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37 replies, 22 voices Last updated by Linda Campbell 1 year, 8 months ago
    • UKQU Admin Team
      Keymaster
      @rtvadmin
      #2594

      This is an open forum to discuss any ways to improve this website, from suggested new content and features or just pointing out spelling errors, anything goes and any input is welcomed.

      Join in and let us know what you’d like to see included on this site

      We would love to hear about any ideas you might have or suggestions for new content for this site that we haven’t thought about.

      A spare two minutes spent posting in our improvements forum could see your idea included in the future.

    • Fiona
      Participant
      @pipmer
      #10776

      Will you be doing free motion quilting especially for people like me too scared to try it

      • Sarah Wickett
        Participant
        @amblesidequilter
        #11068

        Hi Fiona, There are a few of us LA quilters that are also bloggers on the site that would be more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding FMQ. I like many started quilting on my domestic machine. If you would like to see a blog om FMQ please feel free to ask.
        Sarah x

        • Sylvia Priest
          Moderator
          @sylviapriest
          #12304

          Hi
          Check out the Blogger Central .. there are already one or two long arm specialists posting regular blogs on there, plus keep an eye out in the hints and tips section. We will let our team know this is of interest.

        • Lynda Jackson
          Participant
          @lyndathequilter
          #13688

          There are a good few Professional quilters on the site and who are doing blogs so I would think there will be plenty of information on ‘how to’ on this topic. I certainly intend to address it.

    • Yolly
      Spectator
      @yolly
      #11689

      On the members page it would be good to be able to actually able to search members by name. There is a search bar on the page, but it is for the site in general not for members. Or alternatively you could have letters under the sort by box, so you can at least start from the letter your looking for. Hope that makes sense?
      Yolly

      • Sylvia Priest
        Moderator
        @sylviapriest
        #12307

        Hi Yolly

        we are working to add this improvement to the search functions at the moment

    • Fiona Wollaston
      Participant
      @wollafi
      #11946

      An About page would be really useful to help people understand the purpose of the site, how it differs from the Facebook site (and partners with it), and also who is responsible for the website (credibility).

    • Sarah O’Hora
      Participant
      @sarahohora
      #12034

      Hi – it all looks fantastic, and I’m sure you will iron out any wrinkles in time – One factual error – Strawberry Fayre in Chagford has ceased trading and closed down due to retirement after 40 years.

      • Sylvia Priest
        Moderator
        @sylviapriest
        #25654

        Thanks for the comment Chris. We will ask our bloggers to take up this challenge.

    • Wendy Watts
      Participant
      @plum
      #12092

      An index page to the blogs may be useful. They’re easy to navigate at the moment but not sure how it will look when the bloggers make additional postings. They all look wonderful.

    • Sue Davey
      Participant
      @suedavey
      #12285

      Question for Admin – would it be possible to put our Quilting Group onto the website under groups. We have our own website and I would like to connect to this one if possible please. It would also give other members who live in our area the chance to come along and join our group. Thanks Sue Davey

    • Samantha Jones
      Participant
      @samjones
      #12948

      Hi
      How do I add an image to my members section?
      I’m into art quilts and work in the committed to cloth studio would you be interested in a blogger for art quilts? I’d be happy to give it a go I’m just setting up my own blog http://www.beneaththeseams.co.uk
      I’d be happy to give it a go.
      Well done with the site.
      Sam

    • Jan62
      Participant
      @jan62
      #13296

      Hi. How do I contact you as I ordered 2 UKQU badges but have only received one.

      • Sylvia Priest
        Moderator
        @sylviapriest
        #21366

        Hi
        You need to speak direct ot the seller about missed orders, and in this case its Juliet Nice. She can be found on UK Quilters United FB Page, or send her a PM from her shop on here.

    • Chris Mcgregor
      Participant
      @chrislinda
      #23133

      I would love to see someone compare some of the different waddings available, with photos. The photos on here are so clear we could get a sense of the difference between them unlike the photos on shop sites where they all look the same. I know it’s a very personal choice but I would find it interesting.

    • Nina
      Participant
      @nina
      #26493

      Having opened a shop on the website last night, I’m thrilled to see that I’ve already had a few downloads (after all the patterns are for free, and we all love that!). Looking in my Seller’s Dashboard, all of the orders are listed as ‘Processing’. Shouldn’t this automatically be set to Completed, Processed, Done or something similar? After all the pdf is automatically available to the purchaser?

    • Cathryn Brown
      Participant
      @cathryn
      #29359

      Hello, enjoying the site, couple of ‘things’. I find it loads very slowly for me. I have slow broadband but I’ve compared it to other sites and it seems to be site related. Probably too vague for you to help at all so my next question is – can you do anything about identifying each bloggers post to them? They’re great but I am trying to follow just a few (I should be sewing not reading!) and as more and more are added finding the ones that are particularly interested in to see if they have written new posts seems to be getting complicated. Now this might be me as I am not yet used to the format and how things work. How do I ‘follow’someone and get their updates? Thanks

      • Anne Burke
        Participant
        @pollyanna
        #59655

        I would be glad to see this too

      • Anne Burke
        Participant
        @pollyanna
        #59659

        Oh dear. The website forced me to resubmit a reply, then wouldn’t accept as it’s a repeat, and wouldn’t accept a blank form, and cannot find a cancel button lol

    • Sally Swindells
      Participant
      @sallyswin
      #34363

      I seem to gravitate to the blogs but would appreciate a name or pseudonym at the head of each so I know whose blog I am reading. At the moment it is difficult to continue reading a blog I have found I like and is a bit of a ‘lucky dip’!

    • carol hargreaves
      Participant
      @caragreaves
      #47809

      The blogs are my favourite part of the site so far. I too would like to easily see which blog belongs to which blogger. At the moment we have to select & skim each one to find who & what they are.

    • Karen Wallis
      Participant
      @kab
      #52483

      I have a suggestion, I am unable to find a comprehensive, up to date list of charities requiring help with anything from hearts, to quilts. We are often referred to joining other FB groups in respect of this, but I think UKQU should have its own current comprehensive resource/list.

    • Karen Wallis
      Participant
      @kab
      #52638

      Give members the ability to edit – or add to any comment they make. (Predictive can be unforgiving)

      😳 Oh just noticed I can edit this current post on this section, but unable to edit/add to a previous post or comment on a blog!

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Karen Wallis.
    • Karen Wallis
      Participant
      @kab
      #55873

      With the growing dissatisfaction with social media platforms, such as Facebook, harvesting users data etc.

      Will UKQU consider creating a site forum. This way all of the discussion groups could be managed/moderated inhouse.
      Building a decent searchable knowledge base for UKQU rather than relying on a faceless data mining SM enterprise who
      are in control to host UKQU groups.

      PS Formatting eg wordwrap is terrible on comments sitewide.

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Karen Wallis.
      • Robin Hind
        Spectator
        @robinhind
        #56987

        Great idea, the forum already exists, new subject threads can be set up anytime, not sure it could replace Facebook as that serves a specific purpose but an additional place for views and help would be quite simple to set up.

        We already have a knowledge base on the site, but it could do with more input, if anyone wants to help out then feel free to send in additions.

    • Anne Burke
      Participant
      @pollyanna
      #59657

      Hi, thank you to the website team for all you do. I would like to see a flagged map of where groups meet, or at least a county index. Thank you.

      I echo those above in wanting to know who’s blog I am reading at the head of the column.

      • UKQU Admin Team
        Keymaster
        @rtvadmin
        #60787

        Hi, the blog authors are displayed on the front tile along with the date, this was added a while ago, the author is also displayed at the end of each blog page. Unless there is something we missed?

        Rob

    • Linda Campbell
      Participant
      @lindaljc
      #116379

      I’ve just had a look through the groups and see that the majority seem to be to do with Skype and have only one member; what is that about?!

      • Sylvia Priest
        Moderator
        @sylviapriest
        #127061

        sorry for the lack of response … the spammers were removed some time ago. Unfortunately since we rarely get comments here its not checked regularly enough, but I hope you can see the issue is resolved. If you do have any issues its often better to raise a ticket as those are checked afre more regularly.

        Regards
        Sylvia

    • Lesley Wright
      Participant
      @lesleywright
      #126838

      I really find this site difficult , such a shame as if more people participated I am sure it would be buzzing. The regional groups have hardly any members, such a shame. I can never find the book of the month in the book club. So many of us on Facebook and am sure we’d all be on here as well if it was simpler to use.

    • Linda Campbell
      Participant
      @lindaljc
      #127016

      I agree with Lesley Wright; it has just taken me ages to find her post, and I cannot even respond directly to her! Nobody answered my query of 3rd October, so I suspect this will all get the same answers!

    • Lesley Wright
      Participant
      @lesleywright
      #127026

      Sad isn’t it Linda ? it’s almost like a dead site but there is lots of potential for so much. Perhaps there is too much content therefor putting people off. It’s disjointed and so difficult to go from one thing to another smoothly. Replying on forums being a valid illustration.

    • Linda Campbell
      Participant
      @lindaljc
      #127053

      Certainly is, Lesley! It would be nice if someone from the management responded, at least!

    • Sylvia Priest
      Moderator
      @sylviapriest
      #127064

      Hi Linda and Lesley,

      Apologies, but we rarely check the forum. How remiss of us! Our day job really has been taking over lately, so the best way to raise any issues is to raise a ticket as we are monitoring that much more closely. You can see the Group issue with spammers was resolved relatively quickly too once we were aware of it. time wasters of the worst degree I am sure you will agree.

      However, with regard to the bookclub and indeed all of the groups, these are complimentary groups for the owners of the individual groups to administer, so perhaps you may garner a response by a direct approach to them. I will raise matters with Arlene for you however with regard to the book club.

      We do administer the website, this is around our spare time on a voluntary basis and we really do work hard to keep the content fresh and ideas moving.

      I hope you are entering the competitions .. the November Quilt Competition is still open for entries and someone will win the Fantastic Janome 8200 QCP which will be announced early next month!

      Kind regards
      Sylvia

    • Sylvia Priest
      Moderator
      @sylviapriest
      #127066

      Hi Linda and Lesley,

      Apologies, but we rarely check the forum. How remiss of us! Our day job really has been taking over lately, so the best way to raise any issues is to raise a ticket as we are monitoring that much more closely. You can see the Group issue with spammers was resolved relatively quickly too once we were aware of it. time wasters of the worst degree I am sure you will agree.

      However, with regard to the bookclub and indeed all of the groups, these are complimentary groups for the owners of the individual groups to administer, so perhaps you may garner a response by a direct approach to them. I will raise matters with Arlene for you however with regard to the book club.

      We do administer the website, this is around our spare time on a voluntary basis and we really do work hard to keep the content fresh and ideas moving.

      I hope you are entering the competitions .. the November Quilt Competition is still open for entries and someone will win the Fantastic Janome 8200 QCP which will be announced early next month!

      Kind regards
      Sylvia

    • Sylvia Priest
      Moderator
      @sylviapriest
      #127068

      Hi Linda and Lesley,

      Apologies, but we rarely check the forum. How remiss of us! Our day job really has been taking over lately, so the best way to raise any issues is to raise a ticket as we are monitoring that much more closely. You can see the Group issue with spammers was resolved relatively quickly too once we were aware of it. time wasters of the worst degree I am sure you will agree.

      However, with regard to the bookclub and indeed all of the groups, these are complimentary groups for the owners of the individual groups to administer, so perhaps you may garner a response by a direct approach to them. I will raise matters with Arlene for you however with regard to the book club.

      We do administer the website, this is around our spare time on a voluntary basis and we really do work hard to keep the content fresh and ideas moving.

      I hope you are entering the competitions .. the November Quilt Competition is still open for entries and someone will win the Fantastic Janome 8200 QCP which will be announced early next month!

      Kind regards
      Sylvia

    • Linda Campbell
      Participant
      @lindaljc
      #127177

      So this page seems redundant! I agree with Lesley that it is difficult to navigate the site and frustrating when you arrive at a group or forum and find it is ‘dead’. I had joined a couple of the groups, but I left them as nothing was happening, ( and I did provide input where asked).

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