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!!