I figure what is the point of having a blog if I can’t rant once in awhile LOL!
I am constantly amazed by the number of quilt patterns that say you cannot sell items made from the patterns. Legalities aside, this to me makes no sense.
To buy a handmade quilt costs quite a bit of money. It should cost you at least the price of fabric, and hopefully time. So, if you sew quilts yourself, you more than likely are not going to buy one that someone else made and instead will buy the pattern and make one for yourself.
But if you don’t sew you will have to buy the finished quilt. Which the quilter cannot sell to you because the pattern says so. You can’t buy the pattern yourself because you don’t sew. This just makes for a lot of unhappy people in the end.
Denying the people who buy your pattern the right to sell finished products does not help you sell more patterns. It means that unless someone wants it for themselves or for charity, they aren’t buying your pattern at all.
I have decided that no matter the hype, I will not buy any patterns from people who add this caveat to their products. I have yet to make a quilt that is for me. Most quilts are for me to sell in my tiny little online store, or as gifts. While I could use these patterns as gifts, most of my gifts are made from patterns I have developed myself or are free tutorials.
I don’t want to start a fight, I just want these pattern writers to think about this point and to consider it seriously. The people who buy your patterns are only going to be selling them to people who will not be buying your patterns. You have nothing to lose.
And now a picture for fun.