According to the Modern Quilt Guild website, "The growth of the [modern quilting] movement was facilitated by four factors: the cultural shift of quality design being recognized by the general public, affordable digital cameras, the changing fabric industry and the rise of social media." These four factors are the foundation of the Modern Quilt Movement. The Modern Quilt Guild article continues, "The Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, established in 2008, provided the first online centralized social media venue for quilters in the movement. With that Flickr group and many active blogs, the online world of modern quilting took off like wildfire."
Started in 2004, Flickr was the original online digital photo hosting and sharing program. Flickr provides up to 1,000GB of storage per user. In addition, people could post their photos in an online format where others could see them.
Flickr also had the capability of fostering an online community, allowing people to comment on others' photos and file their favorites away for later viewing and inspiration. Accordingly, the online community format fostered the building of online relationships and people began to form groups based on their interests. For the crafts and quilting communities, Flickr was the perfect venue for facilitating online bees and swaps. According to Wikipedia, in March, 2013, Flickr boasted more than 87 million members who upload more than 3.5 million photos each day.
Unfortunately, in the summer of 2013, Flickr's focus seemed to move away from the idea of community to a more photo-centric ideal. Rather than present photos in a web-friendly format, as it had done from its inception, Flickr presented digital photos in their full resolution. This caused several issues for users - slow uploads, an increase in data usage, and an increase in cost for those who paid for their internet service by the amount of data they used. In addition, to focus on photographs, Flickr minimized the comments features and made them harder to use, which impacted users negatively. At the same time, Instagram was becoming more popular and many Flickr users shifted to Instagram to avoid some of the new difficulties with Flickr.
|Flickr Fresh Modern Quilts Group Home Page|
|ECMQG Flickr Photo Pool|
Creating a Flickr account is easy. If you already have a Yahoo account, all you need to do is sign in to Flickr - your Yahoo sign on and password work with Flickr as well. If you don't have a Yahoo account, simply go to www.Flickr.com and click the Sign Up button at the top of the page. Complete the information requested on the form and voila! - you're a Flickr member. Click the upload button and begin uploading your own photos to Flickr. You will certainly want to join the ECMQG Flickr Group!
|Flickr Fresh Modern Quilts - Group Photo Pool|
|My most recent Flickr favorites|
|My most recent inspiration mosaic|
|BHL Choice Screen|
While the social media platform may have changed, social media is still essential to the Modern Quilting movement. Online sharing and inspiration from people all over the world is a vital part of modern quilting.