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Tuesday 20 December 2011

Copy Cats

Not two days later, I find another kit for sale at a shop in the U.S., copied from my original New York Roundabout but with no credit to me. I am beyond discouraged...Do you suppose if I took my Harry Potter books, replaced the covers with new ones, and sold them as my own work that j.k. rowling would mind?
Imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery; it's illegal. And very disheartening to have happen... :(
Edit: I'd like to thank Heather for her comment below, directing folks to the website of Canadian quilter Kathleen Bissett. Kathleen has written an excellent article on copyright infringement, posted on the Canadian Quilter's Association website, ( and I encourage you to read all the way through to the bottom.


  1. As much as we like cats.....we don't like this variety. :(

  2. HOw horrid of them. Quilter Kathleen Bisset has run into this many times and she confronts the shop owners. We had her as a speaker at our guild and she is very knowledgeable about this isssue. Check this link on her blog under publications for further info:

    At the very least, these shop owners need to pay you the price of a pattern for each kit they sell or threaten them with legal action. Do they say that it is from your pattern?

    I try to be very careful about giving full credit to designers when I feature items on my blog.

  3. I agree. That's despicable. It's such a shame there is so little that can be done about it, but you absolutely should do what you can.