So I don’t ever kid myself about what I do. I’m ripping off well known iconic images and putting them on quilts. Old school video games are perfect for my nerdy sewing hobby, but I recognize I’m taking somebody else’s original design to make my work. The first and hopefully last cease and desist letter I received was a punch in the gut to remind me of this, but I think its a valuable lesson. One day I hope to have creative and popular designs that are original, but I love 8bit art quilts and I’m not going to stop. I think that this kind of thought process would benefit the browncoat crafters who make Jane hats as well. I understand the shock they must feel, but deep down they must understand that if they want to continue selling their hard work, they just can’t cling onto the cultural reference that its from. By attaching a licensed product’s name to their own handmade goods, they are benefiting from all the hard work the licensed product’s marketing has put in to promoting the name brand. Anyway, I wanted to give a tip of the hat to this creative Esty user, who I think gets their point across: Controversial Hat with a Back Story.
I got really off topic there, so the main reason of this post is I wanted to show off my designs done by two other quilters. The first guy, Jason, contacted after making it and said my design helped him figure out his! Here is my listing: Zelda Emblem Quilt and here is his:
A few months ago a lady named Caroline contacted me, asking for pointers on making two of my quilts. I guess I could be a jerk and tell her to buy a quilt, but that’s not why I do this! I am so pumped that others want to make video game quilts with me that I just sent her directions and the plan on both, requesting when she finished she send me pictures of the finished quilts. She just sent them a few days ago!
Her is her take on the Zelda Emblem Quilt:
Here is my quilt: Batman Signal Quilt
And here is her take on it!
I really enjoy seeing how others use colors and change the design. Granted I’d always love to sell a quilt, but I don’t think I could ever turn away a fellow quilter wanting to make the same design. Its not my original design, I just borrowed it to begin with myself.