Every so often I get a question from a blog reader that I believe others might be interested in too. I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
This email came from Phyllis after she read a blog post where I was contemplating what I was going to use for corner stone and sashing selections on quilt I was making. She was upset over what I had written and sent me a longer email. In part it read “...Would you want people going on the internet and openly talk about re-designing all your quilts?….. I would imagine you are exhausted from all your hard work and maybe that clouded your judgement.”
This was a little surprising for me to read. Although I am admittedly tired, I really don’t think my judgement is clouded. I did not blast the designer (I love her work!!) I did not say I hated the quilt (I don’t!)…I actually think hers in her colors looks great….all I said was that I didn’t know if I liked the sashing for my quilt. I still don’t know if I do or not. I am just in the contemplation stage. I might go with the originally designed sashing and I might not. Honestly, I haven’t decided…I purposely asked for opinions to help me decide.
I change up quilts all the time. Back in 2010 I joined a group who was making one of Miss Rosie’s Schnibble patterns each month. I loved the idea and had gobs of fun doing it. But honestly, the size of the Schnibbles that Miss Rosie designed are often 32″ x 32″. That just isn’t a size for me. I often changed up the quilts and added to them.
I prefer baby sized quilts and for me that means somewhere in the range of 42″-48″ square. The original patterns were just too small for me.
I really don’t think that is was offensive to change up a pattern. I still created the designer every time I posted about it on my blog.
One time I was really excited about an on line quilt along. I jumped right in and started making all the blocks. In the end, the finished design ended up having lots of applique on it and was tea stained. That’s not me. I contemplated on what to do with the blocks. I had a good time making the blocks and I can see to many the finished product was awesome but it wasn’t something I could use in my house and I didn’t have anyone to gift it to…and I didn’t like applique. Was I suppose to finish the product just to be true to the designer but not true to myself?? I don’t think so.
I ended up taking those blocks and used them in the backing of my Orca Bay quilt.
Was that offensive to the designer? I don’t think so. I don’t think my judgement was clouded in any of these cases. I did what I thought was right for me and my fabric.
Now about the part where the email said, “Would you want people going on the internet and openly talk about re-designing all your quilts?” Honestly, it doesn’t bother me a drop.
We had this quilt Peaks and Valleys as a Moda Bake Shop pattern.
A blog reader made that quilt and changed up the white to a gray. Were we offended that she didn’t like our choice of color?…no way! We were just thrilled that she liked the pattern enough to give it a try. We were totally happy that she blogged about it.
In my mind, changing things up is how quilting evolved. Can you imagine what quilting would be if we all were still just sewing 6″ scraps left over from clothes we made? That’s how quilting started…I sure am glad that people stepped forward and changed that original design up so we could have the MANY-MANY-MANY quilt blocks and designs that there are out there today.
By the way, thanks Charisma for showing us what our quilt would look like with different coloring!! It’s awesome!
Seeing tweaks on our quilts helps me learn as a designer. I see what people are looking for…I see other possibilities. I love that. I want to grow as a designer…not be stuck sewing 6″ scraps together for the rest of my quilting life.
I did a blog post and gave a recipe for Blueberry Zucchini Bread. My family loved it. I make this ALL the time in zucchini season.
A blog reader left a comment that said something along the lines of “her family didn’t like it at all. The bread was heavy and dense.” Was I offended?? NO! It just reminded me that each family is different and that when I give a recipe I should try to remember to describe the product more so people will know from the beginning if they’d like to give it a try or not.
I change up recipes all the time. If a recipe calls for salt, I rarely put it in. My family doesn’t need more salt in our lives. If a recipe calls for cream of chicken soup and I only have cream of mushroom, I change it up. I by no means have any intention of offending or putting down the person who first created the recipe. I am just making it my own.
I encourage all of you to take any recipe we post…any craft we do….any suggestion we give and any quilt we design and make it your own. Change up the colors. Change up the size. Change up the sashing. We don’t mind and honestly, we’d love to see you do that. Blog about it. Facebook about it. Credit us back for the original design and share how you tweaked it. We are flattered that you even give any of our information a try. We certainly don’t want you stuck with a quilt that you don’t like simply because you wish you had not changed up the quilt to your liking. Make our things your things.
One of my favorite designers once said, “…my quilt, my fabrics, my choices…” I heartily agree. even if that is just my clouded judgement.