I created the image at the top of this post in Photoshop™ with a free vector (or clipart) of a pirate ship which I downloaded from: https://vectorportal.com/. You’ll see why I’m sharing this information here as you read on 😁.
A while back I was scrolling through Facebook (I’m a looker, but seldom a participant) and was shocked to see this post shared by a friend of mine:
That’s my quilt!!! No really!!! It’s laying over my deck railing! How’d my photo get into this FaceBook ad???
I clicked on the link (which you won’t be able to do in the photo above, since it’s just a screen shot I took with my phone) and searched for “Scrappy Irish Chain”. I discovered that my quilt photograph is not on the site, and someone (I have no idea who – and the Quilt For You site probably doesn’t know either) just used my photo to link to a site with a free Irish Chain pattern. So how did my quilt get in that FaceBook post?
I knew I’d posted about my Irish chain quilt previously, so I had originally uploaded it to my blog. It’s a quilt I designed for the friendship exchange on our tour of Ireland in 2010 (the year I began blogging 😊). This is a photograph of some of our travelers and their quilts from that trip:
A photo of this quilt was originally in a post about autograph quilts from 2012, and you can read all about it by clicking here.
Two years later I used the actual photograph of the quilt over the railing to advertise a class I later taught at WCTC. You can click here for the post in which that photo first appeared, but please be aware ~ those classes were available in 2012 and there are no longer any quilting classes at WCTC 😔.
I do try to be careful to get permission and give credit when I share an image from the internet because it’s the right thing to do. When an image is taken without permission it’s called pirating ~ and now you know why the pirate ship is in the image at the top of this post.
Seeing a photograph of my quilt being used without my permission, made me a little sad. But it really caused me no harm and I learned a valuable lesson – don’t share what isn’t yours without permission ~ and always give credit where credit is due 😁! I’m grateful that God can use things like this to teach me life lessons. I also find that I have lots more to learn 🤣.
I think we can all learn from this! Please be mindful of the rights of others when sharing things on the web and also when sharing quilt patterns.
And a quick note about a quilt show happening in Wisconsin today (Sunday) in Mukwonago. The Crazy Quilters are holding their show until 4pm on March 27 (short notice – sorry). All the info can be found on their site: https://www.mukwonagocrazyquilters.com/annual-show/
I had the great privilege of being one of the show judges on Friday. I was blown away by all the many amazing quilts. The vendors were set up and looked great also. There’s even an exhibit of ThreadBenders quilts made by the fiber art group I belong to. Here’s just a sample of our exhibit:
As a judge I was given the privilege of putting a judge’s choice ribbon on a quilt at the end of the judging and I chose Hombre Blooms by Mary Raddatz.
There were so many wonderful quilts that I had a difficult time choosing. In the end my passion for gradation fabrics and geometric design led me to Mary’s quilt. I’m not sure if Mary and I have met, and I’d love to hear the story behind the quilt, so if you have any information about it please comment to this post 😊.
I didn’t make it back on Saturday to take any photos of the event to share, but I’m sure it was great!
And one more thing…
Judy has added an update about the Quilts for Ukraine to her site. Click here to read all about it!