Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Copying Parts or All of Catalog Quilts

  1. #1
    Super Member weezie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Douglas County, GA
    Posts
    1,650
    I have a bazillion quilt magazines (several years' worth of subscriptions and free issues) but there are not many quilt patterns that I like in that whole huge collection of mags. Most of the quilts that really catch my eye are shown in tiny little catalog pictures ... advertising for sale either a kit or a fabric line or both. I cut those pictures out before I toss the catalog away. When I'm looking for inspiration, I look through those pictures and "borrow" ideas. Anybody know if this is not quite legal (copywrite speaking) and if I should have my wrists slapped?

  2. #2
    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    In the middle of a mess...
    Posts
    19,845
    I copy the patterns I want and put them in my binder. Then, I'll send the book/magazine on to someone else.
    I've done it for recipes too. I used to cut the recipes out, then paste them in my book. Took too much time and sometimes, I would cut into one on the back of the page that I wanted.

    I think if you were making the pattern as your own, then yes, you are infriging on the copywrite, but all you are doing is saving. What's the difference in saving just a small part and not the entire book/magazine? Space saver!! But, what you are doing in my opinion is nothing wrong.

  3. #3
    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    AZ/Utah border
    Posts
    3,291
    I too like to tear out photos of quilts that I liked. Sometimes it's the design, sometimes it's the border, or the color combination, etc. I have even drawn up a few patterns and used it. Can't see any difference than making a quilt from one you see at a fair, show, etc. I agree that it would be wrong to say you designed it yourself. There are lots of times on this board that we see someone elses quilt and "copy" the idea. I think it's fair game.

  4. #4
    Super Member weezie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Douglas County, GA
    Posts
    1,650
    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I copy the patterns I want and put them in my binder. Then, I'll send the book/magazine on to someone else.
    I've done it for recipes too. I used to cut the recipes out, then paste them in my book. Took too much time and sometimes, I would cut into one on the back of the page that I wanted.

    I think if you were making the pattern as your own, then yes, you are infriging on the copywrite, but all you are doing is saving. What's the difference in saving just a small part and not the entire book/magazine? Space saver!! But, what you are doing in my opinion is nothing wrong.
    Thanks. I know there's nothing wrong with cutting out and keeping stuff (photos, recipes and general good info.) but I'm talking about incorporating the ideas/pattern into my own quilt(s). I do not sell quilts nor do I take credit for designs that are not my own, so I think I'm safe and do not need a "Get out of jail" card.

  5. #5
    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    In the middle of a mess...
    Posts
    19,845
    Nope, I don't see anything wrong with taking parts of a quilt and incorporating it into another quilt. That's how beauties are born!

  6. #6
    Senior Member nellebelles's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    "stashed" away in a mound of fabric
    Posts
    674
    Hmmm...I wonder if what I did was okay--I saw a really cute baby quilt in a picture in a magazine, I don't remember what the ad was for (I do know it wasn't for the quilt pattern...) and I made a quilt for my new baby grandson based on that picture, just figuring the measurements out myself. I figured it must be okay, because I didn't sell the quilt or try to pass it off as my own design. I let my daughter know how I got the pattern. So, what's the verdict? :?:

  7. #7
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    6,835
    Blog Entries
    3
    the verdict is a definite "maybe". :lol:

    there are so many factors to consider it makes ya dizzy. :shock:

    if we copy or adapt truly original designs without paying for the patterns, we are clearly on the wrong side of copyright law.

    when we copy or adapt something that is obviously composed or derived from blocks in the public domain it gets more "iffy" and confusing. :?

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    SE Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,089
    I own the magazine or catalog. I can cut it up if I want to.

    Until last year, I had a whole 4' shelf of old quilt catalogs and magazines, each containing at least one picture that I wanted to keep for inspiration. Some of them were from the 1970's. I seldom use other people's instructions - I prefer to re-draft things for myself. It's probably a sick control issue. :wink: So all I really wanted was the picture.

    I spent one entire day cutting out the pictures I wanted to keep and glued them (sorted by category - tablerunner, baby quilt, sampler quilt, bed quilt, crafty items) to sturdy copy paper and then put those in a three-ring binder. It worked really well for me, and no copying!

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    3,396
    The things you can't do are:

    1. Make copies of the magazine pages for someone else.
    2. Sell the pages/patterns as your own.

    Otherwise, you are fine.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.