Hi Ladies,

One of the four projects I am currently working on is a beautiful Garndmother's Fan pattern made entirely of DH's old wool suits. I went to Goodwill and bought two other wool skirts for color. Anyway, DH requested this quilt when he saw it at the 2012 Paducah Quilt Show on display. I took a picture of it, cut up some old wool jackets/pants, and it's now coming to life on my dining room table. So it's looking so good I was thinking of entering it in our local county fair. It doesn't look exactly like the one we saw but it is her arrangement of the fans I'm copying. Who am I kidding? It looks mostly like hers. I don't even remember the name of the quilter I'm copying from. So what are the rules on that? I see lots of Baltimore quilts and Cathedral quilts at these shows. I figure Grandmothers Fan is like that...anyone can use them.  It's not like I'm going to receive money or get featured on the cover of some quilt magazine...I just want to see if I can get this thing on display in my hometown county fair. But I did copy hers A LOT...as in they would be called twins if they were side by side...mine being the less ornate of the two. Not much makes mine my own if you know what I mean except for the fabrics. Okay....I am a thief! I guess I'll keep this quilt to myself but I have to say it feels good to make something so pretty. Too bad it's not my own idea. Besides, I'm not quite ready for prime time when it comes to doing perfect stitching. Don't they like the back to have the exact same stitches as the front? I'm not even close! Just lucky to have the front look uniform and even. I wish I could stitch like an Amish girl. The main thing with this quilt is that DH is loving it and he can't wait to see it on our bed...or maybe on our wall. 

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Comment by Brenda Stride on August 14, 2013 at 2:07pm

Isn't the Grandmother's Fan a public domain pattern? You could add some personal embellishments to make the quilt more your own. Just a thought.

Comment by sue brigle on July 25, 2013 at 8:37am

I think you are right Karen, a fan pattern is not uniquely one persons, I think it can be used and modified to suit your wishes.   If you want to show the quilt, do so.  I'm sure whatever your fan pattern is that it has been used many times before.   I believe copyright issues are crazy to begin with really.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on July 24, 2013 at 8:53am
thanks karen & you're welcom! i hope i helped.
Comment by Karen Lightman on July 24, 2013 at 8:37am

Words of wisdom Rogue. You always say things the way I like to hear them :) Thanks!

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on July 23, 2013 at 1:47pm
requested by hubby. it's for hubby. hubby loves, can hardly wait for it to be on the bed. so what could matter more that these points. i don't enter shows anymore... decided i make for those i love, not the adulations of strangers. just me i suppose. and good thing it is just me...'cause i truely do love going to quilt shows where others enjoy displaying their work.

last year at our little local quilt show - hubs fell in love w a quilt..voted for it. i loved it too. took pic of it ..he wants one like it. :(( one more gotta do before i am allowed set my needle down forever. :)) lollol...talked to the maker -she said that she had seen one like it, loved it, made a pattern for her version. i didn't ask about changes she may have made. i just loved what she had created..the color - everything. this past winter playing on net. found a blog that was showing pics blogger had taken at a quilt show in nevada. and there w the local nevada quiltmakers name ...was the quilt. the local lady had duplicated it EXACTLY. i think if your hubby is so happy, so proud of, your quilt and wants you to display it in local show. do it. years ago i read that if you change one tiny little thing, then it is yours. so...may be stretching the point a bit, but...since you feel your stitching would seperate your quilt from the other... then it is uniquely yours. enjoy it, love it, and show if he/you want. and we need pics! ya hear?!? lol

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