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Vol. IX, No. I, January, 2004
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Bandana Quilt

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This was fun!  

**These "smudged" photos will be used until such time as I can obtain permission to display the originals  from the owner of the trademark on the bandana, currently pending.

First a trip to the local (insert motorcycle trademark owner here) dealership for the "perfect" bandana for the center medallion.  Then the pattern for it from Just Quilt It! (It's their "Sports Quilt" pattern).  Then the perfect "flame" fabric for the really hot corner sections.  Kaufman makes this fabric shown here.  I added enough black to the bandana to get the center section to measure what the pattern calls for.  I made this for my 33-yo son to replace the one I made back when he was a teenager and into **s.  He had absolutely worn out the old one and requested a new one.  So this was for his Christmas present.  Everyone who has seen it now wants one.  So---back to the dealership again....maybe red/white/blue this time.

Here's a close-up of the center:

Close Up

If you plan to make this quilt, or one like it, be sure to select a bandana that reads diagonally across the center for the large quilt.  For their smaller version, you could use a straight-set bandana.  Another thing I discovered about using bandanas--when you pre-wash them, they shrink to a rectangular shape (It's not noticeable).  Therefore, you have to adjust how much you add to it to make it "square".  

Ok, let's talk a little about copyrights and trademarks, etc.  I know, you're thinking--"GAG, BORING!"  But people, this is serious business.  And in spite of seeming to be a little "flip" about this, I am serious.  Copyright infringements are rampant in the quilting business too.  To the point that some quilting pattern designers are feeling defeated and are surrendering, never to design any pattern ever again.

I've noticed, too, working part time in a quilt store, just how ignorant people can be about copyrights.  Copyright means "THE RIGHT TO COPY!!!"  You don't have the right to copy anyone else's work!  It's that simple.  

For example, if you take a class at a local quilt store, which includes a written, copyrighted instruction sheet from your instructor--you DO NOT have the right to copy it and spread it out amongst your friends at church or at the local quilt guild.  Now, you CAN tell them where to go and take the class themselves!

Another one, someone once ask me if it was ok to print out my Short & Scrappy Quilt series when it was on the free page, for those who don't have a computer.  "I mean after all, they are FREE?"  NO WAY!  They can order the pattern, for crying out loud.  

Most patterns you buy are intended for one-time, personal, non-business related use.  I don't know how many times I've heard of people buying a pattern and making 10 quilts off of it TO SELL.  This is a NONO.  You have to have permission from the copyright owner to do this and would probably involve a small fee, or heck, just buy another pattern!  For instance on the quilt above, I bought the pattern, bought the bandana, made it for a gift for my son.  If I were to sell three of them?  Three bandanas and three patterns too.   Some pattern designers will allow a certain amount of retail quilts to be made from one pattern, but it's best to ask.  And, you know what?  I would also have to have permission from the bandana maker too!  This could easily be a franchise infringement and some places (like colleges and certain large amusement parks) will fiercely litigate.

Visit Sylvia Landman's site for a good explanation and answers to copyright questions here:

Sorry to be cranky about this, the whole thing is exasperating, I know.  Just be careful and consider us poor little pattern designers trying to feed our husbands and children, next time you start to make a copy of anything.

Site seeing, anyone?  Chicken Purse!  I hate to admit it, but I spent (wasted?) about an hour here playing with this silly site.  It's great fun!  And at least 2 hours here! (Note:  Some items borderline PG)  Kids will love the snowflake interactive toy.

Tag Line of the Month:

 I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it

Next month I'm hoping to begin a new series of quilt patterns for "absolute beginners".  This series will be very, very basic small projects for those out there who are just getting in to this marvelous pastime.

Here's wishing the best for all of you in the coming new year.

May you always have a quilt in the hoop, I try to.   

December 31, 2003


    ARCHIVES:  (Please note that some of the links on past newsletters on the Site-Seeing Categories may have expired and are no longer available--in other words--Its Not My Fault!!)
August, 2001- Premiere Issue:  Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué 
January, 2002New Year's Resolution;  Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site,, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links:  Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics;  Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project;  Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links:  Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twelve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links:  Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs.  Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg,  Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links:  71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links:  12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
April, 2003 - Pretty-Boy Peacocks Finished; Site Seeing Links:  Owl Cam, Eagle Cam, Old-Fashioned Living, People/Dogs, Armed Services Banner;  What's New Decisions/Decisions
May, 2003 - Muskogee Quilt Show, 2003; Site Seeing Links:  Leather Thimble, Evil Squirrels, The Weird Chronicles, Iraqi Information Minister, What's New Ducks in a Row, My Stars & Bars free block of the month.
June, 2003 - Penguin Quilt, Site Seeing Links:  QuiltMaker program, Baby crib quilt racks, Quilter signs, Carjacker raccoons, Avoid alien abductions, EQ4/5 Tutorials, What's New Lone Star Basics Pattern
July, 2003 - Darcy Ashton in T-Town, What's New Caddo River, Appliqué Wall Hanging Top, Site-Seeing Links:  Easy Circle Cathedral Window, Falcon's Bird Cam, Snowflakes, Lunch Boxes, Invisible Thread Review
August, 2003 - Lone Star Appliquéd quilt, Site-Seeing Links:  Classic Couches, Digital Clock, Singing Horses, Stress Test;  What's New:  Shopping Cart, ShortnScrappy Pattern, Picture Frame New BoM project, Buster Licking
September, 2003 - Precut Kits, Other Kits, What's New Toy Box Baby quilt coming up, Site-Seeing:  Fly Swatter, What Kind of Storm Are You?, Interactive Kitty
October, 2003 - Eden Mennonite Church Fall Country Festival, The Spellchecker Paragraph, Site-Seeing Links:  Wrap them in Love, EtchASketch, Marie Webster Story, Interactive Shapes Board Site, Car Handbags, More Fractals, Urban Legends Detector Site; What's New Toy Box Baby Quilt Pattern free, Patches/Scrappy Photos.
November, 2003 - Short & Scrappy Photos, Site-Seeing Links:  Test Results of Fusible Web, Terrell Designs, Clean Your Sewing Machine; What's New Baby Steps


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