We’re sharing a blog post here written by Abby Glassenberg at While She Naps on the prevalence in the quilt fabric world of designers working without written contracts, which is something we would never advise anyone to do.
Our experience has been that not all companies do stand by their word and a written contract is a designer’s only protection in knowing who owns her work, when her fabric will be printed how and when she will be paid and the terms of how the designer and fabric company can part ways. Things happen. Companies merge, design directors come and go, people retire, people get sick. A contract is a record of the agreement that provides continuity through the inevitable changes that happen in the business world.
It is the hallmark of professionalism and wise management to be offered a contract without having to ask for it and to be given one promptly when requested. Asking for a written contract is not a sign that there’s a lack of trust. It’s to remind both parties of what they’ve agreed to. In fact it’s a sign of respect. I’ll add here that Andover Fabrics, for whom we design, has been outstanding to work with and in the way in which our contract has been handled.
We’re hoping that Abby’s post will embolden fabric designers to ask for contracts to clarify who owns their work, the terms of their compensation and the terms on which the designer and fabric company can part ways. A good contract is nothing more than a written agreement of what has been discussed verbally or through emails. There’s no rational argument for that not being beneficial to both parties.
Oh so many things to show at Spring Quilt Market! Our Georgetown Line for Andover Fabrics has even made it into a little winter coat for a dog (see lower right of photo). Remember our Covent Garden quilt from Modern Quilts Illustrated #4? Look how handsome it looks reimagined in Georgetown fabrics! If you’re interested in a limited edition kit, click here.
There’s also a free pattern for the sample quilt, Embassy Row, shown draped over he drawer of the small blue chest. Truth be told, Bill and I rescued that little chest from the curb in front of a neighbor’s house on garbage day. The sides had water damage and one side had a hole kicked in it. It had a cheap finish in an ugly color and forgettable hardware. With a little masonite repair to the sides, sanding, stain on top, Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax on the body and some new hardware, it looks great in the booth!
We have two other lines debuting with Andover Fabrics, Barbados and The Gray Collection, a sophisticated black, white and gray collection that pairs beautifully with The Color Collection. Andover also handed out tote bags made from one of our prints at the Schoolhouse classes that shop owners and the media attend the day before Market begins. Here’s a shot of the tote bag made with the Dumbarton print, one of our favorites.
Oh and do you see that section of a beautiful quilt in the Craft Nectar banner? It’s a new die cut Bill designed for AccuQuilt called Local Color! Here’s the shot in the booth of the entire quilt. AccuQuilt will have the pattern and the dies. The die will be available on the Accu-Quilt website on Monday.
If you happen to see Bill in the booth, he might even be wearing the beautiful shirt we made for him using one of the Georgetown prints. We’ll post specifics about the shirt next week should any of you want to try your hand at making shirts for Father’s Day.
Annnnnnnd the winners of the Clover tools are:
Rhonda Wicinski Shedron
Tina Smith Michalik
Mary Jo Riddell
Please email your mailing address to us at email@example.com so we cna ship you your prize. The first one to email her address gets the Wonder Clips and everyone else gets a pack of needles. If we don’t receive your address by Friday May 15 at noon, we’ll draw the name of another winner. Congratulations!