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’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!
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!
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.
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 http://www.piecenquilt.blogspot.com/ 2/21/2011
SewCalGal http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/ 2/22/2011
Old Red Barn Co http://oldredbarnco.blogspot.com/ 2/23/2011
Terri’s Notebook https://terrisnotebook.wordpress.com/ 2/24/2011
Crazy Mom Quilts http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/ 2/25/2011
Wild Card Quilts http://www.thewildcards.com/my_weblog/ 2/26/2011
BumbleBeans http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/ 2/27/2011
Fat Quarter Shop http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/ 2/28/2011
One Shabby Chic http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com/ 3/1/2011
Canton Village Quilt Works http://www.cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/ 3/2/2011
Diary of a Quilter http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ 3/3/2011
Fat Quarterly http://www.fatquarterly.com/ 3/4/2011
Amylouwho http://amylouwho.com/ 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.
223 thoughts on “Modern Basics: Book Tour and Giveaway – closed”
I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks fabulous!
Great interview! This book looks like a winner! ~karen
Amy’s book looks so wonderful. Thanks for showing so many beautiful pictures. I can’t wait to get a copy 🙂
cool. vote for me. please.
Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks like there are several patterns I would like to try.
This is so wonderful that Amy has given us all a chance to win her book. I love looking at all of the pictures. Wonderful inspiration!
wow love the simple way she worked with hope valley…books looks great
Putting my name in the hat 🙂
Thanks for the great interview, Terri! This looks like a wonderful book. It’s nice to know she finishes her bindings by hand:)
I’d love to win Amy’s book…enjoying all her interview answers.
Looks like an inspiring book!
You can put my name in the hat also. It looks to be a good book. One I would use. Getting quick results is what I like these days.
Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!
i’m in! would love to have a copy of amy’s book.
Great photos of Amy’s book, Terri! Wow! Thanks for counting me in.
What a great interview – I loved reading Amy’s responses – the book looks fun and colourful – well done to Amy on the publication of her book and you too for asking such interesting questions.
Great interview Terri! What a cool book, I really like the rail fence looking one (1, 2, 3). I’d looove a copy!
oooh, count me in! lovely lovely lovely~
have a great Thursday girl!
i would love a chance to win the book
I love that book more and more and I hope I´ve the chance to win a book.
Greats from Luxembourg/Europe
Thanks for the chance to win! It sure would be nice to finish a quilt in a few weeks, rather than months or years! 🙂
The book looks wonderful, I’d love to win a copy.
I can’t wait to get a copy of this book and start on a project from it. Thanks for the opportunity.
Love Amy’s blog! I would really like to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the opportunity!=)
One of the best things about this blog hop, besides from learning more about this great book, is being introduced to great new blogs like this.
Thanks for the chance!
I would love to win this book, I have yet to make a quilt as I’m a bit scared, but this book seems the perfect place to begin.
Thank you for hosting this stop on the book blog tour. Amy’s blog was one of the first I started reading when realized that quilters were blogging about “good stuff.” Her tutorials are excellent so know this book will be too. Please enter me into the drawing for Modern Basics.
I would love a copy of this book! It looks wonderful!!
I love Amy’s quilts! Her blog is so inspiring!
Congrats to Amy on her book, it looks like an essential for the quilting library.
Thanks so much for sharing Amy’s book with us! Thank you for the great interview!
Would love to win a copy of Modern Basics! Thanks for the chance and the interview.
Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous book.
This book will be on my bookshelf very soon! Cant decide if I like 1-2-3 or the basic puzzle quilt more!
I would love this book!
Looks like lots of really pretty & doable quilts. I’d love to win a copy
Love the interview! Thanks for a chance to win Amy’s book!
Great Interview! Gorgeous Quilts! Looks like the perfect book for a beginner like me! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂
Amy’s book looks wonderful…I LOVE blog tours for books…you get such a great preview of the book as well as learning lots!
Thanks for the great preview of the book, and for the chance to win!
Great interview! This books looks great!
The book looks great! Thank you for all the pictures. They have definitely convinced me that I want this book!
Yup, the more I see of the book, the more I want it. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
Pretty quilts! Thanks for the sneak peek 😀
Terri, how fun that you were on the book tour! Great interview. I got the book from Amazon and I’m super happy with it.
I would love to win a copy of Amy’s book!!
Fun! Thanks for showing projects that I hadn’t had a chance to see yet from the book! Thanks for the chance to win!
Amy’s book looks fabulous. Can’t wait to see it. Thanks for offering to give away a copy.
I’d love to win a copy of this book – looks awesome! Basic Puzzle looks interesting…
I came over from Dana’s blog. Amy’s book looks great — even for a beginner like me. 🙂
In case international players are allowed, please count me in. If not, feel free to delete this comment.
Greetings from Germany,
I follow her blog and I love her work. 🙂 This book would be an awesome win. 🙂
Looks like fun! Thank you!
I wondered how she found the time to write a book, now I know how she did it, thanks.
this book just makes me itchy to start a new quilt! would love to win. thanks for doing this!
Thank you for the interview. And, thank you for a chance to win!
I am so excited for a chance to win! I think I will have to make that puzzle quilt. 🙂
jenashford at swbell dot net
Great interview Terri. I just love all I’m seeing about this book. It’s definitely a must have book. As everyone else is, I too am hoping to win a copy but it’s on my wish list to buy already if I don’t.
I’m looking forward to seeing this book in person–it looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!
This books looks terrific – thanks for sharing.
Oh goody, goody- another chance to win the book. I like the Wind Power photo, thanks for sharing more pics.
Amy’s book looks great. I would love to have a copy of it so if I don’t win it here I’ll just have to buy it! Thanks.
I can’t wait to get her book. Thank you for the give away. Your interview was great.
GOOD DAY TO ALL!
THANKS TERRI FOR SUCH A NEAT GIVEAWAY BOOK FROM AMY! NEAT INTERVIEW+I KNOW I’LL LIKE THE BOOK!
I am really excited about this book. It will be nice to try out some of those quilts that you pictured in your interview.
Finishing the binding by hand is MY favorite part of quilting, too 🙂
This looks like a wonderful book with contemporary patterns. Can’t wait to take a look at the real thing!
I would love to win this book. I am just getting back in to sewing and quilting after much time off to work and raise kids. Love all the blogs out there too.
I would love to win this book!!
nettecan at hotmail dot com
I love seeing new books with new ideas. Gets me charged. Look forward to seeing this one up close and personal.
Quick and easy sounds fun. Hope I win a book somewhere on this Blog hop! Thanks for the sneak peek of the inside.
Great book! I love the modern mirrors pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!
The book looks inspirational! Thanks for participating in the blog hop giveaway.
Ooh, so awesome to be able to do the interview and have a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing some of your favorites from Amy’s book!
This is one of the few books I have come across where almost EVERY project appeals to me in some way, shape, or form. Usually I open a book up and there’s one or two project that I REALLY like where the rest are “ok”. EVERYTHING I have seen in Amy’s I have been inspired by! I would LOVE to win this book!
Thanks for joining in Amy’s tour and giving us a chance at winning her book. Amy’s creations are great!
I’m so excited to see this book in person – the patterns look lovely (and simple!)
Just saw this at the LQS last night, looks like a great book!
I would love to win Amy’s book. It looks like it has some great inspiration in it.
Oh I love these interviews, I love learning about the author of a book.
Thank you also for the chance to win.
I’d love to get my hands on this book!
Nice interview and thanks for the chance to win the book.
Oh wow that book looks fun! Enter me!!!
Thanks for the great interview Terri and the opportunity to win a copy of Amy’s book. It’s at the top of my wishlist!
Thanks for sharing your quilts and about this amazing book!
I really need to get my hands on a copy of this book and to have it signed would just be *swoon*
Hello Terri! How wonderful to get to know Amy and her great book! I really would be ‘in heaven’ if I could have my own copy! Quite a long line comments…still I’m hopeful!
Thank you for a lovely post! xxx Teje
The book looks great!
Thanks for the interview… and a chance to win this book.
I would love to win one of Amy’s books! Thanks for the chance.
Looks like a great book…thanks for the informative interview.
I love the look of the quilts in the book. It’s my 32nd wedding anniversary today. Wouldn’t it be great to win that book !!!
I would love to win the book! Thanks for the chance!
Love Amy’s quilts! It would be wonderful to win a copy of her new book! Thank you.
Thanks for a chance to win!
The book looks brilliant, great photos and directions – my favourite kind of book!
I would love to win. I’ve never made a “modern” quilt and this sounds silly – but I wouldn’t know where to begin. I think this book would be so much fun and would help me to get started.
I would really love to win a copy of Amy’s book.
I enjoyed reading your interview. It’s interesting learning how the book came about.
Nice to hear a bit more from the author about her approach to quilting and the book. Thanks
Great interview with Amy. I found myself nodding at many of her responses 🙂
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.
I would love to win this book!
I love reading author interviews on these blog hops. Thanks for that.
Great giveaway! I need some inspiration to start and finish a quilt. I feel overwhelmed at the thought.
Thanks for the opportunity!
Love book giveaways. Especially quilt books!
I would love to win a copy of Amy’s book, I have been reading her blog for some time now.
Nice interview. Thanks for a chance to win Amy’s book.
I can always use more inspirational quilting books. Thanks for the chance. Wendy
Great interview! Great giveaway! Thank you for sharing. I would love to win a copy of this great book.
Have a super great sewing day.
Ooh look at that Wind Power quilt! Wanty wanty!
Thanks for this fabulous fabulous giveaway.
I’m loving the patterns I’m seeing on this book tour, I already put it on my wish list!
I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.
Your color wheel quilt dresden block (I’m sure there must be a more concise name for it) is absolutely charming. That single image has me breaking out of a quilting funk and thinking about starting a brand new color wheel project tomorrow. Thanks!
Looks like a good book to own. Add me to the giveaway.
Your tour through the botanical gardens remind me of Dr. Seuss illustrations. Hope that the plants gave you a lift and provide you with plenty of inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity.
Her quilts are so pretty. I’d love to win Amy’s book!
Thanks for the interview and a chance to win a copy of Amy’s book. It looks great!
What a beautiful book! The quilts are stunning!
I love stitching on the binding too. Lovely bright fresh book.
I agree with your reason for quilting, except I started it a bit later than you. I mean I made tied quilts for my children to snuggle up with but by the time I became a grandmother ( Nana ) is when I really started learning how to piece a quilt. You are right, it is so theraputic! I loved your blog. I love this book, how fun you guys are doing a give-away for it! I will keep my fingers crossed!
Love Amy’s blog so know I will love this book.
I really like the patterns that you all have shoed here but most of all I like the fact that it was made by a busy Mom and her hectic schedule so the quilts have got to be doable for other busy Moms….Thanks for the chance.
Love the cover quilt design! Thanks for the chance 🙂
I’d love a copy of this book!
I am loving the sneak peaks at Amy’s book, there are so many quilts there that I would like to try to make!
I love Amy’s blog, & am excited to see her book!
Love all the peeks into this book. It looks fantastic! I’ve been a follower of Amy’s and I’m so happy for her!
Very exciting that Amy has written this book. I’ve followed her blog for a long time and admire her talents and sense of style and color.
Looks like a beautiful book!
Such beautiful fabric. I’d love to read this book and put it to use.
Finish a quilt in a week or two? Yes please!
Looks like the book has some fun patterns. I’d love to win it.
This looks like a great book – thanks for sharing some sneak peeks!
I love the idea about project that could be finished in some decent time. The book looks really promising. If I won I’d try the Modern Mirrors pattern first I guess. It’s looking really good.
This book looks great! Lots of quilts I would like to sew!
I’d love to win a copy! Loving the pictures so far!!
I would love to win!
I should be buying this book and add it to my collection. Thanks for showing us more.
would love a chance to win this great looking book. I have several quilts picked out that I’d like to start today!
I love how everyone has such a different angle to share Amy’s book. Thanks
Thanks for the chance to win this book. I see a few quilts I’d love to try.
I would love to win this book !! :))
thanks for the chance !!
Looks like a fun book! Pick me! Pick me!
Fun book blog hops going on lately. Here is another wonderful book to get the juices flowing!
thanks for the opportunity!
Would love a copy of this book, it looks amazing!
I love how the patterns really show the fabrics but in a not-overwhelming sort of way! Simple and stunning!!!! And I love that Amy have four children (and that the youngest is home with her still) as that’s my own situation and it is very encouraging to hear of other quilting Moms living parallel lives to mine!
Well done on the new book, Amy!!!
Thanks so much! Would love to have this book. The quilts look great!
The more I see this book, the more i HAVE to have it 🙂
Thanks for the interview and a chance to win!!!
this book looks amazing. I would love to make that 1,2,3 quilt.
I want this books so bad! It’s on my wish list, it’d be great to win!
I would love this book! It looks fantastic and I would love to try some of those patterns. Love the pictures.
thanks for the chance to win!! this book looks fab!
Thanks for offering this. It looks like a great book!
So lovely…I’d love to try a few of these great quilts!
Super cute quilts! I can’t wait to make some of these!
Thank you so much for the chance to win. Looks like a fabulous book!
Amy is so cute! I’d love to have a copy of her book.
This book looks like it would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the chance to win.
Thanks for the chance in the drawing – I love Amy’s blog and her down-to-earth style!
I already see several quilts that I would like to make from this book. Thanks for the chance to win.
I’m looking forward to seeing this book, I am so inspired!
What a great looking book, thanks for the chance to win!
Congrats to her on the book and thanks for the chance to win my very own copy!
Wow, the more I see of this book the more I want it. Great quilts. I am loving the blog hop. Hugs
The big question is – how does one decide which quilt to make first??
Easy quilts looks like my kind of book!
I would love a copy of it.
I really liked the simple way you reviewed the book. It told a story. I really like Amy’s blog! I would love to win a copy!
BTW-It’s my first time visiting your blog and I loved it!
This book looks wonderful!! If I don’t win, I’ll just have to buy it!! 🙂
This looks like a fun book with lots of “doable” projects! What fun!
i’m so excited about the opportunity to win one of amy’s books! love her quilts and her blog and all she does for those of us who blog and quilt–what a cool lady she is–don’t know in real life but in the bloggersphere she is so therefore must be in reality, too. have a great day and thanks!
I have been following Amy’s blog for over a year and I have always enjoyed her quilts that she has made so I am looking forward to her book. It would be lovely to win a copy.
The book looks awesome
So glad I stumbled on this book blog hop, I’m inspired to pick up my quilts again.
Hey Terri – thanks for sharing the scoop on Amy!
This book looks great! Enjoyed your blog, thanks for the chance to win.
looks like a wonderful book!
Oh oh pick me…I sound like Donkey from Shrek LOL (does that make me an a$$?) hehehe
Oooh love this book and your review. Thank you for sharing.
I hope I win, but if not…then this is the kind of book I would buy. It’s got great photos and clear instructions, and it looks like there are some quilts I could actually make!
What a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!
I’d love to win a copy of this book – the patterns look great! Deb
This looks like the kind of book that I could just sit and drool over! I’m going to get my own copy one way or another!
What a great book – thanks for the give away.
I see several patterns that I would like to try. Hopefully I will be the winner.
I love the patterns. I would love to win the book.
It looks like this book is full of great quilts. I would love to win a copy.
Looks to be a winner! I’d love a copy.
Your post is great. I love the pictures you used and the questions you asked Amy.
Dearest sweet terri, so happy to visit you here on my little break from packing madness! That book looks awesome and such a wonderful interview! Very inspiring! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!
I would love to win a copy of this awesome book!
Would love to have that book! Thanks for the chance!
I cannot wait to get started on a few of these quilts. Thanks for a chance to win.
Looks like a fabulous book! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Oh how I love Amy’s blog and I know I would love her book just as much! Such beautiful eye candy! Thanks!
I’m very excited about this book! Thanks for sharing!
Ooh, how I would love to win this new book. Great designs.
Thanks for sharing the interview – it’s great to know something more about the book. And thanks for the chance to win it 🙂
I would so love to win this book. Thanks for participating.
This book looks wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!
Great interview! How fun is that to interview Amy and giveaway her new book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks to both of you for the opportunity to win and sew up a few of Amy’s beautiful quilts.
The book looks amazing!! I’m a new quilter and I would love to own a copy of the book.
Hi Terri, thanks for the giveaway! I could really use a copy of this book since I am a novice quilter! LOL But I’m trying to teach myself. Thanks again!
Thanks for sharing, and for the interview questions – it’s always fun to hear some of the process and person behind a book like this! It does look great 🙂
I also like instant gratification. I have been using “twenty something”, “yellow brick road” and the easiest of all “fat quarter shuffle”. I am looking forward to get her book. Looks like some great patterns in that that won’t take forever to piece.
Cool interview Terri, I enjoyed it very much. I would enjoy Amy’s book even more!
This book looks very intriguing. Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway!
OOoooooo this book looks so good! I can’t wait to get it in my hands. I need to make some of these quilts.
I saw Amy’s book today at our Guild Sew In. It’s gorgeous! Now I really want it. 🙂
Gorgeous book, thank you for your insight into how the book came about.
Such an awesome book!
Would LOVE this book. thanks
Amy’s blog is one of the first I started to read.It is wonderful that she has her own book now. Thanks for the giveaway.
I like the patterns and diagrams in the book. I would love to have this book make quilts from.
That looks like a great book!
Amy’s book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Looks like a great book and I’m glad I’ve found your blog…such fun stuff!
Loving what I see in this book! Can’t wait to be inspired with my very own copy. Thanks for the giveaway!
Thank you for another chance to win this exciting book, and the interviews.
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