Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nerdsday - Snuggly Buggly

As the weather gets cooler for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, I wanted to dedicate this Nerdsday to some fabulously nerdy quilts and blankets. Wrap yourself up and let the geekiness keep you warm.

If you're chilly while playing your favorite video game, you're totally in luck. There are a ton of 8-bit quilts to be found. The pixelation lends itself perfectly to piecing and you can make the "pixels" as small or as large as you depending on how many squares you think you can sew together before losing your mind.

For example, Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson! has started work on a spectacular Space Invaders quilt for her lucky nephew. I love that she's using random patterned pieces in with the solids to give it a patchwork look. It looks like a ton of work and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

If sci-fi is more your geekiness of choice, have no fear. There are beautiful quilts to snuggle whether you're it's a long long time ago in a galaxy far away or where no man has gone before.

I love this graphic and modern quilt by Erika Ray incorporating some great Star Wars sheets. The brown and bright blue look gorgeous together and the pattern on the front is subtle enough to work for lots of ages.

There's also a beautiful quilt block featuring C3PO on Vonkleinendingen. All the colors and patterns are fantastic and I love the addition of the teeny pieced star. I especially love that it looks like C3PO is pointing to it as if to say, "Oh my goodness, I am most intriqued by this fabric manipulation!"

Okay, just one more Star Wars quilt. Crafty Little Beana made this one for her nephew and it faboulousness. I love the idea, making a movie quilt to look like a filmstrip. The detail of all the different patterned teeny sprocket holes, absolute awesomeness.

Trekkies, don't think I forgot about you. You can get your own quilt little art quilt from Elliot McNally. The quilting adds a really neat texture to to the pieces. I especailly like the metallic thread on the transporter quilts, but I think the tribble quilt is my favorite. The look of exasperation on little quilted Kirk is absolutely perfect. Check out her Etsy shop for your own.

Looking at all these fabulous quilts make me want to pull out my Meme Quilt and get back to work! I love sewing dolls, but there's also something so meditative about sewing and ironing little strips of fabric. I have most of the front peiced, but I still have some more memes to add. (You can check out all the memes I have done so far on my Flickr.) Maybe I'll have time to get it finished some day, then it will be like snuggling with the internet.

Happy nerding!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nerdsday - NC Comicon Wrap Up

I spent this past weekend at a comic convention, so this Nerdsay is going to be dedicated to a little con wrap up as well as an opportunity to mention some of the talented and nifty people I got to see.

My table tends to end up as what I like to refer to as the "Tower of Plush". I had some of the same selection I had at the 2011 HeroesCon, but I did add and update a few characters. You can see Harley Quinn tucked in on the left side, as well as the Ninja Turtles keeping watch. Both of these were very well received, so keep an eye out for them at future conventions and on my Etsy.

My neighbor was the lovely and talented Beck Seashole of Becka Doodles: The Art of Cute. We dubbed our tables the "Cute Corner". In addition to her webcomic about undead goodies, Sweeten Village, Beck also creates cards for the Topps Star Wars Galaxy series. You can purchase her adorable art here, which you should do because it is adorable and she is amazing.
I brought my Marceline as an example of the new doll pattern and had absolutely no intention of selling her until Tommy Lee Edwards' daughter came by. She looked so excited and had the perfect costume, how could I tell her no? At least I know Marceline went to a good home, and she can hang out the Ramona Flowers plush that was commissioned at Heroes.

I also got a chance to talk to Steve Niles, who is a stupendously nice for a guy who writes about ghoulies ripping people's throats out. He's trying to raise money to cover his doggy's medical bills (read more about Sonny here) and is auctioning some great pieces by talented artists.

Now back to sewing...

Shop Update

If you weren't able to make it to NC Comicin this past weeken but still want your own plush, have no fear! All unsold dolls have now been listed in the shop, hooray!

Friday, November 4, 2011

NC Comicon

If you're in the Raleigh,  NC area this weekend com visit me at NC Comicon. There will be many plushes to cuddle!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nerdsday: In Your Dreams

Thursdays are now going to be Nerdsdays! I'm going to showcase  nerdy or geeky and probably crafty things that makes my dorky heart fill with glee.

I figured I'd start of Nerdsdays with a secret wish that I hold deep in my heart. The wish to own nerdy black velvet paintings.

Observe the beauty and majesty that is Inigo Montoya on black velvet. Also, all these other awesome pop culture icons on black velvet. I've been a little obsessed with black velvet paintings since probably 10 years ago, when I saw a wonderfully rendered painting of Jesus embracing a semi-truck hanging in a deteriorating mall. If it isn't obvious, I have incredibly questionable taste. While I love the ridiculous kitsch factor, I just couldn't bring myself to devote money and valuable wall space to trucker Jesus. These painting are a whole other story. The nerdiness, the talent, the hilariousness.

Bruce White is the man behind VelvetGeek. If you have some extra money you should go give it him. Not even in exchange for a painting necessarily, just because he's neat. It looks like painting run around $250, which I think is totally reasonable for joy on velvet. While I save up for this, I have to go think really hard about who I want immortalized on black velvet. Ha ha, who am I even kidding?