It seems that copyrights and the lawyers have once more upset the giant internet quilt guild. Because of the stuff I've been reading on various blogs, I've given up on Pinterest. I never really understood what the appeal was anyway. Unless, of course, you are someone with a product you want to push. Using it as a sort of file cabinet or bulletin board to save stuff that you like is sort of a waste of time. I already snag pictures and bookmark websites all the time, I don't need another social sharing venue to spend endless hours of wasted time. Then there is the new threat of copyright infringement rearing it's ugly head. I figured it would show up eventually. There are plenty of people out in the quilt world that are perfectly happy to share their ideas freely so I don't need to rile any of the capitalists that think they are entitled to a cut of the action when they tweek a 85 year old block design. Mind you, I make every effort to always give credit to quilters that inspire me. You would think that the free publicity given to pattern designers and quilt related products on Pinterest would be appreciated by the folks with commercial enterprises. But I am wary, so I have opted out of participating.
For some folks, it's all about the money to be made. But plenty of talented quilters not only design patterns and fabrics for financial gain but they offer lots of free stuff, too. We all know who these generous people are, people like Bonnie Hunter and Judy Laquidara and Marcie Patch just to name a few. Even quilt stores offer free patterns online like Temecula Quilt Co. I will make every effort to support the designers and shops that foster the spirit of quilters through time, sharing and encouraging the craft.
One very generous quilter is Lynn who has gone to a lot of effort to post detailed instructions to make the darling quilt she calls Extravagant Welcome. Today, while the snow came down steadily outside, I tried to design a little geisha girl to join the other little people for this quilt.
I'm not entirely satisfied with her. I really wanted to use that background fabric but her face & hands don't show up very well. I may have to dig in the stash some more and come up with either a new background or new body parts. Either way, I guarantee you this is my own original design and it is totally free to one and all should anyone want to use the idea. I promise I won't sue.