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Peachy Solution

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I had an offer to exhibit my Peach blanket in an art gallery that’s doing an exhibit on 8bit artwork. I would like to participate, but the quilt design they like is not one I have extra laying around. While I have the time to complete the project, I truly need to focus my time on paid gigs, as my financial state is pretty dire. I’ve been trying to think outside the box, and set up a Patreon account, but ultimately – if I don’t sell some quilts immediately, I need to immediately go back to the work force and quilt on the side. I have bleed my bank account dry and have bills piling up.  So back to the main reason I’m blabing about my resources – I’m looking to see if anybody was willing to pay for the Peach quilt now, and receive the blanket in July after the exhibit wraps up. The quilt cost $220 plus shipping and you would receive it in July and my way of saying thank you was I would make two matching pillow shams now to hold over while you wait. You can purchase the quilt here, and in the customer comment section – just mention that its for the exhibit and what kind of icons you would want on your pillow cases. I could do anything as long as its 22×17 pixels in size. I’ve done many pillows already, but I’m very open to anything new!

So go on! BUY this blanket and tell me its for the exhibit and I’ll send you two pillows now and the blanket will arrive in July!

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Week of April 27th

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I have been a HORRIBLE blogger! You know its funny, I told myself, “At 5pm everyday you should pause to blog about what you’ve been working on. It’s as simple as that!” And everyday at 5p, I stop what I’m doing and think about that and then decide to move on. I’ll continue to try and blog, but no promises!

So on Friday I tried to knock out a bunch of future designs. Its funny – I let them build up but if I don’t seal the deal with future clients, how can I hope to keep a healthy todo list of commissions? So I want Fridays to be a normal day to end the work week of sewing and work on future projects. My waiting list is pretty small right now – which is fine, I wanted to finish it before May hit so I could work on building merchandise to sell at Animazement – but I also need commissions for May so I can pay the bills. See the conundrum?

So here are the designs I finished over the past few days! I am actively working on this Megaman baddie. His little sprite will appear in two corners of a megaman quilt I’m doing, but I’m making an extra one to turn into a pillow as well.

A repeat client wanted a Minecraft quilt for her son (I’ve already done a Bowser Quilt for her other son). He wasn’t really sure what he wanted (what 7 year old does?) so I made this one of a creeper with a sword imbedded in his head:

But the kid also wanted Steve so the design evolved to this:

She is happy with the revision, although I hope to make both quilts. I like the first one in its simplicity. Minecraft graphics are hard for me to enjoy as well because I’m not a player of the game so the awkward style feels thick and unattractive to me. To each their own!

For a quilt I’ll be making a bit later in the year, I made a Nightmare before Chirstmas Quilt which will be a romantic gift. Fufufu! I ove helping people make custom gifts for their significant other.

Because of the popularity of the franchise, I think this quilt could be a very popular design in the future!

Another client requested a Tetris quilt and wants an exact copy made of one she found on the internet. Although I feel a little bad making a duplicate of somebody else’s craft project, it won’t be a item I relist in my store and will only make once. Its a super simple design though so its not hassle to reproduce.

Anyway these are the designs I whipped up for future projects. If you would like a quilt made, feel free to contact me anytime on facebook or etsy!

Tanoki Mario gets an upgrade

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So I just finished a queen sized comforter for a mom who is decorating her son’s bedroom in a Mario Theme. I am super pumped to see her final product with my blanket on the bed.  Upgrading the size of my designs is still tricky for me, but I think I did it right after some trial and error. I accidentally put too many inches to extend the sides. When I ran out prematurely, I realized my mistake. I’ve cleaned up the instructions and  it was very rewarding to see it complete. I just wanted to lay across it and bask in its size.

This is the blanket put on a full size bed and has a nice drape. The size difference between and full and queen are so minute that I’d rather just only make queens. Anyway, like what you see, check out my Etsy store! OR follow my craft progress on facebook!

PikaPichu Quilt

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So this is a quilt I finished in October.  It was a commission for a friend who wanted to give it as a baby blanket present (what an awesome friend huh?). This had been the most ambitious design up to this point and took around 25 hours to complete. The main side was:

And measured 62×69 inches.

The backside was a custom quilt of tiny little hearts:

I actually made all of the hearts at once, sewing the strips together in the actual pattern and cutting them apart to finish in the final heart design. That’s hard to explain, but I was pretty much making them super fast. I want to try this technique on other simple designs.

As always, like out facebook to see all the latest nerdy crafts and buy these cute blankets at our store!

Happy 2014!

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This new year, I’m not making too many specific resolutions, but I am making very serious business goals. My goal is at least 100 quilts to be made in 2014! That is making 2 quilts a week goal.

Looking back, I made 9 in 2012 and 20 in 2013. 100 is a huge jump, however, I will begin doing this full time after February and I believe in my resolve. Root me on and watch this page throughout next year!!

^.~* I put my Live the dream shirt on for you guys. Happy New Years. I hope you bring in the New Year doing what you love.

How to order a quilt! Sailor Moon Edition

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I wanted to show you the process of this quilt design, so that people know what to expect when ordering from 8Bit Healey! Of course the EASIEST way is to go to out Etsy store and buy a pre-made designs! But a lot of people want a custom blanket and good news! I do that! Facebook is the fastest way to get my attention and discuss your dream projects. Through FB, a fan reached out and said she wanted a Sailor Moon blanket. So to get the project rolling, I looked up old video game sprites (I use http://www.spriters-resource.com/ and google image search for ideas). I grabbed sprites that I like and send customers a collage with price options.

Although she kind of liked these, none of them were what she had in mind, so I am always happy to keep digging with the more concise vision of the product. This cool lady wanted to see more Princess Serenity designs, so I went wishing for more inspiration.

I sent these screen grabs just to throw some ideas out there. She got very excited about this image:

I had to crop her smaller from the original because all quilts need to try and limit their design to 50 pixels(ish) or they become massive. This image is a sprite capture from the game Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, captured by sprite ripper Rocket!

So I get to work simplifying it so that it can be sewn into a quilt and get a first draft.

So this is the point where I try to translate it to a pattern, and the client needs to give me feedback on what they like and don’t like. The border was a bit heavy, so we went though a couple drafts of bg color and border colors.

And its ok to tell me its just not right. Sometimes I get stuck with an off design. So we decided no color changes would correct the heavy border. She suggested a different border of sparkles and flowers and I literally googled “sparkle pixels” and found this brush website. Their designs helped inspire this change.

The maybe final draft before production is this:

So tada! Thank you for walking through the design process with me! Hopefully this helps you understand how easy it is to order a quilt with me.

If you have a quilt design in mind, feel free to start the process with me, message me on facebook. I make designs for free and once we’ve agreed on a design, I put it up on Etsy and will begin production once paid the agreed amount! All quilts take about a week to make.