On Copyright

 

Lily of the Valley, Lori Kennedy, Machine QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Have YOU ever read to the end of any of my blog posts?  If you have, you will see this:

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting

COPYRIGHT IS SERIOUS 

There’s been quite a hullabaloo in the online quilt world lately over the subject of copyright.

The backstory- the administrator of a large Facebook group made copies of books and online instructions from several quilt bloggers and combined them to create a group project.

The problem — The administrator did it without asking the quilters and without linking to their sites or attributing to them in any way.  When a few of the quilters pointed out the copyright infringement, things got rather unpleasant….The authors were berated–their blocks were not original (wonky log cabins) and they were just being bullies. When the authors defended their position, more rude comments followed… then they were blocked from the Facebook group.

In light of this conversation and the frequent questions I receive, I would like to clarify a few points…

What you CAN do…

I have spent hours (hundreds and hundreds of hours) creating original motifs and providing free tutorials here at The Inbox Jaunt. If YOU like the tutorials, the nicest thing you can do is PIN on Pinterest, Share the LINK with your friends, talk about The Inbox Jaunt (or my book and Craftsy videos) with your guilds, small groups, internet connections,  and LIKE and SHARE on Facebook.

 Questions I have received….

May I use the motif on my quilts?

YES—please do!

May I use the motifs on quilts I make for others?

YES–have fun adding personal touches!

May I use the motifs on quilts I sell or on quilting I do for payment?

YES–be my guest!!  You do not need my permission to use any motif at any time.

May I copy the photos and step-by-step tutorials offered free here for my quilt guild?

Well, no….

The photos and the step-by-steps instructions are protected.  Copying them in any form and sharing them without attribution (direct link) would be stealing.  Contact me if you would like to use a photo or two–lckennedy@hotmail.com.

Is that fair….?

Copyright makes sense for original motifs like Lilies of the Valley– but what about common motifs like Ribbon Candy?

It seems to me the greatest confusion about copyright is related to quilt patterns and quilting motifs that are “classic” or very common.  For example, I did not invent Spirals…why should I claim a copyright?

After years of teaching, I came up with a way to describe Spirals and troubleshoot common errors and that makes it easier for some people.  I went to the trouble to put it into words and to augment the description with step-by-step photos that make the process clearer–that is what I am copyrighting.

It is the same for the quilt instructors who wrote out the step-by-step to the wonky Log Cabin.  They don’t claim to have invented anything.  They do cry foul when someone copies their photos and their instructions.  After all, the person copying recognizes the description and photos have made it easier to explain–that’s why they copied it!

Spirals, Lori Kennedy, FMQ

If you remember that the step-by-step instructions and the photos are what is copyrighted, it makes more sense.  Please do not share without attribution.

What about the Quilt-a-longs, Quilt Notebook, posts like Six Ways to Ruin Your Quilt or Twelve Essential Skills Every Quilter Should Know?–you offer them free here.  Does that mean we are free to share them?

Twelve Essential Skills for Quilters

You may freely LINK to any blog post, tutorial or photo.  You may use any photo as a LINK–with the watermark–, but printing them for anything except personal use—-  no, thank you.

If you would like to print an excerpt in your guild’s newsletter, check with me first.  Permission is allowed on a case-by-case basis (and has never been denied)–as long as attribution is given.

Ribbon Candy, FMQ, Lori Kennedy I LOVE TO SHARE!!!

All in all, I don’t want to overstate the case. I love to share here at The Inbox Jaunt and I’m delighted when I hear you used a motif or an idea or a process and then told your guild to try it too…

But for all the websites you visit….Please recognize the time required to plan, stitch, photograph, process photos, write, and re-write every blog post (not to mention the technical aspects and expenses of maintaining a blog).

If you like something, LINK to it!!!

Be careful and thoughtful about attribution. 

For patterns and books — sharing copies is stealing from the author.

We wouldn’t steal fabric from a quilt store…

Share sources, not patterns.

 

The Soapbox Jaunt is signing out,

Happy Stitching!

Lori

PS…LOL—All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Flower of the Month-Larkspur Machine Quilting Tutorial

Good Morning, Quilters!

Can you believe it is August?!!  Time flies and summer flies faster!

Today, we are stitching the JULY flower of the month *sigh*…

If YOUR birthday was in July, Happy Birthday!

Larkspur and Water Lilies are YOUR birth flower.

(I spent most of the month working on a Water Lily. Unfortunately when in was quilted, it looked more like Pac-Man than a flower, but I’ll keep trying)

Larkspur represents strong bonds of love and a happy nature!

THE LARKSPUR MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL

This motif can be stitched quite large and will fill a quilt very quickly.  Use it as an All-over motif to cover an entire quilt (in lieu of stippling) or as a background motif to fill individual blocks.

Begin by stitching a sideways “V”.

Add a wide “V” Add a sideways “v” Complete the X with an upside down V.

Now you are ready to stitch the shape of the flower.  Stitch several shallow scallops around the X.Echostitch the flower 2-3 times.

Add another X anywhere along the echo stitching.Larkspur, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

To create the next flower shape, echo the line of the previous flower–this will make the flowers look clustered and over-lapping.Continue adding Xs, flowers and echostitching….

Easy!

Especially if you DOODLE FIRST!

Larkspur, FMQ, Lori KennedyAs I look at it now, it reminds me of a cotton boll too!

Hmmm….wonder if that is the flower for August or September–maybe I could say I’m ahead of schedule!

Happy as a Lark,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!