Quilt Designers Blog Ring

Welcome! This is the entry form to join the Quilt Designers Blog Ring. If you have any questions please email quiltnews[@]gmail.com

If you are a professional designer and you blog about your quilting in whole or in part, this is the ring for you. By joining this ring you agree that

* you are a quilt designer in the business of quilting
* your blog links to your retail website (not a “pay to enter” site)
* you blog about your quilting projects
* you update your blog at least 4 times a month, hopefully more often than that
(the bad news: I monitor posting because I believe in the value of the ring.
If you fail to post for 3 weeks I will remove your blog from the ring without notice)
* you will not post offensive content
* you will post the ring code ON THE SIDEBAR of your blog where it is easily visible (I know that as a new blogger it is tempting to bury the ring code at the bottom of your sidebar…please don’t do this. Have confidence in your ability to hold a reader by content alone and please *don’t* make it hard for an uninterested reader to leave.)

When you have installed the code correctly on your blog, it will look like this, but it won’t work – - keep reading – -

qd-ring-image

To join the Quilt Designers Blog Ring click on this link:

Click here to join

When you have filled out the form on Alt-Webring to join the ring, you will be sent an email that will have your ring code (specific to YOUR blog) in the email.  Installation instructions are below.  When you have installed the code, send an email to quiltnews[@]gmail.com and I will activate your site in the ring.  The code does NOT work until I activate your site.

BLOGGER/BLOGSPOT users – - you will add a Gadget to your blog (on the sidebar, not the bottom) and it should be an HTML Page Element. You don’t need to give it a title unless you want to. Copy (cut and paste) the code to the page element and then email me when you see it. It won’t work until you email me and I can see it – then I will activate it. [email is quiltnews @ gmail.com]

WORDPRESS bloggers – - – add a Text Widget to your blog and paste the entire code into the widget. You don’t have to give it a title.

TIPS ABOUT BLOGGING FOR NEW BLOGGERS: Blogging can seem daunting to quilters, especially if you consider yourself a ‘private’ person….quiet, not assertive, a listener. You might think “what would I say and why would anyone want to read it?”

Quilters are caring, sharing people who *love* to see the process of quilt creation, and sometimes get to know a little bit about you. When you start your blog, make sure that you are telling the viewers the basics: who you are (your name), what you do (design patterns for my: pattern co/shop/fabric mfg/publisher), where you live (what state/country and/or city), why you design (because you love it?!), how long you’ve been quilting/designing. Make sure this info stays where first time visitors to your blog can see it. It’s your introduction to them as viewers ~ treat it as if it were an introduction to a new best friend.

Subjects to blog about:

quilts – quilts you have designed; quilts you are designing; your first quilt; your subsequent quilts; quilts you admire; your quilts on display somewhere or contests they are entered in

the process of designing – sources of inspiration; design challenges; what you love about designing

fabrics – fabrics you own or just purchased; fabrics you are currently working with; fabrics you want to own; fabrics that inspired you

sewing studio – where you design and quilt; what’s in it? Your favorite tools, machines, room design, method of organization

your local quilt shop – if you teach there: what you teach and when; what it is, where it is, what you love about it (link to it it they are online)

your guild or quilting group – who they are, what they like, links to them

sewing – your sewing experiences (garment, decor, etc.) from the first item you made to the most recent; what you learned to sew on

color – anything you have to say about color: color mixing, favorite colors, disliked colors, color challenges

foods – favorite recipies and why; cooking techniques

special events – weddings, births, travels, moving, trunk shows or other showings of your quilts

friends and family – introductions and links if they are on the internet

26 Responses to “Quilt Designers Blog Ring”

  1. Patricia Bravo on January 15th, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Hi Marguerita,
    I have pasted the html code to my blog.
    Hope to hear that my blog is active and start sharing!

    Thanks,
    Patricia

  2. Ann Ferguson on January 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Marguerita,
    I have just installed the page element on my blog. I am very new to blogging and it took me a while to work out how to do it! From what I understand, I now continue to blog and I have become part of a circle of other quilt designer bloggers… Is that right?
    Regards,
    Ann.

  3. Marlis Egger on January 26th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    code installed.
    kind regards – marlis

  4. Marlis Egger on February 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Code is installed. I have already notified you Jan. 26 but the site has not been activated.
    Kind regards – Marlis

  5. Margaret Bucklew on February 3rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for all your help. I’ve put the quilt designers info on the sidebar and I’m off to blogging. Thanks again.

  6. Dawn Heese on February 5th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I hope I am leaving the info in the right spot. I have installed the code on my blog sidebar. thanks

  7. Donna Westerkamp LLC on February 23rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Hello, the web ring has been installed on my blogspot.

  8. Terrye on February 25th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Mine link is active now. Thanks.

  9. Nancy Eisenmenger on June 11th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Like Dawn said, I hope I am leaving the info in the right spot. I have installed the code on my blog sidebar. Thanks.

  10. becky on September 28th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    i have installed it. looks great. thanks

  11. Erin Russek on February 11th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I think I got this all installed
    Thanks
    Erin

  12. Maria Hrabovsky on March 19th, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I have just installed your code on my blog’s sidebar. Though I haven’t blogged regularly since December I will get back to doing so again now.
    Thank you.

  13. Raymond K. Houston on April 8th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve installed the code . . . the rest is out of my hands. Thanks!!

  14. Darcy on April 13th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I have installed the code in the side bar of my blog, I look forward to being an active member of the ring.

    darcy-thepatternplace

  15. Sharlene Vincent on June 20th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Marguerita,

    I have installed the code on my blog sidebar.

    Sharlene Vincent ( Beautiful Seams)

  16. Karen on June 21st, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    The code is installed on the sidebar of my blog.

  17. LInda Moran on July 14th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Code is installed! Thanks – Linda

  18. Leanne Peel on July 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Marguerita, have posted the code on my blog

    Thanks
    Leanne

  19. Leola Ripperger on July 31st, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Daphne: I am so sorry you were treated to rudely and to deface your quilts. You might try soaking them in Oxi-Clean (a powder). Make it about 4 times stronger than they recommend. I would try it on the block you took out first and see what happens. You may have to soak it 24 to 36 hours. Sometimes the marking will come out or at least be removed to a faint marking. Thus thought I would pass this along. Sam’s Clubs in the US if you know someone who has a membership or you can get a membership have the 11 or 14 lb boxes of the stuff. Might be worth a try to see if it helps. Lee Ripperger

  20. Mercy on August 3rd, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Hi Marguerita! The html is installed on the sidebar of my blog.
    Best stitches!
    Mercy

  21. Cindy on November 21st, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I’ve posted the code to the sidebar on my blog…. looking forward to becoming an active members.

    Thank you!

  22. Jenifer on November 24th, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I’ve installed the code. Is this ring still open? I see the other responses are over a year old…
    Thanks!

  23. Traci Suzanne Marvel on December 17th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Code is installed. Happy holidays!

  24. Traci Suzanne Marvel on December 17th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    oops here is my website:)

  25. Glenna Hailey on December 22nd, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve posted the code on my blog. Thanks so much!

  26. nellie on January 23rd, 2011 at 12:28 am

    i just enjoy this wedsite the patterns are very colorful which is why i love to see more patterns and learn more on applique. thanks

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