On Instagram, I currently have just over 600 followers, whereas the 52quilters account had almost 3,000 followers. No pressure there!
If you have followed the 52quilters account on Instagram you have seen quite a few photographs, whereas Twitter has been a bit more neglected. This is also typically the case for my own online presence. The ease of using Instagram has almost "killed" this blog and definitely my Twitter. It's hard to show quilting in only words and photos are so much easier on Instagram than on a blog.
During the week, I posted twelve photos on Instagram and below I'll tell you a bit more about some of them.
|BossyOz as 52quilters on Instagram|
UK fabric designer: I have been rather taken by Karen Lewis and her screen printing adventures! With excellent online work and always being super friendly, she has been asked by Robert Kaufman to design her own fabric line. The formal release is in November, but some shops are already stocking her fabrics. Click for the Blueberry Park collection. Karen also sells some other screen printed designs directly from her own shop, here.
|Cornish Wonky Cross quilt|
|Improv mini for the Easy Swap UK #easyswapuk|
What many international swappers don't know is that items sent from outside the European Union are liable to customs duty and VAT if value is stated as over £15 (approx 23USD). If it is marked as a gift, then the charges are applied if value is stated as over £36 (approx 55USD).
If a parcel is sent to the UK from, say the United States, and the value is set as 100USD, then we end up paying around £23 (35USD) to release it from the claws of UK customs. Not all parcels get checked, but many do. If you are sending internationally, please do your research, or ask you swap lead / organiser. Remember, all countries in Europe are not members of the European Union, and every country has their own thresholds!
|ScandiBee - the blocks I have received|
Finally: Next I have to make an 8"x8" quilt block for the project and I already have an idea on what to make!
Thank you to everyone who has liked or commented on my posts on Instagram/52quilters during this week. It was great hanging out with the "big crowd" but I'm happy to be back with more smaller group again.
(most of this was also posted on http://www.52quilters.com)