Monday, 28 May 2018

Commissioned patterns

Hello there everyone!

Today I felt the need to talk about Commissioned Patterns.

It came to my attention that some feel that if they've commissioned a pattern from me, that said pattern and all its rights now belong to them......
Sorry, but you're wrong....

If I design a pattern then the design (pattern) belongs to me. It has my copyright on it and I can choose to resell that pattern as many times as I want. What you bought was a copy of the pattern to sew.
You may sell any of your completed sewn work as you choose. You may not resell my pattern or even make a copy and give it to your friends.

Once I've designed a pattern I decide if I can sell it again or not. Some have too much sentimental connection to the person and obviously I won't be adding those to my shop - not everyone's commissioned pattern will work for resale.

If you choose to show the finished sewn block or quilt on social media, then yaay! but please say that you got the pattern from Quilt Art Designs too. Thank you.

Thanks to those who give me a 'heads up' on patterns or images being used in a way that really just rubs me the wrong way.

This beautiful boy was designed last year and I waited all this time for the person to sew it up and show me a finished photo.

Thing was, that they decided to cut me out of all the narrative - and when I saw the photo on FB (I'm in the same group....) and added my name and answered a few of the people asking where to get it, they promptly removed that and the post and went and reposted somewhere else.

Luckily my peeps told me... thanks!

This pattern measures approx. 55x80" (140x200cm) and is on the Intermediate level.
Just because its large, doesn't mean its more difficult....

Now I've added it to my Craftsy shop


I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<

(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)


frstborn said...


This post is sooo apropos! Thank you for saying this; and saying it so directly....and oh, the pattern is gorgeous!

Brenda M said...

I saw that FB post too. I thought that it looked like something you would design and was curious as to why there was no credit to the designer. That is just poor manners.

Anonymous said...

That lion is amazing! My 7yr old son saw the picture over my shoulder and now wants me to make it for him. I favorited it on craftsy so I can find it again... maybe I'll have time someday. Great work!


Janeen I will definitely make this pattern for my grandson. I like it very much! And I absolutely agree with you about rights

Lori said...

wow this lion is gorgeous. you did a fantastic job. I am so sorry for what you have had to go through.

legato1958 said...

He's so regal and awesome!
So sorry when people don't give credit to your designs!

Joan Wintersgill said...

I agree!

Joy said...

I do love your work. No one else that I know, does such sophisticated patterns. What do you charge for a commissioned pattern?

LA Paylor said...

if someone buys a pattern you sell commercially, then it's all yours and you set the boundaries about how they can use it for the money they traded.

To me, a commission pattern is different, in that case they asked you to design a specific pattern just for them and then it is not sold to anyone else. Just like a commissioned quilt would be made as a one off, for one person at one time, an agreement between two people, a price paid for one unique service.

It may be semantics but I see them as different situations. General patterns, you keep all rights. Commission work contracted out between two people would need to spell out how the design would be used by both parties.

I'm not a lawyer, and certainly it's gray area.

Susan said...

You are absolutely right. It is like when you buy software or an app. You are buying a license to install and use the software--you don't actually own the software and you can't legally give someone a copy or sell it unless you uninstall it from all of your devices first.

Lynne Stucke said...

I am constantly amazed at the unmitigated gall of some people! Of course, you own the rights to your designs! Of course, anyone using one of your designs owes you an acknowledgement, at the very least! Duh! How is that hard to grasp??????