I am stop #3 on the hop. You can find the other hoppers joining in at the bottom of this post, so make sure you read them all (they may have their own giveaways)!
I was asked by Tamarinis to create something pixelated for her next line of fabrics with Island Batiks. Why pixelated? Because I am a pixel quilter! I specialize in video game, pop culture and comic book quilts so took a look at her line of fabrics to get inspiration.
I was immediately drawn to these two fabrics because it reminds me of the Triforce from Legend of Zelda.
So I turned to my business partner for a design and got to work creating the quilt and pattern. I live streamed the entire process (including messing up the directional fabric) on my Twitch stream.
I present to you the next pattern in our series, the Happy Painter.
Channel the Happy Painter’s soothing voice as you turn this quilt into your own personal masterpiece.
This quick simple pixel quilt can be made in a weekend. The pattern gives you step-by-step directions that leaves you with a beautiful, easy to sew quilt that looks amazing. From beginner to experienced sewers, you will enjoy creating this geeky home accent. Perfect for cuddling on the couch or curling up with your favorite book in bed.
The Bob Ross-inspired quilt pattern only requires that you know how to use a sewing machine. Learn how to sew strips, nest seams, and piece efficiently to save time.
The pattern is available on line as a pdf, Quilt Exchange as a paper pattern, or at your local quilt or sewing store. Does your local store not carry our patterns? Have them contact us!
Today there are some exciting changes to rewards in my Twitch channel, free things! I offer two different reward systems in my Twitch channel, Quilt Coins and Pixels.
Pixels are earned by either subbing to my channel or winning a give away. Subbing to a Twitch channel supports the streamer and gets you a neat emote that you can use all through Twitch.
A few things have changed with the rewards. I have lowered the amount of pixels you need for the pieced quilt rewards as well as added in a Panel quilt reward! The panel quilts will be a choice of 3 already made quilts and may change through the year.
Quilt Coins are earned just by watching, hanging out, and lurking in my Twitch channel. Make sure to enable the Stream Labs add on in the lower right portion of your computer screen (click on my face down there when you hover).
Before you could only spend your coins on gift certificates or social media options. But now you can spend them on Quilt Patterns and Panel Quilts! If you like my patterns, this is a great way to earn them for free! Just hang out whenever I am streaming. It doesn’t matter if I am home in my studio or on my phone at a convention, you can earn quilt coins.
I can’t believe it has been a year since I have been on Twitch. It has been a long and fun battle figuring out this twitch stuff. I will be celebrating this Monday January 29 starting at 10am EST. I plan on streaming the ENTIRE day!
So what will I be doing? Anything I want to! I am always working on quilts and patterns for my business, conventions, or commissions. This time, I will be working on things because I want to! I have a few kits, patterns, and UFOs (unfinished objects) laying around my studio. I am just going to work on what moves me at the time and have some fun!
To show my journey through the year I created a short video showing the layouts, cameras, problems, and some conventions from the past year that I will be showing on Monday.
My layout will change once again! I will be debuting a ton of cool things and as always, will be doing a LOT of giveaways throughout the day. Swing by and join in the fun!
Last week I missed writing my blog post for the first time in almost five years. Magfest always takes a lot out of me, but this year I caught a bug just after! I was so careful not to get sick during the convention I must have lowered my guard after it was over.
Speaking of Magfest, it was amazing as always. I placed fifth in the Claw tournament (only the top 3 placed) and had a great time live streaming every day. If you missed the fun, you can watch the VOD’s on my Twitch channel.
Speaking of Twitch, I had my charity stream on December 23. I streamed for 13 hours and 2 minutes raising $2425 for St Jude! You can watch the entire stream below!
I love the quilt that was created. It was designed by Geek Mythology Crafts and I was given permission to make it this one time for this special stream.
Now on to stocking back up again for Awesome Con and C2E2!
This is my favorite time of year. The days are shorter, the world around me has a bit of chill while the snow falls. People are crammed into small spaces shopping for their favorite goodies and the sounds and songs ring out through the festive air.
It is Magfest. Always happening in the coldest part of the year, video game bands sing their songs and people shop for their favorite goodies. I love Magfest. Short for “Music And Gaming Festival,” MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.
The event runs 24 hours a day, and offers consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest speakers, and much much more.
Nicole and I are returning once more! There are no maps to find us so you will have to look for the tower of pillows and quilts! This year Nicole is launching a line of hats! I will have new quilts, pillows, and of course patterns.
So swing by and say hi! Not going to Magfest? It is definitely a convention to consider for the future.
The blog is a few days late this week. This is because I have been having some issues with the internet at my home. This has been really stressful because I have a huge event planned tomorrow. Luckily, it is now fixed! So what is this event? I am raising money for St Jude!!
So what am I doing to raise money? I am doing a marathon stream on my Twitch channel where I will be making a lap quilt completely start to finish in one day. Cutting, Piecing, pinning, quilting, and binding. During the stream I will be accepting donations for St Jude (the link takes you right to St Jude, I never touch the money). For every $5 you donate you earn one ticket into my drawing.
So what do you win? The quilt I make that day! As soon as I finish making the quilt I will immediately hold the raffle and award the quilt. This will be a special one time quilt made only for this St Jude stream.
I will also be holding giveaways throughout the day where you can win a quilt pattern, a bag of scraps, stickers, or a dice bag!
If you follow my social media you may have seen this posted on Monday.
If you haven’t watched me on Twitch you may not know what this meant. In Twitch when someone finishes their stream they can choose to “raid” another streamer. Basically they take all of their viewers and bring them to another stream. This raid can be announced with a “raid call” or other ways to let the new streamer know they have joined them. It is a lot of fun and a great way to introduce people to new streams.
I am trying an incentive to encourage people to raid me so we can grow the channel. From now until January 3 if we get raided the streamer gets 1 pixel for every raider they bring (pixels are the currency that I use to make quilts for viewers). I will also immediately do a give away! I will still do giveaways for viewer counts, subs and followers. So there could be more than one giveaway if we are raided!
I would also like you to mark your calendar for December 23. If you have ever wanted to watch me make a quilt start to finish this is your chance. I will be making a quilt start to finish the entire day to raise money for St Jude and will be streaming it live! Cutting, piecing, pinning, quilting and binding. For every $5 donation you make to St Jude through my link you will earn 1 ticket to win the quilt I make! The stream will start at 9am and will last until I finish the quilt and conduct the drawing.
I am making the push to be a partner on Twitch. This will allow me to do more for my viewers and encourage more people to quilt and sew. I have met all of the requirements for Partner except I need an average of 75 people watching my stream over a 30 day period.
What are these changes? More Giveaways!! Starting today I will be holding giveaways for every:
5 new followers
5 new subscribers
30 people watching the stream (and then 40, 50, 60, and so on!)
What can you win if these things happen? The winner has their choice of the following
Spread the word. By sharing my stream and telling your friends you can bring more viewers and increase the chance for giveaways!
Know a streamer? Encourage them to raid me, watch the stream, and join in the madness of world domination (because quilters will take over the world).
I am also looking for a community manager. At this point it is not a paid position, but they will receive hand made goodies from me, invites to conventions, and if I make partner it will turn into a paid position! What does the job entail?
Working on my social media to promote my Twitch channel and keep in touch with other streamers.
Help monitor my streams to update goals for giveaways or make sure another moderator is present to do this.
If you or someone you know is interested, send them my way!