The last two blocks were finished Friday night. On Saturday, Mr. Q.O. found a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth at a dollar store and since then I’ve been playing with the placement of the blocks. Here are the first three layouts.
When I started these blocks back in May of last year, I didn’t realize they would become the Memories of Smudge quilt. For the longest time I couldn’t work on them. While it may have been a long time since that first block was shown and it didn’t have the same name at that point, I firmly believe there’s a time to work on certain projects. And this was the time to work on Memories of Smudge. Now to finalize the setting and start sewing them together. I’m looking forward to seeing the top put together. And deciding on a border treatment.
The first layout really had no plan to it other than ensuring that the same fabric didn’t touch. After leaving it up for a while and then looking at this photo, I decided I didn’t like the blocks with the light piece just being scattered about.
Mr. Q.O. suggested putting those blocks in a V shape. So that was layout two.
Then I started moving other blocks around, trying to balance the blocks containing the darkest pieces. And that’s where it’s at right now. I’m leaving them up and will probably move a few more around yet. I’m finding that looking at the photos is more helpful than standing looking at them up on the design wall.
We have a vet appointment today for Baxter. He needs his annual check-up. But we think he must know — look at what today’s special is at the kitty aroma therapy shop!
When I was putting the design wall up, I had to move the pile of quilt tops off the quilt rack. For a moment, they were on top of the loveseat. And in the blink of an eye, Baxter had found them and was happily perched there.
Now to the question part of the post.
I’m still undecided about this truncating of posts. Unfortunately, making a truncated post appear in a reader (which is apparently where the scrapers tend to grab content) also means that those that have signed up to receive posts by e-mail also get the truncated version. I’m going to work on it a bit more and see if I can sort out a solution.
A couple of people asked how I was truncating my posts. In WordPress it’s quite simple. There’s a great tutorial on using it called The More Tag on the WordPress.com Support pages.
That said, I may revert back to the regular posts. I hate giving in to these scrapers. There are ways of trying to monitor if one’s content is being taken, I think. I was pleased to see that upon requesting them to do so, the scraper’s web host took down the offending pages very quickly. But that brings me to the question – would you want to be alerted if your blog posts were seen on a scraper site? Maybe if we all work together we can go a long way to getting those sites pulled down. I’d love to hear your opinions on that!