1 November 2017

Let's Bee Social #201

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

This is a tale of two shoes.

At last week's Let's Bee Social I explained that I love it when I see people using their imaginations. It excites me to see when you take something I designed and "tweak it" to make it suit your needs. And this is another example.

The work above was sent to me by Dianne. Dianne wrote to me following my post about The Tutorial and said, "Hi Lorna, After reading about your recent "problem" I got wondering if what I have done is going to be my "problem". When I was doing the shop hop this summer I stopped at the quilt shop "Quilting by Design" in New Hamburg and got your row for the Row by Row there. I have had an orphan block that I needle punched and painted at least 30 years! ago and wanted to make it into a wallhanging. I thought your shoe pattern would be perfect for it as it was a lady's head wearing a fancy hat. I also planned on paper-piecing a couple of dresses to go into as well. Unfortunately, your shoe pattern turned out waaaaaaaaaaaay too big so I reduced it by 50% and figured out how to make a paper-piecing pattern for it. I do not have a blog and certainly do not intend to do anything else with it. It is just for my personal use. The only thing I was going to do is take to my quilt guild meeting this month for show and share but felt I should contact you to make sure it's okay. If not, I will just leave it at home."

Now that broke my heart.

I replied, "Oh Dianne! Please don't feel like you have done anything wrong. I think it's great that you found a way to use the shoe design and cleverly went about figuring how to reduce the size and paper piece it. Really, I would be proud for you to share your wallhanging and if you mentioned that I designed the shoe pattern, but you worked out how to make it work for your purpose, that would be great! It makes me so happy to see people take any of my designs and to be inspired to make them work for their purposes. As you did! I would love to be able to share a photo of your wallhanging on my blog for the Let's Bee Social, with your permission. Thank you so much for writing to share how this confessional post of mine got you to thinking. Obviously what I did was a more clear cut case of what not to do. But like with what you have explained, there are a lot of not so clear cut issues out there that we aren't always sure what to do. You did the right thing by just contacting me to raise your concerns. And I commend you for doing so! Wishing you Happy Stitching!"

So Dianne wrote back and explained how she went about making the shoe blocks for her wallhanging, "Hopefully, attached is the picture of my wallhanging, tentatively called "Decisions, decisions". As you can see, I pinned the shoe from your row-by-row so that you could see the difference in size. To make it smaller, I took the small picture in the instructions and folded it in half horizontally and then in thirds vertically to give me the sections I needed to draft a new size. Then I just printed out copies on my printer until I got the size I thought worked best."

And that is the tale of two shoes.

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Nancy J said...

this is a tale of thoughtfulness, ingenuity, talent, sharing, caring, and world wide friendship in quilty land!! Lovely shoes, and a photo, Dianne, well done for everything, and Lorna, thank you for sharing emails and the photo with us.

Little Quiltsong said...

Wow, so cleverly done! I too received a row by row from a LQS this summer with shoes, boots and I believe flip flop templates. Your shoe block is so cute, and Dianne did a beautiful job of her wallhanging. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lorna. Thanks for sharing this short story. As you said, there are fairly clear-cut problems and also those that aren't a bit! I have drawn a chicken for an upcoming project. I used a chicken drawing from an ad to start. I changed it completely stylistically as I sketched it, changed its shape and size, changed its gender from hen to rooster, will change it more when it becomes interpreted in fabric... It already has no resemblance to the original chicken I sketched from, other than that they both look like chickens. Hmm. :)

Are you back from Houston? Hope you are well. Melanie

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Lorna,
I love the Tale of Two Shoes! So cool, and very clever of her and how she made the pattern work for the size she needed. I think that is what quilting is all about, thought. Seeing something like your pattern and knowing that you can make small changes to adapt it to your vision. I love the wall hanging! ~smile~ Roseanne

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've reduced someone's patterns before, too. Sometimes they just don't fit. I may be doing it again, if I ever get these Peter Pan blocks finished.

Unknown said...

I know my mind should be starting on holiday gifts and whatnot, but I have some adorable nephews that sewing for has been too much fun! So I've been working on a quilt for one of them. Love the shoes! Katie@hobbiesuptohere.com

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

It's always so nice to hear from someone who's used one of my patterns, even if they've changed it to make it work for their situation so I understand. How wonderful for you that she allowed you to share her work! I love the connections we make through quilting and I cherish them.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I was very interested in reading this story and thank you for sharing it. I know I am very conscious of using someone's pattern and always feel a little funny with changing it to suit me. I think of the "artist's intent" kind of thing. But isn't the internet just the most fabulous tool for aiding all these connections!

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

What a great story, Lorna, with a happy outcome for each of you! Thanks for sharing : )

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