For some time now, I have been using Pinterest as part of my social media strategy for promoting my writing.
But to be honest, I never really ‘got’ Pinterest. It was just something I felt I had to do.
Setting up my pinboards at the beginning of my quilting adventure was a completely different experience. And I am now head over heels in love with Pinterest.
Life before Pinterest
Having decided to commit to building some leisure time into my life, and dust down my interest in quilting, I find myself in very different world from the one I inhabited when I made my last quilt.
That was long before the internet had woven it’s way into the fabric of our lives.
Before my career took over my life I was a homemaker, mother to my four children, and hugely into DIY, gardening and interior design.
I made my own curtains, decorated, grew my own vegetables, even kept goats and made my own cheese and yoghurt.
To the chagrin of my long suffering family I loved DIY and often embarked on big projects.
I would spend evenings and weekends making or restoring furniture, building walls, pulling walls down, exposing old fireplaces, fitting new kitchens, and decorating parts of our home.
Each time the seeds of a new project began to germinate in my mind, I’d start to gather design ideas and put them together on a story board.
Making a ‘story board’
Before I assembled my story board I would spend hours browsing through magazines and catalogues for images that appealed to me,
I would collect paint swatches and fabric samples, and take photographs of accessories or items of furniture that I thought might work.
I would then ‘set to’ with my prit stick, glueing my cuttings, photos and fabric samples to a large piece of cardboard, daubing it with splashes of paint and scribbling my notes in the spaces between.
It was such fun, and a great way of deciding on color schemes and what would work in a particular room.
What has this got to do with quilting?
Although it is entirely possible to make a patchwork quilt by just sewing different colored squares together in a random way
I had the feeling that for many of us, the final look of a quilt would be much more appealing if it had some deliberate design behind it.
Not liking the idea of just stitching random patches together, I wanted to be confident that at the end of all my work, I’d actually like what was in front of me.
And that it would look reflect my tastes and look great in my home.
I knew I would need to look at different fabrics, and at different quilt styles and patterns. And for that, a story board is a great asset.
It would be possible to collect fabric samples and even to make miniature quilting blocks to make sure I would be happy with their look.
I used a ‘real’ story board for my first patchwork quilt and would happily have done so again.
But there was a new kid on the block.
Not only one that enables people to create a virtual storyboard, but that is also a place where a limitless library of references could be created. For all the resources that might be needed on a quilting journey
Pinterest, the perfect digital storyboard
While many of the traditions of quilting are unchanged, I figured that Pinterest might make a big difference to how I approach quilting the second time around
Because Pinterest is the ultimate story board software.
Although it is lumped in with other social media, pinterest is a very different place to be than facebook or twitter.
If you are not familiar with it, each person’s Pinterest ’account’ is a collection of pinboards.
And on each board you pin images of things that appeal to you.
Each image is a link, a doorway, to a world of fabrics, information and fun
You can have separate boards for separate interests or for different aspects of one specific field of interest.
For a personal account you might have a board for recipes for example, another for pets, and another sewing.
My Grandmother’s Closet account is wholly focused on handicrafts and home style.
This means that I can have separate boards for different color fabrics, a board for vintage bed linens, one for crochet, and another for lace, and so on.
Pinterest is so much fun
What I wasn’t expecting when I set up my Pinterest quilting account, was to have so much fun.
All of a sudden, I was pinning because I wanted to, not because I felt I had to.
I was pinning for me. I didn’t have to worry about offending followers by pinning too much, or about losing followers by not pinning at all.
I could pin as much or as little as I wanted. Whenever I wanted.
And I loved it.
Before I knew it I had over a thousand pins, of beautiful quilts and quilting fabrics.
Pins of sewing tutorials and videos, of equipment and techniques.
It was a would-be quilter’s dream.
Learning about Pinterest
I have learned a lot about Pinterest since beginning this project. About how it really works and what it really is. Just by playing around with it
And enjoying it.
If you are a Pinterest virgin, the best way to find out how Pinterest works, and how it would work best for you, is actually just to dive in and have a go.
It is a very powerful tool.
A massive visual search engine which you can disappear into for hours at a time.
I think you’ll find it really helpful if you intent to make a quilt, or get involved in any major sewing project.
If you have a pinterest account already, do drop a link into the comments box below so that we can link up.
And let me know what you think is the best thing about using pinterest for quilting.
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