Sunday, February 8, 2015

Digging out

Okay, so, for those that are unaware, my poor little section of Maine has been hit with record breaking snowfall over the past two weeks: more than six feet of snow in a ten day period, and with more snow coming today, tomorrow, and the day after that.

Good news: lots of excellent quilting weather, and upper body exercise.

Less good news: too tired from shoveling snow to remember I'm supposed to write blog posts.

But, there is a light, and two new finished bed sized quilts for the Etsy shop! Both of these were part of the Quilts Quilts Quilts team Unfinished Object (UFO) Contest. And boy, is that one talented team. It's really worth the time to check out their entries here, along with the finished products here.

And my two completed entries so far are:



Bella Verona

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fun with paper piecing

Now, traditionally speaking, my family does the tried and true patchwork piecing method for our quilts: you take two pieces of fabric, you put them right sides together, sew the seam, and press it open.

I, however, am starting to feel a bit daring. I think the next quilt I start might be foundation paper pieced.

So why the paper piecing? Well, one of my favorite patterns is the mariner's compass.

As you can see, it has lots of long, skinny elegant points. The paper piecing method makes those points possible.

To learn about the paper piecing method, I found these tutorials very helpful. Maybe you will, too!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quilts and copyright

Okay, so, I work at my day job as a librarian, and spend a lot of time with copyright concerns. I've enclosed some links below about what I've discovered about quilts and quilt patterns and copyright. I'm also going to take a moment and mention that I'm not a lawyer, and this post is not legal advise. Please consult a lawyer before making any legal decisions relating to any information below or found by following the links.

The basics of it is: you can't distribute the pattern or the illustrations in the pattern without violating copyright law. However, a product made using a pattern is considered a derivative of the copyright work, and may not be covered by that copyright. So, theoretically, it's okay to sell quilts made using a copyright pattern, just as long as you don't include the instructions or the images from the instructions, and don't take credit for the pattern being of your own creation.

However, some copyrighted works may have additional restrictions as to the original intended purpose of the pattern. (And this is where quilters who sell things can run into a bit of trouble...) Many patterns will include the statement of for personal and nonprofit use only. This intends that the pattern not be produced in mass market environment. So, no having a factory in China making zillions of quilts for you using that pattern and then reselling them. And no claiming that the pattern was yours and yours alone.

So, generally speaking, like with writing a paper, give credit for the pieces of someone's work that you use, and please don't ruin someone's chances to make a living from something that they've worked really hard on.