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

Meet the Hackers: Too Many Games

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Friday is the start of Too Many Games in Oaks, Pa.  This will be my third time at Too Many Games and I can’t wait!  Too Many Games isn’t just a video game convention.  It will have tabletop gaming and game music as well.  Craft Hackers will be there with Quiltoni, Craftigurumi, and Geek Mythology Crafts.  You can find us here:

tmg

In addition to bringing our Crafty Wares, we will be holding a Crafty Thinking panel.  It will take place Friday at 6pm in panel room 3.  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 Too Many Games 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

  • Double Sized Magus – top finished
  • Twin Sized Tanooki/Question Mark block – top finished
  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – have some fabric

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
  • Megaman

Craft Hacker Panels

Nicole helped me out and flipped the video for the panel we had at Awesome Con and it is finally ready to be watched.


The Crafty Thinking Panels are described as: Have questions on starting or growing your own business? Join Craft Hacker members & small business owners for a Q & A session about owning your own business.

I always try to have at least 1-2 non crafty people there that own a small business.  The panel above featured Nicole, myself, Rachel E Kelly from ColorWorld books, and Liz Reed from Cuddles and Rage.  We had a great time and there were some great questions asked and even some new ones.

Speaking of panels, there are a few more Crafty Thinking panels coming up at future conventions.  Too Many Games in Oaks, Pennsylvania is next weekend and the Crafty Thinking Panel will be Friday night at 6pm in Room 3.  Nicole and I will be there and 1-2 more guests still unconfirmed.

After that the next confirmed panel is GenCon.  GenCon does their panels a little different and you must have a ticket for each one you wish to do.  The panel at GenCon will have Nicole, myself, David Lee Pancake, and a fourth unconfirmed guest on Friday at 2pm.  They put us in a larger room that can hold an audience of 80.  I looked at the system today and there are already 46 tickets gone!  If you are going to Gen Con and want to attend a panel live then head over to the Gen Con events and get your ticket today.  They are free! https://www.gencon.com/events/73996

If you can’t make it to any of our panels but want to watch them I am now streaming live and later posting them to our You Tube account.  You can watch any of the previous recorded panels on You Tube at our channel here.  Subscribe to the channel to be notified whenever we upload new videos.

Now to get back to work making pillows for Too Many Games and getting those commissions done!

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – top finished
  • Twin Sized Tanooki/Question Mark block – fabric cut out
  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt

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)
  • Link with Triforce
  • Tardis – Started
  • Megaman

Hang With Streaming

I talked about how I live streamed from Awesome Con for the first time.  It was a very interesting but fun experience.  I had a great time interviewing my Craft Hacker members and streaming the Crafty Thinking panel.  I plan on doing this at all of the conventions I attend, but would like to do more.

Hang With is a really cool app that doesn’t just let me make and post videos on line after they are made, but allows live streaming and interaction from fans.  This definitely takes social media into the future and allows us more access to fans and fans to us.  So that got me thinking what I could do with this for my quilting.

I would love to live stream some of my quilting but am not sure what.  This is where I need you.  First, would you like to see me live stream anything related to Quiltoni?  If so, what would you like to see?  I am not going to explain what and how I do things because I do give private lessons explaining all of my tips and tricks.  But I can give you a glimpse into my actual process.  Ideas I have for streaming include my pattern making, organizing my fabric after a huge shopping spree (with previews of pillows to come), getting fabric together and cutting it for a quilt, quilt piecing and assembly, and then of course actual quilting and binding.  Does any of this interest you?

Second, if I live stream it when is the best day and time?  How much in advance should I let everyone know I am streaming?  The best thing about Hang With is you can ask me questions while I am streaming!  If you can’t attend the actual stream, the app will post the video on my Facebook and Twitter when it is finished.  The video then gets uploaded to my You Tube a few days later.

So where are the links?  Well here you go!  If you would like notifications of my streaming as they happen make sure you follow me on Hang With here: https://www.hangwith.com/user/crafthackers.  You can also follow our You Tube channel here where I will upload the videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC13AmRWpzICsTuPUDqPn-DQ.

Here’s to the future of social media!!

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – Fabric Cut Out
  • Twin Sized Tanooki/Question Mark block
  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt

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)
  • Link with Triforce
  • Tardis – Started
  • Megaman

I had an Awesome Time

Awesome Con was just as awesome as ever.  I got to see a lot of familiar faces and meet some new people.  One of my favorite things at conventions is talking and getting to know other people.  Nicole and I had a great panel and Craft Hacker row was a big success.

I didn’t see any random acts of awesomeness because I spent most of my time down in the vendor/artist dungeon (which is what we started calling it).  I did spend some time live streaming though.  I was able to link the livestream account through Hang With into my Quiltoni Twitter and Craft Hacker Facebook.  So keep an eye on my Twitter feed while at conventions if you would like to see any of the live streams.  I am slowly uploading them to our You Tube channel as well.

I was sad to learn that next year Awesome Con is the same weekend as Wizard World Philadelphia.  So I need to make some hard decisions in the next month on which conventions I want to do next year.  I am slowly starting to put together my schedule for 2016.  I want to attend at least one convention on the west coast next year.  I am also going to expand my Wizard World’s and do some more.  If you are on the west coast or attend a Wizard World and would like to see my quilts or attend a Crafty Thinking panel, please let me know.  I want to come to you if possible!

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – fabric picked out

Wish List

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

Meet the Hackers: Awesome Con

Friday marks the start of AwesomeCon, a three day Pop Culture event in Washington, DC.  I am excited to return to Awesome Con for the third year (this is also the third year it is in existence).  Nicole and I launched Craft Hackers at Awesome Con last year so it holds a huge place in our hearts.  I am very excited to announce the Craft Hacker alley this year.

Awesome Con 2015

The alley will feature some great Craft Hacker members including 3154Kelly, Team Kultzow, White Tree Chainmail, Ami Ami Creations, Quiltoni, Craftigurumi, and our special guest Colorworld Books.  So take a stroll through our alley.  Our members would love to chat with you about their crafts and art.

I am also excited to announce that Craft Hackers is launching a Hang With channel on Friday.  Hang w/ is a site that allows us to stream live content to you.  This content will get cleaned up and posted on You Tube at a later date, but it allows you see what we do at conventions as it happens!  Nicole and I will start streaming on Friday when we see anything interesting at the convention, see old friends, or meet new ones.  We want to get all of the kinks worked out because tomorrow we will be streaming our Crafty Thinking panel live!

For the first time you will be able to watch the Crafty Thinking panel as it happens even if you can’t make it to the convention.  The panel will be taking place on Saturday at 10am in room 145a.  It features Liz Reed from Cuddles and Rage and Rachel E Kelly from Colorworld Books.

Awesome 2015

If you are at the convention, come to the panel with questions ready.  If you can’t attend the convention make sure you sign up and follow us on Hang With.  You will get a notification when we start streaming.  I am not going to take questions through the app this time, but I may be able to for future conventions.

I can’t wait for an Awesome weekend!  See you there!!

Now for Something a Little Different

Today I am going to veer a little off course and talk about something I am very excited about, Con Man.  I was one of the many many people that backed this project on Indiegogo.  For those that haven’t heard of Con Man, Alan Tudyk decided to create a new show based around his life at conventions after Firefly with his friend Nathan Fillion.  As someone who has started to live a Con Life with Quiltoni and Craft Hackers this really really appealed to me.  If you haven’t seen their introduction video watch it here:

One of the reasons I am excited about this show (other than Alan and Nathan) is it will show a side of conventions I have grown to love that most people don’t see.  Behind the scenes of conventions there is an entire world of people that make their living off of your fandom (of course I am one of them).  Just like any other job these people work hard but they also love what they do.  The best part about the conventions is the attendees.  I have made so many friends just by talking to everyone that stops by.  Nicole and I look forward to certain conventions because of our “regulars” that make it even better.

I find myself recounting stories of the con when I return home so in the spirit of Con Man I want to start sharing those stories with you.  You may find some of them boring but they are all amazing to me and make the con life worthwhile so I am going to start sharing them.  At the Indiana Comic Con this Starlord did something that almost made me cry:

Not the Harlem Shake, but as he walked by my table a little boy dressed as a Starlord saw him and his eyes lit up.  This Starlord ran over all excited to see the kid and started talking to him from one Starlord to another.  The parents asked for a picture and he handed the boy his orb saying “you have to hold on to this, it is important” and took the picture.  After the picture he took the orb back and danced off into the sunset.

So each week I may share more stories.  I leave you with another Starlord serenading attendees at the same convention.


Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – pattern finished

Wish List

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

Wizard World Wrap Up

I had such a great time at Wizard World.  Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations because I had heard such different things from people.  I had a wonderful time though.  I sold out of almost all of my pillows and a lot of quilts  including both of my Tardis quilts I had in stock!  This means I am working hard to replenish all of my stock for Awesome Con.

I received some sad news last week that the Queen Sized Link and Zelda commission had to cancel.  I didn’t get far enough where I was at the point of no return, but I was really looking forward to that finished quilt.  I did finish the three parts though, so I am turning each into lap quilts.  My goal is to quilt and finish them off before Awesome Con so I can unveil them.

The reason I keep mentioning Awesome Con is I am super excited for it this year.  Not only are Nicole and I returning with a Crafty Thinking panel, but we have so many of our Craft Hacker members and we are all in one area together!  I will talk more about Craft Hacker alley in two weeks, but it will be a lot of fun.  Now back to creating as many pillows and quilts as I can in just two weeks.

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – working on pattern

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – finished!
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – blocks started (working on at conventions)
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce
  • Tardis

Meet the Hackers: Wizard World Philadelphia

Today is the start of Wizard World Philadelphia.  This is another first time convention for Craft Hackers and we are super excited to be there.  I will be the only person there with my quilts and pillows, but you can always swing by and chat about Craft Hackers anytime.

WW Philly

The booth will be located at G45.  That is all the way at the back left corner of the artist alley.  You know what else is back there and who I will have a direct line of sight too?

So look for the David Tennant and Billie Piper signing area and you will find us!  In addition to having a booth there we will also be having a Crafty Thinking panel.

DAY: SATURDAY

TIME: 2:00 – 2:45PM

 ROOM: 107

Crafty Thinking: Make money doing what you love
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.
If you are planning on going to Wizard World stop by and say hi and make sure you swing by our panel.

C2E2 Wrap Up

I had a great time at C2E2.  People have been asking me for years to bring quilts to Chicago and I am glad I did.  I talked to so many people about both my quilts and Craft Hackers.  I was so busy talking to everyone I never had a chance to do any shopping myself!  It was a great weekend and I am very happy I went.

I only have one week until I need to leave for Wizard World: Philadelphia.  This is also another new convention for me.  I am very excited to see more new faces and bring the Crafty Thinking panel to Wizard World.  I am making pillows like crazy this week so I can restock everything to show you all of my available pillows and quilts.  Next week’s post will have all of the information for Wizard World so keep a look out.

My plan for the Magus quilt is to get it started and at least the top finished between Awesome Con and Too Many Games.  I will make sure to post progression pillows as I work on it.

Commissions

  • Queen Size Link (delivery by November) – Finished all 3 parts, needs assembling
  • Double Sized Magus

Wish List

  • Red Mage
  • Sonic
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America – Top done
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Ghostbusters
  • Cathedral Window – picked fabric
  • Bargello
  • Link with Triforce