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!