Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Blog facelift and giveaway

As you may have noticed, I have given this blog a facelift in the last few days. I have changed the header, cleaned up the sidebar and, most importantly, added three pages (many thanks to Brenda Smith who mentioned this new feature of Blogger on her blog). If you click on the tabs under the header you can find out more about me and view my contemporary and traditional quilts.



To celebrate the new look I am having a giveaway! For a chance to win this Selvedge Shopping Sack (36x45cm/14x18in), featured in Down Under Quilts issue 139, just leave a comment on this posting and tell me what you think of the new look of this blog. Does it look good? Do you have any suggestions for further improvement? Let me know!



Here are two close-ups of the bag (click to see a bigger picture). It has never been used - not that I don't like it, but I still have my original selvedge bag and I don't need two!

I will draw a winner one week from today, on Tuesday March 23rd. If selvedge bags aren't your thing I would still love to hear from you, and would be happy to make a fiber postcard (15x15cm/6x6in) for you.

120 comments:

ina said...

Hi Linda,
Love the change - looks profesional. Love your quilts also.
Grettz,
Ina

Nicole and Phil said...

WOW...a pattern in DQU!!!
how fantastic for you!
The bag looks fantastic! I admire you for collecting all those selvage edges and sewing them all. They look fantastic!
Love the new heading, you have done a great job!
Maybe you could look at the cloud tags, instead of the labels on the side...it's a bit more arty??
Tschuss!

Ingrid said...

Hi,het ziet er prima uit, the new look looks great !!!!!

Fran C said...

I must apologize Linda I looked at your blog yesterday and didn't notice anything different, but now I can see the header. I must have had tunnel vision. The blog looks lovely, love the photos on the header. Now back to my challenge.

www.welovequilting.com said...

I dont know what it looked like before now but I like it now. I am really crazy about using up scraps and in my wildest dreams I can't imagine what people are doing with selvedges. I really like the ides and your blog. Thank you for a chance on winning the give a way.
Chris
www.chriswheelerquilts.com

Ann said...

It looks really good Linda. Easier to see things and very interesting to see some of your work. I read Brenda's email too and am interested to see how the pages look on another blog I visit from time to time. Did it take you long to set it up? Congratulations - very professional. Ann :)

Christina said...

Linda...the NeW Header looks Great! I like the movement in your Quilts! Your Selvage Bags are WoNdErFuL!!! What a clever & FuN idea!!! Congrats on the spread in DUQ!!! Now I'm going to have to locate a copy and read your article!

A3jana said...

Hi Linda, your blog is one of my favorites and now even more! The Sak is a very nice giveaway, meaby there is even a selvedge from me in it ;-))
Bye for now and I read almost every day.
groetjes, Adrie

Munaiba said...

What a great bag! You have so much patience. Congratulations on the new look blog.

Anonymous said...

Hij is prachtig u nieuwe look en echt overzichtelijk.
Groetjes Magdalena

Neroli Henderson said...

Hi Linda, love the new headers and pages, it reflects your work really well. On my main monitor I'm finding the pale grey text on the LHS a little too light for easy reading but that's the only criticism.
You mentioned selling, you can make pay pal buttons if you have a pay pal account and add them to your blog - my pages with objects for sale have that if you want to have a look.

Kylie said...

I love the header! My son is a gymnast and I look at your quilts with awe! Love the separate pages, must head over to the blog you linked to to find out how to do this!

Erika said...

Hi Linda. Ziet er mooi uit je nieuwe look. Ik vind je gymnast quilts schitterend.
groetjes,
Erika

Miet said...

Eén woord : MOOI !!!
En de tas is SUPER !!!
2 kleine opmerkinkjes ( als opbouwende kritiek hé )
-het info-gedeelte links neemt bij mij bijna 1/3 van het blad in . Mag naar mijn bescheiden mening wat smaller zijn . Het is toch wat je verteld dat het belangrijste deel is van je blog ,niet ?
-Spijtig dat er zo af en toe niet wat nederlands tussen staat . Ik denk dat er heel wat potentiële lezers zijn die geen engels kennen .

groetjes van een lezer van het eerste uur ( geniet ook van je verhalen op je andere blog )

Margeeth said...

Ik vind het prachtig. Hoe doe je dat met die pagina's?

LeeAllan said...

Hi Linda,
Love your bag, was very impressed when I first saw it in the magazine a month or so ago. Must admit I did get a bit of a buzz when I recognised some of those selvedges!
Lee-Allan

Debbie said...

I love that bag, Linda. Wouldn't trade it for a postcard, LOL! I think your blog looks great. Easy to read and navigate. Not too cluttered like some are. I enjoyed viewing you work. And, I recognized your Salvaged Selvedges. Thanks for counting me in.

Marloes said...

Hoi Linda, het is mooi geworden. Die extra pagina's met het overzicht van je quilts zijn ook leuk, wat heb je in korte tijd veel gedaan! En je tassen zijn errug leuk!

Sally Westcott said...

I love the new look Linda. I saw Brenda's post too and I'm slowly working on my blog - I think it needs a big de-clutter! Pages are a great option!

Hugz

Julie said...

Love the new look blog, you have been very busy and doing some lovely work!

Kate said...

Hi Linda- I like what you have done with the blog. I particularly like your quilts in the header - they show up very well. A couple of points though - there seems to be way too much white space (to my eye) - it looks a little empty, although I do like that it isn't cluttered - does that make sense? Also - it looks as though you are missing a quilt along the top - there is a large area with no quilt. Bear in mind, however, that I used Firefox, so it may look different in IE. Cheers - and thanks for sharing your work and for the giveaway!!!

inge said...

ik vind het mooi geworden (al was het vooraf ook al mooi hoor). het feit dat je een wijde 'sidebar' hebt vind ik zeker leuk! en toch is je blogtekst zelf nog goed leesbaar en moet er niet veel gescrolld worden... ik lees hier graag mee!

Faye said...

Hi Linda, I'm impressed with your gym quilts, and I love the selvedge bag - would love to win it. And there is no space up the top on my computer, so it must be the "firefox". They say a change is as good as a holiday - nice holiday!

Cheers,
Faye in Pinjarra (didnt use the "shaddow box" for the block I was making a while ago, but hope one day to make the quilt.)

tesuque said...

I like the clean, straightforward appearance and the large photographs. But, then, I hadn't visited your blog previously.
I'm accustomed to seeing people's profiles, favorite blogs and links on the right side, so yours on the left were a surprise.

Kathy said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I really like what I'm seeing. I want to spend some time exploring what you are posting and enjoying your work. Thanks for posting.

Sylvia said...

Hi, your blog facelift looks nice!

Sylvia

Robinww said...

I like the new look. It is very clean and easy to navigate.

Beth M said...

Your blog face lift looks great! I'll have to look into making separate pages on my blog. I didn't realize they had added this feature.

marleen said...

wat een mooi blog geworden.heel overzichtelijk
grt marleen sinaai

simone said...

mooie face-lift heb je je blog gegeven, ben je er voor jezelf ook al aan toe? haha, niet aan beginnen hoor. lees altijd met veel plezier jullie belevenissen en ben soms stiekem jaloers.

Lynn said...

oh my look how many people come out when you have a give away!
LOl
I like the brown colors best on the right! If I should be so lucky to win one of your bags.
Like the new look here too and thanks for pointing out the new update from blogger. I will check into it.

Lyn's Quilt Cottage said...

Linda, love the new cleaner looking blog.
It is fantastic to see the quilt journey you have been on.
And I won't be throwing out any selvedges any more!!
Lyn.

Di's Quilting and Craft said...

Love, love, love selvedges. Would be ecstatic to win one of your bags. Your new blog page is beaut and I have been loving your gymnastic quilts - very clever. Di

Quilty Ramblings said...

the blog looks great

great to be able to customise it

please add me to the srawing for your bag.

it is a LOT of work to sort and collect selvedges.....most of my fat quarters have the "wrong" end on them

Bellbird said...

I love the new look. It's so crisp and clean and displays your lovely work beautifully.
Thank you for sharing with us.

Lindi said...

Love the new look. I feel changes coming over most of us! :)
The bag looks great. I love that it has 2 colourways to match what you are wearing. Great idea!

Lynn said...

I think several of your "traditional quilts" are quite contemporary. Especially the first optical illusional one.

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

Ik keek even vreemd op toen ik een andere naam voor je Q blog in mijn Bloglines zag staan, de overgang naar een nieuwe naam werkt dus prima. Deze nieuwe lay-out voor je blog ziet er mooi overzichtelijk uit en leest gemakkelijk. ook de indeling in verschillende pagina's vind ik erg geslaagd en handig als je snel even iets wilt lezen en of bekijken. Nog bedankt voor de link naar de Blogger pagina. Ik ben me juist de laatste dagen aan het verdiepen over hoe ik mijn eigen blog een nieuw jasje kan geven. Ja, ja ik speel met de gedachte om het bloggen toch maar weer op te pakken maar ben nog niet helemaal zeker. Groetjes.

linda stokes said...

I think your new look is excellent Linda - very interesting to see your quilts together on their own pages & to read about you. I've added one page to my blog - must get to doing more.
Would love to win your wonderful selvedge bag!

aykayem said...

yes - it looks quite good
(probably way better than mine ;-)

I like the selvedge bag too (I was going to say that before I realised that the bag is what you are giving away! lol) ... and I also like that eye boggling quilt you made for DH's office - LOL

hmmm ... maybe now that I am logged in to google (did that to add my comments) I should go to my dashboard and have a quick look/fiddle ... but I probably should do that later - I WAS going to just have a quick peek at my e-mail then go and do some more sorting out in my sewing room/etc ... and I have already been in here getting "lost in cyberspace" for about an hour!

Miet said...

Oei Linda vandaag is de lay-out van je blog helemaal anders ! De blauwe zijboorden had ik niet en de verhoudingen lagen helemaal anders . Ik denk dat gisteren mijn pc een rare sprong gemaakt heeft of mischien lag het aan "bloglines" In ieder geval niets veranderen aan die sidebar die is nu bij mij ook perfect . Nog veel succes met je vernieuwde blog !!!!

Selvage Quilter said...

I like the new look of your blog! Nice and fresh, and it's good to have several pages too.

Count me in on the selvage bag giveaway! I've been admiring it in Down Under Quilts.

Doreen K. said...

This is my first time to your blog. I like it a lot. Would love to win the bag. I have been saving selvages for a while, might have enough for a pot holder.

Sandra said...

Gefeliciteerd met de nieuwe look van je blog. Ik zag je laatste turnquilt en vind 'm geweldig!

Melinda said...

I love the selvage bag. I haven't made one yet and would love to win yours. I like the looks of your blog very much.

Vicky said...

Love the new look blog and selvage bag.

Kayjay said...

The blog looks beautiful and I love the colours. As for the selvege bag it's gorgeous. I love it and I'd love to win it too. I'll be back to visit.

marjolijn said...

Je blog ziet er prachtig uit hoor, maar wat een mooie dingen maak je. Ik kijk ook uit naar jouw deur. Wat een leuk onderwerp, vind je niet? Je staat bij mijn favorieten, dus ik kom zeker vaker kijken.
gr. Marjolijn

roberta said...

the new look is so fresh and elegant. I came to you through Karen and i love the bag...if i do not win it i will make myself one!

Hugs from Italy,
~ Roberta ~

melanie said...

wow, what a fantastic prize!

I think your blog looks lovely - very clean and clear :)

seniors take a junior year said...

great blog, the bag is fabulous!

Trees said...

Hi Linda, Your blog looks very good and I love the things you make.
What an idea that bags made from strips. I never knew what to do with them.

Hugs Trees from fibermail Holland

Fiesta said...

Linda Karen sent me. YOur new blog looks great and your selvage bag is awesome, Thank you for the chance to win.

Anita in Florida said...

Don't know what your blog looked like before...but it looks great now. I especially like the 'pages', spotlights some great quilts of yours. I gotta try to add that to my blog.

I LOVE your selvedge bag...been saving up some of my selvedges, but seems I'll never get to make a bag...maybe I'll win yours...ya never know! Thanks for offering it.

Quilts and Cats said...

Your blog looks great! The only improvement I would make is to shade the body a bit. The white is so stark. Love the bag! I also love working with selvages, but have a hard time finding enough for my projects!

sao said...

Your blog looks great - LOVE the header and I love the BAG!!!

sao (Shirley Albertson Owens)
drsaowens@gmail.com
www.shirleyannesheart.com

Bunny said...

Love the chance to win this giveaway. Love your header and am now a follower. I am new to your blog. Nice and neat would love the background a little softer maybe. I do like the size of your sidebar it is great.

Anya said...

Love the bag! Thanks for the chance for the giveaway.

Karen Griska sent me...

Michele said...

Your blog looks very clean and contemporary and I'm so glad I "stumbled" over. Karen says hello.

Sara said...

love your bag! I like your blog, it's neat and tidy!

Nancy said...

I love selvages and I love this bag. So unique. Your blog looks great too. Karen says hello.
Nancy

Barb said...

Your selvage bags are wonderful!
Karen says hello - came over from her blog -
happy sewing - great blog

Ingrid said...

Hola! te escribo desde Venezuela! Me encantaron los bolsos. Del nuevo look de tu blog (no conocí el anterior) lo que más me gusta son los links que aparecen debajo del encabezado. No sabía que eso se podía colocar en un blog. Te felicito por ese nuevo look y te doy las gracias por tu generosidad. Espero tener suerte!
Un abrazo

Willa said...

The blog looks great.

Would love the bag! Love bags!

patty a. said...

Karen says hello! Love the bag, but I have so many bags now. I would love to have a fibre postcard to add to my wall with other pieces I have collected from other artists. So glad I found you thru Karen's blog - I am adding you to my Favorites.

Shorty said...

Love the selvage bag and the look of your blog. Aren't the buttons & pages great? I just found this option recently, too. The only suggestion I could think of to make would be to make your header/banner larger so that it is the same size as your button bar underneath it. Plus, I love the bright colors you have in the banner and I think it would be even more beautiful if they were larger.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Judi said...

I lvoe the look of the blog. I've started to follow. I'd love a chance at the bag.

Frog Quilter said...

Love it. Suggestion add outer pockets.

Ruth B said...

Love these bags...the second is my fav just because of the muted colors. How about braided handles to change it up a bit?

Carol said...

Love your blog -- was directed here from Karen Griska. Love the selvage bag and thanks for a chance to have it for my very own! What an eye catcher it is!

Gerry said...

Selvedge Quilter sent me over from her blog.
I've not visited you before so can't comment on the new improved blog look, but can tell you it is attractive now. Easy to navigate.
I am so intrigued with selvedged edges. Every project I've seen is eye-popping.
Thanks for this opportunity to win a bag.
And thanks for blogging.
Hugs,
Gerry

connie said...

I have to admit I did not see your blog before, I was directed your direction from the Salvage Blog... But I am happy I came to visit. I love the bag and your blog is lovely, I love contemporary quilts... I think I will add you to my list of blogs I read.

Thanks for the chance to win your lovely bag.

keep sewing! said...

Hello it's my first time here. I clicked on Selvage Blog's link! I like the look, very clean and professional, and very easy navigation.
Please enter me in the draw for that gorgeous bag!

Maggey and Jim said...

I am totally amazed at how the selvage colors just pop.. The quilting on it makes it even better.. Karen says "Hello", she sent me over and I do like your new format? Or facelift? Have a good day.
Maggey

Wendy said...

I'm new to your blog - I came over from Selvage Blog. I really appreciate an uncluttered blog look. Your bag is terrific - love the quilting on it!

Sandra :) said...

Hi, Linda - I popped over from Selvage Blog - your blog looks great, and I love your quilts - omg especially your string selvage quilt. That block construction technique is my all time favorite - I've made many string quilts over the years, but I just started saving selvages a couple of months ago, and haven't sewn with them yet!

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway - good luck to everyone!

Corrie said...

Hi linda, the blog looks great and I love your quilts! Love the selvedge bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your blog face lift look clean and new! I would love to do this to mine. The selvage bag is adorable!

Jeanne said...

Wonderful selvage bag! Please add my name to the drawing.

MotherMotherOcean said...

Super cute bag. Love it.

Poppyprint said...

A selvage bag is totally my thing! Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous one. I think your blog looks great - I love the clean, uncluttered presentation and I will definitely check out the 'extra pages' option for my own.

Deb said...

Well...since this is my first visit to your blog, I don't know what it looked like before, but now it's very nice. And I love selvage bags!! Thanks for entering my name.

Polly said...

I love the new look! Was adding the tabbed pages hard to do? Polly :-)

gill said...

i'm new so can't comment on the change - it all looks great to me!
love the selvedge bag - i've only just 'discovered' selvedges so i'm saving like mad to make something a bit bigger than a pincushion!!!
gill

Linda said...

You might find a three-column blog gives you more exposure for "important" things. Takes a little html cut and pasting, but I like it on mine. I hope you'll pay me a visit! I'm having a giveaway too, though mine isn't nearly as adorable as yours is. Thanks for this opportunity.

MaryAlice said...

Love the selvedge bag - looks like a lot work to me. lol

SandyQuilts said...

Gosh I'll have to look into those changes ... thanks.

I love the selvedge bag please throw me into the pot. thanks

JenniferSylvie said...

Your blog and the bag are wonderful. The drawing is on my 19th wedding anniversary, maybe I'll be lucky twice on the same day.

Juli said...

I do like your blog; it is very easy to navigate and to find what you are looking for.

I would love to win your selvedge bag!

Nanci said...

This is so cute and would be the perfect green bag for Saturday at Farmers Market. I would love to win.

Brenda said...

Cudos to you for refining your blog look and content! It is so hard to do all these things when you would just rather create! Hopefully you efforts will pay off with more viewers. Good luck.
Brenda

Jonquil said...

What a clever idea that bag is!

The blog looks very clean. I'd like it even better if there were a list of postings on the right -- not just "Click on March, then click on February, then click on January" but one long list. That way I can move back quickly.

sewnut said...

I think the tabs are a great way to organize the blog. I will have to check this out myself

kimberly shaw said...

Your blog is delightful, and your selvage bags are dreamy, especially the one with all the gorgeous color. I can appreciate all the work it takes to create one. The winner is going to be one lucky gal, I'd love to be able to show one off around town!

Judy V said...

I love the new look. Use of salvages is the smartest thing yet.i

Caro said...

Awesome bag with just enough fabric showing plus the selvage to give the bag a lot of interest. I have started saving my selvages and have a cool one which says Colony Cheddar and Poison Green. Strange thing about it is that the fabric is orange and navy. Go figure...and thanks for the opportunity to win your wonderful bag.

martinmosaics said...

Linda,
I have never been to your blog before but stumbled upon it this evening. I have never heard of or seen a selvedge quilt before. I love it! this is the type of thing I thrive on...turning nothing into something. It is amazing the ideas many come up with. I live in the United States in Tennessee. I love your gymnastics quilts they are quite artistic and unique. Love the shadows of the images!! I never saw your blog pare before but love the look of it...clean and fresh! I am going to look into purchasing your book. Love your style!!

blessings to you,
Cindy

Bonnita said...

A great blog, and great bag! What more? Oh yeah, a giveaway too! WOW!

Janet said...

It is very nice and clean looking. I'm new to your blog so can't comment on whether it's improved. I love the selvage bag but if I win would be happy with a fiber postcard. I have a sister who lives in Australia and I know how horrendous the postage is.

Lennert said...

Ha, this gives me the honour to add the 100th comment! Prachtig, Linda. Lekker overzichtelijk zo!

kimbuktu said...

It is my first visit to your blog (Karen sent me) so I can't really comment on the newness of the look, but I am always a fan of simple and lots of white space.

I love the selvage bags!

PrairiePeasant said...

Just discovered your blog via the Selvage Blog, and I think it looks great!

sandra said...

hi I to just found your blog via Karen and I do like it easy to follow. I love the idea of using salvages, they look so neat and it is great for the quilter because we hate to throw any fabric away. I have just started to save my salvages. Postcard would be great to. Sandra

squarethru said...

have not seen your blog b/4 -- but it looks great now! Love your selvage bag, what a great idea.
Your kids -- and the quilt portraits you do -- are really nice. They remind me of 2 of my grandchildren in St. Paul, MN, USA.
--- Jo, Witch Quilter

Jeannie said...

It's definitely clearer and easy to see everything. It's been a pleasure getting to know you through your blog. I love the bag and have some selvedges saved - one day I'll make something with them.
cheers
Jeannie

trudys_person said...

I love the look of your blog - very clean and contemporary - shows off your work very well.

Thanks for the giveaway!

maeve315@msn.com said...

Gorgeous, wildly colorful bag! Would love to win this one! And your blog is very artsy! Great job!

RustyBird said...

You're blog looks great! I love the Owl Quilt. Thanks for having a giveaway!

Lissa Jane said...

Hi Linda
I loved your bag when I seen it in DUQ.. I have been working on a selvedge bag (still saving civil war repro's selvedges) for a wee while.. sure takes time to collect those suckers! I like the new look of the blog and I think I might like to add those page features to my blog...

take care

Lissa

Delia (Del) said...

Looks good Linda
Delia

Anne-Mette said...

The new look is great - very clear and easy to read and to find, hat you are searching for.
I love the selvage bag and would love to be in th drawing.
Have a nice weekend.
Greetings from DK,
Anne-Mette

jenny said...

Great blog spot, directed here by sevage blog, will return, would be proud to carry the beautiful bag.

Greenmare said...

The bag and your blog are fabulous! The only thing I would change on the bag is to make box pleats across the bottom corners so it's got a rectangular bottom. I do most of my bags that way so they sort of stand on their own and hold a bit more. I can even put in a rectangle shaped piece of something sturdy to hold that shape more. Sometimes I make my shopping bags the size to hold a small rubbermaid box and those are really sturdy!

Kim said...

I like the clean crisp look of the white.....like a brand new box of stationary ( remember when we used to write to each other on paper?)
Thanks for a chance to win that great shopping bag...Karen sent me to have a look at your new and improved blog....nice job :0)

Happy Sewing

nadia said...

Hoi Linda, je blog ziet er mooi uit, misschien hier en daar een beetje meer kleur, met name de lichtblauwe balkjes aan de zijkant mogen wat mij betreft wat warmer van kleur. Je tassen vind ik superleuk, waag dan ook graag een gokje.....Groetjes uit een druilerig Nederland! Nadia

darcey said...

Good Morning Linda
I liked your old blog and I like the new blog. Both are lovely and the content is, as always, inspiring. All the best to you...I'm still working on putting together an optical illusion pattern for my girls....all the best to you.
Darcey

Banaghaisge said...

The new page looks lovely and clean, easy to navigate, too! Thank you for teaching me (via Brenda) what the new page thing is all about - looked at it the other day but life has been so full (Andrew's Dad died yesterday, very sad aboutit), and every other thing happening, too!
I have a give-away on my blog too:
http://banaghaisge.blogspot.com/2010/03/blogaversary-give-away.html
to celebrate my 1st Blogaversary.
Thanks heaps, xxxxx

Robyn - Coffee and Cotton said...

This is my first visit to your blog so I do not know how it looked before. I think it is very nice and has a great "clean" look. I love the selvedge shopping bag!

Zully López - Romero said...

Hi Linda!!!

This is my first time to your blog. I like it. I came to you through Karen (Selvage Quilter).

Please count me in the selvage bag giveaway.

Thanks and regards from Costa Rica.

Jantine said...

Wow, this is a real make over. I really love it! And thanks for the tip for pages in it. I will go and check it out and maybe even try ;-). Really love the fresh look of your blog. And those bags... only the idea you made them is enough!