|Excerpt from Lover's Knot 3rd edition, c.1985, by Eleanor Burns|
Still, an almost audible gasp came from me as I read this, actually seeing it in print. In the quilt world, we've been conditioned to believe that tearing damages the fabric, and I would agree that it does pull a few rows of the thread apart to some degree. I don't use this method for fabric I use for the piecing process, but I have been known to use it for borders.
I can't compare a more recent edition of this book with this older one, but in skimming through, while it doesn't have a lot of photos (we're so spoiled today), it does have a lot of illustrations and charts, and instructions are laid out nicely. I think it will be very easy to follow the instructions to make this quilt. The charts and instructions include sizes from baby quilt, through king size. There are instructions for diagonal finished corners, or square corners. She also included instructions for a Sawtooth Edge if desired, and a separate dust ruffle, as well as for tying a surgeon's knot should you prefer tying over machine quilting. For what more could one ask?
The book is still offered at the Quilt In A Day website for $19.95, updated in 2008. The older books are available at Amazon where I see prices range from $3.27 to $72.36 + tax/shpg (you read that right, lol).