Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Are you a designing women (or man)?
One of the interesting things we've talked about is designing one's own quilts vs. sewing the designs of others and how some people come down hard on one side of that line or the other.
People often complain that they feel uncomfortable in traditional quilt guilds because of the "quilt police": those who bristle at quilts if the points of stars disappear under an adjoining seam, if a binding doesn't lie completely flat, or if squares don't line up perfectly. Those kinds of judgements go a long way toward taking the joy out of creation for me. And yet, those "keepers of the quilting flame" also help ensure that there is a standard for quality craftsmanship, and that, too, is important.
I believe there is a place for both kinds of quilting, as well as sewing things aren't quilts. There's real satisfaction that comes from whipping up a bag or even a pillow case when you need a quick project (I love a lot of the Quilts and More projects for this reason.) I also feel great when I finish a simple quilt for a baby gift, as well as a larger, more complicated one. And when I have the time to design a quilt, that's fabulous, too. But I hate to feel constricted in what I sew, feeling guilty because I'm using someone else's pattern, and certainly hate to feel judged for doing so.
Certainly anyone using patterns from another designer should make sure the designer doesn't prohibit the sale of such items, and give credit to the designer. And the creators of items that are one-off or custom-designed should be compensated accordingly. But when it comes to making gifts for loved ones or just sewing for fun, to paraphrase Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along?"
How about you? Where do you stand? What do you enjoy sewing?