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.
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!


  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!!!

  3. says

    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!:)

  4. says

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

  5. says

    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&#39;t started quilting yet, but wants to.

  6. says

    You&#39;re right about wanting to make every quilt in the book! Every quilt I&#39;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.

  7. says

    Looks like a great book! If I don&#39;t win, I&#39;ll ask for it for my birthday!<br /><br />–reach me at journeythroughgrief @ if I win. (take out the spaces, which you prob already knew. lol)

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    After seeing the book on the different blogs, it&#39;s amazing how many wonderful ideas small book can contain. I&#39;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&#39;ll be ordering it. And fabric. And notions. And FQs. And VISA will be so happy. But hubby won&#39;t. dmj53

  10. says

    I would be &quot;TICKLED SCRAPLESS&quot;… To win a copy of your book… I love the tease of photo&#39;s you have shown us and would love to make my daughter a new quilt for her room. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

  11. kellylynn says

    I am one of those on the list of wants to, but is afraid to. But I am planning on giving quilting a try.<br /><br />So me, me Please.<br /><br />kelly72lynn at yahoo

  12. says

    I&#39;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!

  13. says

    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.

  14. says

    how exciting!! I follow your blog from time to time (when I actually have the time!) &amp; love that you get to blog tour Amy&#39;s new book. I&#39;ve wanted to learn quilting but I always put off by the many &quot;vintage&quot; or &quot;country&quot; looking leaflets and books on quilting. This looks like a great book with a fresh, modern approach to quilting. LOVE IT! ♥

  15. Anonymous says

    Oh how I&#39;d love to win this book. I already know which quilt I&#39;d make first. Thanks for the chance!<br />

  16. says

    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 &quot;scripture bag&quot;! we had so much fun so thanks!!!

  17. Shelley says

    I&#39;m a very new quilter, and have gotten a ton of inspiration from your site! This book looks great, and I&#39;d love to win a copy. Thanks!<br />(shelan928 at yahoo)

  18. says

    Oh my, these do look lovely. So visually clean and compelling. I&#39;d love to see the rest of those patterns… in my own personal copy of the book! :-)<br />

  19. says

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.<br />Modern – that&#39;s my way of thinking and have just the fabric that could use an idea or two from a book such as Amy&#39;s.<br />Hugs,<br />Gerry

  20. says

    I can&#39;t wait to get my hands on this book! If I don&#39;t win it on this blog tour I&#39;ll definitely be buying it.

  21. says

    I&#39;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&#39;t win a copy of the book I will have to buy it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. says

    I fit all those four points you listed. I&#39;m getting the itch to get back into quilting. The book looks right up my alley. Thanks, Amy. Keep it up.

  23. says

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

  24. says

    It&#39;s always great to see a book with lots of patterns I like. And that are easy to make. Even though I&#39;ve been quilting for a long time, I still like simple patterns.

  25. says

    I love Amy&#39;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!!!<br />Thanks so much!

  26. says

    I&#39;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&#39;s Modern Basics Book

  27. Anonymous says

    Well, thank you for a great giveaway!! If I won this book, I&#39;d give it to a young friend who has asked me to teach her how to sew : ))<br />

  28. says

    Just started getting back into quilt making. Would love the opportunity to own this book. Thanks.<br /><br />I&#39;m loving your Saltwater Taffy quilts. Very cute.<br /><br />all8garden(at)yahoo(dot)com

  29. says

    ooooh! I really want to make the quilts you pictured. i especially like that they look easy enough for me to do. thanks for the chance.

  30. says

    Amy&#39;s really come up trumps with Modern Basics; I&#39;d absolutely love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity :)<br /><br />angelasmart(at)hotmail(dot)com

  31. says

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, I love these quilts, or at least all the ones I have seen featured on this blog hop. Thanks so much!<br />cmdoduck(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. says

    I&#39;d love to have a copy of this book. Her quilts are all so pretty and look like they wouldn&#39;t take me forever to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. says

    I am always on the lookout for a new book for my little library. Thanks for the review, looks fun.<br /><br />Andrea<br />

  34. says

    Beautiful! I would LOVE to own this book! I have done a couple of quilts but I think I lack a lot of &quot;basic&quot; knowhow that would make my quilting that much better- I have been looking for recommendations for good books! Thank you!

  35. says

    Now wouldn&#39;t this book allow me to be far mor prolific than I am now! lol Amy&#39;s done a fantastic job with this book! I&#39;d love to win a copy!

  36. says

    Would love to win this book–looks like just what this new quilter needs! Thanks for the chance!<br />ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

  37. says

    I agree with you, it&#39;s rare to find a book with more than one or two patterns that I like, but I&#39;ve liked every single one you&#39;ve shown! This is a keeper for sure. Here&#39;s hoping it comes to me!

  38. says

    Love the cover quilt on this book. And another great review. It is on my list of must gets. Thank you for the giveaway.<br /><br />Have a super great sewing day.

  39. says

    Now that I have time to sew, I&#39;m thoroughly enjoying quilting. I would LOVE to be the one chosen to receive this book.<br />Thank you.

  40. says

    This sounds PERFECT for me since I am new to quilting. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!<br /><br />kempfyre21{at}yahoo{dot}com

  41. says

    I could really use a book on quilting since I am a beginner and I don&#39;t have a book on quilting! But if I don&#39;t win I shall eventually buy this great looking read! Thanks!!

  42. says

    Wow. I would love to have this book on my shelf – I am lacking some quilting/patchwork books so this one would be GREAT!! There looks to be my kind of projects in there too!!<br />Anna<br />

  43. says

    I&#39;d love to win a copy of this book! One of the next projects on my list is a queen sized quilt for our bed. I think the knotted pattern just might be perfect. Thanks for the chance!

  44. says

    Love this blog and all I learn from it! Haven&#39;t attempted my first quilt yet….have had the fabric for it for awhile, just not the courage. Maybe this book would provide the latter! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. says

    Would love to have a copy of this book – the patterns look great! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.<br />JoAnn (

  46. says

    I love the quilts in this book – true awesomeness! They&#39;re all so pretty…Thanks for hosting!<br />Lisa<br />mistyfuji *at* yahoo *dot* com

  47. Anonymous says

    I would love to win this book. I am just starting to pick out fabric for my first quilt and yes I have anxiety. Thinking how am I going to quilt all the layers together seems to be my biggest concern. This book sounds like it would be a big help.<br /><br />Laura<br />

  48. says

    This book looks wonderful. I really appreciate it when patterns are accessible even for those of us who might need a easier pattern. Thanks so much for the giveaway!<br /><br />awamom at yahoo dot com

  49. says

    Great minds think alike because these are my favorites too! Pick me! Love your blog! I&#39;ve been reading it for a couple of months and it&#39;s terrific!

  50. says

    I can&#39;t wait to get started on some quilts from this book…well, I can wait, am waiting, and hoping I&#39;ll win a copy. Thanks for the chance.<br /><br />wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  51. says

    I would love to have a new book for my &quot;new&quot; house…and is it Sat March 5th or Sun March 6th that you will close it?<br /><br />qkrinabx@ hotmail. com

  52. says

    I&#39;ve been hopping around this blog tour trying to win this! The book looks wonderful. Thanks for showing some of your favorite pages, as I saw a new quilt that hasn&#39;t been showcased on any other blogs.

  53. says

    This is a great book I&#39;m sure. Amy&#39;s blog is an awesome one to follow for help and this book has got to be the same. Thanks for taking part. <br /><br />vburr at charter dot net

  54. says

    I&#39;d love to win this book! Your Pinwheels quilt is gorgeous, by the way!!! Looks like summer . . .

  55. says

    Love your post featuring the book. There are some lovely quilts in it. Thanks for giving us the chance to win it. I love your blog! Have a blessed day!

  56. says

    I love this blog world – jumped here from your gorgeous pattern at Moda bake shop and am so impressed, I&#39;ll be a daily visitor. Love the book – would love to win!

  57. says

    I feel the same way you do about finding patterns in books. I&#39;m happy if there are two that I want to make. The more I see of Amy&#39;s book, the more I want to make. Thanks for the chance.

  58. says

    I&#39;d love to win a copy of this book … I&#39;m a beginner who needs all the help she can get! Thanks for the giveaway! (

  59. says

    I&#39;d love to win. Been trying to get started making my girls a quilt for their bed for a while now. They want one made from Parisville :)<br />Thanks!<br />erin(dot)n(dot)waters(at)gmail(dot)com

  60. says

    How is it I am just now finding you!?!??! Can&#39;t wait to delve a little deeper and thanks for the wonderful giveaway…the book looks wonderful :0)

  61. says

    These projects look really great! The pictures are inspiring and make me want to start cutting fabric to make the quilts pictured! Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. says

    Oh my goodness, this is my kind of quilting book! I love that first one on the bed.I&#39;ve been wanting to make one for my bed and that is perfect. Love the colors too!

  63. says

    I would love to win this book. I have been wanting to get into some more modern quilts. This would be a good place to start. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. says

    Love what you showed us from this book. Would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!<br />Cindy<br />ckrut at hotmail dot com

  65. Anonymous says

    I would love a copy of this book. I am new to quilting and am just building my library :-)<br /><br />

  66. Anonymous says

    These quilts are gorgeous! So colourful! I would love to win this book. Making quilts is so addicting, if you make one, you have to make another and another.<br />Cynthia<br />

  67. says

    The quilts and colors in the book look lovely, and I always need help with color selection. I like the simple, contemporary lines of the blocks in the quilts. Thanks very much.

  68. says

    What a wonderful book!!! I would love it! Just what I have seen is amazing and looks like lots of fun!<br />Thank you for such a neat giveaway!

  69. says

    I have been checking this book out on so many blogs, what a great book for any quilter. I would love to win a copy to give my friend who is new to the quilting world! Lisa in Texas

  70. says

    What a great book! It makes quilting look like something I could do. I would love to try it out. Thank you for showing it on your blog.<br /><br />

  71. says

    Knotted Squares is one of my favorites, too. Something tells me that there will be lots of versions seen in blogland soon 😀

  72. says

    Wouldn&#39;t it be great if more comments before you actually increased your odds of winning? Just a random thought – I&#39;m enjoying this book tour and will have to buy a copy if I don&#39;t win one!

  73. says

    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&#39;ve been my staple for ideas and techniques as I learn to sew and quilt. <br /><br />Today I bought a new Bernina, and learned a few new modern methods. Amy&#39;s book Modern Basics would make a great companion as I gain new skills.<br /><br />thanks for the

  74. says

    I&#39;d love to win this book. It sounds perfect for me as I&#39;m trying to pluck up the courage to make my first big quilt.

  75. says

    Beautiful Quilts! I would love to win a copy of this book. I think it would be perfect for me as I&#39;m a beginner quilter. Thanks for a chance to win!

  76. says

    I am a beginner quilter and would love to win this book – looks like lots of not-so complicated patterns! Thanks for the chance to win.

  77. Anonymous says

    Thankyou for introducing me to Amy, I love the freshness of her designs. <br /><br />

  78. says

    This looks like the perfect book for me! I&#39;m new to your blog and a beginner quilter. I would love to have this book!

  79. says

    I can always use a good quilt book, especially one that has more than 1 or 2 projects that I would actually make (like you said in your post). Thanks!

  80. says

    I can&#39;t believe I almost missed this giveaway just by not taking the time to not sign up for it! I absolutely LOVE the first pattern you showed, and then the second pattern, and then the third pattern … Looks wonderful!

  81. says

    This is my first time here and I&#39;m so glad the blog hop brought me here! I LOVE your work! I am new to quilting, I just bought a new sewing machine yesterday and can&#39;t wait to get to work on it. I can tell I&#39;ll be back here in the near future for inspiration and ideas! Thanks!

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