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!
Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving. It is a day to get together with family and be thankful for what you have. Here in Canada, we had our Thanksgiving last month so tomorrow is like any other day.
So I am going to spend my Thanksgiving giving thanks for you. I am going to have a marathon Twitch stream giving things away to you! Like always for every 5 new followers I will give away a bag of my scraps! A new giveaway I now have gives a quilt pattern of your choice for every 5 new subscriptions!
So what are subscriptions? Twitch subscriptions are a monthly payment made to Twitch Partners and Affiliates as a way for viewers to support their favorite channels. Subscribers are given a variety of premium perks such as special emoticons (emotes) to use in a stream’s chatroom while the streamer gains a recurring source of income that can help pay their streaming and living expenses. Subscriptions are one of the more-popular ways to make money on Twitch.
If you subscribe to my channel you get some amazing things.
Cool Emotes you can use all over Twitch
5 extra tickets into ALL drawings
Extra quilt coins (what you earn for just watching) you can use for patterns, gift certificates and other things
Pixel rewards each month that you can use to get free Quilts, Pillows, and dice bags!
Plus, if you have Amazon prime, you get a FREE Sub! That means you can support me while earning pixels to get free stuff!
These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and conventions. I am finally back home again couldn’t be happier! There is something special about being in my studio sewing and streaming. It is my happy place.
I now have a month and a half to finish my commission line up as well as create stock for Magfest. I believe in myself and can do it!
First up is the restock. If you ever wondered how I keep my inventory, I use Square. A POS system that is perfect for a small business like myself. My first stream back I showed how I use my POS system and restocked on some pillows.
The best part of being home again and streaming is I can have guests again! Yesterday my friend Marlo came over and streamed with me.
This Saturday Megan (the corset woman) will be visiting and we will be streaming most of the day! I can’t wait!
As I expected, Quilt Market was amazing. I had such a good time meeting new people and catching up on old ones. I had a total of FOUR giveaways this market and there is still time to enter! The drawings will start tonight at 7pm est on both Facebook and Twitch (I will be streaming both at the same time). To be eligible for the Market drawings you must comment on the post with what we asked for. For example, the Arrow sewing chair giveaway asks you to find your local store and enter the name. You can find all of the video giveaways on my Facebook page.
I am not finished traveling! I still have one more convention to round out my 6 week tour. This weekend you can find me back in New York City at Play Fair at booth 355.
Play Fair is a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. It’s an immersive, experience-rich event for children, parents, families, and teenage and adult fans. With hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives, attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow!
So make sure you enter the drawings for tonight and I will see you this weekend in New York!
We are now half way through my stretch of 4 conventions in 5 weeks!
I had such a great time at Twitch Con this past weekend. It was my first time and it was everything I hoped it to be. I even streamed on Twitch live from my booth every day! Want to see what Twitch Con looked like without all the people? I did a live stream Saturday morning.
Next up is Quilt Market this weekend. What is Quilt Market?
It is a credentialed quilt trade show. This means you need to be a quilt shop owner, buyer, or industry professional (professional quilter, teacher, designer, or publisher). The fabric manufacturers, wholesalers, and companies that we want to see will all be there. This is the show where we get to see everything new coming out! I have seen a few previews and am SUPER excited about the new fabrics I will be able to get.
I don’t have a booth so will be wandering the floor. So make sure you find me if you want one of my collectors cards!