Blogging 101

I attended a Blogging 101 workshop on Saturday through the Village Writing School (Eureka Springs) with speaker Jacqueline Wolven. We were actually at the Whole Hog Café in Bentonville where we entered into a heavenly aroma of roasting pork. I have seven pages of word processed notes and a lot of useful information that I can start incorporating, some immediately, some with a little time. My biggest take away was defining myself (I came up with 12 things that define me) and that I need to put some time and effort into my About statement. Here is a direct quote: Most About pages are crap. I can honestly say that mine is and my search for better modeling shows that I am not alone. Another technique I would like to learn is placing a tutorial as a Page on my blog. Of course there are a lot of things I would like to learn, specifically about wordpress, such as linking my blog to Facebook and Pinterest. In my world, you would just press a button; in the real world, it’s more complicated than that, at least according to the wordpress forum. I even tried inserting computer code one day, to no avail. When Alison Taylor-Brown (director of VWS) asked if I had been writing, I answered, no, just writing my blog. She reminded me that that is writing. Well, yes it is. I will share some insights and what works for me in future posts after I have had a chance to digest it all and make some changes. One change I will try to incorporate right away is posting at the same time of day every time. I usually just get on and write my post, edit it at least 10 times and then publish. Today I am using Word to write my post and will upload it to wordpress when I am ready to add photos and publish. This is probably a better way to do this anyway. Sometimes editing in wordpress can be really slow and tedious (especially on the weekend). Do not ask me why. The internet is sometimes artificial intelligence gone bad or there are gremlins or—make up your own reason.  Check out the Village Writing School, http://www.villagewritingschool.com/ and Jacqueline Wolven, http://jacquelinewolven.com/.

Last night I went to Northwest Arkansas Modern Quilt Guild. We had a fantastic guest who had quite the trunk show. She was entertaining and talented. She is currently using a quilt-as-you-go technique totally on her longarm. It’s pretty amazing. Check out Tia Curtis yourself, tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com/.

Back to last night’s meeting—it was the big reveal for the Cotton+Steel fabric challenge. We each had purchased a baggie of scraps which our leader had brought back from the Cotton+Steel booth at QuiltCon in Austin in February. QuiltCon is an annual modern quilting venue. The only parameters were to use any or all of the scraps and to only add Cotton+Steel fabrics or solids. Because I did not have time to go to Joplin or to mail order, I decided to add solids. The only solids I had that would coordinate with the scraps I was using were blue and white polyester. There are no quilt police in my world so I went with it. Here is my final quilt.

Cotton+Steel+Poly

Cotton+Steel+Poly

Here is a detail photo of “+ Poly” and the two-fabric binding.

Cotton+Steel+Poly

Cotton+Steel+Poly

and the two-fabric binding.

Cotton+Steel+Poly

Cotton+Steel+Poly

and the reverse.  There were some wonderful projects–we have a very talented group of quilters.  If you are on Facebook, you can see some of the entries on the NWA Modern Quilt page.

Cotton_Steel+Poly

Cotton_Steel+Poly

That’s it for now. I am over the suggested word count is 400-600, so I rolled over my last paragraph to another post. Till next time, stay dry if you’re in the area and find enjoyment in at least some part of your busy day.

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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