Tech Stuff – Adding a Bloglovin’ follow widget to a WordPress.com blog

I’m departing from my usual quilting posts to give a little demo on adding a Bloglovin’ follow widget to a WordPress.com blog since Bloglovin’ doesn’t support WordPress.com blogs natively. I hope this helps someone! 🙂

First, create an account on Bloglovin’ and then go to the widgets page, which is pictured below.
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From this page, you’ll need the widget code (A) and a logo image file (B). I downloaded all the logos and then chose the one I liked the best. Click the link to get your widget code and you’ll get a popup as pictured below.
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Select everything in the box (C) and paste it into a text file for safekeeping while you’re working. You will the very first URL listed in that code, so find the first instance of https and copy that all the way to the end of the number before the quotation marks. My URL was https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/quiltsbylaurel-14248351, so yours should be similar.

Choose a logo image file and upload it to your WordPress.com media library and it will look as pictured below.
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Click the image you uploaded (D) and you will another screen as shown below.
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Copy the image URL (E) and paste that into your text file for safekeeping as well.

In your WordPress.com blog settings, choose Appearance and then Widgets to get to the screen pictured below.
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From there, add an Image widget and you’ll need to fill in the settings to customize it for your blog. You can see the settings I used in the image above. The image URL you saved will go in the Image URL blank and the URL from the Bloglovin’ widget code will go in the Link URL blank.

After you’ve filled in all the settings, save it and then have a look at your blog and you should have a Bloglovin’ follow widget similar to mine shown below (F).
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If you have any questions, please let me know and I can probably help you iron out any issues you might be having. 🙂

Quilting Previews!!

At the same time I sent my Easter Bunny Wall Quilt to the long-arm quilter, I also sent my Double Cross Mystery Quilt and my Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt. I got preview pictures of the quilting today and I’m so happy to share them here!! Thanks to Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts for doing such a great job as usual! ❤

Double Cross Mystery Quilt: Quilted in red to add some interest. I'm going to bind it in red too. 🙂
Double Cross Mystery Quilt - Quilting PreviewDouble Cross Mystery Quilt - Quilting Preview

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt: Quilted in a snowflake pattern! Perfect for a Christmas quilt! 🙂
Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Quilting PreviewUgly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Quilting Preview

In Progress – Minecraft Quilt – Blocks 1 & 2

My kids are obsessed with Minecraft. For those of you lucky folks who don’t know what that is, it’s kind of like building with Lego blocks except on the computer. I love it and hate it at the same time. 😀 A while back, I started thinking about making a Minecraft quilt for my daughter and I wasn’t looking forward to planning out all the different blocks. Fortunately, I came across the Minecraft Sew Along at Seriously…I Think It Needs Stitches. I went ahead and bought the Bella Solids fat quarter bundle put together by Fat Quarter Shop. I had a few other things to finish up before I started on this one, but I finally made the first block yesterday.

Here’s Steve (He’s the “main” character that you are playing as. There’s also an alternate, Alex, that I’ll make later.):
Minecraft Quilt - Block 1 - Steve

I made the second block today, the Creeper (This character is a bad guy.):
Minecraft Quilt - Block 2 - Creeper

These blocks are so quick and easy to make that I think this top will be finished in no time! 🙂