Don’t Copy; Make it Your Own

022As I was searching for tutorials on bindings, I ran across a few websites that did not want their information copied in any form and it caused me to look at the copy write laws in regards to exactly how it applies to the art craft industry.

The U.S. copyright code rules can be located at:  http://www.copyright.gov/title17

If you buy a pattern, make the project from the pattern and then sell it, you probably are infringing on copywriting laws.  You can copy projects for your own use or to give as gifts but  you cannot sell them.  They need to be your own work, coming entirely from your own inspiration.

So get ideas from patterns but don’t copy unless you have permission from the owner or it is a copy write free or it’s public domain.  Patterns issued before 1923 are generally considered public domain.

Most artists don’t have a problem with coming up with their own ideas and inspiration; that’s what make this craft so enjoyable.  Coming up with new ideas.  The best part of a project is when that spark lights and you start jotting down that inspired thought.  As beginners, we need to glean through the tutorials and projects to get the structural  “how to make it” ideas and then learn to combine those thoughts into your own creation.

Where do you get your best inspiration from?

 

Art Quilt Websites I Love

 

As I am  researching websites to learn the Art of Quilt Making, I  find a website I love and then forget what it was called or why I liked it so much.  I hope to expand this list and use it to help me find that special tutorial or cute little store that I use for special items.  Hope it helps other beginners like me get started on their quilting journey also.

For FREE tutorials that teach you how to quilt, plus wonderful fabrics and daily deals; https://www.missouriquiltco.com/

To SELL your handmade items:  http://www.etsy.com/

For Beginner Quilters FREE tutorials: http://www.qnntv.com/videoscategory/quilty/

Mother and Daughter quilting  team with great help for beginner Art Quilters:  fonsandporter.com/

For Quilting, Art Quilting and other Craft classes (cost run from $19 to $39) These classes are lengthy videos that you can back to anytime to see.  You can ask questions and the instructors post answers.  You are also able to take notes at crucial points and revisit them any time.  craftsy.com/

Free tutorial for Confetti technique by Gail Hunt:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X67xrvKOek&noredirect=1

Misc. Quilting Tips

 

TIPS FROM ME;

To enlarge small art quilts; use borders and extend stitching or applique onto border.

For small art quilts:  Instead of making a sleeve, I use D Rings.  Hand stitch the D ring’s straight edge to the backing at top left and right and use the curved edge of the D ring to slide onto nail.  I found a pack of 50 for $12.95 from Country Brook Design Inc.  on Amazon.com.

 

TIPS from www.aliceinstitches.com

 

Washing Fabric:  Fold long lengths of fabric into arm-length sections and safety pin along the top before pre washing to eliminate tangling in washing machine.

When arranging fabrics by value, squint to see if a fabric jumps out at you.  It’s easier to spot a piece that is out of place.

To display your work in progress for getting a better perspective; cover your design wall with felt, flannel or pellon fleece.

Chain piecing:  Use a scrap of fabric as a starter when chain piecing.

Pin Basting your quilt layers together:  Use #2 safety pins.  Start from the center of your project and work out any wrinkles that form along the way.

Use clean pizza box lids for storing blocks or cut pieces of fabric. (I use  cardboard for separating my fused pieces. J)

Run your needle and thread through a fresh dryer sheet to eliminate tangling in your thread. (I have also heard that dryer sheets are good for getting fusing material off your iron) J

Put batting in dryer for 15 to 20 minutes before layering it with your quilt. It takes out wrinkles and will be easier to use.

Misty Fuse is an ultra thin fusible  product that is easy to quilt through and won’t add bulk.

Easy Way to Finish a Small Art Quilt

Be sure to check out www.quiltingdaily.com,  it is a wonderful website instructional tutorials for art quilts plus free downloads.

Here is a sample of what you can learn from them.

Quilting Daily wrote:

On their Quilting Arts Workshop™ video Improvisational Fused Quilt Art: Create Beautiful Art Quilts the Easy Way, these experienced, award-winning quilt artists show several options for finishing their quilts.

Here is a very simple technique that Frieda demonstrates.

1. Create a frame by fusing fabric to both sides of a piece of Timtex® interfacing.

Timtex is a good choice because it is firm without being bulky and you can stitch and cut through it easily, says Frieda.

For complete instructions visit Interweave at www.guiltingdaily.com

New to Fabric Art Quilts

Tail Biter (2)It’s a little crazy around my house today but I will get this post done and get started on my new blog.  It’s my intent to use this blog to put all the new information I locate about art quilts into one location.  I have tips on binding, techniques on fusing, where to shop for fabrics, quilting tutorials and mounds of valuable information scattered about my studio just waiting for me to use but it takes forever to locate them.

So welcome to my blog.  Feel free to gather information, post comments and  use my site as your place to go for ideas and help negotiating your way through the internet to find help with your art quilt project.

Tropical Purse 001  You can purchase this purse and more art projects at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ColorcrazyCreations

Come back again; new tips and techniques are posted daily.