Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Asking for permission!

Yesterday's experience was a bit weird.  I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback when I received the e-mail from that designer.  I think what happened is that she thought I posted it on a commercial blog, NOT my personal blog.   She has a copyright on her pattern as do most (all?) designers.  But perhaps she should have qualified first before I was asked to take it down?  Perhaps she should have pursued the link to the blog post?  I did send her the link which I don't think she looked at.

It would appear that this series of patterns is only available to her customers that visit her booth at various quilt shows.  I get that - but seriously -  how does one know about them if you can't visit her booth? And they are NOT on her website by her choice.  I only stopped in because I wanted to say HI, otherwise, I wouldn't have found them.

It's a personal choice as to how each person markets themselves, but I really think these are super cute.  It appears that she is OK if I were to take a picture of the finished project (which I won't do out of principle now!) and post that, but not the picture of the pattern?????   The picture of the finished project would be much larger so if someone wanted to copy it (god forbid) then it would be way easier from my finished picture than the pattern cover.

Oh - it's just silly.

But here is the other issue I have with people wanting to keep things "private".  For instance - shop hops.  Each shop has prepared a block that is given away to customers that visit their shop. Each shop has designed a quilt (and sells a finishing kit) for their version of the quilt made with all the blocks from all shops. The finishing kits and the quilts are NOT posted on-line. Meaning that I have to visit all the shops in order to see all the quilts.  But what happens if I want the kit that is at the first shop I visited. If I don't know what they all look like, how can I know which one I want?  I REFUSE to buy any of them out of principle!   I want all the blocks, so I have to visit all the shops, but it would be nice to pick up the kit that I want when I'm at that shop (and I'm more likely to actually visit all the shops and get all the blocks) instead of having to order it later or go back or pay for shipping.

It's hard to work out all the details of things - trust me - it's a flipping nightmare sometimes. But really?  If people want to buy something, why not make it easy for them to buy?

Anyway - that's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Now if I could get a secretary to straighten out my schedule - I'd be one happy camper!

I see that Lexi has some very exciting news this morning.

On that note, I'm out of here to figure out where I need to be, what I need to be doing and how!

Have a great day!



  1. With all the free stuff that you can find on the internet why anyone would be so worried about selling their patterns is beyond me. After all, I do not have a chance to go to quilt shows that often. . .and pretty much never get to the "big" shows at all.

    So, what that designer is saying is that it is not worth it to her to sell her pattern to me because I can't come to her booth.

    So why, therefore, should I bother looking at her website to see what other patterns she may have?! If I am not good enough for ALL her patterns then I'm guessing I am not good enough for ANY of her patterns.

    And with the price of patterns I am getting pretty, pretty choosy about what I buy.

    It would have been nice to see the pattern. . . .but, on second thought, I don't care to see it since she doesn't want me to purchase it any way.

    I'm off to pull something out of the 1000's of books, magazines and patterns that I already own to make something.

    1. Sherry --- AMEN!!!! It was frustrating and disappointing that I can't share that with you all and I told her that! Thanks for the comment!

  2. Agree with you about the finishing kits. I took a chance once and purchased a finishing kit from one of the shops mainly because I liked the fabrics they had chosen, not necessarily the finished quilt itself. Now a year later and just this past weekend, I saw a finished one in a local quilt show and guess what! I really enjoyed what this individual did by making up her OWN finished version - it was truly inspirational. Next time, I too will forgo the "finishing kits" and just go with what moves me.