The Old Lady Card
"What is this new-fangled Instadamngram?"
We've all been playing the Old Lady Card for too long.
If you look at quilts and fabric on the social media site Instagram you definitely see a slant towards what we might call:
Contemporary colors in Fabrics.
Quilts inspired by contemporary graphics rather than traditional quilt design.
Here's a selection from the top posts on
Nearly 7,500 posts already up there on the day I looked.
See the comments:
My daughter, who has an MFA in design, created the quilt shown in the bottom right of the first picture. The title is "The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts"
Very nice quilt. I chose that shot cause that was such an eye-catching quilt. I'm not saying one style is "good" and one "bad". I'm saying we need more traditional quilts on Instragram, which is boring. I agree with your daughter. I often make quilts that have never been see before. She does it better than I do.
202,000 posts on the day I looked.
That could keep you busy.
Or put you to sleep.
Disaffected YouthI feel sorry for those young people. They never see any quilts on this extremely popular site but what they post themselves. To me it's frankly
Mary Cassatt, the Reader
Collection of Crystal Bridges Art Museum
When I was young we had bound books to look at, which gave you a wide perspective on quilts, particularly rich in showing antique quilts.
My favorite was the annual Quilt Engagement Calendar
from Cyril Nelson & Dutton Publishing
The social media sites seem to be short on antique quilts and even shorter on recently stitched traditional quilts based on antique design and style.
More Disaffected Youth
If all you see are the same quilts over and over you will make the same quilts over and over and pretty soon you will get bored too.
Bored young people can turn to crime.
Perhaps taking up other handiwork.
Don't EVER do a web search for Beer Can Hat!
Now that I am retired I have plenty of time to play with my phone. The main problem with Instagram is that you can only post from your phone. (And you might have to get a new phone.)
I've decided to save the world one traditional quilt at a time... I got a new phone and I am posting traditional quilts on Instagram under a variety of tags.
You can see a difference already in the #handapplique page. Guess which posts are mine.
I also started my own page.
I've been posting pictures of quilts that I think are fabulous examples of traditional style, reproduction quilts, repro prints, etc. using the established tags. You might recognize your own quilt up there. I try to give you credit and link to your Instagram page (another topic for another day.)
Like this one from the #TemeculaQuiltCompany
Below are some Instagram tags those of us who make and love traditional quilts should be viewing and posting to. (More about posting later.)
You don't have to have Instagram to view them. Just click on the link.
Other hashtags. Type them in the search box