The army to our defense!! 1-19-22

Thank you for your heartfelt defense – it means the world to Connie and me. I am overwhelmed!

26 thoughts on “The army to our defense!! 1-19-22

  1. Jo in Wyoming

    Of course, we so love you and doing this to our friend, I just unacceptable to all of us.

  2. Jill Klop

    I was in the chair at the hair salon when that note came in. I couldn’t reply then, but I was shocked to see someone selling that pattern. It’s just awful!

  3. Lynn

    Stealing someone’s creative work product is so cowardly and wrong. I don’t think the pattern is in the public domain and therefore up for grabs so to speak. Seems to be pretty blatant disregard of the copyright.

  4. Linda in So CA

    I would contact Martingale’s legal department for suggestions how to handle this situation. Maybe Martingale should contact the thieves… a lot of clout from a major publisher. Copyright laws is right up their alley & they have a vested interest. Good luck….everyone is backing you & Connie…..

  5. Arrowhead Gramma

    Mary, go to their FB page. They have now made a comment. They are in a heap of trouble and I think they realize it.

    1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

      Please tell those of us who don’t do Facebook what they said. Thank you.

  6. Donna O

    Don’t know much about copyright laws but it very appears to be a theft & hope you can get this resolved Mary.
    We’re all behind you & Connie & support you

  7. Carol Reents

    You should read all the comments put up in your defense. You have a loyal following.

    1. Sheila in WI

      Amen, Carol!
      The company has already responded to Facebook comments. Check it out.

  8. Sheila in WI

    Simple Simon has already responded to comments left on their Facebook page. They are aware of the situation and plan on working through this.. Please check it out. Mary, it sounds like they will be in contact with you. (After they take care of after school duties with their kids.)
    It sure sounds like they want a resolution to this as much as we do.

  9. Lynn in Iowa

    We are here for you Mary and Connie. You are both one of the reasons I started quilting and am still going strong many many years later. This hobby has brought me so much joy and my closest friends are quilters. They should have known better and hope they realize that now.

  10. Carla

    You have so much support I didn’t bother leaving my comment of support. I hope all turns out okay.

  11. Caryn in Eastern WA

    Of course we support you! This isn’t right!! I’ve bought many Country Threads books (including Quilts from Aunt Mary) and patterns over the years and continue to enjoy them. Left a comment on Simple Simon’s Facebook page and on their blog.

  12. Jessica Page

    Behind you both. I have most of your patterns and all of your books. I refer to them all the time and give you credit. Life is just too short for this “nonsense “.

  13. Lynette in Orlando

    So sorry — crazy day and didn’t get an opportunity to reply to the earlier message. All I can say is WHAT THE WHAT!!!!!!!! I also went on their Facebook page and made a comment. I do not agree with “sorry we can’t do anything until we take care of our children”. NO. Pull the pattern from purchase at least. Then later go back and resolve the issue. I really feel that they owe you and Connie a huge apology. Xx

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynette in Orlando – the “good mom” act didn’t impress me either.

  14. Kathy in western NY

    I totally agree with all the others that they owe you an apology and should be pulling that pattern immediately with their IT people. It was totally wrong to take someone’s pattern and call it their own when clearly someone showed one of your magnificent quilts to them! You and all your Readers made nicer one’s anyways!! And Carla, please don’t ever worry your comment would say what the rest of us said too…. Numbers count and you are valued just for believing in Mary.

  15. Jan Frank-de Ois

    I tried to make a comment to the usurper/copycat, but I’m not on Instagram. Your reaction is totally understandable–crushing & spitting mad!!

  16. Ann in PA

    When I read about their copyright infringement I went to their blog post and commented that it was a pattern by Country Threads and published by Martingale. My comment was pending… they didn’t post that comment; but I did read two others. If you read that entire blog post, you get a sense of “who” they are. They said when they first started working for Reilly Blake designs they asked to use a long arm that they saw there, but Reilly Blake said they don’t “loan out” their machine. RB then said they could come back after hours. They were asked if they knew how to use a long arm, of course! (NOT!) You really have to go to their blog to read what they did. Absolutely NO respect for anyone, including Reilly Blake’s expensive long arm machine. Oh but it was so much fun. grrrrr! Mary & Connie, we’re with you! xxoo

  17. Brenda in Iowa

    I went to their FB page and commented. Seems like a lot of did too! We’ve got your back!

  18. Judy in Oregon

    I have seen things like this before. Several patterns that were actually free from fabric designers and still available for free were copied and sold on someones website. I contacted the fabric company to let them know and they said they would look in to it. The nerve of people just astounds me sometimes. I am not on facebook so can’t make a comment but I do try to stop this kind of thing. You are not alone in this happening Mary. Another designer I know of told me that a fabric shop owner bought one of her patterns and then made copies of it for all the participants in a class she offered. Someone you would think should know better. I am so sorry this happened to you.

  19. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    It’s so nice to see this group get behind you Mary. I went to their website after reading your post and saw a comment from one of your readers. I added to her comment. I see both her comment and mine have been removed. Very interesting. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  20. janet S

    Mary & Connie,
    Stay strong and don’t back down no matter how much she claims she didn’t know. She needs to understand this needs to be corrected IMMEDIATELY. I wonder how much damage they did to the longarm machine.

  21. NancyTD

    If they were looking for the Mother of the Year award— the won’t get my vote.Taking care of their dishonesty mess first might teach their kids a lesson too!

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