A Very Busy 2015

I have had a very busy week.  My parents visited from Maryland, we had our family Christmas, and I have been finalizing my schedule for 2015.  I am very excited to announce that I am going on the road with Craft Hackers and increasing the number of conventions I am doing.  I will bring the quilts and pillows I have, but my main focus will be on Craft Hackers.

  • Magfest (I will ALWAYS be at Magfest) – National Harbour, MD
  • Capricon – Wheeling, IL
  • Indiana Comic Con – Indianapolis, IN
  • C2E2 – Chicago, IL
  • Wizard World – Philadelphia, PA
  • Awesome Con – Washington, DC
  • Too Many Games – Oaks, PA
  • Con Bravo – Hamilton, ON
  • Gen Con – Indianapolis, IN
  • Wizard World – Chicago, IL
  • Baltimore Comic Con – Baltimore, MD
  • Forest City Comic Con – London, ON
  • New York Comic Con – New York, NY

I haven’t applied for some of those conventions, but I have already talked to the organizers and will be applying as soon as they open it up.  It is a very very busy schedule!  I will still take commissions and create quilts while at home, but it will be at a much slower pace, since I will only be home a little over 50% of my time.  This means from now until Magfest I will be trying to churn out as many quilts and pillows as I can to show you at conventions.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • Megaman – top done
  • Tardis – started
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Megaman Pillow
  • Creeper Pillow
  • Ghostbusters
  • Panel Quilts
  • Character Pillows

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Imperial – Finished!

Quilts available for Christmas

I realized this weekend that I haven’t mentioned that I do have quilts already made that I could deliver in time for Christmas.  So if you were thinking of having me make you a quilt, but don’t have the time to order a custom one, these are the ones I currently have:

Pieced Lap Size Quilts

  • Tanooki Mario
  • Kirby
  • Sonic
  • White Mage
  • Shy Guy
  • Mario
  • Q-Bert
  • Yoshi
  • 1up (Get a Life)
  • Question Mark Block (I’d hit that)
  • Companion Cube
  • Ghostbusters

Panel Quilts

  • Hello Kitty
  • Avengers
  • Agent Perry
  • Fairy
  • Peanuts
  • M&M’s
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Duck Dynasty
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Pillows

  • Star Trek
  • Tardis
  • 1-up (green mushroom)
  • Bob-omb
  • Bullet Bill
  • Star
  • Goomba
  • Pacman
  • Yoshi Egg (green)

I also have many types of quilted bags available.  If you are interested in any of these you can email me at tnitnetny@yahoo.com or Facebook message me for prices and shipping costs (I only ever charge exact shipping).

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman – started
  • Tardis – up next
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Megaman Pillow
  • Creeper Pillow

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Imperial – pinned and ready to be quilted

2014 Sprite Stitch Child’s Play Charity Quilts

Each year the wonderful members of Sprite Stitch do something amazing by giving back to the world through Child’s Play.  They pick their favorite video games, choose a scene or character, and create a cross stitched square depicting what they chose.  They send me the squares and I turn them into a quilt which is then sent to the Penny Arcade dinner auction each year.  They are not allowed to repeat games in their squares, so only one square per game each year.  They can show the same game again the following year if they want, but they can’t do the same scene.  This guarantees that each year the quilt will be unique and only one like it will ever exist.

We have been lucky the past three years to have enough squares that I can make two quilts.  This year, the members of Sprite Stitch voted for the first quilt to be sent to the Penny Arcade dinner auction (which happens to be tomorrow, December 4).

The second quilt will be auctioned off by us with the proceeds benefitting Child’s Play.  More information about that will come later.

So you can imagine we get a lot of buzz about the quilts this time of year.  I have been asked numerous times how I make the quilts.  This year I filmed myself as I made both quilts and created a video showing step by step how they are made.  It is 38 minutes long.  Please feel free to share the video and if you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Megaman Pillow
  • Creeper Pillow

Commissions

  • Queen Sized Imperial – Top Finished

Charity Quilts for 2014 are finished

The Charity Quilts are finished!  The first one is in the mail and off to Seattle as I type this.  I am putting the finishing touches on the video today and hope to have it posted next Wednesday, both on this blog and Craft Hackers.  It was a learning experience creating the video.  As I edit it I realize that I say “so” a lot.  If I want to make more videos I will definitely have to change this in the future.

Making the video also gave me some ideas about future videos.  I have a lot of unique methods I quilt that is different than methods traditional quilting teaches.  These methods have been developed through a lot of trial and error and I realize I can pass them on to others to make their quilting more efficient.  So future videos about methods and techniques is definitely an idea.

I also finished off the pillow on my commission list as well as starting the Imperial quilt.  I plan on posting the second charity quilt tomorrow and the Sprite Stitch swap quilt on Friday.  She finally received it so I can finally talk about it!  I wanted to do something completely different than anything else I have done so made a Black Mage quilt inspired by Andy Warhol.  I can’t wait to share the finished picture.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts – Finished!
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric cut out
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery – Finished!

Charity Quilt Update

I have been working hard on the Child’s Play charity quilts and LOVE the way they have been turning out.  I am so excited with the fabric the Sprite Stitch people chose and think it compliments this year’s squares perfectly.  I spent the morning filming myself pinning the quilts and will get them quilted and bound tomorrow.  Members of Sprite Stitch are currently voting on which quilt to send to the Penny Arcade auction and it will get sent out on Monday.

Quilt 1

or Quilt 2

This means next week I will be working on the video that will show you how I make the quilts.  I am really excited to share my process and hopefully will have it finished for you soon.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts – pinned and ready to quilt
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric Purchased (next up after the charity quilts)
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

When we get sick

If you follow my Facebook and my Twitter you may have noticed I was a little quiet the past few days.  I got sick the regular way and not from con plaque for the first time in years.  Of course this had to happen the last week of work at Michaels.  So for the past few days I have not been able to quilt or anything else.  I am finally starting to feel better and will get back to updating everything tomorrow.  First up is the final picture of the Robin quilt.  It has arrived safely so I can reveal what it looks like.

I am excited about testing out some candle making supplies I received in the mail.  Smooth-On sent me some awesome stuff to try out and maybe write a review for.  I am very excited to get working on it (and have a friend that can take care of the artistic aspects of designing the candles) and can’t wait to get started.  We are going to work on the candle designs in the next few weeks.  If you have any requests let me know and I may be able to make it work.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts – adding sashing
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric Purchased (next up after the charity quilts)
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Convention Cancellation

I am so upset today.  One week after I announced that I will be able to attend Awesome Con in Milwaukee they have cancelled the show.  I know the team behind Awesome Con and I know the only reason that they would cancel it is because they weren’t able to showcase the amazing convention at the level they would want it to be.  I have only had positive experiences with Awesome Con and this just makes my opinions even higher.  If they don’t think it would be awesome, then they don’t have the convention.

So this means it is back to commissions.  I am only concentrating on commissions and charity quilts at this point.  I am still not open for commissions until after Magfest (I can still take them, I just won’t start them until the end of January) because I need to stock up again for convention season.

There is a chance I may do another one day convention here in London, but I will talk about that next week if it happens.  I do want to remind everyone I am filming my process and explaining exactly how I am making the charity quilts.  So if you purchase one this year or want to see how I make them the videos will be available on line just before the Child’s Play auction in December.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • Finished and Shipped!
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts – starting to assemble
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric Purchased
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Change in My Life

This past weekend marked another change in my life.  I have decided to leave my job at Michaels to go back to working with my parents at their insurance agency in Maryland.  The first question I have been getting is “What, are you leaving Canada?!”  The answer is no, I will not be leaving Canada, but I won’t be here all of the time.  Starting in a few weeks I will be splitting my time between the DC area and here in Ontario.  The time I spend in Ontario I will be working from my home.

So what does this mean for Quiltoni and for Craft Hackers?  Good things actually.  I will be spending more time on travel, but it also means I can spend more time at conventions promoting and helping my Craft Hacker members.  It also means when I am working in Maryland I can spend my nights with my mother quilting.  So I should be able to get quilts made faster after the new year and I can get out to more conventions!

If there is a convention you would like me to attend with Craft Hackers and bring the Crafty Thinking panel please let me know!  I am also happy to announce that I will be able to attend Awesome Con in Milwaukee November 21-23.  I am very excited to be attending a new city!  I can’t wait!

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • Lap Sized Robin – top done
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts – washed and ironed
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric Purchased
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Charity Quilts started

I mentioned two weeks ago that I am getting ready to start the charity quilts.  I have finished washing and drying all of the squares and will start cutting them tonight.  When I lay out the Robin quilt for pinning I will lay the charity squares out and then take pictures of the arrangement for the Sprite Stitch members to choose their favorite.  I will also let them pick the fabric I use for the sashing and borders.

So that means a trip to Port Huron tomorrow to Joanns!  I always love fabric shopping so any excuse I get to go buy more fabric makes me happy.  I will try to pick fabrics that are different than previous years.  We have been trying to make each year unique.  I am also filming each step of the process and will post the finished video when the quilts are finished.  So if you ever wondered how I make them, now you can see for yourself!

My wishlist is steadily growing because I just haven’t had enough time to make quilts.  I hope I find a few days soon that I can replenish my stock.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • White Mage
  • Black Mage
  • Megaman
  • Tardis
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman

Commissions

  • Lap Sized Robin – top done
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts – washed and ironed
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Fabric Purchased
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Meet the Hackers: Forest City Comic Con

This Sunday is the Forest City Comic Con here in London, Ontario.  It is the first year for the convention and only one day but I am very excited for it.  We have 4 Craft Hackers for you to come visit too!  First, we can be found on the first floor of Centennial hall at booth 10.

The Craft Hackers attending will be myself of course (www.quiltoni.com), Rice Hat Samurai (http://thericehatsamurai.deviantart.com), Lindsay (http://craftylindsay.com/ ), and Geek @ <3 (http://geekatheart.deviantart.com).  So you get 4 of us in just one convention!  Unfortunately Nicole couldn’t make the trip up from Maryland for a one day convention, but the members from Toronto are trekking down to London.

Marc and I will also be having a Crafty Thinking panel from 11-12 in room B.  We may have a third with us from another artist or it may just be the two of us, you will just have to come by and find out!  As always I will be available for any questions about starting your own business or Craft Hackers at my table after the panel.

In addition to us, there are many awesome things to do and see so plan your day and check out the website at http://www.forestcitycomicon.ca/.