I have joined the 2021 Instagram QuiltFest! For the rest of March, I’m going to post one photo a day that relates to a list of writing prompts. I love this type of challenge! It’s a fun way to get to know lots of different quilters. Both professionals and non-professional quilters are joining the March QuiltFest, and you can jump in at any time to start posting your own photos!
How can you find us on Instagram? Just search the #IGQuiltfest2021. There will also be daily hashtags, for example, #IGQuiltfestDay1 is the day that quilters wrote an introductory post, and most of these posts have a photo of the quilter. The writing prompts for days 1 -9 were: Introductions, Sewing Room Snacks, Collaboration, Contemplate, Solid Fabrics, Lesson Learned, Scrappy Finish, Upcycle, and Heirlooms.
Here are my photos for the introduction, and days 2 to 9….but they are all mixed up! Can you match the photo to the writing prompt? If you can match up all the words to all the photos, you can enter our IG contest! Just print out a nine-patch, write in the words on the correct box, then take a photo with your phone. Type, “I know the answer!” on my “IGQuiltfestDAY12” post and follow me on Instagram. If I pick your name on the last day of March, you can e-mail me the photo and claim your prize. I’ll be giving away a stack of 10 half yards of Tim Holtz fabric worth over $65!
If you want more, jump on Instagram and search #IGQuiltfest2021. You will get caught up in all the inspiration, great advice, and lovely personalities of the quilters!
If you already use and understand Instagram, read no further! But if you are not yet on Instagram and you want to know what it is all about, read the tips and tricks below!
Instagram Tips and Tricks: If you are new to Instagram, a hashtag is just a searchable word or phrase with no spaces. For example, when I post about My Magical Garden I follow my description of the photo with #mymagicalgarden
If you search on #applique you can see posts from any quilter who adds that hashtag to their description. Here is what I found when I searched (pressed on the magnifying glass icon on the bottom of the page) on #applique. From there I saw a beautiful quilt with leaves that can be cut with Leaves Galore! I clicked on the third column, the third row down, and came up with this beauty from Art Gallery Fabrics. I printed the pattern and found that the leaf size is bigger than an 8″ leaf! I would adjust the size of the block to fit an 8″ leaf, (block size would be cut at 6 1/4″ from page 83 in the RCA with LG book) and I can make this quilt with Rotary Cut Applique so much faster and easier than cutting with scissors!
So, yes, searching on #applique brought me down the rabbit hole of “I want to make this quilt too!”! I am never at a loss for inspiration when I can turn to IG for EYE CANDY!
You can also “follow hashtags”. The next time someone posts with #applique in the description, it could come across your news feed on Instagram. This is a fun way for you to follow your favorite threads. Some of my favorite hashtag to follow are #applique, #rotarycutapplique, #fusibleapplique , #quiltersofinstagram , and #appliquequilts.
Instagram is really a fun social media platform to be on, but just be careful not to go down the rabbit hole every day! Let’s spend some time making quilts instead of dreaming of them! These trees in Tula Pink’s Curiouser and Curiouser line of fabric are inspiring me to get into my sewing room and start cutting leaves and making an Art Quilt Tree!
Speaking of Art Quilts and Trees, this is a new online class I will be adding to the course lineup this spring Watch for it on the Zoom Online Course page!
In the meantime, go check out Instagram, and let me know if you know the answer to the challenge above! Search for #igquiltffestday12 on Instagram or Facebook, find my Day 12 post, and type “I have the answer” in the comments! If I randomly choose you from the comments, I will ask you for the answer and send you a big beautiful bundle of Tim Holtz fabric!
Happy Applique! Sue
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