Meet the Hackers: Gen Con

Tomorrow is the start of GenCon in Indianapolis, IN.  This is the second year that Craft Hackers will be there with Quiltoni, Rice Hat Samurai, and Craftigurumi.  You can find us here at Booth 1653:

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In addition to bringing our Crafty Wares, we will be holding a Crafty Thinking panel.  It will take place Friday at 2:00pm in Crowne Plaza: Conrail room.  If you are thinking of starting your own business, or own one and want to grow your business, this is the panel for you.  This panel will feature David Lee Pancake and Rubiee Hayes.  There are only a few tickets left! https://www.gencon.com/events/73996  We will also be streaming it live.  If you are not able to attend Gen Con or the tickets are all gone, 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!

-Toni

Meet the Hackers: Con Bravo

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Friday is the start of Con Bravo in Hamilton, ON.  This will be my third time at Con Bravo and I can’t wait!  Craft Hackers will be there with Rice Hat Samurai, Absynthetika, Colorworld Books and Geek at Heart.  Geek at heart will be with me (Quiltoni) at the Craft Hackers booth.  You can find us here:

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In addition to bringing our Crafty Wares, we will be holding a Crafty Thinking panel.  It will take place Friday at 9:30pm in Albion B (panel room B).  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 Con Bravo 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

  • Twin Sized Man’s Quilt – Ordered Fabric
  • Queen Sized Hyrule – Working on Pattern

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
  • Kirby
  • Tardis – Started

Sprite Stitch Child’s Play Charity Quilt

It is that time of year when I do something with the second quilt I made that benefits Child’s Play.

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Members of the Sprite Stitch community spent an entire year cross stitching their favorite video game scenes. These cross stitches were combined into two quilts. The first quilt was auctioned at the Penny Arcade dinner auction November of 2014. You have the opportunity to win the second quilt, a one of a kind creation valued at over $5,000. This is the fourth year these quilts have been created. No two squares will ever be alike from year to year. All proceeds from this raffle will go to Child’s Play.

The raffle will be held Saturday August 8th at 5pm. I will hold the random draw live through Hang With. If you would like to watch the drawing live log in to the Craft Hacker channel at https://www.hangwith.com/user/crafthackers. Or to be notified when Craft Hackers streams live make sure to follow us.

Raffle tickets are only $3 a piece or $5 for 3 tickets.  To buy your own raffle tickets or to view each of the squares close up look at the raffle here.

 

Cathedral Window Quilts

I was finishing up the Magus and Tanooki commissions yesterday and was trying to think about what I could talk about on the blog today and I realized I hadn’t discussed the Cathedral Window Quilt I am making.  I have made a Cathedral Window Quilt before for a friend’s wedding present with the help of my mother using a machine method I found online.

It ended up being queen sized.  Obviously she is an Eagles fan and he is a Ravens fan.  I thought it would be a cute way to combine both of their loves.  There is no hand piecing in that quilt at all, it was all made using the machine.  It still took both of us three months to make.  I am a speed quilter and even my most complicated quilts only take me a month to make, but this took me three.  I swore off all Cathedral Window quilts after that (this was three years ago).

So fast forward to a few months ago.  I was trying to decide what to do at conventions while I was standing there waiting for people to talk to about Craft Hackers or Quiltoni.  I can street pass on my 3ds, but I don’t like to play games because I need to be aware of people walking by and make eye contact.  I used to cross stitch at conventions, but half the time I would have to be looking down at a pattern.  Out of curiosity I looked up hand quilting on line.  I ran across the Cathedral Window and took a look at it.  The hand made Cathedral Window is much much more time intensive, but it was exactly what I was looking for.  Even though I swore it off, I changed my mind to start working on it.

Cathedral Window quilts are beautiful and unique to the person that makes them.  The basic structure is the same, but the colors chosen can drastically change the look between quilts.  For example the traditional quilts have the interior blocks all different colors like Rocky Lopez’s quilt I found on Tumblr:

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You could even have interesting patterns that work within your quilt   I found this inspiring one by Gini Bellettini on Pintrest.

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I have decided to start simple for my first hand pieced quilt and am using an off white Kona for the background.  I purchased a bunch of Asian inspired fabrics for the middle, but am not sure how I am going to arrange it yet.  I am in love with my project now.  They are simple stitches that don’t take a lot of thought so I am able to sew while standing and chatting with people as they walk by.  Many people have approached me and asked what I was making.  I even bring it to places where I will sit for a few hours and won’t be able to quilt.  As I progress with my hand quilting I will share the steps and work that will go into it.  I believe this will actually take me a few years to finish, but I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

Commissions

  • Double Sized Magus – Finished!
  • Twin Sized Tanooki/Question Mark block – Finished
  • 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

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:

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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!!