6" Scrap Crazy Quilts

By Heather Buck
on July 30, 2015
With 1 comments

Life's very busy at the moment so I will post some images of the quilts shown in the talks I present at the shows then each month I will Post instructions for 1 of the quilts shown.

    

 

    

 

 

   

  

These are all images of quilts that can be made using the 6" scrap crazy templates.

 

Happy Stitching

Heather

Insights on Designing and Copyright infringements

By Heather Buck
on May 28, 2015
With 2 comments

 

Hi Everyone,

Today I want to talk about a subject that comes up all too often at the craft fairs and a topic I think needs some clarification.

I get that a lot of you have limited budgets to spend on craft projects, I am no different and when you get to a craft fair or store their are decisions to be made.  I hear all too often 'you buy the pattern and I will get a copy from you' this is unfair on the designer and in breach of copyright laws.

Designers earn their living from selling their designs/patterns and each time you take a copy of a pattern for a friend that is lost income for the designer.

Some of you say that the patterns are too expensive and why should I pay $$$ for what is essentially only a few sheets of paper.  The work that goes into designing a quilt is far more than the printing of the pattern.

When I design a quilt there is several weeks sometimes months of thought before I so much as put pen to paper.  Then a layout needs to be worked out, which works with the vision of what I want the quilt to look like.  Measurements need to be accurately calculated so all the pieces go together with a minimum of fuss. 

If I am working on an applique quilt the drawings for the appliques need to be done, then reversed so that you the customer can trace them off with each piece facing in the correct direction, ready to be included on your quilt.  Then the instructions need to be written and diagrams drawn and included where necessary.  Once I have the pattern written I then need to make a sample of the quilt checking my instructions are correct.  The next step is to quilt and bind the quilt so that Phillip can then set up our studio lights and photograph the quilt.

Next step is to design and print the pattern covers and finally staple fold and package the patterns.  This is all done not know if you the quilting public are going to like the design I have just completed or if it will fail to capture your interest and it is back to the drawing board for me to start again on a new design.

Back to the issue of Copyright.

I don't have a problem with a couple of friends purchasing several patterns between them providing they don't print copies of the patterns.  While strictly speaking it is still in breach of copyright.

When a designer puts pen to paper her designs in Australia are covered by Copyright wether the copyright symbol is present or not.

If a shop is selling kits they need to have purchased as many patterns as they have kits.  If kits are being sold with photocopies of patterns this is also in breach.  Likewise if someone is teaching a class every person in that class needs to purchase a pattern and the teacher should not be running of copies for a small donation.  If a teacher is teaching a project which is in a magazine everyone in the class needs to purchase a copy of the magazine.

I know that most of you do the right thing.  I hope I have given you all something to think about and the next time you see someone illegally printing patterns you will step forward and point out to them what they are doing is wrong.

Happy Stitching

Heather

What is a Fat Quarter??

By Heather Buck
on May 28, 2015
With 0 comments

How many of you know the difference between an imperial and a metric fat quarter??

  

Patterns often have fat quarters listed in the requirements but not what size fat quarters were used.

I am an Australian Designer and while I make my quilts using inches I purchase my fabric in metres or centimetres.  When I write a pattern and specify a fat quarter in the requirements they are metric fat quarters.  American designers write their patterns using American or Imperial fat quarters.

So what is the difference I hear you say.

Metric fat quarters are 50 cm x 1/2 the width of the fabric which makes them 50 cm x 55 cm. which in imperial measurements makes them approx. 20" x 22"

An American or Imperial fat quarter is 18" x 22" which makes them 2" smaller along one side than a Metric or Australian Fat Quarter.

Both are available in Australia.  The precuts shops buy in from distributors, will nearly always be an American fat quarter and budget shops like Spotlight, will also have American fat quarters.  At the Craft fairs and in your local patchwork shops any fat quarters that are cut in store should be Australian/Metric fat quarters.  If you are unsure ask the assistant.

 

Happy Stitching

Heather 

 

Reversible Bindings

By Heather Buck
on May 04, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

Below is a short video on how to attach a reversible or two colour binding to your quilt.  It is a very effective binding and simple to do.  Great for if you have made a fully reversible quilt and the binding for the front is not a good match for the back of the quilt.

Happy Stitching

Heather

 

Mitred Corners

By Heather Buck
on May 01, 2015
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Hi Everyone,

Here is a short video clip on how to mitre the corners when attaching the binding to a quilt:

 

Happy Stitching Heather

Mystery Quilt Month 14

By Heather Buck
on April 04, 2015
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Hi Every one,

Welcome to the last month of my Mystery Quilt.  I hope you have all enjoyed making the quilt.  While I have no real idea of how many are making the quilt I have had over 100 requests for the drawings for Month 6, which I was very excited about.  The instructions for the quilt will remain on the blog indefinitely.  So if you haven't started the quilt yet their is still time to do so.

Quilt Size is 66 1/2" x 66 1/2"  If you would like the quilt to be larger a couple of additional borders will soon make this quilt larger.

When your quilts are finished I would love for you to email me a photo of your quilt so that I can upload them to the blog.

heather@patchworkdesign.co

Happy Stitching

Heather

 

Mystery Quilt Month 13

By Heather Buck
on February 22, 2015
With 0 comments

 

Hi Everyone,

This is the last month of making blocks for the Mystery Quilt.  Next month we will assemble the quilt.

Use the drawings supplied for Month 6 for the applique flowers and leaves.

 

 

Happy Stitching

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Quilt Month 12

By Heather Buck
on January 29, 2015
With 0 comments

Welcome to Month 12 of our Mystery Quilt.  We are almost there, one more different block then we can start assembling the quilt.

 

Happy Stitching

Heather

 

Mystery Quilt Month 11

By Heather Buck
on January 02, 2015
With 0 comments

Hi Everyone,

The next block is now available.  Only a couple of months to go now.

 

Mystery Quilt Month 10

By Heather Buck
on December 02, 2014
With 2 comments

Hi Every one,

Welcome to the 10th Month of the Mystery Quilt.  Only 3 more months and our quilts will be ready to assemble.

 

 

Happy Stitching

Heather

 

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