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January 9, 2019
Start with email from Professional Quilter

 

Is growing your email list on your list for the New Year?

“What email list?” you ask. “I’ve got loads of followers on Facebook and Instagram. Who needs a list?”

You do!

Without a list, your business will not produce profits on a consistent enough basis to sustain and grow your business. You might really just have a hobby and enjoy social media connecting. And that’s fine if that’s what you want.

If what you want instead is to build equity in your business, you need to look at building your list. Building a list is a ...

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January 4, 2019
Craftsy Pattern Purchase Update from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Quilt Friends,

I wanted to alert you that Craftsy is rebranding to BluPrint as of January 8, 2019.  I thought I would make sure you knew that in case you downloaded one or more of my patterns from Craftsy in 2018. 

I highly suggest that you make sure you have downloaded all of your patterns (from any designer) to your own computer.  That way, you will be sure to have access to your pattern purchases in the future.

WHERE TO BUY MY PATTERNS AND BOOKS

Also, I wanted to let you know that my current and new patterns will ...

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December 31, 2018
social media slump from Charm About You

Charm About You Lucy Brennan instagram

I am feeling pretty fed up with instagram and social media generally. Sure it can be really fun and there's a fabulous supportive community of quilters but the fast pace and option of just hitting like ❤ isn't cutting it for me anymore. There are so many photos, so many great accounts and just so much to see. I don't feel as much joy though. Too much of a good thing?

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November 29, 2018
Free Block of the Month 15—Acorns from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

This post was almost called "Throwback Thursday" as the acorn is such an autumnal symbol, but technically it is still fall. The weather here in Germany has certainly become winter-like, but there are still a few days until the official start of winter, therefore the acorn is still in season. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

This acorn picture was taken early in the season, as you can tell from the green leaves. I (Kara) loved the yellow-orange color of acorn that was just beginning to change colors. I pass a couple of beautiful oak trees ...

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August 8, 2018
Why Facebook Isn't a Place for My Quilting Friends from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Today I've clicked a button I've been wanting to click for months. I've archived both my quilting Facebook groups and plan to greatly minimize my social media presence on this platform

To explain why in detail, I made whole podcast episode about it:



Quick links to things mentioned in this video:


I really feel like Facebook has gotten out of control. The way the system works seems to be encouraging bad behavior. It's extremely addictive to ...

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July 26, 2018
A Few Teasers—Birds and Bees, Flowers and... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you figured that instead of stitching, you would rather sit at the computer and fight the cyber world gremlins? Me neither, but that's what I (Teri) did for most of the week. Still, I'm happy to say that our website, which was abysmally out-of-date, is now pretty current. Web design is really NOT my thing, but I try to approach it with the mindset of "I'm designing a quilt." Sometimes that works, but not always... I applaud those who choose to do this for a job—it is ...

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July 14, 2018
Ain’t No Junk: Trunk Tell All!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Tick, Tock, Goes the Clock..Tuesday’s the BIG day! 

Yes, my fellow quilters and students have asked; and I have listened! Therefore, I am thrilled to announce that this Tuesday, July 17th, my online “Trunk Tell All” will go live! PLUS a lot of extras!

I have been hearing from many of you, far and wide, how you would love the opportunity to attend my trunk show but unfortunately logistically it just doesn’t work. That is simply unacceptable; I just cannot allow that to continue. There will be no more worries about where I”ll be, and how ...

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May 30, 2018
Kick-up Your Summer Revenue from Professional Quilter

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This is the unofficial first week of the summer. For many people, this is the time to kick back and take it easy. You know the lazy, crazy days of summer! And, sure people do take vacations, but not all of them are gone every day all summer. So, you shouldn’t be either.

If you are trying to grow your business, taking it easy really isn’t an option. And, if you take advantage of the time many people do take it easy, your business will be ahead of the game.

Here are some ideas to kick-up your revenues ...

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May 25, 2018
4 Easy Steps To Create Friends Lists on Facebook and Why That Benefits Quilters from Jackie's Art Quilts

Do you have quilting friends and 'other' friends on facebook? And by other friends I mean those that don't quilt? (heaven forbid!)


I do have different groups of friends on facebook, and I was having some concerns that my non quilting friends were being inundated with quilt pics and my quilting friends probably didn't care about me asking what time hockey practice was for my son on facebook.  

Friend Lists

I did what every conscientious friend does, I created friend lists on facebook. With friend lists you can take all your friends and put them in special lists ...

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4 Easy Steps To Create Friends Lists on Facebook and Why That Benefits Quilters from Jackie's Art Quilts

Do you have quilting friends and 'other' friends on facebook? And by other friends I mean those that don't quilt? (heaven forbid!)


I do have different groups of friends on facebook, and I was having some concerns that my non quilting friends were being inundated with quilt pics and my quilting friends probably didn't care about me asking what time hockey practice was for my son on facebook.  

Friend Lists

I did what every conscientious friend does, I created friend lists on facebook. With friend lists you can take all your friends and put them in special lists ...

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May 1, 2018
6 Facebook Tips for Quilters And How You Can Optimize Your Quilting Experience from Jackie's Art Quilts


Did you know that Facebook has 1.32 billion daily active users and is the most popular social media platform?


As a quilter, why would you want to be a part of it? I love it for many reasons. One is to keep up on the news in the industry. I knew immediately when Free Spirits fabric got bought out as an example.

I also adore it because I get to be connected with quilters across the world!  Some I have met first on facebook then eventually in real life!  Some I may never meet but interact daily with them ...

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6 Facebook Tips for Quilters And How You Can Optimize Your Quilting Experience from Jackie's Art Quilts


Did you know that Facebook has 1.32 billion daily active users and is the most popular social media platform?


As a quilter, why would you want to be a part of it? I love it for many reasons. One is to keep up on the news in the industry. I knew immediately when Free Spirits fabric got bought out as an example.

I also adore it because I get to be connected with quilters across the world!  Some I have met first on facebook then eventually in real life!  Some I may never meet but interact daily with them ...

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February 18, 2018
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Challenge Day 4 – Connecting Strategy from AndiCrafts

Background vector created by Freepik Once I know who my peeps are (see this post), I need to find a way of connecting with you. The Day 4 #CreativePassiontoProfit challenge question is: What platforms do you use for connecting with your peeps? What strategy do you have in place? Since most of my customers use […]

The post Challenge Day 4 – Connecting Strategy appeared first on AndiCrafts.

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February 8, 2018
The Great Garden Giveaway! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Kara and I have been having such a wonderful time on our journey together with you, telling stories through our needles' eyes. We are amazed by the number of subscribers to our blog, as well as those who follow us on social media. What a community we quilters are! There is no better way to learn than to share, and we have heard many inspiring ideas from you over these past few years. Almost three, already! Wow.

We thought it might be fun to do a bit of celebrating over on our Facebook page. Just click the link and hop ...

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I begynnelsen from Iinas Sewing Machine Poetry



"Beginnings" er månedens utfordring i Art Quilts-gruppen "min" på Facebook.
Det er alltid spennende å få en slik uventet impuls utenfra, og å se hva slags idé og art quilt jeg ender opp med - om jeg blir inspirert.
Etter å ha gått og fundert på dette temaet i noen dager, dukket Bibelens aller første ord opp i hodet mitt.

Jeg har ingen problemer med å kombinere vitenskapelig forskning og det som står beskrevet i skapelsesberetningen i Bibelen.
Gjør det noe at det er bevist for lenge siden, at verden ikke ble til i løpet av seks dager? Jeg synes at ...

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January 11, 2018
Føler meg beæret from Iinas Sewing Machine Poetry





Jeg skal si jeg bråvåknet, da jeg for en ukes tid siden  - fortsatt litt sønvdrukken -  skulle sjekke hvem som hadde tagget meg på Facebook.

Det viste seg nemlig at det var selveste administratoren i gruppen "Art Qults".  Og det viste seg også at hun hadde valgt min art quilt "Gleden", til månedens forsidebilde i gruppen. (Her kan du lese om "Gleden" ).

Gruppen har godt over 13 000 medlemmer fra hele verden, og mange legger ut bilder av sin kunst der. Da jeg la ut bildet av "Gleden", fikk den en superbra mottakelse med godt over 600 likes - hvilket er uvanlig ...

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December 18, 2017
Christmas Tree Sampler Workshop from Daisychain Quilter

I have spent some time this autumn working on a Christmas tree sampler cushion.


I am going to do a tutorial 'Block of the Month'.  Starting in January 2018.  There are eight blocks in this sampler. 

I have used a Moda charm pack for some of pieced blocks, plus a white on white fabric for the appliqué blocks and fat quarters for the borders.

There is a Facebook group called Daisychain Quilter.  If you need any help with the blocks, why not join the group.  

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December 10, 2017
Social Media—My History from Tales of a Stitcher

 

Back in April, I wrote a blog post called Meeting New People. This post was about my journey from being a Alaskan mother of three who made quilts to an artist who exhibits, teaches, and lectures.

Social Media has been part of that journey.

Most of the comments relating to the blog post Meeting New People were very positive.

Still, I must mention Aunt Carole’s response. Here is what she said, “Wish there were more hours in a day. Would rather spend the time creating than at the computer. Sorry to be the naysayer but finding balance is the ...

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December 5, 2017
Patriotic Modern Quilts Facebook Group from Carol Lyles Shaw

I started a new Patriotic Modern Quilts Facebook group!

modern quilt, patriotic quilt

Patriotic Diamonds pattern from my book, Patriotic Modern Quilts. Quilted by Debra Jalbert.

 

Well, I looked around Facebook and I couldn’t find a group that celebrated modern designs for patriotic quilts so I decided to start one.

It’s open to anyone who is interested in reinventing the traditional approach to this type of quilt design.

It’s a totally non-political group, by the way.  We are there to exchange our knowledge and inspirations as we make and award these quilts to friends, family and community groups.

To join the ...

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