So let’s talk about Instagram, aka IG, aka insta – what is it and how do you use? And more to the point would you want to?

An item made for a swap on IG

In basic terms Instagram is a photo sharing social media app, but in reality it is so much more. Everyone has their preferred social media platform and I have to admit IG is mine. I like the ease of use, the speed of communication and the fact I have quilty friends from all over the world in my phone!  If you want to see what my feed looks like then pop over here.

How do you use IG?

Any photo can be uploaded to your account and will show in your feed. Your account can be set to public, in which case anyone on IG can see your photos and comments, or to private, where only people you have authorised to follow your account can see the content.

Hashtags #

There is so much to be said about hashtags – their use and their misuse but for the purpose of this post they are basically keywords that relate to your post, in front of which you put a #. They are ubiquitous across all the social media platforms and are a great way to search for content and people who you might be interested in or for generating traffic to your account.

There is now a follow # function which is great if you want to see everything related to that post, and works wonderfully for quilt-alongs and the like.

Bunny blocks in progress for Month 3 of the Fancy Forest QAL 18

What can you do on IG, besides documenting your makes (or your breakfasts if you are so inclined!!)

Get inspiration – in fact this can almost be overwhelming. I am sure anyone who follows people on any social media platform will never run out of things to make!

I joined my first ever quilt along (QAL) last year, the Sewcial Bee Sampler,  that was run on IG and have since started co-hosting my own, the Fancy Forest QAL 18. It is a great tool for sharing projects and connecting with others working on the same project. Ever wondered what your project would look like in different colours? This is one way of seeing a multitude of colours and combinations aswell as your own.

I recently took part in the #sendalittleloveswap2018 which again was run solely on IG. These types of swaps are a lovely things to be part of and it’s wonderful to get some crafty goodness through the postbox.

Meet like minded people – who can actually become real life friends aswell! The secret to getting the most out of IG, as with any other social media platform, is to communicate. Talk to people who comment on your posts, explore other peoples’ posts and leave comments for them aswell. It really does engage you and if you have more to say then you have the facility to Direct Message them so that the conversations stay private.

UKQU on Instagram

Did you know that UKQU has their own IG page, @uk_quilters_united? If you are wanting to connect with other UKQU people then please use the following #ukqu #ukquiltersunited. It would be wonderful to build up a pool of work by this wonderful group of people.

Do you already have an active IG account? Please leave a comment below because I would love to check it out.

Do you already have an IG account which is not very active?! Give it another go, it took me a couple of times until I really ‘got’ it and now it’s a wonderful communication tool with worldwide quilty friends and also it’s a great record of what I make.

Don’t have an IG account but feel like you should? It costs nothing to set up and can really help you feel connected to other quilters all across the world. If you do decide to give it a go then again please do let me know – I would love to see what you are up to!

Heads up!  There is a new free motion challenge quilting along that has recently started, run by Angela Walters.  If you would like to learn or improve your FMQ then check out #freemotionchallenge to find all the details


  1. Suzan Wild

    I’ve used Instagram for some time but not aware there was and IG feed for UKQU but will go over and follow. I’ve used my feed for various things not just quilting, and sometimes link posts to Facebook.
    Still getting used to UKQU website and remembering to visit this from time to time.

  2. Anne Burke

    If you use Instagram to share photos of your sewing makes, please do add the tag #ukqu I like Instagram, it is a super informal shared photo album. One enjoyable trend on Instagram to follow is the #saturdaynightcraftalong. Hope to see you in IG x pollyanna012

  3. Corinne Curtis

    I’m corinnecurtis12. I’m an erratic IG’er but like the way I can IG with photos straight from my phone, and share the post directly onto my facebook page. I don’t use mobile data, so my IG posts when I am out and about just sit in my phone until I get to a wifi connections. Next step is to join an instagram QAL I think.

      1. Abigail Sheridan de Graaff Post author

        Yes, my blogging has certainly slowed down since IG came into my life!!! Although I have to say I have really enjoyed writing the posts for UKQU and feel quite motivated to post more on my blog ……. now I just have to find the time!