Comments, Blogger, Frustration

For some reason, Blogger has been playing with me.  Not my blogger–YOUR Blogger.

Which means that I’ve not been able to leave comments unless someone had enabled the new blogger (a confusing mess if there ever was one) so that the new format for comments showed up.  I am an avid commenter when I’m not grading (which is what I should be doing now, but hey–it’s lunchtime and I’m taking a break).  But for about the past two weeks, I can’t leave comments.  So I tried to switch to a different gmail, thinking maybe Google had it out for my old one.

Surprise!  They’d deleted my alternate gmail address.  Just because they can.  And no, you can’t have it back.  Not even if you click through at least 25 very unhelpful screens trying to figure out why, but getting the same message over and over and over:

Give It Up.  We Rule the World. You Can’t Have Back Your Other Email. Now Go Away.

Sigh.  So I set up another email to match the web name on this blog, and tried to comment.

Nope.

I have to set up a BLOG in order to comment.  It’s not enough to have a gmail address–YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BLOG.  I already have a blog.  Like I have about nine blogs.  Like I love the digital world except for when I hate it.  Which is about now.

But remembering that Google rules the world (which is why when I have to search for a sensitive topic, like why mothers-in-law are the most hated people on the planet, or should I hand piece or machine piece, I go to a new favorite: duckduckgo.com which has a no-tracking policy. You’re welcome.), I knuckle under to their incessant demands that I set up another blog, which if I do all my stuff right should mirror over to this site. And so far, it does.

So if you see a new name on your comments, say like opquilt.com, with the above Gravatar picture, it’s me.  Elizabeth E.  The one and the same.

And now maybe I can stop banging my head against the wall, and finish up grading those student essays.

Quilty Blogs, part 1

I feel like a four-year old girl when it comes to this blog: trying on one look after another.  Maybe this one will settle in, and I’ll like it.

It’s been a long slog through this semester, and sewing time has all but evaporated along with blogging time. I do find it therapeutic to sit at night when I’m beyond tired and look through quilting blogs.  I thought I’d list some here.

I think many quilty blogs these days are all about commerce–selling something–whether it be a book, or fabric lines, or something else.  I like these blogs because it keeps me updated on what’s happening in the quilt world.  Others are blogs that started out with quilting for pleasure and then as the quilter matured in their craft, blossomed into a commercial enterprise.  And the last category are those like me: Quilters who Blog.  Nothing to sell.

For today, it’s Quilting Commerce Blogs.

Anna Maria Horner. She just recently had her sixth child, and her blog is a combination of family life, personal memories and experiences and displaying her fabric lines, a mix of the exotic and the sublime. She blogs from Nashville, Tennessee.

Fabricworm. This blog is from a shop in Paso Robles on the Central California Coast.  Cynthia Mann stocks organic fabrics (her own line: Birch Fabrics) plus many other imports, as well as domestics.

i have to say is from Randi, who runs an ETSY shop, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. I have ordered from her before and it always arrives quickly.  She stocks a lot of the modern lines in her shop, but her blog is a mix of her personal and quilting life. (Photo use pending permission.)

Me and My Sister. I first started following them (yes, they are two sisters) at Road to California, when they launched their first fabric line and handed out quilt patterns on CD-roms (which I still have).  They live in Arizona, have had many more launches since then, and create bright and airy fabric designs.

Material Obsession is a blog from Australia.  Once, when Dave and I were contemplating a trip Down Under, this was one of the reasons I wanted to go.  I know, pathetic, but that’s how it is with quilters. My latest obsession with them is their ongoing Lollypop Quilt kits, and I love seeing how they combine their Aboriginal fabrics with densely patterned Kaffe Fassett prints into fabulous, richly colored quilts.

Pink Chalk Studio. I’ve followed Kathy Mack for a while–strictly a fabric mail-order business, but she has lots of good sewing tips, ideas, and when she goes to Market–lots of giveaways. (Market is being held this week, so check back to her blog to see if she has some giveaways.)

More later, but I’m stopping because it’s Halloween.  Here’s my Halloween, Day of the Dead creation.  It was a guild challenge to use a theme and certain fabrics.  The “before” is with all everything thrown on, much like those curbside memorials with lots of stuff.  The theme was Black and White and . . . .  and I chose “Black and White and Dead All Over,” not because I’m morbid, but because the theme’s deadline was in October.  I wanted a Day of the Dead Altar.

When I got it back from the quilt show (it was shown at the Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show in Virginia) I decided it was too gucked up.  So I stripped it down, found some milagros–those silver charms that people pin to the skirts of the Saints in churches–and tried a different version.  I kept the Catarina, the Walt Whitman quote about death, and the angel flying off the edge.  Kept the chocolate ribbons (from a candy shop in Salt Lake City that’s now defunct), though.  Speaking of chocolate. . . Have a spooky night!