Meet the Hackers: Dragon Con!

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Toni will be a part of Dragon Con this year!!  Originally she was going to help a friend at their booth but was offered her own at the last minute.  You can find Quiltoni in the America’s Mart building, third floor at booth 804.

In addition to quilts, pillows, dice bags, quilt patterns, and quilt kits there will be carrying some very special products, Famore Scissors!!

These are Toni’s scissors of choice and all she uses.   Better yet, if you have questions about their scissors a representative will be at the booth to answer them!  This is your chance to see these scissors in person.  So swing by Booth 804 to see Quilt and Scissor goodness!


Yarn Project Totes

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Happy Sunday, all!

As we are at GenCon this week, once again I thought we could take a look at travel totes but this time around focusing on yarn projects. The issues I usually run into when bringing along my crochet projects often include tangled yarn and/or carrying the right hooks (but not all of my hooks), so I’ve been looking in to DIY patterns to solve these or at least reduce them.

This first one from SewMamaSew is an all-inclusive type that can fit at least a couple skeins of yarn and has pockets for both patterns and other utensils (hooks, stitch markers, etc.):

This second one from JustCraftyEnough could be placed inside of a larger tote for portability because it definitely solves any tangling possibilities. I really love the idea of essentially having a portable yarn bowl:

This last one from CherishedBliss is probably my favorite, not only because of the clever graphic but also because of the clever construction with multiple grommets and pockets:

 

I hope these inspire many happy traveling craft shenanigans.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Meet the Hackers: Gen Con

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Today is the start of GenCon and I am super excited!  It is one of my favorite conventions.  This year you can find Craft Hackers at Booth 1753.

Nicole and Marc from Rice Hat Samurai are both joining Quiltoni again this year!

Marc has some amazing new jewelry, Nicole has a lot of new dolls and plush, and of course Toni has new quilts, pillows, quilt patterns, and quilt kits!

Nicole and Toni are also teaching classes again!  Nicole’s classes and some of Toni’s are sold out, but there are still a few classes available.  You can also bring generic tickets and if someone doesn’t show up you can sit in on the class.

English Paper Piecing Quilt Technique

Date/ Time /Game ID:

  1. Thursday, August 17th/ 10:00am /SPA17103527
  2. Friday, August 18th/ 10:00am /SPA17103528
  3. Saturday, August 19th/ 9:00am /SPA17103529

English Paper Piece a Catan Board Quilt

Date/ Time /Game ID:

  1. Friday, August 18th/ 7:00pm /SPA17103534
  2. Sunday, August 20th/ 12:00pm /SPA17103535

Crochet a Hogwarts Infinity Scarf

Date/ Time /Game ID:

  1. Thursday, August 17th/ 12:00pm /SPA17103530
  2. Friday, August 18th/ 11:00am /SPA17103531
  3. Saturday, August 19th/ 2:00pm /SPA17103532

See you at GenCon!


Crafting on the Go

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Happy Sunday, all!

Gen Con starts this week and we are super excited to be there again! I don’t know about you but I always have some kind of projects I am working on and many of them are small enough to tote along with me. The problem I often have, however, is how to best travel with everything I need but in the smallest possible space. Even when there are only two of us in the car, we are often gone for at least a week and that requires a lot of luggage so the crafts need to be condensable. I currently have a couple of specialty bags that travel with me for different purposes. The one for my embroidery/cross stitch has two large side pockets and a three ring style plastic organizer for floss bobbins in the center. It lays quite flat and I definitely have plenty of room for a couple of projects at once. I sometimes have to carry more so I’ve been looking for another to buy or make and in my searches have found the following…

This first one on Craftsy is everything you could wish for and more. It is quite a large tote with all kinds of pockets for pretty much anything you need to bring along and it seems pretty straight forward. I really like the optional shoulder strap and the variety of pocket and zipper options the pattern mentions so that you can completely personalize it to your needs.

   

This second one from the Embroidery Library looks like it may lie flatter, more like my current project bag and could be a great option if I want to use these for a different project a piece.

This last one from Handmadiya was just too cute for me to pass up and it is also incredibly small so it may be great to organize smaller items within one of the larger ones.

 

I’m honestly tempted to make the last one just because it is so adorable. In any case, next week we will have a look at some totes that may be better for yarn type projects on the go.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Meet the Hackers: Boston ComicCon

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It’s Wednesday again, and I’m on my third event in a row. This weekend I will be at Boston ComicCon, in Booth 514. We are traveling today, which for us is a twelve hour drive. We look at travel as an opportunity to see things we rarely have time for. Little attractions, museums, diners and local foods.

Our goal for Boston, besides the show, is some historical site seeing and possibly a whale watching tour.

Boston ComicCon is this weekend, Friday through Sunday at the Boston Convention Center. There are a lot of great guests this year, and an amazing vending and artist alley. I’ll be with New World Collectibles in booth 514, and sculpting live during the show! If you are in the area, come on out and see us!

Where: Boston ComicCon

When: August 10-13


Meet the Hackers: Con Bravo

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Today is the start of Con Bravo in Hamilton, Ontario and Megan and I will be there!

We can be found in the artist alley at booth O08.  Swing by to see the amazing corsets, quilts, pillows, dice bags and of course patterns!  I have a new quilt kit that will be debuting at Con Bravo.

This is a special quilt kit that can be done completely by hand!  You can purchase the kit for $30.  If you would like some hands on teaching, there are still spots available at GenCon!  

See you this weekend at Con Bravo!


Meet the Hackers:Too Many Games

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For the first time ever, I am doing back to back conventions.

This weekend is Too Many Games in Oaks, Pennsylvania.  It is the premier event for anyone interested in video games, board games, CCG’s, and tabletop gaming. Too Many Games has been known for its video game music concerts, chiptunes, industry panels, panels by famous YouTubers and brand new game releases for old consoles. There is a marketplace with 60+ vendors selling retro games, new games, board games, crafts, art and so much more.

You know who will be in that marketplace, Me!  Nicole will be with me this weekend but she sold so much at Awesome Con last weekend she will just be there to support me.

You can find us in the same place as last year, along the right wall when you enter the convention.

I will have quilts, pillows, dice bags, patterns, and kits!  Want your own pattern or kit and won’t be able to make it to Too Many Games?  Get them now on my Etsy shop.  More on my patterns and kits tomorrow!

We also have just a couple Mystery Boxes left.  So if you want a few discontinued pillows and dice bags for only $40, pick one up!

See you at Too Many Games!

-Toni


Meet the Hackers: Awesome Con

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I am so excited to be returning to Awesome Con this weekend!

Last year I really wanted to be at Wizard World Philly and it happened the same weekend as Awesome Con.  So Nicole and I decided to split conventions.  Philly was fun, but it definitely wasn’t the same.  I will never leave Awesome Con again!

This year we are back to the head of Artist Alley at tables K1-K2

We have a lot of new and exciting things for you this year including new Amigurumi dolls, quilts, quilt patterns and kits, and MYSTERY BOXES!!  That’s right, Nicole and I went through our inventory and pulled some things we are no longer going to carry.  Those things went into mystery boxes.  For $40 you will receive at least $90 of things including at least one pillow!

So swing by Artist Alley, hang out for a while, and look check out our hand made goodies.

-Toni


Hickory ComicCon

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Happy Wednesday! This is Kim, with Fantastical Menagerie. This coming weekend, you can find my things at a local show in North Carolina, Hickory ComicCon. It’s June3rd, in Hickory, NC. I and a number of other artists and vendors will be set up at this event at the Hickory Metro and Convention Center from 10-5. You can find the event information here.

They offer a costume contest, comic book grading, and the 501st Legion will be there are well. This show offers an opportunity to stick your toes in and try out a smaller event, and see if you like them. North Carolina offers a number of one day events like this each year, including Shelby ComicCon, Statesville, Greenville, and one in Marion, NC. They offer a relaxed environment, the opportunity to network with other local geeks, and gaming!

I will have my small setup here, but some really cool new designs and pieces.

*Photo taken from Hickory ComicCon’s event page.

 

 


GenCon Classes

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GenCon Classes go live on Sunday for sign ups!  GenCon is the original longest running gaming convention in the world and it happens in Indianapolis August 17-20.  They are unique by allowing you to pick and choose your classes and events ahead of time by securing tickets.  No waiting in lines!

Nicole, Toni, and Marc will be at GenCon again this year and Toni and Nicole will be teaching classes again!

Toni will be teaching two English Paper Piecing classes.

 

English Paper Piecing Quilt Technique

Description: Learn to English Paper Piece, or get help with an existing project you are working on. In this class we will start with the basic hexagon flower using scraps of colorful and character fabrics (like Dr Who or Comic Books).

Class Length: 2 hours

Date/ Time /Game ID:

  1. Thursday, August 17th/ 10:00am /SPA17103527
  2. Friday, August 18th/ 10:00am /SPA17103528
  3. Saturday, August 19th/ 9:00am /SPA17103529

Cost: $18

English Paper Piece a Catan Board Quilt

Description: Learn to English Paper Piece by creating a small version of the Catan board, 9″ wide to be exact. In this class we will start with the basic hexagon shape and add on triangles (for sand) around the edges.  Options for finishing your miniature quilt will be discussed.

Class Length: 2 hours

Date/ Time /Game ID:

  1. Friday, August 18th/ 7:00pm /SPA17103534
  2. Sunday, August 20th/ 12:00pm /SPA17103535

Cost: $34

Nicole will be teaching Crochet classes again.

Crochet a Hogwarts Infinity Scarf

Description: Learn the basic crochet techniques in scarf making along with custom techniques for making an almost seamless infinity scarf. Materials will be provided, but if you have different colors/hooks you’d prefer to use feel free to bring them. Novice and first time crocheters will most likely not finish during class hours, but tools will include a pattern to take home so that everyone can finish on their own time.

Class Length: 2 hours

Date/ Time /Game ID:

  1. Thursday, August 17th/ 12:00pm /SPA17103530
  2. Friday, August 18th/ 11:00am /SPA17103531
  3. Saturday, August 19th/ 2:00pm /SPA17103532

Cost: $28

So head over to GenCon and sign up for some classes!