Quilts aren’t just a craft, they’re an art form. While most quilters can still be found in America, the growing army of paper-piecers and dedicated sewists brilliantly binding their own quilts is growing fast in the UK too. We’ve listed the best hashtags for novice and expert quilters alike to get inspired and join in stitching with others around the world…
@suzyquilts for #modernquilter
#modernquilter / #modernquilts
As quilt design has evolved the patterns available have grown more intricate and unique. Possibly the best way to see what’s new in the world of quilting is to use these two hashtags. The Modern Quilters Guild has branches all over the world, including one in London, and is the place to go to find out about exhibitions, festivals and meeting likeminded makers. You can also join in by using the tag #showusyourMQG so guild members around the world can see your work. #modernquilter / #modernquilts
@alittlepatchwork for #sewmystash2016
As a quilter it’s highly likely you have a serious addiction to fabric, but what do you do when your fat quarters start to take over your house? Why turn that stash of fabric into a blanket, of course. Be inspired to work your way through all those forgotten fabrics by using this hashtag to share your progress and if you want some ideas and guidance use the hashtag #sewmystash2016 (started by blogger Project Leasa) for monthly prompts.
@aurifilthread for #thesplendidsampler
If you want to quilt and share your progress with (virtual) friends a #quiltalong is a great way to get started. The Splendid Sampler runs one which sees you creating blocks and you can share your makes using #thesplendidsampler. The Summer Sampler 2016 is another fun one starting soon. Although it does cost $20 to sign up, the gorgeous designs by high profile quilting bloggers make it worth the money. Beginning on 16 May and continuing until the end of September, one block will be released a week for the 20 weeks. Use the hashtag #summersampler2016 to join in.
@writtenincloth for #quiltersofinstagram
#quiltersofinstagram / #quiltsofinstagram
While Tumblr has been the quilters natural home for many years, makers are now migrating to Instagram to show off their designs. By using any of these hashtags you’ll find the most contemporary quilts out there and you can use them to share your own on trend creations. Check out @quiltsofinsta for a curated collection of the best quilts and submit your own for a chance to be featured. #quiltersofinstagram / #quiltsofinstagram
@giucy_giuce for #englishpaperpiecing
#englishpaperpiecing / #hexiefriends
If paper piecing is your preferred method of patchworking follow the tag #englishpaperpiecing to see different people’s take on the classic English technique. You can also swap with makers worldwide by using the hashtag #hexiefriends. All you have to do is make a flower using hexagons using a plain fabric for the centre of the flower where you write your name and location, then post it off too another quilter so you can create your own international quilt without leaving your sofa.
@cyclingjanes for #inspiredbybeesewcial
Just over a year ago a group of quilting bloggers formed and online sewing bee. Each member chose a monthly theme and colour palette that would see then them make “blocks”, to form one whole blanket. However when they noticed other quilters were taking an interest online they created a companion community #inspiredbybeesewcial. Now you can use their themes for inspiration, learn new skills along the way and grow your own online friendships.
@brianisthemessiah for #100daysofquilting
If you really want to focus your making take a leaf out of the #100daysproject and set yourself the #100daysofquilting challenge instead. Lots of other makers are taking part and it’s a great target to set yourself while sharing your progress with other makers.
@sun_quilt for #handquilting
#handquilting / #slowcraft
Quilting is not a craft that can be rushed and there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting back with you needle and thread for a spot of top stitching. If you prefer to ditch the machine and go back to basics, use the hashtag #handquilting to see other makers such as Forest + Found and find out some tips and tricks. The hashtag #slowcraft is another great one to follow and a wonderful way to discover other back to basics crafts.
We all have fabric designers who’s fabric make us go weak at the knees, so show your appreciation, or find new fabrics by using or searching the hashtag or your favourite designers. “As a Moda Fabrics designer I always use #modafabrics and #showmethemoda in all of my Moda Fabrics projects,” explains Corey Yoder of the blog Coriander Quilts, who also created the monthly quilt along #patchworkparty.
@goosequilts for #lonestarquilt
Find the perfect pattern to fit your project by using this simple hashtag. Once you’ve found what you want to make, Lily’s Quilts blogger and founder of The Thread House Lynne Goldsworthy suggests you get specific with your tags. “If I’m doing a specific type of design such as a Lonestar Quilt I would use #lonestarquiltblock, #lonestarquilt and always tailor them to the project I’m working on. That way anyone looking for these projects find mine easily.” #quiltpattern