Monday, April 14, 2008

I'm on a roll!!

Bruce's quilt was delivered to mom to be yesterday, and she was thrilled with it! I just love to see people's reaction when I deliver a quilt to them. There were a couple other people there when we opened it up and one commented that it looked like she was so happy she was going to cry. I even got a compliment on it from one of the male cooks! Now there's a compliment for ya!! And just in case you were all curious...yes after looking at the front she flipped it over to look for the special label :cD

Now then, someone do the happy dance with me! Here's number three just before I put it in the washer. I'm excited to have it done before the baby shower...I had visions of pulling an all-nighter to get it done the night before the shower. I'm really happy with how it turned out, especially the border. I've always wanted to try feathers, but have been a big chicken about it. I was looking at Lisa Boyer's blog when I found this entry where she shows you how she does a vine and leaf border. It's got the same kind of fancy look of feathers which I really like. Now I am no free motion expert, but after looking at her entry I thought, hey, what the heck? I'll give it a try. Here's a close up of the border. I think it turned out really nicely, I was so pleased with myself, I didn't think I could do something like this :cD

I also found something cool (well, I think so anyway) while surfing around the other day. A while back I had made a Random Ohio Stars quilt from the pattern on Quiltville. Not too long ago I hostessed a swap where we were going to make stars based on her pattern so I e-mailed her for her OK to use the pattern on her site as well as the picture of my quilt. Well, when I was on her site looking for another pattern I happened to pull up the Random Ohio Stars page and she has a link to a picture of my quilt on the page. I was excited anyway :cD If you want to check it out mine is the one quilted with diagonals. I also have to rant just a little, I was visiting Bonnie's blog and it has happened again that someone has used one of her patterns to sell as their own. I have read her blog for a while and I know this is not the first time this has happened. My heart sinks every time something like this happens. Bonnie is so generous to post so many free patterns for us to use. I really feel that she embodies the true, generous spirit of quilting. It saddens me when someone uses one of her patterns (or anyone uses anyone else's patterns for that matter) without permission or tries to pass it on as their own. Now I know that there are lots of quilters out there that come up with the same ideas at the same time. Its inevitable, and I don't know all the circumstances around patterns and publishing and all that stuff, but you would think someone would put a little effort into researching weather a pattern is an original or not. Then all the issues with copyright. Part of me would love to get into quilt designing, but honestly all the copyright stuff scares me off. I would hate to 'take' someone else's design unintentionally and have them come after me with copyright infringement. So for now I will just stick to designing for myself. Ok that's enough on that.
Well, its another day off for me, and with another finish under my belt I am contemplating what I want to do next. I am ready for something new, so I think I am going to go dig through my BIG pile of swap blocks and start working on something I haven't seen for a while. Or maybe I'll get working on that block-block swap top. I have finally decided on what I am going to do with the blocks...I think ;cD so I may give that a go. I may try to get some more labels made up. They are just too much fun!! Maybe a little more work on the Cathedral Windows. I found some inspiration to keep at it here. You have to go check out Kim's, absolutely stunning! I'm going to get a run in for sure for sure. I have finally be able to get some sort of regularity with my running and such again. We also joined the local community center so I have been trying to get over there and use the Nautilus equipment a couple times a week. Oh, so much I would love to do and the clock moves way too fast!! I'm off to try to squeeze in as much as I can :cD Warm country wishes all!!

Edit: I was just at Quitville, and Bonnie has explained some of the whole copyright thing. I guess the published book was considered an original so there was no copyright issues. All too confusing for me. Like I said, that's why I guess I'll just design for myself.


Laurie said...

I think you did a FABULOUS job on the leaf border. You should be proud...feathers soon to follow? should give it a try!

Jacquie said...

It is so great when you can see the reaction a quilt brings. By the way, I love your special labels.

Barb said...

Oh WOW that is an AWESOME quilt ~ and how could they NOT react to it :>)! I think you did a wonderful job quilting it! You are on a roll keep on going!

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful job on the quilt!!! Feathers are hard to start, but once you make the attempt, they seem to flow.

All of this copyright stuff sounds so confusing. I, too, hate to see someone take credit for others hard work.

amandajean said...

the copyright issue scares me, too.

Rebecca said...

You do an amazing job with small squares - I've enjoyed looking through your projects. And the leaf quilting looks great.