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Monday, June 20, 2011

Modern Basics by Amy Ellis Book Review

If you read my last post you know I'm having to be creative to get my sewing in between work and family.   I know another woman who not only juggles the same things I juggle...she has 4 children!!!  Its true, Amy Ellis, author of Modern Basics, is the mother of 4 children from ages 2 to 9.  She knows what it is like to sew in her kitchen too :)  Amy seems to focus on the pleasure of creating and the joy of making a quilt and her designs really reflect her focus well.

I've had Amy's book for some time now and I've enjoyed looking at every last page of it.  Martingale & Company have given me this and several other opportunities to review some great books.  I can only show you a photo or two...so I chose the cover and one of my favorite quilts inside the book.

This quilt is called, 1, 2, 3.  It can be put together rather quickly and I know each of my girls could make one and each quilt would be totally different because of the fabrics they would each choose.  They are in the 20-something crowd and yes I do allow them to use my sewing machines when they are home (if they break one...I'm taking it out of their inheritance...lol).

Modern Basics has 14 quilt patterns....and each and every one of them are delightful.  Amy's quilts are interesting and not complicated so even a beginner can be successful in making a beautiful quilt using her patterns.  I have read through each pattern and I have to say Amy has made the steps clear and used great diagrams to show you the steps.  Modern Basics also includes chapter on Quiltmaking Basics so there is no way one of these patterns should end up a UFO!!!   Giggles :)

I have so enjoyed reviewing Amy's book and I hate to part with it....I have loved it and want to pass it along to an IHAN Blog Follower.  If you would like to have my review copy of Modern Basics please leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to have this copy.  I'll choose a winner by random number generator on Friday June 24, 2011. Good Luck!!

Smiles,
Kelly

PS....you may or man not have noticed there is a new button at IHAN....New Products...check it out!

33 comments:

Colleen said...

I would love to make and be inspired by the quilts in this bool. I have followed Amy's blog and enjoy her writing.

Lisa Marie said...

I have a friend who started quilting a few months ago and I would like to share this book with her. She wants to learn everything about quilting and I think this book would give her a firm foundation. Thanks!

Anya said...

A quilter can never have too many quilting books! Thanks for the chance, Kelly!

Natasha said...

oh I would love that book. thanks!

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

Everything I have seen from this book looks like fun. I would love to win it, thanks for the chance!

iluvmybugs said...

I'm a new quilter so this book would be a great learning tool for me. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!
~Terry~
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kathleen S said...

I don't have many quilting books...I could add this to my collection...looks like a great book..thanks for the giveaway..

Deb said...

I'd love a copy of this book! I've borrowed it from my guild library and would love to add it to my personal library! Thanks for passing it on!

Brita said...

I have fallen in love with the new modern fabrics, and they work so well with simpler patterns. I'd love to hae a chance to see :-) Thanks, Kelly!

Joanna said...

I bagan blogging last year and one of the very first qal's I joined was Amy's Quilt Sampler. I absolutely love that quilt, and think Amy was excellent in the measurements and instructions of all of the blocks we made. I would love to have this book because I'm sure it would help me making beautiful quilts.

Donna said...

I fairly new to quilting and blogging. I would love the book because it would make a wonderful addition to my small quilting library.

And, I undated your blog button on my blog. I saw the new logo..found it quite nice! But, I can be such a duh. It never crossed my mind to update it on my blog until today. Happy quilting!

Emily said...

I have Been drooling over this book for a while and saving my pennies for it. Thanks for offering it.

Regina said...

I love how these quilts lend themselves to busting a FQ collection, or a scrappy stash -and pull it off with such beauty! Would love to have the book as motivation to make more scrappy happiness!

mblittle5 said...

thanks for the chance to win the book. I'm always up for a contest.

quiltma said...

I would love to win this book. I have lots of fqs and scraps that would work well with the patterns in this book.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, the reason I want this particular copy is that I would like Kelly Jackson to sign it for me! LOL The reason why I want that book is that it looks like a great resource for a scrappy quilter, and using up what I have, is what I'm all about!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Darlene B said...

I would love to have this book to give to my daughter. She just moved out of state this weekend, and still doesn't know anybody. This would be her very first quilting book! Thanks for the opportunity to send her a fun surprise!

Deanna said...

I need this book because I am trying to get my Daughter-in-law hooked on quilting and this looks like bait to me!

Debbie said...

I've been reading Amy's blog for a long time and this book is good for some easy and quick patterns that look great! Thanks for counting me in, Kelly!

quilary said...

I'd love to have a copy of this book because if this book works so well for someone with 4 children, then I reckon that I would be able to get a bit more quilting done with my six children around!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

That would be a great book to have for my local chapter of Quilts of Valor. We are always looking for new pattern for our quilters to use.

deserae said...

I love quilt books, and I have had my eye on this one for awhile! :) Thanks for the chance!

Melinda in Tulsa said...

Oh my, I would LOVE to have this book!

Karin said...

I'm teaching myself quilting by reading blogs - lots of 'em - and having a book that covers basics AND gives directions would probably teach me a lot! Thanks for your review & generosity!!!! (and pretty please wouldja sign it for me too, if I win it??) :) Glad you could find the time to read it in between stitches!

kcallander989(at)gmail(dot)com

Marcia W. said...

I've wanted this book for some time yet have no pennies left to watch! So, would love to win your beloved copy of Amy's book. Perhaps you can autograph it too should I win?? Thanks for the opportunity.

Stormy Days said...

I love Amy's quilts. She's one of the first bloggers I turned to when I started. Her quilts are easy and beautiful, they gave me a lot of confidence to try new things. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I'M A BEGINNER QUILTER+I'D LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK TO ADVANCE MY QUILTING SKILLS! THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Catskill Quilter said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Everything I have read about it makes me want to actually make these quilts!

Jaxs said...

I'm a beginner quilter, just finished my first quilt from a kit. This book would really help me start my first from-scratch quilt.
Thanks!

Lee said...

I took this book out of my local library and and only had time of course to make one of the quilts in it and would love to make some more of them! I love the Posie quilt. thanks for the lovely giveaway of your book.

Allison said...

I would love to get this book as I have had my eye on it for a while now. I'm still a newbie quilter I need some direction and design inspiration. I really enjoy Amy's blog. She gives great tips and has introduced me to a lot of other modern quilt bloggers! Your blog rocks too :)

Patty said...

I would love to have a copy of this book. I love the quilt patterns in it. I've seen the pictures of them in different ads. Thanks for the chance to win it.

free indeed said...

I haven't bought a new book in years now that the internet has so much to offer. I miss the hard copy, curling up on the porch swing to read. I could use some modern interpretation for my quilts...love some new inspiration.

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