Friday, December 11, 2020

 Welcome to my new blog.  Life has not been easy since March 2020. We have all been confined to mostly indoor activities. As quilters we have our quilting to help pass the hours. Quilters have always had big hearts and ready to help others. This was demonstrated by all the masks that you have made and generously donated all over the country. This response was not surprising to me.

There have also been new quilters that have pitched in and started sewing.  Shortly after the shut down I was told that sewing machines were selling out at stores across the country. This resulted in NEW quilters.  Welcome to all who have embraced our love for cutting up fabric, sewing it back together and many generously giving them away.

This is a good thing arising out of being shut in. The bad news is that shows have been cancelled across the country.  Many shops had to close.  Some are opening with limited hours and how many can be in a shop at the same time. Classes were cancelled and some are starting to teach virtually, this is not usually free. The promoters of shows are working hard to continue to give quilters access to the vendors from their shows.

I have been blessed to have been quilting for 22+ years, teaching, vending, judging, lecturing and doing workshops across the US for 19+ years.  The techniques I have developed are fun, easy, and have been well received. We manufacture our own line of marbled fabric & polyester braid we use for stained glass quilts.  Another strength I have is great & talented friends. Some are teachers. Some own the business we have counted on for our quilting needs. We are working hard to meet your needs. 

There is one missing element.  Someone to answer questions and help new and experienced quilters, when needed.  To this end I am starting "Ask Quilters Treasure"  This will be a new group offered on Pattern Pastiche. 

Starting December 17, 2020 I will be hosting "Ask Quilters Treasure" Facebook live on our Quilters Treasure Facebook Page. This will be 4 pm EST - 1 pm PST.  All this will be a free service.  I don't pretend to know all the answers.  This is where I will call on my friends to help answer questions.  From time to time I will have a guest to answer specialized questions & techniques.  I can also arrange to have live demonstrations with questions and answers.

 What I need from you is the topics you need help.  The first podcast I can give general helpful information of  the most popular questions I have received.  I am opening it up to you now to email your questions to to help get the ball rolling.  

I plan on posting information from the podcast and from the group I am hosting with Pattern Pastiche to my blog.  I will be sending a weekly newsletter to keep everyone advised as to what will be coming. To sign up for our newsletter please visit and sign up.

I look forward to meeting of you on the podcast. I hope you will find this informative, have fun and keep in touch with others who share our love of quilting.


Bobbie Bergquist




Monday, January 17, 2011

Copyright Guide

Copyright is a major concern in the quilting world. This is not intended to include all information you will need to determine if you are violating or someone has violated your copyright.  It is to help you better understand a general outline.

·         "Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts and schemes. Rather, it protects the manner in which the idea or information is expressed".
·          Copyright does not protect techniques, thus, while you may verbally share with your friends what you did in a workshop, photocopy the notes for friends is infringement of copyright.
·         Craft work which is on temporary display may not be photographed without permission from the copyright owner. Taking photos of quilts without permission is an infringement of copyright
o   The fact that there is no sign does not necessarily mean you have permission.
o    It may be permitted if the exhibition organizers have asked exhibitors to allow photography as part of the conditions of entering the show, as many guilds do.
o    Always check with the organizers, or ask specific permission of the quilt maker.
§  You may have to explain why you want the photographs - some may allow photography for personal use, but not commercial use (such as a publication in a magazine.
·         Publication of a pattern usually implies that the reader is allowed to user the pattern for their own personal use.
o   Many quilting books and magazines will contain a statement to this effect.
o   Copying the pattern yourself rather than photocopying it is still copying, but is allowable for personal use.
o   Photocopying a whole book is an infringement of copyright.
o   Libraries post signs over the copies stating the copyright laws permit copying of up to one chapter or 10% of a book for personal or research needs. It probably holds true elsewhere.
·         Photocopying and submitting a design from another publication
o   Is an infringement of copyright.
o   It would be permissible to redraw the pattern yourself,  but only if it is a design already in the public domain, such as the Ohio Star, or one of the many traditional block designs.
o   If the pattern is original to a particular person, then permission from the designer is necessary for it to be published.
·         Copying a quilt would be an infringement.
o   Ideas cannot be copyrighted. It is acceptable to see another quilt for ideas.
o   Just acknowledgement of another person’s work does not give permission to use it. It is generally accepted that there is a moral right to acknowledge, and in some countries that moral right is a legal obligation.
o   To comply with copyright law, you should ask permission of the copyright owners, the quilt makers, Organizers of a show or display, do not control the copyright and cannot give permission.
o   As part of "fair dealing" in copyright, the use of a work in reviews or for criticism is permissible. It is OK for you to go ahead and photograph the quilts for the purpose of a review, however, it would be a courtesy to tell the quilt show organizers and the quilt maker but it is not strictly necessary to do these things.
o   You cannot take a class from a teacher and then teach a class.  Basing your work on the ideas of others is permissible, but you must do all your own notes, samples, etc. We all learn from each other, so is not realistic to think we are not all influenced by the works we see and the teachers that we meet.
o   "Copyright protection is automatic." "There is no requirement of registration or any other formal procedure".
§  You do not need to apply for copyright protection.
§  However, marking the copyright sign, your name and the date is a reminder to people that copyright exists and therefore is a good idea, although not legally required in Australia.
o   There is no copyright in a title
·         "Copyright generally lasts for 50 years after the end of the year the author died".
o   Outside this time, the work is often said to be "in the public domain".
o   Copyright is something owned, and therefore can be assigned to someone else, or inherited.
I hope you have found this information to be helpful.  Check back again to see new posts regarding quilt shows across the USA & Canada.