a crafter of any kind you can search meetup to see if there is a group near you. If you knit or crochet there are many social groups that encourage social atmospheres.  Check your local yarn store to see if they know of any.

No matter what you like to do, there is a group that will support and nurture your creativity, so check them out!

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Have Fabric
  • King Size T-shirt Quilt w/ sashing– Finished!!
  • King Size T-Shirt Quilt for Jackie – Have the shirts

Wish List

  • Double Sized Tardis – Pinned
  • Megaman – Pinned
  • Mario
  • Capt America
  • Hulk – Finished!
  • Iron Man – Finished!
  • Batman
  • Superman – Pinned
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite

Stash Star Fabric

Many people that see the pictures of my basement and extensive collection of fabric ask how I keep it organized.  The answer is with an app called Stash Star Fabric.

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It is a great app that helps you organize and track your fabrics.  When I buy new fabric I add it right in as they count it at the store.  It allows me to keep real time tracking of what fabrics I have and what I need to buy more of.  I am going to share some actual screen shots of my phone and how I use it.

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As you can see you can group your fabrics many different ways.  I keep mine organized by Designer Name and name them based upon the type of fabric and how I categorize it.  I use “character fabric” to characterize all of my novelty fabrics.

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As you can see, Wonder Woman is under DC and I currently have 2 1/2 yards.  There are a ton of features about the fabrics you can enter that I don’t use.  The main thing I use the app for is to track the amount I have.  But if you have an extensive collection, it can help you track all sorts of things.

It also has ads that appear on the bottom but I don’t have any problems with them.  The app is free after all.  The only drawback I found is it doesn’t sync to the cloud.  If I get a new phone or want to access my stash on a different device I am not able to.

If you are interested in the app, search for it in your app store!

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Have Fabric
  • King Size T-shirt Quilt w/ sashing– Needs Binding
  • King Size T-Shirt Quilt for Jackie – Have the shirts

Wish List

  • Double Sized Tardis
  • Megaman – Started
  • Mario
  • Capt America
  • Hulk – Needs Binding
  • Iron Man – Needs Binding
  • Batman
  • Superman
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite

Breathing Room

I have been making a lot of progress with my commission list and some of my wish list.  Because I have officially closed commissions until my Indiegogo campaign it has allowed me to concentrate on getting everything finished that needs to get done.  I am planning on having all of the commissions either started or finished before Wizard World New Orleans in January.  This will give me a little breathing room to stock up on quilts again to display at conventions.

If you are going to Wizard World New Orleans or Magfest and have a specific quilt you would like to see, please let me know.  I am going to try to make a double sized Tardis because that is my most requested quilt.  I may not have a lot of quilts for display, but thanks to new friend I will have plenty of pillows and dice bags!!

Speaking of New Orleans, I am not only excited to see the city for the first time, but can’t wait to have a Business for Geeks panel with all new panelists!  I have some amazing people lined up and can’t wait to give all the details about it.  If anyone lives in the New Orleans area and would like to show Nicole and I around, we decided to stay an extra day.  We wanted to enjoy New Orleans at least one day and not have the rush into town and rush out of town that we normally have to do for conventions.

Now back to quilting!

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Have Fabric
  • King Size T-shirt Quilt w/ sashing– Top Done
  • Twin Sized Crossbow (reg fabric) – Finished!
  • Lap Sized Sonic (Batik fabric) – Finished!
  • Lap Sized Peach (Batik fabric) – Finished!
  • King Size T-Shirt Quilt for Jackie – Have the shirts

Wish List

  • Double Sized Tardis
  • Lap Sized Tardis – Finished!
  • Megaman
  • Mario
  • Capt America
  • Hulk – Quilted
  • Iron Man – Quilted
  • Batman
  • Superman
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Red Mage
  • Tanooki
  • Get A Life (Green Mushroom)
  • Yoshi
  • Triforce
  • Link
  • Zelda
  • Tottoro – Finished!
  • Sonic
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello (Colorworld Inspired Quilt) – bought fabric
  • Link with Triforce
  • Kirby
  • Soot Sprite