I've been perusing Jane Brocket's quilt-making book this week. It's a great companion for someone who's been intimidated by quilts but wants to jump in. The how-to is there, and the way to think about color and pattern. For that, I heartily recommend it.
And yet. I just want her to loosen up! Every single quilt is made with nothing but name designer fabrics. The problem is, that starts to look old. Studied. Even if--especially if--you try to give your arrangements as unstudied an air as possible. To me they cry out "Storebought!"
Jane is careful and thoughtful with color, but her quilts would be more fun if she would use them as an opportunity to use up a little of the ugly fabric in her scrapbox*. That's where the real magic happens.
*If there is any. If there's not, she needs to go to the thrift store, close her eyes and spin around three times, and buy whatever shirt her hand lands on. And use it in a quilt. Seriously.