Sunday, March 14, 2010

Another "Mad" Post, and help for Haiti and Chile

Well actually I should call it an "annoyed" post. I do get annoyed at times...I'm not gonna lie.
This time it has nothing to do with my often messy house, but I just have to vent. Do you mind?...I hope not:)

OK, so I have recently been informed that there is a concern about my pattern logo. It's been a topic of conversation , apparently, among certain groups.
It seems there has been talk that my new logo resembles another pattern designer's logo too closely, hence I have been accused of "pattern Logo theft"!

This situation causes one to wonder how, with all of the things going on in the world, these people cannot think of anything more important to discuss than pattern logos. I mean, really, is that all you can come up with? Whoever you are?

Now let me say this: I have seen the similarity, and it's true, they are somewhat the same, but my question is...So...?
And by the way...I did not make a study of this person's logo, and then copy it. I drew up my own, and that is that.

Anyway, I have decided that in order to alleviate the problem, I will change my logo, yet again, so as not to cause anyone undo stress.

This is the new logo, and it is, I assure you, my own design. Big freaking deal.
OK. There. I feel a lot better now... I just had to get that out.
Sorry if the multiple logo thing causes confusion...and please know that as soon as the older patterns go to print again, I will change them all over to the new logo design.

Now...what's really important that we can talk about? How about the earthquake situation in Haiti, and the suffering there? How about the earthquake situation in Chile and the suffering there?

I have an idea. I would like to invite anyone who is interested to start sewing up little shorts and little skirts for the young children in these countries, especially in Haiti, who have been left with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We in the sewing community can actually help. I can distribute these items to my local church humanitarian organization, which will then take them directly to Haiti, and Chile and get them into the hands of those who are in need.
I can personally assure you that this is a very legitimate organization, that has already taken millions of dollars worth of aid to many devastated countries.

If you are interested, and feel that you would like to help in this manner,

Please email me:

Make items with finished seams, (no smaller than 1/2" seam allowances) , and with good quality thread and fabric. Then email me, and I will see to it that they are distributed properly.
It seems a small thing, but not to the child who will wear something clean, cute, and new; maybe for the first time. So do your best work for them!

Thank You!!!!


Shasta said...

Lila dear...I think your logo is great,and I have no idea why people make issue of non-issue stuff! I like your new logo too, you are very talented :o) I think your idea for the clothing is great, I have been looking into doing something similiar and have learned quite a bit. Those that are sewing for charity need to remember a few things...seams need to be no smaller than 1/2". Remember that the clothing many times is washed on rocks, so it needs to withstand washing let alone wearing. If there are raw edges, they need to be finished somehow. I am making my stuff with a french seam. It eliminates raw edges and makes the garment seams almost indestructible. Hope that helps and you can count me in on your endeavor.

Brandi said...

Lila. I get annoyed a lot too, so I feel your frustration. And I really think there is nothing worse than being accused of plagiarism. I'm sorry that has happened to you. You are so talented and I love your work and your designs to much. Hang in there. venting is good for you. I'd love to help with your relief effort. what a great idea. :)

Julie Deuvall said...

Love your new Eden collection. Just purchased a fat quarter bundle and some yardage and it is just beautiful!!! Love the idea about the shorts and skirts. Do you have a size and/or particular style in mind??? Love the new logo.

Sarah said...

I agree with the frustration that some people just can't be nice and get over that fact that in a creative industry there will be similarities! Ugh! I think you are an amazing artist who brightens peoples lives with your work. Thank you for continuing to share it with us.
Also, SO excited about your Haiti idea. I will get some things together and ship them out to you...Hopefully by the end of the week. (or so!)

jaybird said...

sorry for the drama.. i was completely unaware! sometimes two things are just going to look alike... it happens... and in my opinion it's how you react that is best... some people just have too much time on their hands... take the high road... be true to yourself.. that is all that matters!

The Drizzled Apple said...

Ok, I had no idea, mostly because I know my sister, and all her artwork, including that hanging in her own home is all done by her talented little hands. It has always been this way. We all are inspired by our surroundings, there are only so many flowers, variations of foilage, etc. so naturally, there can be similarities from one artist to the next. What matters, is she does draw her designs by hand, from scratch from what she has cataloged in her head and heart. Give the girl some playdough and she'll turn it into a piece of art, fabric and she'll turn it into something brilliant to wear, clay and she'll make you a 6 piece dinner set fit to eat from and display in your china cabinet. haha Plagairism... baaah! For this truly talented lady... there simply is no need for such things:)
I love the new Logo btw ;)
Love ya sista!

Melinda said...

If I get an idea, I google it before I put in any effort beyond the sketching phase. It really inhibits the creativity, and it sucks, but too many people are out there just waiting to cry foul.

Simona said...

Un saluto dall'Italia !!!!

tina said...

I'm sorry for your drama, drama is the worst and does remind me that sometimes we inhabit a planet with 12 year old girls. Ack. I love your new logo and think you are great to do a small re-invention as it were, just to appease the girls.

Hugs to you......... may it all open the floodgates to even more success, love and light!

Lila Tueller said...

Thanks for the support, my friends! You are too kind. I am a lucky girl to know you in our amazing "blogworld"!

You are wonderful people!

Bisel Family said...

Lila, similar thing happened to me a few weeks ago. It kept me up at night. I am sorry it happened to you too. I guess it's crazy to think that the same idea can come to two unconnected people. Good luck, all your logos are great!

Chelsea said...

I think it happens to everyone at one point or another. It's probably happening to me right now and I have no idea!

You are the most creative and original person I know, especially when it comes to your artwork. I have been in awe of your ability to whip stuff up in a matter of minutes and have you watched you paint and draw things right off the top of your head with my very own eyes. Don't worry about the knit pickers and be true to yourself.

I love your new logo. Very Lila, very cute!

I love your idea to make skirts for Haiti and Chile! I'll try to get a few done this summer.


Arise Shine Designs said...

Hi Lila:

I love all of your designs and patterns. There's no doubt that it is strictly unique to you and perhaps someone crying foul is just intimidated by your nature talent. You are loved.

Arise Shine Designs said...

oops.....should have read "natural" talent. I'm sure you got that, though!! Just keep being your talented/creative self! :)

Barbara said...

So sorry that you have been hit by those that have way toooooo much time on their hands. Thank you for sharing your talents with us all. The new logo is delightful.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Barb

poshfairies said...

I'd like to say to those people concerned about similarities between both logos GET A LIFE, to you Lila, you have many followers that love what you do so be proud and be strong.

Suzanne said...

It's true, this type of thing happens to us all in one form or another. It's difficult when it is directed at you. Just know that there are plenty of us who don't really have a preference about what your logo looks like (not trying to be rude here). It's your fabric designs that we love!!! Seriously. Love!
- Suzanne
PS - I created something from one of your fabrics today. Soiree -- how I love that line!

Go here to see it:

Peggy said...

Completely unrelated question here.Some time ago I saw an adorable quilt made with Soiree. It was clusters of squares. I wrote to whoever made the quilt/the pattern and they confirmed it was made with soiree. Now I can't find the email, pattern name, etc. I already have the fabric. Help!

Peggy said...

I found it! It is called Fresh Apple Tart by Cotton Way. She made the sample with Soiree and it is gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

I was so excited to come across your blog. Last summer I bought your Funked Out Peasabt Blouse but never made because I wanted that fabric shown on the front. Which of your fabrics did you use? Plus now I have found more quilt patterns for my daughter (like she really needs another one) but I just LOVE you fabrics and patterns. I can't wait to pick out more and get started. My blog is or email


Wendy said...

Lila, I like your new logo and it is a shame that you had to change yours because of some disgruntled unhappy person that obviously has nothing better to do than be the logo police. I love your designs they are so fresh and jazzy that you just want to play with them. Your fabric lines and patterns speak for themselves sans a logo. So keep doing what you do best and ignore those who are just jealous of your success.

Sophia & Cameron said...

sorry to hear about your frustrations. I just wanted you to know that your blog makes me happy & I frequently will open it up just to look through your gorgeous fabric designs & patterns & listen to your wicked cool playlist and then smile and leave the music on while I continue with my internet browsing in another tab. :)

Lila Tueller said...

Thanks to ya' are also "wicked cool"!

mascanlon said...

I love your fabric and the blog. The logo thing...geez, as someone said earlier (and made me laugh since I'd never thought of it that way) was we live with a bunch of 12y rold girls. And if anyone has ever has a junior daughter you know just what that means!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all you do Lila. I have made hundreds of skirts for humanitarian relief and want to make more. Do you have the sizes we should cut them? Your neighbor, Barbara

Julie said...

Is it that cute bird in question? I really like the colorful bird logo but like the flower one also. I recently made a Bali Bag using material from "Eden" jelly roll and the bag turned out very nice. Great Spring time colors!

Melissa said...

Dear Lila, What a disappointment about the logo.... I loved your previous one so much, such a shame to have to get rid of it. Oh well, sometimes life just isn't fair. Thank you for the invite to sew children's clothes, I'd like to make one or two, when would you like to get them sent in? Is there a dead line? Thanks!

missavene (at) gmail (dot) com

Lila Tueller said...

There is no deadline, just whenever you can send them in. Just email me, and I will provide you with the address, etc. I can send them in periodically as long as th3ere is a need. Thanks to all of you who are willing to help!

Ariadne said...

Oh, Lila! I am so sorry this is happening. This post hit home for me, as I often wonder why people concentrate on benign issues and make them into something they are not. Obviously, you have hoards of people who are fans and think you are amazing, so don't let these others get you down.


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