Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

One of the email groups of which I am a member has had a spirited discussion on copyright issues. Members of the group expressed outrage that someone had stolen a member’s quilt design and claimed it as her own. Suggestions on how to protect or copyright quilts flew back and forth for days.

While I understand the importance of copyright, I guess I am not at that phase of my quilting career yet. Instead, I am still in my infancy of quilting where the main reason to quilt is to share and make friends. In my group of quilting friends, we freely share or copy each other’s work and marvel at how the same pattern looks so different with different colors.

As I read the emails that were permeated with a “what’s mine is mine” attitude, I was a little saddened. It seemed to fly in the face of the giving, loving caring attitude of the true quilter.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I would be happy for someone to copy my work. If you see something on this site you like, feel free to make it part of your world.

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