Modern Basics: Book Tour and Giveaway – closed

I am thrilled to be a part of Amy Ellis’ blog book tour to help promote her new book, Modern Basics.

You know Amy from her blog Amy’s Creative Side, where she blogs about quilting.

I thought it would be fun to interview Amy to provide you with a little background about her and the development of her book.

1. How did the idea for this book come about? where did your inspiration for the theme come from?

I started sketching ideas for quilt blocks, when I wasn’t finding simple and interesting patterns that I wanted to make.  I like being able to finish a quilt in a week or two, instead of a month or year.  Eventually my sketches turned into a proposal packet!

2. When did you begin quilting, and where did your interest first come from?
I’ve been sewing since I was a girl, I made myself all sorts of garments from 10 years old on.  My interest in quilting, came with my kids!  I love being able to snuggle them in something handmade, and I love to sew!
3. Why do you quilt?
It really is my creative therapy!  When the days turn into a week or more that I haven’t sewn, everyone around here can tell.  That’s when I find a fast finish!

4. What is your favorite quilting tip? OR your favorite part about quilting?
My favorite part about quilting is finishing the binding by hand.  I love watching the quilt become finished as I work my way around it, and finally end up where I began with a complete quilt ready for the wash.  My favorite tip in getting it done, is hand quilting thread.
5. Do you sew other things besides quilts?
I sew garments, bags, pillows, curtains – anything I can get my hands on!

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m a regular mom, with all the usual mom duties around the house and at school (3 of our 4 are in school). I make it a priority to make things for my own sanity, I love blogging daily, and the community I have found here online!

I really love Amy’s new book, so I am excited to be able to share a FREE copy with my readers! Leave me a comment by noon on Sunday, February 27 if you are interested in a chance to win!

Be sure to visit the rest of the tour for more chances to win a free copy:

Piece N Quilt 2/21/2011
SewCalGal 2/22/2011
Old Red Barn Co 2/23/2011
Terri’s Notebook 2/24/2011
Crazy Mom Quilts 2/25/2011
Wild Card Quilts 2/26/2011
BumbleBeans 2/27/2011
Fat Quarter Shop 2/28/2011
One Shabby Chic 3/1/2011
Canton Village Quilt Works 3/2/2011
Diary of a Quilter 3/3/2011
Fat Quarterly 3/4/2011
Amylouwho 3/5/2011

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Note that if you don’t win a free copy from one of the above bloggers, you can also purchase Amy’s book here and here.