Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Artful Bloggers Ring Moving -- Follow us!

Remember the Artful Quilters Blog Ring?

Many of you are members, or were members.  Back when I started blogging, the only other blogging artquilter I knew was Melody Johnson.  We agreed to read each others' blogs, so even if no one else ever found us, we'd be guaranteed of an audience!  Still, as much fun as it was reading Melody's blog, I wondered about the other quilt artists out there... and that led me to start the Artful Quilters Blog Ring, and what an amazing community it is.  I've made so many friends through the ring!

But you may have noticed that the ring host site, Ringsurf, changed its format, and I hate it.  Many of you dislike it too, I know, from your comments to me.  So, in the spirit of a healthy change:

The Artful Quilters Blog Ring is MOVING!  

If you are already a member of the ring, here is what you need to do to move your blog into the new ring:  

1.  Click here to go to submit your blog to the new ring host,  You will be asked to provide info about your blog, and you will be asked to create a site id and password for your own site.  (This does not have to be the same as anything you had on ringsurf.  Create an ID name and password you'll remember in case you need to go in and change the site's details for the ring.) Click "submit."
2.   Once you have submitted your blog, you will get a confirmation screen that instructs you on adding the ring code to your blog.  Click on the "Get Code" button in the lefthand sidebar.  That will give you the HTML code for the ring box. Copy the code, go into your blog's code, and insert the code somewhere it will be visible to your blog readers.
3.  Your blog will appear on the ring as soon as I activate it.   

If you are not a member but would like to join, please read the rules below to make sure your blog suits the ring.  If so, we're happy to have you join.  Follow the two steps above. 

Here are the ring rules:

  1. The ring is intended for blogs that focus primarily on art and contemporary quilting.  While we enjoy traditional quilts, this ring is not for blogs about traditional quilting.  Your blog can be about other things, too; it's fun to read about what else you are doing in your life.  But if a reader finds your blog and can't tell that you make art or contemporary quilts, then this is not the ring for you.  As a rough guideline, your blog should have some quilt-related content once a month or more.  
  2. The blog needs to be regularly updated. Any blogs not updated at least once a month will be moved to the queue. If you have not updated in over three months your site will be removed from the ring. You are welcome to re-join the ring if /when you start posting again. I understand that real life can and does get in the way of blogging, so there is no judgment implied if your blog is moved.  It's just that people stop using the ring if they repeatedly travel to blogs with stale entries.
  3. You must include the ring code on the face page of your blog, so that visitors can surf to the blogs of other members more easily. After all, that's the whole point of this ring. At a minimum, the ring code must include a link to the ring's home and the Next and Previous links. Anyone who has not added the code to their site within two weeks of application will be removed from the ring. If you have trouble finding the current ring code, email me at dphock(at)comcast(dot)net and I will help you.
  4. This is NOT a commercial site.  This ring is not for commercial sites, general quilt-gallery websites, or other non-blog websites. If your blog is merely a listing of items for sale or advertisement for your shop, this blog ring is not for you. You are welcome to sell things on/through your blog, but for this ring, I ask that your blog have content which is largely non-commercial.
  5. You must have at least 5 entries on a new blog (some of which must be about art or contemporary quilting) in order to join.
See you at our new home!


  1. Diane, I went to the new site and looked for how to sign up and get the code, but don't see it. What am I missing. I want to join.

  2. Hmmm. It doesn't seem to work for

  3. Try again -- I was still setting it up when you commented, so I think it's working now. If not, let me know!

  4. Okay, I think I'm all set up.

  5. It worked well. Thanks for your help.

  6. Thanks Diane, I think it worked just fine.

  7. Thanks for refreshing the ring. When I first joined I knew of very few of the quilters listed - now some of them are 'internet buddies'!

  8. Done! This ring is how I found most of my internet artquilt friends!!

  9. Diane, thanks for letting me know about this, it's a great ring. I finally have been and gone and done it!

  10. Anonymous7:27 AM

    Hi Diane,

    I've submitted my site and I am in compliance with the rules.


    Kit Lang

  11. Good Grief.... I got everything done for set up. 'Have added the ring to my blog... and see I have a typo on my info so I'll clean it up once active. ;-) patt

  12. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Hi Diane,
    My blog is now in compliance with the rules, hope I can join.

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  14. I've put your button on my page but it hasn't been activated: have I done something wrong, or is my page not in compliance? Please let me know :)

  15. When I go to "Random" now, I get the same message. It says the blog has been moved and do I want to be redirected. How can I fix this problem. I can still go to "next" blog, just not random.

  16. Anonymous11:35 AM

    i think i've done all this right. hopefully i'm approved

  17. I have done all required and hope to be activated soon please thank you

  18. I think i got it. let me know:)

  19. I've submitted the data and put the button on my blog - I was a member of the ring several years ago, hope I'm not duplicating. Connie

  20. I'm having a very hard time trying to figure out what to do to get the code. I got the email - the site I go to asks for Ring I.D. and Site I.D. I don't know the Ring ID and which site is being referenced? Pls. help me sort this out.
    Thank you very much.
    Guila Greer

  21. Have followed the set up instructions...waiting for activation!

  22. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Hi there Diane, I've just put your link up on my blog and joined your art quilters ring. I hope you come over and visit as I will have a look round your blog and others too. Dianna

    Experienced specialist in the all processing of garments, washing, dyeing, handmade treatments, special effects, development, quality control, controlling of cost, machinery, supporting and consulting.
    I have experiences in practice from 1994 in the all wet and dry processing of garments laundries and dye-houses such as: The ideal using of chemical products of washing, dyeing, special treatments, special effect, professional quality control (before and after processing), training of staff operators about garment laundries and dye houses, development of garments and fabrics, development and application of ideas of customers in mass production, the application of new technologies in production, reorganization of production, reorganization of methods of washing, dyeing, direct dyes, reactive dyes, pigment dyes, sulphur dyes, special effects, laundry machines, laundry technologies, laundry products, fabrics, TIE DYE ON SCARVES,OMBREY DYEING,controlling of the cost of each processing and the correction of problems of production or avoid these.
    My best points are the perfect communication with workers, the right decisions in any case, the excellent technical knowledge about organization of production (from yarn until ready made), the responsibly of my job especially concerning the quality, economy, ecology and stability after each treatment.
    Until now I worked - collaborated in INDIA
    looking for decent post of dyeing master

    Profession - Title
    Garments processing, Washing, Dyeing, Machinery, textile, cloths- Experience specialist of garments processing
    Areas of Expertise
    Garment Industry
    Garment Development
    Garment Washing
    Garment Dyeing
    Laundry Factory Set Up
    Garment Special Effect
    Laundries Organization
    Controlling Of Production Cost
    Fabrics Development
    Production Oganization
    Production Re-organization
    Garments Handmade Treatments
    Primary Language
    Secondary Languages
    English - Passable
    punjabi - Fluent

  24. Anonymous3:52 PM

    My site is in compliance. Cheers!

  25. I have posted the code to my sit would you please activate the site.

    Thank you.

  26. Hi, I've posted the code and it seems to have worked fine, I've got a lovely button! Please activate me. Thanks.

  27. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Woe is me! I can't add the code to either my Wordpress or my Blogger blogs

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