Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Rant


My SSQSG has decided to donate some miniature quilt art to the Alzheimers Quilt Initiative. We found a darling log cabin pattern from Mountain Patchwork. Believe it or not, we need to get written permission to donate the quilts even though we purchased the patterns. Let me be clear. It is the organization that requires the written permission. They must have had trouble in the past.

I think this whole copyright business in quilting has gone a little bonkers. There are just only so many quilt blocks out there and many of us draw our inspiration from other quilts. I read an article in a magazine by an attorney who spelled out the rules. According to her, I cannot post a picture on my blog without the written permission of the pattern designer. So much for the fun of show and tell.

Personally, I will continue to post my pictures, always giving credit where credit is due. I have written QNM hoping to get permission to share my rendition of Autumn's Bounty with friends and perhaps show it at our state quilt show. I admire designers like Kaaren, who shares patterns and publishes tutorials on her blog. I have removed the 'copyright' verbage from my blog. I understand the need, but wish there weren't so many hoops to jump through, even to donate a quilt to raise funds for charity!
Sorry for the rant, but I had to get this off of my chest.

3 comments:

Wanda Lee said...

Well hello there,

This is such a wonderful blog!~ I am so happy to have found you!..,

What a mess this copyright thing has become, especially when endeavoring to donate a quilt no less!

..,I have just become a follower and I am delighted to have discovered your beautiful blog! ~ I want to warmly invite you to also visit my blog and perhaps consider following me as well!..,


I want to most warmly invite you to partake next week, as well as to visit this week's tea parties!

~ Would you perhaps consider taking some photos of a favorite teacup and/or teapot and displaying them with your beautiful quilts and then join in the tea party fun from time to time?

~ Really just anything that tickles your creative fancy that can also correlate to tea!..,I think it would be so stunning, inviting and pretty and just a little bit different, which is often a large portion of the fun of the creative experience!..,

*~You will find my 45th,'Tuesday Tea For Two', weekly, Tuesday blog party meme @
http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com

..,Also I have so enjoyed sharing the oh-so-fun and fabulously 'tea-lightful' afternoon tea experience with my dear friend; ~ Together we share our meme/weekly blog party: Our 17th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' @
http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com

and also @ my other blog:
@ http:silkenpurse.blogspot.com

I would love to have you pop by for a visit!

Have a wonderful week!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
@ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com
and also
@ http:silkenpurse.blogspot.com

Linda C said...

Well, that little quilt looks just like one that Jo Morton and many, many other designers have made. Where do these stuck up designers get off telling you you need permission to DONATE a quilt you made using their patterns. Didnt they get paid for their work? Now you have done the hard work and want to give it away!! Good on you.

Mary said...

I think this has really crossed the line of just being silly. Log Cabin is a pattern from our quilting past and it is public domain. I would challenge this nonsense in a minute!

Mary