If your quilt is a completely original design, not based on anyone else’s patterns, photographs, or artwork, you do not need to worry about getting anyone’s permission before displaying your quilt. If your quilt is strictly for your own use and enjoyment, and will not be displayed publicly, used commercially, or sold, you also do not have to seek any permissions. If you are using a computer design software (e.g. Electric Quilt or programmable quilting machine) to generate your quilting design, you do not need to be granted permission before displaying your quilt. When purchasing these products, you are granted permission with the purchase.
If your quilt is based on anyone else’s patterns, photographs, or artwork, which is visible and identifiable in your work, even though it might not be exactly the same, you still need to ask their permission. Seeking permission does not have to be intimidating or difficult; a simple email or short letter is all that is needed. Contact information is usually available through the book, magazine, or pattern company, and may even be printed in the book or magazine or on the pattern. Often, designers, photographers, and artists have their own websites with contact information posted. Tell the artist/designer that you have made a quilt from their pattern/artwork, attach a photo, and ask their permission to enter and display it in the show and to publish photographs with proper credit. For more information on design permission, click here.
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