New Quilt Pattern and Quilt Kits

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Yesterday Nicole and I launched the next quilt pattern in our series, Dark Mage.

 

We are excited for this latest addition to our pattern line.  The goal is to release one every 2-3 months.  You can see the entire pattern line on Craftsy.

I also started selling Quilt Kits!  These are kits that contain all of the fabric you need to make a quilt top just like my samples!

To see the quilt kits available, check out my Etsy shop.

The next pattern we have planned I am super excited about.  If you follow my Twitch you already know what it’s going to be!

-Toni

 


#Quiltedprayerrugs

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Like many people I was shocked and hurt when I heard of the shooting in Quebec and mosque burning in Texas and my gut instinct was to try to help.  I didn’t know what I could do until my friend Tracy Mooney from Generation Q Magazine had the idea of making prayer rugs.  I have volunteered to be the collector of prayer rugs in Ontario.  If you would like to contribute or know of a Mosque in Ontario , please feel free to reach out to me at toni@quiltoni.com.

Reprinted with permission from Generation Q Magazine:

CAN A QUILT BE USED AS A PRAYER RUG?

TRACY • FEBRUARY 03, 2017

#QUILTEDPRAYERRUGS

Quilters know better than any other group that fabric often builds a bridge between people that is stronger than steel. This is proven time and again by quilt drives to help comfort victims of natural and not-so-natural disasters, such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, last year’s Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida, or the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Then there are the families who lost homes in the Colorado wildfires and the Haitian earthquakes and storms. (It’s so painful that we can just go on and on with recent examples.)

For every one of these events, and so many others, we’ve watched and participated as the call for quilts was rallied and answered. These quilts are always made and sent with the most basic of motives: to let the recipient know he or she is cared about. Regardless of religious/sexual/political creed or preferences, these quilts are simply offered as literal and figurative comfort.

So last week, when a mosque was burned to the ground in Victoria, Texas, and six Muslims were shot and killed unexpectedly in a Quebec mosque, that familiar let’s-make-a-quilt impulse surfaced.

That impulse got stronger for our senior editor Tracy Mooney as she watched news coverage of a local legislative outreach event in Austin, Texas. The event was Muslim Capitol Day, a day on which Austin Muslim school kids visit the Texas Capitol to learn about government. Two years ago, this event was interrupted by Christian extremists chanting “Muhammad is dead” and sabotaging the microphone to denounce the religious beliefs of this small group of Muslim American kids. As this year’s event date approached, there was plenty of concern about repeat harassment. About 500 people were expected to attend, and organizers were wary. Instead, 2,000 showed up, with hundreds of volunteers forming a protective human chain around the Capitol building so attendees could peacefully have their event.

“It made me think about all of the Muslims I interact with in my life, Americans who have lived here all their lives who are coming under attack because of the actions of religious extremists,” Tracy says. “What could I do to show them support? Could a quilt be a prayer rug? Is that a kind gesture? Or inappropriate?”

Tracy shared her thoughts with the Generation Q staff and with her friends on Facebook. To say the idea grew legs is an understatement. And so we are announcing the #QuiltedPrayerRugs initiative.

Now, the Generation Q staff members hold very diverse political views and religious traditions. We don’t always agree on everything. But we DO agree that–at least for us–we often feel connected to God as we make quilts, especially for others. And we believe that connection finds its way into the stitches.

“I connect with God deeply while I’m making,” says Teri Lucas, our associate editor. “And I like to think someone else can connect with God on my quilts.”

Prayer quilts–sort of a sub-niche in the gifted quilt tradition–are not an innovation. Groups in countless churches and houses of worship in the United States and other countries make quilts that are blessed, prayed over and given to people struggling with health or life problems. A quilt used as prayer rug is merely a variation. And it is not a stamp of approval on any political view; it is a symbol that the recipient is cared about.

Want to get involved by making a quilted prayer rugs? Here are the basics:

 

Guidelines for a quilted prayer rug should be:

  • 24″ x 48″ to 30″ x 48″
  • Use solids or blender prints. Flowers and leaves are fine. Avoid fabrics that contain motifs that resemble humans or animals.
  • Geometric designs would work beautifully, but any design is appreciated.
  • Use bright colors. Green is considered spiritual. Cobalt blue is also a commonly used color.
  • Finished like any quilt, with batting, backing and binding or fully enclosed edges.
  • Dark fabric for the backing may be a good choice since the quilt will be laid on the floor.

At this point, we suggest that donations of quilts be made to mosques located in your city or state. This way you can meet new people and find out what they really need and offer support.

We DO want to make sure quilted prayer rugs get sent to Quebec and Victoria; complete details of that aspect are still developing. For now, please send these quilts to Lovebug Studios, 1862 E. Belvidere Road. PMB 388. Grayslake, IL 60030. We will keep you posted as to what the needs are as soon as we have more information. Email Tracy if you would like to donate funds for shipping. We will likely need approximately $10 per quilt to get the quilts to their recipients.

International author and quilt artist Linda M. Poole reached out after reading about the idea of prayer quilt rugs. She shared her own experiences with Turkey, a nation where the majority of the population is Muslim.

“I was invited by the Minister of Culture of Turkey to represent America in their first Peace with Quilts quilt show back in 2000. Since that time, I have been back to Turkey four times to study the culture and the artworks, hence my first book long ago was Turkish Delights to Applique. I have been to many mosques to study them and also have many Muslim friends there,” she says. For prayer rugs, she recommends anything colorful and easily rolled up for carrying.

Author/quilter/designer Latifah Saafir, who was raised Muslim, says prayer rugs are often very colorful (green was said to be the Prophet Muhammad’s fave color) and that geometric designs and patterns would be perfect. No fabrics or designs that resemble humans or animals would be suitable. (Our thought: This might be a perfect project for blenders.)

If you would like to volunteer to collect quilts for distribution, please email tracy @ generationqmagazine.com.

UPDATE: Toni Smith, of quiltoni.com and Craft Hackers, has volunteered to be the collection point for Ontario Canada. Contact her via email, toni@quiltoni.com.

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe. Pray.


New Studio!

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My studio is finally finished!

It took a lot of hard work, but I am ready to start live streaming and record tutorials!  Here are some of the pictures of the studio in progress.

I was super excited to unbox my new Olivia Sewing Cabinet by Arrow.

The sewing area is a lot wider than the Ikea table I used before allowing me to work on larger quilts.  The extension table on the back prevents quilts from hanging off and adding weight and pressure to the machine/  The new chair is very comfortable and give me a perfect height to use my machine.

The other new additions are my two Mod Thread Cabinets.

They hold all of my thread and I still have room for more!  They are super easy to use and all I need to do is spin around, pull out the right rack, and choose a color.

The last addition is the lighting set up and cameras to record.

This will allow you to see what I am doing without any shadows.  So where will I be streaming?  On Twitch!  Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game culture, and the creative arts.  As a video game and comic book quilter, I think it is a perfect fit.

Follow my Twitch channel and then watch when I sew!  My streaming schedule can be found here.   My backers on my Patreon page will have input on when they would like to see me and what they would like to see.  Streaming starts next week!

Now to get sewing.


Mystery Quilt: Road to Scotland

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Ebony Love from Love Bug Studios just started a pretty cool mystery quilt a long, Outlander, a Road to Scotland.

From the LoveBug Studios Website:

The quilt itself has been meticulously designed and tested.  The mix of traditional piecing, dimensional elements, and unique blocks are sure to delight and challenge quilters of all skill levels and interests.

Our mystery quilt alongs often attract thousands of participants from around the world, and we’re sure that Outlander will be among our most popular classes. We have been constantly improving them year over year, all geared toward making this a quilting & learning experience you will never forget.

You might be a little hesitant to join us because you don’t like mystery quilts, or you worry that you don’t have the skills or the time to keep up with it. Maybe you’ve even had a bad experience before, or you feel anxious to start something without knowing where it will end up. Trust me, I know how you feel, and I’ve worked hard to design a program that’s easy to follow, has everything you need to be successful, and is sure to result in a beautiful quilt that you’ll be proud to own.

This class is ideal for:

  • Fans of Outlander or non-fans who want the cliff notes
  • Avid quilters who want a new challenge and a new experience
  • Newer quilters who want to build skills quickly in a safe & supportive learning environment. (Don’t get me wrong: this quilt is challenging, but you CAN do it!)
  • People who don’t often have the opportunity to take a class from an award-winning National Instructor
  • Quilters who appreciate thoughtful design & well-written patterns

The best part about the quilt along is Ebony will be live streaming on her Facebook Live page every Saturday morning at 9am cst.  These live streams are open to the public!  So if you are still on the fence join in Saturday mornings and Ebony will show you why this is the quilt a long for you.

Take a look at the LoveBug Studios page to learn more about the Outlander Mystery Quilt a long.

-Toni


Block of the Month Feature: Murder Mystery Quilt

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I have been asked to scour the web to find cool and interesting block of the months.  Challenge accepted!

For today’s post I found a cool concept for the block of the month format, a Murder Mystery Quilt!

Presented by Whipstitch modern sewing, “The Murder Mystery Quilt is a serial novel, told chapter-by-chapter, one month at a time.  Each chapter accompanies a quilt block pattern, and each block contains clues to help solve the crime.  Read along with other quilters as you complete each block, try to guess the killer, and seek to win the year-end prize!”

This sounds like a really cool concept and something that would be fun to do.  The cost is reasonable for the patterns at just $90 for the whole year, or $9 a month for 12 months.

From their site:

Freelance archaeobotanist Kitty Campbell is on assignment on secluded Cumberland Island, along the coast of Georgia.  The burned-out ruins of a 37,000 square foot Carnegie mansion still stand along the salt marsh at the southern tip of the island–complete with historic gardens that hold clues to the life of the robber barons at the turn of the 20th century.  But there are more secrets here than those held in the soil of Kitty’s excavation.

Alone on the island with a skeleton crew and limited access to the mainland, Kitty must use her skills to find a killer who hides behind old-world luxury and pristine beaches.  But can she do it before the killer gets away?

The finished quilt measures 60″ x 60″ (throw size) and contains a combination of blocks and medallion-style rounds.  Instructions for two optional borders are included, for a finished size of either 68″ x 68″ (large throw) or 68″ x 80″ (twin sized).  Fabric is not included.

Check out the Murder Mystery Quilt Block of the month here for more information.

-Toni


Meet the Hackers: Magfest

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Today is the first day of Magfest!!  For those new to our blog, Magfest is one of my FAVORITE conventions of the year.  It is a 24 hour video game convention featuring music, free to play games, panels, and of course the marketplace which is where I will be.

Laura (Sunday blogger) and I will be participating in the Claw tournament again!  If you want to cheer us on, check it out Friday at 2:30.

This year we have a few very special things happening.  First is the raffle!  Everyone has been asking for details on it, so here they are:

link-stained-glass

  • When: Saturday at 4pm.
  • Where: To be determined.  We will pick a large area able to handle the crowd near our table and will let you know where to go when you purchase your raffle ticket.
  • How Much: $3 a ticket, 6 for $15, 15 for $30.
  • Are there any other prizes?  Yes!  We will have two smaller prizes that are Link related that we will reveal at the convention.

I am also introducing Quilt Kits!  If you love our patterns and want to make the quilt exactly like I made it, you can now purchase a kit with all of the fabric to make the top just like mine.

Nicole is unveiling a few new dolls new to her line this weekend!  I will be live streaming on and off through the weekend on my Quiltoni Facebook page.  So make sure you like the page and get notifications first to see all of the videos! 

Swing by our table (look for the quilts) and check everything out.


My Favorite Princess Crafts

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Yesterday I talked about how Carrie Fisher, Star Wars, and Star Trek have had a huge impact on my life.  I shared some crafts you create yourself with Princess Leia as the center.  Today I am going to share some of my favorite Princess Leia art I have seen over the years.

My favorite art I have seen is a set of two quilts by Cheryl Sleboda.  She captured everything I love about Princess Leia.

Wee Little Sitches (my FAVORITE Cross Stitch pattern maker) created some amazing Leia patterns/prints through the years.

Finally Cosplayer Elizabeth Rage created this gorgeous dress.  This is how I see and remember Leia.

 

You will live forever in my heart Carrie.

-Toni

 


My Princess

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I was born in 1976, 1 year before Star Wars and 3 years before the Star Trek movies.  I looked up to the people in both lines and idolized them.  My parents would make sure that we saw every Star Trek and Star Wars movie in the theater when it was released (yes, even when I was very little and didn’t understand what was going on).  I loved both Star Trek and Star Wars.  I remember when I was 6 I saw that Larva crawl out of Chekov’s ear and I had nightmares for weeks.  But I loved every minute of it.

I grew up learning it didn’t matter what race you were, everyone had strengths and weaknesses and you should only be judged on your actions.  I learned that women can be strong, carry a blaster, overthrow a government, and help destroy a death star.  I dedicate today and tomorrow to my princess, Carrie Fisher.

Crafting and creating can be therapeutic for a lot of people including me.  So today’s post will be about the things you can create.

FreudianStitch created this cool Cross Stitch pattern you can download for free!

If you Crochet, here is a Princess Leia Amigurumi Pattern.

If you are a quilter and can paper piece, here is a free design from Quiet Play.

Finally, if you sew or are a cosplayer, here is a step by step tutorial from Costumes and Artwork.

Tomorrow I will share some of my favorite artistic projects I have seen over the years.

-Toni

 


Making the Link Stained Glass Quilt

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Reposted from my Quiltoni blog:

I announced last Thursday the special quilt I made for this years Magfest raffle, the Link Stained Glass Quilt.

It was the brainchild of Nicole (the Monday/Tuesday blogger) who designed and drew the pattern.  I used the applique Stained Glass technique and took pictures after every step.  Here is the creation of the quilt from start to finish.

This will be the only time I make this quilt, so it will be a super limited edition!  To buy a raffle ticket and a chance to win this quilt, make sure you swing by the Craft Hacker booth at Magfest!

Oh, and I made a Patreon!

https://www.patreon.com/quiltoni

Like our patterns and want them before anyone else?  You can pledge to get them!  You can also receive a package of my scraps once a month as well!  Don’t want either of those but want to support me?  I also have a $1 and $5 a month tier to show your support.  This Patreon will allow me to start filming and live streaming for both Quiltoni and Craft Hackers!  So if you want to start seeing videos and live streams, please pledge your support today.

https://www.patreon.com/quiltoni

-Toni


Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge

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While in Houston I was lucky to be at the unveiling of the next Cherrywood Challenge, Van Gogh.

From the Cherrywood site:

Quilts are Due: August 1, 2017

$45 includes registration fee, shipping of fabric, return shipping of quilt, and one fat quarter each of black and three official VAN GOGH blues.

Goal: Use van Gogh’s paintings as inspiration to push yourself creatively, think outside the box and create new fiber art. You do NOT need to choose a painting and copy it inch for inch. Put a little bit of yourself into it. Take inspiration from WHAT he painted, HOW he painted, WHY he painted, WHERE he painted, etc…

Quilts must measure 20″ x 20″ and must be square.

The entire quilt top and binding must be made from Cherrywood Fabric. Backing is your choice of any fabric.

Most of (about 60-75%) of the quilt top must use the official VAN GOGH blues and black. The quilt should “read” blue. (We were pushed to list an actual percentage, but please do not get uptight over this number. The challenge is to use as much blue and black as possible.) Accent colors of Cherrywood may be added. White may be a different brand (we do not carry white).

Any technique or fabric manipulation is acceptable as long as it maintains the color and character of a textile quilt (if so much paint is applied that the original color of the fabric is not obvious, it may lead to disqualification). Embellishments may be added, with the exception of glitter, but must stay within the 20-inch size.

Finished quilt must have a top, a middle, and a backing. Maximum thickness: 1 inch. Note that the quilt will be packed and unpacked many times. No sleeve is required.

First Place – $700 Gift Card
Second Place – $200 Gift Card
Third Place – $100 Gift Card

Ever since I saw the Wicked challenge two years ago I have been wanting to participate in the Cherrywood Challenge.  I decided to take the plunge this year!  I purchased the basic Van Gogh pack.

I won’t be making a pixel quilt (what I am known for), but want to challenge myself and make another art quilt.  I am definitely going to make it geeky!  I am starting the brainstorming process and hope to get started on it after Magfest.  August 1 may seem like it is a long way away, but it will be here before I know it.

Want to participate in the challenge?  You can buy the kits right from Cherrywood or from your local quilt shop that carries their fabric.  Let me know if you are participating!  I am creating a special Facebook group for everyone I know that is making a quilt so we can support each other and cheer each other on.

-Toni