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!
I had an amazing time this past weekend at New York Comic Con.
I love that we were in the same location for the third year so I saw a lot of familiar faces. It was great catching up and meeting new friends. I only took a few pictures because I was so busy! I need to be forced to take more selfies with people.
Hopefully we will be in the same location next year to make it even easier!
New York kicked off the super busy part of my schedule. For the next few weeks I am going to be one busy woman. Here is how it looks:
October 20-22 – Twitch Con, Long Beach CA – In Creative Corner Booth CC50 October 27-30 – Fall Quilt Market, Houston, TX – As an Attendee, find me for a special collectors card! November 3-5 – Play Fair, New York, NY – Booth 355
That means the next three weeks of blogs will give you information about all of these events. I will also be live streaming on Twitch often through the next four weeks showing the conventions as well as some sewing and game playing streams.
New York Comic Con starts tomorrow!! I am so excited to be back in New York City. It is an amazing convention and the city has shown me love every year. We are exactly in the same place we have been the last two years, booth 2582.
This year will be just Nicole and I with a few of our friends helping us out. We have our quilt pattern line, quilt kits, quilts, pillows, dice bags, amigurumi, plush, scarves, and mystery boxes!!
The mystery boxes are the ones we have left from C2E2 and Awesome Con. So there are just a few left. If you want to take your chance and get over $90 of handmade goods from us for just $40, you probably want to swing by early.
We are giving one copy away! If you would like to win a pattern for yourself, make sure you comment on the Facebook Video with what pattern you would like to see us make. (To comment, click on the Facebook logo in the bottom right corner).
Let's give away a quilt pattern! Tell me what pattern you would like to see next in the comments for your chance to win. Drawing at 1pm est Thursday!
This Saturday is my local Comic Con! You will be able to find me at Forest City Comic Con here in London, Ontario. I will be there with Megan of Absynthetika! You can find us at Booth 87.
I will have some of my quilts and pillows and all of my patterns, kits, and dice bags! Megan will have both her corsets and her Christmas stockings. Forest City Comic Con is an amazing combination of comics, anime, cosplay, gaming, and everything geeky! Their program and guests can be found here: http://forestcitycomicon.ca/schedule/.
If you are in the Ontario area, swing by and say hi!
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!
I was asked by Tamarinis to create something pixelated for her first line of fabrics with Island Batiks. Why pixelated? Because I am a pixel quilter! Even though I specialize in geeky quilts, I like a challenge. First I had to think of a design. Here are some of the amazing fabrics that I got to choose from.
That starburst pattern is pretty cool and has a few color options. I decided to use those fabrics and create a pixelated design based on the design in the fabric.
After figuring out the pattern I decided to put the pastels together and the bold colors together. I wanted to show the same pattern with different colorways so decided on a double sided quilt. After sewing strips together I cut out all of the pieces and laid them out.
Then it was time to assemble the rows.
After assembling rows, I added a border of fussy cut background fabric around to show the design of the fabric off as well as pull the rows together to allow for easier quilting.
Once the quilt was finished I quilted it with just regular straight lines to give it a more modern feel. The binding choice was to give it a color pop completely different than the fabrics I chose, but is part of the collection. I really like the finished product and it was a lot of fun making it!
Next on the Blog hop is Purple Moose Designs. Make sure you visit them all! And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom to win great prizes, including a wonderful Tamarinis pattern pack, fabric, thread and more from several of the designers in the blog hop!
Well that was a whirlwind! When I left GenCon and headed to Maryland I was expecting a nice relaxing week working on my commission list before I went to Dragon Con to help a friend.
Then I got the call.
For those not familiar with the process of deciding to do a convention, one of two things happen. For some conventions I am a guest. In this instance I negotiate what is expected of me and what I will receive in return. Sometimes I teach, sometimes I lecture, and sometimes I just help run one part of the convention (such as charity). As a guest I know well in advance what I can expect and can plan for it.
For other conventions I pay for a space. You can’t just pay for space though. Most of the time you have to apply and they have to like you to receive a space. I have applied a few years for Dragon Con, but there are very few spots for new people and I was told I was on the wait list this year. Then the call came in one week before the convention saying someone had dropped out and did I want the space. As someone who had applied for a few years and was wait-listed, I immediately jumped at the chance. But now I had to scramble. I had to make pillows, dice bags, and panel quilts. I had to book a room, find help, and figure out all of the logistics of this convention last minute. This is something I normally spend months doing and I managed to get it done within a week. It all came together very nicely.
I had an amazing time. Everyone in Atlanta opened their arms and embraced me. I met so many new people and saw many many of my old friends. The best part of the entire weekend was this moment.
Yup. That is Stan Lee wrapped in one of my Avengers Panel Quilts. Friday morning when Stan arrived it was VERY cold in the building and he didn’t bring a sweater. Someone mentioned they thought they saw quilts around the corner. So a helper ran over to me and yelled “I need a quilt for Stan, quick!” I had to think fast and grabbed one of the panel quilts. They shared this photo with me later which melted my heart. Apparently he carried it with him the entire weekend and loved it. This alone made the entire scramble worth it.
Thank You Atlanta for being one of the most awesome cities and awesome conventions ever and allowing me to keep Stan Lee warm.