Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Modern Basics Blog Tour


So who knew three years ago that when I met Amy Ellis online that she would one day write a quilt book?  Surely not me but here it is . . .


and I was thrilled when she asked me to review it and share my thoughts.

Wait a sec.


::My thoughts.  Does she realize how scattered those can be?::  

Anywho.

If you've been around here for any length of time you know that when it comes to quilting I'm not a pattern type of girl.  I'm more of a have-an-idea-and-start-cutting-fabric-and-hope-that-it-all-works-out kind of quilter.  And Amy's book arrived and it was chock full of patterns.  Uh-oh.



What a relief when I opened the book and saw page after page of quilt patterns that were approachable.  Patterns that were adaptable.  And patterns that made me want to pull fabric from my stash and get to work.  I've been crushing on solid fabrics for awhile now and see this above quilt in my near future.  It's called Tumbling Cubes and can be found on page 9.  But Basic Puzzle on page 32 is going to be made in 2011 by me as well.

I can see it now. . . "Look Mom!  I'm sewing from a pattern!" . . . she'll be so proud.

It's fun to look at quilting books for inspiration. But it's extremely fun to look at quilting books and not be intimidated.  I've never met the author in real life but when I do I will be sure to give her a hug and tell her job well done.

Want to win a copy for yourself?  Leave a comment here to this post and you'll be entered in the random draw to win a copy of Modern Basics.  One entry per person. International entries welcome.  Leave your comment before Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 6pm US EST.  Winner will be announced Friday morning.  And be sure to check out other bloggers also reviewing and giving away copies of this book.


Piece N Quilt   
SewCalGal  
Terri's Notebook  on February 24th
Crazy Mom Quilts  on February 25th
Wild Card Quilts  on February 26th
BumbleBeans    on February 27th
Fat Quarter Shop  on February 28th
One Shabby Chic on March 1st
Canton Village Quilt Works on March 2nd
Diary of a Quilter    on March 3rd
Fat Quarterly  on March 4th
Amylouwho   on March 5th

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beth lehman said...

I was so excited to see she had a book coming out - the patterns look very fun and fresh - and relatively easy!

sjohn3663 said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more about this book! I love the quilt in the picture!!

Phyllis said...

I can't wait to see this book. I love that tumbling cube quilt too.

gill said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing a copy of this book!
I love Amy's Tumbling Cubes!

Marsel said...

Looks great! I love patterns that can be adapted, too...they're a great place to start and then let our creativity soar.

Jodie B-C said...

Oh..a new "user friendly" pattern book! Just up my alley!

Em said...

Look what the internet has done to me! I started looking for blogs to learn more/inspire my sewing (clothing for my kiddos) and now I want to make a quilt. Another one, I guess. I made one to help with the overrunning scraps problem, but I have enough scraps for plenty more. Can I make just scrappy quilts? I'm getting carried away.

Carol said...

That looks like a fun book to add to my book stash!

EG said...

Yes, "Modern Basics" sounds like EXACTLY what I need! Thank!

Toni said...

I have some great fabrics due in the mail any day. I could really use this book to turn them into an amazing quilt!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

If the book's as enjoyable as her blog, I'd love to own it! Thanks for the chance to win:)

Stray Stitches said...

What I've seen of the book looks wonderful. I would love to win a copy.

Becky said...

I'm so excited for this book. Congrats to Amy!

Jacque. said...

I first 'met' Amy through the quiltalongs that started with you. She is marvelous and I am so excited that she has published a book! I would love to win a copy. Some days my creativity needs a big boost!

Quilter in the Gap said...

The more I see of this book the more in love with it I am! I love that quilt on page 9...so cute!!

Rhonda P. said...

Would love to win a copy! Please!

Happyme said...

I have just discovered your blog and I am very inspired at your quilting style, especially on the banner of your blog...how fun! I would love to win a copy of the book and certainly try my hand at some of these very creative pieces of art!

Milica said...

I am really excited about this book! I also am more a get-an-idea-and-figure-out-how-as-I-go kind of girl, but as a new quilter, I really need some basics to start from!

Donna~~ said...

I'd love some simple ideas for using up my stash! Thanks for hosting a giveaway opportunity!

Kristen said...

I love good quilting books! There's just something about sitting and turning the pages instead of always looking at inspiration online! This looks like a good one too!

Sallie said...

I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

Hilachas said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this exciting book.

Ducky said...

I'd like to check this book out. Thanks for sharing.

Bev said...

The book looks fantastic! I was planning on doing a "solid" quilt next.... The book would be great inspiration!

Debbie said...

I'm so glad Amy wrote a book! Thanks for counting me in, Dana.

Kwilt Noob said...

Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book!

A.J. Dub. said...

That is a great quilt! Can't wait to see more. Here's to hoping I win so I can!
Thanks for the review.

Deonn said...

Thanks for the review! And have fun making a quilt from a pattern!! That's too funny! I'd love a copy of Amy's book.

Peaceful Piecer said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win.

DeeRoo said...

Hey...isn't that bottom quilt the one on the Sewing Summit icon?:)

Have fun reviewing....YOU CAN DO IT!:)

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I am so excited for Amy's book. After participating in a quilt-a-long with her I know what amazing instructions she gives. I can't wait to see her book :)

tropicslady said...

I know what you mean about crushing on solids -- my solid stash has grown considerably and it is time to get on with it!

Great book giveaway!
deb

prairiewhisper said...

It looks like a great book. I'm sure that it'll be a great addition to any quilt library.

Heidi
ahmotz at xplornet dot ca

Wendy said...

This book looks brilliant. I've yet to make a quilt as I'm a bit scared, so this would be a great place to start

Brenda said...

I recently have added quilting to my long list of hobbies. In the last month, I've completed one quilt and have started two more. I am hooked! Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful book.

Mel said...

Looks inspiring and very approachable. Thanks for the chance!

Jennifer said...

This book looks like it could be a really useful tool. I love seeing all the different patterns and trying to get inspiration from them!
-Jen

Tiffany said...

I'm sure Amy's quilts will be super fun and easy to make!

GabyLux said...

This book looks so great an I hope I´ve a chance to win. :-)) Greats from Luxembourg/Europe

Nicole said...

I'm really excited to see this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Good luck everyone!

L said...

I would love to win this!

Lauren

Merete said...

The book looks great, hope I have a chance :o)

Allison said...

I would love to win this book. It looks like it be a good one and I think the giveaways are great as they are introducing me to lots of new blogs! Yay!

Julia said...

oh lovely!! I hope it's my lucky day!

Heather H said...

The book looks great! Would love to add it to my library!

Cindy Lou in Georgia said...

I got my book in the mail yesterday and LOVE it. I would love to win and give my copy I just rec'd to a dear friend who I got her started in quilting a year ago. Can't wait to go thru my stash and make a AMY quilt. Thanks for the chance!!

jenashford said...

I want one! Thanks for the opportunity!

jenashford at swbell dot net

Kelly O. said...

yay! I've been waiting on this book :0)

Sandy said...

I would love Amy's book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

Charming's Mama said...

Sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway.

Barb said...

Looks like a great book...thanks for the chance to win!

Renee said...

Looks like a great book!

deserae said...

I can't wait to get this book!

missknitta said...

Thank you so much for the great interview! I'm really looking forward to this book!

DianeY said...

I think I'm kind of like you when it comes to patterns. So if you are seeing ones to try, I'd be game, too. I'd love to win a copy!

Melissa said...

Would love to win this book. Thank's for the chance!

Michael and Rachelle said...

I am so excited about this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

KatheG said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book! And keep up the beautiful work on your quilts - love the Princess & The Pea!

Mary said...

This book looks lovely!

Mary
iammaryburke@gmail.com

http://www.ourhoppyplace.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I follow Amy's blog and she is such a creative gal. I'm sure her book is amazing! Thanks!

ytsmom said...

I admire your ability to grab some fabric and just start cutting. I need to do that more.

Lee said...

Thanks - the book looks great!

Tracy said...

I had a chance to look at the book at one of my LQSs. Would love to win a copy! Love your blog...just subscribed.

2miracles/Tove said...

I hear you about the just going witht he flow and not using patterns. I however in the last year or so I've used them alot.

Stampmouse said...

love discovering new blogs. some cool stuff here.

**nicke... said...

i have been excited for this book! i have it on my list to buy... here's to hoping i win it instead!

Ladybug said...

The more I see of this book the more excited about it I get.

Barry said...

This would be a great book to add to my stash.

Linda E in AZ said...

Looks like a great book that I'd love to win
Thanks!

Julie in WA said...

This book looks like a winner to me!

Clothed in Scarlet said...

aw ha! Yes, please enter me in your drawing :0) Thanks a bunch, Sarah

Wonky Girl said...

I like what I read about the patterns- approachable & adaptable.
Would love to win this book!

Tara said...

I'm excited to see this book in person! Thanks for the chance to win! And I made kolaches again yesterday! Too good!

Paula said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Please count me in, thanks!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

syocom said...

I am so excited the sneak peek is very exciting.

Cassie said...

Wow that looks like an interesting book. I love quilting books that make you feel like quilting right then and there. :)

BaileyGirl5 said...

I've made two quilts with Amy and I love her style! I would love to win her book because I think of her as one of my first quilting friends. You're my first BTW ....

Cammie said...

I loved your review! I also love your blog! Your kolaches look too delicious!

theredkiwi(at)yahoo(dot)com

Connecticut Chronichols said...

The more I see of this book the more I love it.

robin said...

Looks like a wonderful book - I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance...

Kelly Rachel said...

I am following this book around the blog hop and it's so cool to discover some new-to-me cool blogs. Glad I've found you!
Thanks for the chance to win. :D

betseykerr said...

Awesome thanks! I would love to try a couple of these patterns!

Wanda said...

Love the quilt on the cover!
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Looks like an awesome book!

catsknit(at)yahoo (dot) ca

Jessica said...

Thanks for the review!

Katie said...

Looks like the kind of book I need! Thanks for the chance to win!
ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

Rosie1925 said...

Wow! Quick, easy and beautiful!

Eleanor said...

What fun looking patterns. I love her quilts.

Anne-Marie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE patterns, and am attempting to copy one of yours, I'll write you about it if it works out... Enter my name!! I love your blog!!

Barbieann said...

thank you for your review on Amys book. I would love the chance to win, hopefully I am lucky. Her book looks wonderful.

alice said...

Looks like a great book--"adaptable" is always good. Can't wait to see your interpretations as well.
Thanks for the giveaway.
L,A-

A.S.K.-P. said...

I am soo excited about this book. I can't wait to get a copy! I also can't wait to see your projects from it!

smurfy4ever@yahoo.com

Tiff Blakey said...

The more I read about this book, the more I want it! Thanks for the chance to win.

trish said...

This book looks perfect for my newbie quilting self!

Robin said...

This looks like a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Looks like a fun book.

epban said...

Would love to dig into that book!

Jodie said...

I am like that also. Trying to follow a pattern is sometimes hard for me. I have seen this on another blog and it looks fun and easy. Would love to win a copy and if I don't I am seriously thinking of buying this baby. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kirsten said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

kirsten_13@hotmail.com

J and M Manire said...

Looks like my kind of quilting!

Regina said...

Wonderful looking quilts!

Rachel said...

Oh hey, I'm the 100th commenter. Cool.

This looks like an awesome book. I like modern. I like patterns. Modern patterns - perfect! Sign me up :)

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

This book looks great, something I would actually follow the pattern from! THANKS for the chance!
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tamar said...

Those and not my grandma's pinwheels! And I love the quilting on the Tumbling Cubes. I hope I win this one!

Trudi said...

Looks like a great book, and as it's by Amy,well, it'll be brilliant! Been followingher blog since I've been blogging! Thanks Dana :)

Joy said...

This book looks amazing and just what I need to get back to my quilting! I love to read your blog and see all the quilts you make. How do you find the time?

Blessings,
Joy

Sweet Em said...

This book looks like incredible fun!

Katherine said...

Wow! Amy's book looks great. Thanks for the sneak peek and your review, Dana.

K@ren said...

Love~ thanks for a great giveaway!!

krencamp (at) gmail (dot) com

Lynnette said...

I would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.
nettecan at hotmail dot com

colleenhumphris said...

This book looks awesome!! I need some good inspiration.

Jenniffier said...

Looking forward to seeing this book.

James-Linda said...

EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

~Michelle~ said...

looks like a fun book - thanks for the giveaway opportunity! :)

Suzanne said...

But it's extremely fun to look at quilting books and not be intimidated.

That sounds like a great reason to want to peruse and own this book.

Jen said...

i would love to take a peek inside that book!

Heather said...

I love the quilt that is on the cover!

lil said...

I want this one as it would be a really nice present for a new quilting friend

by the way, have made princess on the pea block, you can see it on flickr under my photos (fissiett)

craftytammie said...

yay for Amy! I can't wait to read this book! not that I need any more someday projects...

finnishwahine@yahoo.com said...

i will try again.....
looks a really kool book, could be the first for victoria. i am going home to kauai this summer and have many projects planned for us. one is, she wants nana to teach her how to sew. i need to get her a good used machine before i get there. i like the quile with the little squares.

Sew Frenzi said...

Sounds like my kind of book! I also am not good at following the directions when I quilt but i love looking at pictures for inspiration.

PS love your blog!

Carol T said...

That is a really pretty quilt.

Michelle said...

I'm really excited for her!

K8 said...

The patterns look great, I'm enjoying the blog tour previews!

MoeWest said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

Your quilt-a-long is the reason I started quilting again and then met Amy through the Flickr group! So fun!

Bec Clarke said...

I sooo want a copy of this book. I will have to save up if I don't win one on the blog hop.
Thankyou for the chance to win!!!

Pam said...

Approachable? Sounds good to me. I'm not much of a pattern girl either. I'm still staring down the pinwheels.

Meg said...

I'm not necessarily a pattern kind of girl either. Really, I sew like I cook--patterns and recipes are jumping-off points! So adaptable, approachable patterns would be awesome!

Anonymous said...

Would love to have this book in my quilting stash! Love your blog and all of the inspiration you share.
Sharon M.

creativedawn said...

I like your idea of cut the fabric and design as you sew (I do a lot of that)...

hugz
Pam

Lee Ann said...

I am glad to hear from somebody who is like you that doesn't do patterns a whole lot. If it works for you, then it'll work for me. :-)

Thank you for the chance to win!

Kim's Crafty Apple said...

I'm so excited about her book too! Great review as I'm a 'fly by the seat of my pants' quilter (typically) as well :)

CJ said...

I've been following Amy's blog for a long time now and I'd love to win her book.

Marcia W. said...

Amy's blog is one of the first I ever discovered and began to read. I've followed some of her tutorials so know this book will be well written. So, I would thoroughly enjoy winning a copy. Thanks for the stop on the blog tour.

Janelle said...

I would love to win the book! I enjoy reading about you and your family.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Thank you for the chance to win, I have had this book on my Amazon wishlist since I first heard about it!

WendyLou said...

Ummm ... yes, please!! My zigzag quilt is still one of my favorites. We use it everyday :)

Beth said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I like Amy's fresh style and her enthusiastic, conversational tone.

I'm glad to discover your blog; I'll be back!

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

webmailaddress2 said...

Love the book, and love both Amy's blog and your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

Christa said...

I love the cover quilt, that reminds me of kites on a spring day

Laura said...

this book looks great! can't wait to look through it.

Dawn said...

I can totally relate to the way you go about making quilts. I've found that I tend to do the same thing. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

Chancy said...

Those types of books are my favorite--approachable and inspiring.

chancyf at gmail dot com

WandaFish said...

Yes please! I'd love to win a copy of Amy's book - this blog tour is getting me drooling :) Thanks for the opportunity to get my hands on a copy.

Heather A said...

I love your quilting "just go for it and hope for the best" attitude!

Paula said...

I would love to win this book.

Kay said...

Sounds like a fun book to be able to peruse. I'm anxious to see it.

Bingham family blog said...

cute pictures-I love easy quilts.

Colleen said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

Fun! I am just about to finish up my current two quilts. I need to win so that I can get inspired for my next quilt!

Angi said...

Clever, clever! I love the title of the book, makes it seem "approachable" too! :)

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I'd love to have a "new" book!

scottylover said...

Glad to hear you liked the book! Can't wait to see a copy for myself!

Thanks for the chance to win one.
Sandy A

Amy said...

I'm not big on patterns either, but I like what I hear about this book.

LindaW said...

Would love to win this book. I love Amy's blog. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

Joanna said...

Amy's quilts are beautiful. Hope I win one of the copies of her book.

Jen said...

Super cute quilt in the picture. I'd love to see what else is inside that book!

Jenny said...

whoa...just this quilt is a spring board of inspiration for me already! would love this book.

Lily of the Valley said...

Love the idea of "adaptable" patterns--so me! It seems I never make things exactly the way they are "supposed" to be!!!

elpf said...

That is what I need. A pattern book for people who don't do patterns :)

kelly mae said...

Modern? Basic? I would love to own that book! Thanks!

thecraftyquilter said...

Awesome! Great to have a chance to win! Thanks

Vivian said...

I'd love to win a copy of this awesome book.

Leila said...

I love that square quilt too! I hope I win! :)

Barb said...

Tumbling Cubes looks like fun! I love Amy's fresh approach to design. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

jane said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

Katie B. said...

I'm excited to get my hands on this book!

stacke1 said...

the quilt on my cover caught my eye. And then tumbling cubes. Now i have to see Basic Puzzle

Jennifer said...

This looks like a really great book!

Jenny said...

I'm a pattern gal, until I have the experience to branch out, so I'd love to get my hands on this compelling book!
Thanks for the review, Dana!

VickiT said...

I was very excited to see this book. I'm loving what I am seeing on the blog hop so far and know for sure THIS is an excellent book to have. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be one of the very lucky ones to win.

vburr at charter dot net

Jennifer said...

Looks like a great book - I'd love to win it (and if I don't, then I am going to keep an eye out for it in the local shops).

Patty D from NC said...

please enter me. this looks like fun.

Connie said...

I would love to win...new inspiration!

Diane said...

I would love to this book! I have it on "need to have" list.

Kristin said...

You can never have enough quilting books. Sign me up please!!! I love the modern quilt movement that is taking place.

Shannon said...

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book. I can't wait to get one.

Corinnea said...

She is a very creative lady so it would be great to have her book. I never win giveaways though, so I'll have to be on the lookout for it!

0565c5d8-3fbc-11e0-8441-000bcdcb471e said...

I would love to win this book. Thanks for giving us the opportunity. :)

Chiska said...

I love that tumbling block quilt! Fingers crossed.

Deb said...

Would love to win...because there are some of us who really do need patterns to follow. Me! :)

Alisa said...

I'd love to win this book - it looks great!

Samantha said...

Looks like a wonderful quilting book! I'd love to win it!

All8 said...

This looks like a great book. Sign me up please.

The Rx quilter said...

I have seen this book advertised somewhere recently...can't remember, but looks like a great go to book for inspiration and simple yet beautiful quilts. I would love to win a copy! Lisa in Texas

anne said...

Love the book - you are right, it looks like the patterns are perfect for a busy soul. Thanks!

quiltermom2 said...

I've never sewn by pattern either! But I think this book would be where I would want to start!

Vintage April said...

ooooh fun! I can't wait to see inside

Carla said...

I would love to win this book - it looks perfect for a beginner quilter, just my level. Thanks for a chance to win!

Christy said...

I have some Kona solids in my stash that would look great in the Tumbling Cubes pattern. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

HomespunHeidi said...

Oh Dana, I'd love to win! This book looks so beautiful and just the thing to get someone like me off of my laurels and back into action. Thanks for the chance!

thegoose said...

I would love to have a copy of this book! It looks wonderful!

narelle said...

Seeing that, like recipes, I can't follow a pattern to save myself- perhaps this is the book for me?

Lara said...

oooh I love the tumbling blocks quilt too... very cool :) Would love to win a copy. Crossing fingers and toes.

Anna said...

very excited to read her book. My strengths are sewing in straight lines...ok, it' my only strength. nonetheless, i'm excited to see the variety of patterns that can be done with just straight lines! thanks for the giveaway. crossing my fingers.

Eli said...

I made a small quilt for my cat a few years ago and have been wanting to make a bigger quilt for years. This book might just get me going if the patterns are nice and easy.

Ducks and Rabbits said...

I'd love a copy of this book!

Heather said...

Approachable, adaptable - I like that! And it looks like oh so beautiful!

Stormy Days said...

I'm with you, no patterns. The one time I tried I found it so confusing. I love Any's style though and have seen her tutorials, so I think this book could change my mind. Thanks for the review.

Little Creatable said...

Can't wait! I hope Lady Luck in on my side ^_-

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