Meet the Hackers: Magfest

This weekend is Magfest.  If you are a video game fan and don’t know what Magfest is, then you definitely need to check it out.  Magfest is a 24 hour video game convention at the National Harbour in Mary;and.  There is so much to do they have to keep it going 24 hours.  Take a look at the tentative schedule they posted.  There is so much to do!

Nicole and Toni will be there for their fourth year.  Nicole is debuting some new dolls she has been planning just for Magfest as well as some of her traditional dolls, scarves, and yarn goodies.  Toni will be debuting panel quilts and character pillows as well as some of her pieced quilts you have come to love.

We will both have all sorts of information about Craft Hackers and becoming a member.  If you have been considering becoming a member of Craft Hackers, please make sure you stop by and we can answer any question you may have.

One of the unique aspects of Magfest is there is no map of the dealer area.  The artists and dealers are given their spaces Thursday and Friday.  It makes it a little harder for you to find us, but not impossible.  The great thing about Magfest is the dealer area is kept pretty small compared to other conventions.  If you are still having problems finding us, when our tables are set up and ready to go on Friday we will send pictures and directions on how to find us on Toni’s Facebook, Toni’s Twitter, and Nicole’s Facebook.

Oh and did I mention that our amazing friend Sean will be taking the night shift Friday and Saturday night? That means Craft Hackers will be open 24 hours from 3pm Friday until 9pm on Sunday!  If you are so busy and can’t make it to us until 2am, that’s ok, Sean will be there for you!  So we hope to see you this weekend.  It is one of my favorite conventions and I can’t wait!

-Toni

Craft Hacker Conventions

I mentioned that I will be attending a lot of conventions this year (I haven’t updated my website since I am currently working on it) so I needed to think about how to change my layout to promote Craft Hackers more than my quilts.  I am very lucky that I live near Stevens E3, one of the best companies for Exhibits and Convention spaces.  Peter from E3 helped me choose my portable quilt structures last year so I immediately thought of him.  I told him what I needed and he was very patient giving me a lot of ideas and options for a an easy to set up, portable display.

The portable is very important because there is a chance I may choose to do conventions in 2016 that are not within driving distance and need to be able to carry the display on the plane.  The signs ended up like this.

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The first sign on the left is actually three different panels held together with magnets.  I LOVE how they turned out and can’t wait to show you pictures from each convention.

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • Megaman – pinned
  • Tardis – quilted
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Megaman Pillow
  • Creeper Pillow
  • Ghostbusters
  • Panel Quilts – pinned
  • Character Pillows – Working on now

Character Pillows

I debuted my new character pillows on Friday and the reception has been fantastic. I decided to stop making the iron on patches because they didn’t meet the standards that I set for myself after a year.  So I had a space in my lineup for something new.  I realized with as much as people loved the pillows I made, the work I put into them drove the price up too high for a lot of people.

The character pillows are my solution to that.  They are simple pillows on 14″ pillow forms made from character fabric and a zipper sewn into the bottom.  I have discovered all sorts of fabrics on line and can’t wait to have the entire line unveiled.  The prices may increase, but as of right now they are $30 a piece or 2 for $50.

I have classic characters, comic characters, and even some movie characters.  A little of everything to appeal to everyone.  So if you are planning on coming to Magfest in two weeks make sure you stop by and see them!

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • Megaman – pinned
  • Tardis – pinned
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Megaman Pillow
  • Creeper Pillow
  • Ghostbusters
  • Panel Quilts – pinned
  • Character Pillows – Working on now

New Website

This past Saturday I posted on Craft Hackers how I am looking to the future and made some changes to the Craft Hackers site.  http://www.crafthackers.com/looking-to-the-future/.

I am also making changes to my Quiltoni page.  I have had suspicions that the number of people visiting the page was drastically over inflated by the hosting company and had those suspicions confirmed when I added performance reports by Google a month ago.  So I am making plans to change the hosting company and page entirely.  I have already decided who I am moving it to and can’t wait to start working on the site.

This means a completely new website and new look for Quiltoni.  My goal is to work on it over the next few weeks and have the new look unveiled by Magfest.  I want the site to be more interactive and the pictures to be laid out in a better way.  The new hosting company also includes a fantastic marketplace tool that will allow me to put some of the quilts and pillows up for sale directly through my site.

Is there anything on my site that I haven’t been doing that you would like to see?  Let me know!

Wishlist for Magfest

  • Red Mage
  • Megaman – pinned
  • Tardis – pinned
  • Dalek Quilt
  • Spiderman
  • Green Lantern
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Thor
  • Batman
  • Megaman Pillow
  • Creeper Pillow
  • Ghostbusters
  • Panel Quilts – pinned
  • Character Pillows – Working on now

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope no matter what you celebrate that you spend this week with your loved ones and take a moment to appreciate the blessings in your life.  I am blessed to have people that care for me and a life that let’s me create and share those creations with others.

Wishlist for Magfest

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

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