Thursday, March 3, 2011

Modern Basics Book Blog Tour & Giveaway

Modern Basics cover
Welcome to the blog tour of Amy Ellis' new pattern book Modern Basics.  I feel honored to be part of the official blog tour and I'm so excited to share this book!  As a long time blog (Amy's Creative Side) reader, I've known Amy was working hard on this book and I couldn't wait to get a look at it. I can honestly say that it met, if not exceeded, all of my expectations.  I think it's sometimes difficult for me to find a quilt pattern book with more than one or two patterns that I want to try. Not the case with this book. 
Amy has done a fantastic job creating patterns that are visually challenging, but shows how they can easily be assembled.  All 14 projects are beautiful. These are three of my favorites.
This is a perfect book for beginners too.  Many very simple projects with a lot of visual impact. The instructions are very clear and there are different sizing options.
The thing I love most about Amy though, is her encouragement of anyone who: 
  • wants to start quilting but doesn't know how
  •  anyone who stresses about picking fabric and colors
  •  anyone with  a handful of small "helpers" around or
  • anyone who feels they have too little time and space to take on a quilting hobby.

Modern Basics is available at Amazon or at your favorite local fabric store, but Amy is giving away a signed copy to one of you!  For your chance to win a copy leave a comment. Please be sure to leave an email address so I can give you the good news if your name is randomly selected.
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And just to increase your chances of winning you can visit these other stops on the book tour:
AmyLouWho (3/5)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered. The winner is:

Blogger Stacy said...

I inherited a stack of traditional quilt block books from my great aunt who was a high school home-ec teacher for over 40 years. They've been my staple for ideas and techniques as I learn to sew and quilt.

Today I bought a new Bernina, and learned a few new modern methods. Amy's book Modern Basics would make a great companion as I gain new skills.

thanks for the opportunity!

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liz said...

Pick me! Pick me! I would love to win a copy of this book.It looks like it is so fresh and simple.

Debbie said...

Beautiful photos of the book, Amy. Thanks for counting me in.

Katy said...

This books looks fabulous!! If I don't win, I will definitely have to look for it at the bookstore!!

Sheila said...

I would love to win this book, thanks for the opportunity

Elizabeth said...

I would love to be included in the drawing. I've just started quilting and so have started amassing a book collection! This would be a lovely addition!

Bonnie said...

I was really excited about this book when I saw it on Amanda Jean's blog, but now that I have seen a little bit more I can hardly wait! I would love to win a copy of this book!!!

Stray Stitches said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway for Amy's new book!

DeeRoo said...

Hmmmm....I've been wanting to get a beginner book for my sister...she's been wanting to learn how to sew....this might be just the book!:)

Love by Lauren said...

Ooooh I would love this! pick me pick me!

GabyLux said...

This book looks fantastic an I hope I´ll have the chance to win the book :-)))
Greats from Luxembourg/Europe

Renea said...

This book looks great. I would love to make a quilt from this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

robin said...

I've been riding along on the blog tour, and would LOVE to win this book! Thanks for the chance! ;)

Amber Branconier said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity.

abranconier@hotmail.com

Kristy said...

What a great book!

Rebecca said...

I would love this book!

(rebeccajo44@hotmail.com)

Tanyia said...

Thanks for the chance, how fun!

Susan said...

I would love to be encouraged with this book:)

ktquilts said...

Yay! I have been following the blog tour, but it is particularly fun when it stops at a blog I already enjoy!!

notes of sincerity said...

Good Morning Amy. :o)
What a gorgeous book! I have not had a little peek inside yet. Wow! :o)
Thank you for a chance to win.
Have a great day.
Sincerely, Trish

Sallie said...

I would love to win Amy's book. Thanks for the chance!

Sheila said...

Looks like a really great book that I would love to own .Thanks for the chance .

kritterc said...

I would absolutely love a copy of this book!!

Justine said...

The book looks great thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

manybooks said...

Sounds like encouragement that is geared right to me! And the quilts are fantastic!

Cindy said...

Hi! I would love to win a copy of this book- looks amazing!:) Thanks!

Ladybug said...

This is one of those must have books. Thanks for the oppurtunity to win a copy.

Brenda said...

This book looks like a need to have. Thank you for giving us the details on it!

Wanda said...

I sew want this book. As soon as I saw it somewhere in blogland I knew it would be one of the next quilts I wanted to make (I even looked for it for hours last night). Please, Please choose me.

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

Mary said...

I just love the patterns you selected!

Mary
iammaryburke@gmail.com

http://www.ourhoppyplace.com

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition said...

I'd love to win! - mandybeez at gmail

hhildreth13 said...

This is my first blog tour and I think this is a great idea. I think this book would be great to share with my sister, who hasn't started quilting yet, but wants to.

Judith said...

This book is so colourful it's almost edible! A definite purchase for any keen quilter. Would love a copy! Judith xo

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Amy is such a creative gal. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for giving away a copy :-)

Kat said...

i would love to win this book.
thanks for the chance !! :))

best regards
kat

Quilt+Bitch said...

Would love to get my hands on this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Carrie P. said...

Yes, I agree there are some great patterns in the book. Thanks for a chance to win on.

Ashley said...

Oh that looks and sounds like a fantastic book!

prairiewhisper said...

It looks to be a great book. It's on my amazon list if I don't win.

Phyllis said...

I cannot wait to see this book. It looks awesome.

Cindy said...

It looks like a wonderful book. I'd love to add it to my library!

Karen said...

Oh my, how I'd love to win a copy of this great book!

Thanks, Karen

Terra said...

The quilts look amazing, thanks for the great giveaway.

epban said...

This book is on my birthday list! Would love to win a copy. Love the Hope Valley quilt in the picture.

janna1718@hotmail.com said...

what a great looking book! I am a new quilter and any new information would help :)

barncat said...

I've been seeing this book a few places and it looks wonderful! I'd love to win a copy. :)

Gabrielle said...

Oh, I'm feeling inspired!! Love the look of those quilts...

gill said...

this looks such a great book!
I'd love to win a copy!

Lee Ann said...

The more I see and hear about this book, the more I want!

Thank you for a chance to win!

Debbie said...

I love it! The sneak peak you have given us is wonderful! I would love to be in this giveaway.

*hugs*
Debbie K

Tiffany said...

I didn't realize there were 14 quilts in her book. I wonder what the others look like? I'm sure they are fabulous.

Kelly said...

i would love this book!

Annabella said...

I would love this book too as I LOVE quilting books - of the quilts you have shown, I love the pink and green garden one. Gorgeous!

jenashford said...

I would love to win!

Jenashford at swbell dot net

Thanks!

Cathy said...

What beautiful quilts. Would really love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity. Hugs

Barbara said...

This book sounds amazing!
theoriginofwonder(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly Rachel said...

You're right about wanting to make every quilt in the book! Every quilt I've seen so far in the blog hop has been one I have wanted to make! Thank you so much for the chance to win this super awesome book.

Katie B. said...

Thanks for the chance to win! It looks great.

~The Bargain Babe said...

Looks like a great book! If I don't win, I'll ask for it for my birthday!

--reach me at journeythroughgrief @ gmail.com if I win. (take out the spaces, which you prob already knew. lol)

Brittany said...

Looks fantastic and right up my ally! Hope you pick me! :)

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great book. Quilting is something I want to get into, but it seems so intimidating.

Lizziebeth said...

Would love to win Amy's book.

Tricia said...

I'd love to learn how to quilt. Thanks for all you share.

Lisa said...

Those quilts look fabulous! I want to win! But if I don't I willl just have to check out her book on Amazon.

Laura said...

This book looks amazing! I would love a chance to win :)

angela said...

I love her cover quilt and the first one you showed. Both very cool!

Pam said...

Looks like a great book with some fantastic quilts! I would so love to win!

Charming's Mama said...

I would love to win a copy of Amy's book. Thanks.

Diana said...

The book looks great. I love that first quilt you showed us. Thanks!

Diane said...

What fun patterns ... hope I win :) Thanks for the chance.

Dolores said...

What a gorgeous book. Looks like there is something for everybody. You can be an experienced quilter or a newbie and you can use your own colour palette with any of these designs.

Zany Quilter said...

I would love to be considered in this giveaway! I just joined the Modern Quilt Guild in LV, NV and I need some modern ideas!! ;-D

Morgan said...

Looks like a lot of really great stuff in there!

missknitta said...

Thanks so much for the great review! I'm really looking forward to this book :)

Sarah said...

those are some beautiful patterns! i would love to try one out!

sshaw29@gmail.com

Ashley @ Life Is Beautiful said...

This would be great! I am new to quilting, so this would be a great help!

-Many Smiles!

ashley_c_014@hotmail dot com

Kathy H said...

the quilts look just beautiful and having clear directions is even better. Thanks for the chance to win.

jlk said...

This looks like such a fun book!

Deborah in Atlanta said...

After seeing the book on the different blogs, it's amazing how many wonderful ideas small book can contain. I'm in love with “Modern Maze.” (this quilt is made with just five fabrics), and I want to have this addition in my library. Please let me win it! If not, I know I'll be ordering it. And fabric. And notions. And FQs. And VISA will be so happy. But hubby won't. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Donna~~ said...

Every time I read a post about this book, I seen another quilt I'd like to make! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos of it!

james and bess said...

these quilts look fabulous!

bess :)

pojeda said...

I soo want to win this book! Love everything I have seen!

pojeda (at) embarqmail (dot) com

LeAnne O. said...

I would be "TICKLED SCRAPLESS"... To win a copy of your book... I love the tease of photo's you have shown us and would love to make my daughter a new quilt for her room. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

Kelly said...

Wow - I really like the look of these quilts, I'd love to win a copy!

kellyjo.haines(at)gmail(dot)com

Cami said...

Such a wonderful book! Thanks for the give away!

free indeed said...

Such lovely quilts jump off the pages in this book! would love to win!
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

kellylynn said...

I am one of those on the list of wants to, but is afraid to. But I am planning on giving quilting a try.

So me, me Please.

kelly72lynn at yahoo

Melissa said...

The quilts are lovely, thanks for the chance to win the book!

Natty said...

Love these patterns!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have a signed copy!!
Justine
rivervujc@comcast.net

RaeLyn said...

This books looks awesome. Such fun quilts!!!

Dawn said...

The quilts in this book are so gorgeous! Simple, but colorful and interesting. I'd love to make all of them!

Peaceful Piecer said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks for a chance to win!

Jenny said...

im so amazed by all that amy can do! she quilts, writes patterns, raises her young family! argh!! how inspiring!

Meg said...

These really look like great, versatile and quick patterns--can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Wendy D. P. said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see it in person!

Lisa Marie said...

I'm currently helping a friend get started in quilting and I think she would love this book. I hope I win this book so I can give it to her and then borrow it!

Dresden Quilter said...

Amy's is one of the first blogs I started reading. I am so happy for her that she has her own book now and I would love to win it!

Jessica said...

I would looove to win this book! I'm still a relatively new quilter, and I always have a lot to learn!

Kristen said...

I would love a copy of this book!

Marcia W. said...

I would love to win a copy of this book so please enter me. Today I saw the Hope Valley quilt -- I have some HV and afraid to cut into the fabric -- now I see a pattern that can use. Thanks to you both for the blog tour stop and giveaway of Modern Basics.

Carol E. said...

Beautiful book! Thanks for letting us play. Hope I win! :-)

diane said...

I would love a copy of this book. Such inspirational ideas.

Irina said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book, all the quilts look great!

Vanssmomc said...

I would love a copy of this book also!! I am new to quilting and am still intimidated by some of the books that are out on quilting!

nettie said...

i love seeing books from bloggers i "know". thanks for the chance

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love Amy's style and would love to win a copy of her book! Thanks for the chance:)

denverallens said...

Pick me, pick me, pick me! I love her stuff, it's all so fresh and fun!

SteffiD said...

Oh my gosh! I would totally love a copy of this book :) She's such an amazing woman and an amazing quilter, too.

Tamara said...

Beautiful book!

Anonymous said...

That looks like the book I need. Something quick and simple but oh so beautiful. Sandi

Sue Bone said...

You have featured some great quilts from the book.

Samantha said...

Such beautiful quilts! Definitely a book I want to add to my collection!

ginger freckle said...

So excited about this book - would love a copy for quilting inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway! gingerfreckle(at)gmail(dot)com

Colleen said...

I love Amy's blog and this is definitely a book I want in my collection! Thanks for the chance.

Kim said...

The book looks wonderful!

Funky Kim said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book! It looks lovely!

Kim.B.Funk AT gmail.com

mascanlon said...

I have a friend just beginning the quilting journey, this book is perfect gift!

DeAnna said...

Great looking book! I am a new quilter and having some new patterns would be great!!

Impera_Magna said...

Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful quilting book... there are several I'd like to make and you posted a photo of my very favorite!

Life On Planet Mum said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I have not gone "modern" yet as I have too many traditional fabrics - maybe this one will give me some ideas!

Tanya said...

Lovely book!!!

heartsy said...

how exciting!! I follow your blog from time to time (when I actually have the time!) & love that you get to blog tour Amy's new book. I've wanted to learn quilting but I always put off by the many "vintage" or "country" looking leaflets and books on quilting. This looks like a great book with a fresh, modern approach to quilting. LOVE IT! ♥

Trisha said...

I can't wait for a chance to flip through this book!

Linda said...

I am loving this book so hope I will win! thanks!

James-Linda said...

BOOK LOOKS SO NEAT!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Anonymous said...

Oh how I'd love to win this book. I already know which quilt I'd make first. Thanks for the chance!
nkadenver@yahoo.com

Lindsay Conner said...

I can't wait to see this book in person! The quilts look great and so approachable for all levels. :)

Heather H said...

I would really love to make some of these quilts. Her designs are beautiful! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

Sonia B said...

This looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance!

Karen C said...

I love this book! Pick me.

**nicke... said...

i would love to win this book! on a side note... i used your fat quarter bag tut last night for a mutual activity with my beehives. it was a smash hit and the girls all went home with a super adorable "scripture bag"! we had so much fun so thanks!!!

Lynn said...

Beautiful book! Thanks for being part of the tour!

Lynn
themom@franktribe.com

badlandsquilts said...

I love that Hope Valley quilt, so simple & striking!

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Oh .. which one to do first??

KatheG said...

I would love to win this book - thanks for the chance.
KatheGTN at aol dot com

Anita said...

This looks like a really great book, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Mark said...

Wow this book looks great - and achievable, even for a quilting beginner like me! Sabina (sabinamoolla@hotmail.com)

Connie said...

Looks like a lovely book -- would enjoy having it in my growing collection of books for inspiration. Thanks.

SewLindaAnn said...

I've been following the tour and decided to put it on my wish list in case I don't win a signed copy. Happy Thursday!

Julie in WA said...

This is a great looking book! Can't wait to see a copy in person!

stephmabry said...

Thanks for the chance to win! The quilts are beautiful!

HappyGirl said...

What a great book!! I have just started quilting and would love to have a book full of great patterns. Thanks:)

Kulla Klan said...

I'd love to win!! Great looking book!

missavene said...

The quilts look lovely, I would love to win this book!!! Thanks for the chance!
missavene at gmail dot com

Mitzi said...

Looks like a great book! I can see several quilts I would like to make from it.

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

I'd love to win a copy!
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Michelle Jensen said...

crossing my fingers but if not I will make sure to look for it the next time I am in a book store because it looks super cute :)

Nathalie said...

Wow! It seems to be very interesting. Thanks to share.

Ashley Vaerst said...

This book is on my list to purchase when I have a little more time to quilt. I love everything I have seen in this book so far.

AVaerst@AOL.com

Anonymous said...

I need some inspiration! LOVE the quilts in this book!

Katy said...

Neat book! Thanks for the chance to win.

Alisa said...

It looks like a great book!

Kacey said...

that first one is AWESOME! i'd definitely like to make one...

Melissa said...

I would really love to win a copy of this book. I adore Amy's style.
bodylovesoaps(at)gmail(dot)com

Cindy Anderson said...

I would love to win a copy.

Megan said...

That book looks great. I would love to win it.

Lynnette said...

I would love to win this book.
nettecan at hotmail dot com

Dawn S. said...

Whata onderful book! Please enter my name in the drawing. I am sooooo looking forward to starting a new project after my company leaves.

Denny1600 said...

I'd LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK! Thanks for doing this on your cute blog.

Arizona Nielsens said...

What a fun book! I'm just getting the hang of quilting and it is addicting!

jennielsen5 (at) yahoo . com

Diane aka cameldiva said...

The book looks like it would stand out amoungst my other quilting books.

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

Leigh said...

This book is at the very tippy top of my wishlist!

Shelley said...

I'm a very new quilter, and have gotten a ton of inspiration from your site! This book looks great, and I'd love to win a copy. Thanks!
(shelan928 at yahoo)

Maria said...

I would Looove to win a copy of this book. The photos are very inspiring ;) Thanks for the chance to win.

webmailaddress2 said...

The book is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sherryl said...

Oh my, these do look lovely. So visually clean and compelling. I'd love to see the rest of those patterns... in my own personal copy of the book! :-)
sunshdws@yahoo.com

Inspiredbyfelix said...

Ooooo what gorgeous patterns, I love it!

Lara said...

Oooh I especially love the third and first quilts... yummy! Thanks for the chance Amy!

Beth J said...

Ok, I want to make all the quilts you showed from this book. Thanks for chance to win.

Deb said...

Love the looks of many of the quilts in this book. Would really like to win this one! Thanks

GerryART said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book.
Modern - that's my way of thinking and have just the fabric that could use an idea or two from a book such as Amy's.
Hugs,
Gerry

apple blossom said...

Oh, this book looks lovely.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Linda said...

I would love to win this book. I am a beginning quilter. Linda

MG said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! If I don't win it on this blog tour I'll definitely be buying it.

Pontos da Flávia said...

great book, great giveaway! Please call me in!
Thank you very much!
PS: I love your blog!

The Fam said...

This book looks great!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

audreypawdrey said...

this book looks fantastic!
audreygreensmith at gmail dot com

Misty said...

Winning this book will definitely get rid of the winter blues and get my quilting juices flowing! LOVE IT!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Oh, I am just so excited!! I can't wait for Amy's book :)

Carol said...

I'm like you, books usually have only one pattern in them I want to make, and I hate to buy a book for only one pattern (but do sometimes). The three you showed are beautiful, if I don't win a copy of the book I will have to buy it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Erin said...

Oh how awesome! Love the patterns shown.

twelve30 said...

What a beautiful book - would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.
twelve30@gmail.com

Di said...

what a great looking book. i'd love a copy. a lovely blog book tour. thanks
Di

The Hunter's Prize said...

I love quilting books!

Quilt Monkey said...

I would love to win this book! The more pictures I see of the projects, the more I want a copy!

jess said...

Just started my very first quilt...her book is inspiring!

marth225 said...

Looks like a good book to have - thanks for the chance

H2Ogirl said...

Thanks for being a stop on this blog tour. I can't wait to see this book.

g said...

I fit all those four points you listed. I'm getting the itch to get back into quilting. The book looks right up my alley. Thanks, Amy. Keep it up.

Donna said...

i am a very new beginner at quilting (just started my first quilt with your tutorial)... would love a simple book like this.
donna

Heartsdesire said...

It's always great to see a book with lots of patterns I like. And that are easy to make. Even though I've been quilting for a long time, I still like simple patterns.

Linda said...

Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

bethanndodd said...

I love Amy's blog and would love to win a signed copy of her book (those pics are so pretty)! If not, I will be heading to Amazon!!!
Thanks so much!

Anne said...

I want to add my name. I would love to win. Thank you! acarp [at] swbell dot net

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

Wow this looks like a fun book!!! If I don't win I just may have to buy it!

livingmysweetlife @ gmail . com

Mary said...

I'm trying again to win the book. been following the blog tour all the way. Enjoyed browsing your blog today! Thansk for the chance to win Amy's Modern Basics Book

Anonymous said...

Well, thank you for a great giveaway!! If I won this book, I'd give it to a young friend who has asked me to teach her how to sew : ))
lean.tully@gmail.com

Bec Clarke said...

Oh it looks wonderful, I can't wait to get a copy even if I have to stretch the budget and buy one.

All8 said...

Just started getting back into quilt making. Would love the opportunity to own this book. Thanks.

I'm loving your Saltwater Taffy quilts. Very cute.

all8garden(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amanda B. said...

These look like so much fun! I want one!

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