Saturday, July 14, 2018

Studio Redesign

Welcome to the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!

It is a crazy 6 week journey with a ton of people!  Each week we will all tackle one subject.  There are also a lot of giveaways!!  (More on those at the end).

This is week 1 where we each talk about our Studio Clean up.  I am going to be a little different and talk about my studio redesign.

Back in the late part of 2016 I had this great idea.  I wanted to stream on Twitch.  I had a studio in the my basement and wanted to be able to interact with people while I created quilts and patterns.  I had a very basic set up.
It felt cramped though.  Once I added in a few cameras and lights I wasn't going to be able to move around a lot.

During Fall Quilt Market of 2016 I met the amazing people at Arrow Sewing Cabinets.  They agreed to work with me to redesign my space and make it more streamer friendly.  I was very excited and couldn't wait for my boxes of furniture to get started!

First I had to get everything moved so I could paint the walls.

Then I got to put my brand new Arrow furniture together!  I went with a cool stylish table and a few thread cabinets (I will get to those during week 5).

My finished studio was a dream come true!

Next was the streaming equipment!  I got a few cameras and lights and set everything up.

It was very simple to find the right lights but cameras were a little harder.  I ended up settling on the Logitech 922.  Over the past year I have gone to a 4 camera system but the overall design hasn't changed much.

Want to come hang out while I stream?  My schedule is always on my Facebook and my Twitter.  I also announce on Instagram when I go live.  We have a lot of fun, talk about sewing and quilting and of course have daily giveaways.  I am the giveaway queen after all.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s get to them!

First, the overall prizes. Crafters Edge is giving away their Crossover II Fabric and Cutting system plus several die packs. Daylight is giving away a Slimline LED table lamp. Basal is also donating some prizes. To enter, make sure you visit

Now for my giveaways!

I am giving away a few of my new books Designing Block Quilts, a quilt kit, patterns, and of course stickers!  To enter, just complete tasks for chances to win here ->

Make sure to check out everyone that is participating in the hop!  In addition to the giveaways on Cherry Blossoms Quilting page and my blog, all of the other participants may be doing giveaways as well!

Mondays:   Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
   Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossom Quilting
Tuesdays:   Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs
    Jessica VanDenburgh Sew Many Creations
Wednesdays: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream
Jessica Caldwell  Desert Bloom Quilting
Thursdays: Jackie Kunkel Canton Village Quilt Works
Vicki Hansen  Cranberry Pie Designs
Fridays:  Erin Hentzel  Avery Lan Designs
Christa Watson  Christa Quilts
Saturdays:    Toni Smith  Quiltoni
Swan Sheridan  Swan Amity
   Sundays: Pauline McArthur   Funky Friends Factory
Annie Smith
Joanne Sharpe

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Too Many Games and a Safe Space

This weekend is Too Many Game in Oaks, Pa.  Over the years this has turned into a cool little convention in my schedule in a sea of large conventions.  I look forward to Too Many Games every year because I not only have fun, but it is almost like a "breather" before the run of GenCon/DragonCon/NYCC that always seem to sap my strength.

So where are we?  The same place we have been the last few years!  Find me under Craft Hackers, booth B34.  Nicole and I like to create a "secret tunnel" in the back so we have easy access to the bathroom.  The convention center now has wifi so I will try to stream on Twitch this year so you can take part in the fun!  Will you be at Too Many Games?  Swing by, say hi, and say hi to Twitch!

Now onto something a little more serious.  Over the past few years I have heard of  few incidents that happen during conventions.  I want people to feel safe when they go to a convention.  For this reason I have created the "Safe Space" vendor list.  If you EVER do not feel safe or have social anxiety that is threatening a breakdown please seek out vendors on this list.  It will be kept public on the Craft Hackers website.  

  • Craft Hackers
  • Quiltoni
  • Dryad Tea

If you are a vendor and would like to be considered for this list, please let me know.

Now to do the final packing for set up tomorrow!

Monday, May 28, 2018

St Jude Quilt Stream

This Wednesday May 30 is my semi annual St Jude Children's Research hospital Stream on Twitch.  So what does this mean?

First, who is St Jude?

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.  Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding comes from individual contributions. And thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude.

There are a lot of charities out there, so why St Jude?

St Jude isn't the only charity I support.  I work year round to raise money, volunteer time and bring awareness to many charities including animal rescues, Extra Life, Doctors without Borders and Child's Play among others.  December and May are dedicated to just St Jude because they easily incorporate into my Twitch stream.  Viewers are able to donate directly to the charity (I don't touch the money at all) and it appears on my stream as it happens.  It is a great way to instantly recognize the generosity of people.

What is Twitch again?

Twitch is a live streaming platform that allows me to directly interact with people watching.  Unlike Facebook live or You Tube it is a much longer format that is more real life than showing a specific skill or trick.  I design and create my quilts as I normally do but have four cameras on me at all times and am able to answer questions as I create.

So what is this thing on Wednesday?

During St Jude time I do a marathon stream where I pick one quilt to create start to finish in a single stream.  I cut fabric, piece, baste, quilt, and bind all while continuing to raise money and interact with those that are watching the stream.  Starting May 1 and ending when I finish the quilt on May 30, every $5 someone donates earns them a ticket to win the quilt!  As soon as the quilt is finished on Wednesday the drawing will immediately occur and a winner picked.

There are also additional giveaways for the May fundraising.  Every $100 raised, I stop what I am doing and immediately hold a special St Jude giveaway where the winner picks what they want from items and games donated.

There are three ways you can help!

First - Spread the Word!  Consider sharing this post and telling people about St Jude and my special stream.

Second - Watch!  Twitch ranks streams by the number of people watching the stream.  The more people that are watching on Wednesday, the higher my ranking will be.  A higher ranking will possibly bring more people to my stream (who may donate).

Third - Donate.  If you are financially able to donate and help, please do!  If you donate during a stream your donation will appear on my stream and could possibly trigger a giveaway.  

Wait, so what is this quilt you are making?

I decided to work on our new pattern being released in August and do the initial testing on it.  The pattern is based on Cthulhu, created by H P Lovecraft in 1928.  It has turned into a Sci-fi Fantasy icon influencing games, music, film and TV.

The quilt I will be making Wednesday will be my first test of the pattern to work out any bugs or problems.  It will be a one of a kind with a special label commemorating the St Jude stream.

After the stream I plan on speeding up all 12+ hours of creating it and post it for all to enjoy.

So how do I watch and donate?

The special stream starts at 9am est Wednesday May 30 and goes until I finish the quilt (probably at least 12 hours).  

You can watch it on my Twitch channel found here:

Donations can be made directly to St Jude using my campaign link:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A New Blog!!

Wait?  What is this?  After using the same old blog after twelve years I think it is time for a change.  I realized that I didn't have the capability to allow you to subscribe to the blog.  My old one was so outdated I just couldn't do it.

So what do I blog about?  A little of everything!  From blog hops to conventions to pattern design to ramblings about what is going on with me.

I used to blog at least one day a week and hope to keep that up with the new one.  For now, click that subscribe button the right and you will be notified when I right something new.

Now to get ready for my charity stream in just a few days!