QuiltShopGal is using this page for a place to provide FAQ info for current challenges (e.g. 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge), but it was originally written for previous events hosted in 2014 on SewCalGal. I’ll continue to update it, encouraging those with questions to first check this page for FAQ before emailing me. During some events I get swamped with emails and may not be able to respond to individual emails in a timely manner.
How do I enter a challenge, aka add a Link to a Linky ? Click here for a tutorial on using a Linky to participate in a virtual show or challenge hosted byQuiltShopGal. Traditionally the main page for any challenge that SewCalGal hosts can be found on tabs underneath the blog header image. On those main pages you’ll find more info on the challenge, as well as links for specific posts for current challenges or shows that will have the linky you will use to enter. For the current 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge click here: http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-free-motion-quilting-challenge/
May I enter more than one project/photo? As a general rule any challenge QuiltShopGal hosts you can always enter more than one project. But, you can only enter one link in the linky per person unless the rules show you can enter more than one link. For bloggers it is easy to have that link be associated with a blog post with more than one photo (e.g. more than one project. Non-bloggers are limited to one link to a single image in flickr. While you can upload to flickr more photos, you can only have a link to one image. That image may be a collage or a photo of all of your projects.
May I enter something I blogged about previously in the #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties? Yes, but you need a current blog post that is dated during the event window you are entering. And in your post you need to let others know you are sharing it on your blog to enter (insert name/link of the event), ideally encouraging others to enter and/or view the event too! Afterall, the more that enter these events the more fun everyone has.
Why does QuiltShopGal ask bloggers to include a badge and/or link back to the main post for the event, which has a linky? While not a requirement, my hope is that fellow bloggers and even non-bloggers let others know that they are entering the event at QuiltShopGal and encourage others to participate too. After all, the more that participate the more inspiration and fun we all have.
How do non-blogger participants enter? Follow the instructions below to upload your photos to Flickr. You can upload as many as you wish, but you can only add a link to one photo (or a link to a photo collage if you are able to create a collage and upload it to flickr).
How do I add a link to QuiltShopGal’s post to my blog or flickr description? In my tutorial for How to add a link to a linky, there are examples for how to copy a URL to a direct link to a blog post of specifc photo in flickr. You can use this approach to copy a URL for a specific challenge or show on QuiltShopGal and paste that link into your blog post (or use it as a hyperlink) or flickr text description. Click here to read the tutorial to add links to linkys. Refer to Step One for Bloggers for how to copy a direct URL.
How do I remove or change a Linky ? Once you add a linky, when you view all of the links added to the Linky Party, you will see a little ‘x’ next to the link you added. No one else will see that x, but if you need to delete your link (e.g. delete and re-add a link to correct an incorrect link), you can click on that x to edit/remove your link from the list.
What If I want to be a sponsor for one of these challenges? EMAIL Darlene @ QuiltShopGal.com
How can I find the current challenges? Throughout the year, as challenges and events are released, links will be added to the main page for this event. Underneath the blog header you will see a tab labeled EVENTS Simply click on that tab and scroll down to find links to current (or older events).
May I use the logo artwork for these challenges? Yes, by all means. Feel free to copy and use the logo artwork for any challenge/event on QuiltShopGal that you wish. PR Angels are always appreciated and I do believe they receive good kharma for doing so. QuiltShopGal will try to work on creating official badges for these events, but haven’t had time to do so yet (also having a problem with my blog not letting post badges on the right hand column any more and need to figure out a fix, but I can post badge code with in a post or page…all very strange).