So I realized today that Magfest is now less than a month away. It starts on Thursday January 2. This did two things to me, made me really excited and made me a little frantic. I am super excited and can’t wait to get back to Maryland and go to one of my favorite conventions. This is my husbands favorite convention and I hardly ever see him. He spends his entire time playing the video games!
I was a little frantic because I still have so much to do. I have been working on getting the quilts I already have made finalized over the last week. I only have to quilt the Cheer quilt, get the Star Trek and Yoshi pinned and quilted, and finish the chocobo pillow and I am done on commissions. So I know I will have time for at least a Tardis quilt. I have the materials to make another Ghostbusters, Yoshi, Link, and some new pillows, but I may not have the time. I am also going to make myself a photo pillow of my dog or my wedding picture to show you an example of what I can do with your photos (for a quilt or pillow). So which would you rather see, my wedding picture, or a cute picture of my dog?
This week I want to get the pillow done and get the Tardis top done. I plan on pinning everything I need to next Friday. So if I am going to make any more quilts, it must be done by then. That will give me just enough time to get everything I have made finished before the convention. My fantastic boss scheduled me off next Monday (working Saturday instead) so that will give me a full day to concentrate on quilting. Isn’t that fantastic of her? For those that want to know, yes I am absolutely loving my new job. Michaels has been a great place to work and has been a fantastic fit for me. I find myself looking forward to going to work and that is what is important. Now back to quilting!
I have always wanted to make a top of Star Trek but haven’t had an excuse to. I am very happy to finally complete the top for the queen sized quilt. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I probably won’t pin it until next weekend or the weekend after. I have started working on the Yoshi commission. Next I will finish off all of the other half done quilts I have made.
It looks like I may not get a Tardis finished for Magfest. If I am able to make another quilt, that is the one I will do. I found some great panel fabric that I can use to make it even though I still don’t have my embroidery machine back. It looks like it will be next week so crossing my fingers. I will talk about that more when I do.
For now it is the busiest week at work, so I feel I am not accomplishing as much as I want to. Those 5 months of doing nothing but quilting has affected how much I think I can produce. I am doing about the same as I did when I worked full time last year, but it just doesn’t seem that way because I was able to produce so much over the summer. But I know it is all in my mind as a perception. Like the first cold winter night you are freezing, until a few weeks later it then feels warm. I just need to adjust my perception again. Magfest will put me back in the right frame of mind and I can’t wait!
I made a lot of progress this weekend on the Star Trek quilt. I was able to get it mostly finished. I took a lot of great progress shots, so be on the look out for those in the next few days. I also have another custom pillow picture and a few more iron on patches to put up. As soon as I finish the Star Trek top I will get started on the Baby Yoshi quilt. That one is a pretty cool design. The person that commissioned it asked for a baby Yoshi popping out of a hatched egg. That is exactly what she got. It is a lap sized quilt that will be made with tiny tiny squares out of Batik fabric.
After that I don’t know. I need to finish off quilting what I have made as well as pin and quilt these two commissions. I will definitely get a Tardis finished, but other than that it is just wishing. The busiest time of the year is next week at Michaels, so I may not make any progress until after next week. I am very glad I have cut out a few conventions because I am afraid I may not have much to show off. My first priority is and always will be my commissions.
Speaking of Michaels, there are some fantastic specials going on next week. You really want to make sure you stop by a Michaels especially on black Friday. I can’t say what they are, but they will be well worth the visit. I may be able to talk about them next Wednesday when the flyers go out, but not today.
So I have a lot on my plate, but I definitely enjoy it. Now back to finish off this Star Trek quilt!
So my blog is back to Wednesday morning just for this week. I worked too many days in a row so had to take a day off. The nice thing about having today off is I have the house to myself and can just quilt all day. My hope is to get all of the rows for the Star Trek quilt finished today and start to assemble all of the rows. I always forget how long these tiny squares always take me.
Up next is the Baby Yoshi quilt as well as a few pillows for Magfest. Once I get those finished I am definitely making at least one Tardis and I hope one or two other quilts for Magfest. I really want to get Yoshi, Link, and a Ghostbusters done because those are my most popular quilts. I really want to be able to display them for you.
On another topic, I am absolutely loving my new job at Michaels. It is a great atmosphere, the people are amazing that I work with, and the employee discount doesn’t hurt. If only they sold fabric or the thread I like to use it would be perfect. I am working hard and seem not to have a lot of time for quilting, but it won’t affect my getting quilts to you. I will make sure I make the time to finish things when I say they will be done. I think I am probably the happiest I have been in my life right now. I have an awesome husband, a job I love, and all of you that love what I love to do.
I also mailed out the quilt for the Child’s Play charity auction today. It was the first of the two quilts I posted on my facebook and twitter. The Sprite Stitch community has voted and we will be auctioning the second quilt live at the DC Comic Con in April. If you aren’t going then don’t fret, we will be having a silent auction before the DC Comic Con and the top silent auction bid will be the starting bid at the con. This means if it doesn’t sell at the con, the highest silent bid wins the quilt! Last year we were restricted to the US, but this year anyone around the world can bid. I will give you more details after Magfest.
I am still plugging away on the Star Trek quilt. The reason it is taking me so long to make the top is a combination of my new full time job and the quilt itself. Not only is it a queen size quilt, but it is the tiny tiny squares that take a lot longer to do. Needless to say, I am making progress. I am about half way through making the rows and should be sewing them together this weekend. Next up I am going to do the Baby Yoshi quilt and then my pillows that are commission for Magfest as well as new pillows to show you at Magfest.
I am still planning on making at least one Tardis to show off at Magfest. If I can get to any other quilts, then I will make more Ghostbusters and Yoshis. If you will be going to Magfest in January and have a request for a quilt you would like to see there, let me know! If you aren’t going then why not?! It is an amazing 24 hour video game convention with one of the largest video game rooms I have ever seen. It is definitely worth the trip from anywhere in the world. And you can come hang out with me! It is a win-win convention. It is my favorite convention because it is open for so long, I seem to be able to have more time to chat with people and just get to know everyone. But it is still busy enough to make it worth the trip for me. I can’t wait!
I know my post today is a day late and I apologize. I just realized that today is Thursday. I can now talk about my new job and explain why I have been so busy lately. I am now a replenishment manager for Michaels here in London (the north one for those that are semi-local). It is Christmas season which means a LOT to do. For those now familiar with retail my new job means I am in charge of all of the stock and the people that put the stock out. I am starting my day anywhere from 3-4am every weekday morning. So that means I go to bed early and have been working overtime so haven’t had a lot of time for quilting.
I am still plugging away at quilts and will have all of my commissions I promised by Christmas and Magfest done. I will also get at least one or two Tardis’s finished. Beyond that if I haven’t started it already I don’t know if I will. Being this busy means I may also cut out another convention. I will always do Magfest and DC Comic Con. I won’t be going to Baltimore Comic Con, GenreCon, or Too Many Games anymore unfortunately. I have committed myself to GenCon (which I am super excited about) and wanted to do Anime North and ConBravo again. If I need to cut out one more convention it will probably be ConBravo. I won’t have to make that decision until DC Comic Con though, so I will see. I know my schedule will calm down a bit after the holiday season.
I promise I will still blog weekly and will try to tweet and post on facebook at least once during each weekday and some weekends) with what I am doing. I believe in constant communication. So be on the look out for the other Charity quilt tomorrow as well as Star Trek Progress shots next week!
I haven’t done as much quilting as I wanted to in the past week, but I did make some progress. I am trying to find the new balance between work and quilting. I am finding myself so tired when I get home I need to force myself to sit at my machine. I am hoping that I will get used to it and will have more energy after awhile.
That being said, I have completed both of the Charity quilts and my submission for the October challenge for Sprite Stitch. I will take pictures as soon as I can and get the pictures posted. I also managed to quilt everything pinned except for the cheer quilt. So I am ready to start on the Star Trek quilt. I have the pattern printed out and I am now working on making my notations so I know what to cut out. This will be a long process because it will be a queen sized quilt with tiny squares, but it should be worth it. I am going to focus everything on this quilt until it is finished. Then I plan on making the rest of my current commissions, then quits for Magfest.
Any commissions I receive now I won’t start until Magfest. Remember, it takes me a while to make each quilt and I also need basic quilts for conventions. So if you want me to make you a custom quilt, always try to give me 3-4 months. Now to focus on Star Trek!
Wishlist for Magfest
Shy Guy – quilted
Surprise Quilt for Sprite Stitch contest – finished!
The post is a little later than normal because I am now working in the mornings and afternoons. I had planned for this which is why I have cut off Christmas commissions. The only thing that will change is the amount of quilts I will be able to bring to conventions. Speaking of conventions, I have an amazing announcement. I will be attending GenCon in 2014!! It is something I have always wanted to do, but haven’t been able to until now. The reason I am able to attend is a secret for now, but I am excited for new things in the next few months.
I also figured out a way to make Tardis quilts again. Spoonflower has fabric with the Tardis plaque already printed on it. I am able to purchase the fabric and then use it to work on the quilts. So my plan now is to work on the Star Trek, then the Yoshi quilt, then stock for Magfest. I can’t wait to start on the Star Trek quilt. This is one I have been looking forward to making.
I am finished with conventions for 2013. The next convention won’t be until Magfest at the beginning of January. This means it is time to concentrate on finishing up all of my commissions as well as get as much done as I can for Magfest. It is always the convention I sell out of most of my quilts, so I try to have a wide selection.
This means I am cutting off orders that can be guaranteed by Christmas. The cutoff will be next Wednesday. If you wanted me to create something for you, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I added a few to my wishlist and I am going to work as hard as I can to get everything on the list finished and ready for Magfest. The only new quilt on the list is Pikachu, but I will also be bringing a Dalek and a Triforce pillow. I will also have my new iron on patches! If there are any quilts you would like to see at Magfest, let me know.
Wishlist for Magfest
Shy Guy – top done
Surprise Quilt for Sprite Stitch contest – top done
I had a great time on the Chris O’Matic show last week. I always enjoy when I do something a little different and a little creative. I look forward to the next time I make an appearance with him. I also made a lot of headway in the Child’s Play Charity quilts this week. I managed to get both tops finished and reading for pinning. Next week I will be going to my parents house in Maryland where they have a large floor that I can pin my quilts nicely on. I also made a top of my contest entry for the Sprite Stitch Sept/Oct challenge. Not going to say what it is, but I definitely like it. The challenge this time is inanimate objects.
This weekend I will be attending a new convention, Genrecon. http://www.genrecon.com/. It looks like it will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to meet new people. The best thing about new conventions is the new group of people that I haven’t met before! For those that have seen me at conventions before, you know I love to stand around and talk to everyone. I love seeing the same people each year and catching up, but there is something special about chatting with someone new about crafting. Hope to see you there this weekend!