March 2012

A Block for Joanna

In the Bee Unique, Bee Knotty bee, Joanna sent each of us several pieces of beautiful sea glass-colored solid cottons and asked us to make a block that had strong geometrical design. She hinted that she would love to have something paper-pieced. She also asked that we avoid pinwheels. This is my block for Joanna:

I started the design by using a snowflake block from the EQ7 block library, but guess what was in the middle of the block? That’s right – a pinwheel. So I removed the pinwheel shape and drew a star in the center of the block and slightly changed the angle of the light grey segment. I love the way it turned out. I like it much better than the original design.
I packed it up and sent it on its way home to North Carolina yesterday. I look forward to seeing Joanna’s completed quilt.
Until next time,

   Joan

Pinterest….Oh, No!

I love Pinterest. I am a Pinterest junkie. I can sit and look at the amazing photos for far longer than I should. For the last several weeks I have been seeing this pin pop up on lots of boards:

Hmmm. I know I did not carefully read the pages of small print under “Terms of Use” when I signed up for my Pinterest account, so I decided to click through and find the original pin for this message and what I read really concerned me.

If you have pinned a photo that is not yours, you can be sued for copyright enfringement. If you repin a photo that is not yours, you can be sued for copyright enfringement. (What? Isn’t that the whole idea?) If you pin one of your own photos onto a board, it becomes the property of Pinterest. They now own it and control it.

Wait? What? I thought the whole idea was to share ideas. Click a photo of food and it takes you to the original website so you can copy the recipe. Awesome. Click a photo of a craft project and it takes you to the original website so you can see the tutorial for making it yourself. Awesome.

Unfortunately, copyright enfringement has become a monster for Pinterest. The message I read included a link that you could use to check to see if any of your photos have been pinned without your permission. I clicked the link and I was shocked to see several dozen of my photos from Flickr and many photos from this blog pinned on boards without crediting me as the originator of the photos. Two of the pinners credited my work as being their own.

So, if you do not want others pinning your Flickr photos, go to your Privacy Settings and next to the “Allow others to share your stuff” button, click “No Pin.” This will prevent others from using your photos. The only way to get credit for your blog photos is to watermark them before you post them. From now on, I will be very selective about what I pin!

Until next time,
   Joan

How Many Times Have You Heard This?

“Quilting?” “Seriously?” “Isn’t that something grandmothers do?”

I am sure there are grandmothers who quilt, but the craft is no longer dominated by elderly women sitting around a quilting frame in the neighborhood church basement.

Take a look at this quilt:

(I am sorry I cannot credit its maker as I was not able to find a link to the original photo.? If you happen to recognize it, let me know. I would love to post credit.)
Wow. I saw this photo on Pinterest yesterday and it made me stop to think about how far quilting has come in the last 20 years. This quilt is amazingly beautiful in its color and complexity of design. It was made by an artist. Quilting has jumped the traditional craft fence and exploded. More and more young women are being drawn to quilting through the Modern Quilt movement, attracted by its simple techniques and bold use of color.
According to research done by TNS Global recently published in Quilter’s Newsletter, there were 21 million quilters in the U.S. in 2010. During that year, each quilter spent an average of $219 on their craft (uh-oh, can’t let hubby see that – I am above average). That amount was up 27% from 2006, making quilting a $3.58 billion industry — and that was during the Great Recession. Obviously, there are a lot of people excited by this art form.
So the next time someone looks at me with pity and shakes their head when I tell them I quilt, I will simply reply, “What? YOU don’t?”  🙂
Until next time,
    Joan

Getting Back in the Groove…

Nothing like a two-week vacation to Maui to get a girl tan, rested and ready to tackle some projects!

In the Journal Round Robin Bee, Vickie asked for a star block of any size, using pieces of an adorable owl print. This is Vickie’s starter block:

She asked that we use fabrics that would go well with her color choices in this block. I had a block in mind for her but when the bundle arrived, the block I was going to make for her had already been made by another member of the bee. Drat! ?So I designed my own block for her and I hope she likes it. This is mine:

The star points in the center of the block are strudy perches for her owls. The star points at the back of the block acknowledge how important faith is in Vickie’s life. Her journal page that accompanied this package attests to the fact that she feels very empowered by her faith. I really liked the angled, scrappy border she used on her block, so I used something similar. I wanted this block to feel very personal without being overtly religious. I hope she enjoys it.

I do not have any other bee packages that need work (thank goodness), so now it is time to turn my energy to catching up on the Farmer’s Wife project. I am at least eight blocks behind so it is time to head to my sewing maching.

Until next time,
    Joan