Thursday, May 7, 2020

Instagram for Quilting Inspiration

In this post, we will go over how you can search, follow, and draw inspiration for future quilting projects! Instagram is a fantastic place to find inspiration and also allows you to save a post for later viewing allowing you to search and save to your quilting heart's content!  

First and foremost you will have to download and create an Instagram account. 

When creating your account you will have a few decisions you will need to make, beginning with your account name (the guilds is pghmqg) this can be changed but should be something you are comfortable with and can change later is you wish. Also, if you would like your account to be "public" or "private". Public accounts mean that anyone on Instagram can see your posts. Private means that only approved friends can see your posts but keep in mind that Guild will not be able to share your posts on our Instagram page or stories. Lastly, your profile picture can be of you or of your quilt. If you use your face for your profile you will experience spam accounts. If you use a quilt this annoyance is almost cut out. Just food for thought. 

Once you create your Instagram account you can easily start finding and following other accounts and hashtags by using the search icon in the navigation buttons at the bottom of your page.  

Once you are in the search area you will find a few options. 

First, you will see auto-generated posts that you can scroll through at will. These posts are chosen by the program based on the post you like and search for trying to bring you content that you may not have seen yet.

When you are searching for specific inspiration its best to use the 'Search' bar at the top. Instagram will start to auto-generate a few search possibilities as you type. Mainly, accounts and hashtags that use the words your typing in wither the account name or a hashtag itself.  You can also try typing in a specific person name to find their account if you don't know what their account handle is. 

When you find the profile or hashtag you would like to follow its as simple as clicking the follow button on the profile. Once you start following an account or hashtag you will see everything they post on your main feed where you can scroll and scroll! 

Now a word about hashtags... Did you know ANYONE can make their own hashtag? It's a great way to keep track of personal projects or if others want to have 2 ways to find your images. For example, if your account is named @moderngreenstitches any quilt image you upload and place the hashtag #moderngreenstitches in the description will then show up when you search that hashtag. Pretty cool!

When you find a post you love or are inspired by you can easily save the post to a file by clicking the little "flag" icon near the bottom-right directly under the image you like. 

You can then make custom folders for different ideas making it quick and easy to organize your inspection for future projects. 

So, the next time you find a post you're inspired by you can click the "flag" and then add it to the folder it belongs to.

Saved posts are easy to view later by going to your main page and clicking the "menu" tab at the top right (three stacked, horizontal lines) and then going to the "Saved" tab. 

Another way to keep in contact with guild members and other quilty friends is by sending direct messages. If you go to your homepage then you will find a little "paper airplane" in the top right. By clicking on that you can then continue conversations that have already been started by clicking on the conversation or if you want to start a new conversation then you can click the "paper and pen" icon that will now be in the top right corner. If you are on someone's page there will also be a button you can click right under their profile that says "Message".

Something to explore further on Instagram is their "My Story" feature that allows you to post a photo, video, or post to your "story" for 24 hours. Many people use this to chronicle work progress or get feedback from followers. Once you have a photo, video, or post to share you can use the icons that run across the top to add hashtags, tag accounts, put in fun GIF's, or text. Then you can add to "Your Story" or send directly to others with the "Send To" button.  

As always when you post your beautiful quilt projects put the hashtag #pghmqg and #showusyourmqg others who follow those tags can see your work! Below is a list of all the guild member's Instagram accounts and Top 8 picks of other quilty accounts that leadership think are awesome!

Guild Members Instagram

Merrilee Anderson @driftedindrive

Tammy Angus @tammy_angus

Erin Balke @erin_and_cats

Missy Bauer @missy_b_sews

Beverly Breisinger @twofrogs84

Barbara Cain @modernquiltingbyb

Aimee DeFoe @project_elementary

Kathy Egnaczyk @seamingly.impossible

Melissa Fontanese @gluefactoryhorse

Sharon Galli @sharongalli

Gail Gausman @gailgausman

Mim Gerstenberger @mimmyseal

Barb Grossman @pghknitandcrochet

Amanda Hancock @sewsewlife

Tamara Howard @folkquilts

Erica Hurt @edge.of.elsewhere

Judy Irvin @judyk221

Melissa Jennings @somethinglikelaughter

Katie Kasel @katikat21

Suzan Koczka @sikoczka

Stacy Koehler @stacy.koehler

Michele Krugh @dreamingstardust

Jennifer Laverty @labomme

Ailish Luedde @ailish

Ricki Main @patchworkinprogress

Nikki Maroon @thegirlwhoquilts

Angela Mayer @gnometoucher

Jodi McLaughlin @fiberhaus

Laurie Mizrahi @lmizrahi

Zsofia Molgaard @sewsmall_by_zsofia

Carol Omer @carol.omer.5

Courtney Reed @sewthishappened

Sandra Schott @sewingsinceday1

Anne Shearon   @anneraspberry

Cheralee Stover @cheralees

Pam Valone @valonepam

Karen Womack @karenwquilts

Julie Zaichuk-Ryan @juliezryan

Tracey Zigo @traceyzigo

Leaderships Yop 8 Picks


All the Guild Members!





Monday, April 13, 2020

April Meeting Recap

Hello PGHMQG Members! I hope everyone is well during these crazy times. Last week Leadership sent out the meeting slides that have an amazing presentation by Nikki and Missy on stripe fabrics, both how to make your own and working with fabric that is already striped! 

The financial report is the same as last month. 

Further cancelations are as follows:

  • 2020 Three Rivers Quilt Show
  • 2020 North Pittsburgh Guild Quilt Show
  • PGHMQG Spring Workshop with B 
    • Leadership hopes to reschedule for later this year.
  • PGHMQG Annual Retreat 
    • Leadership Hopes to reschedule this for Fall 2020.

Our current guild challenge is to create a quilt using stripes as a main focal point. There are no size or color restrictions! Finished quilts will be on exhibit at the PNQE Mancuso show in September. Quilts are due Sunday, June 7th.

Use hashtag #pghmqgstripechallenge when posting your progress. 

Also, use hashtags #pghmqg and #showusyourmqg

There is no May meeting BUT never fear! Courtney will be making a slideshow presentation and blog post on how to use Instagram and Hashtags to find further inspiration from fellow quilters and to help others find your quilts!

We would like to thank everyone for their patience in moving forward. We hope that everyone stays safe and if anyone has a question please let Leadership know.


Vivian has been hard at work on this paper-pieced 
string quilt from leftover scraps.

Katie is a mask making MACHINE! Amazing job!
(Fitted mask pattern by Craft Passion, pleated masks by the Turban Project)

Calling all Brimfield Awakening EPP Lovers! Zsofia made this awesome
hand-stitched a mini quilt for the yearly Brimfield Awakening Swap. 
Got to love that variegated thread!

Nikki is making some headway on her stripe challenge quilt! Also, she has finished this gorgeous minimal-color quilt. 
Just love the effect the black, gray, orange, and white have together!

This Freewheeling Single Girl quilt Aimee made 
makes me want to make one too!

Gail finished a strip-style memory quilt from sheets, backed 
with a textured minky,  a collage-style t-shirt quilt to be auctioned for 
St. Kilian parish school, and lastly, she finally finished the top for the "shattered" block of the month from the Quilting Needle. 

Sandy has been working to downsize her batik stash!
Trying to figure out what to do with these strips, couch quilt front, 
couch quilt back, last of the masks (I hope), cross-stitch bed quilt that
will be done in 1936!, beginning design of an unknown quilt. WOW!

Courtney took a break from hand sewing and make a improve quilt top
adding a Georgia EPP block for fun! 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Cancelled Events

Dear PGHMQG Members, 

PGHMQG Leadership has agreed that for the safety of yourselves and others during the COVID-19 outbreak we, unfortunately, need to cancel both the Sunday, April 5th meeting and the Saturday, April 18th Foundation Paper Piecing workshop. 

We are working on a way to bring you an online video meeting for April.
We hope to reschedule the foundation paper piecing workshop sometime later this year.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming week. Until then, stay safe and keep stitching! 

Thank you all, 
PGHMQG Leadership 

March 2020 Sew Day & Meeting Recap

The fist sew-day and meeting for our guild was one for the books! For the day we had 30+ members, 3 new members, and 2 guests! Totally proud of everyone who came out to share in a day of quilting and quilt knowledge swapping! 

At this meeting, we had our customary 1 p.m. business meeting followed by show and tell. 

Financial Report: We took in $75 in for three new half-year memberships.

Our first quarter challenge quilts were due. 8 members finished their quilts with 3 near to completion! Great job everyone!

Our next quarter challenge is all about Stripes!





Deck of Cards


Chinese Checkers


Lawn Darts

Chinese Checkers