Quilters are communicators. We love to share messages, whether with our quilts or with our words. Back in the day, we might have hand-written letters to family and friends about our latest quilts and what they meant to us.
In the computer age, many quilters are now writing blogs or posting their thoughts about quilting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets. It’s a great way to share the love of quilting with the world at large, and to create a record of your own quilting adventures.
But there’s one giant difference between a hand-written letter and online communication. Online, images rule. Try to picture a Facebook post sharing your newest quilting inspiration…with no photo. Or a quilting blog with no header art at the top of the page. An image is truly worth a thousand words, especially among creative thinkers like quilters.
This sweet image would make wonderful header art for a quilting blog!
Great quilting blogs and social media posts feature great images, and sometimes photos of your quilts aren’t quite enough. When you want to illustrate a point, sometimes you just don’t have a perfect photo or graphic to support it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been writing a blog post or Facebook update and had to frantically search the internet for a photo to go along with it. Most of what’s out there is either watermarked, too small, copyright protected, available only for a fee (royalties can be astronomical!), or just plain boring.
Applique inspiration anyone? Graphic Stock is great for browsing, letting your imagination lead you.
So what’s an online quilter to do? The GraphicStock.com 7-day free trial is my favorite solution. Graphic Stock is an online library of artist-created photos, graphics, icons, wallpaper backgrounds, banners, and more, and it can help bring your thoughts to life, and even inspire new ideas and quilted creations.
Best of all, you can download up to 20 photos or images a day for 7 consecutive days totally free. That is a LOT of free imagery! Of course, you can also purchase ongoing subscriptions, but for the average quilter getting started on a blog, 140 free images will go a long, long way.
Here are just a few sample images I found inspiring and downloaded for free as jpgs. The Graphic Stock files are nice and big so you can size the pictures, etc. to exactly what you need. I made these kind of small so I could show you a bunch:
How about this pretty wreath image for a quilt label?
This textural fabric image would be a cool background for a quilt blog title.
The Graphic Stock library even includes images that can inspire a quilt!
Wish your online quilting friends happy holidays in a Facebook post with artistic graphics like this.
Halloween is coming! How about some free motion quilting ideas? This classic design will get you started.
Or what about a more free-form modern web? This might be fun with contemporary Halloween fabrics.
I can see free motions quilting designs in this hand-drawn image. It would also be a lovely background for a quilting blog page or element.
The super detail in Graphic Stock images can help you create realistic quilts. Plus, it’s a cat. Quilters love cats.
One more really exciting bit of news – Graphic Stock is giving away a one-year subscription to one lucky McCall’s Quilting blog reader who visits their site and signs up for the 7-day free trial. Follow this link, sign up for the trial, and you’re automatically entered in the giveaway! Don’t forget to unsubscribe when the 7 days are up if you don’t want to continue as a paid member. Contest dates are September 30-October 13, 2015.
Thank you to Graphic Stock for all the images in this post (except my mug shot). I hope you’ll follow the link and browse the images they have available to help make your quilting blog or Facebook posts better than ever!