Love in the Middle
this is one of those quilts that's been sitting on the almost finished pile for at least six months. it's made using a pattern by Tula Pink. and this one makes me think of a very interesting topic which i've been reading on a couple blogs lately. you can check out the conversation at StitchedInColor, and also over at Maureen Cracknell Handmade.
ok, are you back? i think you'll agree that it's a thought provoking topic. it's one that goes round and round in my head somedays. and i really don't know if this question has a right answer. Overall, it needs to be about fairness, kindness, love and all those good things. But when it comes to the logistics, there's not a chance we'll all completely agree.
So this quilt is just a small example of my viewpoint.
i remember waaay back when i first saw this quilt pattern. i believe it will have been in photos of Tula Pink's booth at quilt market where she will have had a sample made up to sell this pattern.
of course i thought it was great, and obviously a lot of other did as well. it definitely was not the first time i had seen letters free pieced in a quilt, but it was a unique configuration which i had never seen before.
so, as time goes by i see quite a few quilts made with this layout, and i love them all. so the time comes when i'd like to make one myself. now, it would be quite possible for me to make this quilt without a pattern. i have Tonya's book after all, which shows you how to make every letter of the alphabet in many fun ways.
somehow though, i knew that i would not feel good about making this one without a pattern. this was just my own personal feeling, but i knew that i would likely never have thought up this configuration. so i bought the pattern because that's just the way it felt for me. like i was directly inspired by Tula's idea, and because of that, i wanted to support her.
now that does not mean that every time i make a quilt, i go searching for a similar pattern that i can spend another $10 on. it just means that i knew very well within my little heart of hearts that i was 100% inspired by that quilt. and in all honesty, i wasn't anywhere near coming up with that idea on my own.
so that was a lot of unneccesary info, but just a little practical take on how i see the whole issue of selling quilt patterns.