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Thursday, September 18, 2008

IMHO, They Trashed Their Search Engine

dutchrose, IMHO the Quilt Shops people trashed their search engine a couple of years ago and I wrote to them about the problem you described. You wrote in "sky" as your search and you wrote that you got "OMG!!! 123 pages, 4427 hits" which made the search utterly useless, right? And probably some of your "hits" included something like a jack-o-lantern which had absolutely nothing to do with "sky", right??

That's because the gabby quilt shop owners are now allowed to write veritable essays about the piece of fabric in their shop listing that include a lot more than a simple basic description of the piece of fabric. So the jack-o-lantern fabric picture might have the words "in front of a midnight sky" included in the text with the grinning pumpkin face and so it will show up in your search for "sky" fabric.

In order to find what you are looking for you will probably have to make your search a lot more specific and use the actual search page, not the index page. The search page allows you to list words you do not want to be found (like "flannel" or "stars" or "rainbow") which helps rule out a lot of goofy hits. Then add extras to your search, something like "sky cloud" (no quote marks) and see if that helps. Never use quotation marks.

I'll go and try and see what I can find ...

Okay!! I made some progress for you ..... you go to the search page and type in "sky cloud" as your search. The under the "words to ignore" part you type in "flannel star floating bird rainbow tree balloon" (no commas and no quote marks) and then you will get a result of only 177 items from multiple shops, page 1 of 5



  • At September 18, 2008 at 9:44 PM , Blogger dutchrose said...

    judy, that is SO much better, a list i can deal with! first i tried "blue sky" and got just about every fabric that had a bit of blue in it so just did "sky". i didn't notice the advance search so thanx for the heads up.

    some of the hits i was getting included books, halloween!, thread, etc. just as you described. i'd still like advice from BBers tho, i spent another couple of hours at eeschenck website looking for sky and i have a headache to beat the band.

    thanx much. dutchrose

  • At September 19, 2008 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Sondra Horn said...

    This is my first attempt to post anything. I've been able to read, but haven't had much luck posting.

    One fabric that I've always found useful are the Moda Marbles. The blues are particularly nice, and I'm sure would make a nice "sky".

    Good luck. Post the picture when you're done, okay!

    Sondra in Hollister, CA


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