Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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.