There are some amazing things that will be happening in the next couple of months. The first is the work I will be doing at Awesome Con (the DC Comic Con). One of the things that was missing from the con last year was a charity presence. I brought this up to Ben (the fantastic guy that runs it) and he responded with, “well, do you want to take care of that?” I of course responded with a YES! So we will start out this first time with just a simple silent charity auction. The beneficiary of this auction will be Child’s Play.
The first thing I am looking for is donations. If you have something cool lying around your house that you don’t want and think it would be a great silent auction thing, let me know. I am not picky and am looking for all types of things. If you would like to make something for the auction, that would be even better! Let me know as soon as you can if you are able to donate anything.
The second thing I would like to share is about this: http://quiltoni.deviantart.com/art/Sprite-Stitch-Charity-Quilt-2-2013-410874306. If you follow my blog on a regular basis you know that is the second quilt that Sprite Stitch members made for charity. I didn’t say what happened to it because it was saved for Awesome Con. If you can’t make it to the convention you still have a chance to bid on this awesome (pun intended) quilt. On April 2nd I will open it up for silent bids through email. I will keep the current bid of the quilt updated on my facebook as well as my twitter page. Bidding will be closed two weeks later on April 16. The highest amount that the quilt has will be the starting amount at the convention in DC. If no one outbids that internet amount, the quilt will be yours!
I love creating new and exciting quilts and sharing the process. For the past week I have been working on Ganon, a quilt I have always wanted to make. I have been sharing the progress photos on Facebook and Twitter and have been loving every step. I should get it pinned, quilted, and finished by the end of next week and can share the finished photo. I find that a lot of people are interested in the villains, side kicks, and love interests, but most people still want the main characters. This means that sometimes they don’t sell as quickly. So while I really want to make more villains, side kicks, and love interests, I won’t unless they are commissioned.
I have some exciting news to share next week about Awesome Con, the DC Comic Con. If you have been following the convention web site you may have seen that Billie Piper is going to be a guest! This is exciting because it will be her first east coast appearance. There are so many exciting things about this year and I can’t wait to talk about it next week. Needless to say, you REALLY want to be in the DC area for Easter this year. Not only will I be there with some friends (yes, Nicole will be there) but there are going to be some cool things I am involved in. So tune in next week!
I am so excited to get to work on some new commissions I have taken this week. I have talked to quite a few people over the years about doing a larger quilt with the title of the game and a few characters below the name. Both the Secret of Mana and the Final Fantasy quilts do exactly this! It is hard for me to describe how a new design of a quilt will look to people. I have a lot of quilts mapped out in my head (ask me about my king size Tetris one day) that I would LOVE to make. Until someone is interested in one, I don’t make a pattern for it so sometimes it becomes a catch 22.
But now two people have asked me to make these awesome new quilts! I am so excited to get started. The Secret of Mana quilt takes 4 sprites directly from the game. The Final Fantasy quilt will use 3 characters from both 6 and 7. These sprites can’t be directly turned into a pixelated image (way too many pixels in the original). So I needed to get a little creative and turn them into 32 bit sprites. I am pretty happy with how they turned out and so is the person that commissioned it. I can’t wait to share the finished product!
So the next month I will spend finishing off the Ganon, Queen/King Tshirt, and Cham quilts. The faster I get these finished, the sooner I can concentrate on quilts for DC Comic Con. I have plans on what I would like to get finished, but you know how plans work out. On another note, if you are going to Awesome Con (the DC Comic Con) and would like to see a certain iron on patch there, let me know and I will make sure I have them made.
I was very excited yesterday when I mailed my first quilt out to someone not in the United States or Canada! The Chrono Trigger quilt was actually for a lady in Japan. I met her at Magfest where she was visiting the area. She saw the Chrono Trigger I had made for a commission that wasn’t picked up yet and she wanted it. Luckily I knew how much it weighed so was able to tell her the cost to ship it and it is now on its’ way!
The amazing thing was it didn’t cost that much to ship it. It is just a simple lap quilt that weighed about 4 pounds. It cost me about $17 to ship it so it was really reasonable, almost the same amount as it would cost me to ship it to the States. The big difference is I don’t have any tracking on it (where to the States I would). So I am a little nervous that her quilt is out there in limbo somewhere without the ability to see where it is. It will also take about 2-3 weeks to get to her where it would take 3-4 days to send a quilt to someone in the States. She is very understanding about my nervousness though so told me that she would let me know the moment the quilt arrives. That makes me feel a little better.
I am always taking new commissions on quilts, but I am talking to a couple of people that have large quilts they would like made. This means that the commissions may take longer. As of today I am talking to 4 new people about quilts and the next one to put a deposit down would get their quilt started in June. So basically what I am saying is if you were thinking of a Christmas gift for someone, you better book it now!
So good news and bad news. The bad news is that I was hoping to have a table at Anime North in May but the convention has posted on their website that they are already full for vendor tables. The good news is that I will be able to do either Con Bravo in July, or Too Many Games in June, or be able to showcase more of my quilts at GenCon!
I have also been trying to figure out how to do more quilts to showcase for Awesome Con in April and I have found a solution. I have found some amazing panels at a local quilt store here in London and I believe I can get them finished off in time. I purchased a Marvel panel, a Hello Kitty panel, and a Yu-Gi-Oh panel. I can’t wait to finish them and show off some pictures.
I can also cross off 2 more commissions! I have finished off the lap sized tshirt quilt and the double sided Mario and Peach. I need to take pictures at my friends house this Friday and can then get them sent out. I am excited about how quickly I am getting through them. Once I finish all of the ones on my list I can get working on the Awesome Con wish list..
I am slowly making my way through the commissions I have. I thought I was going at a much slower pace than I have, and then I realized that yes, of course I am. I have a full time job in addition to quilting so I don’t have as much time anymore. My goal is to get as many commissions finished as possible before I get started on quilts I want to display at the DC Comic Con.
I definitely want to make a Ghostbusters, Yoshi, Link, and if I have time debut the Dalek quilt. If I have time, then I will work on the other ones. For now, I will concentrate on getting all of your commissions finished!
Speaking of Awesome Con, be on the look out in the next few weeks for an awesome announcement. I am very excited for everything happening at the convention this year. There are some exciting additions that I am going to be involved in. If you are looking for an Awesome convention, then check out this years DC Comic Con that will be on Easter weekend. I can’t wait!! http://awesomecondc.com/
Wishlist for Awesome Con
Tardis – another one
3 color Tetris player 2
Link w/ Triforce
Commissions to do before Awesome Con:
Large Lap jumping Megaman – finished!
Double size sleeping Kirby – finished!
Lap size T-shirt quilt – top done
Lap size Mario/Peach double sided – Mario finished, Peach started
Posting the picture of the T-Shirt commission quilt I am making brought up a lot of questions about my T-Shirt quilts. I realized I give a whole spiel about them at conventions when people are interested but haven’t talked about them here, so my spiel is:
Most T-Shirt quilts are made using a stabilizer. This does two things. It helps keep the t-shirt in place so it is easier to assemble and quilt as well as make sure there are no catches, bumps, ridges, etc. and the quilt has a smooth surface. I have experimented with all sorts of stabilizers and have found that the best, softest, most cuddly t-shirt quilt is without any stabilizer at all. This means your quilt may have a few bumps and catches where the t-shirt stretches and slides during assembly. It shouldn’t be too noticeable unless you look for it, but your quilt will feel just like your favorite t-shirt did while keeping you warm.
You also have a choice of sashing or no sashing. Sashing costs me the money in fabric, but is a lot easier for me to assemble the quilt by giving it some stabilizing force. This is the reason that the price is the same for both options. You can choose the color of your sashing and backing, but I normally suggest black. I can also take something small from the front, arms, back, wherever and applique it to the main t-shirt. This makes sure nothing is missed, but remember there may be some puckering because there is no stabilizer. I always email the photo of the layout and the applique in case you would like some changes made. (Although I haven’t had anyone make changes yet).
So that is the spiel I give to people when I talk about my t-shirt quilt process. I have quilters ask me how can I possibly make a t-shirt quilt without stabilizer and I tell them I have developed my own technique that works for me. I won’t give away my secrets, but I do give private lessons in person and through Skype where I do divulge a lot of my secrets and techniques.
So if you are interested in a t-shirt quilt, let me know! The prices as well as how many t-shirts you will need are all on my website at www.quiltoni.com.
Commissions to do before Awesome Con:
Large Lap jumping Megaman – finished!
Double size sleeping Kirby – quilted, waiting for binding
Lap size T-shirt quilt – started, t-shirts cut up and arranged
I have more commissions on my list than I have ever had. Surprisingly this makes me really happy. I love to quilt (or I wouldn’t do what I do) but I love creating new and exciting quilts even more! I have to make the same quilts over and over for conventions, but commissions allow me to do something different. Some of my commissions are repeats, but since it is only the second time I have made them I still enjoy them.
The next convention I have will be Awesome Con in Washington DC. The convention will fall on Easter weekend this year. I am going to talk about the convention as it gets closer but I am excited to be fulfilling a new role there of charity coordinator. I am very excited to fulfill this role and can’t wait for the convention! If you have any ideas for charity fundraising, please let me know! For those of you that followed the charity quilts from Sprite Stitch, the second quilt will be auctioned off at this convention. I will talk more about that in a month or two and tell you how you can bid on the quilt.
I have always enjoyed going to Magfest and this trip wasn’t any different. I loved saying hi to people I have met before and meeting new people. It was an amazing time. It was a little different because I didn’t sell that many quilts, but I took a lot a bunch of commissions as well as sold pillows and patches. That just means I have to make less for my next show and can work on commissions! There is still a wish list I have that I would like to accomplish, but my focus will be the commissions I have taken so far.
This also means that if you commission a quilt the earliest I would be able to get it to you is May. This is probably the longest my commission list has been, but I am perfectly happy with that. I love creating new quilts! If you commissioned me, you will see your quilt below and the order I took the commissions. I have already finished the MegaMan and will be starting on Kirby this week.
I am also happy to say that I did not contract the con plague. I got little sleep and was at my table most of the time, shook hands, and ate unhealthy (all of the things a good con entails) but I was able to ward off sickness. Remember, I always have public hand sanitizer at my table. Please use it!!
I have finished all of my commissions that I promised would be finished for Magfest! I didn’t get as many quilts to showcase as I wanted to, but I did get a Tardis finished. Now I am working on some pillows and a few iron on patches. I have accepted I won’t finish any more quilts, so am not going to start any new ones. My to do list on quilts starting next week will be aiming for DC Comic Con in April.
If you haven’t been to Magfest, it is an amazing convention that you should consider seeing. Check it out: http://www.magfest.org/. There are some amazing guests this year including Al Lowe and Jon St John. There are lots of amazing bands, panels, video games to play, and of course the marketplace! Nicole will of course be joining me at our tables. That brings me to the announcement I promised last week:
I am very excited and please to announce that one of my best friends in the entire world Liz Dean will be joining Nicole and I at Magfest!!! Yes, Liz will be flying from California to see everyone and join us. I am so excited. If you don’t recognize her name, you may recognize her awesome crafts: https://www.facebook.com/SeamsGeeky. Or your may recognize her from her husbands comic: http://reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=october-16-2013. Greg and Liz won’t be joining her, but hey, you don’t need them you have Liz!!