Thursday, July 8, 2010

the start of a mess


It kind of cracks me up that yesterday's photo of the sewing room makes me look organized! What you don't know is that one of the reasons I got the room in the first place is because I am such a messy crafter. We had to make a room where we could shut out dogs and babies, because otherwise it wasn't safe! There will be piles of fabric and pins all over the place soon enough.


I've got 2 months of bees to catch up on, so I started with a couple of the easier ones. Once they get a good pressing, they're off in the mail! Next up is an airplane block, followed by a liberated basket and flying geese! Should be fun. And challenging.

I'm seeking out one more permission before I can feel good about posting the cathedral window tutorial. I'm curious since this is my first tutorial-- what steps do you take to make sure that the information you share is not copyrighted and published? I haven't seen the book that teaches how to make this block, and will not be making any money off of this tutorial obviously. Does a variation on techniques make it okay, even if the finished product is very similar? I see so many tutorials that turn out blocks that must be published in quilting books simply because they're so common. Anyway, I don't want to step on any toes. But I want to share what I've learned. Any guidance and experience you have would be great!

10 comments:

Rebekah said...

your room looks so great! I love that fabric piece on the wall. Everything looks so organized and easy to access.

Angie said...

I've wondered about the logistics of pattern use and ownership, too. I'll see patterns for sale and think "that's just square in squares, surely they can't be the first?"

angela said...

You can't photocopy the book and post that, or pass it out. But I don't think there is any copyright issue with showing a technique with your own materials and words. Kind of like teaching how to make a red velvet cake.

Leslie said...

there sure is nothing wrong with making a mess. i am sure my husband wishes i would have a room just for the sewing since it is always right out in the middle of our living room. i am not too sure about the copyright stuff, but i don't think there is anything wrong with sharing if you have a handy way to do it.

Kadybug said...

You can't put a patten on a shape. So in essence a quilt square cannot be copyrighted unless it is made up of a really unique design like applique (monsters, flowers, bunnies etc). The colors or fabric you choose for your squares and your photographs/words on how to put it together can be copyrighted. Hope that helps! I am really looking forward to the Cathedral Windows tutorial.

Poppyprint said...

I think you can go with the tute, mention what you learned and credit anyone else whose ideas/tips you used when you made yours...that way you're covered! You are not making a tute to sell or otherwise make $, so it's okay, I think. Nice to see you making a mess!

Monica said...

sorry but your room is still much tidier than mine!!

Micki said...

Your room is wonderful! Also, loved your blocks!
Micki

lulubloom said...

What a fantastic new sewing room! I have those two magnetic boards in mine too. :) Your *mess* looks rather tidy to me... ha. I find that a tidy craft room turns crazy messy in the blink of an eye. Mine is that way right now.

No tips from me on the tute front, but I look forward to reading yours.

Linda said...

Krista, love the blog. You must have figured out the tutorial questions. I've heard you can't copyright a technique, just the quilts you make with the technique. Great job!