5 Ways to Inspire Creativity with Social Media

There are so many social media platforms available today that there seems to be a fit for everyone’s interests and preferences. By tapping your phone, you can see what the Kardashians are up to today. If you want to find that little Thai restaurant you went to 4 years ago, you can. 2015-06-22 13.06.16But, for all of us creative souls, the best perk of having all of this information at our fingertips is that we have instant connections into a visual world of inspiration. My tablet, computer and smart phone seem to be as much of a tool these days as my rotary cutter.

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Laura and I have been quite busy the past few months examining how See How We Sew can connect with readers to create more of a community through our social media sites.  Since we encourage “Ideas – Inspiration – Information” as the core of SHWS, it makes sense to find opportunities to explore this with more than just reading blog posts.

We are excited to share some of the details of all our hard work with you. We hope that you will not only find ideas, inspiration and information from these sites, but also take advantage of social media 2interacting with us and other readers to create an even stronger SHWS community. Share your ideas and projects, ask questions, and hopefully make some new quilt friends!

What you would like to see in your favorite social media site?

In keeping with our hopes to build a community – we would love your feedback. Where do you go for inspiration? Which social media platform do you prefer? What would you like to find in a SHWS social site? Leave some comments for us to help create the community that everyone is looking for.

Now, find your favorite arena in the list below, click on the link to follow us – and let’s start inspiring each other! 

02_facebookFacebook Fans: Right now, our Facebook 2015-02-13 14.44page is a place to share links to our latest blog posts. We would love to see more interaction with our readers and urge you to share what you are working on and leave comments. We’ve begun posting links to interesting stories and articles that we think you might be interested in. Let us know if you like them.

What type of posts would you like to see on our Facebook page?

Click here to check it out: See How We Sew Facebook Page

Pinterest Pinne13_pinterestrs: We have had a Pinterest 2014-10-21 15.13.30site for a long time. Laura has been very busy lately updating and adding to the boards. Also, we now have a new board, From Our Blog, which holds photos and projects that link back to their respective blog posts. I am currently working on pinning all of the past blog posts to this board for easy access.

There are so many of you already following our boards and we are so grateful. Are there topics that you would like us to add to our boards?

Click here to check it out: See How We Sew Pinterest Boards

Don’t miss the wonderful video with Freddy Moran. photo courtesy of Alethea Ballard.

youtubeYouTube Viewers: Did you know we have a YouTube channel? Well, I told you we’ve been busy! At the moment, there are only a handful of videos to view, but we have big plans coming.

What would you like to see on our YouTube channel? Tutorials? Chats with Laura and Pati? Interviews with quilters and fabric designers? Let us know and we’ll get the cameras rolling!

Click here to check it out: See How We Sew YouTube Channel

10_instagramInstagram Hashtaggers: Laura and I just finished an Instagram Boot Camp with Blogging Your Way. It was quite an eye opener for both of us! Along with our own Instagram accounts, we now have a brand new SHWS Instagram account!

In the next few weeks, we will be busy sharing photos that will have a bit of a theme to them. We will be using one of our favorite approaches to selecting fabrics for a new project. We’ll start with an image that inspires us, unnamed (1)this might be a painting, something in nature or even a tile pattern. Then we’ll choose fabrics to complement our inspiration image and put them on Instagram. You can find them at @SeeHowWeSew, but we will also hashtag them #seehowwesewwithcolor to begin an ongoing color story. This is the first of many hashtags to come covering topics on design, inspiration and most importantly – projects.

What are you working on right now? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! so use #seehowwesewprojects and tag us @seehowwesew to share your latest project with us!

Click here to check it out: See How We Sew Instagram and . . .giveaway2if you are one of our new followers by 6/28/15, you will be entered into a random drawing to win one of three gifts that we are giving away at SHWS!

 

twitterTwitter Tweeties: unnamedThough we do not have a SHWS Twitter account, I do have my own account. I have to say that I have not been very active in this arena, other than tweeting the latest blog posts. I could use a boost from you. If you are a Twitter fan, I would love comments and feedback. What do you like to tweet about? 

Click here to follow me: Pati Fried Twitter Account

 

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Etsy Shoppers: Okay, this isn’t exactly in the same category, but thought it was a great opportunity to remind you to visit our Etsy Shops.

Laura’s Etsy shop is chocked full of all of her wonderful patterns. A great site to get inspired for your next project. Be sure to follow her to keep up on her latest patterns available: Laura’s Etsy Shop
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My site, is only a month old – so be patient. I’m working very hard to make my patterns available to you. I promise there will be lots of patterns uploaded soon to my shop! Be sure to follow me to know when they arrive: Pati’s Etsy Shop
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And now you have it. Whew! I am excited just talking about it. I hope you take time to leave feedback for us in the comment section. We love hearing from you!

Pati

3 thoughts on “5 Ways to Inspire Creativity with Social Media

  1. On Friday, our son will marry and our future daughter-in-law requested a “Guest Quilt” instead of a guest book, so quilt has been planned, squares are ready, and post-wedding after regrouping I’ll be assembling their quilt. So nice to know the thought of a keepsake quilt appeals to my future daughter-in-law!

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  2. Well, I don’t use any social media sites — I am too busy quilting! Right now I am heading up a project in our Guild — Coastal Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara, Ca — to make quilts for veterans in hospice care through our local Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care (VNHC). They do a special and very moving ceremony in which they thank veterans for their service, called a “Pinning.” The veterans receive a certificate of appreciation, a flag pin, and a rubber ducky dressed in the uniform of the veteran’s branch of service. The rubber ducky provides a moment of lightness and laughter in an otherwise solemn ceremony, but tears flow when the red, white and blue quilt is unfurled across the veteran’s bed or wheelchair. The “Sew for Veterans” Project aims to provide 75 quilts by Veterans Day, and then will become an on-going project for our Guild. Currently we have 24 red, white and blue quilts and expect more to be completed before our first delivery date in mid-July. These quilts not only provide physical and emotional comfort during the last months of these veterans’ lives but also are, of course, deeply meaningful to both veterans and families. Some veterans have chosen to be buried in their quilts; in other cases, the quilt becomes a cherished heirloom for the family. The Sew for Veterans Project has really energized our Guild!

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