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Quilt Pattern, Tech Talks

Pattern Writing Tip {Image Alignment}

I have been spending a lot of time at my computer working on writing patterns recently, and I wanted to share a quick tip that has been helpful in my pattern writing with you today. Note that this tip is specific for Microsoft Word. First, I want to touch on Image Layout Options. When you insert an image into a...

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Tech Talks

Watermarking via Photoshop Elements

To watermark or not to watermark... that is actually NOT the question for this blog post. I am going to jump in and assume that you would like to watermark your images and that you have Photoshop Elements. Never fear if you do not have Photoshop Elements, I have a few other ideas about file storage that I'll share...

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Tech Talks

Triangle Math {Tutorial}

I was recently contacted via email by someone who saw my Equilateral Triangle Calculator. They were hoping that I could update my spreadsheet to represent the angles of a triangle they would be working with that was not an equilateral triangle. After some thought into the nature of the request, I decided that I want to give tools to be able...

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Quilts, Tech Talks

{Tech Talk} Embedding Spreadsheets

With a background as an engineer, I have to admit that one of my default computer tools is a spreadsheet. I have a spreadsheet for my family budget, a spreadsheet tracking how many miles I have walked this year (I have walked over 1,500 and am aiming for 5 miles a day or 1,825 miles in 2015), and I...

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Tech Talks

Reverse Image Search {Tech Talk}

Every now and then I come across a fabric in my stash or on another person's blog, and I wonder to myself, "What is this fabric?" If you have ever had this thought and struggled with how to figure it out, I want to introduce you today to the concept of a reverse image search. Directly from Google, reverse...

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Discussion, Tech Talks

Blogging Pain Points {Discussion}

As part of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, there has been a Facebook group established to allow participants a forum to ask and answer questions. Last year when I was a participant in the blog hop, the discussions were the most beneficial element of the experience for me. Many questions were raised and answered, and while I...

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Discussion, Tech Talks

Hosting a Successful Linky Party

Before I dive into some tips on how to host a successful linky party, let's first pause to consider why you might want to host a link party. I mean, what IS a linky party and why do people participate in them, let alone host them? Tidily summed up, a linky party is run by a host blogger who invites...

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Discussion, Tech Talks

{Tech Talk Tutorial} Blogging Tips

Blogging Tips: What I Learned in My First Year of Blogging My goal with this post is to put together my thoughts about what I have learned in my first year of blogging, and to ask you for any other tips or tricks that you have regarding blogging that you wish your former self had known about! The major topics I...

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Google SEO Starter Guide
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QuiltCon 2015, Tech Talks

{Tech Talk} Increasing Site Traffic: Search Engine Optimization

It is possible to organically increase the traffic to your website by taking the time to consider how to apply some fundamental search engine optimization tips. This tech talk tutorial is going to focus on how to apply some of these techniques to craft blogs. My top 5 recommendations are below, and if technical background is boring, you can...

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Military Spec Dumb Phone
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Tech Talks

{Tech Talk} Website Design for Mobile Devices

If you have a smart phone or iPad or easy access to these devices, you might want to skip ahead in the post. However, if you are like me and still sporting a "dumb phone", then this first section might be eye opening. I consider myself pretty tech savvy, but for numerous reasons (the battery lasts a week on a single charge,...

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