Getting permission and giving credit is the right thing to do. Quilts and quilt patterns in books, patterns, magazines, blogs, and web pages are the intellectual property of the designer, NOT the one who buys, borrows, or downloads the pattern. While the quiltmaker has the right to make quilts for their own personal use from these designs, they do not always have the right to sell work made from the designs of others (even for a charitable purpose) or post pictures of it on a web site. The same goes for embroidery, even if the designs came with your machine.

Traditional quilt blocks, those old chestnuts that have been around for years (Nine Patch, Log Cabin, Ohio Star, etc.) don't count, but pretty much everything else does.

What counts as "written permission?"
  • An email or letter from the designer or publisher.

  • A photocopy of the copyright page of a book or pattern if it states that permission is granted for charitable purposes.

  • A blanket statement about fair use printed from a web page or blog.

  • MAIL the written permission with your quilt after your register it.

IF YOU CAN'T FIND CONTACT INFORMATION TO GET PERMISSION, ASK AMI. Ami can sometimes help locate designers for permission, but do NOT wait until the last minute and make this her emergency.

When you register the quilt include:
  • The name of the designer or author of the pattern. First and last name.

  • The full name of the book, magazine, web site, blog, or workshop where you found it. When including a web site:

             Do it this way:

             Don't do it this way:

  • Page number, issue and date (if appropriate), and/or copyright date.

  • If you submit multiple quilts from the same written permission, please make as many copies as you have quilts that require the permission. Otherwise we have to make copies at this end.

Here's how to ask for permission:
Copy and paste this into an email and fill in the blanks.

I would like to make a quilt using the pattern/design/quilt featured on page ___ of the book ____________ by ________________ and donate the quilt to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. They will, in turn, photograph my quilt and put it up on their web page, and either auction it or sell it. All profits fund Alzheimer's research. I will credit ___________ as the designer and state that I have written permission to use their design in this way.

Is there anything else you would require of me in order to do this?

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. It was founded by Ami Simms. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's. (

Thank you,
Your full name and address

(You may be required to include a statement on the label of your quilt.)

Back to the rules.

Some designers, authors, and book publishers have offered specific instructions on where to look for pertinent copyright information so their rights are protected as you support the efforts of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Some have offered a "blanket" release.
Click "Blanket Release" to learn more.