Genre: non-fiction, quilting
Personal rating: 2.5/5
Yearly count: 11
Kaffe Fassett is famous for his use of colors. In this book, he took his inspiration from the village Portmeirion in North Wales. He used fabrics he designed to make quilts that fit the landscape he placed them in to photograph. And I will admit that at first glance, in the far-off pictures where the quilt is part of the landscape, they truly fitted. However, my problems with these quilts begin with the close-up pictures, when I really focused on the quilt.
The quilts use a lot of different fabrics and all of these fabrics are brightly colored, busy and lacking in proper contrast a lot of the time. There were quilts where the pattern just disappeared in a jumble of color – either all brights, or sometimes all pastels. My second problem with a lot of the quilts in this book was the simplicity of the blocks. Sure, you could make the quilts in colors you do like, but a lot of the quilts were such simple blocks that a pattern really isn’t needed for me. A quilt built from squares and four triangles sewn together to form a square, connected by sashing, or a traditional log cabin are not the kind of patterns I would buy a book for.
From the twenty quilts in the book, I liked three quilts enough to make them, albeit in other colors. Pickle dish by Kaffe Fassett and Hearts and gizzards by Kaffe Fasset are interesting patterns that use templates (also provided in the book) and I would like to make them sometime. Hearts and flowers was the last quilt I liked, an appliqué quilt made by Kim McLean with Kaffe Fassett’s fabrics. I love that one, although I wouldn’t make it so busy as it is. All templates are provided for that one as well. Also included in the book is an interview with Kim, which is perhaps the part of the book I liked the most.
All in all, this book simply isn’t worth the money I would have had to pay for it, hadn’t I borrowed it from the library. There aren’t enough patterns in there that I would like to make to buy it and considering I really didn’t like the example quilts due to the color use, I couldn’t use it as an inspiration either. There’s nothing wrong with the book, but you have to like Kaffe Fassett’s color use. I didn’t, which is why it got such a low rating.