I've just been reading this blog post from the Modern Quilt Guild and I'm afraid it's really made me annoyed. It's about the rules for entering quilts in QuiltCon that can be considered "derivative" and then goes on to define what is derivative.
Reading through the post, it seems to me that they are saying that unless you live and have created a quilt working totally in a vacuum, it is likely to be a derivative of someone else's work. Does this mean that, just because I love the work of Jacqui Gering and have taken her online classes on Improv Piecing, and Quilting with a Walking Foot, and I have read and loved Christa Watson's books on quilting, and used techniques from them all of them in a couple of my quilts, that my quilts would be considered derivatives and therefore not eligible to be entered into QuiltCon's categories for awards? Not that I am considering entering any, but I just wonder?
Surely, almost everything we do in the modern quilt world derives from work done by pioneers such as the ladies of Gees Bend, Gwen Marston, et al., and isn't that, in fact the very essence of quilting, that we pass the knowledge, techniques, etc from one person to another? If you do go and read the post, do look at the comments too as they make interesting reading, and no, not all of them agree with my point of view. I would have liked to leave a comment myself, but I don't seem able to, maybe because I am not a member.
OK, I'll get off my soap box now shall I?