I received my complimentary copy of her book the other day and I now am extra proud to be a part of it. It is a great book!
Kathy's premise is to show people how to make a Rail Fence quilt, in its many variations, without using patterns; she hates using patterns. I particularly liked her comparison to cooking in this passage:
With a general pasta plan (see mine on my blog at tinyurl.com/kbvsx8o), you could serve pasta
every night and never repeat yourself exactly. Or you could broaden your repertoire and in addition
to your general pasta plan, have a general soup plan and a general salad plan and a general
boneless chicken breast plan. The same can be true for quilting. One of my favorite general plans
for “contemporary” or “original” quilts is rail fence. And just as I could serve a different meal for
many nights in a row from my general pasta plan, I could make a lifetime’s worth of bed, lap, wall
and baby quilts from my general rail fence plan.
The pasta plan calls for four essential components: pasta, liquid, solids and flavor. The rail
fence plan does, too: rails, blocks, an overall organizational structure and a color/fabric scheme.
Just as the pasta plan allows for many possibilities in each component (for instance, the solids
could be broccoli, cauliflower, or ground beef) the rail fence plan does, too (for instance, there
could be two, three or four rails per block; the blocks could be square or rectangular; the colors
could be high-or low-contrast…). By choosing a different set of possibilities each time you make
a quilt, you can make each quilt unique, and your very own. And by following the general plan,
you can be assured that the quilt you spend so much of your precious time on will look just fine.
While this book would be great for a beginning quilter, as an experienced quilter I found a lot of good ideas that I could use, too. If you want to make a quick and easy baby quilt or charity quilt, one of her plans would be a good way to go.
She used my quilt for the Chapter 3 heading.
And she also gave a full page to each artist's quilt included in the book ..