Grand Finale` Now on WordPress!

Finally, WordPress has decided to play well with others.  Sometimes, it’s a major pia.

For those who were unable to download from Box for whatever reason, here is the file.  You should be able to right click and  “save as”.  This  file  does  not include any different information or pictures that the file on Box.

Assembly

Garden Party Finale~

I’ve been trying to do this final post for Garden Party but WordPress has been giving me a bit of a problem this weekend.   I’ve had this particular problem before but it resolved quickly.  No so, this time.    I can’t even upload to WordPress right now or add anything from my media files here.  Needless to say, my frustration level is sky high right now.

I’m going to post a direct link here as well as on the Garden Party page in hopes that one of them will work. If it does not work, there is nothing I can do until WordPress resolves the current issue.

This file is located on Box.net.

Garden Party Assembly

Remember that you must open the file first and then you can download it.  You can not right click on the link and choose “save as”.

When WordPress gets straightened out I have some pictures to share with you about what I’ve been up to lately.  As for Valentina, we’re still getting acquainted.  I’m headed to the barn in a few minutes to play a bit.  I still haven’t gotten around to loading a quilt but I’ve got one I may try to get loaded today.  Hopefully, I’ll be back before too long to catch up with what’s going on in my life.

Wow!  I finally was able to add something from my media files!

 

Disaster at the Till House

That may be a little on the dramatic side, but it sure does feel like a disaster.  DH and Chris were working on getting the Grace frame and Juki moved and the Juki fell off the table onto its head.  Oh No………

The presser assembly dial broke completely off and part of the inner workings broke off and part of them are stuck.

It’s all set up at the barn now, but it’s sad, sad, sad.

I’m going to take pictures of the parts that came off and the top of the machine and hopefully someone on the Juki list will be able to help me get replacement parts and tell us how to repair it.  I’m pretty sure Don can take care of it if we can get the right parts.

I didn’t tell Vanessa until she got home from the beach tonight because I knew she was going to cry.  She really didn’t cry, but she was as sad as I am about it.  Now that I have Valentina, she says the Grace/Juki is her frame that doesn’t belong to her.  Lol.

Wish me luck in getting it fixed.

Better Info

I realize I didn’t include adequate links for reading the posts mentioned in “Let’s Be Reasonable” so I’m going to add the direct links here.  Each listing will be to a separate post.

Emily Cier

Emily Cier

Emily Cier

Kate Spain

Kate Spain

C&T Publishing

There are many posts that can be found on blogs about this.  If you’re interested do a Google search for “Kate Spain copyright”.

OK….let’s move on to something of a happier aura.  What would you like for me to write about next?

 

 

 

 

Take the Pledge! Button

I’m taking the pledge to not buy fabric, patterns, designs, etc.  that have limited use restrictions.   I created a button to add to my widgets for this.  The artwork is my own from my Garden Party pattern.  Please feel free to copy & use this button on your blog/website if you want to take the pledge also.

Right click & save to your computer. Please don’t link to my file.

I wanted to make sure everyone see’s the button I’m using as a widget so I’m placing it here also.  It could easily be missed if you got tired of reading through the long list of fabric companies.  :-)

A listing of fabric manufacturers & distributors can be found HERE.

Let’s Be Reasonable

Sorry, but this is long folks.

I’m not sure how I should even begin this post.  First off, it’s not a rant, but it does contain my thoughts about being pro-active about copyright (on both sides of the coin) and how situations can adversely affect us all.  Second, this is NOT an “anti-Kate Spain” campaign but rather an effort to protect the rights of those of us who buy fabric.

There’s no doubt about where I stand on copyright.  I respect copyright and ask that people respect it also.  I don’t care if you make my quilts for yourself….for gifts…for charity work…or even if you sell a quilt made from one of my patterns.  It would be nice to be credited as the designer but I can’t make you do that if you don’t want to.  What I don’t want anyone to do is to copy my patterns and share them.  That’s wrong.  I do put a copyright notice on photographs I take because I’d like for someone to know where the picture came from.  That’s it in a nutshell.

I’m sure many of you have been reading about the ugly mess surrounding a line of fabric designed by Kate Spain.  I’m using her name because she has acknowledged her part in this on her own blog.  For those who haven’t read about it, I’m just going to list links where you can go and find information about this subject.  That way you can make your own decision about the matter.

Emily Cier

C&T Publishing

Kate Spain

I’ve been reading that the selvedges of  Ms. Spain’s fabric state that it is for personal use only but I looked at some at the LQS earlier this week and did not see that.  Maybe I missed it…maybe it’s not on each collection…who knows?  For me personally, I will make sure I read selvedges from now on and no matter how much I may love a fabric, I will not buy it if there’s are usage limitations.

After reading Ms. Spain’s recent post about this, in some ways, I can “somewhat” understand why she would object to her artwork being used on “new” objects (such as a tote bag) created for sale by someone other than herself, but I think this opens a much larger area for discussion.

What bothers me is when someone is attempting to control a product (in this case, fabric) they sell *after* the sale.  It no longer belongs to them and they can not control the use of that product.  There is a law that addresses this.  It’s called the “First Sale Doctrine”.  Here is a web page that explains.

This thing has created pandemonium among quilters.  There’s fear about using fabrics in patterns, books, quilt shows, etc. and then being the target of a lawsuit.  Quilters are talking about boycotting Ms. Spain’s fabric/products.  I don’t advocate boycotting her in particular but rather that we carefully choose what we buy.  People are talking about dyeing their own fabrics to use rather than buying beautiful fabrics to use.   I would probably cry if I could never use some of those luscious fabrics I see in the shops and online.

Mass hysteria….here we come.  I have to admit, I’m now leery of using purchased fabrics and I don’t even publish patterns/books for sale.  It scares me a little to think that I might take a picture of something I’ve made..post it here on this blog and then be called on the carpet because I didn’t request permission to show the fabric used.  Double Ick.

Seriously, where does this all end?  Who owns the rights to fabric after it’s purchased?   If I buy it, I think it’s mine…but is it really?  There are already pattern designers and quilt motif designers/digitizers who post limits on the items they sell.  I won’t buy those.  Don’t ask me to hand over my money and then tell me what I can do with it.

There have been posts written by much more intelligent people than myself so I *would* say I’d  limit my comments, but it’s too late for that isn’t it?  Leah Day has written the best post I’ve read about this.  Please take a few minutes to *thoroughly* read it.  Read it more than once.  There’s some really good information and food for thought in it.

OK….so, I said this included my thoughts about being pro-active about this.  Keep in mind that there are many other designers who have placed limitations on use of fabric they design.  It’s not just Kate Spain.  Here’s what I think needs to happen.

1.  Quilt shop owners & pattern designers/authors should tell their fabric reps they will no longer purchase lines that put limitations on the use of that fabric.  I also think they need to directly contact each fabric manufacturer and distributor  they buy from to tell them the same thing.  If the companies hear it enough, they will not use designers who insist on trying to control use of fabric after purchase.  It needs to be done as a collective effort.  I know everyone is busy, but this is important to the future of your business.

2.  As quilters, we each need to tell our local quilt shop owners and  e-mail each manufacturer to tell them the same thing.  Simple, letter writing campaigns are successful.  We are a large group of consumers.   Our dollars mean something.

In an effort to make it easier for people to do this, I’m going to list all the info I can so all you have to do is click each one to go to their website to send a message.  Thanks for listening.

AE Nathan

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AH Fabrics

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Andover Fabrics

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Art Gallery Fabrics

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AvLyn Inc.
Email: info@avlyn.com

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Benartex, Incorporated

Email: info@benartex.com

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Blank Quilting

Email: ldavila@blanktextiles.com

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Blue Hill Fabrics

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Brewer

Email: info@brewersewing.com

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Camelot Cottons

Email: info@camelotcottons.com

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Checker Distributors

Email:  customer_service@checkerdist.com

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Classic Cottons

Email: customerservice@classiccottons.com

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Clothworks

Email: info@clothworkstextiles.com

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David Textiles, Inc.

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Eeschenck—Distributors

Email:  custsvc@eescoc.com

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Fabric Traditions

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Fabri-Quilt

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Free Spirit Fabric

Email: sarah.amrhein@westminsterfibers.com

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Henry Glass & Co.

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Hoffman California-International Fabrics

Email: hoffmanfab@aol.com

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In the Beginning Fabrics

No email contact info found

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Kings Road

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Kona Bay

Email: konabay@konabay.com

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Lakehouse

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Lecien

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Makower UK

Email: info@makoweruk.com

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Marcus Brothers

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Michael Miller Fabrics, LLC

Email: info@michaelmillerfabrics.com

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Moda Fabrics

Email: service@unitednotions.com

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New Castle Fabric

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New England Quilt Supply

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Northcott Silk

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P&B Textiles

Email: inquiries@pbtex.com

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Print Concepts

No email contact found

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Quilting Treasures

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Red Rooster Fabrics

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RJR Fabrics

Email: info@rjrfabrics.com

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Robert Kaufman

Email: info@robertkaufman.com

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South Sea Imports

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Studioe

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The Quiltworks OnlineRubenstein & Ziff

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Timeless Treasures, Inc

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Troy Corporation

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Westfalenstoffe

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Westminster Fibers, Inc.

Email:
diane.robertson@westminsterfibers.com

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Wilmington Prints

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Windham Fabrics

Email: info@baumtextiles.com

 

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I’m taking the pledge to not buy fabric, patterns, designs, etc.  that have limited use restrictions.   I created a button to add to my widgets for this.  The artwork is my own from my Garden Party pattern.  Please feel free to copy & use this button on your blog/website if you want to take the pledge also.

Right click & save to your computer. Please don't link to my file.

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