I have had several people ask my what that funny looking black square is that is in my header image (above ^ ) Some people have even suggested that I remove that to "clean up" my blog header...
I think if maybe I share with everyone what that code is and my purpose for it, it may change a few minds - and maybe even convince some of you, my amazing quilty friends, to start using them also!
What is a QR Code?
Back in October 2013 when I first found my love of quilting, one of the first quilt artists I discovered was Jaybird Quilts. She is probably the cause of my hexie addiction - but that is a whole other story! Anyway, her very first pattern I ever "clicked" on while at her blog was Science Fair.
I had found this post about Science Fair and I was currently designing a quilt for my mom... At the same time I was taking a beginner quilting class from the amazing Marija Vujcic (Fabric Of My Life). The very next day in class, Marija was discussing labels on quilts and the purpose of labels. She also discussed the many types of labels and as soon as she mentioned "Some people even print their own labels" - I knew what I wanted to do!
I wanted to print my own labels! And then I thought about that QR code for Science Fair... And I realized, "Hey! If I print my own labels, I can include a link to my Facebook page so people can see pictures of a quilt while I was making it!"
This image above was the label on my very first ever completed quilt - a turtle rag quilt... So far, every single item I have completed to date has gotten a label on it which will forever link it to my Facebook page...
This, of course, was before I started my blog! When I started my blog about six weeks ago (April 29, 2014) - I began realizing, I can do something even BETTER than just link my work to images - I can actually create a CUSTOM QR Code for each project and I can forever link them to a blog post specifically about that project!
So there it is! That is why my header has a QR code in it - that QR code will take you to my Facebook page... But all projects that will be completed from now going forward will be linked to my blog - specifically to it's own "creation story". I am now forever giving every project I complete Everlasting Life!
I would LOVE to start a trend of quilters doing this! We live in a digital age and it's only getting more digital as time goes on! So while you may not have your own smart phone, you can bet that people seeing your work may have one - or know someone with one... I often will pull out my phone and scan random QR Codes that I see just out of curiosity! So people will also do this when they see the code on a quilt... What an amazing way to learn more about that quilt! Right!?
Tell me your thoughts! Share my idea! Send people to read this and ask them to do the same! And then ask them to give me props for starting a linking trend between our work and the stories behind our work!
Until next time my quilty friends ~ PIECE!