Things are Coming Together

I had a great time in Chicago last weekend.  You may have seen the video of Cheryl and I on Saturday.  She graciously taught me how to Facebook Live and I am super excited to do it more in the future!  If you missed it, I uploaded it to the Craft Hacker You Tube page here.

In addition to spending some time with Cheryl, I taught a new class on how to create your own pixelated quilts at Quilters Quest.  I learned a lot and will tweak the class to not only teach it again in the future, but am considering putting the material into a book.  That may be a little while away though.  First I need to get a nice collection of patterns finished.

The last reason I was in Chicago was meeting with someone that can manage my online store!  We will finally be launch our new online store!!  I have been asked for years to make custom throw pillows with different fabrics and be able to order them online.  You will be able to do exactly this starting tomorrow!  Pick your fabrics, pick your zipper!  I am only launching with 21 different fabrics for throw pillows to start out with.  Eventually we will be expanding the line to dice bags and some quilts. So be on the lookout tomorrow for the announcement to take a look at the new store!

Spreading my love of Quilting.

Today I am on my way to Chicago.  I am going to meet up with a few people to make something very exciting happen.  I can’t tell you what that is yet, but I am very excited for it.  You may have seen that while I am in Chicago I am going to teach a class at Quilters Quest.  It is a free class where I will be teaching people how to make their own pixelated images and then turn them into quilt patterns.

I have been getting a lot of questions lately about why I am selling my patterns, teaching people how to make my pillows and dice bags, and now teaching people how to make their own patterns.  My response is simple, I love quilting and want to share that love with as many people as I can.

Something I haven’t shared with a lot of people is the response I got when I first started quilting.  I knew when I learned how to quilt that I wanted to be different.  I wanted to make quilts that expressed who I was and what I loved.  That was different than a lot of what was seen in the quilt world and I had a lot of people look down at me.  I was told that what I did wasn’t real quilting.  I was told what I did was nice, but it wasn’t the way it should be done.  I have never listened to negativity so I ignored it and eventually started my own business.  I cater to people who want different and not “normal quilting”.  I stayed away from the quilt world because I didn’t feel they wanted me.

This last March I got to spend some time with a friend (Cheryl Sleboda) at Quilt Festival in Chicago.  I met a lot of other quilters and had a fantastic time (which I blogged about here).  After I made that blog, I started crying.  For the first time in my life I felt accepted by other quilters.  Since then I have tried to jump in head first into the quilt world and become part of it.  I have seen a lot of unique and wonderful people that inspire me.  I also see a lot of quilt bullies.  These are the people that I met when I first started quilting and tried to make me feel inadequate.

I don’t want anyone to ever feel that way about quilting.  So I am going to do everything I can to travel, speak, and teach. We should all express ourselves any way we want in quilting.  I may never win an award for any of my quilts, but I don’t need that recognition.  My recognition is the joy in someone’s face when they look at my work.

I just finished pinning the commission for the Labyrinth quilt.  I almost started crying as I pinned it because I know how much it will be loved and appreciated.  That is why I quilt.  I want others to feel the same way as they quilt.

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(photo courtesy of Gen Q magazine)

A Very Special Quilt

As a quilter I am always looking for new inspiration and different ways I can improve my quilting.  Sometimes I get inspiration in ways I could not have predicted.

A year and a half ago I met Rachel E Kelly at a convention in Indianapolis.  We hit it right off and became good friends.  When I read her books the description of the Color World and the rainbow of colors really inspired me to create a quilt showing what I think the rainbow of colors would look like.  I bought my fabrics and picked the design.

Then the shooting in Florida happened.  Then the shooting in Texas happened.  They both hurt my heart and made me want to do something to show the world that love exists.  I decided instead of just creating a Colorworld inspired quilt, I will create a line of special Rainbow quilts.  Each one will be unique and I will never make each quilt again.  The profits from each quilt will go to the Charity of Choice of the person that purchases it.  I present the very first in this Series.

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It is a large Lap quilt.  I am charging $300 for it (plus the cost of shipping if you do not purchase it at a convention).  Once this quilt sells, I will get started on my next Rainbow quilt using a different pattern and technique.

If you are interested in buying it you can contact me through my social media or by email at tnitnetny@yahoo.com.  If it does not sell by New York Comic Con I will bring it with me to display.

Love is Love.  We should have love in our world and in our lives.

 

Meet the Hackers: GenCon

GenCon is finally here!!  One of my absolute favorite conventions starts tomorrow and of course Craft Hackers is here!

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I have my quilts, pillows, dice bags and patterns with me and will be joined by Nicole of Craftigurumi, Marc of Rice Hat Samurai, and Rubiee of Dryad Tea.  Our booth can be found at Booth 1656 in the Exhibit Hall.

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Craft Hackers will also be teaching some workshops!  Spaces are going fast so sign up soon.

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Use a crochet hook & yarn to create your very own plush dinosaur egg. Learn basic crochet skills used in many amigurumi/plush crochet patterns.
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Use a sewing machine to create a 4”x6” character themed drawstring bag. Learn how to use a sewing machine and an overlock vertical foot.
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Use a sewing machine to create a 14” character themed throw pillow. Learn how to use a sewing machine, sew a semi-invisible zipper, & use a ¼” foot.
We can’t wait to see you!

Meet the Hackers: Con Bravo

Friday is the start of Con Bravo in Hamilton, Ontario.

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From the ConBravo site:

ConBravo! is a three-day festival of YouTube, gaming, music, anime, and just about everything else your geeky heart desires. The festival is dedicated to fandom, equipped with consoles, arcades, LAN parties, panels, workshops, concerts, guest appearances, and a whole lot more.

Most of all, we’re focused on independent and community creators; people who bring fandom to life. It’s what makes us different from any other show out there, and promises an experience you won’t find anywhere else.

I will be there! Megan from Absynthetika will also be joining me at table M01 in the Artist Alley.

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I will have my special NES Sampler quilt and the Lap sized Tardis quilt with their patterns available.  I will also be on two panels.

Copyright Basics for Crafters and Artists
Webster A
9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Copyright must be considered when creating art. Learn what you can and can’t do based upon copyrighted images. Non copyrighted items are also covered.

Artist Alley 101
Webster C
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Ready to hawk your handmade wares at cons, but have no clue where to start? Come get the low-down on all the basics of artist alley participation!

So if you are in the Hamilton area, swing by and say hi!

 

A Brand New Pattern!

Today is a very exciting day for me.  A little over a month ago, Nicole and I launched the pattern inspired by the Tardis.

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Today we are launching a new pattern in our series that is inspired by Totoro.

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Not only am I excited about the new pattern in our line, I am also excited about our brand new pattern store on Craftsy!! Craftsy is a site I have always loved for it’s patterns, tutorials, and community of crafters.  After the launch of the Tardis pattern last month I did a lot of research into the best way to bring you our patterns digitally and Craftsy came out on top.  You can even follow our shop to see when we add new patterns! 

The coolest thing about Craftsy is you can upload your finished projects and tag them through the patterns!  This allows everyone looking at the pattern to see your finished quilt and appreciate it.  I have uploaded the quilts I made when designing the patterns and can’t wait to see the quilts you make!

Can’t quilt but want to learn?  These are both beginner patterns.  If you know how to use a rotary cutter and straight edge and can sew a 1/4″ seam, you can make these patterns.

The next two weekends I will be at Con Bravo and GenCon.  The finished Totoro pattern won’t be ready for ConBravo, but we will have it ready for GenCon!  If you are going to GenCon, swing by.  We would love to show you the patterns.

Time for Teaching

The blog is a day late today because I spent yesterday teaching a throw pillow class at my local Family Centre.  The Family Centre has been super generous to me allowing me to use their room to pin my quilts.  In return I offered to teach sewing classes.

It was the first class I taught with my new bank of sewing machines.  I wanted to teach basic sewing skills, but a lot of people that want to take those classes don’t have sewing machines.  I managed to find a group of Brother machines at a great price so I can now teach basic skills even if you don’t have a machine of your own!

I found some cool fall fabrics when I was in Lancaster last month and LOVED the amazing pillows everyone made.

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Every single person was able to use the machines (I had a lot of people that have never used one before) and finish their pillows on their own!  I can’t wait to teach more classes at GenCon in three weeks.  I will be bringing the machines with me.  If you are going to GenCon and want to sign up for a throw pillow or dice bag class, you can see them here.

If you would like me to teach at your local family centre, library, quilt store, or sewing store, here are the workshops I currently offer (I can always add more).

Sew a Throw Pillow 1.5 hours – 2 hours (Machines provided if needed)
                  Use a sewing machine to create a 14” throw pillow. Learn how to use a sewing machine, sew a semi-invisible zipper, & use a ¼” foot.

Sew a Dice Bag 1.5 hours (Machines provided if needed)
                  Use a sewing machine to create a 4×6” character themed drawstring bag. Learn how to use a sewing machine & an overlock vertical foot.

Copyright Basics for Arists and Crafters 1 hour (lecture)
Copyright is something artists and crafters have to consider when they create their art. Learn about what you can and can’t do based upon copyrighted images. We also take a look at basing art off of non copyrighted images.

Make your own pixel patterns 3 hours (lecture)
Learn how to create a pixelated image, turn it into a quilt pattern, and how to pick the right fabrics for your image.

Make your own pixel patterns 12 hours
In the 12 hour workshop we do everything in the 3 hour lecture and then create our quilt tops.  Learn how to strip piece to create your quilt in the most efficient way possible.  Also learn how to line up your seams to have crisp points in your finished quilt.

Have them get in touch!

 

2016 Row by Row

June 21st started one of my favorite times of year for Quilting with Row by Row.

What is Row by Row?

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All 50 States and Canada, too!

How about this… it’s like a shop hop, but it’s not… no fees, no cards to stamp, and all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!

Prizes and collectibles!

Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2016 rows from 8 different 2016 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize! Click here for more details.

Exclusive Fabric Plates™ by Zebra Patterns will be available in many Row by Row quilt shops. Each one is unique! Collect a bunch to create fun projects, sewing studio wall art or even a fun backing for your quilt.

Be watching for pins, t-shirts, caps and even more Row by Row licensed items featuring the Row by Row Home Sweet Home logo.

Each area has it’s own Facebook page. Like the page from the areas you visit to see pics of the rows, shop displays, winning quilts and fabric plate projects. Click here to find your Row by Row area!

So I need your help!  Starting this Saturday on Craft Hackers I am going to feature stores that are participating in Row by Row with theirs rows, fabric plates, and any other goodies they are doing.  I can only travel so far and collect so much, so I need you to do it for me!  Take pictures of your favorite quilt store or stores, their row by row, and their fabric plates and send them to me!  Want me to promote your blog, site, quilts, or anything sewing related as well?  Make sure to include it!  You can include yourself, family or friends in the picture, or just send me pictures of the store and goodies.

This will be a multi week event and will happen every Saturday for as long as I have pictures and stores to share (or the hop ends on Sept 6, whichever comes first).  I will share the pictures and stores in the order I receive them, so get on it!

You can send me a message through my Facebook, tweet it at me, or send me an email to tnitnetny@yahoo.com.

Have fun hopping!

Attend a Class!

After we release our GenCon schedule of classes I was asked if I would teach any classes other places.  I have good news if you are in the London, Ontario area!  I will be teaching a throw pillow class in two weeks on Wednesday July 13th at 5pm.

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You read that right, it is only $5!!  There are only a few seats available, so register right away if you would like to take the class.

Our classes at GenCon are also filling up fast.  Make sure you check out the classes and register!

If you would like me to teach at your local quilt store or quilt guild, have them contact me.  You can see the classes I offer on my website.

 

Too Many Games

Friday is the start of Too Many Games in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

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TooManyGames is for anyone interested in video games, board games, CCG’s, and tabletop gaming. The event will be held on June 24-26, 2016. TooManyGames has been known for its video game music concerts, chiptunes, industry panels, panels by famous YouTubers, and brand new game releases for old consoles.

We will be there!  I am so happy to have Nicole back with me.  I felt strange two weeks ago knowing she was at a convention and I wasn’t with her.  You can find us at booth B40.

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I received my new Tardis pattern in the mail yesterday!

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I will have them for the first time at Too Many Games.  If you would like to see the new pattern, swing by!