Apparently she also used to have the same misgivings as myself (and I expect there are more of us). A conversation with a friend changed that: 'Oh for goodness' sake Jane, all you have to do is cut up some fabric and sew it together!', she was told. And of course it's true. It's only as complicated as you make it. In this book she talks you through her inspiration and design process for each quilt, which I find very helpful. I also like her refreshing attitude to making quilts; to have a go and enjoy it without getting caught up in the 'tyranny of perfection', as she calls it. Here are a few images from the book (all these quilts are discussed in detail, from design to choosing fabrics and directions):
This one caught my eye. Maybe it was the colour scheme, maybe just the fact that it's made from little squares, a nice simple design. It's called the Swimming Pool Quilt, for the colour scheme and the random arrangement of the blocks to suggest a dappled effect.So here's what I've got so far: a lot of turquoises, limey greens and duck-egg blues, with little accents of yellow, purple and possibly some vintage hand-embroidered linen with a touch of pink. My plan is to make the simplest quilt on the planet, without border or fuss, and it will be called the 'Summer Quilt'. For this year or next, who knows.