Working through Commissions

As I said last week I have officially closed commissions that are guaranteed by Christmas.  I am still taking commissions for after Christmas, but remember I do them in the order that I accept the deposits.  So if I talk to you and give you a general idea of time and someone else places a deposit before you, that will push back the time frame of your quilt.

That being said, I am pinning the swap quilt and the Kefka quilt on Friday.  I should be able to get them quilted and finished off this weekend for shipment next week.  I am also working on some more quilted bags and pillows for Awesome Con Indianapolis.  My goal is to have everything finished for the convention by next weekend and then I can get started on the Robin quilt.  I am excited to finally do a Robin to compliment the Batman quilt I created.  It won’t be the same style, but even cooler with Robin in an action pose.

I then plan on working on the Charity quilts.  These are the cross stitched squares that members of Sprite Stitch members created depicting some of their favorite video game scenes.  I will turn them into quilts and send one to the Penny Arcade dinner auction and auction the second one at one of the conventions I will attend next year.  This year I am going to video myself making them to share how they are created for the Craft Hackers site.

Wishlist for Magfest

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – top finished
  • Queen Sized Kefka – top finished
  • Lap Sized Robin – pattern made
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made
  • Cat Pillow with embroidery

Awesome Con (in Indianapolis)

I am so excited to be going back to Indianapolis already for Awesome Con.  Expanding out to two more cities Awesome Con will bring all of the awesome guests, panels, events, and excitement it had in DC this year and I am so excited to be a part of it.

The only problem I am running into is finding booth slaves!  I have 2 extra passes to the convention but can’t seem to find anyone that will be available that weekend to help out.  So if you know of anyone please let me know!

I have now officially closed commissions for Christmas.  If you haven’t already talked to me about making a quilt then it will be too late to receive it in time for Christmas this year.  In addition to conventions and existing commissions I am also a manager at Michaels and we are starting to ramp up for the busy season so I may not have a lot of time to quilt.  I don’t believe in taking orders if they can not be 100% fulfilled.  BUT I can still take commissions, I just can’t guarantee them by Christmass.

Wishlist for Magfest

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – top finished
  • Queen Sized Kefka – half finished
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made
  • 2014 Sprite Stitch charity quilts

Secret Swap Quilt

I have finished the top for the Sprite Stitch secret swap and am very happy with how it turned out.  When my person receives the quilt I will share the progress shots I have been posting on my facebook along with the final picture of how it turned out.  I tried something I haven’t done before and can’t wait to do it again.

Next up is Kefka.  The person that commissioned it wanted the classic Kefka sprite but a queen sized quilt.  I took 2 sprites that she loved and alternated them in a panel style quilt.  I think the pattern she decided on looks fantastic and am excited to get started.  I am almost finished cutting the fabric up and will post a picture tomorrow.

I also started the first square of the Craft Hackers Quilt a long.  I learned the hard way if I am going to do a quilt a long I need to make the square before I posted it.  There was a problem with one of the measurements and I had to start over.  Luckily I figured out the problem and no one else had started the square.  So future squares will be tested out before posting them to find any problems.

Wishlist for Magfest

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – top finished
  • Queen Sized Kefka – started
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made

Commissions

I am officially closing commissions on Monday for Guaranteed Christmas delivery.  If you have been on the fence about a quilt for someone for Christmas Monday is the last day I can accept a deposit.  I am planning my last few conventions of the year and need to figure out if I will be able to make anything for them or not.

I did take two more commissions at Awesome Con and can’t wait to get started on them.  I am about halfway through the Secret Swap quilt (I have been posting some pictures on Facebook and Twitter) and can’t wait to be able to talk about it.  I am doing something I have never done before by twisting an old and beloved character with something unique.  I can’t lie and say I did see someone else do this concept but I have adapted it in my own way.

The next quilt up is the Kefka quilt.  This is a cool pattern that takes the original Kefka and has four panels showing different sides of Kefka.  I am so glad they want the really good quality fabrics that allow me to use a much better palette of colors that will make him pop.  I will definitely be updating my facebook and twitter with a lot of different patterns.

So right now I am only going to concentrate on commissions.  This means I will probably not have anything new for Awesome Con and the London Comic Con.  So I have updated my wishlist to reflect what I want to make for Magfest.  I will still have all of my regular quilts, pillows, and bags to show for you at Awesome Con though!

Wishlist for Magfest

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – Half done
  • Queen Sized Kefka – Pattern Made
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial – Pattern Made

Gen Con Wrap Up

This was my first time in Indianapolis and it was absolutely amazing.  We had such an amazing time and met so many wonderful people.  We set up our table on Wednesday and were ready to go on Thursday!

The hall was GIGANTIC!  I know it took a lot of people a while to find us tucked into that corner.  This was the view of the hall from around the corner.

And that is just one tiny part of it! The best part was the entire city got into the Gen Con spirit.

    

The Craft Hacker panel went amazing and we had some great questions about starting your own business.  MANY thanks to Ben from Awesome Con for joining us!

Speaking of Awesome Con, Craft Hackers is coming back to Indianapolis in October for the first Awesome Con here!  I am so excited for the fantastic guests that will be there!!

We had such an amazing time at GenCon that we have already booked for next year.  I can’t wait to come back to this city in two months!

Wishlist for Awesome Con /Forest City Comic Con

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – Pattern Made
  • Queen Sized Kefka – Pattern Made
  • Lap Sized Robin
  • Queen Sized Imperial

Meet the Hackers: GenCon edition

Do you live near the Indianapolis area or just in the area for the weekend?  If so, then come on over to GenCon!  Nicole, myself, and Marc will be in the entrepreneurs’ alley this weekend!

We will be selling our crafts and talking to people about Craft Hackers.  You’ll find us here:

So when you enter the Vendor area, turn right and Entrepreneurs’ alley is in the far right back corner.

GenCon has something for everyone with tons of panels, games, events, and just a ton of fun.  Tickets are $30 for one day or $80 for all four days.  Speaking of panels, check out the Craft Hackers panel:

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  • Friday 6pm-7pm
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It is a free panel but there are only 80 spots.  Gen Con likes everyone to sign up for panels ahead of time in order to make sure there is room if you would like to attend.  So to sign up head over here: https://www.gencon.com/events/62731 (you may have to create an account or sign in).

We are looking forward to seeing a new city and can’t wait to see everyone!  If you want more details on Gen Con in general you can find them here: http://www.gencon.com/.

Swap Quilt

After Gen Con my next official convention I have scheduled is the Forest City Comic Con here in London, Ontario.  I am considering doing two more conventions for Awesome Con though.  The first is back in Indianapolis October 3-5th.  The second is in Milwaukee on November 21-23.  If you would like to see me at either of these conventions let me know!

I am trying a new technique today to see if I am able to create quilted large bags.  If I can get them perfected then I can create them with some of my embroidery or with some cool fabric (like that awesome Star Trek fabric I won).  I am crossing my fingers that it works out well.  Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter for any progress pictures if I am successful.

I also started the “swap” quilt for Sprite Stitch.  This is a secret swap where I learn all about the person I received and try to make something just for them.  I absolutely love these swaps because I can create what I want and can do something a little different and creative.  Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter and I will give some progress shots, but no clues to what it is until she receives the finished product.

Can’t wait for Gen Con next week!

Wishlist for Forest City Comic Con

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – Pattern Made
  • Queen Sized Kefka – Pattern Made

Gen Con

It is almost time for a convention I have been super excited about doing for almost a year now, Gen Con.  It is a chance to see a new city, bring some of my friends from Canada, and debut Craft Hackers to a new area!  I can’t wait!

If you are anywhere near the Indianapolis area, this is a convention that you shouldn’t miss.  Even if you can only attend one day, it will be worth it.  I will be in Exhibitors Alley with the Craft Hacker team.  I will post the times of each day and a map to our booth in 2 weeks.  Yes, the convention is only 2 weeks away!

The most exciting thing is we will also be bringing the Crafty Thinking panel to Indianapolis.  So if you are planning on going to the convention, the details for the panel are:

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  • Friday 6pm-7pm
  • Crowne Plaza: Pennsylvania Stn C

It is a free panel but there are only 80 spots.  Gen Con likes everyone to sign up for panels ahead of time in order to make sure there is room if you would like to attend.  So to sign up head over here: https://www.gencon.com/events/62731 (you may have to create an account or sign in).  If you want more details on Gen Con in general you can find them here: http://www.gencon.com/.

There is also a very high chance I will be going out to dinner after the panel with anyone that would like to join me.  :D

Wishlist for Gen Con!

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap queen double sized quilt (surprise quilt) – Pattern Made
  • Queen Sized Kefka – Pattern Made

Con Bravo Wrap Up

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!

Wishlist for Gen Con!

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap queen double sized quilt (surprise quilt)
  • Queen Sized Kefka

Con Bravo tomorrow

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.

Wishlist for Gen Con!

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

Commissions

  • King Final Fantasy – Christmas
  • Sprite Stitch swap queen double sized quilt (surprise quilt)