Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Words of Wednesday

As I have been in recovery mode from an outbreak of shingles for the past week, I have had plenty of time for reflection, assessment, review and plans.  I have come to the conclusion that...

I am meant to live a creative life!Photo by Amy Ellis ~ 

I have made little progress since the weekend on the Bridal Veil... I am trying to limit the use of my right arm/shoulder some additional time to heal as that is the area of my body affected by the virus.  

I have managed to update the Pieces in the Garden page with all of the links available to each story and pattern.  It isn't something that many will notice, but I often link back to the page when I mention it in other stories/posts.  I can feel good about that and it brings me to some of my reflection and assessment...

In 2016 I participated in a quilt blogger group where we offered peer reviews and critiques of each other's blogs.  This is what was suggested...

Please focus on the look, feel, and ease of navigation more than content.  Make your suggestions positive and actionable.  Instead of “I can’t find your recent quilt finishes easily enough,” you can instead write “I really like your quilting style. Have you considered adding a tab at the top of blog that contains all of your recent finishes so that people can find them easily?”  

I am a "secretary" at heart and know and understand the importance of reviews and proof-reading by others of something you just wrote... getting some new eyes on it is always a great way to catch errors before a letter or other business documents goes out.  Since six years have passed since that initial review, I thought it would be a good idea to ask for your review or assessment of Melva Loves Scraps.    

How am I doing?

Are you willing to share some of the things you really like here on MLS?  I'll even take a few suggestions to improve.  What would you like to see more of?  Detail photos?  Overall details like quilt sizes, thread, fabric and batting used?  More tutorials? 

I asked you last week about sew alongs... 

How do you decide if you want to participate in a block of the month or sew-along event?  

Is it the skill level?  Is it a specific colorway?  Is it a technique?  Is it the story that accompanies the patterns?  The size of the finished quilt?  Something else?  

Do you like to see all of the blocks or a finished quilt before you start?  Do you mind more of a "mystery" approach with a monthly reveal?  Does a cost for the pattern deter you?  Would you buy a kit?  Would you rather use your own fabric?  Does the chance to win a prize entice you?

I'm heading to my studio for a short sewing therapy session.  Feel free to leave your thoughts about any of these questions.

One last one... Have you been enjoying the Sew & Tell Sessions?  No need to be a blogger to participate!  Did you know that you can link up an Instagram or fb post?  

Piece and Love...


Linking with:

To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Thankful Thursday at Brian's Home
Little Things Thursday at Good Random Fun
I Like Thursday at Not Afraid of Color


  1. I am glad you are feeling some better and able to get into your studio in spite of your issues. I applaud your Pieces of the Garden updated page and understand the feeling of accomplishment it brings.
    I enjoy coming to your blog and feel comfortable and welcomed here. I love that you always have a question to make us "think". You do a wonderful job of including us in your life, and the only thing I'd like to see more of on your blog is more of your surroundings - lol! I LOVE seeing where you live, your proximity to the mountains, your trips - I'm just a fan-girl when it comes to your particular Colorado-close-to-New Mexico area.
    I like your Sew & Tell, especially the name, and need to participate more, even when I don't have anything much to show.

  2. I forgot to thank you for sharing with To Do Tuesday!

  3. Sorry about the shingles! I've had it and it's very painful. Rest, and I hope you are feeling better soon! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  4. Yikes on the Shingles. My sister had them and was in such horrid pain.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. ♥

  5. I hope you fully recover from those shingles soon. I still haven't gotten my shingles vaccine but I did get my flu vaccine yesterday. I don't not have a crafty/creative bone in my body and I always admire those who create so many pretty things. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!