Social media is a mixed blessing.
Pinterest. It’s a great source of inspiration – quilts of every sort imaginable, stitchy-stuff of every kind imaginable, recipes, DIY of every sort imaginable, new crafts to try, clothing “looks” to consider, home decor, and the list goes on forever. Which also makes Pinterest a bit of a black hole when it comes to time… it’s very easy to lose track of it.
But social media is also a terrific way to get an instant “fix”. Inspiration… shopping… ideas… shopping… whatever makes you happy, the various social media outlets of Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and “everything I can’t think of right now” make it possible to see all sorts of things you never knew you always wanted to see.
My favorite “guilty pleasure” – quilty pleasure? – is Instagram. IG for short. I follow all sorts of people – photographers, restaurants, chefs, foodies – lots of those, a couple dog-related folks and a whole slew of stitchers. (If you’re on IG and you don’t follow @thedogist… I’m not sure we can be friends.) So it’s been a lot of fun that posting pictures on Instagram is actually part of my job – I think it means I can play around on IG and call it “work-related research”.
These pictures are from the Instragram feed of Lisa Calle – @vintagemodernquilts. Lisa is the curator/director/moderator of the Moda Bake Shop, a mom and a wonderful quilter with a glorious color-sense – and not an Aussie. But it’s still eye-candy, right?
So to finish up this Aussie Week, I wanted to share some of my favorite Instagram feeds from Down Under. Just so you know, this isn’t a thorough or complete list. These are names and feeds that came to mind when I tried to think of those people who always inspire – of those people who you might not have run across yet.
By the way, you don’t need to be on Instagram to get a sneak-peek. Just click the link and it will take you directly to each amazing quilter’s IG feed. If you’re interested, most also have terrific blogs. Their blog links are often in their Instagram profiles.
One more thing – if you’re at all hungry, wait until later to peruse the Instagram accounts of many of these ladies. It’s probably coincidental but one of my favorite things about these Aussie ladies – most of whom I’ve never met – is that they’re foodies! Oh, and they like fussy-cutting for quilting.
Jeanette Bruce – @goneaussiequilting. This is Jeanette’s Red Letter Day quilt – she took Camille Roskelley’s class in Australia last year and made this gorgeous quilt.
This is another one of Jeanette’s quilts that I really love. It’s a “happy quilt”.
Lorena Uriarte – @lorena_in_syd. Lorena is the President of the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, and an accomplished, award-winning quilter skilled in applique and piecing. I love her use of color and the way she mixes pattern.
Peta Peace – @shequiltsalot. Really. Peta quilts A LOT. And she stitches, makes bags, embroiders, quilts and many other things – if it can be made with a needle and thread, Peta does it beautifully.
Gemma Jackson – @prettybobbins. Gemma is an accomplished longarm quilter and just a really neat person. I haven’t met her but I think I could be described as an anonymous-to-her stalker-fan-like-wannabe friend. How can you not like someone who has taught her kids to quilt? She also wrote a blog post several months ago that I really liked about “assuming others have good intent”.
Rachel Daisy – @bluemountaindaisy. You might remember this magazine from a few weeks ago – the quilt on the cover is Rachel’s. I love this close-up picture that shows some of the fussy-cutting and embellishment.
Amira Ameruddin – @amira_littlemushroomcap. Simple Abundance by Bonnie & Camille. Fussy-cutting. Hexies. Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts‘ book A Handful of Scraps. What’s not to love about Amira? She does really beautiful work.
Catherine Demack – @hellofromcat. Catherine – Cat – is part of Cat and Vee, two friends from Brisbane who create gorgeous, fun artwork. They’re the Aussie ladies behind the “I touched a quilt and I liked it” slogan. Cat has a vibrant, colorful style that’s just fun and invigorating.
Fiona Ransley – @fionafeeransley. Applique. Embroidery. English Paper Piecing. And it’s all beautiful.
Corinna Burrows – @corinna_maycreations. Corinna is a prolific quilter with a good heart. In addition to making lots of yummy little blocks for an amazing sampler quilt with Bonnie & Camille fabrics, she’s recently done a lot of sewing of little sewing needfuls for charity purposes.
I. Love. These. I love them so much I bought the pattern and… well, I have good intentions. I’ve read the pattern and I will make some of these apples – and the pears – eventually. Retro-Mama – Kim Kruzich.
Jennifer Reynolds – @jennyofelefantz. Gorgeous embroidery. But you knew that, right?
Samantha Dorn – @aqua_paisley. Samantha is another very prolific quilter who stitches a little bit of everything – quilts, minis, bags, and a little bit of everything else. Like many of the others I’ve named, she’s also a terrific photographer who just has a pretty Instagram feed.
As I wrote before, this list isn’t complete or comprehensive. There are others that I’m sure I’ll remember tomorrow or this weekend. There are many very well-known quilters whose work I love who I haven’t named because we’ve already mentioned them this week – Jane Davidson (@quiltjane) and Jen Kingwell (@jenkingwell) – to name two. And there are a few who I simply forgot about when making my list. Let it suffice to say that there are a lot of talented, inspirationally awesome – and awesomely inspirational – quilters in Australia and the ladies mentioned here are just the tip of the Apostles or Ayers Rock.
Please feel free to include the IG names of anyone you think I – we – should be following.
Happy Friday – have a wonderful weekend!