Remember this clothes pin bag that I made back in June?
And this post discussed it all.
Sunday before Thanksgiving as I was frantically cleaning house, cooking, baking, washing clothes .. all the things a really sloppy housekeeper does before her parents arrive . . my phone rings. This is the conversation almost verbatim but not quite.
Other Lady: Hi. You don’t know me but I’m looking for a little doll’s dress.
Me: A little doll’s dress?
Other Lady: Yes.
Me: I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking me.
Other Lady: A little doll’s dress!
Me: I sell some of my patterns for quilts but I don’t have any patterns for doll clothes.
Other Lady: Yes, you do! I saw it on your website.
Me: Are you sure it was my website, Patchwork Times or Sunshine Quilts?
Other Lady: I don’t know! You put clothes pins in it!
Me: OHHH! The clothes pin bag! No, that isn’t my pattern. That’s a pattern I bought.
Other Lady: Whose pattern did you use?
Me: Darlene Zimmerman’s pattern.
Other Lady: Can I talk to her?
Other Lady: I want to talk to whoever owns the pattern.
Me: (I’m getting a bit frustrated!) M’am. Darlene Zimmerman created the pattern and she sells them. I bought one and I made the clothes pin bag from her pattern.
Other Lady: Will you copy it and send it to me?
Me: (Really getting frustrated!) It’s a copyrighted pattern and I wouldn’t copy it.
Other Lady: Copyrighted?
Me: Yes, it isn’t to be copied and handed out.
Other Lady: What about all those people selling stuff at flea markets?
Me: I don’t know anything about that.
Other Lady: Well . . will you just let me borrow it?
Other Lady: Well . . will you read it to me and I’ll just write it all down?
Other Lady: Well . . I really like it.
Me: I do too!
Other Lady: Where can I buy one?
Me: Where do you live?
Other Lady: Alabama
Me: Check at your local quilt shop and if they don’t have it, maybe they will order it for you.
Other Lady: I’m not sure if there’s a quilt shop around here. Do you know?
Me: M’am! I do not know! My local quilt shop had some at one time. I can give you their phone number and you can call them on Monday.
Other Lady: Can’t you just send me one?
Me: NO!!! Here’s the phone number and I really must get off the phone! I hope you’re able to find the pattern.
Other Lady: Oh, wait . . did you make yours right by the pattern or did you make any changes to the pattern?
Me: M’am! Get the pattern, read the pattern and decide if you need to make changes. I don’t think I made any changes. It was five months ago when I made this pattern. I’ve made a dozen quilts since then. I just can’t remember.
Other Lady: You’ve made a dozen quilts in five months?
Now . . this lady found the picture on my blog from June, did enough work on her own to find my phone number . . which isn’t hard to do but dang it, why couldn’t she find her own pattern? I swear . . I think it had to be a joke!