Sunday, March 27, 2011
The whole issue of copyright has been discussed again and again, sometimes to the point (to my mind) of ridiculousness (I buy a pattern and am only allowed to make something from it ONCE?? Beg to differ…) I usually avoid the issue by not buying patterns, and not making quilts from patterns. Most of my work is my own. I see things that inspire me, I decide I want to use a particular block, and then I draft my quilt myself.
I do a lot of futzing in Electric Quilt. (And you know how that goes… Sometimes the virtual quilt is enough; I realize I don’t NEED to make that particular quilt, and the project never goes any further…) When I see quilts that I want to make, I usually change things around pretty significantly.
Back in February, I was at Primitive Gatherings in Menasha, WI, with several friends. I saw a quilt on display there that really spoke to me. The block was kind of like a Churn Dash, but with squares instead of corner triangles.
They were selling it kitted, but I didn't have a spare $150 on me. I made a mental note of the quilt, came home, thought about it, and thought about it some more.
I drafted it the block in Electric Quilt and decided it would be the perfect quick piecing project for an upcoming retreat. I stopped on the way to the retreat and bought 4 yards of cheddar fabric for alternate blocks, and got the WHOLE thing cut and put together during the retreat. Nothing like coming home with an entire pieced quilt top—the thought of that quilt made the entire icy-road-five-hour drive home bearable.
But I was having some guilt pangs. I had made the quilt EXACTLY like the one I’d seen at Primitive Gatherings. It was someone else’s design. And that someone else had marketed a pattern for this quilt. Had I undercut that process? Like I said, some quilt copyright issues seem like a stretch to me. But this seemed pretty clear cut. I was in this designer’s debt.
As luck would have it, one of my friends was suffering from reverse buyer’s remorse—upset about something she HADN’T bought on our February trip to Primitive Gatherings. So we made another trek to Menasha in early March. (It’s a two hour drive each way, but SO worth it, even in the snow, and even with the price of gas today. Yeah, we're all crazy, aren't we?)
It was my chance to buy a copy of the pattern; and give credit where credit is due—to the designer and to the shop. My conscience feels better. It’s a wonderful quilt.
This is a really simple quilt but it pleases me soooo much. Love the 19th century look, right down to the backing.
My name for the quilt: Red Wing
The pattern: Lydia by Bonnie Blue Quilts
Finished size: 74 X 88"
Fabrics: 100% cotton
The batting: Warm and Natural
Long-arm quilting by the amazing Marge West
Begun February 16, 2011
Completed March 24, 2011