The line between inspired by and copied from is often blurry in quilt design. It can lead to pronouncements about seeking permission that stir controversy, like the Modern Quilt Guild’s statement. That statement is now posted as “for historical reference only” after an Internet firestorm.
Yet, sometimes similar ideas occur to different people at roughly the same time with no cause and effect relationship. That happened with my “The Language of Pink Elephants.” It was inspired by a very different piece I made of a modern drunkards path design.
I was surprised when I saw the following piece on Paula Kovarik’s blog. She calls hers “Incoming,” but it has the same pink and black color scheme and the same connecting type of quilting in light colored thread as my piece.
Hers reminds me of Paul Klee’s work. It’s certainly more angular than mine and has more piecing. The pink on mine is sewn down bias strips. I like the bits of gold and yellow to temper all the pink, and the whimsy in Paula’s work.
Oh, one other minor difference – “Incoming” is being shown in a major art quilt exhibit.