The Frog Pile Quilt- A Derivative Work

 

Circa 2003, one of my first quilts.

Circa 2003, one of my first quilts.

 

Frog Pile was a super simple raw edge fusible applique project back in 2003 (13 years ago, SAY WHAT?!) At the time I was playing with images I found on the internet, enlarging them in Microsoft Paint and then using MS Paint to erase the individual pixels of color until I had an outline only image (see how high tech I was, haha!) and printing them off for raw edge applique. It was my first baby steps into designing my own stuff, and as a way to experiment with fabric, form, and techniques. I saw this super cute Frog Pile picture, and being a total newbie to the world of art and copyright (read: had no clue about it at all) I went ahead and made this little quilt. It measures 8″ x 11″ and currently hangs in a frame in the home of a good friend. I always wanted to make another, and receive requests for the pattern all the time, but time being what it is, and not being a super organized teenager, I lost both the original image file and the templates I created from it.

From time to time I would search for “Frog Pile” on the internet, scouring through pages of images, but never coming up with the correct image.

Flash forward to 2016. I know much, MUCH more about the art world, copyright, and I fully believe in and do credit my sources and inspirations. I also know a lot more about derivative works. And I get a lot of comments on my Frog Pile quilt, and requests for a pattern.

A derivative work is a work based on or derived from one or more already exist- ingworks. Common derivative works include translations, musical arrange- ments, motion picture versions of literary material or plays, art reproductions, abridgments, and condensations of preexisting works. – www.copyright.gov  This website has a very informative PDF, clicking the link will take you straight to it.

So how does this apply to Frog pile? Well, I received another pattern request this last week, and I tried an internet search again. AND I FOUND IT! On a number of resources. The first is a counted cross stitch pattern released from Design Works. The second is a digital image uploaded to Photobucket by a user simblesimble. Neither has a date of production on it, but the cross stitch artist, Royce B. McClure, does have a copyright on the design. I went ahead and purchased the kit, because I love it so much. 

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Now, for reference, I once created a dragon quilt based on a Teresa Wentzler cross stitch pattern and entered it in a local quilt show (2004). I emailed her, and she said that the quilt was a derivative work, so as long as I credited the original, then it was okay. The reason it is derivative is because the design medium is different from the original work. If I had gone ahead and made a cross stitch of the same work, especially without crediting the original artist, then would be a copyright violation.

This is all very general, as the world of copyright in art and design has some very concrete and some very obtuse legalese that makes the whole thing seem like a big ol’ grey area. I have even attended lectures from a lawyer about copyright who said that even the information presented was not 100% concrete. It makes things messy in the art world, and is a huge topic of debate and misinformation in the quilting world. I certainly do not know enough about it to ever be quoted as a source, and this is not intended as legal advise. Please make sure you do your own research and ALWAYS give credit, and respect individual artists works. 

So, that all being said, Frog Pile is considered a derivative work. I cannot, and will not, create a marketable a pattern from it, not even to give away, because I strongly believe that would fall under a copyright violation and I don’t want to take any chances.  I can, however, provide you with a source to purchase your own Frog Pile kit if you ever wanted to make your own derivative quilt from it, and encourage you to do so.

In Canada – Amazon.ca

In the US – Joanne.com

And of course you can always Google search your own sources.

If you like to cross stitch, I also recommend visiting Teresa Wentzlers site and having a look at the gorgeous art and patterns she has available. I am lucky enough to own her book and a pair of her patterns.

Happy Stitching!

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Welcome, welcome!

Welcome to our newest addition, little L! H is super happy to be a big brother. L is a month old this week, and we have been adoring every minute of it.

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I actually made matching quilts for both little kiddos back in May, during the awesome weekend with Latifah Saafir and the VMQG. We invited her up for 4 days of lectures and workshops, of which I made it to three. I took Rocket 88, which I have adored since I first saw it, and the Glam Clam. I love Latifahs method of piecing clams.

I made this large Rocket 88 quilt for H using a fabulous fat quarter bundle of Neighbourhood from Windham Fabrics. I added the orange from my stash because it’s H’s favorite color.He absolutely loves his quilt!

H's Quilt- Rocket 88

H’s Quilt- Rocket 88

I finished the Glam Clam top, and then realized it was going to be too big for the baby at first. Then H saw it and claimed it because, again, orange. So I whipped up a mini version of Rocket 88 using a Fat Eighth bundle of Bluebird Park that I had stashed a couple years ago.

L's Baby Quilt- Rocket 88 mini

L’s Baby Quilt- Rocket 88 mini

We are all very happy and tired, but things are settling into a good routine with home and the baby. It is going to be a great year!

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Happy Stitching!

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The Bloom Quilt

It’s been a long, exhausting month here at Stacey In Stitches. Not only did we buy a house and move, we also welcomed a new addition to the family! Nothing like cramming everything into two weeks *I’m not crazy I swear*
I haven’t had time or energy to unpack my sewing room, everything is just sitting in boxes, and I haven’t sewn a stitch since June 20th (I’m not counting or anything) so it’s nice to have a fantastic finish to share with everyone!

This is the Bloom Quilt that I designed back in January for Tula PInk’s Chipper Collection. I forgot to take actual pictures of it, I was a little crunched for time, but the man at the FedEx office was nice enough to hold it for me while I snapped some photos with my phone ( and then promptly packed it back up in the box)

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Thankfully it is a kit available on Craftsy, and they take some GORGEOUS pictures, so I can share some of those! Woot!

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Image Courtesy of Craftsy

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Image Courtesy of Craftsy

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Image courtesy of Craftsy

I quilted this pretty heavily, but as you can see, the prints absorb it really well, so it creates a nice suprise when you get up close. I used all Aurifil 40wt for my quilting. A light lavender for the star points, a light teal for the chipmunk squares, and light mint for the background. I did an all-over triple paisley motif in the background that I really liked, and it worked well with the print. The chipmunks were all pebbles, and the star points were an orange peel motif. That took a little bit of thinking to avoid too much backtracking but I finally got it worked out. I especially LOVE the bias binding, I love bias striped binding!

I am super happy with how this quilt came out! You can get your own Bloom Kit from Craftsy by Clicking HERE.

Happy Stitching,

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The Movie Star Quilt

I finally received my copies of the latest American Quilter Magazine, and now I can share the Movie Star Quilt with you all!

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This was the third design I had for Kim @iadorepattern Good Hair Day collection. It’s a nice big one perfect for a bed or couch quilt. I designed the star block and the inset block using the same block layout, just colored differently. Then I modified the cutting to make it simpler and put them all on point. The end result reminded me of flashbulbs going off between the stars. And you course, who always has the best hari no matter what? You guessed it! Movie Stars!

My good friend at Whispering Pines Studio, Miriam, quilted it for me. She used an Anne Bright pantograph called Rapunzel, which I thought was cleverly appropriate considering the whole theme of the quilt and fabric is hair =) Miriam always has time for my huge last minute projects, and she deserves a HUGE thank you for that! Her work is always perfect.

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You can find the Movie Star pattern in the latest issue of American Quilter Magazine, or online as a download if you are an AQS member. I will be playing with this block design in the future as well, there is a lot of potential there. The magazine is definitely worth picking up for the show winners. Marilyn Badger (one of my personal quilt heros) won the Paducah Best of Show with her STUNNING quilt and the cover shows all the detail of that beauty!

Happy Stitching!

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Spring Quilt Market

So, I didn’t make it to quilt market this spring, but a few of my designs did! I have been sitting on these quilt design for months, and its been driving me crazy because I love them SOOO MUCH! When FreeSpirit asked me to design with Tula’s upcoming Slow and Steady line I of course said (in a calm and professional manner) YESSSSS! I submitted a handful of designs, and they were given to Tula herself for approval. She liked them a lot, and made a tweak or two with color placement in the approved designs. She really is a genius of color, and I found the collaboration to be eye opening and inspiring. She is also a genuinely super nice person. I would buy her fabric based on that alone if I didn’t also love it so much. Then the good news came that they wanted one of the designs for a kit. I didn’t clue in until the market photos started popping up that it was one of the amazing pre-cut box kits! HOLY COW!

Seriously, thank goodness for social media, otherwise when would you ever find pictures of stuff! Yay for Instagram and a huge thanks to @swimbikequilt, @angelafmq, and @tulapink for posting photos.

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Fandango, pieced by Tula Pink, Quilted by Angela Walters

 

Then there is the lovely Wall of Fame Quilt. This quilt is to be a free pattern download from FreeSpirit Fabrics. I will link to it in my patterns section once it goes live.

 

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Pieced by myself, before Angela got her talented magical hands on it…..

 

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…and after! Gorgeous quilting!

 

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Hanging in the FreeSpirit booth. So many gorgeous projects. Check out those Umbrellas!

 

There is one more project that I made for this collection, but it is heading someplace else. I cannot wait to share it with you!

Happy Stitching!

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Anemone Quilt Kit

I am pleased to announce that the second colorway of my Anemone Quilt is available now exclusively from Craft of Quilting! My friend Anne sent me a picture today of the paper catalogue in her mailbox. Which is super cool. How many people get the mailer? I didn’t even know I could! And it’s an entire page!

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Thanks Anne!

The blue/orange colorway looks amazing in person. Of course in my addled brain I once again forgot to take my own photos (boo!) of the finished quilt, but I can assure everyone that it looks spectacular.

You can get both the wall quilt pattern and a pillow pattern. The pillow is super fun and will sew up in an evening. It makes a great gift!

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Photos from Craft of Quilting

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I love the Anemone Quilt and I plan on making myself a larger version in the future.

Thank you Craft of Quilting for loving the quilt as much as I do! To get your own Anemone Quilt Kit, click on the link here.

Stay tuned for some more super fun stuff happening at the end of the month (squee!)

Happy Stitching,

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p.s. I have been receiving a lot of questions as to the availability of the pattern itself. First off, let me thank you for your support and enthusiasm for this quilt, it blows me away! Windham Fabrics is the official distributor for this pattern, and they will be releasing it sometime in the future, though the format (paper or PDF) has yet to be determined. If you have questions or concerns regarding the pattern or quilt kits, kindly email Windham =)

Happy May!

Now that it’s May, I can introduce a new quilt pattern that is in the McCall’s Quilting May/June issue.

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Meet Northern Lights!

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Photo courtesy of McCall’s Quilting

Northern Lights started life as a QDAD design. When Elizabeth Hartman released Rhoda Ruth (her very first fabric collection with Kaufman) I just ADORED it. And still do. I love rich, vibrant jewel tones, and since my good friend Anne introduced me to the joys of navy as a background, I love them even more! I knew when I saw it that I just HAD to make something with Rhoda Ruth and started digging through my files. I landed on this beauty from Aug 30th. The inspiration photo was a bunch of root veggies-carrots and radishes I believe.

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As you can see, the final design took quite a departure from the original. It took a couple versions to get the paper piecing just right. I REALLY wanted to have the chevron shape at the end of the point, instead of just a straight across piece. Would it have been easier? Yes. Would it have looked as stellar as it does now? Not a chance!

I wanted to try and showcase as many of the Rhoda Ruth prints as possible, for the most part because I couldn’t narrow them down much, and then paired them up with the coordinating Kona Solids.

The quilting took me a while to think of, but I finally went with a combination of freehand designs that really made the quilt pop! I changed thread for each color of stars (a lot of winding the quilt top back and forth for that!) and quited some dense straight lines in the star points and then some pebbles in the center solids for texture. The background I went with a freemotion swirl between the stars to represent the motion of the night sky, clouds and wind. Then I chose an elongated piano key for the outside edge, giving the quilt a faux border and adding some additional visual texture and interest in the solid background. This is why I have a love/hate with solids, because you can have some amazing quilting stand out but you need amazing quilting because it will stand out. Makes total sense, yes?

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I love that the quilting hides the seams of the blocks so you can’t tell it’s on point. I don’t know why I love that, but I do =)

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You can find the May/June issue of McCall’s quilting on Newsstands now. I really hope you give Northern Lights a go! It’s one of my favorite quilts to date =)

Until next time,

 

Happy Stitching!!

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