Facebook – Get Our Notifications

If you aren’t on Facebook, then you really won’t care about this post.  I’ll catch you another day.  However, if you are a Facebook member and “Like” various business pages with the idea that you will then see those pages’ posts, you might find this enlightening.

At one time, if you “Liked” a page, you would then receive that page’s posts in your newsfeed.  However, this is no longer happening unless you are a very active member on that page, liking and sharing stuff all the time.   Now if a business wants their posts to be read, they have to pay Facebook to put the post in the newsfeed of people who liked the page (or any other audience the business designates).  Basically, business page posts are seen as commercials by Facebook, and they are not distributed widely for free.

I’ve tried this “pay-and-be-seen” page boost through Facebook and it works well for the most part, but I really can’t pay for every post I put on the Along Came Quilting Facebook page, particularly if it is a social thing, such as sharing someone’s quilts, or a neat blog link.

But let’s face it.  You wanted to hear from us, and you thought you would by “Liking” us right?  So with the current Facebook game, if you want to know when a page has posted on Facebook, you need to “Like” the page, and check off the “Get Notifications” accessed through the pull-down arrow to the right of the “Like or Liked”.  I’ve taken a picture of our Facebook page, and have circled what it is you need to click on so it is checked off.  I find I cannot do this on my cell phone.  It is only accessible on the computer or tablet.  Clicking on this picture will take you to our Facebook page.

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After you have checked off “Get Notifications”, you will find that the little globe at the top bar of your Facebook page will get a red number indicating the number of posts made from pages you have done this for.  Click on the globe and it gives you a listing, and you can then click on the notification you would like to read.  You will see there is also a “Settings” available where you can further customize notifications you receive.

By taking the time to do this on Along Came Quilting’s Facebook page, you will be better informed when I’ve made a post.

And if you are wondering why I am writing this on the blog and not Facebook – well, more people are going to receive the blog post through their email than Facebook will deliver to their newsfeed.  Sad but true.  I just may end up paying to have this read by our Facebook fans.

If anyone has anything further to add – as you may very well have more knowledge on this than me, please chime in.

Linda Goh
visit us at the store or online:
http://www.alongcamequilting.com
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445

 

 

Spring Bouquet – A Big Ta-Da!

In 2013 we ran Spring Bouquet by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts as a Block of the Month with pre-fused, laser-cut applique pieces.  Everyone got to pick their own background, and many people chose dark backgrounds, instead of a light one as the original quilt was done with.

Jacqui K. brought in her finished quilt today for us to see.  She had chosen a very dark brown batik for the background, and used fancy stitches from her sewing machine to sew the pieces on with various silk and rayon threads.  She quilted it herself and the quilting added so much dimension to the piece.  Below are pictures we took.  I thought everyone should see her Ta-Da’s!  If you click on the pictures, you ‘ll get a larger, crisper image.

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Jacqui said she wouldn’t let herself get distracted with another project until this one got finished.  She kept her eye on the goal, and I’d say she won the game.

Linda Goh
http://www.alongcamequilting.com
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Journey of Discovery

First of all, you’ll need to watch this four-minute video to understand my comments that follow:  Creative Bug’s Kaffe Video

In this video, I found many of Kaffe Fassett’s ruminations resonated with me. Particularly his reference to textiles, “The only sad thing, when it’s finished, all the potential is gone . . .. All of a sudden it’s finished; it is what it is.”

Brilliant. I believe for some customers this is why they sometimes are not as happy with their finished piece as they could be. There is nothing wrong with their quilt top – it is lovely, sometimes stunning, but they are not joyous; perhaps they just seen more potential in it than could be packed in.

As Kaffe says, “Let’s go on to the next one and make it better.” And for some people, they really thought one creation is all; they were only planning for a single project or two in their life, not a journey. And that is what all handicrafts and art is – a journey of discovery if you want to be fully gratified with the process of creation.

Linda Goh
http://www.alongcamequilting.com
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445

 

Festival of Quilts Tickets Still Available

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Yes, we still have tickets for this weekend’s Festival of Quilts!  You will save some time and save some money by purchasing your tickets from us for the Festival of Quilts held at Heritage Park May 23rd and 24th.

As a sponsor of this show, we have single day admission tickets for sale for $18.50, which represents a savings of $7.25 from the walk-up general admission rate.  Not only that, you’ll just walk on by the line-up waiting to buy their tickets there.

For more information on this fabulous quilt exhibition, please click here.

You can purchase your tickets from us by:

  • Coming in, running to the counter, and requesting them.
  • Calling in to the store at 403-253-4419 or toll-free, 1-877-745-6445 with your credit card, and purchasing them over the phone.  We’ll hold your tickets here.  (I’m afraid it is too late to mail these out.)
  • Order them on our webstore here.  Under shipping method, choose “Will Pick Up In Store” (it is too late to mail them out and expect that you will receive them in time).

All sales are final.  So if hubby wants to paint the fence that weekend, suggest he join you at the park!

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432-1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445
http://www.alongcamequilting.com

Another Round of 100 Modern Quilt Blocks Block of the Month

That’s right, it is an encore run of Tula Pink’s 100 Modern Quilt Blocks beginning in September.  Yes, that seems awhile away, but lets face it, you’ll be gardening over the next few months and when you’ve worn out your green thumb, you’ll be ready to take this on, and we will have had time to cut enough kits for everyone who wants to participate.

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  • Each month for 10 months you receive TEN individually packaged block kits –  all from one column of the quilt (versus “row” which is horizontal).  Each month’s package has candy-box appeal:  all blocks are different and each month has a span of different bright colours.
  • By the end of the 10 months, you will have 100 different 6″ (6.5″ unfinished) pieced – no applique – blocks which you can sew into any setting you would like.  The book features five different settings, of which not all use the 100 blocks.  However, you can always enlarge the smaller quilt settings to use all of them (which is what Kate did as seen in the quilt above- which, if you click, will take you to this product in our webstore).
  • The “Gridlock” setting featured on the front cover of the book uses all 100 blocks and finishes at 90″ square.  We are following the rainbow colouring of this particular quilt.  However as the fabrics featured in the book are no longer available for our store to purchase, we are using other colour- and style-appropriate fabrics.  Our store can provide you with the huge variety of fabrics needed for this quilt, all matching the colours of the Gridlock quilt.  In the first month alone, there are 32 different fabrics used.
  • Sashing and border fabrics are not included.  These are left up to you to choose, after you have decided on the setting and colours you would like.  Of course, we would be happy to help you select appropriate fabrics when you are ready to do so.
  • The price for this program is $58.98 for the first month and $29.99 for each of the subsequent nine months.  If you already own the book, please let us know when you register, and your first month’s charge will be for the blocks only of $29.99 ($3 per block).
  • By signing up for this program, you are committing to the full 10-month program costs.  Click Here  to find this in our webstore.

Please feel free to call us or email me with any questions you may have.

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432-1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
(403)253-4419
1-877-745-6445
www.alongcamequilting.com
email:  askus@alongcamequilting.com

The fine print:

  • Click on the picture to find it on the Along Came Quilting webstore.
  • Local customers may sign up in the store or on-line at the webstore.  Please indicate in the comments section of your order if you will be picking up at the store.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.

Hoffman Elements Pre-cuts Special Pricing – Only 2 Days Left

hoffmanpreorder-1Pre-order your Hoffman Elements pre-cuts (2 1/2″ strip Bali pops, 5″ square Bali Snaps, and 10″ square Bali Crackers) by April 30th for fantastic pricing!

The important stuff:

  • Place an order on-line for the items on our secure website by April 30th.  If you are more comfortable ordering over the phone, please call us on our toll-free number at 1-877-745-6445 (local:  403-253-4419).
  • Your credit card will not be charged until the item is shipped.  There is no automated system that charges your card when you place the order; it is processed manually by yours truly.  If you choose to pay by PayPal, I will email you an invoice when the item arrives and is packaged.
  • Shipping charges will be the actual cost to mail to you.
  • In town customers pay when they pick up at the store (special pricing is held for 2 weeks after notification).
  • All charges are in Canadian funds.  If you are from another country, conversion will be handled by your credit card company.

Let me know if you have questions.

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB
T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445
askus@alongcamequilting.com
http://www.alongcamequilting.com

Get Your Tickets Here!

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Save some time and save some money by purchasing your tickets from us for the Festival of Quilts held at Heritage Park May 23rd and 24th.

As a sponsor of this show, we have single day admission tickets for sale for $18.50, which represents a savings of $7.25 from the walk-up general admission rate.  Not only that, you’ll just walk on by the line-up waiting to buy their tickets there.

For more information on this fabulous quilt exhibition, please click here.

You can purchase your tickets from us in 3 ways:

  • Come in, run to the counter, and request them.
  • Call in to the store at 403-253-4419 or toll-free, 1-877-745-6445 with your credit card, and purchase them over the phone.  We’ll hold your tickets here, or our worker bees will mail them to you (an additional $1.25 charge per address is applied).
  • Order them on our webstore here.  Under shipping method, choose whether you “Will Pick Up In Store” or Canada Post.  If we are shipping, note that the charge for this item is $1.25.

All sales are final.  So if hubby wants to paint the fence that weekend, suggest he join you at the park!

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432-1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445
http://www.alongcamequilting.com