'Kaffe Fasset's Country Garden Quilts' by Kaffe Fasset

Rowan £17.95

ISBN 978-1-906007-42-3 (s/b, 144 pages)

I have heard that people use light therapy during the winter months in order to induce a happier mood and a brighter outlook. If I could recommend an alternative remedy to them, then it would be to read Kaffe Fassett's new book which is bursting with colour and some of the most joyous combinations of florals, dots and woven stripes. Photographed in the famous Great Dixter Garden in East Sussex, which was developed by Christopher Lloyd, the book is visually striking and contains sixty photographs of twenty projects made by Kaffe and his team, captured in and amongst petunias, yew topiary and dahlias. Introducing Rowan's new range of patchwork fabrics from Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs, the projects suit all skill levels and each pattern is illustrated with full colour images showing quilt assembly from start to finish. I liked the fact that the book encourages you to experiment with your own colour combinations. Kaffe has made two versions of some of the quilts "to encourage you all to use your own personal colour references in any of the 'recipes'". For me, the book echoes all the attributes of the most pleasing gardens where some of the most unlikely colours, shapes and patterns reside together in perfect harmony.