30 January, 2018

Another win and birthday gifts

Good morning friends. Wow, another giveaway win! Recently, I participated in the Splash of Color Challenge that was hosted by Myra of; Busy Hands Quilts. I won the book Splash of Color, written by Jackie Kunkel. She personally autographed the book, and included a cute bookmark. Earlier in the event, I also won two free quilt patterns from Myra. How lucky and blessed am I? Also pictured are the birthday gifts from Diane of:Lavender Dreams. Diane sent a book titled Patchwork of Love written by Heather Harpham Kopp, plus some really nice card-making elements. Sending many thanks to Myra, Jackie, and Diane. Thank you all so much. These gifts are really perfect, and are appreciated. Prim blessings.

28 January, 2018

It's Data Privacy Day 2018

On this blog, I have made several posts through the years regarding online safety. This is something that we should all consider very seriously, and take steps to protect ourselves. Today is Data Privacy Day, an international event that is lead by The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Yes, you may be thinking, "...oh, here she goes again...". Well, it is not just a few people who are interested in sharing safety information. The NCSA website contains a wealth of helpful advice for staying safe online with our computers, email, and smartphones. Please consider visiting their website at: Stay Safe Online, and checking to see that you are truly safe online.
image: Bram Naus | Unsplash

25 January, 2018

Wooden spoon rack + tutorial

Hello all. Here is a wooden spoon rack that I made recently. It was quite simple to construct. If you love the prim look, one of these would be great. Of course, they are a decoration only. The supplies you will need: scrap wood piece in a rectangular shape, one 1/2" thick square dowel rod, acrylic paints, a wood stain and a clean rag, some sponge brushes, some small wood nails, wood glue, 100-180 grit sandpaper for wood, a metal sawtooth hanger, a hammer, a jigsaw, and a hand drill. Safety goggles and a paper nose/mouth protector also needed. The wooden spoons can be purchased at many dollar stores.

20 January, 2018

Covered in Love quilt blocks: Patchwork Surprise

'Cannot believe that I forgot to post these quilt blocks. I made these way back in November 2017 for the Covered in Love quilt block drive. The colors were muted blues, reds and browns/white/cream. Lovely winter palette. Kat hosts this drive bi-monthly, and the blocks are sewn into quilts for cancer patients and their families. This is a wonderful way to help those in need. Please visit Kat's blog to read more about the bi-monthly program. Prim quilting blessings.

As many of you already know, due to a false positive in Blogger's filters, I cannot comment on most Blogger blogs via my Blogger account. So, yes, it is me, from my Wordpress account, if you see daniceseclecticblog. Prim blessings.

~Learn more about: Kat's Covered in Love's Block Drives~

17 January, 2018

California Fire quilt blocks

If you follow Carole's blog: From My Carolina Home, you know that she is always doing something for other people. Recently, she and Darlene of: Quilt Shop Gal asked bloggers to please make some quilt blocks for the California Thomas fire victims. The blocks will be sewn into quilts. These are the three blocks that I made, pictured above. The block is called the Perkiomen Valley, and is from: Ventura Modern Quilt Guild. It does my heart well to know that the quilts will help so many people who have been victims of the fires. Prim quilting blessings.

14 January, 2018

It's our birthday!

Happy birthday to my twin sister, and myself, today! We are "50-something..." again, lol. The little zippered pouch above is one item that I made for her this year. It is made of her favorite NCAA team, Alabama™, fabric. The inside is the team's symbolic black and white houndstooth fabric. The pouch measures 6 1/2" X 7", and is from a pattern by Patty of: Elm Street Quilts Blog. Some people say that they would not like being a twin, but we have always enjoyed it. Even though we are not identical we do have many of the same family traits, each in her own way. Happy birthday, Janice, best sister ever. I love you!

12 January, 2018

Splash of Color: completed quilt!

Finally, here is my completed Splash of Color quilt, Mythical Lanterns. Pattern designed by Jen Carlton Bailly. This was my first time to attempt a different style of binding: facing. It works well, especially for modern-style quilts. All fabrics are 100% cotton. This QAL was so much fun. Thank you, Myra, for hosting this event. You all be sure to visit the Parade to see everyone's quilt.

♦finished size: 41" SQ = 164" total for whole quilt.

♦backing: same grey dots and printed fabrics as from the front.

♦binding: same grey dots as on the front and backing. faced by machine and by hand.

♦batting: Warm N' White©

♦machine quilting: free-motion loopy loops design.

♥ Completed WIP quilts in 2018: 1 ♥

~Linking-up with: Splash of Color Finished Quilts Parade~

09 January, 2018

Surprise gift in the mail!

Hello friends. Isn't it always fun to receive a surprise gift in the mail? That's what happened recently. Sherry from: Createology makes the prettiest tatted items, and she sent this little green wreath to me. Isn't it adorable? So well-made and perfect. 'Love the little white pearl beads. Thank you so much Sherry. Be sure to visit and follow Sherry's blog. Prim blessings.

08 January, 2018

Pop-Ups patterns from Fat Quarter Gypsy

Recently, I participated in the annual Bag It event hosted by Patty of: Elm Street Quilts There were a lot of people who entered, all with amazing bags. Guess what- I was the winner of the Pop-Up patterns from: Fat Quarter Gypsy, two complete with springs and loops, plus two additional patterns! So exciting. These little containers will be full of sewing/quilting notions for sure. The ones above are the small version 6"H X 5 1/2"D, and the medium version 8"H X 8"D. Couldn't resist showing you the back view, the puppy's tail. How cute is that? Sending many thanks to Patty for hosting this fun event, and to Fat Quarter Gypsy for being a sponsor.

Again, thank all of you for continuing to check your Blogger folders and marking my comments as Not S***. Maybe soon that won't need to be done any longer. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes, you may also see a comment published that is from daniceseclecticblog. That is good ole me, commenting from my Wordpress account. Prim blessings.

06 January, 2018

New design theme for this blog

Welcome to this blog's new Blogger theme! This is Soho. Having changed over, many older posts will still contain the jump break ("continue reading MORE of this post..."). I only recently realized that every time a published post is updated/changed, that you email subscribers receive an email for each and every one. Many apologies to you all for the inconvenience. Updating those posts would flood you all with emails, so those posts will not be updated. You all can expect to continue reading posts that are sewing/quilting/crafting-related, as well as some bits about blogging, and my family. 'Same as before. Only the design has changed.

Soho does have a left sidebar, but it is tucked away. To open it, look at the top left of the screen and select the following image: 

This will open the left sidebar. Blessings to you all.

03 January, 2018

How to check your Blogger Comment folders

Good morning friends. I have been told by some blogging friends that they were not aware of the S***" folder in the Blogger dashboard. Pictured above is a screenshot of mine. This is not in your email account, it is found in your Blogger dashboard after you log in. Your email account filters are another subject entirely.

Let's look closely. It is circled in lime color to see. First, select Comments. There will be three folders appear below that: Published, Awaiting Moderation, and, yes, S***. If you don't use Comment Moderation, that folder will not appear in your dashboard. Next, notice that there are several comments in that S***" folder list. Of course I am not going to Publish any of them, I checked one of the boxes beside one just for an example. Next, below the checked comment, you can select the text link Delete, or the text link Not S***. If the comment is in fact Not S***, like from a friend, simply select the Not S*** text. Next, select Not S*** from the top of that list.

This is how we can train the filters to not flag a person's comments as S*** in the future. There is no other way to repair this. Only by doing this enough times, with enough of that person's comments, will filters eventually be trained. If someone could un-flag theirself, that would defeat the reason for [necessary] filters. This is what research and experience has taught me.

So, how do comments end up in this dreaded folder? Well, comments can be flagged by false positive, meaning by accident due to the wording within the comment. Thus, the comment will appear as S*** to the filters. Since filters do not study each person individually, this can happen. It is very upsetting, as when it recently happened to me. Thank you all for checking my comments as Not S*** and for doing it in the future. The situation is not much better now, as I still cannot comment pretty much any of your blogs. How long does it take to get filters trained? Who knows. After all, we cannot get into the minds of computer algorithms.

Sometimes, even the most innocent sounding of words can get someone flagged. Words such as "welcome", "friend", "giveaway", "pretty", etc... can trigger filters. While it would be nearly impossible to comment without using adjectives, it's good to not overuse them. Including links to an email address or another blog/site in a comment can also trigger those filters. The use of emoticons/symbols and slang words like "lol", "sil" ,"ha ha" can also read as S***. Commenting or attempting to multiple times on the same post can also get someone flagged. Yes, some innocent people do get flagged. It's time to be proactive, though. Let's do something to educate and help ourselves.

Let's just all be more careful about what we type in our comments. Let's all just check that S*** folder regularly, and mark comments from friends that are indeed Not S*** as such. We also need to mark any comments that are S*** as such if the filters miss them. Seriously consider turning on Comment Moderation to keep true S*** comments from publishing directly to your blog. Keep in mind that, without any filters, the internet would be truly dangerous. Nearly all major platforms have filters in place for everyone's protection. Hopefully, this information will be helpful to us all. To read about more internet safety suggestions, please visit the page on this blog that I wrote a while back: Safe Blogging Tips. Prim New Year's blessings.